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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. 


‘Aashuraa and Children


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


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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