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Embodiment of Honesty

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Last Updated on Monday, 20 November 2017 15:52

Shaikh ‘Abdul Qaadir Jeelaani (rahimahullah) is a personality who needs no introduction as his piety and righteousness are well known. He narrates the following inspiring incident from his youth:

On the occasion when I took leave of my mother to travel to Baghdad, seeking the knowledge of Deen, she made over to me forty dinars (gold coins). In order for the gold coins to be safe and concealed, she sewed them into my kurta, near the region of my armpit. Thereafter, when bidding me farewell, my mother made me promise that I would always be truthful.

During the journey, our caravan was accosted by sixty robbers. At first, none of the robbers interfered with me. Eventually, one of the robbers passed by and asked me, “O pauper! How much of money do you have?” I replied by truthfully stating, “Forty dinars.” He asked me, “Where is the money?” I replied, “Sewn into my kurta beneath my armpit.” On account of my forthright honesty, the robber thought that I was joking and thus left me, continuing on his way.

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Powerful Prescription

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Last Updated on Monday, 13 November 2017 15:54

Sayyidah Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) once came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and requested, “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! Teach me some words to recite through which I will make du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) answered, “Recite Subhaanallah ten times, Alhamdulillah ten times and Allahu Akbar ten times. Thereafter, ask your needs of Allah Ta‘ala, for He will say, ‘I have done so! I have done so! (I have fulfilled your needs)’” (Musnad Ahmad #12207)

The prescription given to Sayyidah Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) by Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is one that is both easy to recite and extremely powerful. We all have needs, and every person is totally dependent on Allah Ta‘ala alone for the fulfillment of his needs. Hence, before supplicating to Allah Ta‘ala and presenting our needs to Him, let us strive to recite the zikr prescribed above. It will take only a few moments, but the effect of the du‘aa that is answered will be long lasting.

   

In Exchange of a Well in Jannah

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Last Updated on Monday, 13 November 2017 15:54

When the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) migrated to Madeenah Munawwarah, many of them were not used to the water of Madeenah Munawwarah. However, one of the water sources from which the Muhaajireen (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) were able to drink comfortably was a certain well which belonged to a Sahaabi from the tribe of Ghifaar. The name of the well was ‘Roomah’, and this Sahaabi would earn his livelihood by selling the water of this well.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) approached this Sahaabi and asked him, “Will you exchange this well (by giving it in the path of Allah Ta‘ala for the benefit of the Muslims) for a well in Jannah?” The Sahaabi replied, “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! My dependents and I do not have any means of income besides this well.”

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The Orchard of Imaan and Actions

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Last Updated on Thursday, 09 November 2017 15:06

When it comes to gardening, some people have ‘green fingers’. They successfully plant and cultivate a host of different plants, some for beauty and others for food. They tend to their plants, watering, pruning and spraying insecticide when necessary. Through their careful, continuous effort, a lush orchard is produced, bright with beauty and laden with fruit.

Other people sometimes complain that they have ‘toxic thumbs’ and ‘poisonous pinkies’. If they merely go within a meter of any plant, it will almost definitely wither and perish soon thereafter. Such people either possess plots that are rocky and totally barren of vegetation, or plots that are overrun with weeds, snakes and other wild animals and plants.

Our lives are like plots of land and our actions form the vegetation that grows within it. The difference, however, is that every person with imaan has ‘green fingers’ (the ability to carry out righteous actions that will be accepted by Allah Ta‘ala). All that is required is that he carefully tends to his plot, transforming it into an orchard of beauty and productivity.

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Blind Faith in Allah Ta‘ala

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Last Updated on Monday, 06 November 2017 15:30

Sayyidah Zinneerah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), the Sahaabiyah of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), was a slave from Rome. She accepted imaan in the very early stages of Islam. On account of her Islam, Abu Jahal and the other disbelievers would torture and persecute her.

After accepting Islam, Sayyidah Zinneerah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) lost her eyesight and became blind. As soon as this happened, the disbelievers began to mock and taunt her saying, “Laat and ‘Uzzaa (two idols that were worshipped by the disbelievers) have made you blind because you have rejected and disbelieved in them!”

In the face of their taunts, Sayyidah Zinneerah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) remained resolute and declared, “Laat and ‘Uzzaa are not even aware of who their worshippers are (as they are lifeless idols, so how can they blind me?). Rather, my blindness is from Allah Ta‘ala, and He is capable of restoring my sight.”

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