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Piety in our Modern Age

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 December 2016 08:27

Moulana Ismail Bayat (hafizahullah) is an ustaaz of Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen and the head of the Jamiatul ‘Ulama (KZN) Ta’limi Board. Hereunder is an article that he has written regarding his respected wife who passed away few days ago.    

اَللّٰهُمَّ لَكَ الْحَمْدُ فِيْ بَلَآئِكَ وَصَنِيْعِكَ اِلىٰ خَلْقِكَ، وَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ فِي بَلَآئِكَ وَصَنِيْعِكَ اِلىٰۤ اَهْلِ بُيُوْتِنَا، وَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ فِيْ بَلَآئِكَ وَصَنِيْعِكَ اِلىٰۤ اَنْفُسِنَا خَاصَّةً، وَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ بِمَا هَدَيْتَنَا، وَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ بِمَا اَكْرَمْتَنا وَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ بِمَا سَتَرْتَنَا وَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ بِالْقُرْاٰنِ، وَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ بِالْاَهْلِ وَالْمَالِ، وَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ بِالْمُعَافَاةِ، وَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ حَتّٰى تَرْضٰى، وَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ اِذَا رَضِيْتَ يَا اَهْلَ التَّقْوٰى وَاَهْلَ الْمَغْفِرَةِ.

O Allah, all praises are due to You in Your test and doings with Your creation. All praises are due to You with Your test and doings with our household. All praises are due to You in Your test and doings specifically with our selves. All Praise is due to You for having guided us. Praise is due to You for having honoured us. Praise is due to You for covering our faults. Praise is due to You on account of the Holy Quraan and praise is due to You for the family and wealth (You bestowed on us). Praise is due to You for having granted us safety and praise be to You until You are pleased. May praises be for You when You become pleased, O The One who ought to be feared and The One who is worthy of forgiving (sins).

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In the Lap of Luxury

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 May 2016 07:10

(Faatimah bintu ‘Abdil Malik [rahimahallah] – Part One)

If we comb through the annals of history, we will undoubtedly discover hundreds if not thousands of women who hailed from royal families and led lives of utter leisure and luxury. Despite the abundance of royal women who lived through the ages, history is perhaps unable to produce a single woman to date who can compare to Faatimah bintu ‘Abdil Malik (rahimahallah).

Faatimah bintu ‘Abdil Malik (rahimahallah) was not merely from a royal family. Rather, she was completely surrounded by the kings of the time.

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“She’s Still Small”

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 15:53

Haarith bin Haarith (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates that they saw Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) inviting people to bring imaan in the oneness of Allah Ta‘ala. The people, however, continued to reject and harm him. Their ill treatment continued until it was eventually midday and the people dispersed. At that point, a girl came to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) carrying a bowl of water and a cloth while her upper chest had become exposed. He took the bowl from her, drank some of the water and then made wudhu. He thereafter raised his blessed head and said to her, “O my beloved daughter! Cover your chest and do not fear for your father!” We enquired as to who the girl was and were told, “This is Zainab (radhiyallahu ‘anha), his daughter.” (Majma‘uz Zawaaid #9827)

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The Fight for Chastity

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Last Updated on Monday, 04 April 2016 16:13

The corpse of a beardless youngster who had been murdered was once brought to ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). The body of the youth had been found lying face down on the road. ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) tried his utmost to investigate and determine what had happened to the youngster and identify his killer. However, the investigation of ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) did not produce any leads.  

His inability to apprehend the killer and mete out justice greatly concerned ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). He thus turned to Allah Ta‘ala and made du‘aa saying, “O Allah! Grant me success in finding the killer!” The case thereafter went cold with no leads turning up until the year had almost ended. At that point, a newborn baby was found lying on the road in the exact same place where the corpse of the youngster had been found!

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Accepting Correction

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Last Updated on Friday, 25 March 2016 17:48

There was once a woman in Kufah who hailed from the clan of Taym. She would exert herself in ‘ibaadah to the extent where she would fast for three consecutive days and only spend the fourth day without fasting. Such was her attachment to worshipping Allah Ta‘ala that she would spend all her time in the local musjid and would only emerge to attend to her basic needs.

One day, the great scholar Ebrahim Taymi (rahimahullah) advised this woman and said to her, “The salaah which you perform in your home is more virtuous and carries more reward than the salaah which you perform in the musjid.”

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