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First Impressions are Lasting Impressions

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 15:11

‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) says: “I came to Makkah Mukarramah accompanying my uncles with the intention of buying ‘itr (perfume). We were directed to the uncle of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), who was an ‘itr merchant. While seated with him at the well of Zam-Zam, something suddenly caught my attention. A man entered from the door of Safa. He was fair in complexion with a tinge of redness. His hair was long and wavy. He had a thick beard, outstanding eyes, and his blessed teeth were shining. In a nut shell he looked liked a full moon. Alongside him was a young boy. A woman who had concealed her beauty was following them. All of them came (into the Haram), made tawaaf of the house of Allah Ta‘ala, and then worshipped Allah Ta‘ala in a unique manner. This was the first time we had witnessed such a manner of worship. So we asked ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu): ‘Is this some new religion?’ ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied: ‘This is my nephew Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), the young boy is ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), and the woman is Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha). They are the only three people on the surface of the earth who are worshipping Allah Ta‘ala in this way.’” (Majma‘uz Zawaaid #15267)

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Crying Memories

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Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 15:29

Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan (rahimahullah) was a great scholar and saint of the recent past. He was the teacher and spiritual mentor of many of our leading ‘Ulama in South Africa.

His pious mother used to make him lie on a bed alongside hers in the afternoons and read to him Islamic books. Whilst reading, most of the time she would be crying continuously with the tears streaming down her face. (Hayaate Maseehul Ummat pg. 58)

Having received such a heartfelt nurturing from a mother who was passionate about her deen, Moulana’s spiritual eyes had opened from his very childhood. He was punctual with his tahajjud salaah even before reaching the age of puberty.

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Nothing​ Serious

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 14:48

When ‘Aaisha (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was mistakenly left behind from the caravan on one journey, she thought to herself that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) will realise that she is missing and will send someone to search for her. So she lay down in the spot where she had camped and sleep overpowered her.

Safwaan bin Mu‘attal (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was appointed by Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to travel behind the caravan so that if anything was forgotten or had fallen behind, he can pick it up and bring it along. As he passes by, he sees somebody in the distance. When he comes closer, he recognises ‘Aaisha (radhiyallahu ‘anha) since he had seen her prior to the laws of hijaab. As soon as he realized it is her, he recited ‘innaa lillaahi wa innaa ilaihi raaji‘oon’ aloud. Upon hearing this ‘Aaisha (radhiyallahu ‘anha) immediately woke up and covered her face with her jilbaab (outer covering). She further says: “I take an oath on Allah, we never spoke a word, nor did I hear a single word from him besides ‘innaa lillaahi wa innaa ilaihi raaji‘oon’.” (Saheeh Bukhaari #4141)

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A Crying Mother

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Last Updated on Sunday, 27 April 2014 16:32

Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) lost his eyesight during his early infancy. His mother, who was very pious, was deeply grieved. She cried and begged Allah Ta‘ala to restore her child’s sight. After a long period of intense crying and pleading, she saw Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) in a dream giving her the glad tidings of her son’s sight being restored. On awakening she found his eyesight was restored. (Hadyus Saari pg. 662)

Lesson: We can imagine how firm and strong her heart was that she did not lose hope despite her son turning blind. Likewise, the mothers of this age cannot afford to give up on their own children. While they may be drowning in sin and evil due to being spiritually blind, nevertheless we need to continue trying and crying. That day will soon dawn when Allah Ta‘ala restores their spiritual eyesight whereby they will be able to see the right from the wrong. Making a concerted effort is within our control while the changing of hearts is in the control of Allah Ta‘ala. Let us do what is in our control and Allah Ta‘ala will shower down His blessings.

 

I will Kill your Son!

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Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 15:06

Hazrat Moulana Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi (rahimahullah) was one of the greatest scholars of the 13th century. Most of the great luminaries of the Indian Subcontinent of this era were either his direct or indirect students or disciples. Allah Ta‘ala had blessed him with vast knowledge, deep understanding and great spirituality.

His mother was a chaste and pious woman, an ardent worshipper and a special servant of Allah Ta‘ala. Despite being a woman, she was not of weak faith. She never allowed any defect with regard to Islam and imaan to creep into the hearts of her children. There was no place in her life for any superstition or baseless fears.

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