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What is "Strive to Bring Alive"

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

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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Clean your Plate!

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Last Updated on Monday, 28 October 2019 13:51

Sayyiduna Nubaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who eats from a utensil, then cleans it by using his fingers, the utensil seeks forgiveness from Allah Ta‘ala on his behalf.” (Sunan Ibni Maajah #3271)

When a person completes eating from a utensil, then in many cases, crumbs, gravy and small pieces of food still remain on the plate. Since these are also regarded as food, leaving them to be washed away in the sink or dishwasher will be regarded as wasting food. Although the amount wasted may seem insignificant, it should be remembered that the sin of wasting is indeed serious. When every morsel and every crumb is a bounty from Allah Ta‘ala, then we should take every care to clean the utensil by wiping it with our fingers and thereafter licking our fingers, thus expressing appreciation to Allah Ta‘ala.

In the hadeeth above, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has taught us that if we clean the utensil, the utensil will actually make du‘aa for our forgiveness. Hence, through cleaning the utensil, we not only avoid becoming sinful, but further gain the forgiveness of Allah Ta‘ala.

Finally, while many people are particular regarding cleaning their plates after eating, they fail to clean the other utensils e.g. soup bowl, dessert bowl, spoon, mug, etc. Hence, special care should be taken to clean all utensils and to practically impart this important teaching to our household as well.

 

Swift Entry into Jannah​

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 June 2019 09:25

Sayyiduna Abu Umaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who recites Aayatul Kursi after every fardh salaah, nothing will prevent him from entering Jannah besides passing away.” (As Sunanul Kubra - Nasai #9848)

The recitation of Aayatul Kursi is extremely easy as it will take perhaps only half a minute and can thus be recited comfortably after every salaah. The benefit of reciting Aayatul Kursi after every salaah is that after passing away, the reciter will be admitted into Jannah extremely swiftly.

It should be understood that the benefit of reciting Aayatul Kursi after every salaah and other actions of this nature, which promise to bring a person certain benefits, will only be enjoyed if there are no ‘obstacles’ in a person’s life. Hence, if a person carries out this action, but also continues to commit sins and does not repent, then these sins can be an obstacle that will delay his admittance into Jannah.

Since the one who recites Aayatul Kursi gains the protection of Allah Ta‘ala, reciting it after every salaah will prove very beneficial for those who suffer from sihr (black magic) and will also provide protection from robberies and other dangers. However, when reciting Aayatul Kursi, we should not do so in parrot fashion with a negligent heart. Rather, we should turn our hearts to Allah Ta‘ala with the conviction that we are begging Allah Ta‘ala to protect us and grant us speedy entrance into Jannah.

May Allah Ta‘ala assist us all to recite Aayatul Kursi after every fardh salaah, aameen.

 

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