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Blend In or Stand Out?

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Wednesday, 14 October 2020 08:23

Imagine two women, dressed in identical clothing, yet one woman is receiving sin through wearing this clothing, while the other is acquiring reward. The reason? When donning the clothing, one woman made the intention to conceal her body, to show appreciation to Allah Ta‘ala for the blessing of clothing by wearing it, and to look attractive before her husband. Hence, on account of her good intentions, she acquires reward.

Conversely, the motive of the other woman was to admire herself, outshine another person, draw glances of envy, turn heads and attract compliments. Hence, since her evil intentions were self-admiration, to show off before people and to look down at others, she incurs sin.

Outwardly, both women appear alike, but inwardly and in reality, they are worlds apart from one another.

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The Pious Prince

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Monday, 12 October 2020 15:11

‘Abdullah bin Faraj (rahimahullah) narrates the following incident:

One day, I went out in search of a person to carry out some repair-work in my home. On enquiry, I was directed to a man with a handsome face who had a trowel and bucket before him. I enquired, “Will you carry out some work for me?” He replied, “Yes, for the fee of one dirham (silver coin) and one daaniq (one-sixth of a dirham).” I accepted and he thus accompanied me and carried out work equivalent to one dirham and one daaniq times three (i.e. thrice the fee that he had requested).

Thereafter, I went in search of him on another day, but was informed that he would only work on one day of the week (Saturday). Hence, when that day arrived, I approached him and asked, “Will you carry out some work for me?” He replied, “Yes, for the fee of one dirham and one daaniq.” I responded, “For one dirham,” but he insisted, “For one dirham and one daaniq.” I said to him, “Come!”

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What Will Become of Her?

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Thursday, 08 October 2020 05:57

There were many men who would not drink coffee, yet after a few years of marriage, they became regular coffee consumers. Likewise, there were many women who had never drank a sip of tea, yet after a few years of marriage, they became regular tea drinkers.

There are many other examples that illustrate the manner in which one spouse’s ways, tendencies and habits rub off onto the other. It can be as simple as taste in food, or a little more involved such as developing punctuality and fastidiousness. Nevertheless, the point is evident – spouses have a profound effect on one another, to the point of even altering their habits and ways.

This is exactly why it is so important to ensure that one marries the correct spouse. Often, a person is aware of a major Deeni weakness in their potential spouse (e.g. lack of commitment to salaah). However, they feel that it will not affect them, or they will be able to influence their spouse and change them for the better. Though this is certainly a possibility, we must acknowledge that there is a definite possibility that they will imbibe some bad habits and evil ways from their spouse. Hence, without ever regarding oneself as superior or better, nevertheless prudence demands that one refrain from taking such a chance – especially since one’s greatest asset (Deen) is at risk.

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Forcing Children to Eat

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Tuesday, 06 October 2020 10:00

Question:

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

Respected ‘Ulama

I would like to enquire about the meaning of the following hadeeth with regards to forcing children to eat food that they dislike. The hadeeth is something to this effect: If Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) liked food, he ate it. If he disliked it, he left it.

I understand that the hadeeth is saying that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) never complained about food. However, with regards to upbringing of children, sometimes children dislike food but parents force them to eat it.

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The Fruit of Her Effort

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Monday, 05 October 2020 10:32

(Mother of Moulana Muhammad ‘Umar Paalanpuri [rahimahumullah] – Part Five)

The mother of Moulana Muhammad ‘Umar Paalanpuri (rahimahullah) considered no sacrifice too small in the path of her son becoming an ‘Aalim of Deen.

At the time when he was leaving for Darul ‘Uloom Deoband for the final year of his studies, she was weak and suffering ill health. She was unable to see, could barely chew and could not walk. However, despite her ailing condition, she sacrificed her son’s companionship and service, giving preference to Deen and sending him to madrasah. At the time of his departure, she lovingly passed her hand over his head and said to him, “Go, my son!”

Thereafter, while Moulana (rahimahullah) was over a thousand kilometers away, completing his studies, his mother’s condition deteriorated. Understanding that her demise was imminent, her family members suggested to her, “Should we send a message and call Muhammad ‘Umar from Deoband?” She replied, “No! No! He has gone for the sake of Deen! I have no good deeds to my account – he is the only asset that I have for the Hereafter!” She then said, “If Allah Ta‘ala has to ask me, ‘What good have you brought?’ I will reply, ‘I have left my son in the path of Your Deen and come to You. I only sacrificed the companionship of my son for Your sake!’”

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