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Piety before Profit

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Monday, 10 January 2022 16:02

Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) was an illustrious Taabi‘ee and the founder of the Hanafi mazhab. He was born in the year 80 A.H. and passed away in the year 150 A.H.

Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) would spend the majority of his time in the worship of Allah Ta‘ala and the service of the knowledge of Deen. However, he would also sell cloth in order to support himself, the students of Deen and some of the other ‘Ulama who were engaged in the service of Deen.

Being a personification of Deen and the sunnah, the piety of Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) was also reflected in his business dealings and the manner in which he conducted his trade. Below are two incidents which highlight the Islamic values he displayed while conducting business:

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Raising a Saint

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Tuesday, 04 January 2022 09:14

(Mother of Shaikh Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa [rahimahullah] – Part One)

Shaikh Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa (rahimahullah) was a renowned saint and ‘Aalim who lived in India during the 7th century of Islam. (Tareekh-e-Da’wat wa ‘Azeemat vol. 3, pg. 52)

Allah Ta‘ala had blessed him with such acceptance that he became the means for thousands of people repenting from their sins and reforming their lives. His proverbial piety and the beautiful qualities of the sunnah which his life reflected had such a magnetic attraction that people from all walks of life were pulled towards him – until even the kings and monarchs would visit him for du‘aas and blessings.

One of the unique features in the life of Shaikh Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa (rahimahullah) is that he was orphaned at the tender age of five. Hence, it was his mother, Zulaikhaa (rahimahallah), who single-handedly attended to his upbringing and moulded him into the giant personality whose name is taken to this very day. (Tareekh-e-Da’wat wa ‘Azeemat vol. 3, pg. 53)

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The Dream Life

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Thursday, 30 December 2021 15:49

Imagine a person living the dream life. He has the car, home, family, business and everything else of his dreams. But then, his eyes suddenly open, and to his absolute dismay, he finds himself lying in bed, back to reality – and his precious ‘dream life’ was exactly that - a dream without substance.

Now imagine a person who is suffering intense agony and torture. He is experiencing every ‘nightmare’ that he ever feared and he cannot imagine things being any worse than they already are. But then, his eyes suddenly open, and to his absolute delight, he finds himself lying on his bed, safe and sound. To his immense relief, the ‘nightmare’ life he was ‘living’ was merely an illusion and a dream.

Each and every one of us, living in this world, is like a person in a dream. While everything around us is real, and everything we experience is real, the reality is that it is so transitory and temporary that when compared to the Hereafter, it is like a mere dream, illusion or shadow.

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The One Who is in Sole Control

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Monday, 27 December 2021 08:40

There was once a king who was an evil disbeliever. One day, the Muslims waged war against him and managed to defeat him, taking him captive. After capturing the evil king, they asked one another, “What method of execution should we use to kill him?” Since they were determined to torture him and give him a painful death, they finally decided that they would place him in a large cauldron (of water) and boil him alive.

They thus placed him in the cauldron, lit a fire beneath it and began to stoke and fan the flames. Seeing the predicament that he was in, the king began to pray to his various deities and idols, one by one. He implored them to come to his aid saying, “O so-and-so! Did I not worship you, pray to you, wipe (and clean) your face, and do so many other things for you? (I did all that for you,) so please save me from this situation!”

The king continued to plead to his different deities, but it was to no avail. Eventually, when he realised that his deities could not benefit him in the least, he turned his face to the sky, recited “Laa ilaaha illallaah”, and made sincere, heartfelt du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala.

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Salaah Comes First

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Saturday, 25 December 2021 08:22

‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah) was a very pious man. He was from the descendants of the great Sahaabi, Sayyiduna ‘Umar bin Khattaab (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

When ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah) was young, he was living in Egypt. However, his father wanted to send him to the blessed city of Madeenah Munawwarah so that he could study and learn under the great ‘Ulama of Madeenah Munawwarah. When sending him to Madeenah Munawwarah, his father was worried about who would look after his son and make sure that he was learning the right things and becoming pious. So, his father asked a pious man in Madeenah Munawwarah, whose name was Saalih bin Kaysaan (rahimahullah), to check on his son and look after him.

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