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What is "Strive to Bring Alive"

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.

A Gift to His Beloved Uncle

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Every person, whether young or old, wealthy or poor, becomes pleased and happy when they receive a gift, as a gift is a testament of love and affection. Furthermore, if the gift is valuable, or the one presenting the gift is beloved, then one appreciates and values the gift even more. In the case where the gift is valuable AND the one presenting it is beloved, then the gift will be so cherished that one will hold onto it and value it until he dies.

On one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) – who is the most beloved person to every Ummati - addressed his beloved uncle, Sayyiduna ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), and said, “O my beloved uncle! Shall I not give you something (most valuable)? Shall I not bestow you (with a magnificent bounty)? Shall I not give you (a priceless gift)?”

Being offered a magnificent gift from the most beloved person of all, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), is such a privilege that every believer desires that he could have been the one to whom Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) addressed those words. However, though the words were not addressed to us, we too can enjoy the magnificent gift that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) bestowed to his beloved uncle (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – the gift of Salaatut Tasbeeh.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) explained the immense virtue of this salaah to Sayyiduna ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – that it causes all a person’s sins to be forgiven, from the first to the last, whether old or new, whether committed openly or in secret. In fact, such is the immense virtue of this salaah that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) encouraged Sayyiduna ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to perform this salaah once a day. If he could not manage, then at least once a week, and if this is also difficult, then at least once a month. If even this is difficult, then at least once a year, and at the very least, one should perform it once in his lifetime so that he is not deprived of the immense rewards. (Sunan Abi Dawood #1297)

This salaah takes only twenty minutes to perform (on average), and can easily be performed by any person in any place. Since the month of Ramadhaan has commenced, and we are seeking actions through which we can gain magnificent rewards, it is an ideal opportunity for us to perform Salaatut Tasbeeh (click here for the method of performing Salaatut Tasbeeh).

May Allah Ta‘ala bless us with the ability to value this great gift and enjoy its immense rewards, aameen.