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Plunging into Peril

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2021 15:19

Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “My example and the example of the people is like that of a man who lit a fire. When the fire illuminated its surroundings, then the moths, and other creatures that have the tendency to enter the fire, began to plunge into it. The man began trying to prevent them from doing so, but they (resisted his efforts and) continued plunging into the fire. (That is my example and your example, i.e. the Ummah). I am holding you around the waist, (restraining you) from the fire, yet you (resist my efforts and) plunge into the fire (of Jahannam).” (Saheeh Bukhaari #6483)

In this hadeeth, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has explained the example of a man who tries to save the moths and other creatures that are fascinated and obsessed with fire from plunging into it and destroying themselves.

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Relinquishing the Loan

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Last Updated on Monday, 01 February 2021 15:54

Qaasim bin Muhammad (rahimahullah), who was the grandson of Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and an outstanding scholar of Madeenah Munawwarah, mentions that when his wife passed away, Muhammad bin Ka’b Qurazi (rahimahullah) came to console him. While consoling him, Muhammad bin Ka’b (rahimahullah) narrated the following incident to him:

Among the Banu Israaeel, there was a man who was blessed with the knowledge of Deen and would exert himself in the worship of Allah Ta‘ala. This man had a wife whom he loved very deeply. When she passed away, the man was so grieved and affected that he went into seclusion in a room, locking the door and completely refraining from meeting people. In this manner, no person could enter (and meet him).

Eventually, a woman, who had heard of this man (and the tragedy which he suffered), came to his home. She said, “There is a certain mas-alah (question) that I need to ask him, and I have to ask him this question directly.” When the people (at his home) left, she did not move away from the door, insisting that it was necessary for her to speak to him.

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‘As Long as it Makes You Happy…’

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Last Updated on Thursday, 28 January 2021 15:20

“You can’t have your cake and eat it.”

The above is a popular expression in the English language, and it means that a person cannot have two things that are contradictory at the same time. Rather, he will have to choose between them, as the existence of one automatically negates the other.

In the case of the cake, eating it would destroy it, negating the possibility of keeping it, while the effort to keep it intact would prevent one from eating it. Hence, one cannot have it both ways, but will have to choose and decide between the two.

There are many examples, in our day-to-day lives, to which this expression aptly applies. However, the greatest clash between two contradictory factors, which we see in our lives, is the clash between pleasing the impermissible cravings of our nafs (carnal self) and pleasing our Creator – Allah Ta‘ala.

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Returning to Remembrance

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 January 2021 15:27

وَالَّذِينَ إِذَا فَعَلُوا فَاحِشَةً أَوْ ظَلَمُوا أَنفُسَهُمْ ذَكَرُوا اللَّـهَ فَاسْتَغْفَرُوا لِذُنُوبِهِمْ وَمَن يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلَّا اللَّـهُ وَلَمْ يُصِرُّوا عَلَىٰ مَا فَعَلُوا وَهُمْ يَعْلَمُونَ ﴿١٣٥﴾ أُولَـٰئِكَ جَزَاؤُهُم مَّغْفِرَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّهِمْ وَجَنَّاتٌ تَجْرِي مِن تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا ۚ وَنِعْمَ أَجْرُ الْعَامِلِينَ

(The people of taqwa are) those who, when they commit a shameful deed or wrong their souls, they bring Allah Ta‘ala to mind and then seek forgiveness for their sins. And who can forgive sins besides Allah? And they do not persist on what (sin) they did while they know. Those – their reward is forgiveness from their Rabb and gardens beneath which rivers flow and in which they will abide eternally. And how excellent is the reward of those who work (and strive for the Hereafter)! (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v135-136)

In the preceding verse, Allah Ta‘ala described three qualities of the pious – they spend in the path of Allah Ta‘ala in all conditions, suppress their anger, readily forgive others and show kindness to people (even those who wrong them).

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The Result of Loyalty

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Last Updated on Monday, 25 January 2021 15:33

There was once a Sahaabiyyah from the tribe of Daus who was known as Sayyidah Ummu Shareek (radhiyallahu ‘anha). She accepted Islam during the month of Ramadhaan and wished to perform hijrah to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). She thus came out, searching for someone to accompany her on the journey to Madeenah Munawwarah.

She met a Jew who asked her, “What is the matter, O Ummu Shareek?” She replied, “I am looking for a person who will accompany me to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).” The Jew volunteered saying, “Come, I will accompany you!” Sayyidah Ummu Shareek (radhiyallahu ‘anha) responded, “Wait for me while I fill my waterskin.” The Jew replied, “I have water with me – you do not need to get (your own) water.”

She thus set out with the Jew, traveling the entire day until the evening. When night set in, the Jew spread the dastarkhaan (eating cloth) for supper. He called out, “O Ummu Shareek! Come and eat supper!” Sayyidah Ummu Shareek (radhiyallahu ‘anha) said, “Give me water to drink as I am extremely thirsty. I will not be able to eat until I do not first drink some water.” Hearing this, the Jew said, “I will not give you any water to drink until you become a Jew!”

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