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The Greater Objective

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 November 2021 16:03

Once, Sayyiduna ‘Uthmaan bin ‘Affaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) wished to purchase an orchard from a certain person. He thus approached the person and began to bargain with him, seeking a price that they could mutually agree upon. Eventually, after bargaining for some time, they settled on a certain figure.

At that time, it was a standard practice among the people that they would shake hands in order to conclude a deal. Thus, Sayyiduna ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) asked the person for his hand. However, although a price had already been agreed upon, the person suddenly backtracked and said, “No! by Allah! I will not sell the orchard unless you increase the price by a further ten thousand!”

Hearing this, Sayyiduna ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) turned to Sayyiduna ‘Abdur Rahmaan bi ‘Awf (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and said, “I heard Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mention, ‘Indeed, Allah Ta‘ala will grant entry into Jannah to the person who is lenient when he sells, purchases, pays others and seeks payment from others.’”

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Securing Blessings for Her Baby Boy

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Last Updated on Monday, 25 October 2021 14:02

(Sayyidah Asmaa bintu Abi Bakr [radhiyallahu ‘anhuma] – Part Six)

For the Muhaajireen, the journey of hijrah, from Makkah Mukarramah to Madeenah Munawwarah, was generally a difficult one. Together with the normal challenges of traveling a lengthy distance through the desert – they were wary of drawing the attention of the Quraish.

At the time when Sayyidah Asmaa (radhiyallahu ‘anha) performed hijrah, she was expecting a child. In fact, she was at the advanced stages, and hence the difficulty that she underwent can be well imagined. Nevertheless, on completing the journey and arriving in Qubaa, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

As soon as the boy was born, she hastened to present him to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) took the fortunate child into his own blessed lap and called for a date to be brought to carry out the tahneek. When the date was brought, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) placed it in his blessed mouth, chewed it a little, and then took some of the chewed paste, mixed with his blessed saliva, and placed it in the mouth of the child. In this manner, the very first thing to enter the belly of the child was the blessed saliva of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). (Saheeh Bukhaari #3909)

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The Only ‘Friend’ after Death

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 October 2021 08:06

Sayyiduna Nu’maan bin Basheer (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Every person, whether male or female, has three friends. One friend says, ‘I am with you (now), whatever you wish to take from me, then you may take it, and whatever you wish to leave behind, then you may leave it behind.’ This friend refers to his wealth (some of which he benefits from during his lifetime, while leaving the rest behind after his demise). The second friend says, ‘I will remain with you, but when you reach the door of the king (i.e. when you pass away and meet Allah Ta‘ala), then I will leave you (at that point).’ This friend refers to his servants and family. The third friend says, ‘I will remain with you, in whichever place you enter and from whichever place you leave (i.e. I will remain with you forever, no matter where you are).’ This friend refers to his actions.” (Tabraani - Majma‘uz Zawaaid #17793)

In this hadeeth, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) resembled a person’s wealth, friends and family and actions to three friends. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then explained that when a person passes away, he will have to leave behind his wealth, as well as his friends and family. It is ONLY his actions that will remain with him and accompany him on the next leg of the journey to the Hereafter.

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Concrete Conviction

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Last Updated on Monday, 18 October 2021 16:27

The famous Seljuk ruler, Sultaan Noorud Deen Zangi (rahimahullah), had a son named Ismaa‘eel. Ismaa‘eel was a pious and intelligent youngster who was greatly loved by the people of Halab (Aleppo). During the month of Rajab in the year 577 A.H., Ismaa‘eel fell ill with colitis. This illness led to his demise that very year, and he passed away at the tender age of nineteen.

It is mentioned that when he was suffering from his illness, the physicians who were treating him prescribed a small amount of wine as his medication. However, he refused to take the wine saying, “I cannot take it until I first consult the Fuqahaa (jurists).”

He thus referred the mas-alah to certain ‘Ulama who told him that it was permissible (as there was no halaal alternative, and the condition was life-threatening). However, he was still reluctant.

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Turn to Allah Alone for Guidance and Help

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Last Updated on Thursday, 14 October 2021 08:59

يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓا۟ إِن تُطِيعُوا۟ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا۟ يَرُدُّوكُمْ عَلَىٰٓ أَعْقَٰبِكُمْ فَتَنقَلِبُوا۟ خَٰسِرِينَ ﴿١٤٩﴾‏ بَلِ ٱللَّهُ مَوْلَىٰكُمْ ۖ وَهُوَ خَيْرُ ٱلنَّٰصِرِينَ ﴿١٥٠﴾‏ سَنُلْقِى فِى قُلُوبِ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا۟ ٱلرُّعْبَ بِمَآ أَشْرَكُوا۟ بِٱللَّهِ مَا لَمْ يُنَزِّلْ بِهِۦ سُلْطَٰنًا ۖ وَمَأْوَىٰهُمُ ٱلنَّارُ ۚ وَبِئْسَ مَثْوَى ٱلظَّٰلِمِينَ ﴿١٥١﴾​

O you who have believed, if you obey (and listen to) those who disbelieve, they will turn you back (from Islam) on your heels, and you will (then) become losers. Instead, Allah is your Protector, and He is the best of all helpers. We shall put awe into the hearts of those who disbelieve, since they have associated with Allah something for which He has not sent any authority. Their ultimate place is the fire (of Jahannum); and evil is the abode of the unjust. (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v149-151)

During the Battle of Uhud, the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) suffered a temporary defeat in which many of them were martyred. The munaafiqeen (hypocrites) seized this opportunity to sow the seeds of mischief. They came to the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and told them that had their Deen been the true Deen, they would not have suffered these losses. They then told the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) that they should return to idol-worship, as this would restore peace with the people of Makkah Mukarramah and would solve their problems.

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