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Enlivening our ‘Eid

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Tuesday, 21 July 2020 09:46

Imagine a beach with no waves… Imagine a desert with no sand… Imagine a rose with no petals… Imagine a perfume with no fragrance…  Imagine a fire with no heat…

If all these are unimaginable, it is because the missing ingredient, in each case, is the MAIN ingredient. Without this vital ingredient, none of these things would be significant or appreciated. In fact, without the main ingredient, they are like a wedding without the bride and groom – empty and soulless!

Similar is the case with qurbaani. On the day of ‘Eidul Adhaa and the two days that follow, it is the action of qurbaani that is the main ingredient. It is for this reason that the action of qurbaani, during this period, is the most beloved action to Allah Ta‘ala. Hence, a day of ‘eid without qurbaani is like a perfume without any fragrance – empty and lacking spirit.

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The Rank of the Repentant

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Monday, 20 July 2020 08:30

There was once a butcher who fell in love with a slave girl belonging to one of his neighbours. One day, his neighbours sent their slave girl to another village on some errand. (Realizing that she would be travelling alone, he saw an opportunity to meet her and) so he followed her and tried to seduce her.

She said to him, “Do not do this! I actually love you more than you even love me – but I am afraid of Allah Ta‘ala (so I am not prepared to commit this sin with you)!” (Hearing these words, the butcher was instantly affected and) he exclaimed, “You fear Allah Ta‘ala whereas I do not fear Him!” So he returned while repenting to Allah Ta‘ala.

Thereafter (as the butcher was traveling), he became very thirsty, until it seemed as though he would die from thirst. While he was in this condition, he suddenly saw a messenger of one of the Ambiyaa of the Banu Israaeel. The messenger asked him what the matter was, to which he answered that he was suffering from thirst. The messenger said, “Come! Let us make du‘aa and beg Allah Ta‘ala to send a cloud to shade us until we reach the village.” The butcher replied, “I do not have any good actions to my credit so that I can make du‘aa (through the blessing of these actions).”

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Why do we make Qurbaani?

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Saturday, 18 July 2020 13:35

Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) was a very great and special Nabi – he was known as ‘Khaleelullah’ which means ‘the special friend of Allah Ta‘ala’.

Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) always wanted to have children, but for years and years and years, he did not have any children. Finally, when Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) had waited for a long, long time, and he was now 86 years old, Allah Ta‘ala blessed him with a beautiful baby boy – Nabi Ismaa‘eel (‘alaihis salaam).

A few years later, when Nabi Ismaa‘eel (‘alaihis salaam) was no longer a small baby, but was now a young boy, running around, playing and helping his father, Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) had a dream. In his dream, he saw that he took a knife, placed it on the throat of his beloved son, Nabi Ismaa‘eel (‘alaihis salaam) and slaughtered him!

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Upholding the Spirit

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Thursday, 16 July 2020 08:00

Without a doubt, the year 2020 will be remembered in history as the year of the Coronavirus. Not only has this disease continued to dominate the headlines for months, but it has brought in its wake drastic lifestyle and societal changes which have left no person unaffected.

While many of these changes are tolerable or even beneficial, such as the need to avoid leaving the home unnecessarily, there are some changes that should cause the heart of each and every Muslim to bleed with pain. Chief among these changes is the cancellation of hajj for people worldwide in 2020.

The pillar of hajj holds a special and unique position of love in the heart of every Muslim. Hence, it is noticed that even people who are outwardly not very committed to Deen will spend their lifetime saving money for hajj, and eagerly anticipate the day that they will be able to call out “Labbaik!” before the Baytullah. When they finally hold their ticket in their hand, they are accompanied to the airport by scores of people, all wishing them well and requesting them for du‘aa. Likewise, on their return, they enjoy a reception afforded to people on only the most special of occasions.

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Blaming Allah for Our Faults

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Wednesday, 15 July 2020 08:00

Question:

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

Respected ‘Ulama

A certain person asked me the following question, “Why does Allah cause marriages to end in divorce if divorce is the most detested by Him?” How should I respond to this question?

Jazakallah

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