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What is "Strive to Bring Aive"

The purpose of this column is to motivate and encourage everyone to make an attempt to bring alive the very simple actions that will be presented every two weeks. Insha-Allah by making these very easy actions part of our daily lives, we will benefit from the blessings of practising on these a’amaal and they will also become a stepping stone towards doing greater actions.
As a means of encouragement to others, and also to spur us ahead, a vote counter has been attached. The idea is that for two weeks every person reading this column should make an effort to practice on the ‘amal (action) presented. At the end of the two weeks, those who have practiced upon it for at least one week or more should vote “YES.” This will Insha-Allah encourage others also to do the same.

Bring Alive

Clean your Plate!

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Last Updated on Monday, 28 October 2019 13:51

Sayyiduna Nubaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who eats from a utensil, then cleans it by using his fingers, the utensil seeks forgiveness from Allah Ta‘ala on his behalf.” (Sunan Ibni Maajah #3271)

When a person completes eating from a utensil, then in many cases, crumbs, gravy and small pieces of food still remain on the plate. Since these are also regarded as food, leaving them to be washed away in the sink or dishwasher will be regarded as wasting food. Although the amount wasted may seem insignificant, it should be remembered that the sin of wasting is indeed serious. When every morsel and every crumb is a bounty from Allah Ta‘ala, then we should take every care to clean the utensil by wiping it with our fingers and thereafter licking our fingers, thus expressing appreciation to Allah Ta‘ala.

In the hadeeth above, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has taught us that if we clean the utensil, the utensil will actually make du‘aa for our forgiveness. Hence, through cleaning the utensil, we not only avoid becoming sinful, but further gain the forgiveness of Allah Ta‘ala.

Finally, while many people are particular regarding cleaning their plates after eating, they fail to clean the other utensils e.g. soup bowl, dessert bowl, spoon, mug, etc. Hence, special care should be taken to clean all utensils and to practically impart this important teaching to our household as well.

 

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 Barakah of Surah Baqarah​

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 February 2019 16:57

Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Do not make your homes into graveyards – indeed Shaitaan flees from the home in which Surah Baqarah is recited.” (Saheeh Muslim #1824)

In the above hadeeth, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has encouraged us to not make our homes into graveyards. A graveyard is a place that is inhabited by dead people. Similarly, when a person does not have the ‘ibaadah of Allah Ta‘ala in his life, such as zikr, salaah, reciting the Quraan Majeed, making ta’leem, etc., then he is like a dead person, and his home will similarly be like a graveyard – devoid of joy and happiness and inhabited by Shaitaan.

Read more: The Barakah of Surah Baqarah​

 

Daily Helpline​

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 November 2018 08:47

Sayyiduna Jaabir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Whoever recites durood (sends salutations) upon me one hundred times daily, Allah Ta‘ala will fulfil one hundred of his needs; seventy of the Hereafter and thirty of this world.” (Ibnu Mandah – Al Qowlul Badee’ pg. 277)

Whether it relates to a shortage of money, ill health, disobedient children, inconsiderate in-laws or any other problem – every person has needs. In this hadeeth, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) teaches us that the daily recitation of one hundred durood is the solution to all our needs and problems. Furthermore, on the Day of Qiyaamah (may Allah Ta‘ala make that day easy for us all – aameen), we will have needs as well. Through reciting this number of durood daily, seventy needs of the Hereafter will be taken care of.

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Thousands in Seconds

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 September 2018 13:53

Once, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) left for Fajr Salaah from the home of his respected wife, Sayyidah Juwairiyyah (radhiyallahu ‘anha). As he left the home, he noticed her seated in her place of salaah, engaged in the zikr of Allah Ta‘ala. Thereafter, when it was midmorning, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) returned to her home and found that Juwairiyyah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was still seated in her place of salaah. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) thus asked her, “Did you remain in the same condition (engaged in the zikr of Allah Ta‘ala) as you were when I left you?” When she replied that she had indeed remained engaged in zikr for the entire time, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “After I left, I recited four phrases three times. These phrases are such that if they have to be weighed against all the zikr that you made today, these phrases will outweigh your zikr.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then taught her the following words:

Read more: Thousands in Seconds

 

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