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Blind to their Blindness​

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Last Updated on Thursday, 20 December 2018 15:52

One of the greatest tragedies of today is that of people who lack the correct understanding and knowledge of Deen, yet feel that they are qualified to hold their own opinion and want people to refer to them. Sadly, this ignorance is generally ‘incurable’, as the ignorant person refuses to acknowledge his ignorance so that he can take the steps to remedy it. Below is an incident which although humorous and an extreme example, it nevertheless aptly describes the plight of such people:

A man once passed by a group of people who were beating a certain person. Seeing an old man among them, he asked him, “What crime did this man commit that you are beating him in this manner?” The old man replied, “This man reviled and spoke ill of the sleepers of the cave!”

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A Match Made in Heaven!

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Last Updated on Monday, 01 January 2018 20:09

‘Imraan bin Hattaan was a person who was extremely short and unattractive. On the contrary, his wife was very beautiful and attractive.

Once ‘Imraan went home and found that his wife had adorned herself, increasing her beauty. Due to her beauty, his eyes were ‘glued’ to her and he couldn’t tear his gaze away from her. When she noticed the unusual manner in which he was staring at her, she asked him what the matter was. He exclaimed, “By Allah! You are beautiful!” His wife replied, “Glad tidings! We will both enter Jannah.”

‘Imraan was confused and asked her, “How do you know this?” She explained, “Allah Ta‘ala gave you a beautiful woman as a wife and you express shukr (gratitude and thankfulness) for this. Allah Ta‘ala has tested me with an extremely unattractive husband and I exercise sabr (patience) over this. The one who expresses shukr and the one who exercises sabr will both enter Jannah!” (Akhbaarul Azkiyaa pg. 192)

   

Unappetizing Answers

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Last Updated on Monday, 09 October 2017 16:33

The evil, reprehensible quality of miserliness stems from excessive love for wealth. When a person is overpowered by miserliness, he will behave in the most foolish manner. Though he may have much wealth, due to this terrible quality he will even be miserly towards his own near and dear ones. Below are two incidents of misers:

There was once an extremely miserly man who instructed his children to buy him some meat. After they bought and prepared the meat, he sat to enjoy it, and ate it all, until only a single bone was left in his hand! The eager eyes of his children were watching him all along, hoping for a piece. With the bone in his hand, he said to them, “I will not give any of you this bone until you first describe to me the manner in which you will eat it.”

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The Disappearing Donkey

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Last Updated on Monday, 03 April 2017 16:11

Muhammad Daari narrates the following:

There was, in our area of Daaraa, a man who was known for his foolishness. He once departed from Daaraa with ten donkeys, and on departing, he decided to ride one of the donkeys. After some time, he counted the donkeys and only found nine! Immediately concerned, he dismounted and carefully recounted the donkeys. To immense his relief, he now counted ten. As he remounted the donkey, it occurred to him that he should count the donkeys one more time, just to be safe. However, when he recounted the donkeys around him, he again counted only nine! Now frustrated and perplexed, he again dismounted and recounted, again finding ten donkeys! Eventually, the man thought to himself, “When I ride, I only have nine donkeys, but when I walk, I have ten. It is better for me to walk than to ride, as I will have one more donkey to sell.” Thus, not realizing that he had failed to count the donkey on which he was sitting, the foolish man walked all the way to his destination, almost perishing from the effort. (Akhbaarul Humaqaa wal Mughaffaleen pg. 123)

   

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