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A Partner to Paradise

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Monday, 09 March 2020 16:08

Riyaah bin ‘Amr Al-Qaisi (rahimahullah) was a student of the renowned saint, Maalik bin Dinaar (rahimahullah). He possessed such fear of Allah Ta‘ala that he once said, “I have committed more than forty sins, for every one of these sins, I have recited istighfaar one hundred thousand times.”

Riyaah was blessed to have married an exceedingly pious woman. On the first morning which he spent with his bride, she began kneading dough (to prepare bread). Observing this, he said, “Why don’t you look for a woman to do this work for you?” She immediately (declined and) said, “The man I married is Riyaah Al-Qaisi (rahimahullah) (i.e. a man known for piety). I do not think that I have married an obstinate tyrant (i.e. a man hankering after servants and the world).”

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Lemongrass Cooler

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Wednesday, 04 March 2020 13:32

Ingredients:

15 lemongrass leaves

2 Iitres water

½ cup sugar

2 Tbsp lime cordial

green colouring

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Basheer and the Beggar

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Wednesday, 04 March 2020 13:31

Ask our children:

1. How should we treat beggars?

2. Is it fine to laugh at people and make fun of them?

Now tell them the story:

“Knock knock! Knock knock!” There was a knock at the door! “Basheer! Go and see who it is!” Basheer’s mother called out. “Jee mummy!” replied Basheer. He went to the door, opened it and saw a dirty and smelly man standing before him. He was wearing ragged, torn clothing, and his toes were poking out of holes in his shoes. The man saw young Basheer and asked softly, “Young man! Can you please give me something to eat? I’m very hungry, and I don’t have any food!”

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The Better Connection

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Tuesday, 03 March 2020 15:15

GPRS… 3G… HSPA… 4G – and the next will perhaps be 5G. It appears that from the inception of the cell phone, man has remained obsessed with maintaining and enhancing his network connection. Hence, people select their network operator based on network coverage, and many opt for fiber over LTE, as the connection is faster and more reliable.

However, if the cell phone connects us with other people, then it is raising our hands in du‘aa that ‘connects’ us with Allah Ta‘ala and allows us to communicate with Him. Hence, just as there are times and places where cell phone coverage is enhanced, making it more likely for the call or message to go through, there are also times and places where our ‘connection’ of du‘aa is enhanced. As a result, the du‘aa made at such a time or place is more likely to ‘go through’ and gain acceptance.

On one occasion, a Sahaabi asked Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), “Which du‘aa is quickest to gain acceptance?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “)The du‘aa made at) the middle of the last portion (i.e. the last third) of the night, and (the du‘aa made) after the fardh salaahs.”(Sunan Tirmizi #3499)

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Elevated through his Humility

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Monday, 02 March 2020 16:11

There was once a monk in the Banu Israaeel who remained (devoted to the worship of Allah Ta‘ala) in a monastery for sixty years. One day, he saw a dream in which he was told, “So-and-so shoemaker is better than you.”

On awakening, he (dismissed what he had heard and) said to himself, “It was just a dream.” However, when he had a nap that afternoon, he saw the dream once again, and continued to see this very same dream multiple times thereafter.

Eventually, he descended from his monastery and went to the shoemaker. As the shoemaker saw him approaching, he immediately ceased his work, stood, and began to rub his hand over him (in order to derive blessings). He then asked the monk, “What has prompted you to descend and emerge from your monastery today?” The monk replied, “You are the one who has caused me to descend. Tell me, what good actions do you carry out?”

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