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Plunging into Peril

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2021 15:19

Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “My example and the example of the people is like that of a man who lit a fire. When the fire illuminated its surroundings, then the moths, and other creatures that have the tendency to enter the fire, began to plunge into it. The man began trying to prevent them from doing so, but they (resisted his efforts and) continued plunging into the fire. (That is my example and your example, i.e. the Ummah). I am holding you around the waist, (restraining you) from the fire, yet you (resist my efforts and) plunge into the fire (of Jahannam).” (Saheeh Bukhaari #6483)

In this hadeeth, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has explained the example of a man who tries to save the moths and other creatures that are fascinated and obsessed with fire from plunging into it and destroying themselves.

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Who is Bankrupt?

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 September 2020 13:48

Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that on one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) asked the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), “Do you know who the bankrupt person is?” The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) replied, “The bankrupt person among us, O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), is the one who neither possesses dirhams (coins) nor goods.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Indeed, the person who is truly bankrupt from my Ummah is the one who will come on the Day of Qiyaamah with his salaah, fasting and zakaah, but (at the same time,) he will come having verbally abused this person, having falsely accused that person, having (unjustly) consumed the wealth of this person, having (unrightfully) shed the blood of that person and having (wrongfully) struck this person. Hence, this person (who was oppressed) will be given from his good deeds (as recompense), and that person will be given from his good deeds (and in this way, all those who were oppressed will be given from his good deeds). If his good deeds are completely depleted before the sins that are upon him have been recompensed, then some of their sins (the sins of the oppressed people) will be taken and placed on him, after which he will be flung into the fire of Jahannum.” (Saheeh Muslim #6579)

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A Gift in Disguise

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 July 2020 11:23

Sayyiduna ‘Amr bin ‘Aas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Death is the gift of a believer.” (Tabraani - Majma‘uz Zawaaid #3940)

When the lockdown commenced, there were many people who were stranded in foreign countries. Their governments may have attempted repatriation efforts, but they were unsuccessful and these people were unable to return home. Similarly, there were many workers aboard cruise ships who were stuck aboard the vessels, unable to return to their homes. 

For all these people, being stranded, far from home, with no prospect of a swift return, was difficult to bear. They felt homesick, and despite being in a foreign place, which may normally be exciting and stimulating, they were pining for home. Eventually, on returning to their homes, they all expressed immense joy and delight, and all testified that “there is no place like home”. 

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Guarding the Gaze

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 January 2020 10:57

Sayyiduna Buraidah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that on one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said to Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), “O ‘Ali! Do not follow the first (accidental) glance with a second glance, as the first (accidental) glance was not a sin for you, whereas the second is a sin for you.” (Sunan Abi Dawood #2149)

In the Quraan Majeed, Allah Ta‘ala commands the believing men and women alike to guard their gazes and lower their sight. (Surah Noor v. 30-31) Hence, every man and woman must strive and make an effort to avoid looking at that which is impermissible (e.g. looking at non-mahrams, etc.).

It must be borne in mind that just as it is impermissible for a man to look at a non-mahram woman, it is similarly impermissible for a woman to look at a non-mahram man when there is even the slightest degree of any wrong feeling or any inclination (read here). Since the wrong feelings are often very subtle and not even realized, one must therefore totally refrain from looking at non-mahrams. Hence, in the case where a woman views pictures of non-mahram men on Instagram, Facebook, etc., or vice versa, it is even more serious, as the sin of viewing animate pictures is then compounded with the sin of looking at non-mahrams.

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Love from Above​

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2019 09:17

Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Indeed when Allah Ta‘ala loves a servant (due to the servant continuously striving to please Allah Ta‘ala and earn His love), then Allah Ta‘ala calls Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) and says, “Indeed I love so-and-so, so you love him.” Thus, Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) also loves this person. Thereafter, Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) announces in the sky, “Indeed Allah Ta‘ala loves so-and-so, so love him.” Hence, the inhabitants of the sky love him, after which acceptance (and love) is placed for him in the hearts of the inhabitants of the earth. (Saheeh Bukhaari #7485)

People, by nature, have the need to feel accepted, loved and wanted. It is this same need which drives certain people to post details of their lives on social media, as they hope to attract admiration and love. Hence, it is no wonder that for such people, it is all about acquiring as many ‘likes’ as you can, as a ‘like’ is taken as a sign of acceptance and love.

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