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The Eye of Gratitude

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Last Updated on Monday, 14 August 2017 09:21 Monday, 07 August 2017 15:47

During the year 296 A.H. Ibnul Mu’tazz attempted a coup to overthrow the khaleefah, Al-Muqtadir. However, the coup eventually failed, and Ibnul Mu’tazz fled, seeking sanctuary in the home of the merchant, Ibnul Jassaas Al-Jowhary. One of the servants of Ibnul Jassaas informed Al-Muqtadir that Ibnul Mu’tazz was in the home of Ibnul Jassaas, due to which Ibnul Mu’tazz was arrested and executed for treason. As for Ibnul Jassaas, due to his role in granting refuge to Ibnul Mu’tazz, the khaleefah ordered that he be meted the punishment of his wealth being confiscated. Thus, assets worth approximately sixty million Dinaars (gold coins) were seized!

Ja’far bin Warqaa narrates the following:

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Rules of a Muslims Home (#15) – Mashwarah

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Last Updated on Saturday, 16 September 2017 16:12 Saturday, 05 August 2017 15:36

Allah Ta‘ala instructed Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in the Quraan Majeed as follows:

وَشَاوِرْهُمْ فِي الْأَمْرِ فَإِذَا عَزَمْتَ فَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّـهِ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُتَوَكِّلِينَ

Consult them in your affairs. Then when you have taken a decision, place your trust in Allah Ta‘ala, for verily Allah Ta‘ala loves those who place their trust in Him.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was undoubtedly the most intelligent of all mankind. Yet, despite his intelligence, Allah Ta‘ala instructed him to make mashwarah (consult) with the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum).

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First Impressions

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Last Updated on Thursday, 03 August 2017 15:10 Thursday, 03 August 2017 15:01

The phrase ‘first impressions are lasting impressions’ is well known. Hence, when going to the home of one’s prospective in-laws for a proposal or when going for a job interview, a person ensures that he is on his very best behavior, as he wishes to create a positive impression that will hopefully remain a lasting impression.

Similarly, Islam teaches us that when a child is born, then the very first thing that should be done is to call out the azaan in his right ear and the iqaamah in his left ear. In this manner, the child’s very first impression is the impression of Islam and the greatness of Allah Ta‘ala.

Aside from being a teaching of Islam, this azaan and iqaamah in the ears of the newborn child contains numerous benefits. If the very first words that the child heard, when entering the world, were the words of the kalimah in the azaan, then it is hoped that the final words of the child, when leaving this world, will also be the words of the kalimah. An additional benefit is that of repelling Shaitaan. When the azaan is called out, Shaitaan is forced to flee. Hence, as soon as the child is born, we chase Shaitaan away and ensure that the child hears the invitation to Deen in the form of azaan.

Finally, the name of Allah Ta‘ala and the kalimah are such that they have a definite, positive effect on the person hearing them, even if he does not realize it. Thus, we strengthen the Deen of this newborn child with the kalimah and azaan, just as the doctors attempt to strengthen his immune system with vitamin injections, etc.

   

Envy and Ingratitude

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 August 2017 15:51 Tuesday, 01 August 2017 15:36

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

Condition:

I have a very bad habit of envy. When I see any girl enjoying a bounty from Allah Ta‘ala, I become envious and constantly think to myself, “She is so fortunate that Allah Ta‘ala gave her so much.” I then have thoughts of ungratefulness.

Answer:

Envy in matters of Deen is permissible, such as when a person thinks, “I should also acquire that Deeni bounty.” However, you should never be ungrateful, as ingratitude is a serious sin. Think of all the bounties of Allah Ta‘ala that you enjoy, and make du‘aa for more progress by saying, “O Allah! I express complete gratitude for every bounty which You bestowed me with, and I ask You for more bounties in Deen.” (Solutions to Spiritual Maladies for the Lovers of Allah Ta‘ala, pg. 351)

   

Transforming through Ta’leem

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Last Updated on Monday, 31 July 2017 15:49 Monday, 31 July 2017 15:39

(Respected Wife of Dr. Hafeezullah Madani [rahimahullah] - Part One)

The respected wife of Hazrat Doctor Hafeezullah Sukkharwi Muhaajir Madani (rahimahullah) was born in March 1917, and passed away in July 1992 at the age of 75.

She had acquired the basic secular education under private tutelage. When it came to Deen, she had practically memorized the entire Behishti Zewar. Hence, many women would come and ask her their various masaa-il which she would promptly answer from Behishti Zewar. Furthermore, she had read the Mawaa‘iz (discourses) Malfoozaat (selected sayings) and other works of Hazrat Moulana Ashraf ‘Ali Thaanwi (rahimahullah) multiple times. As a result of constantly reading his works, her mindset and outlook had become one that completely conformed to Deen and the sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). She was thus filled with a perpetual motivation to carry out righteous works, and possessed a strong aversion for sin and bid‘ah (innovated practices). Practicing on Deen had literally become her second nature.

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