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Endless Greed and Desire

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Last Updated on Thursday, 19 October 2017 10:48

Sayyiduna Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “If the son of Aadam has two valleys of wealth, he will desire a third valley (of wealth), and nothing will fill the belly of the son of Aadam besides sand (of the grave), and Allah Ta‘ala forgives those who repent to him.” (Saheeh Muslim #2415)

On account of his carnal nature, man is ambitious and greedy. The more he has, the more he wants. If we have three pairs of shoes, we will still pine for the fourth. If the latest phone is released, we will not be satisfied until we upgrade by acquiring it. If we fly business class, we will hanker after flying first class. If we drive a German vehicle, we will wish that we drove an Italian supercar, and the list goes on.

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The ‘Upgrade’ of the Aakhirah

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Last Updated on Monday, 28 August 2017 10:08

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has mentioned, “When Allah Ta‘ala has decreed a particular rank (in Jannah) for a servant, but the servant is unable to reach this rank through his good deeds (as they are insufficient), then Allah Ta‘ala tests him in his body, wealth, or his children. Allah Ta‘ala then enables him to exercise patience over this test, until it makes him reach the rank that Allah Ta‘ala had decreed for him.” (Sunan Abi Dawood #3090)

Every person hopes for an upgrade – be it an upgrade to the latest cell phone model, an upgrade from economy to business or first class, an upgrade to the latest car model, or even an upgrade from a normal hotel room to the Presidential Suite. Many people cannot afford these upgrades, and those who receive them for free are few and far apart!

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Are YOU Blind?

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Last Updated on Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:23

Sayyidah Ummu Salamah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) narrates the following:

I was once in the blessed presence of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) while Maimoonah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was also present. While we were with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), ‘Abdullah bin Ummi Maktoom (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) arrived, and this was after the law of Hijaab was revealed. When ‘Abdullah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) arrived, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) instructed us, “Adopt Hijaab from him.” We replied, “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! Is he not a blind man who can neither see us nor recognize us?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) responded, “Are the two of you blind? Can the two of you not see him?” (Sunan Abi Dawood #4112)

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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).  

   

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