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The Blessings of Sadaqah​

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Last Updated on Monday, 05 August 2019 10:06

There was once a person, from the people of Nabi Saalih (‘alaihis salaam), who had caused great inconvenience and harm to the people.

One day, the people approached Nabi Saalih (‘alaihis salaam) saying, “O Nabi of Allah! Make du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala cursing this person (i.e. make du‘aa for Allah Ta‘ala to destroy this person)!” Nabi Saalih (‘alaihis salaam) replied, “Go, for you have been sufficed from him (and his evil)!”

On that very day, the evil person went out to collect firewood, as was his daily routine. On departing, he took two loaves of bread with him, eating one and giving the other in sadaqah (charity). After collecting firewood, he returned home, safe and sound.

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Persevering in the Pursuit of Knowledge

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Last Updated on Monday, 22 July 2019 16:08

Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) is a personality who requires no introduction. Nevertheless, while most people are aware of the acceptance which he and his kitaab received from Allah Ta‘ala, not many people are aware of the great hardships which he underwent in the pursuit of ‘ilm (the knowledge of Deen). Below are two incidents in this regard:

‘Umar bin Hafs (rahimahullah) narrates:

We were with Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) in Basrah, acquiring and writing the ahaadeeth of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). On one occasion, a few days passed in which we saw no sign of Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah). Thereafter, we managed to locate him and found that he was in a certain house. (He remained confined to the house because) he did not possess any clothing and his provisions were exhausted. Hence, we collected some dirhams (silvers coins) and used the amount to acquire clothing for him.

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Receptive to the Reminder

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Last Updated on Monday, 08 July 2019 15:50

Ebrahim bin Bash-shaar (rahimahullah) narrates:

On one occasion, I was passing through the desert in the company of Ebrahim bin Adham (rahimahullah) when we came across a high grave. On seeing the grave, Ebrahim (rahimahullah) made du‘aa for the inmate, asking Allah Ta‘ala to shower His mercy upon him, and began to weep.

I asked Ebrahim (rahimahullah), “Whose grave is this?” Ebrahim (rahimahullah) replied, “This is the grave of Humaid bin Jaabir (rahimahullah) who was the ruler of all these cities. Initially, he was drowning in the oceans of this world (i.e. he was immersed in the luxuries and pleasures of the world). However, Allah Ta‘ala thereafter removed him from the oceans of the world and saved him.

I heard that one day, while he was seated with his close family, taking enjoyment from the amusements of his empire and possessions, he fell asleep. While asleep, he had a dream in which he saw a man standing at his head side, holding a book. The man passed the book to him. When he opened it, he saw the following words inscribed in gold,

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The Intelligent Investor​

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Last Updated on Monday, 24 June 2019 15:58

Sayyiduna Sa‘eed bin ‘Aamir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was a Sahaabi of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) who was well known for his austerity and disinterest in the dunya. Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had appointed him as the governor over Hims.

His disinterest in wealth was such that when he would receive his monthly stipend from the Baytul Maal, he would set aside the amount that his dependents required to fulfil their needs and would then give the remainder in sadaqah.

On one occasion, Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) came to the city of Hims and asked the residents how they found their governor, Sayyiduna Sa‘eed bin ‘Aamir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). The people responded by placing before Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) four complaints regarding their governor.

Their first complaint was, “He does not emerge from his home to attend to us until the sun is high and a portion of the day has passed.” Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “This is indeed serious.”

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​Planting the Seed of Piety

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Last Updated on Monday, 06 May 2019 15:21

Sahal bin ‘Abdillah Tustari (rahimahullah) was a renowned saint of his time. He was born in the city of Tustar (a city in South-Western Iran also known as Shushtar) during the year 200 or 201 A.H., and passed away in Basrah during the year 283 A.H.

Although Sahal bin ‘Abdillah Tustari (rahimahullah) acquired spiritual benefit from the saint, Zunnoon Misri (rahimahullah), the roots of his piety can be traced to the influence of his maternal uncle, Muhammad bin Sawwaar (rahimahullah). Sahal (rahimahullah) explains:

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