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Worth Less than a Sip of Water

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Last Updated on Monday, 21 March 2022 06:46

On one occasion, towards the end of the month of Sha’baan, the famous ‘Abbaasi Khaleefah, Haaroon Rasheed, summoned the great ascetic, Muhammad bin Sabeeh, who was famously known as Ibnus Sammaak (rahimahullah).

When Ibnus Sammaak (rahimahullah) arrived, Haaroon Rasheed’s minister, Yahya bin Khaalid, asked him if he knew the reason behind the Ameerul Mu-mineen summoning him. Ibnus Sammaak (rahimahullah) replied in the negative. Yahya then informed him, “He has called for you since he had learnt about the exceptional du‘aa that you make for the prominent people and for the laymen.” Hearing these words, Ibnus Sammaak (rahimahullah) responded, “The news that has reached the Ameerul Mu-mineen is only due to the veil that Allah Ta’ala has concealed me with. Had He not concealed me (and covered my sins), no one would praise me, nor would anyone meet me with love and affection. O Ameerul Mu-mineen! It is only this veil (of Allah Ta’ala) which has caused me to be seated before you (today).”

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Tomorrow’s Sustenance

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Last Updated on Monday, 07 March 2022 16:05

A man once came to the great Imaam, Muhammad bin Seereen (rahimahullah), and said, “I enquired (from the people) as to who is the best person in Basrah and the people have directed me to you.” Hearing this, Muhammad bin Seereen (rahimahullah) said to the man, “Come along (with me) so that I may show you the best person in Basrah.” He then placed in his cloth a few pieces of bread which he had and they proceeded until they reached a hut which was in a corner of Basrah.

On reaching there, they found a man whose young children were asking him for something to eat whilst he was replying, “By Allah! I am not the one who created you, nor am I the one who gave you the ability to listen and see. However, the Being who has created you and given you the ability to hear and see will definitely send your sustenance to you soon.” Observing this spectacle, Muhammad bin Seereen (rahimahullah) said to him, “Listen (to what this man is saying).” Thereafter, he called the man from the hut and gave him the pieces of bread. The man (took it and gratefully) said, “You have brought it at the right time.”

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The Immense Mercy of Allah Ta‘ala

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Last Updated on Monday, 21 February 2022 16:04

Among the Banu Israaeel, there was a man who had committed the crime of murdering ninety-nine people. After killing ninety-nine people, he felt remorse in his heart and thus wished to repent and reform his life.

He thus approached some people and asked them to direct him to the greatest ‘Aalim of that place. In response, they guided him to a certain worshipper who had disassociated himself from the world and devoted himself to the ‘ibaadah of Allah Ta‘ala. On coming to the worshipper, the man said, “There is a person who murdered ninety-nine people. Is there any taubah for such a person?” The worshipper replied, “No, (there is no taubah for him).” When the man received this answer, he murdered the worshipper as well, thus increasing his total to one hundred murders!

However, the feeling of remorse and the urge to repent still persisted within his heart. Hence, he once again asked some people to direct him to the greatest ‘Aalim of that place. However, on this occasion, he was not directed to a mere worshipper but to a knowledgeable ‘Aalim.

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The Universal Remedy

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Last Updated on Monday, 07 February 2022 12:09

On one occasion, a person complained of drought to Hasan Basri (rahimahullah). Hearing his complaint, Hasan Basri (rahimahullah) said, “Seek forgiveness from Allah Ta‘ala.”

Another person then complained of poverty. To this person as well, Hasan Basri (rahimahullah) gave the same advice. He said, “Seek forgiveness from Allah Ta‘ala.” A third person then said to him, “Please ask Allah Ta‘ala to bless me with a child.” Hasan Basri (rahimahullah) replied by giving him the same advice which he had given to the previous two people. He said, “Seek forgiveness from Allah Ta‘ala.” Finally, a fourth person complained that the crops in his orchard had insufficient rainfall. Hasan Basri (rahimahullah) advised him saying, “Seek forgiveness from Allah Ta‘ala.”

Observing that four different people had come, with four different complaints, yet each had received the exact same answer, the people who were present were quite surprised. Hence, they asked Hasan Basri (rahimahullah) the reason for him giving the exact same advice to each person.

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Firm Adherence to the Blessed Sunnah

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Last Updated on Monday, 24 January 2022 16:22

Shaikh Ahmad (rahimahullah) of Sarhind was a great ‘Aalim, luminary and saint who was born in 971 A.H. He was a 31st generation descendant of Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). (Tareekh-e-Da’wat wa ‘Azeemat vol. 4, pgs. 127 & 138)

Though his name was Ahmad, he is famously known by the title Mujaddid Alf-e-Thaani (the revivalist of the 2nd millennium). The reason is that Allah Ta‘ala had selected him to revive Deen at the commencement of the second millennium and eradicate the various wrongs that had become prevalent, including the fitnah of the so called Deen-e-Ilaahi (a new religion which was propagated by Akbar, the ruler of India) which was one of the greatest threats and dangers to the Ummah at that time.

Mujaddid Alf-e-Thaani (rahimahullah) was an embodiment of virtue and piety. Together with the other great qualities he possessed, one of his very outstanding qualities was his firm adherence to following the blessed sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in every facet of his life.

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