An Evil Thought

Sufyaan Thowri (Rahimahullah) was among the famous Imaams in the science of Hadeeth and Islamic law. He once mentioned that he was guilty of a sin due to which he was deprived of offering Tahajjud Salaah for five months. When someone asked him as to what it was, he replied that he had once seen […]

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alayhi wasallam) said: “The example of a good companion and a bad one is the bearer of musk and the worker on the fires. A bearer of musk would give you some, you might buy some from him, or you might enjoy the fragrance of his musk. The worker on the fires, on the other hand, might spoil your clothes with sparks from his bellows, or you get a bad smell from him.” [Sahih Bukhari]

Who are the top 5 people you hang out with? List them. Now look at their qualities and you’ll notice that you are a product of the sum of them. Do they have the outstanding qualities that you seek? If not, then it’s time to find some bearers of musk that you can truly smell great from.

A Simile Illustrating Humility

A raindrop fell from a spring cloud. When it saw the wide expanse of the sea it was absolutely ashamed. It reflected: “what am I?” and “how great is the sea?” Compared to the sea I am nonexistent! Thus while regarding itself with an eye of contempt, an oyster took it to its bosom and […]

One night a villager could not sleep owing to a pain in his side. A doctor commented: “This pain is caused by him having eaten a certain leaf. I will be astonished if he lasts through the night, for the arrow of an enemy in his chest were better for him then the eating of […]

Service to One’s Mother

Hadith: Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “Do not curse fever, for it removes the sins of man just as a furnace removes rust from iron.” (Saheeh Muslim)  Advice: Service to one’s mother Hadhrat Muhammad bin Munkadir (rahmatullahi alaih) was a famous taabi`ee and from amongst the distinguished narrators of Hadeeth. He relates that once […]

Guidance through Respect

There was once a fire-worshipper who noticed his son eating during the month of Ramadhaan in the presence of the Muslims. He was infuriated and reprimanded his son, “How could you destroy the sanctity of the Muslims during the month of Ramadhaan?” After his death, a scholar from the neighbourhood saw him in a dream […]

Remembrance of Allah in the Morning and in the Evening   Allah, the Exalted, says: “And remember your Rubb by your tongue and within yourself, humbly and with fear and without loudness in words in the mornings, and in the afternoons and be not of those who are neglectful.” (7:205) “And declare the perfectness of […]