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Shaitaan is Overjoyed


Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 August 2016 15:58

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “Verily Iblees places his throne on the waters of the ocean. Then he dispatches his troops to lead people astray. Thereafter from amongst them the closest to him in rank is the one who causes the greatest mischief. One of them comes and says, ‘I have done such and such’, so Iblees says, ‘You have done nothing so great’. Then another one comes and says ‘I did not leave him until I caused a separation between him and his wife’, so Iblees brings him closer to him and says, ‘Yes, you (have done an excellent thing)’ and he embraces him.” (Saheeh Muslim  #7105 & #7106)

A divorce is not the mere separation of a husband and wife, rather it often leads to a break up of two families that were once so close to each other. It opens the doors of backbiting, slander and hatred on a collective basis which adds to the severity of these sins. More than the couple, it is the children that suffer the most. An Ummah for which Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) strove so hard to put together, is casually broken into pieces over petty day to day differences. May Allah Ta‘ala protect us all, aameen.


No Opportunity for Doubt


Last Updated on Saturday, 21 May 2016 16:08

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “Two persons should not whisper into each other’s ears in the presence of their companion (a third person) for verily that will cause him grief.” (Sunan Abi Dawood #4851)

Man’s nature is such that when two people are whispering to each other in his presence, he automatically feels that he is being discussed, though most of the time this is not the case. Nevertheless the teachings of Islam are so refined that it does not even allow such a situation to arise which could be a source of pain or grief to the next person.

Furthermore, this hadeeth teaches us to avoid doing such things that will give others an opportunity to have suspicion and doubts regarding us. This will also apply to going to doubtful and suspicious places.


Seeking the Faults of Others


Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 April 2016 15:59

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “O those who have accepted Islam with their tongues while imaan has not entered their hearts! Do not backbite the Muslims and do not search for their faults, for verily the one who searches for their faults, Allah Ta‘ala will take him to task for his faults and the one who Allah Ta‘ala takes to task, Allah Ta‘ala will disgrace him in his (own) home.” (Sunan Abi Dawood #4880)

This blessed hadeeth first of all teaches us that spying on people and delving into their affairs in order to find and publicize their faults is a quality of a munaafiq (hypocrite). A Muslim, on the other hand, is one who strives to conceal the faults of others and preserve their dignity.

Secondly, if we stoop so low so as to search for and advertise the faults of others, we are actually inviting our very own downfall. Allah Ta‘ala – the Being from whom no fault can be hidden – will publicize our own faults until we will even suffer disgrace and embarrassment for the sins we committed while hidden behind the four walls of our homes.


Dead Body of a Donkey


Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 March 2016 15:24

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “When any group of people rise from a gathering wherein they did not engage in the remembrance of Allah Ta‘ala, they stand up from the likeness of the carcass of a donkey, and it will be a source of remorse for them.” (Sunan Abi Dawood #4855)    

The existence and continuity of this entire world depends on the name of Allah Ta‘ala. As long as there is a single believer taking the name of Allah Ta‘ala, this entire world will continue to exist. With the passing away of the last believer, this entire world will come to an end.

In the same way, the blessed name of Allah Ta‘ala brings life to a gathering and causes the gathering to become a means of reward for us. On the contrary, a gathering which is devoid of the remembrance of Allah Ta‘ala is a “dead” gathering which, instead of earning us reward, becomes a means of grief and regret for us in the Hereafter. 


Showing the True Colours


Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 January 2016 06:51

When Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would dispatch any of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) to fulfil a need of deen, he would instruct them saying, “Give glad tidings and do not chase (people) away. Create ease, not difficulty.” (Sunan Abi Dawood #4835)

Allah Ta‘ala has blessed us with a deen that is not only natural but also an embodiment of ease. It is therefore necessary for us to ensure that we always highlight and show people the natural beauty and ease of deen when advising them and trying to get them closer to Allah Ta‘ala so that they will be attracted to and not turned away from deen.

We cannot compromise and change deen in any way to suit and placate people. Hence we are instructed to show people what is right in deen, even if they find it bitter. However, we have not been instructed to make the truth bitter and then present it. If there is thus a nice, palatable way for us to advise people, let us use it to win their hearts and bring them closer to Allah Ta‘ala. 


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