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What is "Strive to Bring Aive"

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.

Bring Alive

Daily Helpline​

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 November 2018 08:47

Sayyiduna Jaabir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Whoever recites durood (sends salutations) upon me one hundred times daily, Allah Ta‘ala will fulfil one hundred of his needs; seventy of the Hereafter and thirty of this world.” (Ibnu Mandah – Al Qowlul Badee’ pg. 277)

Whether it relates to a shortage of money, ill health, disobedient children, inconsiderate in-laws or any other problem – every person has needs. In this hadeeth, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) teaches us that the daily recitation of one hundred durood is the solution to all our needs and problems. Furthermore, on the Day of Qiyaamah (may Allah Ta‘ala make that day easy for us all – aameen), we will have needs as well. Through reciting this number of durood daily, seventy needs of the Hereafter will be taken care of.

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Thousands in Seconds

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 September 2018 13:53

Once, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) left for Fajr Salaah from the home of his respected wife, Sayyidah Juwairiyyah (radhiyallahu ‘anha). As he left the home, he noticed her seated in her place of salaah, engaged in the zikr of Allah Ta‘ala. Thereafter, when it was midmorning, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) returned to her home and found that Juwairiyyah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was still seated in her place of salaah. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) thus asked her, “Did you remain in the same condition (engaged in the zikr of Allah Ta‘ala) as you were when I left you?” When she replied that she had indeed remained engaged in zikr for the entire time, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “After I left, I recited four phrases three times. These phrases are such that if they have to be weighed against all the zikr that you made today, these phrases will outweigh your zikr.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then taught her the following words:

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Open Eight Doors of Jannah

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Last Updated on Monday, 16 July 2018 15:18

‘Umar bin Khattaab (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Whoever performs a perfect wudhu and thereafter recites the following du‘aa, eight doors of Jannah will open for him, and he may enter from whichever door he wishes:

أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَّا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيْكَ لَهُ وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُوْلُهُ اَللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْنِيْ مِنَ التَّوَابِيْنَ وَاجْعَلْنِيْ مِنَ الْمُتَطَهِّرِيْنَ

I testify that there is no deity besides Allah, who is alone, without any partner, and I testify that Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is His servant and messenger. O Allah! Make me from among those who constantly repent, and make me from among those who are pure! (Sunan Tirmizi #55)

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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.

   

Daily Anti-Depressant

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 March 2018 15:30

Many people are under the misconception that an increase in wealth will lead to an increase in happiness. However, this could not be further from the truth, as depression affects people across all income-brackets and from all walks of life.

The severity of depression can perhaps be gauged by the fact that according to statistics, in South Africa alone, there are approximately twenty-three known suicides a day!

Islam has given us a simple, free prescription that has no unwanted side effects and is incomparable in combating depression. In this regard, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) taught us that we should always look at those who are less fortunate than ourselves (Saheeh Muslim #7428). In doing so, we will realize how many bounties we enjoy for which we should be thankful and how fortunate we really are.

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