Making an Effort to Acquire the Wealth of Taqwa

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

The real commodity for one to earn and purchase is taqwa. The hadeeth teaches us that the one who has taqwa will remain safe even if he is in the territory of his enemy. So make an effort to acquire the wealth of taqwa. Taqwa is for one to have the consciousness of Allah Ta’ala at all times. At any given moment one should not be unmindful of His presence and one should have the conviction that Allah Ta‘ala is watching him at all times.

Barakah (blessings) lies with Your Elders

وعن ابن عباس أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم قال البركة مع أكابركم  رواه الطبراني في الأوسط والحاكم وقال صحيح على شرط مسلم (الترغيب والترهيب 1/148)

Hadhrat Abdullah ibn Abbaas (Radhiyallahu Anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Barakah (blessings) lies with your elders.” (i.e. in acquiring ilm from them, respecting them and emulating them in matters of Deen). 

Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting (Salaam) – Part 9

1. When leaving the home, one should leave the home with salaam.

عن قتادة قال : قال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم: إذا دخلتم بيتًا فسلموا على أهلِهِ فإذا خرجتم فأودعوا أهله بسلام (شعب الايمان للبيهقي رقم 8459)

Hadhrat Qataadah (Rahimahullah) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “When you enter a home, then make salaam to its inmates; and when you leave (the home), then leave your salaam as a trust with the people of the home (i.e. make salaam to the people when leaving).”

N.B. Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has taught us to make salaam when leaving the home and he said: “Leave your salaam as a trust with the people of the home”. Generally when one keeps a trust by someone, he comes back at a later period to receive it. Therefore when one leaves the trust of salaam with the people of the home, as though one is taking a good omen and placing his hope in Allah Ta’ala’s mercy that Allah Ta’ala will soon return him to the home he is leaving.

Constantly Examining One’s Intention

Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

When any servant of Allah wishes to carry out a righteous deed, Shaitaan tries to prevent him in different ways and places numerous obstacles and difficulties in his path. However, if all the obstructions and obstacles of Shaitaan fail to prevent him, and he succeeds in commencing the righteous deed, then Shaitaan begins a second effort. The second effort of Shaitaan is to corrupt the sincerity and purity of the servant’s action, or to try and claim a share of this righteous deed by making him do it not solely for Allah Ta’ala. In other words, Shaitaan will make an effort to include ostentation and show into his intention and at times, create flaws in his intention on account of worldly motives, thereby destroying the purity of the action. Shaitaan is sometimes successful in the effort of corrupting the servant’s good deeds. It is thus essential for all those who are involved in any Deeni khidmat to be mindful of the plots of Shaitaan, to perpetually safeguard their hearts from his whispers, and to continuously examine their intention before carrying out any deed. The reason is that if one carries out any action with an intention besides earning the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala, this action will not be accepted by Allah Ta’ala. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg.14-15)

Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Six

The First Arrow Fired for Islam

Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was part of the army that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had sent under Hazrat ‘Ubaidah bin Haarith (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to Raabigh in order to intercept the caravan of the Quraish. During this expedition, the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and the Quraish fired arrows at one another, and the first Muslim to fire an arrow in the path of Allah was Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

It was regarding this occasion that Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) recited the following poetry:

ألا هل أتى رسول الله أني    حميت صحابتي بصدور نبلي

أذود بها عدوهم ذيادا    بكل حزونة وبكل سهل

فما يعتد رام من معد    بسهم في سبيل الله قبلي

Did the news reach Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) that I protected my companions with my arrows?

I effectively repelled their enemies with my arrows, in every hard land and in every soft land.

Hence, no archer from Ma’ad, before me, is counted among those who fired an arrow in the path of Allah Ta‘ala.

(Isaabah 3/64)