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The Preparation of Piety

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Last Updated on Thursday, 12 July 2018 15:02

(Sayyidah Maryam [‘alaihas salaam] – Part Five)

Allah Ta‘ala instructed the angels to give Sayyidah Maryam (‘alaihas salaam) the glad tidings that she would give birth to a son named ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) without the medium of a father. The angels also gave her the glad tidings that this son would be the Nabi of Allah Ta‘ala who would invite people towards Him while still a child. However, Sayyidah Maryam (‘alaihas salaam) was instructed to exert herself in ‘ibaadah so that she would become worthy of this great favour and bounty of Allah Ta‘ala. Hence, she exerted herself in ‘ibaadah and performing salaah to such an extent that her legs would become swollen.

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Steadfast on Salaah

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Last Updated on Monday, 09 July 2018 10:02

Hasan bin Saalih (rahimahullah) was a pious person who was born in the year 100 A.H. and passed away in the year 169 A.H. Hasan (rahimahullah), his twin brother, ‘Ali (rahimahullah), and their mother, would divide the night into three portions between them. They would then take turns to perform salaah, thus ensuring that throughout the night there was one person standing in salaah in their home. After their mother passed away, Hasan (rahimahullah) and his brother divided the night into two portions between them, taking turns to stand in salaah. Finally, when his brother ‘Ali (rahimahullah) passed away, Hasan (rahimahullah) began to stand for the entire night performing salaah.

Hasan bin Saalih (rahimahullah) once sold his slave girl to a certain household. That night, while the entire household was asleep, the slave girl awoke them calling out, “O household! Salaah! Salaah!”

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The ‘Produce’ of Piety

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Last Updated on Monday, 02 July 2018 15:08

(Sayyidah Maryam [‘alaihas salaam] – Part Four)

Allah Ta‘ala bestowed Sayyidah Maryam (‘alaihas salaam) with His divine acceptance and blessed her to receive an upbringing that was excellent and outstanding. In regard to her upbringing, Allah Ta‘ala mentions in the Quraan Majeed, “And her Lord accepted her graciously and made her grow excellently.”

One aspect of “making her grow excellently” is that she received an excellent upbringing of piety and righteousness. Hence, from a young age, she would remain engaged in the worship and obedience of Allah Ta‘ala.

It is on account of this very piety and purity with which Allah Ta‘ala had blessed her that Allah Ta‘ala instructed the angels to announce to her, “O Maryam (‘alaihas salaam)! Indeed Allah Ta‘ala has selected you, purified you and chosen you above all women.”

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The ‘Cold Shoulder’

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2018 15:38

“Excuse me! May I have your attention please!” Yet, despite the repeated requests, the plea fell on deaf ears and was totally ignored.

The above scenario plays out in many spheres of life. Sometimes, it’s an obstinate member of the staff that ‘plays dumb’ and chooses to ignore their employer. At times, it can be a friend that chooses to ignore us. At other times, it can even be our own near and dear ones that give us the cold shoulder, and it is from these people that this treatment is most painful and upsetting.

If a spouse hurts or upsets their partner, and out of disappointment, the partner gives them the ‘cold shoulder’ and ‘silent treatment’, it will hurt and disturb them more than if any other person had to ignore them. From one-word answers to point-blank silence, the anxiety and disappointment perceived will be so severe that one will lose their appetite and will even find it difficult to sleep!

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The Aid for Acceptance

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 May 2018 09:58

Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The du‘aa of Zun-Noon (Nabi Yunus [‘alaihis salaam]), which he made while in the belly of the whale, is:

لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّيْ كُنْتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِيْنَ

No Muslim will ever make du‘aa through reciting these words, except that Allah Ta‘ala will accept his du‘aa.” (Sunan Tirmizi #3505)

The above words are very effective in gaining acceptance for one’s du‘aas. They are also concise and easy to recite. Hence we should recite these words whenever we make du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala.

   

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