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Sacrifice for the Sake of Allah Ta’ala

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 March 2013 15:13

Haajar (alaihas salaam) was chosen to be the wife of Nabi Ebrahim (alaihis salaam) and the mother of Nabi Isma’eel (alaihis salaam). Her obedience to her husband, her life of sacrifice, her staying all alone with her suckling son in the barren lands of Makkah, her full trust in Allah Ta’ala, her running between Safa and Marwa were all greatly loved by Allah Ta’ala. Hence, up to this day we all enjoy the blessing of Zam-Zam, part of our Hajj and Umrah is the seven rounds between Safa and Marwa which remind us of Haajar (alaihas salaam)’s love and obedience to Allah Ta’ala. To crown it all, the last and most beloved messenger of Allah Ta’ala, Muhammed (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was chosen to be from the progeny of her son Isma’eel (alaihis salaam). 

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The Play Dough

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Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 09:22

She stared at the play dough in her hands. The different colours reminded her of the rainbow that her father had shown her just the day before. She was only four years old and doctors had given up hope of her motor-skills ever returning to her since that ghastly accident two years ago. Pushing the curls away from her eyes, she miraculously began pulling at it: twisting, rolling and shaping it into the house ... the house that she would always tell her father about whilst sitting on his lap and swinging in their sun-filled veranda. He would always twirl her baby-soft hair around his fingers and say:

“Darling, the happiest day of my life will be when you build me a house with your play dough.”

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Mothers of the Nations

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 11:23

Legacy

A legacy is what one leaves behind after one dies. Your friend might leave behind a valuable piece of art while her grandfather may have left a vintage car. Someone may bid farewell to a state-of-the-art-kitchen equivalent in value to many people’s entire home. On the other hand someone might part with wardrobes full of designer apparel, branded scarves and fashionable footwear: the colours and variety of which could put an exclusive boutique to shame. These are some of the mundane and finite legacies of this world. They are bound to perish one day. They will become outdated and unfashionable. The image that they lend to their owners is redeemed the day they die. The benefit that would accrue to those who possessed them discontinues and ceases the moment they part ways. 

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Faatimah Naysapuri (rahimahallah)

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Last Updated on Friday, 08 February 2013 06:47

Faatimah Naysapuri (rahimahallah) was a woman of outstanding piety and wisdom. The great saint Zun-Noon Misri (rahimahullah) says, “She is a friend of Allah Ta’ala and my teacher.” She passed away in Makkah Mukarramah on her way for umrah in 223 A.H. 

She used to say, “The person who does not remember Allah Ta’ala falls into every type of sin and blurts out anything and everything that comes onto the tongue. As for the person who remembers Allah Ta’ala all the time, Allah Ta’ala makes him dumb to everything except the truth and makes him have shame for Him and sincerity.” (Sifatus Safwah vol. 2, pg. 315)

Lesson: Today we spend hours talking away with family and friends, without the least remembrance of Allah Ta’ala. Thus we fall into the worst of sins at times. The question that we need to ask ourselves is, when last did we speak about Allah Ta’ala or Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) in our meetings and conversations? That tongue which has been given to us as a gift to take the blessed name of Allah Ta’ala is taking the name of everything but Allah Ta’ala. Let us make the change. Plan in advance of what subtle and brief reminder you will give to those you are going to be talking to. It does not have to be a lecture. A subtle short and sweet message in a friendly and informal way is sometimes more effective than a long lecture.

   

Behind a Great Man is a Great Woman

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Last Updated on Friday, 08 February 2013 06:47

One night while Ameerul Mu’mineen Umar bin Khattab (radiyallahu anhu) was doing his rounds in Madinah Munawwarah, he leaned against a wall and overheard a unique conversation between a young girl and her mother. The mother instructed the girl to add water to the milk that was to be sold the next day. The girl replied: “O my mother! Aren’t you aware of the order that Ameerul Mu’mineen has passed today?” The mother inquired as to what was the order. The daughter replied: “He ordered someone to announce that water should not be added to milk (since this was deception).” The mother said to her: “O my daughter! Just add the water since you are in such a place where neither Umar can see you nor the one who has made the announcement on his behalf.” The daughter replied: “O my beloved mother! I cannot be so dishonest to obey him in open and disobey him in private.” 

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