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The purpose of this column is to motivate and encourage everyone to make an attempt to bring alive the very simple actions that will be presented every two weeks. Insha-Allah by making these very easy actions part of our daily lives, we will benefit from the blessings of practising on these a’amaal and they will also become a stepping stone towards doing greater actions.
As a means of encouragement to others, and also to spur us ahead, a vote counter has been attached. The idea is that for two weeks every person reading this column should make an effort to practice on the ‘amal (action) presented. At the end of the two weeks, those who have practiced upon it for at least one week or more should vote “YES.” This will Insha-Allah encourage others also to do the same.

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Salaatut Tasbeeh

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Last Updated on Saturday, 17 April 2021 12:13

Salaatut Tasbeeh consists of four rakaats of nafl salaah. In each rakaat, one will recite the following tasbeeh seventy-five times (due to which the salaah is named Salaatut Tasbeeh). Hence, this tasbeeh will be recited a total of three-hundred times in the salaah:

سُبْحَانَ اللهِ وَالْـحَمْدُ لِلّٰه وَلَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا اللهُ وَاللهُ أَكْبَر

It should be borne in mind that there are two methods of performing Salaatut Tasbeeh reported in the hadeeth. One may practise on whichever method one wishes. The first method is as follows:

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A Gift to His Beloved Uncle

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Last Updated on Saturday, 03 April 2021 14:16

Every person, whether young or old, wealthy or poor, becomes pleased and happy when they receive a gift, as a gift is a testament of love and affection. Furthermore, if the gift is valuable, or the one presenting the gift is beloved, then one appreciates and values the gift even more. In the case where the gift is valuable AND the one presenting it is beloved, then the gift will be so cherished that one will hold onto it and value it until he dies.

On one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) – who is the most beloved person to every Ummati - addressed his beloved uncle, Sayyiduna ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), and said, “O my beloved uncle! Shall I not give you something (most valuable)? Shall I not bestow you (with a magnificent bounty)? Shall I not give you (a priceless gift)?”

Being offered a magnificent gift from the most beloved person of all, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), is such a privilege that every believer desires that he could have been the one to whom Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) addressed those words. However, though the words were not addressed to us, we too can enjoy the magnificent gift that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) bestowed to his beloved uncle (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – the gift of Salaatut Tasbeeh.

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An ‘Army’ of Angels Engaged in Du‘aa

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2020 15:19

Sayyiduna Ma’qil bin Yasaar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Whoever recites the following three times in the morning:

أَعُوْذُ بِاللهِ السَّمِيْعِ الْعَلِيْمِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيْم​

I seek protection in Allah, the All-Hearing and All-Knowing, from the rejected Shaitaan

And thereafter recites the last three verses of Surah Hashr, Allah Ta‘ala will appoint seventy thousand angels to make du‘aa for him until the evening, and if he passes away during that day, he will receive the rank of a martyr. And whoever recites it in the evening, he will enjoy the same virtue until the morning.” (Sunan Tirmizi #2922)

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The Divine Remedy

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 August 2020 14:05

Multivitamins… Immune boosters… Black seed oil… Senna tea… All these – and many other substances – are currently selling like ‘hot cakes’ as people hope that these will help their bodies to resist the coronavirus. Thereafter, if one contracts the virus and falls ill, then there are many other medications that people will take and treatments that they will pursue in the effort to shake off the illness and regain good health.

However, while strengthening our bodies and immune systems, and taking medication when ill, we must not forget that these means will only be effective if Allah Ta‘ala allows, as He alone can protect us from sickness and cure us when we are ill. Hence, we must remember to turn to Him by giving sadaqah and engaging in du‘aa.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mentioned, “Protect your wealth through (discharging) zakaat, treat your sick through sadaqah, and prepare for the waves of calamities through du‘aa and turning to Allah Ta‘ala in humility.” (Maraaseel Abi Dawood #105)

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The Better Connection

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2020 15:36

GPRS… 3G… HSPA… 4G – and the next will perhaps be 5G. It appears that from the inception of the cell phone, man has remained obsessed with maintaining and enhancing his network connection. Hence, people select their network operator based on network coverage, and many opt for fiber over LTE, as the connection is faster and more reliable.

However, if the cell phone connects us with other people, then it is raising our hands in du‘aa that ‘connects’ us with Allah Ta‘ala and allows us to communicate with Him. Hence, just as there are times and places where cell phone coverage is enhanced, making it more likely for the call or message to go through, there are also times and places where our ‘connection’ of du‘aa is enhanced. As a result, the du‘aa made at such a time or place is more likely to ‘go through’ and gain acceptance.

On one occasion, a Sahaabi asked Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), “Which du‘aa is quickest to gain acceptance?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “)The du‘aa made at) the middle of the last portion (i.e. the last third) of the night, and (the du‘aa made) after the fardh salaahs.”(Sunan Tirmizi #3499)

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