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The actual reason for our current pitiful state

My Honourable Teacher; Al-‘Allamatul Muhaddith, Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (hafizahullah) often cites the following eye-opening incident from the life of Sayyiduna Abud Darda (radiyallahu’anhu). Sayyiduna Abud Darda (radiyallahu’anhu) was given the title: ‘Hakimul Ummah’ [the wise one of the Ummah] by Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam). Shaykh (hafizahullah) says: ‘Among the wisdoms of Sayyiduna Abud Darda is the following:’ When the Muslim army conquered the Island of Cyprus (in the year 32 A.H.) …

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Feeling the pain of the Ummah

An essential part of the culture of Islam is for each individual to consider himself/herself as part of the same body. 1. Sayyiduna Nu’man ibn Bashir (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: ‘The believers in their mutual mercy, love and compassion are like a single body, when one limb is in pain the rest of the body joins in insomnia, fever and restlessness’ (Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: …

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Blessed Fruits

Allah Ta’ala has repeatedly made reference to the gift of fruit in the Holy Quran. In one verse Allah Ta’ala says: “Do you not see that Allah sends down rain from the sky, and we produce therewith fruits of various colours.” (Surah Fatir: verse: 77)   Elsewhere Allah Ta’ala says: “and He sent down rain from the sky and brought forth fruits as provision for you.” (Surah Baqarah: verse: 22)   Gratitude …

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The Charity of Ibn Jurayj (rahimahullah)

Allah Ta’ala and His Messenger (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) have promised barakah for those who give charity with sincerity. Allah Ta’ala states: ‘Allah destroys interest, and increases charity.’ (Surah Baqarah, Ayah: 276)   Hereunder is an inspiring incident on this topic: Makkiy ibn Ibrahim (rahimahullah) narrates: ‘We were with Ibn Jurayj (rahimahullah), when a beggar asked for something. Ibn Jurayj (rahimahullah) told his treasurer: ‘Give him a dinar (gold coin).’ The …

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Questions unrelated to ‘amal (practice)

Some people have the habit of pursuing such topics that have no relevance to one’s practical life (‘amal). Our pious predecessors (salaf) would sternly discourage this as it is a waste of time and could even lead to confusion. (Fathul Bari, Hadith: 7289)   These types of questions have even been discouraged in the Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam): إن الله كره لكم قيل وقال، وكثرة السؤال، وإضاعة المال “Indeed …

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Lesson 6 – Expecting the rewards of deeds (ihtisab)

Lesson 6 – Expecting the rewards of deeds (ihtisab) The Quran and Hadith are filled with warnings against sins and the virtues of good deeds. A believer ought to have yaqin (conviction) on the incentives mentioned by Allah and His Messenger (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam). This is the most effective way of being inspired to obedience. One who has the rewards of deeds in mind, will not shy away from those …

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No suffering goes unrewarded

Difficulty and hardship have become widespread in the world today. People are suffering in various forms throughout the globe. The simple solution for this is a ‘collective revival’ of the Sunnah of our Beloved Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam). Nevertheless, for a believer, no difficulty, loss or suffering goes unrewarded. Hereunder are three authentic Hadiths [from among many] on this topic, as a reminder and inspiration to all: 1. Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radiyallahu’anha) …

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Lesson 5 – Pondering over Allah’s Creation

Lesson 5 – Pondering over Allah’s Creation Marvelling over the power of our Creator through His creation is a potent spiritual booster. It is one of the most effective ways of recognising Allah Ta’ala. In many verses of the Quran, Allah ‘Azza wa Jall, asks of man to look at the creation for the purpose of recognising Him. My Beloved Father, Hazrat Moulana Haroon Abasoomar saheb (rahimahullah) had this noble …

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What to do on ‘Aashura day?

Hereunder is a brief description of how to spend the auspicious day of ‘Aashura, in light of the Hadiths of Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam).   1. Observe the Fast and get one year’s sins forgiven Sayyiduna Abu Qatadah (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: ‘I hope from Allah that fasting on the day of ‘Aashura will atone for the sins of the preceding year’ (Sahih Muslim, hadith: 2738) Note: …

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