Du‘aa when Leaving the Home


Saturday, 26 March 2022 09:23

Sayyiduna Anas bin Maalik (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mentioned, “When a man leaves his home and recites:

بِسْمِ اللهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَى اللهِ لَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِالله​

Transliteration: Bismillahi tawakkaltu ‘alallah, laa howla walaa quwwata illaa billah

Translation: (I leave) in the name of Allah. I place my reliance upon Allah. There is no ability (to refrain from sin) and no power (to carry out good deeds) except with (the help of) Allah,

then he is (addressed by an angel and) told, ‘You have been (Divinely) guided, you have been sufficed (from your Deeni and worldly needs and concerns), and you have been (Divinely) protected.’ Thereafter, the shaitaan (which intends to misguide him) moves away from him, and another shaitaan says (to the shaitaan that moved away), ‘How will you gain control over a man who has been (Divinely guided), sufficed and protected?’” (Sunan Abi Dawood #5095)

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Worth Less than a Sip of Water


Monday, 21 March 2022 05:51

On one occasion, towards the end of the month of Sha’baan, the famous ‘Abbaasi Khaleefah, Haaroon Rasheed, summoned the great ascetic, Muhammad bin Sabeeh, who was famously known as Ibnus Sammaak (rahimahullah).

When Ibnus Sammaak (rahimahullah) arrived, Haaroon Rasheed’s minister, Yahya bin Khaalid, asked him if he knew the reason behind the Ameerul Mu-mineen summoning him. Ibnus Sammaak (rahimahullah) replied in the negative. Yahya then informed him, “He has called for you since he had learnt about the exceptional du‘aa that you make for the prominent people and for the laymen.” Hearing these words, Ibnus Sammaak (rahimahullah) responded, “The news that has reached the Ameerul Mu-mineen is only due to the veil that Allah Ta’ala has concealed me with. Had He not concealed me (and covered my sins), no one would praise me, nor would anyone meet me with love and affection. O Ameerul Mu-mineen! It is only this veil (of Allah Ta’ala) which has caused me to be seated before you (today).”

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An Exhibition of True Honesty


Monday, 14 March 2022 09:28

There was once a wealthy cloth merchant who lived in the city of Baghdad. One day, while he was in his business, a young woman approached him and said that she was looking for a certain item that she wished to purchase. Thereafter, during the course of their conversation, she removed her niqaab (veil) and showed the man her face.

When the man’s gaze fell on her face, he was so struck by her beauty that he exclaimed, “By Allah! I am amazed by the beauty that I have seen!” The woman then said, “I have not actually come to purchase anything. Rather, for the past few days, I have been coming to the market, looking for a man who appeals to my heart so that I may marry him, and it is you who has impacted on my heart. I possess wealth of my own (i.e. I do not want wealth from you), so would you like to marry me?”

The man replied, “I am married to my cousin, and I promised her that I would not marry anyone else besides her. I also have a son from her.” The woman responded, “Even if you visit me just twice in the week, I will be pleased.” The man agreed to this proposal, and so they performed the nikaah. After the nikaah was performed, when the man returned home, he said to his first wife, “One of my friends asked me to spend the night at his home.” Offering this excuse, he left home that evening, went to the home of his second wife and spent the night there. Thereafter, the man would go to visit his second wife after Zuhr Salaah every day.

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The Price of Paradise


Thursday, 10 March 2022 13:48

When purchasing any item or commodity in the world, there will be a certain price to pay. At times, the price may be low and affordable, at times it may be moderate and reasonable, and at times it may be excessively high and exorbitant. Thus, we find that if there is a car in the market for R50 000, then there will also be a car on sale for R50 million!

The question is, “What are the factors that cause these variations and fluctuations in price?” The answer is that there are three primary factors that influence the price of an item. The first is demand, the second is supply and the third is quality. If an item is in high demand, it is only obtainable for a short period as it is a limited edition, and the quality is unsurpassed and unrivaled, then people will be willing to pay any amount of money to acquire it.

On the basis of these three factors, we find that the most expensive purchase will not be the purchase of a palatial home, a rare motor vehicle, a gem-studded necklace of solid gold or anything else of the world - it will be the ‘purchase’ of Jannah. Hence, in the blessed hadeeth, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mentioned, “Remember! The goods of Allah Ta‘ala are extremely valuable (and expensive)! Remember! The goods of Allah Ta‘ala are Jannah!” (Sunan Tirmizi 2450)

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Tomorrow’s Sustenance


Monday, 07 March 2022 16:00

A man once came to the great Imaam, Muhammad bin Seereen (rahimahullah), and said, “I enquired (from the people) as to who is the best person in Basrah and the people have directed me to you.” Hearing this, Muhammad bin Seereen (rahimahullah) said to the man, “Come along (with me) so that I may show you the best person in Basrah.” He then placed in his cloth a few pieces of bread which he had and they proceeded until they reached a hut which was in a corner of Basrah.

On reaching there, they found a man whose young children were asking him for something to eat whilst he was replying, “By Allah! I am not the one who created you, nor am I the one who gave you the ability to listen and see. However, the Being who has created you and given you the ability to hear and see will definitely send your sustenance to you soon.” Observing this spectacle, Muhammad bin Seereen (rahimahullah) said to him, “Listen (to what this man is saying).” Thereafter, he called the man from the hut and gave him the pieces of bread. The man (took it and gratefully) said, “You have brought it at the right time.”

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