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From Luxury to Simplicity​

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 16:03

(Wife of Moulana Qaasim Nanotwi [rahimahullah] - Part Three)

The wife of Moulana Qaasim (rahimahullah) hailed from the village of Deoband. Her father, Shaikh Karaamat Husain, was a wealthy man, and hence on the occasion of her nikaah, when she departed for her husband’s home, her father sent her off with abundant clothing, expensive jewellery and many household items.

On the first night, Moulana Qaasim (rahimahullah) addressed her saying, “Now that Allah Ta‘ala has joined us in marriage, there will have to be compatibility between us. However, in our present condition, this will be difficult, as you are wealthy and I am a pauper. We thus have one of two options; either I become wealthy, which is obviously difficult, or you become like me. Hence you rather become poor like me, since this is easy.”

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Upholding our Promises​

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Last Updated on Monday, 18 March 2019 16:38

The Battle of Badr is the greatest battle in Islam. The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) who participated in this battle are the most fortunate and are regarded among the greatest of Sahaabah.

Huzaifah bin Yamaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) had a burning desire to participate in this battle, but was unable to do so. Explaining the reason for this, he mentioned the following:

Prior to the Battle of Badr, I left Makkah Mukarramah (to perform hijrah to Madeenah Munawwarah) with my father, Husail (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). On the way, we were captured by the Quraish. They wished to kill us and addressed us saying, “You are going to join Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to fight against us!” (To save our lives,) we replied, “We are only going to Madeenah Munawwarah.”

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Taking out Time​

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Last Updated on Thursday, 07 March 2019 16:08

(Wife of Moulana Qaasim Nanotwi [rahimahullah] - Part Two)

The respected wife of Moulana Qaasim (rahimahullah) bore him no less than ten children; three sons and seven daughters. We can thus well imagine the extent to which she would have remained occupied in looking after the children and raising them, together with her other domestic responsibilities. Nevertheless, this saintly woman was such that despite her responsibilities, she was always motivated towards piety and eager to engage in works of righteousness.

No matter what work she may have been engaged in, the very instant she would hear the muazzin call out, “Hayya ‘alas salaah!”, she would cease whatever she was doing and prepare for salaah.

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The ‘Marathon’ of Ramadhaan​

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Last Updated on Thursday, 07 March 2019 15:50

Imagine a person who arrives at the starting line to run a 5km marathon, wearing the latest running shoes and carrying the most sophisticated water bottle. However, after the starting gun is fired, he does not begin running immediately, as he is still busy on a phone call. Thereafter, when he eventually takes off from the line, he only makes it 400m before collapsing on the side, already exhausted from the exertion. What will we say regarding such a person? The best shoes and the best energy drinks will be of no avail if he is not focused and did not train sufficiently. If he did not develop stamina, he will not manage to run the marathon through to the end.

Similarly, the month of Ramadhaan is a special month for exerting ourselves in ‘ibaadah, with the night of ‘Eid being our finish line where we will be awarded our prizes. However, to make the most of this ‘marathon’, we will require two things; focus and stamina.

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The Spirit of Spending​

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Last Updated on Saturday, 02 March 2019 09:10

Laith bin Sa’d (rahimahullah) was an illustrious Imaam of his era. He was born in Egypt during the year 94 A.H. and passed away on a Friday in the month of Sha’baan during the year 175 A.H.

Imaam Laith (rahimahullah) was not only renowned for being an Imaam in the various fields of Islamic knowledge, but was also renowned for his piety, and particularly his generosity and big-heartedness. He had an annual income of approximately twenty thousand dinars (gold coins), yet his generosity was such that from the time he became baaligh, zakaat never once became obligatory on him (as he would spend all his wealth on people). He would give charity to approximately three hundred people daily!

Below are a few incidents that highlight his willingness to spend on others.

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