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Beyond the Call of Duty​

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Last Updated on Monday, 06 May 2019 11:46

During the year 2 A.H., Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) received information that a trade caravan, under the leadership of Abu Sufyaan (who was not yet a Muslim at the time), was returning from Syria to Makkah Mukarramah. Since the Muslims and the Quraish were at war with one another, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) announced his intention to attack the caravan.

The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) immediately responded and prepared to set out. As the trade caravan comprised of a meagre thirty to forty men, just 313 Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) set out with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Furthermore, they did not prepare for a full-scale war as they did not expect to encounter considerable resistance from the small caravan. Hence, their weapons and even their conveyances were few in number.

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The Considerate Creditor

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Last Updated on Sunday, 28 April 2019 08:41

Shaqeeq bin Ebrahim Balkhi (rahimahullah) mentioned the following incident:

I accompanied Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) to visit a sick person. Enroute, a man saw him from a distance and hid away from him, taking another road. Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) shouted out and said, “O so and so! Walk in the direction you were walking in. Don’t change your route.” When he realized that Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) had already seen him, he was overcome with shame and stood still. Upon reaching him, Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) asked him the reason for changing his route. He replied, “I owe you a long overdue amount of ten thousand dirhams (silver coins) which I am unable to pay. Hence, when I saw you coming towards me, I was overcome by shame.”

Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) remarked, “Subhaanallah! Matters have reached such proportions that when you see me you take cover? I have gifted the entire amount to you and I declare myself a personal witness to this, so do not take cover when you see me in future. Also, forgive me for the pain that entered your heart when you met me.”

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Never Lose Hope

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Last Updated on Monday, 15 April 2019 15:40

During the Battle of Uhud, one of the painful tragedies suffered by Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was the martyrdom of his beloved uncle, Sayyiduna Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). The person responsible for killing Sayyiduna Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was none other than Sayyiduna Wahshi bin Harb (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). At that time, he was not a Muslim, but Allah Ta‘ala later on blessed him to accept Islam and become a Sahaabi. The incident of his accepting Islam is as follows:

After Allah Ta‘ala blessed Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) with the conquest of Makkah Mukarramah, the heart of Sayyiduna Wahshi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) became filled with fear. Being responsible for the death of Sayyiduna Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), he feared that the Muslims would seize him and kill him in retaliation, and hence he fled for his life. He would remain in hiding throughout the day and travel throughout the night in an effort to distance himself from the lands of the Muslims. Eventually, Sayyiduna Wahshi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reached the Himyar tribe and settled down in their area. 

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The Remedy for Refraining from Sin

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 16:10

A person once came to Ebrahim bin Adham (rahimahullah) and said, “O Abu Ishaaq! I am a great transgressor and sinner. Please give me some advice that will serve as a deterrent from sin and will save my heart.”

Ebrahim bin Adham (rahimahullah) replied, “If you accept five things from me and you are able to hold fast to them, you will neither be harmed by falling into sin nor will you be destroyed through falling prey to your carnal desires.” The man replied, “Mention them, O Abu Ishaaq.”

Ebrahim bin Adham (rahimahullah) commenced enumerating the five things as follows:

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