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The Two P’s

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Last Updated on Saturday, 04 July 2020 15:59

In every field, be it the field of knowledge or even the field of physical prowess, there have always been individuals who have stood out on account of their feats and accomplishments (whether those accomplishments were worth achieving or whether they were nothing constructive). Be it the person who invented the first car, or pioneered scientific methods, or discovered mathematical principles, or the person who broke the record for the fastest 100m, or the fastest swimmer, or the greatest endurance runner – all these people are generally remembered for their legacy and contribution to their field. In acknowledgement, they may receive an Olympic gold medal, a Nobel prize, or some other award and accolade.

All these achievers, however, share the common factor of the two P’s – Patience and Perseverance. They all had to start at the bottom of the ladder, but they continued to persevere, seldom taking a break, never giving up and patiently hoping for success, until years and years later, they finally had their breakthrough and saw the fruit of their efforts. In this regard, the person to whom the invention of the lightbulb is attributed once mentioned the following, after conducting thousands of failed experiments, “I have not failed – I just found a few thousand ways that don’t work.”

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The Divine Prescription for All Adversities

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Last Updated on Sunday, 28 June 2020 06:40

إِن تَمْسَسْكُمْ حَسَنَةٌ تَسُؤْهُمْ وَإِن تُصِبْكُمْ سَيِّئَةٌ يَفْرَحُوا بِهَا ۖ وَإِن تَصْبِرُوا وَتَتَّقُوا لَا يَضُرُّكُمْ كَيْدُهُمْ شَيْئًا ۗ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ بِمَا يَعْمَلُونَ مُحِيطٌ​

If any good befalls you, it grieves them, and if some misfortune overtakes you, they rejoice over it. If you adopt sabr and taqwa, their plot will not harm you in the least. Indeed Allah Ta‘ala is all-encompassing of what they do. (Surah Aal-e-‘Imraan v. 120)

In this verse of the Quraan Majeed, Allah Ta‘ala mentions regarding the condition of the hypocrites and enemies of Islam. Regardless of what face they may portray to the Muslims, or what sentiments they apparently express, the reality is that they have enmity for Islam and desire its ruin.

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Humble to the Last

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Last Updated on Monday, 29 June 2020 15:04

(Sayyidah ‘Aaishah [radhiyallahu ‘anha] – Part Seven)

When Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was lying on her deathbed, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) requested permission to enter to which Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) said, “I fear that he will praise me.” Hearing this, her nephew, ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abdir Rahmaan (rahimahullah) felt that she did not wish to grant Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) permission to enter, and thus he interceded saying, “He is the cousin of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and from the seniors of the Muslims!” Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) said, “Allow him to enter.”

On entering, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) enquired as to how she was feeling, to which she replied, “I am well, provided I have taqwa.” To this, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) responded, “In that case, you are well insha-Allah. The only thing that remains between you and meeting Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and those whom you love (that have passed away) is for your soul to leave your body.”   

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A Nikaah of the Sunnah

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Last Updated on Monday, 22 June 2020 15:48

Sayyiduna Salmaan Faarisi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) married a woman from Kindah and spent the first night of his marriage at his in-law’s home. On that night, he walked towards their home, accompanied by some of his friends. On reaching the home, he turned to them and said, “Return (to your homes) – may Allah Ta‘ala reward you!” Sayyiduna Salmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) did not allow them to enter the home (and meet his wife) as is done by foolish people.  

When Sayyiduna Salmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) looked at the home and observed that it was decorated with drapes, he remarked, “Does your home have a fever, or has the Ka‘bah moved to Kindah?” They replied, “Neither does our home have a fever, nor has the Ka‘bah moved to Kindah (rather, we have done this to decorate the home).” Sayyiduna Salmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) refused to enter the home, until every drape was removed – except for the drape covering the doorway (as this drape fulfilled the function of purdah).  

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Passion for Spending on the Poor

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Last Updated on Monday, 15 June 2020 15:27

(Sayyidah ‘Aaishah [radhiyallahu ‘anha] – Part Six)

As previously discussed, Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was extremely generous and loved spending on the poor. Hence, whenever she received any wealth, she would begin to spend it on the poor.

On one occasion, the dear and beloved nephew of Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma), became concerned over the large amounts of wealth that she was spending in charity, and thus mentioned, “Her spending must be curtailed.”

When Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) heard about this, she was greatly disappointed that her nephew wished to restrict her in spending on the poor. In fact, her disappointment was so much that she took a vow to cease speaking to Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma).

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