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As You Give, so You Shall Get

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Last Updated on Monday, 12 March 2018 15:55

لَن تَنَالُوا۟ ٱلْبِرَّ حَتَّىٰ تُنفِقُوا۟ مِمَّا تُحِبُّونَ ۚ وَمَا تُنفِقُوا۟ مِن شَىْءٍ فَإِنَّ ٱللَّـهَ بِهِۦ عَلِيمٌ

You will never attain complete piety until you spend from that which you love, and whatever you spend, Allah Ta‘ala is fully aware of it.

Allah Ta‘ala will reward a person for whatever he spends for the sake of Deen in His path. However, the reward that is given varies depending on the sincerity and heart with which it is given, and also on the giver’s attachment to the item and love for it. In the abovementioned verse of the Quraan Majeed, Allah Ta‘ala informs us that in order for us to attain complete piety and earn the greatest reward, we will have to spend that which is most beloved to us in the path of Allah Ta‘ala.

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The Perfect Partner

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Last Updated on Monday, 12 March 2018 09:33

(Respected Wife of ‘Aarif Billah, Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar [rahimahullah] – Part Two)

Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar (rahimahullah) had married her, although she was older than him in age, solely on account of her piety and righteousness that was well-known to the people of her area.

Describing his nikaah, Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar (rahimahullah) mentioned the following:

“My nikaah incurred very little expenses, as I spent a total of only two hundred rupees. I gifted to my wife a set of ordinary, simple clothing. You will perhaps be surprised to learn that I performed my own nikaah. The reason for this is that there was no ‘Aalim in the village where my wife lived. Hence, I recited the khutbah of the nikaah and thereafter performed my own nikaah in the presence of the witnesses.”

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The Hallmark of Humility

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 March 2018 08:28

Jubair bin Nufair (rahimahullah) narrates:

On one occasion, a group of people praised ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) saying, “By Allah! We never saw a man who dispenses justice, speaks the truth and is more severe upon the hypocrites than you, O Ameerul Mu-mineen! You are the best of people (from the Sahaabah) after Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)!”

Hearing this, ‘Auf bin Maalik (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) objected, “You have not spoken the truth! By Allah, I have seen another man who is actually the greatest (from the Sahaabah) after Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)!” When the people asked ‘Auf (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) who this person was, he replied, “Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).”

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Rays of Radiance

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Last Updated on Monday, 26 February 2018 15:47

(Respected Wife of ‘Aarif Billah, Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar [rahimahullah] – Part One)

‘Aarif Billah, Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar (rahimahullah), is a personality who needs no introduction. He was the Shaikh (spiritual mentor and guide) of senior ‘Ulama of our country such as Moulana Yunus Patel (rahimahullah), Moulana ‘Abdul Hameed Ishaaq (daamat barakaatuhum) who is the principal of Darul ‘Uloom Azaadville, Moulana Fazlur Rahman Aa’zami (daamat barakaatuhum) who is the Shaikhul Hadeeth of Darul ‘Uloom Azaadville, and Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (daamat baraakatuhum) who is the Shaikhul Hadeeth of Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen in Isipingo Beach. Many other ‘Ulama and millions of people worldwide have benefited and continue to benefit tremendously from the teachings and guidance of this great saint.

It is perhaps sufficient testimony to his piety and saintliness that his own Shaikh, Shah ‘Abdul Ghani Phulpoori (rahimahullah), had once mentioned in his regard that he had attained a very high rank of piety and had a very strong bond with Allah Ta‘ala. However, his Shaikh had also mentioned the very same statement regarding another person – the respected wife of Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar (rahimahullah). Shah ‘Abdul Ghani Phulpoori (rahimahullah) said, “The person in his home (i.e. his respected wife) has also attained a very high rank of piety and has a very strong bond with Allah Ta‘ala.”

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The Gift of the Guest

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 February 2018 15:04

‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Goodness comes to a home where food is consumed (by guests) faster than the blade goes to the hump of the camel.” (Sunan Ibnu Maajah #3357)

Among the Arabs, the meat from the hump of the camel was regarded as one of the best, most delicious cuts. Hence, when slaughtering a camel, they would hasten to cut the meat from the hump first and eat it before the meat of any other section.

In this hadeeth, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) explains that when there are guests in a home, then barakah (divine blessings from Allah Ta‘ala) come to the home even faster than the knife to the hump of the camel. This means that entertaining guests in one’s home is a means of ‘instantly’ attracting barakah (blessings) and the mercy of Allah Ta‘ala to the home.

This barakah and mercy will assist in making the home one of happiness, peace and tranquility. We should thus welcome guests into our homes, as this, in reality, is to welcome barakah into our homes.

   

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