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Cautious in Consumption

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Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2020 16:02

Abul Hasan Makki (rahimahullah) had a daughter, living in Makkah Mukarramah, who was even more pious than he was. Such was her simplicity and austerity that she would live on a mere thirty dirhams (silver coins) for the year. Her father would send her this money from the profit he made by selling mats which he would weave from palm leaves.

The neighbour of Abul Hasan Makki (rahimahullah), Ibnur Rawwaas, relates the following:

I intended leaving for hajj, and so I came to Abul Hasan (rahimahullah) to bid him farewell, ask him if he needed anything, and to request his du‘aa. He thus handed me a paper bag and said, “Ask the people of Makkah Mukarramah to direct you to so-and-so woman in such-and-such location and hand this to her.” I understood that the parcel was for his daughter.

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How Many ‘Likes’ are Enough?

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Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2020 15:51

Have you ever wondered what drives a person to take his own life by leaping off a bridge, slashing his wrists, intentionally overdosing on medication or holding a gun to his head and pulling the trigger? The answer – in most cases, he is driven to the brink of despair by the overwhelming feeling that nobody ‘likes’ him or cares about him. Hence, by setting out to take his life, he is actually pleading for people to give him the attention that he so desperately craves.

In essence, it all boils down to people’s need to be liked and feel accepted. For some people, the need to be liked and feel accepted is so overwhelming that they allow it to dominate their entire existence. The food they eat, the clothing they wear, the partner they marry – almost every choice they make in life is based on how it will resonate with people and how many ‘likes’ it will receive.

The reality of the matter, however, is that these ‘likes’ do not mean that people actually like us. Rather, they merely like the image and lifestyle which we portray to them. It is for this reason that if one has to post something that clashes with the popularist culture, condemnation will be swift and merciless. Those very followers who once fanatically followed us and liked our every post will now turn against us, troll us, label us and ‘lynch’ us online. Such is the fickleness of such followers and such is the fallacy of their likes and loyalty which shifts as rapidly as the wind…

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Prepared to Die at His Door

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Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2020 16:27

Maalik bin Dinaar (rahimahullah) narrates the following incident:

On one occasion, I was performing tawaaf around the blessed Ka’bah. During the tawaaf, I was surprised with the large multitudes of people who had arrived to perform Hajj and ‘Umrah. However, (as I observed these people,) I began to think, “If only I had knowledge of which person is accepted by Allah Ta‘ala, so that I may congratulate him, and which person is rejected by Allah Ta‘ala, so that I may sympathize with him!”

That night, when I went to sleep, I had a dream in which someone said to me, “O Maalik bin Dinaar! You are pondering over those performing Hajj and ‘Umrah! I take an oath, by Allah, that Allah Ta‘ala has forgiven all the people, whether young or old, male or female, black or white, Arab or non-Arab – with the exception of one man. Allah Ta‘ala is greatly displeased with him and has rejected his hajj, striking his face with it.” After hearing this, Allah Ta‘ala alone knows how I managed to sleep for the remainder of the night, as I feared that I should not be that rejected person.

The following night, when I went to sleep, I had the exact same dream, except that this time, I was told, “You are not that person (who is rejected by Allah Ta‘ala). Rather, he is a man from the region of Khuraasaan, from a city named Balkh. His name is Muhammad bin Haaroon. Allah Ta‘ala is greatly displeased with him. Allah Ta‘ala has rejected his hajj and has struck his face with it.”  

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Amazing Display of Love

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2020 16:47

The Day of Uhud was indeed a severe day for the Muslims, as no less than seventy Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) were martyred in the battle against the disbelievers.

In the aftermath of the battle, a few women of Madeenah Munawwarah made their way to Uhud to enquire after their near and dear ones. Among these women was Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha).

En-route, she encountered Sayyidah Hind bintu ‘Amr bin Haraam (radhiyallahu ‘anha) who was driving a camel which was carrying the bodies of three martyrs on it. Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) asked her regarding the state of the Muslims in Uhud. Sayyidah Hind (radhiyallahu ‘anha) replied, “(They are in a) good (state). As for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then he is safe, and every calamity is easy to bear after him (i.e. after knowing that he (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is safe)! As for the other Muslims, then Allah Ta‘ala blessed some of them with martyrdom, and He turned back the disbelievers with their fury (rage), not having acquired any good. And Allah Ta‘ala was sufficient for the believers in battle, and Allah Ta‘ala is Most Powerful and Most Mighty.”

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Guarding the Gaze

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 January 2020 10:57

Sayyiduna Buraidah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that on one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said to Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), “O ‘Ali! Do not follow the first (accidental) glance with a second glance, as the first (accidental) glance was not a sin for you, whereas the second is a sin for you.” (Sunan Abi Dawood #2149)

In the Quraan Majeed, Allah Ta‘ala commands the believing men and women alike to guard their gazes and lower their sight. (Surah Noor v. 30-31) Hence, every man and woman must strive and make an effort to avoid looking at that which is impermissible (e.g. looking at non-mahrams, etc.).

It must be borne in mind that just as it is impermissible for a man to look at a non-mahram woman, it is similarly impermissible for a woman to look at a non-mahram man when there is even the slightest degree of any wrong feeling or any inclination (read here). Since the wrong feelings are often very subtle and not even realized, one must therefore totally refrain from looking at non-mahrams. Hence, in the case where a woman views pictures of non-mahram men on Instagram, Facebook, etc., or vice versa, it is even more serious, as the sin of viewing animate pictures is then compounded with the sin of looking at non-mahrams.

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