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‘Aashuraa and Children

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Last Updated on Thursday, 06 October 2016 16:06

Rubayyi’ bintu Mu‘awwiz bin ‘Afraa’ (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) mentions that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) sent the following message to the various localities of the Ansaar on the morning of ‘Aashuraa, “Whoever began the day fasting should complete his fast, and whoever is not fasting should complete the day without eating.” Rubayyi’ (radhiyallahu ‘anha) further says, “After that (the announcement) we would ensure that we fasted on the day of ‘Aashuraa (in the years that followed) and would even make our small children fast. We would make toys out of wool for them. When one of them would cry for food, we would give him the toy to distract him until iftaar.” (Saheeh Bukhaari #1960)

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Witness it Being Slaughtered

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 September 2015 15:26

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said to his beloved daughter, Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), on the day of ‘eid, “O Faatimah! Stand and witness your sacrificial animal (being slaughtered), for verily you will receive forgiveness for every sin the moment the very first drop of its blood is spilt. Behold! Its flesh and blood will be brought (on the Day of Qiyaamah) and placed on your scale, (multiplied) 70 times (in weight).” Abu Sa‘eed (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) asked, “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! Is this (virtue) for the family of Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) alone, for they are indeed worthy of virtue which is bestowed to them alone, or is it for all Muslims in general?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “For the family of Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) especially and for all Muslims in general (as well).” (At-Targheeb wat Tarheeb vol. 2 pg. 154)

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Choose your Friends

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 July 2015 15:13

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “A person is on the creed of his friend. Therefore be cautious of who you befriend.” (Sunan Abi Dawood #4833)

Company makes a person or breaks a person. Often a person is good in himself, but the company he adopts spoils him and causes him to do the worst of wrongs. Hence it is imperative for us to ensure that we and our children always adopt good company.

We must remember that companions ar​e not only humans we can talk to and laugh with. Websites and magazines, Social media and TV/Radio programmes are the new companions of the Modern Age. Therefore, refrain from every such “friend” who could destroy you. 

   

The Sign of Imaan

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 16:15

A man asked Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), “O Messenger of Allah! What is imaan?” Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “When your good deeds please you and your evil deeds grieve you, then you are a believer.” The man asked, “O Messenger of Allah! Then what is sin?” Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “When something causes a doubt in your heart, leave it out.” (Musnad Ahmad #22166)

Our imaan (faith) which is hidden within us will allow us to be happy over the good we do, and make us sad over the sin we commit. The expression of joy and sorrow over our good and bad actions respectively are signs of imaan. Let us allow our outward expression of feelings be the signal of the existence of imaan within us. (Expressing sorrow over the sin refers to feeling very guilty and sincerely repenting)

Further, this hadeeth explains the golden principle of “When in doubt, leave it out”. This is a simple criterion for us when we are unsure if something is permissible or not.

   

Carrying Stories

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:35

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “No one from my companions should convey to me anything regarding anyone, for verily I like to come out to you in a condition that I have a clean heart.” (Sunan Abi Dawood #4860)

Our Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was cautious with regards to the stories reaching him regarding his companions. Today, let alone entertaining stories, many a time we are tempted to search and dig into the affairs of others. We need to remind ourselves that being human beings, our hearts are extremely sensitive. At times, all it takes is a single word and our heart turns away from a person and despises him/her, whereas the word may have been conveyed to us in the wrong manner and completely out of context.

   

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