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Overcoming Calamity

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Monday, 23 October 2017 09:35

(Hafsah bintu Seereen [rahimahallah] – Part Three)

Hafsah bintu Seereen (rahimahallah) had a son named Huzail. He was very obedient to her and would serve her with great care and love. The extent to which he went in ensuring her comfort can be gauged from the fact that he would not bring ordinary firewood to her home. Instead, he would break cane during the summer and leave it to dry until winter. When winter set in, he would burn the dried cane in her home to warm her. The reason for burning dried cane is that it produced very little smoke. Huzail did not want the smoke of the fire to disturb his mother, and so he ‘went the extra mile’ to try and bring his mother comfort.

Additionally, he would not simply milk the camel and give her the milk to drink. Rather, he would leave the milk in the udders of the camel overnight, only milking it the following morning. After milking the camel, he would present the milk to his mother saying, “Drink, O mother of Huzail, as the best milk is that which remains in the udders overnight.”

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Endless Greed and Desire

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Thursday, 19 October 2017 10:45

Sayyiduna Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “If the son of Aadam has two valleys of wealth, he will desire a third valley (of wealth), and nothing will fill the belly of the son of Aadam besides sand (of the grave), and Allah Ta‘ala forgives those who repent to him.” (Saheeh Muslim #2415)

On account of his carnal nature, man is ambitious and greedy. The more he has, the more he wants. If we have three pairs of shoes, we will still pine for the fourth. If the latest phone is released, we will not be satisfied until we upgrade by acquiring it. If we fly business class, we will hanker after flying first class. If we drive a German vehicle, we will wish that we drove an Italian supercar, and the list goes on.

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Constant Concern for Salaah

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Monday, 16 October 2017 16:00

(Lessons from the Final Moments of ‘Umar [radhiyallahu ‘anhu] – Part Two)

On the night that ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was stabbed, Miswar bin Makhramah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) came to see him. On entering, he found ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) covered with a sheet (and unconscious). Miswar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) asked those present, “How is he?” They replied, “He is as you can see (unconscious).”

Miswar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) thus advised them, “Wake him up by calling him for salaah, as there is nothing that you can awaken him for that is more urgent and important to him than salaah.” Accepting this suggestion, they called out, “Salaah, O Ameerul Mu-mineen!” As soon as they did this, ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) awoke and exclaimed, “Yes! By Allah! There is no share in Islam for the one who neglects salaah!” ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) thereafter performed his salaah while blood flowed from his wound. (Tabraani – Majma‘uz Zawaaid #1659)

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All Bran Rusks

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Saturday, 14 October 2017 09:53

Melt the following in the microwave till it bubbles:

500g butter

2 cups brown sugar

To the above add:

2 eggs

2 cups buttermilk

and mix well.

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Etiquettes of the Host

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 15:16

1. When the guest arrives (and will be staying over), show him the toilet. In doing so, it will be easy for the guest to relieve himself if there is a need, without him needing to search for the host and enquire regarding the toilet.

2. If the guest arrives and is hungry, serve him whatever food is available or can be prepared quickly. Do not make the guest wait in hunger so that a lavish meal can be prepared.

3. The host should not force the guest to eat. This may harm the health and the well-being of the guest.

4. Do not stare at the guest while he is eating, or take note of and remark on the amount of food that he is eating. This will embarrass the guest and cause him to feel uncomfortable.

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