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Yearning for Barakah

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Last Updated on Monday, 08 May 2017 16:06 Monday, 08 May 2017 15:52

(The Life of Ummu Sulaim [radhiyallahu ‘anha] #5)

Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was fortunate to have none other than Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) frequently visit her home (as was mentioned and explained previously). She would utilize this unique opportunity to gain and secure as much blessing as she could from Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) mentions, “Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would enter the home of Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) and would rest on her bed without her being in the bed. One day, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) came to her home and slept on her bed. When she was informed that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had come to her home and was sleeping on her bed, she came and saw that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had perspired. His blessed perspiration had gathered on a piece of leather on the bed (on which Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was sleeping). Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) thus opened a small case (in which she stored her valuables, extracted a few glass bottles,) and began to dry the leather piece by squeezing the blessed perspiration of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) into her bottles. At that moment, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) awoke and asked her, “What are you doing? O Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha)!” Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) replied, “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! We want our children to benefit from its barakah (blessings).” Hearing this, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) responded, “You are correct (in doing this).” (Saheeh Muslim #6056) According to another narration, Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) replied, “This is your blessed perspiration. We put it into our perfume, as your blessed perspiration is the most fragrant of all perfumes.” (Saheeh Muslim #6055)

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Du‘aa for the Parents and Newborn

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Last Updated on Thursday, 04 May 2017 11:45 Thursday, 04 May 2017 11:42

Islam is a Deen that teaches us to love for others that which we love for ourselves. Hence, when our friends or relatives are blessed with a child, we should be happy for them and try to increase their joy. We should congratulate them on the blessing that they have received from Allah Ta‘ala and make du‘aa for them, as du‘aa is one of the greatest gifts that a person can give the next.

Furthermore, doing so will not only strengthen our ties and create love among us, but will also bring us barakah as when a person makes du‘aa for the next person, Allah Ta‘ala accepts that same du‘aa for the one who made it. Thus, a very effective method of making our children obedient and pious is to make du‘aa that Allah Ta‘ala grant others pious and obedient children.

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The Reward of Pleasing a Muslim

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 May 2017 16:05 Tuesday, 02 May 2017 16:01

‘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) 

Bringing happiness to a Muslim is an act of ‘ibaadah that is easy to fulfill yet earns immense rewards. In trying to bring to bring happiness to a person, we should never consider any deed to be small and insignificant. Whether it is sharing something like a chocolate or a simple meal, or lending the neighbour flour and eggs in their hour of need, these seemingly mundane actions, when carried out with the correct intention, bring abundant rewards.

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Disinterest in the Dunya

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Last Updated on Monday, 01 May 2017 10:08 Monday, 01 May 2017 09:33

(Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani [rahimahullah] #2)

‘Alqamah bin Marthad (rahimahullah) has mentioned that eight Taabi‘een had excelled in attaining the highest levels of zuhd (asceticism). Among these eight Taabi‘een was Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani (rahimahullah). Explaining the zuhd of Abu Muslim (rahimahullah), ‘Alqamah bin Marthad (rahimahullah) quoted the following incident as an example of his disinterest in the world:

Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) would not sit with any person who was engaged in speaking of the dunya. If the person with whom he was seated began to speak of anything related to the dunya, Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) would immediately turn away and leave.

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Ginger Paak

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Last Updated on Saturday, 29 April 2017 07:01 Saturday, 29 April 2017 07:14

The best winter warmer.

One teaspoon to be taken daily, first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, with either black or cinnamon tea.

Peel 1 kg ginger. Grind in the magimix.

Roughly grind ½ kg almonds with the skin on.

Grind 100g chaar magaj.

Wash and grind 100g kus kus.

Slice 50g of pistachio.

Grind 50g of pistachio.

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