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Receptive to the Reminder

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Monday, 08 July 2019 15:40

Ebrahim bin Bash-shaar (rahimahullah) narrates:

On one occasion, I was passing through the desert in the company of Ebrahim bin Adham (rahimahullah) when we came across a high grave. On seeing the grave, Ebrahim (rahimahullah) made du‘aa for the inmate, asking Allah Ta‘ala to shower His mercy upon him, and began to weep.

I asked Ebrahim (rahimahullah), “Whose grave is this?” Ebrahim (rahimahullah) replied, “This is the grave of Humaid bin Jaabir (rahimahullah) who was the ruler of all these cities. Initially, he was drowning in the oceans of this world (i.e. he was immersed in the luxuries and pleasures of the world). However, Allah Ta‘ala thereafter removed him from the oceans of the world and saved him.

I heard that one day, while he was seated with his close family, taking enjoyment from the amusements of his empire and possessions, he fell asleep. While asleep, he had a dream in which he saw a man standing at his head side, holding a book. The man passed the book to him. When he opened it, he saw the following words inscribed in gold,

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Triple Ginger Biscotti

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Saturday, 06 July 2019 14:57

Perfect for dipping on a cold day

Ingredients:

70g butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 Tbsp ginger root grated

1 tsp vanilla essence

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Depression

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Tuesday, 02 July 2019 14:48

Question:

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

Respected ‘Ulama

How should a Muslim cope with depression? Can a Muslim take medication for depression?

Jazakallah

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Leaving a Legacy

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Monday, 01 July 2019 15:04

(Zubaidah – The Wife of Haaroon Rasheed – Part One)

With every passing day, there are people who enter this world, taking their first breath and commencing the journey of life, and there are people who take their last breath and depart, never to return. However, from the billions of souls who came and went, only a select few left such a legacy that they earned themselves an entry in the pages of history.

One such person was a woman who was named Amatul ‘Azeez, but was more commonly known as Zubaidah. It is reported that her grandfather, the famous Abbasid ruler, Abu Ja’far Mansoor, had given her the nickname Zubaidah on account of her radiant and beautiful complexion. 

She was the wife of the renowned Khaleefah, Haaroon Rasheed whom she had married in 165 A.H. Apart from her husband being a powerful ruler and Khaleefah, her son, known as Al-Ameen, and many of her close family members were also rulers of the Muslims. She thus enjoyed a position of distinction in the ruling family.

Insha-Allah, in the parts to come, we will discuss her qualities, outstanding generosity and the long-standing legacy which she left for the Ummah.

(Wafayaatul A’yaan vol. 2, pg. 314, Al-Muntazam vol. 8, pg. 278 and Taareekhul Islam vol. 15, pg. 156)

 

The “Well” Informed Witness​

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Saturday, 29 June 2019 10:29

A man was once brought before the qaadhi (judge) where an accusation was made against him. To substantiate the claim, the plaintiff (person laying the charge) produced a witness.

On seeing the witness, the defendant (accused) immediately objected saying, “O qaadhi! You cannot accept the testimony of this man!” When the judge enquired the reason, he said, “Despite having twenty thousand dirhams, he has not fulfilled the obligation of hajj. Hence, he is not a person whose testimony can be relied upon.”

The witness immediately responded, “You are lying! I have indeed performed hajj!” The defendant turned to the qaadhi and suggested, “To determine whether he really has performed hajj or not, ask him to describe the well of zam-zam.”

Faced with this question, the witness hastily replied, “I went for hajj a long time ago, before they dug the well of zam-zam!”

(Akhbaarul Hamqaa wal Mughaffaleen pg. 154)

 

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