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بسم الله الرحمن

Life is full of choices. At times, we get carried away with our ability to choose between obedience and disobedience. We forget that this choice is a test, not a mark of our authority. In academic exams, those that studied hard would be able to answer correctly, whilst those that did not study would answer incorrectly. Both take the exact same paper, but the former will pass whilst the latter will fail. The exam is taken by all, not just the hardworking students.

Likewise, is life. We are living an exam, those that sin unrepentantly are exercising their choice for which they will soon pay the price. Upon death, this ability will cease to exist. Have you ever seen a deceased man come out of his grave, refusing to be buried? No, because he has no choice. We must not allow it to delude us into thinking we have control over our lives. On the Day of Judgement, our own limbs will speak out against us so what control do we assume, when our own limbs will be out of our control?

When the adhaan calls, you can choose to sleep or wake up for prayer. That is a test. Do not be deceived, your choice will not last for long. When the trumpet is blown, no one will be able to continue sleeping. We will all awaken and march in the same direction, towards an inescapable reckoning.

Therefore, in this worldly life, choose wisely. Those that do not follow Deen, outwardly, it may seem that they are free and in charge of their lives. But in reality, their choices are answers being recorded on this exam of life, for which they will soon pay. Our choice is only given to write this paper. Upon death it will be taken away from all, and gifted back to those who enter Jannah. There in the gardens, their choice will no longer be a test. It will be a blessing via which they will live and do as they please.

May we be amongst them, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 07/11/17 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. To listen to the full talk, please click here.)

Friends

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Friends

By Hadrat Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh

It is very important for every Muslim to make sure that his choice of friends and the company he keeps is correct. It has been proven through experience that the habits and behaviour of friends and associates slowly enter into an individual. Without realising, a person begins to adopt the style and behaviour of his friends. We are all witnesses to this fact. Sadly, I can recall many incidents where those who were pious, religious and good in character lost all of their good qualities because they kept bad company and associated with an inappropriate circle of friends. I have also seen others who were drowning in sins and evil, who underwent a complete revolution in their lives after adopting the company of a pious person of high moral standards. Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam advised,

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A Shining Star


Ask your children:

1. What should we do when we are in difficulty?

2. Who should we turn to for help?

3. How should we treat the poor?

Now tell them the story:

Ismaa‘eel was a little boy who always had a smile on his face. He was very hardworking and Allah Ta‘ala had made him intelligent. He always came out first in madrasah and it was his dream to become a pious Moulana one day.

Once, Ismaa‘eel’s father suddenly fell very ill! His sickness became worse and worse, until three days later, he passed away. Because his mother was alone, Ismaa‘eel had to leave madrasah and help her at home. They had very little money, and sometimes there was no food in the home for days. Ismaa‘eel and his mother would be starving, but they never ever complained or begged. They remained patient and happy with whatever Allah Ta‘ala had decided for them.

One night, Ismaa‘eel and his mother sat together, staring out of the window. They were looking at the full moon shining in the sky and were admiring how beautiful it was. Ismaa‘eel was very hungry and all he could think about was food! He told his mother, “Mummy! The full moon looks like a big round roti! I make du‘aa that Allah Ta‘ala give us one small roti to eat.”

His mother was sad and began to cry, tears running down her cheeks. It made her sad to see her little Ismaa‘eel so hungry. She hugged him and held him tight, and told him, “Our Allah, who created the moon, has definitely heard you, my son.” That night when Ismaa‘eel slept, he was so hungry that he was even dreaming about roti, but his small little heart was full of hope that Allah Ta‘ala, who heard his du‘aa, would certainly give him one small roti.

Allah Ta‘ala made it such that a pious man was walking past and he heard Ismaa‘eel’s du‘aa for roti. The pious man realized that Ismaa‘eel and his mummy had no money and no food. He felt sorry for them and decided that he was going to try his best to help them.

The next morning, when Ismaa‘eel and his mother woke up, they found a big round roti delivered at their door. It had a note which read, “Allah Ta‘ala alone, who created the moon, fulfills all our needs. Ismaa‘eel, it is time for you to go back to madrasah and become a shining star.” Ismaa‘eel returned to madrasah the same day with a smile on his face and roti in his belly, and in no time, he caught up with all his missed lessons.

From that day, the pious man fulfilled the needs of Ismaa‘eel and his mother, without even telling them who he was. As the years passed, Ismaa‘eel progressed from class to class, until he finally became a Moulana. Allah Ta‘ala had made his dream come true.

After he became a Moulana, he found a letter at his door. It read, “Moulana Ismaa‘eel! This is my last letter to you. You are now a shining star, and it is your turn to help other people to become shining stars.”

Lessons:

1. Always meet people with a smile.

2. Allah Ta‘ala is definitely with those who are patient.

3. Don’t beg from people. Only ask your needs from Allah Ta‘ala.

4. Help people who are in difficulty.

5. Don’t tell people about the good deeds that you do.

6. Always be happy with Allah Ta‘ala. 

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Embodiment of Honesty


Shaikh ‘Abdul Qaadir Jeelaani (rahimahullah) is a personality who needs no introduction as his piety and righteousness are well known. He narrates the following inspiring incident from his youth:

On the occasion when I took leave of my mother to travel to Baghdad, seeking the knowledge of Deen, she made over to me forty dinars (gold coins). In order for the gold coins to be safe and concealed, she sewed them into my kurta, near the region of my armpit. Thereafter, when bidding me farewell, my mother made me promise that I would always be truthful.

During the journey, our caravan was accosted by sixty robbers. At first, none of the robbers interfered with me. Eventually, one of the robbers passed by and asked me, “O pauper! How much of money do you have?” I replied by truthfully stating, “Forty dinars.” He asked me, “Where is the money?” I replied, “Sewn into my kurta beneath my armpit.” On account of my forthright honesty, the robber thought that I was joking and thus left me, continuing on his way.

After a few moments, another one of the robbers passed by and asked me the same questions, to which I gave the same answers. This robber also thought that I was joking and thus left me, proceeding on his way.

Later on, when the robbers were reporting to their leader, both the robbers who had questioned me mentioned what had transpired. The leader was surprised and said, “Bring him to me.” They thus fetched me and took me to a small hill where they were distributing the wealth that they had stolen among themselves.

When I was brought before the leader, he asked me, “What wealth do you have with you?” I replied, “Forty dinars.” He asked me, “Where is it?” I replied, “Sewn into my kurta near my armpit.” He was astonished and asked me, “What made you confess that you had this wealth (whereas it was hidden and we would have never known of it)?” I replied, “My mother made me promise that I would always be truthful, and I will not break my mother’s promise.”

Hearing this answer, the robber was extremely affected and began to weep. He exclaimed, “You refuse to break the promise to your mother, whereas I have been breaking my promise to Allah Ta‘ala (to refrain from sin and haraam) for so many years!” Saying this, the leader repented at my hands from his life of robbery. When the other robbers witnessed his repentance, they said, “You were our leader in crime, and now we make you our leader in repentance as well.” They thus repented at my hands and returned all the stolen wealth to the caravan.

(Bahjatul Asraar pg. 186 and Qalaa-idul Jawaahir pg. 9)

Lessons:

1. The values that the mother instills within the child are perhaps the values that are entrenched the deepest. These values guide the child through childhood, and beyond through adulthood, assisting him to live a life of righteousness and piety.

2. When a Muslim brings the qualities of Islam into his life, he becomes a true flag bearer of Islam, attracting people to the beauty and purity of Islam and the sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). The effect of interacting with this type of person – a person blessed with the true values of Islam – is such a great da’wah to Islam that it sometimes inspires countless people to change their lives.

3. The value of a promise and truthfulness is such that Shaikh ‘Abdul Qaadir (rahimahullah) was prepared to lose his money, but was not prepared to lose his honesty and truthfulness. We have all pledged to be the faithful servants of Allah Ta‘ala, yet behave treacherously and unfaithfully by disobeying Him and breaking His commands. If we uphold our pledge to Him, we too will be blessed and will gain His proximity and favour. 

A stunning wedding 

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A stunning Wedding

The date has been finalized, it’s a year after the engagement as there are alot of preparations to be done…. and it has to be perfect.

I need a themed wedding,either an Arabian or European theme and everything will match accordingly… dear sister you rather invest your time and efforts in a pre marital workshop as it may help you develop qualities to enhance your marriage, did you ever think about the theme you want for your life after marriage?

I need a huge venue as we have a huge family and lots of friends. The venue has to be perfectly draped in white satin from the ceiling to the door as I need the canopy effect. Dear sister all you need is a moulana, two witnesses and both your parents duas.

I need silver tiffany chairs to match the sorovsky embellished centre piece and the ice…

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Safeguarding the Secret


Imagine a woman who possesses an exquisite piece of jewellery. She values it, cherishes it and guards it, always fearful for its safety.

One day, in a moment of negligence, she confided in a person whom she had wrongfully regarded as a friend, informing her of the jewellery, its location and even its worth! Shortly thereafter, the home was burgled and her precious jewellery was stolen. In the aftermath of this tragedy, she wrung her hands in regret, lamenting to herself, “Why did I reveal the secret?”

Similarly, all women associate and interact with other women. As Allah Ta‘ala has created all people uniquely and blessed them differently, one woman may have some feature that is exceptionally attractive, while another may be attractive and blessed with beauty in a different aspect, and a third woman may be blessed with beauty in all aspects!

One of the greatest treasures that a woman can possess is the attention of her husband, where he finds her attractive and is satisfied with her. Having said that, one of the quickest ways to lose this treasure is to ‘reveal the secret’ by speaking of other women to one’s husband, describing their features, habits, manner of speaking, clothing, figure, walking or anything else related to them for that matter. If one wishes to enjoy the undivided attention of her husband, then why does she discuss and describe other women to him, intentionally drawing his attention away from herself and towards these women and their beauty?

Thereafter, when he begins thinking about these women, or even worse – fantasizing over the picture that his wife painted on the canvas of his imagination, she will naturally become upset and feel betrayed. While he is answerable for his actions and will be taken to task for it, however she fails to realize that she has nobody to blame but herself for her own misery, as she personally ‘introduced’ these women to her husband by speaking about them and describing them to him.

Hence, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) himself taught us that a woman should not interact with another woman, thereafter describing her to her husband in such a vivid manner that it is as if he can actually see that woman. (Saheeh Bukhaari #5240)

This beautiful teaching of Islam not only safeguards the husband from sin, but also serves as a means of protection for the marriage by allowing the husband to remain satisfied and content with his wife.