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The Reward of Pleasing a Muslim

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 May 2017 16:05

‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Indeed (among) the most beloved of actions to Allah Ta‘ala after fulfilling the faraaidh (obligatory acts of Deen) is bringing happiness to a Muslim.” (Tabraani – Majma‘uz Zawaaid #13718) 

Bringing happiness to a Muslim is an act of ‘ibaadah that is easy to fulfill yet earns immense rewards. In trying to bring to bring happiness to a person, we should never consider any deed to be small and insignificant. Whether it is sharing something like a chocolate or a simple meal, or lending the neighbour flour and eggs in their hour of need, these seemingly mundane actions, when carried out with the correct intention, bring abundant rewards.

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A Golden Guarantee

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 March 2017 09:45

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has mentioned, “Whoever guarantees me (that he will safeguard and protect) that which is between his jaws and that which is between his legs, I will guarantee him Jannah.” (Saheeh Bukhaari #6474)

Safeguarding that which is between one’s jaws refers to two things. It refers to one being cautious in his speech i.e. abstaining from backbiting, lying, vulgar speech, speaking of things that are futile, etc., and it also refers to one ensuring that he only consumes halaal. Safeguarding that which is between one’s legs refers to one safeguarding his private parts i.e. abstaining from zina and all other sins of lust. (Mirqaat vol. 8 pg. 559)

If we have to ponder and reflect, we will realize that many, if not most of our sins and problems are related to either our speech or lust. Hence, if a person can exercise control over these two aspects, he will be able to eliminate most of the sins in his life and will thus be guaranteed Jannah by none other than Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).  

   

Tit-for-Tat

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 15:52

‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who truly joins family ties is not the one who deals with people in the same manner that they deal with him. Rather, the one who truly joins family ties is the one who joins ties when they have been severed.” (Saheeh Bukhaari #5991)

To be good to those family members who treat us well is easy, while showing good character to those family members who ill-treat us is difficult. However, a major occasion for joining family ties is when there is a need to join the ties on account of the ties being severed. Under these circumstances, showing the family the same ill-conduct that they showed us will only result in one thing – our stooping to their level and spoiling our behaviour. If we wish to join ties, then instead of ‘giving them a dose of their own medicine’ by having a tit-for-tat attitude, we should show them the character of Islam and treat them in the best manner possible.

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For Sale: Palace in Paradise

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 November 2016 16:47

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “I guarantee a palace on the outskirts of Paradise for the person who abstains from disputes, even though he may be in the right; and a palace in the middle of Paradise for the person who abandons speaking lies, even if it be in jest; and a palace in the highest stages of Paradise for the person who has good character.” (Sunan Abi Dawood #4800) 

In the abovementioned hadeeth, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) stands guarantee for a person receiving a palace in Jannah. However, there are three different palaces promised.

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Emulating the Ways of the Ambiyaa (‘alaihimus salaam)

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 October 2016 14:31

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Indeed good manners, pious ways and adopting moderation are a portion from the twenty-five portions of nubuwwah (prophethood).” (Sunan Abi Dawood #4776)

It is neither possible for any person to become a Nabi, as Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was the final Nabi, nor is it possible for actual nubuwwah (prophethood) to be divided into portions. The scholars of hadeeth have thus explained this hadeeth to mean that these praiseworthy traits form a great portion of the excellent traits with which the Ambiyaa (‘alaihimus salaam) were blessed.

We should therefore endeavour to instil these qualities within ourselves so that we may emulate the ways of the Ambiyaa (‘alaihimus salaam) who were the best of mankind and the most beloved of all the creation to Allah Ta‘ala. By emulating their ways, we will also become beloved to Allah Ta‘ala, due to which even the creation will love and honour us.

   

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