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The Devil's Injection

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Monday, 18 June 2012 10:20

Sometimes we may like something while not realising that in it lies our destruction. Likewise we may at times dislike something yet it is our salvation. Allah Ta’ala alone knows what is good for us. 

With regards to having children, some couples only have girls while others have boys. Some have their children early, while others later. Some have one and some have none. All of this happens with the divine command of our Allah Ta’ala. The moment we forget our Allah Ta’ala, Shaytaan the devil gets an opportunity to interfere. He injects such thoughts and feelings into us that we start doubting and questioning our Allah Ta’ala. We lose trust in our compassionate Allah Ta’ala. With time we move further and further away from our loving Allah Ta’ala. Life then becomes helpless, hopeless and miserable. All we need to do is turn once more towards our forgiving Allah Ta’ala, be content with his decree and then see our lives brightening up once again.  

 

The Gift of Me'raj

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Saturday, 16 June 2012 10:07

On the twenty seventh of Rajab people discuss the great incident of Me’raj. Thereafter by and large the miracle of Me’raj and its message is forgotten until the following year.

Unlike us, the Sahaabah (radiyallahu anhum) and the Tabi'een (those who came after the Sahaabah) never set aside any particular day for the discussion of the incident of Me’raj. Hence even the scholars of the first century differed with regard to the actual date when Me’raj occurred (see Fathul Bari, vol.7, pg.203 and Ruhul Ma’aani, vol.15, pg.6). The Sahaabah (radiyallahu anhum) and the Tabi'een (rahimahumullah) had no need to set aside any particular day for this discussion. They regularly and frequently discussed the Ahadith with regard to all aspects of the life of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). They lived the message of Me’raj every day of their lives. 

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Beat the children with love

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Monday, 11 June 2012 10:20

Hakeemul-Ummah Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi alahi) used to say, : ‘When someone becomes my follower, my main concern and worry is not to reform that person, instead my first concern is to embed my love in that persons heart since if he loves me, he will obey me.’ Similarly, once the child loves his parents, he will be prepared to do anything for them. To get angry with one’s child and to chase him out of the home may not be an effective form of punishment. In fact in many cases the child will be too happy to be away from the angry nagging parents. Yes, if the child loves the parent, then the slight displeasure of the parent is sufficient to stop the child from further displeasing the parent. In this era we need to “beat” our children with love, mercy and kindness or else we may loose them.

 

Rules of a Muslim Home (#2) - Neatness

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Tuesday, 12 June 2012 08:05

Al-hamdulillah in the last issue, the importance of cleanliness in our homes was discussed. Just as it is important to keep our homes clean and tidy, it is also important to keep it orderly and well organized. The Hadith very emphatically teaches us to be neat and organized in whatever we do.

On one occasion Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said to the Sahaabah (radiyallahu anhum): “You will soon be meeting some of your brothers, so straighten your saddles, and neaten your clothing until you become like a shining star in the sight of the people” (Abu Dawood #4091).

In this Hadith, Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) explicitly commands the Sahaabah (radiyallahu anhum) to straighten their saddles and neaten their clothes so as to look presentable in the sight of people. 

The following are some points that should be considered:

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White Calico Cloth

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Monday, 11 June 2012 10:07

Consider the following parable which is often a reality. A woman walks into a material store one morning to buy material for a wedding outfit. She does not realise that a few hours later her white calico kafan cloth will be purchased from the same store to shroud her dead body.  While choosing her wedding material, her eyes may have even fallen on that calico cloth, or her hands may have even touched it. Little did she know that in a few hours time she will be covered in that very cloth.

Often some material is given to the dress-maker to sew an outfit.  However before the outfit is complete, the life of the person to wear it has been completed. How many of us may be living the last month of our lives or even the last day? Death is staring us in the face and we are still chasing after the material world!!!

May Allah Ta’ala enable us to always be prepared for the inevitable death.

 

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