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Grateful before the Giver

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Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2020 13:38

Abu Bilaal Al-Aswad recounts the following:

I once set out on the journey of hajj. After traveling some distance, I encountered a woman who had neither a conveyance to ride nor a utensil to use. I asked her, “Where are you from?” She replied, “I am from the land of Balkh.”

I then remarked to her, “I see that you neither have any provisions, nor a utensil in which you can carry provisions.” She responded, “When I departed from Balkh, I had ten dirhams with me. I still have some of that amount with me.” Hearing this, I asked her, “What will you do when the money is depleted?” She replied, “This cloak that I am wearing is extra. I will sell it, and then use the money to buy a cheaper cloak. I will then use the surplus money to see to my needs.”

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A Partner to Paradise

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Last Updated on Monday, 09 March 2020 16:21

Riyaah bin ‘Amr Al-Qaisi (rahimahullah) was a student of the renowned saint, Maalik bin Dinaar (rahimahullah). He possessed such fear of Allah Ta‘ala that he once said, “I have committed more than forty sins, for every one of these sins, I have recited istighfaar one hundred thousand times.”

Riyaah was blessed to have married an exceedingly pious woman. On the first morning which he spent with his bride, she began kneading dough (to prepare bread). Observing this, he said, “Why don’t you look for a woman to do this work for you?” She immediately (declined and) said, “The man I married is Riyaah Al-Qaisi (rahimahullah) (i.e. a man known for piety). I do not think that I have married an obstinate tyrant (i.e. a man hankering after servants and the world).”

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Righteousness is Always Rewarded

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Last Updated on Monday, 24 February 2020 15:47

Salamah bin Kuhail (rahimahullah) was an eminent Taabi‘ee and Muhaddith who had met the likes of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) and Sayyiduna Zaid bin Arqam (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). The following incident is regarding his granddaughter, Bakh-khah.

Her brother recounts:

I had an elder sister who suffered a mental breakdown due to which she became withdrawn and reclusive. She would stay in a room to the far end of the attic, and she remained in this room for more than ten years.

Despite her mental condition, she would try to always remain in the state of tahaarah (purity), and would be particular about her salaah. On certain occasions, she would succumb to her condition and lose her sanity for a few days. However, on recovering her sanity, she would make a note of the number of salaahs which she had missed so that she could perform the qadhaa afterwards.

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Cautious in Consumption

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Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2020 16:02

Abul Hasan Makki (rahimahullah) had a daughter, living in Makkah Mukarramah, who was even more pious than he was. Such was her simplicity and austerity that she would live on a mere thirty dirhams (silver coins) for the year. Her father would send her this money from the profit he made by selling mats which he would weave from palm leaves.

The neighbour of Abul Hasan Makki (rahimahullah), Ibnur Rawwaas, relates the following:

I intended leaving for hajj, and so I came to Abul Hasan (rahimahullah) to bid him farewell, ask him if he needed anything, and to request his du‘aa. He thus handed me a paper bag and said, “Ask the people of Makkah Mukarramah to direct you to so-and-so woman in such-and-such location and hand this to her.” I understood that the parcel was for his daughter.

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Amazing Display of Love

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2020 16:47

The Day of Uhud was indeed a severe day for the Muslims, as no less than seventy Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) were martyred in the battle against the disbelievers.

In the aftermath of the battle, a few women of Madeenah Munawwarah made their way to Uhud to enquire after their near and dear ones. Among these women was Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha).

En-route, she encountered Sayyidah Hind bintu ‘Amr bin Haraam (radhiyallahu ‘anha) who was driving a camel which was carrying the bodies of three martyrs on it. Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) asked her regarding the state of the Muslims in Uhud. Sayyidah Hind (radhiyallahu ‘anha) replied, “(They are in a) good (state). As for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then he is safe, and every calamity is easy to bear after him (i.e. after knowing that he (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is safe)! As for the other Muslims, then Allah Ta‘ala blessed some of them with martyrdom, and He turned back the disbelievers with their fury (rage), not having acquired any good. And Allah Ta‘ala was sufficient for the believers in battle, and Allah Ta‘ala is Most Powerful and Most Mighty.”

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