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An Exhibition of True Honesty


Last Updated on Monday, 14 March 2022 09:34

There was once a wealthy cloth merchant who lived in the city of Baghdad. One day, while he was in his business, a young woman approached him and said that she was looking for a certain item that she wished to purchase. Thereafter, during the course of their conversation, she removed her niqaab (veil) and showed the man her face.

When the man’s gaze fell on her face, he was so struck by her beauty that he exclaimed, “By Allah! I am amazed by the beauty that I have seen!” The woman then said, “I have not actually come to purchase anything. Rather, for the past few days, I have been coming to the market, looking for a man who appeals to my heart so that I may marry him, and it is you who has impacted on my heart. I possess wealth of my own (i.e. I do not want wealth from you), so would you like to marry me?”

The man replied, “I am married to my cousin, and I promised her that I would not marry anyone else besides her. I also have a son from her.” The woman responded, “Even if you visit me just twice in the week, I will be pleased.” The man agreed to this proposal, and so they performed the nikaah. After the nikaah was performed, when the man returned home, he said to his first wife, “One of my friends asked me to spend the night at his home.” Offering this excuse, he left home that evening, went to the home of his second wife and spent the night there. Thereafter, the man would go to visit his second wife after Zuhr Salaah every day.

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The Price of Paradise


Last Updated on Thursday, 10 March 2022 13:57

When purchasing any item or commodity in the world, there will be a certain price to pay. At times, the price may be low and affordable, at times it may be moderate and reasonable, and at times it may be excessively high and exorbitant. Thus, we find that if there is a car in the market for R50 000, then there will also be a car on sale for R50 million!

The question is, “What are the factors that cause these variations and fluctuations in price?” The answer is that there are three primary factors that influence the price of an item. The first is demand, the second is supply and the third is quality. If an item is in high demand, it is only obtainable for a short period as it is a limited edition, and the quality is unsurpassed and unrivaled, then people will be willing to pay any amount of money to acquire it.

On the basis of these three factors, we find that the most expensive purchase will not be the purchase of a palatial home, a rare motor vehicle, a gem-studded necklace of solid gold or anything else of the world - it will be the ‘purchase’ of Jannah. Hence, in the blessed hadeeth, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mentioned, “Remember! The goods of Allah Ta‘ala are extremely valuable (and expensive)! Remember! The goods of Allah Ta‘ala are Jannah!” (Sunan Tirmizi 2450)

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Tomorrow’s Sustenance


Last Updated on Monday, 07 March 2022 16:05

A man once came to the great Imaam, Muhammad bin Seereen (rahimahullah), and said, “I enquired (from the people) as to who is the best person in Basrah and the people have directed me to you.” Hearing this, Muhammad bin Seereen (rahimahullah) said to the man, “Come along (with me) so that I may show you the best person in Basrah.” He then placed in his cloth a few pieces of bread which he had and they proceeded until they reached a hut which was in a corner of Basrah.

On reaching there, they found a man whose young children were asking him for something to eat whilst he was replying, “By Allah! I am not the one who created you, nor am I the one who gave you the ability to listen and see. However, the Being who has created you and given you the ability to hear and see will definitely send your sustenance to you soon.” Observing this spectacle, Muhammad bin Seereen (rahimahullah) said to him, “Listen (to what this man is saying).” Thereafter, he called the man from the hut and gave him the pieces of bread. The man (took it and gratefully) said, “You have brought it at the right time.”

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Entrusted to Allah Ta‘ala


Last Updated on Monday, 28 February 2022 15:36

(Mother of Shaikh Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa [rahimahullah] – Part Five)

When Hazrat Shaikh Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa (rahimahullah) was sixteen years old, he went to Delhi to continue acquiring the knowledge of Deen. He remained in Delhi for approximately three to four years, and it was during this period that his respected mother passed away.

It is mentioned that prior to his mother passing away, every month, when the new moon would be sighted, Shaikh Nizaamuddeen (rahimahullah) would come to meet his mother, and on meeting her, he would honour her by kissing her feet (in a manner that did not resemble making sajdah to her).

On one occasion, when the new moon of Jumaadal Aakhirah was sighted, he came to meet his mother, as per his usual routine. However, on this occasion, after he kissed her feet, she asked him, “Next month, when the new moon is sighted, then whose feet will you kiss?” Hearing these words, Hazrat Shaikh Nizaamuddeen (rahimahullah) realized that his mother was indicating to him that her end was imminent.

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The Immense Mercy of Allah Ta‘ala


Last Updated on Monday, 21 February 2022 16:04

Among the Banu Israaeel, there was a man who had committed the crime of murdering ninety-nine people. After killing ninety-nine people, he felt remorse in his heart and thus wished to repent and reform his life.

He thus approached some people and asked them to direct him to the greatest ‘Aalim of that place. In response, they guided him to a certain worshipper who had disassociated himself from the world and devoted himself to the ‘ibaadah of Allah Ta‘ala. On coming to the worshipper, the man said, “There is a person who murdered ninety-nine people. Is there any taubah for such a person?” The worshipper replied, “No, (there is no taubah for him).” When the man received this answer, he murdered the worshipper as well, thus increasing his total to one hundred murders!

However, the feeling of remorse and the urge to repent still persisted within his heart. Hence, he once again asked some people to direct him to the greatest ‘Aalim of that place. However, on this occasion, he was not directed to a mere worshipper but to a knowledgeable ‘Aalim.

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