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Upholding the Respect of His Elder

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Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2020 09:15

On one occasion, an argument transpired between Sayyiduna Rabee‘ah Aslami (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). During the course of the argument, Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) happened to utter something, against Sayyiduna Rabee‘ah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), which he regretted immediately thereafter.

Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) instantly said to him, “O Rabee‘ah! Say those words back to me in retaliation!” However, Sayyiduna Rabee‘ah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) refused to do so. Hearing his refusal, Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said, “You must say those words to me, or else I will refer the matter to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)!” Even then, Sayyiduna Rabee‘ah refused to repeat the words and retaliate against Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) then departed, proceeding to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), with Sayyiduna Rabee‘ah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) following behind.

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Assisted by an Angel

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Last Updated on Monday, 23 December 2019 16:17

Sayyiduna Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates the following incident:

Among the Sahaabah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was a man of the Ansaar known as Sayyiduna Abu Mi’laq (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). He was a businessman who would do business in various lands and regions using his own wealth and wealth which was invested by others. Together with being a competent businessman, Abu Sayyiduna Mi’laq (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) would engage in (excessive) ‘ibaadah and was also very pious.

One day, while Sayyiduna Abu Mi’laq (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was travelling to some place, he was accosted by a thief. The thief, who was clad from head to toe in armour, said to him, “Give up all your wealth, for I am going to kill you!” Sayyiduna Abu Mi’laq (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) responded, “Why do you want to kill me? Just take the money!” The thief replied, “As far as the money is concerned then it is certainly mine. However, I am determined to kill you!”

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Inside Information

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Last Updated on Thursday, 28 November 2019 11:03

‘Abdur Rahmaan bin Ziyaad bin An‘um (rahimahullah) reports:

Once, while Nabi Moosa (‘alaihis salaam) was seated with some of his followers, Iblees arrived, clad in a cloth which continued to change colour. As he drew near, he removed the cloth, and thereafter approached Nabi Moosa (‘alaihis salaam).

On meeting Nabi Moosa (‘alaihis salaam), he greeted him with salaam. Nabi Moosa (‘alaihis salaam) asked him, “Who are you?” He replied, “I am Iblees.” Nabi Moosa (‘alaihis salaam) responded, “In that case, you are not welcomed. Nevertheless, why have you come here?” Iblees replied, “I have come to greet you, on account of your esteemed rank and position by Allah Ta‘ala.”

Nabi Moosa (‘alaihis salaam) then asked him, “What was that cloth (which I saw you wearing)?” Iblees replied, “It is that through which I trap the hearts of people (due to its glitter and attraction).” Hearing this, Nabi Moosa (‘alaihis salaam) asked Iblees, “Which are those evil deeds which are such that if a person commits them, you are then able to easily overpower him?” Iblees answered, “When a person becomes filled with pride and self-admiration, and he regards his good actions as being abundant, and he forgets his sins, then I overpower him.”

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Ask Allah Alone

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Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2019 16:10

‘Abdur Rahmaan bin Ebrahim Fihri (rahimahullah) reports:

There was once a man who came to a governor to ask for his help. However, when he arrived at the governor’s house, he was surprised to find him in sajdah, imploring Allah Ta‘ala in du‘aa. On seeing the powerful governor begging Allah Ta‘ala, he remarked, “When this man requires someone else for assistance, then how can I turn to him for assistance? Why do I not present my needs before the One besides whom no one else can fulfil my needs.”

It so happened that the governor overheard his remark. Hence, when he lifted his head (from sajdah), he instructed his attendants, “Bring the man to me.” When the man was brought into his presence, he instructed, “Give him ten thousand.” He then addressed the man and said, “That Being alone gave this to you whom I was imploring in sajdah, and to whom you resorted and returned.”

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No Price too Great to Pay​

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2019 06:58

On one occasion Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was proceeding in a certain direction when his blessed gaze fell on a building which was tall in height. Seeing the tall building, he asked the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), “What is this (building and who has built it)?” The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) replied, “This belongs to so-and-so from the Ansaar.” On hearing this, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) remained silent and did not say anything.

Thereafter, this Ansaari Sahaabi came to meet Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) while Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was seated among some of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). However, when he approached Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and greeted him, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) turned away from him. Hence, the Sahaabi approached Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) a few more times, yet Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) continued to turn away from him and ignore his greeting.

Finally, this Sahaabi realized that he was the cause of Rasulullah’s (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) displeasure and turning away. He thus complained of this to some of his companions saying, “By Allah! I find Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to be treating me differently to before (i.e. he is not showing me the warmth and affection which I normally receive from him).” His companions then explained, “Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was proceeding in a certain direction when he saw your tall building (and it is your tall building which has caused his displeasure).” The instant this Sahaabi heard this, he returned to his building and razed it to the ground.

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