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The Hallmark of Humility

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Monday, 05 March 2018 09:16

Jubair bin Nufair (rahimahullah) narrates:

On one occasion, a group of people praised ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) saying, “By Allah! We never saw a man who dispenses justice, speaks the truth and is more severe upon the hypocrites than you, O Ameerul Mu-mineen! You are the best of people (from the Sahaabah) after Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)!”

Hearing this, ‘Auf bin Maalik (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) objected, “You have not spoken the truth! By Allah, I have seen another man who is actually the greatest (from the Sahaabah) after Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)!” When the people asked ‘Auf (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) who this person was, he replied, “Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).”

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“Game Over”

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Thursday, 01 March 2018 10:49

Playing is a natural activity for a child and is even important for the correct, healthy development of a child. For a child, playing is not merely a pastime. Rather, it is a developmental and educational process through which the child learns many basic principles such as cause and effect, effort and reward, etc. It is due to the process of playing being such an effective medium of education that teachers seek to capitalize on playing and use it to engage the students in games through which they will be educated in a subtle yet definite and enjoyable manner.

However, since the world has taken the route of technology, the nature of ‘the game’ has changed. Now, games are seldom played on fields and in backyards. Rather, the computer, tablet and phone screen has become the new field of play, and once the game begins, players become glued to the screen.

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Thinking Ill of Others

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 05:55

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

Condition:

You gave me the prescription to dispel evil thoughts about others, that I must think to myself, “I will be asked to present a shar‘ee proof for these ill thoughts on the Day of Resurrection.” On addressing myself in this manner, I find that no evil thoughts of people remain whatsoever. However, later on I start having evil thoughts again.

Answer:

Whenever you have such thoughts, think about the shar‘ee proof that you will be asked to present. Say to yourself, “The person of whom you are thinking ill is not really like that. Rather, it is you who possesses these evil qualities. You are merely seeing your own reflection in their mirror.” This is similar to how an ugly man looked into the mirror and said, “O mirror! You are so ugly!” (Solutions to Spiritual Maladies for the Lovers of Allah Ta‘ala, pg. 200)

   

Rays of Radiance

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Monday, 26 February 2018 15:41

(Respected Wife of ‘Aarif Billah, Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar [rahimahullah] – Part One)

‘Aarif Billah, Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar (rahimahullah), is a personality who needs no introduction. He was the Shaikh (spiritual mentor and guide) of senior ‘Ulama of our country such as Moulana Yunus Patel (rahimahullah), Moulana ‘Abdul Hameed Ishaaq (daamat barakaatuhum) who is the principal of Darul ‘Uloom Azaadville, Moulana Fazlur Rahman Aa’zami (daamat barakaatuhum) who is the Shaikhul Hadeeth of Darul ‘Uloom Azaadville, and Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (daamat baraakatuhum) who is the Shaikhul Hadeeth of Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen in Isipingo Beach. Many other ‘Ulama and millions of people worldwide have benefited and continue to benefit tremendously from the teachings and guidance of this great saint.

It is perhaps sufficient testimony to his piety and saintliness that his own Shaikh, Shah ‘Abdul Ghani Phulpoori (rahimahullah), had once mentioned in his regard that he had attained a very high rank of piety and had a very strong bond with Allah Ta‘ala. However, his Shaikh had also mentioned the very same statement regarding another person – the respected wife of Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar (rahimahullah). Shah ‘Abdul Ghani Phulpoori (rahimahullah) said, “The person in his home (i.e. his respected wife) has also attained a very high rank of piety and has a very strong bond with Allah Ta‘ala.”

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The Gift of the Guest

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 15:01

‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Goodness comes to a home where food is consumed (by guests) faster than the blade goes to the hump of the camel.” (Sunan Ibnu Maajah #3357)

Among the Arabs, the meat from the hump of the camel was regarded as one of the best, most delicious cuts. Hence, when slaughtering a camel, they would hasten to cut the meat from the hump first and eat it before the meat of any other section.

In this hadeeth, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) explains that when there are guests in a home, then barakah (divine blessings from Allah Ta‘ala) come to the home even faster than the knife to the hump of the camel. This means that entertaining guests in one’s home is a means of ‘instantly’ attracting barakah (blessings) and the mercy of Allah Ta‘ala to the home.

This barakah and mercy will assist in making the home one of happiness, peace and tranquility. We should thus welcome guests into our homes, as this, in reality, is to welcome barakah into our homes.

   

Simplicity is Served

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Monday, 19 February 2018 16:00

Maslamah bin ‘Abdil Malik was the brother-in-law of ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah). He was among the members of the Banu Umayyah family who enjoyed the most luxurious and comfortable lifestyle.

Once, ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah) learned that Maslamah was spending one thousand dirhams (silver coins) daily on food alone! Concerned over this extravagance, he instructed Maslamah to come and see him early the next morning. He also instructed for a dish of simple lentils and a few different meat-dishes to be prepared.

The next morning, Maslamah arrived and remained with ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah) until a significant portion of the morning had passed. At that point, feeling the pangs of hunger, Maslamah arose and attempted to leave. However, ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah) did not allow him to leave and instructed him to sit. Unable to disobey ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah), Maslamah remained seated. When midday arrived, Maslamah again attempted to leave, but ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah) again instructed him to sit and prevented him from leaving.

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