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Tie the Tongue

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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 May 2017 08:19

(Tie the Tongue Series – Introduction)

Contrary to popular belief, the tongue is not the strongest muscle in the body. However, it may very well be the muscle structure with the greatest endurance. After all, when can you ever remember your tongue becoming tired? As much as we may eat, swallow or speak, our tongues seem absolutely tireless. Hence, due to its exceptional endurance, exercising this organ causes no strain, and we thus tend to use it without thinking and more than we should. This is a major problem as the seemingly-small tongue actually has the ability to cause serious consequences.

Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Indeed the servant of Allah makes a statement which pleases Allah Ta‘ala, and the servant does not attach any importance to what he said, yet Allah Ta‘ala elevates his rank due to this statement. And indeed the servant of Allah makes a statement that angers Allah Ta‘ala, and the servant does not attach any importance to what he said, yet he falls into Jahannum on account of the statement.” (Saheeh Bukhaari #6478)

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Respect for Ramadhaan

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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 May 2017 07:17

There was once a fire worshipper who saw his son eating in the presence of Muslims during the month of Ramadhaan. As soon as he saw his son eating before the Muslims, he hit him and reprimanded him saying, “Why do you not show regard for the sanctity and respect of the Muslims during the month of Ramadhaan?”

It so happened that the fire worshipper passed away that very week. Soon after he passed away, the ‘Aalim of that locality had a dream in which he saw the fire worshipper in Jannah! In the dream, he asked him, “Were you not a fire worshipper?” The man replied, “I was a fire worshipper. However, shortly before I passed away, Allah Ta‘ala honoured me, by inspiring me to accept Islam, due to the respect that I had shown for the month of Ramadhaan.” (Nuzhatul Majaalis pg. 201)

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Time is Money

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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 May 2017 09:19

We live in a world of import and export, a world in which most goods and commodities are available in most countries for most of the year. However, despite the year-round availability, there are many goods that enjoy a ‘peak season’. Astute businessmen are those who identify this period and utilize it to their advantage. For farmers, it may be the season in which their crops are harvested, while for shop owners, month-end and December are a few of the periods that deliver peak sales.

Unique Opportunity

The season presents a unique opportunity for one to secure tremendous profits in a minimal period of time. Hence, the farmer who diligently tends to his fields and ensures that he is present for the harvesting season will likely enjoy a bumper crop. Similarly, the shop owner will open his doors on time and remain behind the counter for the entire day in order to tend to the flood of customers.

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Others before Ourselves

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 May 2017 06:33

(The Life of Ummu Sulaim [radhiyallahu ‘anha] #6)

A man once came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and complained of hunger. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) thus sent a message to his respected wives, enquiring as to whether they had any food. However, they all replied, “We do not have anything besides water.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then turned to the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and asked, “Who will host this man as his guest?” Hearing the request of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), Abu Talhah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), the husband of Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha), stood and said, “I will!”

Abu Talhah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) thereafter proceeded home with the guest. On arriving home, he encouraged his wife, Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha), to feed the guest saying, “Honour the guest of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).” His wife replied, “We only have food for the children!” Abu Talhah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) instructed, “Prepare the food, distract the children and put them to sleep.”

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The Blessed Bread

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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 May 2017 06:30

(Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani [rahimahullah] #3)

On one occasion, the wife of Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani (rahimahullah) said to him, “O Abu Muslim! We do not have any flour!” Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) asked her, “Do you have any money?” She replied, “I have one dirham which we earned through selling yarn.” Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) instructed, “Hand me the dirham and give me a sack.”

Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) thereafter proceeded to the market and stood before a man who was selling food. However, at that moment, a beggar also arrived and stood before Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) imploring, “O Abu Muslim! Give me some charity!” As Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) only had one dirham and there was no food at home, he turned and fled from the beggar, arriving at another food stall. The beggar, however, followed him and continued to call out to him. Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) thus fled for a third time and went to a third stall, but the beggar persistently followed him and continued to implore him for charity.

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