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The Reward of Pleasing a Muslim

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 May 2017 16:05 Tuesday, 02 May 2017 16:01

‘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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Disinterest in the Dunya

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Last Updated on Monday, 01 May 2017 10:08 Monday, 01 May 2017 09:33

(Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani [rahimahullah] #2)

‘Alqamah bin Marthad (rahimahullah) has mentioned that eight Taabi‘een had excelled in attaining the highest levels of zuhd (asceticism). Among these eight Taabi‘een was Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani (rahimahullah). Explaining the zuhd of Abu Muslim (rahimahullah), ‘Alqamah bin Marthad (rahimahullah) quoted the following incident as an example of his disinterest in the world:

Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) would not sit with any person who was engaged in speaking of the dunya. If the person with whom he was seated began to speak of anything related to the dunya, Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) would immediately turn away and leave.

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Ginger Paak

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Last Updated on Saturday, 29 April 2017 07:01 Saturday, 29 April 2017 07:14

The best winter warmer.

One teaspoon to be taken daily, first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, with either black or cinnamon tea.

Peel 1 kg ginger. Grind in the magimix.

Roughly grind ½ kg almonds with the skin on.

Grind 100g chaar magaj.

Wash and grind 100g kus kus.

Slice 50g of pistachio.

Grind 50g of pistachio.

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Etiquettes when being Addressed

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Last Updated on Thursday, 27 April 2017 14:11 Monday, 24 April 2017 18:37

1. When somebody speaks to you, listen attentively. Showing indifference will hurt the speaker’s feelings. Similarly, do not wake up and leave while you are being spoken to (unless the conversation involves haraam e.g. backbiting, etc.).

2. If you do not understand what has been said, seek clarification. Do not pretend to understand, and do not use your own opinion to try and interpret or understand the statement.

3. If you are requested to do something, respond clearly by either accepting or rejecting. Do not give an ambiguous answer or remain silent, thus giving the person the impression that you intend to fulfill the request whereas you do not intend to fulfill it. Also, if you accept, then inform the person as soon as the request is fulfilled.

4. When listening to a lecture or attending a ta’leem, focus on what is being said. Do not engage in conversation with another person, fidget with one’s clothing, fingers, etc., or use one’s phone.

5. If you are asked to identify yourself (e.g. over the phone or when knocking on someone’s door) then do not answer by saying, “It’s me”. Instead, introduce yourself completely by stating your full name.

   

Internet Abuse

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 April 2017 09:17 Monday, 24 April 2017 15:56

Question:

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

I was brought up not allowed to use the internet, watch TV, etc. However, I recently started a course which required the use of the internet. I try my best to only use it for the work required, but time and time again, I end up using it for other stuff. Though it’s not always haraam stuff that I use the internet for, it does waste time. Also, lots of times, I get caught up in watching YouTube videos and though I know it’s not right, I just seem unable to stop. No matter how many promises I make not to use it for anything other than course related work, in the end, I still do.

If Moulana could please advise on how to stop this as I am aware it’s wrong and want to stop, but no matter how much I try, I still get caught up in it. 

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