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Look on the Bright Side

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2019 16:05

Sa‘eed bin Musayyab (rahimahullah) narrates the following incident regarding Sayyiduna Luqmaan (‘alaihis salaam) and his son:

On one occasion, Sayyiduna Luqmaan (‘alaihis salaam) said to his son, “O my beloved son! No matter what happens to you, whether it is something that you like or dislike, always speak to your heart and tell yourself that what happened was for the best.” His son responded, “As far as your advice is concerned, I cannot assure you that I will be able to hold firmly to it until I am not convinced that the reality is exactly as you say.”

Sayyiduna Luqmaan (‘alaihis salaam) replied, “O my beloved son! Indeed, Allah Ta‘ala has deputed a Nabi, so let us go to him as he will be able to explain that which I mentioned to you.” The son agreed saying, “Let us go, O father!” They then departed with each seated on a different donkey, taking with them the supplies which they required for the journey.

After travelling for many days and nights, they finally arrived at a desert. As they needed to traverse the desert, they made the necessary preparations and then entered the desert. They continued travelling until it was midday, the sun was high and the heat was intense. At this point, their water and provisions had depleted and even their donkeys were beginning to flag (become weak and tired). Thus, Sayyiduna Luqmaan (‘alaihis salaam) and his son dismounted and began to walk on foot.

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Clean your Plate!

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Last Updated on Monday, 28 October 2019 13:51

Sayyiduna Nubaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who eats from a utensil, then cleans it by using his fingers, the utensil seeks forgiveness from Allah Ta‘ala on his behalf.” (Sunan Ibni Maajah #3271)

When a person completes eating from a utensil, then in many cases, crumbs, gravy and small pieces of food still remain on the plate. Since these are also regarded as food, leaving them to be washed away in the sink or dishwasher will be regarded as wasting food. Although the amount wasted may seem insignificant, it should be remembered that the sin of wasting is indeed serious. When every morsel and every crumb is a bounty from Allah Ta‘ala, then we should take every care to clean the utensil by wiping it with our fingers and thereafter licking our fingers, thus expressing appreciation to Allah Ta‘ala.

In the hadeeth above, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has taught us that if we clean the utensil, the utensil will actually make du‘aa for our forgiveness. Hence, through cleaning the utensil, we not only avoid becoming sinful, but further gain the forgiveness of Allah Ta‘ala.

Finally, while many people are particular regarding cleaning their plates after eating, they fail to clean the other utensils e.g. soup bowl, dessert bowl, spoon, mug, etc. Hence, special care should be taken to clean all utensils and to practically impart this important teaching to our household as well.

 

Information Obsession​

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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2019 15:17

On one occasion, a certain Sahaabi asked Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), “When will Qiyaamah occur?” In response, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) asked him, “What have you prepared for the Day of Qiyaamah?” (Saheeh Bukhaari #6167)

In other words, when the knowledge of the precise moment of Qiyaamah’s occurrence is only known to Allah Ta‘ala, then this knowledge does not relate to you. Hence, you should rather concern yourself with that which relates to you, which is preparing for Qiyaamah, as it is not the knowledge of Qiyaamah but the preparedness for it that will secure one’s salvation.

On one occasion, a certain person approached Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) and asked him an intricate question of ‘aqaa-id (beliefs). Perceiving that this person was delving into a discussion which did not pertain to him and which was beyond his depth of understanding, Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) asked him a mas-alah (ruling) regarding wudhu. When the person was unable to answer correctly, Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) said to him, “You have neglected acquiring the knowledge of something which you require at least five times a day, and instead you wish to discuss intricate issues related to ‘aqaa-id!” (Taareekh Ibni ‘Asaakir vol. 51, pg. 381 and Siyaru Aa’laamin Nubalaa vol. 10, pg. 26)

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All to No Avail​

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 October 2019 15:29

إِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا۟ لَن تُغْنِىَ عَنْهُمْ أَمْوَٰلُهُمْ وَلَآ أَوْلَـٰدُهُم مِّنَ ٱللَّـهِ شَيْـًٔا ۖ وَأُو۟لَـٰٓئِكَ أَصْحَـٰبُ ٱلنَّارِ ۚ هُمْ فِيهَا خَـٰلِدُونَ ﴿١١٦﴾ مَثَلُ مَا يُنفِقُونَ فِى هَـٰذِهِ ٱلْحَيَوٰةِ ٱلدُّنْيَا كَمَثَلِ رِيحٍ فِيهَا صِرٌّ أَصَابَتْ حَرْثَ قَوْمٍ ظَلَمُوٓا۟ أَنفُسَهُمْ فَأَهْلَكَتْهُ ۚ وَمَا ظَلَمَهُمُ ٱللَّـهُ وَلَـٰكِنْ أَنفُسَهُمْ يَظْلِمُونَ ﴿١١٧﴾

Indeed, those who disbelieve, neither their wealth nor their progeny will avail them in the least against Allah Ta‘ala, they are the people of the fire, they will remain therein eternally. The example of that which they spend in this worldly life is like that of a wind, which had a chill (frost) within it, and struck the crops of those who wronged themselves, destroying it. Allah Ta‘ala did not wrong them, rather they would wrong themselves (through their disbelief and sins). (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v. 116-117)

In this world, there are many disbelievers who enjoy lives of ‘kings’. They have financial resources, good health, political contacts and every other worldly aspect which people generally envy. As such, they often feel that they are ‘untouchable’. If they experience any problem, they wave a little money at it, or call a contact, and the problem rapidly ‘disappears’.

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Competing in Kindness and Care​

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Last Updated on Monday, 21 October 2019 15:24

(Sayyidah Asmaa bintu ‘Umais [radhiyallahu ‘anha] – Part Three)

On the occasion of the ‘Umratul Qadhaa (the qadhaa ‘Umrah performed by Rasulullah [sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam] and the Sahaabah [radhiyallahu ‘anhum] after the Treaty of Hudaibiyah, in the next year), the disbelievers allowed Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) to remain in Makkah Mukarramah for just three days, after which they had to depart.

As they were departing from Makkah Mukarramah, the orphaned daughter of Sayyiduna Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), ‘Umaarah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), came behind Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) calling out, “O my uncle! O my uncle!” She had been living in Makkah Mukarramah until this time but now wished to leave Makkah Mukarramah and join the Muslims in Madeenah Munawwarah. Seeing her, Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) made her over to Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), who was seated in her carriage atop the camel, and said to her, “Here is your cousin, take her!” Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was not happy for her to live among the disbelievers in Makkah Mukarramah.

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