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Household of Tahajjud

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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 May 2017 12:39 Monday, 19 June 2017 12:25

‘Aamir bin Aslam Al-Baahili (rahimahullah) narrates the following from his father:

We had a neighbour, in our locality, whose name was Hunaidah (rahimahallah). After a third or half the night had passed, she would stand and awaken her husband, children and servants saying, “Stand, perform wudhu and engage in salaah! You will soon be pleased with (and appreciate) what I am saying!” In this manner, Hunaidah (rahimahallah) continued to awaken them for Tahajjud Salaah until she passed away.

After she passed away, her husband had a dream one night in which he was told, “If you wish to join her in Jannah then continue to carry out her action among her household (of awaking the household for Tahajjud).” After seeing this dream, her husband began to awaken the household, as his late wife would do, until he passed away as well.

After his demise, his eldest son had a dream in which he was told, “If you wish to join your parents in their rank in Jannah then continue their action among their household (of awaking the household for Tahajjud).” The eldest son thus began to awaken the household, as his parents would do, until he passed away.

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Truth or Lie …?

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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 May 2017 12:16 Wednesday, 14 June 2017 12:01

(Tie the Tongue Series – Part 3)

“LIAR!” – From all the accusations that could be leveled against a person, this is definitely among the worst. This word is not a mere accusation – it is a sword that slices through one’s integrity, honesty and truthfulness, leaving them no more. Once a person is branded a liar, people are reluctant to trust him and view him with suspicion. In short – he loses all honour and respect.

Lying is a very dangerous habit as it has a ‘snowball’ effect. If a person makes a snowball and rolls it down a hill, then as the snowball progresses downward, it gathers more snow, growing in size, until it becomes too big to control. Similarly, when a person speaks a lie, he sparks off a chain reaction. In order to cover-up for the first lie, he will be forced to speak a second lie, and then a third, and so on, until he is eventually caught and the entire chain of lies is revealed. 

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Safety in Silence

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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 May 2017 12:25 Wednesday, 21 June 2017 11:54

(Tie the Tongue Series – Part 4)

The blessed speech of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is a miracle, with his every statement brimming with wisdom and meaning. From the treasure of hadeeth, just one example of the profound speech of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is when he said, “He who is silent is safe.” (Sunan Tirmizi #2501)

If we ponder, we will realize that the majority of our quarrels, arguments, fall-outs with friends and problems in general were linked to the misuse of the tongue. Often, a statement is made in innocence and no harm is meant, yet the words are received badly, causing great offence and pain. We thus realize that ‘I did not mean to hurt’ is not enough. Rather, we should ask ourselves ‘did I mean not to hurt’?

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Pleasant in Speech

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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 May 2017 12:16 Wednesday, 07 June 2017 10:56

(Tie the Tongue Series – Part 2)

Did you ever see a wealthy person emerge from the business-class lounge empty handed? Similarly, did you ever see a wealthy person decline when offered a free gift with a purchase? The answer is that most wealthy people, as well-off as they may be, will take something when leaving the business-class lounge (even if it’s just Voss water) and will never decline the chance to get something for nothing. The reason for this is simple – one will benefit at a 0% or minimum cost.

This very same mindset should be applied in our Deen. We should try to identify the areas where we can easily benefit and gain as the effort and cost is minimal. In this regard, one of the most ‘profitable’ avenues is that of pleasing people. ‘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)

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Time is Money

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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 May 2017 09:19 Thursday, 25 May 2017 09:10

We live in a world of import and export, a world in which most goods and commodities are available in most countries for most of the year. However, despite the year-round availability, there are many goods that enjoy a ‘peak season’. Astute businessmen are those who identify this period and utilize it to their advantage. For farmers, it may be the season in which their crops are harvested, while for shop owners, month-end and December are a few of the periods that deliver peak sales.

Unique Opportunity

The season presents a unique opportunity for one to secure tremendous profits in a minimal period of time. Hence, the farmer who diligently tends to his fields and ensures that he is present for the harvesting season will likely enjoy a bumper crop. Similarly, the shop owner will open his doors on time and remain behind the counter for the entire day in order to tend to the flood of customers.

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