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Thursday, 05 July 2018 09:44

Screeeech! Crash!

In a matter of seconds, it was over. The car went off the road and capsized, injuring the occupants within. An hour later, they were all in the emergency ward of the hospital with their loved ones waiting outside, fervently engaged in du‘aa. Finally, the surgeon brought them some news. They had all survived and had sustained no serious injuries – besides their young child. His spine had been broken, leaving him paralyzed!

May Allah Ta‘ala save us all from being tested with such a tragedy. Nevertheless, when a family is faced with the above situation, what generally happens? No parent can bear to see their beloved child in pain and difficulty, and no person would wish for their family member to be disabled and wheelchair-bound. Hence, the effort to “enable the disabled” commences. They seek the very best neurologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, aqua therapists and every other possible therapist that they feel may assist them. From India to USA, they will travel the world to find a cure for their beloved child. They beseech the saintly ‘Ulama of the time to make du‘aa for their child and even give sadaqah on his behalf. The reason? They wish him to be cured of his physical ailment.

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Purdah with the In-Laws

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018 10:00

Correspondence of  Hazrat Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (rahimahullah)

Condition:

On the occasion of my marriage, I wrote to you asking you how I should observe purdah at my in-laws’ house. You instructed me to wear a veil and to abstain from sitting at the same dining-table with non-mahrams. Initially, I tried to wear a veil, but my husband’s elder and younger brothers did not let me and would deliberately come in front of me so that I would have to look at them. Although my husband is an ‘Aalim, he told me that I should merely wear a scarf and observe purdah in this way. Despite the people of the home being religiously inclined, there is an environment of intermingling between mahrams and non-mahrams. Due to this, I have to eat at the same dining-table.

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The ‘Produce’ of Piety

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Monday, 02 July 2018 15:02

(Sayyidah Maryam [‘alaihas salaam] – Part Four)

Allah Ta‘ala bestowed Sayyidah Maryam (‘alaihas salaam) with His divine acceptance and blessed her to receive an upbringing that was excellent and outstanding. In regard to her upbringing, Allah Ta‘ala mentions in the Quraan Majeed, “And her Lord accepted her graciously and made her grow excellently.”

One aspect of “making her grow excellently” is that she received an excellent upbringing of piety and righteousness. Hence, from a young age, she would remain engaged in the worship and obedience of Allah Ta‘ala.

It is on account of this very piety and purity with which Allah Ta‘ala had blessed her that Allah Ta‘ala instructed the angels to announce to her, “O Maryam (‘alaihas salaam)! Indeed Allah Ta‘ala has selected you, purified you and chosen you above all women.”

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The ‘Cold Shoulder’

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Thursday, 28 June 2018 10:33

“Excuse me! May I have your attention please!” Yet, despite the repeated requests, the plea fell on deaf ears and was totally ignored.

The above scenario plays out in many spheres of life. Sometimes, it’s an obstinate member of the staff that ‘plays dumb’ and chooses to ignore their employer. At times, it can be a friend that chooses to ignore us. At other times, it can even be our own near and dear ones that give us the cold shoulder, and it is from these people that this treatment is most painful and upsetting.

If a spouse hurts or upsets their partner, and out of disappointment, the partner gives them the ‘cold shoulder’ and ‘silent treatment’, it will hurt and disturb them more than if any other person had to ignore them. From one-word answers to point-blank silence, the anxiety and disappointment perceived will be so severe that one will lose their appetite and will even find it difficult to sleep!

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The Aid for Acceptance

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Tuesday, 26 June 2018 06:39

Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The du‘aa of Zun-Noon (Nabi Yunus [‘alaihis salaam]), which he made while in the belly of the whale, is:

لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّيْ كُنْتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِيْنَ

No Muslim will ever make du‘aa through reciting these words, except that Allah Ta‘ala will accept his du‘aa.” (Sunan Tirmizi #3505)

The above words are very effective in gaining acceptance for one’s du‘aas. They are also concise and easy to recite. Hence we should recite these words whenever we make du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala.

 

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