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Etiquettes of the Guest

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 September 2017 16:16 Tuesday, 12 September 2017 16:10

1. If the guest will not be partaking of meals, he should inform the host in advance. If he does not do this, the host will prepare meals and thereafter be disappointed when the guest does not eat. Obviously, this causes great inconvenience to the host.

2. If the guest is going anywhere, he should first inform the host.

3. The guest should not accept an invitation for any meal without first asking the permission of the host.

4. The guest should not interfere in the household affairs and matters of the host.

5. If the guest needs to make a request for anything, he should do so with respect and humility. He should never be demanding and rude.

6. If the guest has any special dietary requirements (e.g. he is on a strict diet and cannot eat certain foods) then he should inform the host in advance so that the preparations can be made accordingly. He should not wait for the meal to be served and thereafter inform the host of his diet.

7. The guest should not place a request before the host that will put the host through difficulty. Hence, the guest should be considerate and thoughtful before making any request.

8. The guest should not take uninvited people with him to the home of the host.

9. If several varieties of food or dishes are served then the guest should partake of a little from each dish.

   

Dedicated until Death

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Last Updated on Saturday, 26 August 2017 15:07 Monday, 11 September 2017 12:03

(Respected Wife of Dr. Hafeezullah Madani [rahimahullah] - Part Four)

Dr. Kareemullah Makki, the son of Dr. Hafeezullah Madani (rahimahullah), mentioned the following regarding his respected mother:

Despite my respected mother personally carrying out all the chores of the home, she had fixed times for her nafl ‘ibaadah, such as zikr and reciting the Quraan Majeed, and was punctual in adhering to these times. She would also punctually perform the various nafl salaah such as Tahajjud, Ishraaq, Chaasht, the sunnats of ‘Asr and the Awwaabeen Salaah. She would perform all her salaah with great devotion and concentration.

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‘Weaning’ the Nafs

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Last Updated on Monday, 28 August 2017 10:13 Thursday, 07 September 2017 10:09

‘Allaamah Booseeri (rahimahullah) mentions in his famous Qaseedah Burdah:

وَالنَّفْسُ كَالطِّفْلِ إِنْ تُهْمِلْهُ شَبَّ عَلٰى

حُبِّ الرَّضَاعِ وَإِنْ تَفْطِمْهُ يَنْفَطِمِ

The nafs is like a child; if you neglect (to wean) it, it will still have the love for the mother’s milk when it reaches adolescence. However, if you wean it, it will become weaned.

This couplet explains that a person’s nafs (carnal self) is like a young child. A suckling child, by nature, loves its mother’s milk. However, being a child, it does not understand that this milk is only beneficial for a short period, after which its consumption will prove harmful and detrimental to the child.

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The ‘Upgrade’ of the Aakhirah

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Last Updated on Monday, 28 August 2017 10:08 Tuesday, 05 September 2017 10:03

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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An Enviable End

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Last Updated on Sunday, 27 August 2017 09:49 Monday, 04 September 2017 09:13

Imaam Abul Waqt As-Sajzi (rahimahullah) was born in the year 458 A.H. and commenced studying hadeeth at the tender age of seven! Allah Ta‘ala had accepted him to serve the blessed ahaadeeth of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), and he was thus honoured to teach hadeeth in Khuraasaan, Asbahaan, Kirmaan, Hamazaan and Baghdad. Students would flock to him from every land and he was renowned as a great Muhaddith.  

Among his notable students were the likes of Haafiz Ibnu ‘Asaakir, Sam‘aani, Ibnul Jowzi and Ibnu Mandah (rahimahumullah).

His student, Ibnul Jowzi (rahimahullah), described him in the following words, “He was very pious and would exert himself in making abundant zikr, performing excessive Tahajjud Salaah and crying before Allah Ta‘ala. He possessed the qualities of the pious predecessors.”

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