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The Reality of Jealousy

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 February 2017 09:49

قُلْ إِنَّ الْهُدَىٰ هُدَى اللَّـهِ أَن يُؤْتَىٰ أَحَدٌ مِّثْلَ مَا أُوتِيتُمْ أَوْ يُحَاجُّوكُمْ عِندَ رَبِّكُمْ ۗ قُلْ إِنَّ الْفَضْلَ بِيَدِ اللَّـهِ يُؤْتِيهِ مَن يَشَاءُ ۗ وَاللَّـهُ وَاسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ ﴿٧٣﴾ يَخْتَصُّ بِرَحْمَتِهِ مَن يَشَاءُ ۗ وَاللَّـهُ ذُو الْفَضْلِ الْعَظِيمِ

“Say, (Real) guidance is the guidance of Allah. (But you fear) that someone is given (revelation) similar to that which you have been given, or that those (who receive the revelation) will argue against you before your Rabb.” Say, “All bounty is in the hands of Allah. He gives it to whom He wills. Allah is all embracing, all knowing. He chooses for His grace (to give Messengerhood, imaan, Islam to) whom He wills. Allah is the Rabb of great bounty.” (Surah Aal-‘Imraan v73-74)

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Confusing the Moral Compass

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 08:18

يَا أَهْلَ الْكِتَابِ لِمَ تَلْبِسُونَ الْحَقَّ بِالْبَاطِلِ وَتَكْتُمُونَ الْحَقَّ وَأَنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ

“O people of the Book! Why do you confound (mix) the truth with falsehood, and conceal the truth when you know (the reality)?” (Surah Aal-‘Imraan v71)

This verse addresses the Jews and the Christians. They knew that Islam was the true Deen and that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was the true Nabi of Allah Ta‘ala, as the prophethood of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was clearly mentioned in their scriptures. However, they changed their scriptures in order to conceal the truth of Islam.

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The Grand Plan

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 08:38

وَمَكَرُوا وَمَكَرَ اللَّـهُ ۖ وَاللَّـهُ خَيْرُ الْمَاكِرِينَ

“They (the Jews and all the enemies of Islam) devised a plan, and Allah devised a plan. And Allah is the best of planners.” (Surah Aal-‘Imraan v54)

In this era, the media works hard to instill fear and despondency in the hearts of the Muslim. To achieve this, they continuously portray the Muslim Ummah as being weak, divided, powerless and downtrodden. Hence, the fall of the Muslim countries and the power of others is a scene that is repeatedly painted by the brush of the enemies of Islam.

In the face of this negativity and despondency, we need to repeatedly speak about the power and might of Allah Ta‘ala. It is Allah Ta‘ala alone who makes the final decision and no army or intelligence can ever oppose the plan and system of Allah Ta‘ala. We need to be convinced that Allah Ta‘ala has an unseen, divine system which is full of wisdom. We should not be deceived and disheartened by the apparent plans of man. Rather, we should believe and place our confidence in the hidden, master plan of Allah Ta‘ala. Remember, Allah Ta‘ala has promised that it is the people of taqwa who will ultimately enjoy the favorable outcome.  

   

Be and it Becomes

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 August 2016 15:55

قَالَتْ رَبِّ أَنَّىٰ يَكُونُ لِي وَلَدٌ وَلَمْ يَمْسَسْنِي بَشَرٌ ۖ قَالَ كَذَٰلِكِ اللَّـهُ يَخْلُقُ مَا يَشَاءُ ۚ إِذَا قَضَىٰ أَمْرًا فَإِنَّمَا يَقُولُ لَهُ كُن فَيَكُونُ

“She (Maryam) said, ‘O my Rabb! How shall I have a son while no human has ever touched me?’ He (the Angel) said: That is how Allah creates what He wills. When He decides a matter, He simply says to it, ‘Be!’ And it becomes’.” (Surah Aal-‘Imraan v47)

Maryam (radhiayallahu ‘anha), a woman of piety and purity, is given the news of a son. We can well imagine her astonishment together with the anxiety and fear she had that people would slander her with immoratliy as she was, at that time, unmarried and had never before been married. However, Allah Ta‘ala has the full power and control to create a child without the medium of a father. Everything happens with the will of Allah Ta‘ala. Thus a true believer never loses hope or falls into depression since he places his trust in the absolute, infinite power of Allah Ta‘ala.

   

Chosen and Purified

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2016 16:23

وَإِذْ قَالَتِ الْمَلَائِكَةُ يَا مَرْيَمُ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ اصْطَفَاكِ وَطَهَّرَكِ وَاصْطَفَاكِ عَلَىٰ نِسَاءِ الْعَالَمِينَ

“(Remember the time) when the angels said, ‘O Maryam, Allah has chosen you and purified you and chosen you over the women of all the worlds’.” (Surah Aal-‘Imraan v42)

Allah Ta‘ala had chosen Maryam (‘alaihas salaam) for the service of Baitul Muqaddas. She was raised by Zakariyya (‘alaihis salaam), received sustenance from the unseen and was the mother of ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) without any man touching her. Allah Ta‘ala had purified her from all impurities, external and internal.

Some ‘Ulama are of the opinion that she was the most superior of all the women of her era only as there are ahaadeeth that mention the virtue and superiority of ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) and Aasiya (radhiyallahu ‘anha).

We should endeavour to lead clean and pure lives, keeping the lives of these virtuous women before us so that we may also gain acceptance in the court of Allah Ta‘ala.

   

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