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The ‘Undo’ Button

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Thursday, 02 December 2021 08:17

Sayyiduna Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that he heard Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mention, “There is no slave (of Allah Ta‘ala) who commits any sin (whether major or minor), and thereafter performs wudhu, stands and performs two rakaats of salaah, and then repents to Allah Ta‘ala, except that Allah Ta‘ala will forgive him.” (Sunan Abu Dawood #1521)

In the ‘olden days’, when the typewriter was in vogue, if a person made a typing mistake, there was no way to undo it. Hence, to correct the mistake, the entire document would have to be retyped. Thereafter, correction fluid (Tipp-ex) was invented, making life much easier for typists around the world. Finally, the time came when word processing shifted to computers. Now, it is easier than ever to ‘undo’ a mistake by simply pressing the ‘undo’ button.

A Muslim, in the course of his life, will undoubtedly err and fall into sin from time to time. However, such is the mercy of Allah Ta‘ala that He has given us an ‘undo’ button which can easily and instantly erase the sin from our book of deeds. This ‘undo’ button is known as taubah and istighfaar.

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Worried Over His Weaknesses

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Monday, 29 November 2021 15:26

(Qaadhi Bakkaar bin Qutaibah [rahimahullah] - Part One)

Qaadhi Bakkaar bin Qutaibah (rahimahullah) was a descendent of the Sahaabi, Sayyiduna Abu Bakrah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). He was born in Basrah in 182 A.H. and passed away in Egypt in 270 A.H. He was a great saint, ‘Aalim, and Muhaddith, and was also the head Qaadhi (judge) in Egypt. Such was his rank in the field of hadeeth that great Imaams, the likes of Imaam Tahaawi, Imaam Ibnu Khuzaimah, Imaam Abu ‘Awaanah (rahimahumullah), etc. were among his students. (Siyaru Aa’laamin Nubalaa vol. 12, pg. 599 & 604)

Regarding his piety and fear of Allah Ta‘ala, Ahmad bin Sahl (rahimahullah) mentions the following incident:

I was the neighbour of Qaadhi Bakkaar (rahimahullah). On one occasion, when I left home after the ‘Esha Salaah, Qaadhi Bakkaar (rahimahullah) was reciting the following verse of the Quraan Majeed:

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Better than Hajj

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Saturday, 27 November 2021 08:17

‘Abdullah bin Mubaarak (rahimahullah) was a very great ‘Aalim and a very pious man. He lived long ago, just after the time of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). 

‘Abdullah bin Mubaarak (rahimahullah) would make lots and lots of hajj. When he would go for hajj, he would take many other people with him. Many of these people were poor and did not have money for hajj, so he used to take them and pay for them.

Once, when he was going for hajj, there was a person with him who had a bird. However, the bird died during the journey. Since this bird was not slaughtered, it was haraam to eat, so they threw it away and left it at a dump.

Thereafter, before they left that place, ‘Abdullah bin Mubaarak (rahimahullah) saw a young girl come to the dump, pick up the dead bird and take it away to her home. When ‘Abdullah bin Mubaarak (rahimahullah) saw this, he became very worried, because he did not want the girl to eat haraam. He told his servant to go to the girl’s home and knock on the door.

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Pondering for Paradise

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Thursday, 25 November 2021 08:18

Allah Ta‘ala has blessed the human being with a mental faculty that has no peer or equal in the animal kingdom. From memory and retention, to imagination and creativity, the ability to learn new languages and acquire new skills, and reason intelligently – the scope and power of the human mind, especially viewing its vast versatility, is indeed ‘mindboggling’.

Such is the power of the mind that it even exerts influence and control over the body. For example, a person pondering over a traumatic incident, such as a scary hijacking, when reliving the incident in the mind’s eye, will often find their heart begin to race and their breathing begin to quicken. The memory seems so realistic that the body is convinced that the incident is transpiring once again, and hence the flight-or-fight instincts are triggered. Similarly, a person sometimes remembers a humorous incident, and though it may be years later, he finds himself involuntarily laughing.

When we have been given the ultimate minds from the animal kingdom, then we should dedicate it to the ultimate purpose – recognizing Allah Ta‘ala.

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Final Words to Her Dear Son

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Monday, 22 November 2021 19:39

(Sayyidah Asmaa bintu Abi Bakr [radhiyallahu ‘anhuma] – Part Eight)

In the year 64 A.H., after Yazeed bin Mu‘aawiyah passed away, Sayyidah Asmaa’s (radhiyallahu ‘anha) son, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) became the khaleefah of the Muslims. His rule extended over majority of the Muslim lands.

After some time, Marwaan bin Hakam, who was opposed to his rule, rose against Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) and marched against him. Many wars were then fought, until eventually, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) was defeated and martyred, in the year 73 A.H., in the precincts of the Haram, in Makkah Mukarramah.

Marwaan had unleashed the notorious tyrant, Hajjaaj bin Yusuf, against Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma). Such was the reputation of Hajjaaj that when he surrounded the blessed city of Makkah Mukarramah, and defeat seemed imminent, then most of the supporters of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) deserted him. Approximately ten thousand people went to Hajjaaj and surrendered peacefully, fearing that if they raised arms against him and were thereafter captured, then he would subject them to excruciating torture and a gruesome death.

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