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Are they Prepared for Paradise?

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 January 2020 15:47

There was once a teacher who asked the students, “What do you want to be in life?” The children gave varying replies, typically ranging from ‘doctor’, to ‘lawyer’, to ‘accountant’ etc. However, from all the answers given, there was one answer that really stood out, an answer that the teacher had never heard before. The child spontaneously replied, “I want to be a Sahaabi”.

Obviously, nobody can become a Sahaabi, but what this ‘career choice’ said about the child is that he aspired to be LIKE the illustrious Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). While the other children were impressed with the lifestyle and wealth of doctors and lawyers, he identified with the beautiful qualities of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), such as their piety, generosity, love for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), disinterest in the world, loyalty to Islam, etc. and he wished to follow in their footsteps. How proud his parents must have been to hear that he gave this amazing answer!

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It’s Under Your Nose!

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Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2019 17:08

There was once a multi-millionaire businessman who journeyed to a tropical island to enjoy a vacation. One morning, he set out from his chalet, bright and early, to walk on the beach and enjoy the morning air. As he strolled, he caught sight of a local fisherman, hard at work in a small boat, pulling fish out of the water.

A few hours later, at approximately 10am, when the businessman was walking on the beach once again, he was surprised to find the fisherman relaxing in a hammock! “How can this man be so lazy?” he wondered. “He only worked for a few hours, and now he’s already resting!” he thought to himself. With these thoughts in mind, he approached the fisherman.

When he reached the fisherman, he greeted him, asked him how he was and made small talk for a few minutes. Thereafter, he asked him, “Why do you work so little? How many fish did you catch today?” The fisherman replied, “I require five fish to feed my family, and five fish to sell. By selling these five fish every day, I earn sufficient money to fulfil my needs.” The businessman then said to him, “If you catch ten fish in a few hours, then by fishing for the entire day, you would be able to earn much more!”

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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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Outgrowing Excuses​

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2019 08:38

Adversities, difficulties and calamities are part and parcel of life, as it is only in Jannah that a person will enjoy perpetual, uninterrupted happiness and joy. Hence, every person faces challenges and obstacles. The question is, “HOW do we react and respond to these adversities?”

While some adversities really are very difficult to overcome and have a major impact on one’s life, there are certain people who, at the very first instance, latch onto any and every difficulty as their convenient excuse to avoid all accountability and responsibility. In this regard, it is obvious that there will never be a shortage of excuses in one’s life. Hence, if a person adopts this mindset and attitude, he will NEVER ever progress, as he is content to stagnate and blame his lack of progress on some excuse or another. Such a person always has a ‘headache’, or ‘backache’, or is ‘not feeling well’, or is ‘feeling depressed’, etc.

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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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