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Striving for Jannah and Forgiveness

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 August 2020 15:09

وَسَارِعُوا إِلَىٰ مَغْفِرَةٍ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَجَنَّةٍ عَرْضُهَا السَّمَاوَاتُ وَالْأَرْضُ أُعِدَّتْ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ

And hasten to forgiveness from your Rabb and a garden as wide as the heavens and earth, prepared for the righteous. (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v. 133)

In this verse, Allah Ta‘ala encourages us to hasten towards forgiveness. The commentators have given different explanations as to what forgiveness refers to in this verse. Some have mentioned that it refers to taubah, others have mentioned fulfilling all the fardh obligations, while others have mentioned that it refers to Islam. Nevertheless, all these explanations can be summarised as referring to righteous actions, as righteous actions are the means through which one will acquire the forgiveness and mercy of Allah Ta‘ala.

Allah Ta‘ala then mentions Jannah and describes it by mentioning that its ‘ardh (width) alone can accommodate the heavens and the earth combined. When this is the vastness of its width, then how much vaster its length must be!  

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Moulded by His Mother

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Last Updated on Monday, 10 August 2020 06:36

(Mother of Moulana Muhammad ‘Umar Paalanpuri [rahimahullah] – Part One)

Moulana Muhammad ‘Umar Paalanpuri (rahimahullah) was an illustrious scholar and renowned daa‘ee (preacher) who was born in the year 1929.  His passion for the effort of da’wah and tableegh (an effort to rekindle the spirit of imaan in Muslims) was such that he made no less than eighty-one journeys to foreign countries for the propagation of Deen. Over and above this, Allah Ta‘ala had blessed him to perform hajj twenty times.

Allah Ta‘ala had blessed him with a captivating manner of oration. Hence, he would deliver bayaans before tens of thousands of people. Through his bayaans, multitudes would be inspired to repent from their wrongs and change the direction of their lives, and they would resolve to sacrifice their wealth, time and lives for the cause of Allah’s Deen.

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An Eye-Opener

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Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2020 07:40

Yusuf bin Husain (rahimahullah) relates the following incident:

I was once near a pond, with Zun Noon Misri (rahimahullah), when my sight fell on a huge scorpion that was waiting at the edge of the pond. Suddenly a frog emerged from the water. The scorpion then climbed onto the back of the frog, after which the frog swam across the pond, carrying the scorpion to the other side. (As we beheld this strange spectacle,) Zun Noon (rahimahullah) said to me, “Something extraordinary seems to be unfolding with this scorpion! Come!”

We thus followed the scorpion and saw it make its way to a man who was fast asleep in a drunken stupor. On the man’s chest was a snake, seeking his ear. The scorpion overpowered the snake and attacked it, causing it to die. The scorpion then returned to the pond. It once again climbed onto the back of the frog after which the frog swam across the pond, transporting it back to where it had come from.

After witnessing this scene, Zun Noon (rahimahullah) shook the man awake and said to him, “Look at what Allah Ta‘ala has saved you from! A scorpion came and killed this snake which intended to harm you!” Zun Noon (rahimahullah) then recited the following couplets:

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Allah is Sufficient

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Last Updated on Monday, 27 July 2020 09:40

When Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) left his wife, Sayyidah Haajar (‘alaihas salaam), with her infant child, Nabi Ismaa‘eel (‘alaihis salaam), in the barren land of Makkah Mukarramah, as per the command of Allah Ta‘ala, Sayyidah Haajar (‘alaihas salaam) asked him, “O Ebrahim! Where are you going, leaving us in this valley wherein we have no companion or anything else?” Her question was however, met with silence from Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam).

Sayyidah Haajar (‘alaihas salaam) repeated the question, but to no avail. She finally rephrased the question and asked, “Has Allah Ta‘ala commanded you to do this?” When Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) replied in the affirmative, she exclaimed, “In that case, He will not allow us to perish. I am pleased with (the command of) Allah Ta‘ala. He is sufficient for me.”

After some time, the meagre provisions that she had with her depleted. She was thus overcome by thirst, as a result of which her milk dried and she was unable to suckle her son. Nabi Ismaa‘eel (‘alaihis salaam) became thirsty to such an extent that he began rolling in the sand while kicking his heels on the ground, and he even began to experience difficulty in breathing! Unable to bear this sight, Sayyidah Haajar (‘alaihas salaam) commenced running between two nearby mountains, Safaa and Marwah, earnestly seeking someone to help her.

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