The Sincere

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Nabi sallallahu alaihi wasallam mentioned that a man from the Bani Israeel requested someone belonging to his tribe to lend him a thousand Dinars (Gold Coins). The latter replied: Bring me witnesses so that I can request their testimony when required. But the man answered: Allah is sufficient as a witness. He then requested for a surety but again he received the reply: Allah is sufficient as a surety. … [Read more...]

Service to One’s Mother

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Hadhrat Muhammad bin Munkadir (rahmatullahi alaih) was a famous taabi`ee and from amongst the distinguished narrators of Hadeeth. He relates that once for the duration of the entire night I continued massaging the feet of my mother whilst my brother, Abu Bakr bin Munkadir (rahmatullahi alaih) was engaged in nafl Salaah throughout the night. However, I would not exchange the smallest bit of my night of service for the night of nafl worship. … [Read more...]

The Might of a Morsel

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Imaam Abu Muhammad Al-Juwayni (rahimahullah) was a great ‘aalim who possessed an extremely high level of caution and concern regarding the consumption of halaal and haraam. The level of his concern was such that it prompted him to earn by working with his own hands, in order to have the peace of mind that he was earning a pure livelihood that was untainted by haraam.   When the time for Imaam Abu Muhammad Al Juwayni (rahimahullah) to … [Read more...]

A Simile Illustrating Humility

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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 fate so shaped its course that eventually that very little raindrop became a famous royal pearl. It was exalted for it was humble. Knocking at the door of … [Read more...]

A Muslim in Difficulty

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Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “A Muslim who experiences any hardship, discomfort, worry, sorrow, grief, and distress even if it be a thorn prick, Allah Ta`ala will make that an atonement for his sins.”  (Bukhari/Muslim) Advice: “Man’s Purpose of Creation” The creation of man in this world is only for the purpose of acquiring a realization of Allah Ta`ala, and all other creation is for the sake of man. As a Persian poet … [Read more...]

The Procedure for Acceptance

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It was a system in our elders that they would meet each other. If they were in the area and there was a saintly person and the saintly person was in the same grouping with the same type of thought and ways then they would take the trouble to go and meet him. And if they had a good bond and also conformity in their temperament they would also ask them to check their works. If they had to write an article or book they would ask their elder or … [Read more...]