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Friend or Foe?​

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Wednesday, 26 February 2020 15:35

 يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَتَّخِذُوا بِطَانَةً مِّن دُونِكُمْ لَا يَأْلُونَكُمْ خَبَالًا وَدُّوا مَا عَنِتُّمْ قَدْ بَدَتِ الْبَغْضَاءُ مِنْ أَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَمَا تُخْفِي صُدُورُهُمْ أَكْبَرُ قَدْ بَيَّنَّا لَكُمُ الْآيَاتِ إِن كُنتُمْ تَعْقِلُونَ ﴿١١٨﴾ هَا أَنتُمْ أُولَاءِ تُحِبُّونَهُمْ وَلَا يُحِبُّونَكُمْ وَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِالْكِتَابِ كُلِّهِ وَإِذَا لَقُوكُمْ قَالُوا آمَنَّا وَإِذَا خَلَوْا عَضُّوا عَلَيْكُمُ الْأَنَامِلَ مِنَ الْغَيْظِ ۚ قُلْ مُوتُوا بِغَيْظِكُمْ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ عَلِيمٌ بِذَاتِ الصُّدُورِ

O you who believe! Do not take as an intimate friend and confidant anyone besides those who are from among you (i.e. the Muslims), as they will spare no effort to do you mischief. They only desire your ruin. Hatred has already appeared from their mouths, and what their hearts conceal is even worse. We have made the signs clear to you, if only you understand. Here you are loving them, and they do not love you, whereas you believe in all the scriptures... (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v118-119)

Before accepting Islam, the two tribes of the Ansaar, the Aws and the Khazraj, were allies and friends with the Jews who were their neighbours. However, after the Ansaar accepted Islam, the Jews began to harbour hatred for them, on account of them following Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and accepting his Deen.

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Righteousness is Always Rewarded

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Monday, 24 February 2020 15:40

Salamah bin Kuhail (rahimahullah) was an eminent Taabi‘ee and Muhaddith who had met the likes of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) and Sayyiduna Zaid bin Arqam (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). The following incident is regarding his granddaughter, Bakh-khah.

Her brother recounts:

I had an elder sister who suffered a mental breakdown due to which she became withdrawn and reclusive. She would stay in a room to the far end of the attic, and she remained in this room for more than ten years.

Despite her mental condition, she would try to always remain in the state of tahaarah (purity), and would be particular about her salaah. On certain occasions, she would succumb to her condition and lose her sanity for a few days. However, on recovering her sanity, she would make a note of the number of salaahs which she had missed so that she could perform the qadhaa afterwards.

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Shut the Door!

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Saturday, 22 February 2020 15:20

It is almost every person’s nightmare to wake up, in the middle of the night, and see a complete stranger standing at the foot of the bed, gun in hand. In fact, this fear of an intrusion is so firmly entrenched in the minds of people, that before retiring to bed they ensure that they lock all doors, close all windows, switch on the floodlights and activate the alarm.

But what many people forget is the intruder you DON’T see at the foot of your bed (or anywhere else at all for that matter) - the shayaateen and evil jinn. They enter the home with mischievous motives, surreptitiously sowing the seeds of discord and disharmony, whispering evil insinuations into the hearts and doing their best to spread grief, heartache, unhappiness and sorrow among the household.

Furthermore, there is no fence, whether electrified or with barbed wire, and there is no door, gate, burglar bar or alarm that can prevent their entry. Rather, they enter when they wish, from where they wish, and stay as long as they wish, causing more and more damage, day by day.

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Maintaining Moderation in Upbringing #1

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Thursday, 20 February 2020 15:11

(Advice of ‘Allaamah ‘Abdul Wahhaab Sha’raani [rahimahullah])

‘Allaamah ‘Abdul Wahhaab Sha’raani (rahimahullah) was a renowned ‘Aalim and saint who was born in Egypt in 898 A.H. and passed away in 973 A.H. He writes the following:

One of the bounties of Allah Ta‘ala which I enjoyed was the bounty of entrusting the upbringing of my children and my brothers to Allah Ta‘ala (i.e. I made the appropriate effort to raise them correctly, but trusted in Allah Ta‘ala to make my effort successful, instead of trying to force my children to submit to my will).

I judged and gauged their actions in the light of the Quraan Majeed and sunnah. Hence, when they carried out a praiseworthy action, I would tell them, “Thank Allah (for enabling you to carry out this action),” and when they carried out any disapproved action, I would tell them, “Repent to Allah Ta‘ala.”

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‘Feelings’ for a Friend

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Tuesday, 18 February 2020 15:47

Question:

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

Respected ‘Ulama

I have a very close friend who I know for a few years. The problem is that I think I’m getting close to her in a way not desired in Islam. I also know that she thinks of me as more than just a friend. Will it be better for me to maintain a distance from her, or will I be punished in the Hereafter for not talking to her? 

Jazakallah

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