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Among the Fortunate Few

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Last Updated on Monday, 13 March 2017 16:15

(The Life of Ummu Sulaim [radhiyallahu ‘anha] #1)

While many of us may have heard of Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), the Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) who was renowned for the service he rendered to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), there are perhaps not many of us who are aware of his mother, Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha), and the sterling example she set for the women of the Ummah.

Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was one of the few, fortunate women whom Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would visit and whose homes he would bless with his noble presence. In this regard, Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) has mentioned, “Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would not enter the home of any woman, besides the homes of his respected wives (radhiyallahu ‘anhunna), except the home of Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha). When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was asked regarding this, he said, ‘I feel sympathy for her as her brother was killed with me (i.e. for the cause of Islam)’.” (Saheeh Muslim #2455)

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Strive to be Simple in Five

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 March 2017 15:47

In this day and age, there are very few places that we can frequent without encountering posters, billboards and flyers advertising “CONSOLIDATE YOUR DEBT!” “BLACKLISTED? WE CAN HELP!”

Even more surprising than the amount of debt aid agencies that have sprung up is the amount of people that flock to these agencies for what they believe to be assistance. If we examine the nature of these debts, we will realize that the vast majority of people who land themselves in unmanageable debt have done so by failing to live within their means. This has sprung from their discontentment, insatiable greed and the perception that they are unsuccessful if they do not have the latest phone, latest model of vehicle and the latest of everything else.  

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Pardon for the Pleasure of Allah Ta‘ala

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Last Updated on Monday, 06 March 2017 16:23

On the occasion of Uhud, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) deputed Husail bin Jaabir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), who was also known as Yamaan and was the father of Huzaifah bin Yamaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), together with Thaabit bin Waqsh (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to remain with the women and children in the fort. This was on account of the advanced age of these two Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma).

At some point, one of them said to the other, “What is the matter with you? What are you waiting for? By Allah! Neither of us has much of his life remaining. We will either die today or tomorrow. Why do we not seize our swords and join Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)? Perhaps Allah Ta‘ala will bless us with martyrdom in the company of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).”

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The Reality of Jealousy

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 February 2017 09:49

قُلْ إِنَّ الْهُدَىٰ هُدَى اللَّـهِ أَن يُؤْتَىٰ أَحَدٌ مِّثْلَ مَا أُوتِيتُمْ أَوْ يُحَاجُّوكُمْ عِندَ رَبِّكُمْ ۗ قُلْ إِنَّ الْفَضْلَ بِيَدِ اللَّـهِ يُؤْتِيهِ مَن يَشَاءُ ۗ وَاللَّـهُ وَاسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ ﴿٧٣﴾ يَخْتَصُّ بِرَحْمَتِهِ مَن يَشَاءُ ۗ وَاللَّـهُ ذُو الْفَضْلِ الْعَظِيمِ

“Say, (Real) guidance is the guidance of Allah. (But you fear) that someone is given (revelation) similar to that which you have been given, or that those (who receive the revelation) will argue against you before your Rabb.” Say, “All bounty is in the hands of Allah. He gives it to whom He wills. Allah is all embracing, all knowing. He chooses for His grace (to give Messengerhood, imaan, Islam to) whom He wills. Allah is the Rabb of great bounty.” (Surah Aal-‘Imraan v73-74)

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Considerate to the Core

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Last Updated on Monday, 27 February 2017 16:01

Qaadhi Shuraih (rahimahullah) was the chief judge of Kufah, appointed by none other than ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

Imaam Sha’bi (rahimahullah) narrates the following regarding him:

One day, Qaadhi Shuraih (rahimahullah) addressed us saying, “You should marry a woman from the tribe of Banu Tameem, as they are indeed the women (i.e. they have unparalleled qualities).” Hearing this high praise, we asked him, “Why do you say that, O Abu Umayyah?” In reply, Qaadhi Shuraih (rahimahullah) then recounted his personal experience as follows:

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