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Saving a Sinking Ship​

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Saturday, 17 August 2019 10:06

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

As salaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh

It is only Allah Ta‘ala who has made it possible for me to relate to you a story that may inspire you to become closer to Him. 

My life, from the day I was conceived, has been a series of both blessings and trials. My mother was from a small, poor community that was strict when it came to Islam. When she started university, her father, who was the closest person to her, passed away. She then disconnected from Deen and lost her way.

She fell pregnant at the age of 18 and had no means to look after a baby. At that time, her mother, who was diagnosed with cancer, took her to see a medical practitioner. Nevertheless, one thing led to the next and after some time, Allah Ta‘ala made it such that the doctor agreed to adopt the baby once born! This was a blessing from a trial as Allah Ta‘ala gave a barren woman (the doctor) a baby, and also helped a lost woman with no means to look after a baby by giving her a good home. 

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Birthday Parties and Family Ties

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Thursday, 15 August 2019 10:00

Question:

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

Respected ‘Ulama

My family feels that I am breaking family ties by not attending birthday parties that are hosted by them and our friends.

They feel that I need to be present, even if I don’t participate in the rituals. They say that I should have lunch and leave. They even tell us that when we have a TV in our home, then what’s wrong with us attending the party?

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Shu‘aib and the Sheep​

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Thursday, 08 August 2019 10:00

Ask our children:

1. How should we treat animals and other creatures?

2. If we have a pet, how should we look after it?

Now tell them the story:

Shu‘aib was a little boy who loved animals and wanted a pet. He wanted a cat, but his daddy said no. He wanted fish, but his daddy said no. He wanted a parrot, but his daddy said no. Then, he wanted a rabbit, but guess what? His daddy said no!

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Three Destructive Actions​

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Tuesday, 06 August 2019 14:24

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “There are three people whom Allah Ta‘ala will not look at (with the sight of mercy) on the Day of Qiyaamah; the one who disobeys his parents, the one who is addicted to wine (or intoxicants), and the one who gives charity to the poor and thereafter reminds them of his favour upon them.” (Mustadrak Haakim #7235)

In this hadeeth, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has cautioned us regarding three types of evil deeds that will be the cause of one suffering difficulty in the Hereafter.

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The Blessings of Sadaqah​

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Monday, 05 August 2019 09:56

There was once a person, from the people of Nabi Saalih (‘alaihis salaam), who had caused great inconvenience and harm to the people.

One day, the people approached Nabi Saalih (‘alaihis salaam) saying, “O Nabi of Allah! Make du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala cursing this person (i.e. make du‘aa for Allah Ta‘ala to destroy this person)!” Nabi Saalih (‘alaihis salaam) replied, “Go, for you have been sufficed from him (and his evil)!”

On that very day, the evil person went out to collect firewood, as was his daily routine. On departing, he took two loaves of bread with him, eating one and giving the other in sadaqah (charity). After collecting firewood, he returned home, safe and sound.

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