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A Dull Day made Bright

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 09:10

Imran bin Hattaan was a very ugly man whose wife was extraordinarily beautiful. Once she stared at his face for some time and then expressed gratitude by saying: “Alhamdulillah.” He asked in surprise: “What is all this about?” She replied: “I praised Allah Ta‘ala because I hope that both of us will be ushered in to Jannah.” He said: “On what basis do you say so?” She answered: “Because you are blessed with a wife as beautiful as myself, upon which you are grateful. Likewise I am married to a man like you, upon which I am exercising patience. Allah Ta‘ala has promised Jannah for both - those who are grateful as well as those who adopt patience.” (Tafseerul Kashaaf vol. 1, pg. 560)

Lesson: An intelligent person looks for something positive in the worst of situations, whilst a foolish person looks for the smallest negativity in the best of situations. Allah Ta‘ala has blessed us with so many things for us to be happy and joyous about. Let us appreciate and enjoy them, and stop moaning about the small difficulties we sometimes experience. This applies to everything in our life, including our marriages. The secret is that one must focus on the reality - the Hereafter. As a result, the temporary difficulties of this world do not lead to depression and frustration. By focussing solely on this world, ‘a tissue becomes an issue,’ and by focussing on the Hereafter, ‘a mountain becomes a molehill.’ 

   

Allah is Watching!

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Last Updated on Thursday, 08 August 2013 13:49

There was once a maid who worked for a family of Sayyids (descendants of Nabi sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). She was totally ignorant regarding the laws of Deen and would not even offer her salaah. When she aged, this family would take care of her because they felt indebted to her for all the service that she had rendered to them. As her last moments came close, she began to say something which no one could understand. Finally a learned person was called and he realised that she was saying: “laa takhaafee walaa tahzanee” (don’t fear and don’t grief). He told them to inquire from her why is she saying this. After much difficulty she replied: “There is a group of angels present who are repeating these words.” Then he inquired: “Do you understand what is being told to you?” She replied: “I cannot understand it, but I can sense that they are consoling me.” He then asked: “On what action are you being blessed in this way?” After some time she replied: “These angels are saying: ‘You haven’t done much good deeds in your life. However, there is one deed of yours which Allah Ta‘ala really liked. Once you bought some ghee (clarified butter) from a shop. When you came home and boiled it, a gold coin came out from inside. Initially you thought of keeping it for yourself since no one was aware of it. Then the thought came to your mind that “Allah is watching”, because of which you returned it to the shopkeeper. It is on account of this deed that you are being comforted in this way.’” (Jawaahir Paare vol. 1, pg. 156) 

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Maalik bin Dinaar (r.a.)’s Repentance on 15th Sha’baan

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Last Updated on Saturday, 22 June 2013 13:43

Maalik bin Dinaar (rahimahullah) was one of the renowned pious men of his time. In his early life, he was not a pious man, and when someone asked him how he came to repent of his sins and abandon his evil ways, he related the following story about himself:

I was a policeman in my youth, and was addicted to wine. I drank day and night and led a care-free life. I bought a beautiful slave girl whom I loved most dearly. I had a daughter from her, and I was very fond of her. When this baby daughter began to walk and talk, I loved her all the more and she was very fond of me as well. The innocent child had a strange habit. Whenever she saw a glass of wine in my hand, she would snatch it away and spill it on my clothes. Being fond of her, I did not scold her. As fate would have it, my innocent child died when she was two years old and I was stunned with shock and heart-sore.

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Highway Robber becomes the Saint of the Time

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 June 2013 20:47

Fudhail bin ‘Iyaadh (rahimahullah) was a great saint and scholar of his time. His initial years were spent in highway robbing. The incident of his repentance is as follows: 

One night, as he was climbing a wall to meet a girl that he was infatuated with, he heard someone reciting the verse: 

أَلَمْ يَأْنِ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَن تَخْشَعَ قُلُوبُهُمْ لِذِكْرِ اللَّـهِ

“Has not the time come for the people of imaan that their hearts surrender to the remembrance of Allah Ta‘ala”

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