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All to No Avail​

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Tuesday, 22 October 2019 15:23

إِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا۟ لَن تُغْنِىَ عَنْهُمْ أَمْوَٰلُهُمْ وَلَآ أَوْلَـٰدُهُم مِّنَ ٱللَّـهِ شَيْـًٔا ۖ وَأُو۟لَـٰٓئِكَ أَصْحَـٰبُ ٱلنَّارِ ۚ هُمْ فِيهَا خَـٰلِدُونَ ﴿١١٦﴾ مَثَلُ مَا يُنفِقُونَ فِى هَـٰذِهِ ٱلْحَيَوٰةِ ٱلدُّنْيَا كَمَثَلِ رِيحٍ فِيهَا صِرٌّ أَصَابَتْ حَرْثَ قَوْمٍ ظَلَمُوٓا۟ أَنفُسَهُمْ فَأَهْلَكَتْهُ ۚ وَمَا ظَلَمَهُمُ ٱللَّـهُ وَلَـٰكِنْ أَنفُسَهُمْ يَظْلِمُونَ ﴿١١٧﴾

Indeed, those who disbelieve, neither their wealth nor their progeny will avail them in the least against Allah Ta‘ala, they are the people of the fire, they will remain therein eternally. The example of that which they spend in this worldly life is like that of a wind, which had a chill (frost) within it, and struck the crops of those who wronged themselves, destroying it. Allah Ta‘ala did not wrong them, rather they would wrong themselves (through their disbelief and sins). (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v. 116-117)

In this world, there are many disbelievers who enjoy lives of ‘kings’. They have financial resources, good health, political contacts and every other worldly aspect which people generally envy. As such, they often feel that they are ‘untouchable’. If they experience any problem, they wave a little money at it, or call a contact, and the problem rapidly ‘disappears’.

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Competing in Kindness and Care​

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Monday, 21 October 2019 15:19

(Sayyidah Asmaa bintu ‘Umais [radhiyallahu ‘anha] – Part Three)

On the occasion of the ‘Umratul Qadhaa (the qadhaa ‘Umrah performed by Rasulullah [sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam] and the Sahaabah [radhiyallahu ‘anhum] after the Treaty of Hudaibiyah, in the next year), the disbelievers allowed Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) to remain in Makkah Mukarramah for just three days, after which they had to depart.

As they were departing from Makkah Mukarramah, the orphaned daughter of Sayyiduna Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), ‘Umaarah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), came behind Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) calling out, “O my uncle! O my uncle!” She had been living in Makkah Mukarramah until this time but now wished to leave Makkah Mukarramah and join the Muslims in Madeenah Munawwarah. Seeing her, Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) made her over to Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), who was seated in her carriage atop the camel, and said to her, “Here is your cousin, take her!” Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was not happy for her to live among the disbelievers in Makkah Mukarramah.

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Laziness in Performing Salaah and Qadhaa

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Tuesday, 15 October 2019 08:04

Question:

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

Respected ‘Ulama

Before Allah Ta‘ala blessed me to change my life, I missed a lot of salaah. Now, I have the burden of many years’ qadhaa salaah to make up. At the same time, I do sometimes miss a salaah now and again. I am struggling. I try to read one qadhaa after each daily salaah, but my time is always short and I have work to do, or need to see what my parents require, so I leave out the qadhaa.

I am so ashamed that my salaah is in such a condition. I know that there is no excuse for salaah, yet sometimes, I have no worry or concern, and I don’t understand how that happens. I have left so many sins due to Allah’s grace and mercy, and I leave out what is doubtful, and I do my best regarding Deen. Due to my salaah problem, I feel like a hypocrite – but that still doesn’t prompt me to fix my salaah and qadhaa. Please advise me. 

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Honouring the Neighbour

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Monday, 14 October 2019 15:07

Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) had a neighbour, in Kufah, who was a shoemaker. This neighbour would work the entire day, only returning home when night had set in. When returning home, he would bring with him some meat that he would cook, or fish that he would prepare for his supper. After eating his supper, he would drink liquor. As the liquor would begin to influence him, he would sing the following words:

أَضَاعُوْنِيْ وَأَيَّ فَتًى أَضَاعُوْا             لِيَوْمِ كَرِيْهَةٍ وَسَدَادِ ثُغْرٍ

They have let me go to waste (by forsaking and neglecting me), and what a youngster they have let go to waste! (I am a youngster who could have been of benefit) at the time of adversity and defending the openings (in the border of the state).

The shoemaker would continue to drink and sing, repeating these words, until sleep would eventually overcome him.

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Whose is it???​

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Saturday, 12 October 2019 15:38

When a couple are newly-wed, they are excited to embark on their journey of married life. As they are still ‘starting out’ in life, there is a lot that they still require. Accommodation... furniture... appliances – and the list goes on.

Most couples will start out gradually, acquiring the absolute essentials first, thereafter obtaining the other items that they require. Perhaps a portion of the monthly salary will be set aside for this purpose, while gifts given by family and friends will also contribute towards this cause. As time passes, they get more settled into their new home, until the time arrives when the windows that were once covered with brown paper are now covered with curtains or blinds.

At this juncture, the question which arises is, “Who does this all belong to?” In other words, if the husband and wife are asked, “Who does the bed belong to? The fridge? The lounge suite? The curtains? The crockery? Etc, etc, etc?” then what will they reply?

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