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Grateful before the Giver

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Monday, 23 March 2020 13:18

Abu Bilaal Al-Aswad recounts the following:

I once set out on the journey of hajj. After traveling some distance, I encountered a woman who had neither a conveyance to ride nor a utensil to use. I asked her, “Where are you from?” She replied, “I am from the land of Balkh.”

I then remarked to her, “I see that you neither have any provisions, nor a utensil in which you can carry provisions.” She responded, “When I departed from Balkh, I had ten dirhams with me. I still have some of that amount with me.” Hearing this, I asked her, “What will you do when the money is depleted?” She replied, “This cloak that I am wearing is extra. I will sell it, and then use the money to buy a cheaper cloak. I will then use the surplus money to see to my needs.”

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Concealed or Revealed?

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Wednesday, 18 March 2020 16:20

As mentioned previously, it is necessary, among other conditions, for a woman’s clothing to cover her entire body and hair (with the exception of her hands till her wrists and feet) before non-mahram men. Furthermore, the clothing should neither be transparent, thus exposing the body, nor should it be tight-fitting, thus revealing the shape of the body and limbs.

Rasululah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) taught the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) to take these aspects very seriously and practically taught them to dress with hayaa and concealment.

Sayyiduna Dihyah Kalbi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates, “Rasulullah once received some Egyptian cloths as a gift. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then took one of the cloths and gave it to me saying, ‘Cut it in half. Make a kurta with one half, and give the other half to your wife so that she can wear it as a scarf.’ Then, as Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) turned to leave, he said, ‘Instruct your wife to place a cloth beneath the scarf so that her hair is not revealed (due to the thinness of the cloth).’” (Sunan Abi Dawood #4116)

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The Cycle of Life

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Monday, 16 March 2020 10:23

Once, some people came to Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and said, “O Ameerul Mu-mineen! We have an Imaam who is a youngster and leads us in the ‘Asr Salaah. After he completes leading the salaah, he recites some couplets of poetry.” Hearing this, Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said, “Take me to him.”

They thus proceeded with Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to meet the youngster. When they arrived at his home and knocked on the door, he emerged and asked, “O Ameerul Mu-mineen! What has brought you here?” Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “I have received a bad report regarding you – you are reciting couplets after the salaah!” The youngster responded, “The couplets are words of advice which I recite as a reminder to myself.”

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Creating the World

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Saturday, 14 March 2020 15:20

(Ambiyaa [‘alaihimus salaam] Series – Nabi Aadam [‘alaihis salaam] #01)

Allah Ta‘ala is the Creator of everything. He created the entire world in just six days. Allah Ta‘ala is so powerful, that He never ever feels tired. Even when He created the whole world, He did not feel exhausted or tired.

Allah Ta‘ala created the earth and made all the different types and colours of soil. Allah Ta‘ala made some soil fine and dry, like the sand in the desert, and some soil wet and sticky, like clay. He made some soil brown, some soil red and some soil black. In some places, Allah Ta‘ala placed huge, heavy mountains on the earth, and in other places, He created valleys and open plains.

Allah Ta‘ala created all the different plants and trees. The tall towering trees, the short, thorny bushes, the attractive flowers with their beautiful colours and patterns, and all the different vegetables with their different tastes – all these are the creation of Allah Ta‘ala. Allah Ta‘ala created the beautiful red roses, the crunchy apples, the sweet strawberries, and many other wonderful things.

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Anger Management

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Tuesday, 10 March 2020 15:23

Question:

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

Respected ‘Ulama

If someone says something which angers you (particularly a family member who one lives with), will it be permissible to walk away without responding, until your anger has subsided?

What is the correct manner to respond in, and also, what can one do to control their anger and not lose their temper quickly?

Jazakallah

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