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Receptive to the Reminder

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Last Updated on Monday, 08 July 2019 15:50

Ebrahim bin Bash-shaar (rahimahullah) narrates:

On one occasion, I was passing through the desert in the company of Ebrahim bin Adham (rahimahullah) when we came across a high grave. On seeing the grave, Ebrahim (rahimahullah) made du‘aa for the inmate, asking Allah Ta‘ala to shower His mercy upon him, and began to weep.

I asked Ebrahim (rahimahullah), “Whose grave is this?” Ebrahim (rahimahullah) replied, “This is the grave of Humaid bin Jaabir (rahimahullah) who was the ruler of all these cities. Initially, he was drowning in the oceans of this world (i.e. he was immersed in the luxuries and pleasures of the world). However, Allah Ta‘ala thereafter removed him from the oceans of the world and saved him.

I heard that one day, while he was seated with his close family, taking enjoyment from the amusements of his empire and possessions, he fell asleep. While asleep, he had a dream in which he saw a man standing at his head side, holding a book. The man passed the book to him. When he opened it, he saw the following words inscribed in gold,

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Leaving a Legacy

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Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2019 15:09

(Zubaidah – The Wife of Haaroon Rasheed – Part One)

With every passing day, there are people who enter this world, taking their first breath and commencing the journey of life, and there are people who take their last breath and depart, never to return. However, from the billions of souls who came and went, only a select few left such a legacy that they earned themselves an entry in the pages of history.

One such person was a woman who was named Amatul ‘Azeez, but was more commonly known as Zubaidah. It is reported that her grandfather, the famous Abbasid ruler, Abu Ja’far Mansoor, had given her the nickname Zubaidah on account of her radiant and beautiful complexion. 

She was the wife of the renowned Khaleefah, Haaroon Rasheed whom she had married in 165 A.H. Apart from her husband being a powerful ruler and Khaleefah, her son, known as Al-Ameen, and many of her close family members were also rulers of the Muslims. She thus enjoyed a position of distinction in the ruling family.

Insha-Allah, in the parts to come, we will discuss her qualities, outstanding generosity and the long-standing legacy which she left for the Ummah.

(Wafayaatul A’yaan vol. 2, pg. 314, Al-Muntazam vol. 8, pg. 278 and Taareekhul Islam vol. 15, pg. 156)

 

Swift Entry into Jannah​

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 June 2019 09:25

Sayyiduna Abu Umaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who recites Aayatul Kursi after every fardh salaah, nothing will prevent him from entering Jannah besides passing away.” (As Sunanul Kubra - Nasai #9848)

The recitation of Aayatul Kursi is extremely easy as it will take perhaps only half a minute and can thus be recited comfortably after every salaah. The benefit of reciting Aayatul Kursi after every salaah is that after passing away, the reciter will be admitted into Jannah extremely swiftly.

It should be understood that the benefit of reciting Aayatul Kursi after every salaah and other actions of this nature, which promise to bring a person certain benefits, will only be enjoyed if there are no ‘obstacles’ in a person’s life. Hence, if a person carries out this action, but also continues to commit sins and does not repent, then these sins can be an obstacle that will delay his admittance into Jannah.

Since the one who recites Aayatul Kursi gains the protection of Allah Ta‘ala, reciting it after every salaah will prove very beneficial for those who suffer from sihr (black magic) and will also provide protection from robberies and other dangers. However, when reciting Aayatul Kursi, we should not do so in parrot fashion with a negligent heart. Rather, we should turn our hearts to Allah Ta‘ala with the conviction that we are begging Allah Ta‘ala to protect us and grant us speedy entrance into Jannah.

May Allah Ta‘ala assist us all to recite Aayatul Kursi after every fardh salaah, aameen.

 

The Intelligent Investor​

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Last Updated on Monday, 24 June 2019 15:58

Sayyiduna Sa‘eed bin ‘Aamir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was a Sahaabi of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) who was well known for his austerity and disinterest in the dunya. Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had appointed him as the governor over Hims.

His disinterest in wealth was such that when he would receive his monthly stipend from the Baytul Maal, he would set aside the amount that his dependents required to fulfil their needs and would then give the remainder in sadaqah.

On one occasion, Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) came to the city of Hims and asked the residents how they found their governor, Sayyiduna Sa‘eed bin ‘Aamir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). The people responded by placing before Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) four complaints regarding their governor.

Their first complaint was, “He does not emerge from his home to attend to us until the sun is high and a portion of the day has passed.” Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “This is indeed serious.”

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The Sleeping Partner​

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Last Updated on Thursday, 20 June 2019 09:33

Contrary to the impression suggested by the term, being a ‘sleeping partner’ does not involve snoring and slumber. However, being a sleeping partner is actually a ‘dream’ job.

In essence, a sleeping partner is a person who is a partner in an enterprise, yet has no involvement in the running of the enterprise. In other words, in exchange of his initial capital contribution, he gets to share in the profits without sharing in any of the work! So long as the enterprise continues to operate, he continues to benefit – without as much as lifting a finger.

Since being a sleeping partner in a highly-profitable enterprise is appealing, many people look for ventures in which they can make a once-off investment of capital and thereafter reap effort-free returns. However, when the concept of a sleeping partner works so well in the dunya, then why do we not apply the same concept in our Deen? In fact, it is far easier to set up an ‘investment portfolio’ of this nature in Deen than it is for the dunya, as the options are far more in Deen and generally, the capital is affordable to one and all.

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