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Five Gifts of Ramadaan

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Last Updated on Friday, 08 February 2013 08:01

Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “My Ummah has been granted five things during Ramadaan which were not given to any nation before them. The smell of the mouth of a fasting person is more pleasant to Allah Ta’ala than the fragrance of musk, the angels seek forgiveness for him until he breaks his fast, Allah Ta’ala beautifies his Jannah everyday and then says to it that the time is near when my pious servants will throw over the difficulties (of the world) and will come to you, the rebellious shayateen are locked up so as not to cause those evils which they normally do out of Ramadaan, and those who fasted are forgiven on the last night of Ramadaan.” (Musnad Ahmad)

 
   

Holdback and be Deprived

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Last Updated on Friday, 08 February 2013 08:01

Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) addressed Asmaa (radiyallahu anha) and said, “Continue spending (in the path of Allah Ta’ala) and do not count and hoard, or else Allah Ta’ala will count and give you.” (Saheeh Bukhari #2591)

If we will hold onto our wealth, we will deprive ourselves from receiving wealth from the unseen unlimited treasures of Allah Ta’ala. It is indeed sad that some women hold onto the money of their husbands. They wish to take full control of all the wealth that comes into the home and leaves the home. The tragedy is when the wife stops the husband from spending on the poor, or on his family members that are in dire poverty. This is definitely not the approach of a Muslim woman. She should help in good causes and encourage others as well.

   

Four Qualities of a Pious Wife

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Last Updated on Friday, 08 February 2013 08:01

Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “After the Taqwa (fear) of Allah Ta’ala, there is no favour that a believer may enjoy better than a pious wife. If he instructs her she obeys him, if he looks towards her, she brings delight to him, if he takes an oath for her to do something she carries it out and if he is away from her (on a journey, etc.) she acts in good faith regarding her personal self and his wealth” (Ibnu Maajah #1857).

This Hadith outlines four qualities of a pious wife:

1) Whenever the husband instructs her to do something lawful, she carries it out. She is an obedient wife. 

2) When the husband looks towards her she brings him joy. This is only possible if her ways and habits are according to his liking (within the boundaries of Deen), and she tries to keep his heart happy. If a woman makes it her habit to be very moody and pull up her face for every petty issue, the husband will start regarding it as a calamity to come home after a long day at work.

3) When the husband takes an oath that the wife should do a certain action, then she carries it out. Out of love he takes an oath and out of love she fulfills that oath to keep him happy. This is due to that special bond that they enjoy. 

4) When the husband goes somewhere and he is away from the wife, she remains faithful regarding herself and his wealth. She does not have any form of relationship with strange men and she does not squander the husband’s wealth. She conducts herself as she would in his presence. This is true loyalty.

 
   

Spend to get More

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Last Updated on Saturday, 26 January 2013 11:04

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Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) addressed Asmaa (radiyallahu anha) and said, “Continue spending (in the path of Allah Ta’ala) and do not count and hoard, or else Allah Ta’ala will count and give you.” (Saheeh Bukhari #2591)

In counting and accumulating our wealth, it becomes an everyday concern of how much do I have and how much do I still need? This results in depriving the needy while at times one’s own needs are neglected. This is not the manner of the people of Imaan.  At the time of giving as well, do not “count” and give. This simply means that do not have a strict rule that, for instance, you will only spend R50 a month in the path of Allah Ta’ala. Once this is exhausted, not a cent more will be spent. Or for example, a beggar asked to be given something. You put your hand into your wallet and out came a R1. You immediately put it back and start searching for a 50 cents coin since that is your “budget” for the beggar. Avoid this and give the R1. Allah Ta’ala will bless you with much more. By hoarding, the blessings are removed. The “buying power” of such wealth diminishes. Therefore, according to your capacity, give as much as you can. Allah Ta’ala will continue to shower you with much more.

   

The Best Wealth

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Last Updated on Saturday, 26 January 2013 11:14

Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “The best wealth is a tongue which remains in the remembrance of Allah Ta’ala, a grateful heart and a believing wife who helps her husband in his Imaan.” (Tirmizi #3094) Nowadays we have understood only material possessions to be wealth, whereas in the words of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) the best wealth is a tongue that remembers Allah Ta’ala and is moist in zikr.

Secondly, a thankful heart appreciating the favours of Allah Ta’ala. Our life should not evolve around acquiring the wealth of this world nor should our hearts be simply filled with the desire for more of the world. Instead, while making a moderate effort for halaal sustenance, one’s heart should be filled with contentment.

Thirdly, a wife is a man’s best wealth if she helps him in matters of deen and encourages him to serve Allah Ta’ala. His wife should not become an obstacle in his journey towards Allah Ta’ala by not allowing him to keep a beard, taking him out visiting at the time of salaah, forcing him to work harder at the expense of his deen so that she has more money to squander and enjoy. The need of the time is that the society be filled with believing men and women who assist each other in their journey towards Allah Ta’ala.

   

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