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The Art of Deduction​

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Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2019 15:40

On the surface, all they saw was a footprint. However, to the trained eye, it represented far more. The tracker squatted next to the footprint and began his deductions, “This is the spoor (trail) of a kudu. These prints are quite fresh – not even two hours old. It will be at least three years old and its front right leg is injured.”

What seemed to be ‘magic’ was actually the art of deduction. Scrutinizing the depth of the footprints and hardness and moisture of the soil, the distance between the prints, the size of the prints and other similar factors, the tracker was able to deduce the information that he required.

Likewise, an archaeologist finds a fossilized animal skull. While the layman sees nothing more than a lump of bone, the archaeologist employs his skills of deduction and extracts the information that he seeks. The age of the animal, its diet, intelligence, etc., are all pieces of information that he is able to accurately deduce.

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Prophetic Prescription for Peace​

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 September 2019 10:13

قَالَ مُوسَىٰ لِقَوْمِهِ ٱسْتَعِينُوا۟ بِٱللَّـهِ وَٱصْبِرُوٓا۟ ۖ إِنَّ ٱلْأَرْضَ لِلَّـهِ يُورِثُهَا مَن يَشَآءُ مِنْ عِبَادِهِۦ ۖ وَٱلْعَـٰقِبَةُ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ

Nabi Moosa (‘alaihis salaam) said to his people, “Turn to Allah Ta‘ala for help and persevere. Indeed the earth belongs to Allah Ta‘ala. He causes to inherit it whom He wills from His servants, and the best outcome is for the righteous. (Surah Aa’raaf v128)

It was on the occasion of ‘Aashura that Allah Ta‘ala delivered Nabi Moosa (‘alaihis salaam) and his people, the Banu Israaeel, to safety and destroyed the tyrant Fir‘aun and his army.

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Loyal to the Last

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 September 2019 07:32

There was once a group of people who were suffering from a certain calamity. One of these people came to Wahb bin Munabbih (rahimahullah) and asked, “O Abu ‘Abdillah! Have you ever heard of a calamity or punishment that is worse and more severe than the calamity which we are suffering at present?” Wahb (rahimahullah) replied, “If you have to look at the difficulty that you are suffering and the difficulties that were faced by the people of the past, you would realize that your difficulty compared to theirs is like smoke compared to fire!”

To illustrate the point, Wahb (rahimahullah) narrated the following incident:

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Admonished by a ‘Madman’​

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 September 2019 16:12

Fadhal bin Rabee’ narrates the following incident:

I once set out for hajj in the company of the khaleefah, Haroon Rasheed. En route, we passed by the city of Kufah where we encountered Bahlool, (who was known as) the madman (due to him being madly in love with Allah Ta‘ala), who was muttering and babbling away. I said to him, “Keep silent! Ameerul Mu-mineen has arrived!” Thus, he ceased his muttering and remained silent.

When the carriage of Haroon Rasheed drew near to him, he suddenly called out, “O Ameerul Mu-mineen! Ayman bin Naabil narrated to me that Qudaamah bin ‘Abdillah Al-‘Aamiri (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) mentioned, ‘I saw Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mounted on a camel in Mina. He (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was seated on a worn, old saddle. There (in the presence of Rasulullah [sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam]), the people were not struck, pushed or shouted at, “Move! Move!” (i.e. the Sahaabah [radhiyallahu ‘anhum] were neither hitting the people nor pushing them to clear the path for Rasulullah [sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam], as your entourage are doing here for you today).’”

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Respecting the Symbols of Islam​

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Last Updated on Monday, 26 August 2019 16:23

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

Zubaidah, although remembered by most for her generosity and charitable works, possessed another very important quality – the quality of honouring and showing importance to the salient symbols of Islam. In this regard, it appeared that she had a particular love for the Quraan Majeed and the azaan and would thus honour them both greatly.

As far as her love for the Quraan Majeed is concerned, it is reported that she had appointed one hundred female attendants, who had memorized the Quraan Majeed, to recite three juz (paras) of the Quraan Majeed in her palace every day. Due to the number of people engaged in reciting the Quraan Majeed, her palace would resonate with the sound of the Quraan Majeed, causing it to sound like a bee hive filled with buzzing bees.

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