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Tuesday, 01 June 2021 15:22

Question:

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

Respected ‘Ulama

I am on certain social media platforms, and I find that it sometimes takes too much of my time.

I had the intention of deleting it but find it necessary as well for communication purposes, especially because I am teaching.

Please advise.

Jazakallah

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Compassion and Concern

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Monday, 31 May 2021 09:17

(Mother of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee [daamat barakaatuhum] – Part Four)

Among the many outstanding qualities which Makkiyyah Aapa (rahimahallah) possessed was her compassion and concern for one and all.

She always showed special care and love for those who were weak or slow, and children who had a natural weakness or disability would enjoy her special favour and kindness. She would go out of her way to care for them and bring happiness to their hearts, saying, “Allah Ta‘ala’s help comes to us on account of the weak among us.” In reality, these are the words of a hadeeth in which Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “You are provided with help and sustenance because of the weak ones amongst you.” (Saheeh Bukhaari #2896)

A young girl who is unable to walk from birth says that she would love to come and meet Makkiyyah Aapa (rahimahallah) because of the special care and love that she showed to her. She says, “Whenever I came to meet her, she always made me feel very special.” In fact, this was the sentiment and feeling expressed by most of the people who visited her. 

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Dedicated to her ‘Ibaadah

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Monday, 17 May 2021 10:15

(Mother of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee [daamat barakaatuhum] – Part Three)

Makkiyyah Aapa (rahimahallah) was always concerned regarding her Deeni progress. On one occasion, she mentioned to one of her sons that when her mother passed away, then more than the grief she experienced over the loss of a mother was the grief she felt over the loss of the person who would point out her faults, correct her and guide her.

Likewise, she always strove to attain perfection in every aspect of her Deen. Hence, when carrying out any ‘ibaadah or any action, she would often enquire as to whether she was carrying it out in the correct manner.

She was very particular regarding salaah. Thus, she would prepare for salaah before the time could set in, and would also encourage others to do the same. She was also particular about performing salaah in the “Awwal Waqt” (i.e. the earliest time when the salaah can be performed). She would not allow her salaah to be delayed and would remind others to also read their salaah early.

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The Night of ‘Eid

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Wednesday, 12 May 2021 10:05

With the blessed month of Ramadhaan drawing to an end, people’s eyes turn to the skies, seeking the hilaal (new moon) of Shawwaal. As soon as the moon is sighted, a unique sense of excitement permeates the environment as one and all welcome the arrival of ‘Eid.

Those who sat in i’tikaaf will return home to their beloved families, eagerly embracing them after the period of separation. In homes across the globe, families will take out their special ‘Eid clothing in anticipation of the next day. Mothers will be busy in the kitchen, preparing scrumptious meals and treats to enjoy.

While all the scenes depicted above are common, and form some of the cherished memories of ‘Eid that people will fondly remember throughout their lives, we should not forget the MAIN ASPECT of ‘Eid.

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Better than I’tikaaf

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Monday, 10 May 2021 10:49

On one occasion, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) was in i’tikaaf in Masjidun Nabawi when a person came to him and sat down after greeting him with salaam. When Sayyiduna Ibnu ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) looked at the person, he observed that he was worried and anxious. He thus asked him, “O so-and-so! I see that you are overcome by grief and worry! (What is the matter?)”

The man replied, “Yes, O cousin of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! I owe so-and-so an outstanding debt, and I am unable to settle it (and that is the reason for my worry and anxiety)!” Sayyiduna Ibnu ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) offered, “Shall I speak to him on your behalf (requesting him to grant you some form of respite)?” The man replied, “(Yes,) if you wish.” Sayyiduna Ibnu ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) thus stood and left the masjid.

As he left the masjid, the man reminded him, “Have you forgotten that you are in i’tikaaf? (i.e. by leaving the masjid, your i’tikaaf has broken.)” Sayyiduna Ibnu ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) replied, “No, (I have not forgotten).”  

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