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Thursday, 18 June 2020 07:46

A Believer’s Mindset when Earning Wealth

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عن أبي هريرة قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : من طلب الدنيا حلالا استعفافا عن المسألة وسعيا على أهله وتعطفا على جاره لقي الله ووجهه كالقمر ليلة البدر ومن طلب الدنيا حلالا مكاثرا مرائيا لقي الله وهو عليه غضبان (المصنف لابن أبي شيبة الرقم: 22625)

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Whoever seeks the dunya in order to earn a halaal livelihood, safeguard himself from begging, provide for his family and to show kindness to his neighbours (by assisting them with his wealth), he will meet Allah Ta‘ala (on the Day of Qiyaamah) with his face shining like the fourteenth full moon, and whoever seeks the dunya in a halaal manner, but (his intention is) to amass the wealth of the world and to show off to others, he will meet Allah Ta‘ala (on the Day of Qiyaamah) while Allah Ta‘ala will be angry with him.”

Thursday, 18 June 2020 07:42

Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Ten

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Gentle Disposition and Assisting People

Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was a person who was well known and respected among the people of Makkah Mukarramah and the surrounding tribes. He was beloved to the people and had a gentle and soft disposition. Among the Quraish, he was regarded as the most knowledgeable person in regard to the lineage of the various tribes of the Quraish. He was a businessman who possessed excellent character and virtue. Due to his knowledge, business acumen and sterling qualities, people would come to him and confide in him regarding their affairs. He would spend on the poor and needy and assist people in difficulty and hardship. Through remaining in the mubaarak company of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), the beautiful qualities of nubuwwah rubbed onto him, until even in the sight of the kuffaar he was highly praised for his noble character, sublime generosity and assisting the creation at the time of difficulty.

Tuesday, 16 June 2020 06:30

The Arch Enemies of Islam – Part Two

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It is the system of Allah Ta‘ala that when he creates something, he also creates its opposite. Allah Ta‘ala states:

وَ مِنۡ کُلِّ شَیۡءٍ خَلَقۡنَا زَوۡجَیۡنِ لَعَلَّکُمۡ تَذَکَّرُوۡنَ ﴿۴۹﴾

And from everything We have created pairs so that you may comprehend (the perfection of the Creator). (Surah Zaariyaat v. 49)

Hence, just as there is a Musa for every Fir‘aun, there must be a Fir‘aun for every Musa. Nevertheless, since things may be understood and recognized by viewing their opposites, we will next present a brief outline of each of the arch-enemies of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/210-211)

Sunday, 14 June 2020 18:02

Honoring the Qur’aan Majeed

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Ismaa‘eel bin Hammaad bin Abi Hanifah (rahimahullah) reports the following:

When Hammaad, the son of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah), completed learning Surah Faatihah, Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) gave his son’s Ustaad five hundred dirhams as a gift.

According to another narration, Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) gave the Ustaad one thousand dirhams as a gift.

Some narrations mention that when the Ustaad received the gift, he asked, “What have I done for which Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) has sent me this gift?” When Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) heard of this, he called the Ustaad and said, “Do not consider that which you taught my son to be small or insignificant! By Allah! If we possessed more wealth at this time, we would have given it to you out of respect and honor for the Qur’aan Majeed!”

(‘Uqood-ul-Jummaan pg. 231, Akhbaar Abi Hanifah wa Ashaahibhi lis-Saymari pg. 58)

Thursday, 11 June 2020 07:07

Sins Forgiven when Making Musaafahah with Salaam

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عن البراء بن عازب قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: ما من مسلمين يلتقيان فيتصافحان إلا غفر لهما قبل أن يفترقا (سنن الترمذي الرقم: 2727)

Hazrat Baraa bin ‘Aazib (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “When two Muslims meet each other (with salaam) and make musaafahah (shake hands) with each other, their (minor) sins are forgiven before they separate from one another.”

Wednesday, 10 June 2020 19:11

Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Nine

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Prepared to Sacrifice his Life for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)

Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had such deep love for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) that he was prepared, at every moment, to lay down his life to defend Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

During the journey of hijrah, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) noticed that at times, Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was traveling in front of him while at other times, he was traveling behind him. Hence, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) asked him, “O Abu Bakr! What is the matter? Why do you sometimes travel in front of me, and at other times behind me?” Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “When I think of the people pursuing us, I travel behind you to protect you, and when I think of the people who may be waiting in ambush ahead, I travel in front of you to protect you.” 

Tuesday, 09 June 2020 06:29

The Arch Enemies of Islam

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After Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) began to openly proclaim tauheed and invite to Islam, most of the people of Makkah Mukarramah became his enemies. However, there were some people who had reached the limits in their hostility and enmity for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

Some of these people were:

Abu Jahal bin Hishaam, Abu Lahab bin ‘Abdil Muttalib, Aswad bin ‘Abd-e-Yaghooth, Haarith bin Qays, Waleed bin Mugheerah, Umayyah bin Khalaf and Ubayy bin Khalaf (the sons of Khalaf), Abu Qays bin Faakihah, ‘Aas bin Waa’il, Nadhr bin Haarith, Munabbih bin Hajjaaj, Zuhair bin Abi Umayyah, Saa’ib bin Saifi, Aswad bin ‘Abdil Asad, ‘Aas bin Sa‘eed, ‘Aas bin Haashim, ‘Uqbah bin Abi Mu‘ait, Ibnul Asdaa Hakam bin ‘Aas and ‘Adiyy bin Hamraa’.

Most of these people were the neighbours of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and men of high standing in society. They remained diligent and zealous in their hostility against Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and night and day, they made this their main mission. Abu Jahal, Abu Lahab and ‘Uqbah bin Abi Mu‘ait were at the forefront from all these enemies.

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/209-210)

Monday, 08 June 2020 06:06

Befriending the Kuffaar

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Q: Is it permissible for a believer to befriend a disbeliever? What are the Islamic teachings in regard to this issue?

A: Muslims are strongly discouraged in the Qur’aan and Hadith from befriending the disbelievers. Allah Ta‘ala states in the Qur’aan Majeed:

یٰۤاَیُّہَا الَّذِیۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡا لَا تَتَّخِذُوا الۡکٰفِرِیۡنَ اَوۡلِیَآءَ مِنۡ دُوۡنِ الۡمُؤۡمِنِیۡنَؕ اَتُرِیۡدُوۡنَ اَنۡ تَجۡعَلُوۡا لِلّٰہِ عَلَیۡکُمۡ سُلۡطٰنًا مُّبِیۡنًا ﴿۱۴۴﴾

O you who believe! Do not take the disbelievers as friends instead of the believers! (Surah Nisaa v. 144)

Similarly, Allah Ta‘ala states in another verse of the Qur’aan Majeed:

یٰۤاَیُّہَا الَّذِیۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡا لَا تَتَّخِذُوا الۡیَہُوۡدَ وَ النَّصٰرٰۤی اَوۡلِیَآءَ ۘؔ بَعۡضُہُمۡ اَوۡلِیَآءُ بَعۡضٍ ؕ وَ مَنۡ یَّتَوَلَّہُمۡ مِّنۡکُمۡ فَاِنَّہٗ مِنۡہُمۡ ؕ اِنَّ اللّٰہَ لَا یَہۡدِی الۡقَوۡمَ الظّٰلِمِیۡنَ ﴿۵۱﴾

O you who believe! Do not take the Jews and Christians as friends! They are friends of one another. And whoever befriends them from you, then he is one of them. Indeed Allah Ta‘ala does not guide unjust people to the right path. (Surah Maa'idah v. 51)

Yahya bin Hilaal Al-Warraaq mentions the following incidents which transpired at the time when he was in dire constraints and was unable to fulfill his needs:

I once came to Muhammed bin ‘Abdillah bin Numair and complained to him of my poverty. He thus took out four or five dirhams, gave them to me, and said, “This is half of all the wealth that I possess at present.” On another occasion, I went to Imaam Ahmed bin Hambal (rahimahullah) and complained of my poverty. Hearing of my plight, Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) took out four dirhams, gave them to me, and said, “This is all the wealth that I have.”

Thursday, 04 June 2020 10:18

The Fitnah of Women and Wealth

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عن أبي سعيد الخدري عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: إن الدنيا حلوة خضرة وإن الله مستخلفكم فيها فينظر كيف تعملون فاتقوا الدنيا واتقوا النساء فإن أول فتنة بني إسرائيل كانت في النساء (صحيح مسلم رقم : 2742)

Hazrat Abu Sa‘eed Khudri (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Indeed, the world is sweet and lush (i.e. attractive and enticing), and Allah Ta‘ala has appointed you as vicegerents in the world, so that He may examine your conduct and behaviour in the world. Hence, beware of the fitnah of the dunya (i.e. the fitnah of wealth) and the fitnah of women, as the first fitnah of the Banu Israa’eel was the fitnah of women.”