The ‘Sword’ of Kindness


Monday, 04 April 2022 08:27

In the year 6 A.H., Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) sent thirty Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) on an expedition towards Najd under the leadership of Sayyiduna Muhammad bin Maslamah Ansaari (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

In this expedition, they captured a man of the Banu Haneefah tribe, named Thumaamah bin Uthaal (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). He was the leader of the area of Yamaamah. The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) were however unaware of whom they had captured. When they reached Madeenah Munawwarah, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) explained to the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) who he was, and bade them to take good care of him. He (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) also asked his pure wives to send for him whatever food they had, and instructed that his camel’s milk should be presented to him in the morning and in the evening. The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) then tied Sayyiduna Thumaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to one of the pillars of Masjid Nabawi on the instruction of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).  

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Savouring the Spirit of Ramadhaan


Saturday, 02 April 2022 08:08

People are ‘creatures’ of habit. We all tend to have a daily routine revolving around the various responsibilities that weigh on our shoulders. Making breakfast for the kids… seeing them off to school… preparing lunch… attending to the domestic chores… and the list goes on. In general, we are all committed to our schedules, and many people have such hectic schedules that they never find any ‘me’ time to ‘redefine’ themselves or even just relax.

Seeing this to be an ideal opportunity, many resorts and spas cater for this exact need – by providing getaways in which people can unwind, recharge and refocus. For those whose ‘me time’ involves losing weight, there are even ‘boot camps’ available. If someone needs some ‘me time’ to kick a dangerous drug-habit, there are a multitude of drug rehabs to be found. In short, all these facilities assist one to ‘cut off’ from their normal environment and routine so that they can focus on something important and precious to them.

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Salaah – Our Solace


Wednesday, 30 March 2022 07:16

(Series on Nafl Salaahs - #1 Introduction)

As human beings, Allah Ta‘ala has created us with feelings and emotions. As we progress through life, we experience moments of happiness and excitement, and we also undergo occasions of anxiety and sadness.

Different people have different responses and reactions to occasions of excitement and anxiety. When we examine the disbelievers, we find that on occasions of excitement and happiness, their response is to throw a party, blast music and burn fireworks. As for occasions of anxiety and difficulty, then they respond by running helter-skelter, seeking some person or means to bail them out of their predicament, and when the anxiety begins to overwhelm them, they seek solace in antidepressant medication or alcohol.

In stark contrast to this is the beautiful and perfect example of Islam. On happy occasions, Muslims remember Allah Ta‘ala, as He is the One Who blessed them with happiness. Thus, on the occasions of the two ‘Eids, instead of setting off fireworks, the Muslims congregate and engage in additional salaah.

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Selfless in Her Generosity


Monday, 28 March 2022 06:42

Sayyidah Zainab bintu Jahsh (radhiyallahu ‘anha), the respected wife of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), was renowned for her passion for giving wealth in sadaqah and assisting the poor.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had once informed his respected wives that the first of them to join him after his demise (i.e. the first of them to pass away) would be the wife with the longest arms. The respected wives of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) initially understood this statement literally and thus began to measure and compare the length of their arms, determining that Sayyidah Saudah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) had the longest arms. However, when Sayyidah Zainab bintu Jahsh (radhiyallahu ‘anha) passed away first, they realized that ‘longest arms’ was actually a metaphorical reference to the one who gave the most sadaqah. Sayyidah Zainab (radhiyallahu ‘anha) loved to give sadaqah, and would earn a living (from home) by tanning skins and sewing them into leather products which she would sell, using the income to spend on the poor and needy. (Saheeh Bukhaari #1420, Saheeh Muslim #6316, Fat-hul Baari vol. 3, pg. 367 and Mirqaat vol. 4, pg. 377)

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Nikaah – A Fortress from Fitnah


Wednesday, 23 March 2022 09:45

Allah Ta‘ala is the Creator of man, and Allah Ta‘ala understands man the best. Allah Ta‘ala knows all the needs of man, from the biggest and most obvious need, to the smallest and most subtle of needs, and out of His infinite mercy and grace, Allah Ta‘ala has provided for all of man’s needs.

For example, man has the need for food and drink. If man does not eat and drink, he will suffer starvation and dehydration, ultimately leading to his death. Hence, Allah Ta‘ala has provided man with various types of food and drink through which he can fulfill his need. However, when Allah Ta‘ala is most pure, then He made Islam a Deen of purity, and He made Jannah the abode of those who are pure. Hence, when fulfilling his needs, man cannot consume anything and everything, according to his wishes and desires, but may only consume that which is pure and halaal.

In the very same way, one of the needs of man is the need to fulfill his carnal desires. In this case as well, Allah Ta‘ala has provided man with a pure avenue to fulfill this need – and this is the avenue of nikaah. If man fulfills this need in accordance with the commands of Allah Ta‘ala, it will safeguard his Deen and aid him in gaining admission into Jannah, but if he fulfills his desires by violating the commands of Allah Ta‘ala through engaging in zina and illicit relationships, then he will be paving the path to his destruction.

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