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The Secret to Success

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Monday, 07 June 2021 09:18

During the time of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), there were two major kingdoms in the nearby lands; Rome and Persia.

On the night of the birth of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), a tremor had struck the palace of the Persian ruler, causing fourteen towers of his palace to collapse. This was an indication that the Persian kingdom would have fourteen more rulers, after which it would collapse and be no more. (Taareekh Tabari vol. 2, pg. 258 - 260)

During the period of peace between the Muslims in Madeenah Munawwarah and the Quraish (after the treaty of Hudaibiyah), Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) sent epistles (letters) to the rulers of Rome and Persia, inviting them to Islam. As far as Caesar (the Roman emperor) is concerned, then on receiving the epistle of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), he honoured it and showed it respect, though he did not accept Islam.

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The Unbiased Barometer

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Thursday, 03 June 2021 15:07

Childhood is generally regarded to be the period of innocence and purity. A young, blameless child, as yet uncorrupted and untainted, sees the world around him in clear black and white. For such a child, there is no diplomacy and tact, no skirting around the topic, beating around the bush, indirect references, indications and insinuations. Rather, the child says it as it is or at least how he knows it, without any qualms and reservations whatsoever.

In the initial stages of childhood, the child may even unintentionally cause the parents embarrassment. Such was the case with a mother who threatened her daughter saying, “If you don’t listen to me, I will send a message to your Moulana and tell him that you are being naughty!” To the mother’s mortification and embarrassment, the daughter replied, “If you tell Moulana about me, then I will tell Moulana… about you!” As this was mentioned in the presence of others, who were unaware of the mother’s weakness and bad habit mentioned by the daughter, she was seized by embarrassment and was dumbstruck.

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Social Media Platforms

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Tuesday, 01 June 2021 15:22

Question:

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

Respected ‘Ulama

I am on certain social media platforms, and I find that it sometimes takes too much of my time.

I had the intention of deleting it but find it necessary as well for communication purposes, especially because I am teaching.

Please advise.

Jazakallah

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Compassion and Concern

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Monday, 31 May 2021 09:17

(Mother of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee [daamat barakaatuhum] – Part Four)

Among the many outstanding qualities which Makkiyyah Aapa (rahimahallah) possessed was her compassion and concern for one and all.

She always showed special care and love for those who were weak or slow, and children who had a natural weakness or disability would enjoy her special favour and kindness. She would go out of her way to care for them and bring happiness to their hearts, saying, “Allah Ta‘ala’s help comes to us on account of the weak among us.” In reality, these are the words of a hadeeth in which Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “You are provided with help and sustenance because of the weak ones amongst you.” (Saheeh Bukhaari #2896)

A young girl who is unable to walk from birth says that she would love to come and meet Makkiyyah Aapa (rahimahallah) because of the special care and love that she showed to her. She says, “Whenever I came to meet her, she always made me feel very special.” In fact, this was the sentiment and feeling expressed by most of the people who visited her. 

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Dedicated to her ‘Ibaadah

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Monday, 17 May 2021 10:15

(Mother of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee [daamat barakaatuhum] – Part Three)

Makkiyyah Aapa (rahimahallah) was always concerned regarding her Deeni progress. On one occasion, she mentioned to one of her sons that when her mother passed away, then more than the grief she experienced over the loss of a mother was the grief she felt over the loss of the person who would point out her faults, correct her and guide her.

Likewise, she always strove to attain perfection in every aspect of her Deen. Hence, when carrying out any ‘ibaadah or any action, she would often enquire as to whether she was carrying it out in the correct manner.

She was very particular regarding salaah. Thus, she would prepare for salaah before the time could set in, and would also encourage others to do the same. She was also particular about performing salaah in the “Awwal Waqt” (i.e. the earliest time when the salaah can be performed). She would not allow her salaah to be delayed and would remind others to also read their salaah early.

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