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A Leap of Faith

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Monday, 28 September 2020 08:40

There was once a youth in the Banu Israaeel who was blessed with such beauty that people had never before set eyes on anyone as handsome as him. This youngster would sell baskets for a living.

One day, while he was going about selling his baskets, a woman emerged from the palace of one of the kings of the Banu Israaeel. On catching sight of the youth, the woman immediately turned and went back into the palace where she said to the princess, “O so-and-so! I saw a youth selling baskets, and I have never seen anyone more handsome than him!” Hearing this, the princess said, “Bring him in!”

The woman thus went out and said to the youth, “O youngster! Come inside so that we can buy something from you!” The youth unsuspectingly followed the woman into the palace, but as he entered, she locked the door behind him. She then called him further into the palace, and as he ventured further, she locked yet another door behind him. At that point, the princess emerged before him, with her face and the upper portion of her chest exposed.

When he saw her, the youth said, “Please buy something – may Allah Ta‘ala keep you in ease.” However, the princess responded, “We did not call you here for this (i.e. to buy your baskets) – the only reason that we called you here was for that (i.e. to seduce you)!” When she said this, the youth said, “Fear Allah Ta‘ala!”

Seeing his aversion and unwillingness to commit the sin, the princess threatened him saying, “If you do not do as I want, I will inform the king that you intruded into the palace!” However, he still resisted and attempted to advise her against this sin, yet she refused to take heed. Finally, the youth requested, “Give me some water to perform wudhu.” The princess was sceptical and said, “Are you looking for excuses to avoid me?” Then, she instructed her slave girl, “Place some water for wudhu at the top of the palace.”

The top of the palace was a place from which the youth could not escape, as it was approximately 20 meters high. Nevertheless, on being taken to that place, at the top of the palace, the youth turned to Allah Ta‘ala in du‘aa and supplicated, “O Allah! I have been invited to engage in Your disobedience, but I have chosen to suppress my nafs (carnal self), so I will throw it from this palace in order to avoid committing an act of Your disobedience.”

Saying this, he recited bismillah and jumped. At that moment, Allah Ta‘ala sent an angel that caught him by his sides (and lowered him to the ground) until he was standing on his feet. He then turned to Allah Ta‘ala once again and made du‘aa saying, “O Allah! If You wish, You can provide me with such sustenance that will suffice me from having to sell these baskets.” Allah Ta‘ala accepted his du‘aa and sent a swarm of golden locusts to him. He thus began to collect the golden locusts until he had filled his clothing with them.

He then made du‘aa and said, “O Allah! If this is sustenance that You have provided me with in this world then grant me barakah (blessings) in it, and if it will cause my reward which is by You in the Hereafter to be decreased, then I have no need for it.” When he said this, a voice called out to him, “This, which We have given to you, is merely one portion from twenty-five portions of the reward you were given for your patience in casting yourself down from the palace.”

Hearing this, the youth said, “O Allah! I do not need that which will cause my reward in the Hereafter to be decreased.” Allah Ta‘ala accepted his du‘aa and the golden locusts were raised and disappeared.

(Al Muntazam vol. 2, pg. 183)

Lessons:

1. If a person sees a blazing bonfire before him, and he is offered a large sum of money to jump into it, then he will refuse to do so – even if the amount may be in the millions. The reason is that this person knows and firmly believes in his heart that jumping into the fire will result in his destruction. In the same way, when a person has true imaan, then he is completely convinced that sinning will cause him to burn in the fire of Jahannum. Hence, no matter how enticing the sin may be, he will refuse to indulge in it. In fact, he will be prepared to do anything to avoid the sin – just as the youth jumped from the palace and risked injuring himself.

2. When a person sincerely wishes to avoid sin, from the depths of his heart, then Allah Ta‘ala will grant him special assistance in staying away from sin. Hence, when the youth did all that was in his ability to avoid the sin by leaping from the top of the palace, Allah Ta‘ala sent an angel to assist him and lower him safely to the ground.

3. Allah Ta‘ala is most appreciative of our efforts, and hence He rewards us for our striving and sacrifice in the path of earning His pleasure. Thus, when carrying out any good deed, or shunning any evil, we must remember that Allah Ta‘ala, in His kindness, will certainly reward us and will not forget the effort we made for His pleasure.

 

The Concealed Connection

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Thursday, 24 September 2020 08:48

There was once a man who was suffering from several infections. First, he had an eye infection, then he had an ear infection, and then a skin infection, and finally, he even had a nail infection! Initially, he attempted to treat the infection by applying medication directly to the site of infection, as he reasoned that localised treatment would be most beneficial. However, this proved tedious and ineffective, for as soon as the infection would subside in one area, it would rapidly flare up in another.

Eventually, the man went to a doctor and complained of his condition. To his surprise, the doctor ignored all the sites of infection, and instead administered a potent injection into his behind! Then, to his even-greater surprise, he found that the infection disappeared within mere days! Unable to understand the hidden connection between his behind and all the sites of infection, he enquired from the doctor, who explained to him that though it was administered into the behind, the powerful medication was able to permeate throughout the body via the bloodstream, thus eradicating the infection from the root and healing the entire body all at once. This was the ‘concealed connection’.

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Spending in All Conditions

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Tuesday, 22 September 2020 09:37

ٱلَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ فِى ٱلسَّرَّآءِ وَٱلضَّرَّآءِ

(The people of taqwa are) those who spend (in the path of Allah Ta‘ala) in prosperity and adversity. (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v. 134)

In the above verse of the Quraan Majeed, Allah Ta‘ala describes one of the salient qualities of the righteous – spending in the path of Allah Ta‘ala.

Generally, there are two conditions in which a person neglects to spend in Allah Ta‘ala’s path.

The first is prosperity, when one is enjoying abundant wealth. At this time, some people become intoxicated by the wealth due to which the thought of charity does not even cross their minds, or they develop such love for the wealth that they cannot bear to be parted from it. 

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Making her Dream a Reality

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Monday, 21 September 2020 08:31

(Mother of Moulana Muhammad ‘Umar Paalanpuri [rahimahumullah] – Part Four)

It had always been the aspiration and desire of the mother of Moulana Muhammad ‘Umar Paalanpuri (rahimahullah) that her son should become an ‘Aalim of Deen, and Allah Ta‘ala made this dream of her’s a reality.

Maryam Khaalah had once narrated the hadeeth to her which mentions that the parents of the haafiz of the Quraan Majeed will be honoured by being made to wear crowns of noor on the Day of Qiyaamah. Hearing this hadeeth, his mother began to weep and said to her son, “My son! I want you to learn the Quraan Majeed, and you must learn Saheeh Bukhaari as well!” Moulana (rahimahullah) asked, “What will happen to my school education?” His mother replied, “That is not my concern – my only concern is that you acquire the knowledge of Deen!”

At the age of seven, Moulana (rahimahullah) enrolled into a school in Bombay. It was the following year, when he was eight years old, that his father passed away. Moulana (rahimahullah) remained in school for five years, until the year 1942, when he returned with his mother to spend the holiday in his hometown. While he was at home during the holiday, his mother began sending him to the local madrasah in which a very pious ‘Aalim, Moulana ‘Abdul Hafeez Jalaalpuri (rahimahullah), was teaching. Moulana ‘Abdul Hafeez (rahimahullah) showed him special attention, and under his tutelage, Moulana progressed tremendously, studying no less than fifty kitaabs in one year.

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The Dignity of Domestic Staff

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Saturday, 19 September 2020 09:08

From gardeners to domestic workers and drivers – many homes employ one or even multiple staff to fulfil the household needs. These staff may be South African or from another country, they may be old or young, they may be educated or uneducated, and they may be skilled or unskilled. Regardless of these variances, there is one important point that we must bear in mind regarding our staff – they are Allah’s living creation and should thus be treated in a kind and just manner.

Unfortunately, since the working class are disempowered, it is often witnessed that people take undue advantage of them. At times, they are made to work overtime without compensation, or their pay is cut even though they may not be liable for the damage in sharee‘ah or it was not conclusively proven that they had stolen the missing item. Likewise, there are many other ways in which their rights are trampled and they are ill-treated, and it is only their desperation for the income that prevents them from speaking out and challenging their employer.

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