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The Double-Edged Sword

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 April 2018 09:47

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) once mentioned to the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), “By Allah! It is not poverty that I fear for you! Rather, I fear for you that the world will be spread out for you (i.e. it will be given to you in abundance), as it was spread out for those who came before you. You will then desire and pine for it, as they desired and pined for it, and it will destroy you as it destroyed them.” (Saheeh Bukhaari #3158)

Normally, prior to departing from this world, it is the concern of every father that his beloved children should be financially secure. For this purpose, he labours and toils until he is confident that he has left them in a state of material security. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was like a father to the Ummah, and his love for the Ummah was far greater than the love of any father for his child. However, contrary to normal fathers, the fear and concern of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) for his Ummah was not that they will fall into poverty. Rather, his concern was the exact opposite – that they will hanker after wealth and become intoxicated by it.

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The Gift of the Guest

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 February 2018 15:04

‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Goodness comes to a home where food is consumed (by guests) faster than the blade goes to the hump of the camel.” (Sunan Ibnu Maajah #3357)

Among the Arabs, the meat from the hump of the camel was regarded as one of the best, most delicious cuts. Hence, when slaughtering a camel, they would hasten to cut the meat from the hump first and eat it before the meat of any other section.

In this hadeeth, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) explains that when there are guests in a home, then barakah (divine blessings from Allah Ta‘ala) come to the home even faster than the knife to the hump of the camel. This means that entertaining guests in one’s home is a means of ‘instantly’ attracting barakah (blessings) and the mercy of Allah Ta‘ala to the home.

This barakah and mercy will assist in making the home one of happiness, peace and tranquility. We should thus welcome guests into our homes, as this, in reality, is to welcome barakah into our homes.

   

Absolute Last Option

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 November 2017 09:24

Sayyiduna Thowbaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Whichever woman asks for a divorce without a genuine need, the fragrance of Jannah will be haraam upon her.” (Sunan Tirmizi #1187)

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has explained that the facility of talaaq is the most abhorred of permissible actions in the sight of Allah Ta‘ala (Sunan Abi Dawood #2178). Hence, this facility is meant to only be utilized as an absolute last resort, when all sincere attempts to reconcile have failed. It is for this reason that such a severe warning has been sounded in the above hadeeth for the woman who seeks a divorce without a genuine need.

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Endless Greed and Desire

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Last Updated on Thursday, 19 October 2017 10:48

Sayyiduna Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “If the son of Aadam has two valleys of wealth, he will desire a third valley (of wealth), and nothing will fill the belly of the son of Aadam besides sand (of the grave), and Allah Ta‘ala forgives those who repent to him.” (Saheeh Muslim #2415)

On account of his carnal nature, man is ambitious and greedy. The more he has, the more he wants. If we have three pairs of shoes, we will still pine for the fourth. If the latest phone is released, we will not be satisfied until we upgrade by acquiring it. If we fly business class, we will hanker after flying first class. If we drive a German vehicle, we will wish that we drove an Italian supercar, and the list goes on.

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The ‘Upgrade’ of the Aakhirah

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Last Updated on Monday, 28 August 2017 10:08

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has mentioned, “When Allah Ta‘ala has decreed a particular rank (in Jannah) for a servant, but the servant is unable to reach this rank through his good deeds (as they are insufficient), then Allah Ta‘ala tests him in his body, wealth, or his children. Allah Ta‘ala then enables him to exercise patience over this test, until it makes him reach the rank that Allah Ta‘ala had decreed for him.” (Sunan Abi Dawood #3090)

Every person hopes for an upgrade – be it an upgrade to the latest cell phone model, an upgrade from economy to business or first class, an upgrade to the latest car model, or even an upgrade from a normal hotel room to the Presidential Suite. Many people cannot afford these upgrades, and those who receive them for free are few and far apart!

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