According to a narration whenever Imam Zayn al Abideen (RadiAllahu Anhu) rose to take his ablution his face would turn pale and whenever he began to pray his legs would shake. When he was asked the reason he said:

“Are you not aware of Whose presence I am entering? (Abu Nuaym, Hilya, III, 133).

One time when he was praying his house caught fire. However he remained unaware of this. When he finished his prayer and was told of the situation they asked him:

“What was it that made you fail to notice that your house was on fire?”.

Imam Zayn al Abideen (RadiAllahu Anhu) replied:

“The fire that awaits mankind in the hereafter made me forget the fire of this world”.

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Peerless virtue and the courage of faith of Abdullah bin Huzafe (RadiAllahu Anhu):

During the caliphate of Hazrat Umar ibn Al-Khattāb (RadiAllahu Anhu), a Muslim army was sent against the Romans in the Qaysariyye district of Damascus. Abdullah bin Huzafe (RadiAllahu Anhu) was in that army. The Romans had taken him hostage. They took him to their king and said:

“This is a companion of Muhammed”.

After having Abdullah (RadiAllahu Anhu) locked up in confinement with no food or drink, he then sent to him a portion of wine and some pork. They watched him for three days. Abdullah (RadiAllahu Anhu) neither placed a hand on the wine nor the pork. They said to the King:
“He has lost much strength now. If you do not take him out of there, he will die”.

The King had him brought to him and asked him:
“What prevented you from eating and drinking?

Abdullah (RadiAllahu Anhu) answered:
“Actually necessity had made the eating of those things lawful for me, yet I did not want to make neither myself nor Islam a laughing stock in front of you”.

In response to this dignified attitude, the King said:
“What if you become a Christian and I give you half of my wealth, and if I make you a partner in all my kingdom and then I give my daughter to you in marriage?”

Abdullah (RadiAllahu Anhu) replied:
“Even if you give me all of your wealth and in fact all of the wealth of Arabia, I would never turn away from the religion of Muhammad (pbuh) for the blinking of an eye”.

The King said:
“In that case I will have you killed”.

To which Abdullah (RadiAllahu Anhu) replied:
“That is for you to decide”.

Abdullah (RadiAllahu Anhu) was then hung up on a crucifix. First of all the archers flung arrows at him but purposefully missed him in order to scare him. Then he was offered the chance to become Christian once more. That blessed Companion did not show even the slightest of tendencies. Upon this the King said:
“Either you become Christian or I will place you in a cauldron of boiling water”.

When he refused again, a boiling cauldron made of copper was brought forth. The King had one of the Muslim slaves brought to him. He offered that he become Christian. When the slave rejected this offer he was thrown into the cauldron. Abdullah (RadiAllahu Anhu) was watching. His skin instantly peeled away from his bones and came off.

The King again suggested to Abdullah (RadiAllahu Anhu) that he become Christian. When he refused once more, he ordered that he be thrown into the cauldron. Just as Abdullah (RadiAllahu Anhu) was about to be thrown into the cauldron, he began to cry. Thinking that he had changed his mind, the King had Abdullah (RadiAllahu Anhu) brought to him and offered that he become Christian once more. When he saw how violently Abdullah (RadiAllahu Anhu) refused, he asked in shock:
“Then why did you cry”?

Abdullah (RadiAllahu Anhu) gave this superb reply:
“Do not think that I cried out of fear of what you wished to do to me. No. I cried because I only have one life to give in the path of Allah. I said to myself: “You have only one life and it is about to be thrown into that cauldron. In just an instant you are going to die in Allah’s cause. Whereas how I wish I had had lives to the number of hairs on my body, so that all of these lives could be sacrificed in order to gain Allah’s pleasure”.

This awesome act displayed by Abdullah (RadiAllahu Anhu) due to his courage of faith and dignity impressed the King and he wished to let him go free.
“Kiss my head so that I may let you go”, he said

To this offer that could have no objection, Abdullah (RadiAllahu Anhu) replied with an offer of his own:
“Will you let all of the other Muslim slaves go free together with me?”

When the King replied that he would, Abdullah (RadiAllahu Anhu) said:
“In that case I will”.

Abdullah (RadiAllahu Anhu) says later:
“I said to myself: “What objection could there be to my kissing the head of one of Allah’s enemies in order to free my own life and the lives of the Muslim slaves? Kiss it and be free”.

That day 80 Muslim slaves were set free. When they returned to Hazrat Umar ibn Al-Khattāb (RadiAllahu Anhu), they told him what had happened. Hazrat Umar ibn Al-Khattāb (RadiAllahu Anhu) said:

“To kiss the head of Abdullah bin Huzafe (RadiAllahu Anhu) is a duty incumbent upon every Muslim! I will be the first to carry out this duty”. He thus got up and went to Abdullah and kissed his head.

Blessed Parents of Rasool e Akram SalAllaahu Ta’ala Alayhi Wa Sallam

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Hadrat Sayyiduna Abdullah Radi Allahu Ta’ala AnhuMadina Munawwarah

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Hazrat Amina Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anha – Valley of Ab’ha – Outside of Makkah ul Mukarma

This grave, located in Al-Abwa, close to Madinah is of Bibi Aminah (may Allah be pleased with her), the mother of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him).

“While the sun of the two worlds were in the sign of bliss

How would Allah not give his parents honor?

Oh my heart! Look at the diver with equitable eyes

Would he take the pearl and throw away the mother-of pearl?”

ALLAHUMMA SALLI ALA MUHAMMADIW WA ALA AALI MUHAMMADIN KAMAA SALLAITA ALA IBRAHIMA WA ALA AALI IBRAHIMA INNAKA HAMIDUM MAJID. ALLAHUMMA BAARIK ALA MUHAMMADIW WA ALA AALI MUHAMMADIN KAMAA BAARAKTA ALA IBRAHIMA WA ALA AALI IBRAHIMA INNAKA HAMIDUM MAJID.

“O Allah, let Your Blessings come upon Prophet Muhammad and the family of Prophet Muhammad, as you have blessed Ibrahim and his family. Truly, You are Praiseworthy and Glorious. Allah, bless Prophet Muhammad and the family of Prophet Muhammad, as you have blessed Ibrahim and his family. Truly, You are Praiseworthy and Glorious”.

Pearls of Wisdom…(Education)

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1.  An educated man knows his rights and knows how to defend them, time does not hang heavily on his hand, he can be alone, he is never at a loss for what to do with time.

2.  If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.

3.  Education is being able to differentiate between what you know and what you do not know. It is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self confidence.

4.  Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance, it is a better safe guard of liberty than a standing army, it’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open mind.

5.  Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity. It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

6.  To be idle is a short road to death, and to be diligent is a way of life, foolish people are idle and wise people are diligent. One should not die of a cold, one should die of having lived.

7.  Most men succeed because they are determined to, enthusiasm can be rated even above the professional skill.

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The Seventeen Benefits of Tribulation.

Al-Hasan al-Basri (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “Do not resent the calamities that come and the disasters that occur, for perhaps in something that you dislike will be your salvation, and perhaps in something that you prefer will be your doom.” 

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1. You realize the power of Lordship over you.

2. You realize your abject servanthood and your complete state of resignation and brokenness before the Will & Power of Allah.

3. Sincerity to Allah because you have no place of return in putting off or defending against the calamities except to Him.

4. You return to Allah and are suddenly fervent in your desire of your Lord.

5. It leads to a humbled state before Allah and more prayers through which you’re calling on Allah.

6. You’re forbearing towards the one who has afflicted you (you gain the ability to show forbearance).

7. You get to forgive someone (“and Allah loves those who pardon others”). It is the greatest forgiveness when you forgive people who have caused you great calamities.

8. You are patient during the tribulation (“and Allah is with the patient ones”).

9. You can become happy about what’s happening because you’re thinking about all these benefits.

10. You can be grateful for the tribulation because of the rewards gained from it.

11. The purification that these calamities have from your wrongs and your sins (ex: a believer is rewarded for any pain he experiences, even the prick of a thorn).

12. The compassion that Allah enables you to show to others in tribulation and the ability to help them.

13. They give you the Blessing of having the true knowledge of the extent of well-being and what it is.

14. Allah has prepared Rewards for the calamities dependent on how you dealt with them.

15. What is hidden inside the Blessings of the folds of these calamities (ex: Allah may love a thing you hate and may hate a thing you love).

16. They prevent you from arrogance, evil, pride, and tyranny.

17. Contentment.

–excerpted from Hamza Yusuf’s Lecture by Sister Sarah K.

The Shadowless Prophet Sayyidina Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم

The Messenger of Allahﷺ had no visible shadow, even on a bright sunny day.
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  • Sayyidina Abdullah ibn Abbas (RadiAllahu Anhu) , the cousin of the Beloved Prophetﷺ, states, “The Messenger of Allahﷺ had no shadow, not while standing in the sun, but the brilliance of his light (noor) surpassed the rays of the sun; nor while sitting before a burning light, but his luminous light excelled the lustre of the light.” [Imam ibn al-Jawzi’s Kitabul-Wafa]
  • Imam Jalaluddin Suyuti  narrates, “This is also a unique feature of the Prophet that his shadow did not touch the ground, because he was light (noor), and when he used to walk in the sunshine his shadow could not be seen.” [Khasaa’is al-Kubra]
  • Imam Nasafi  in his Tafseer Madaarik narrates from Sayyidina Uthman ibn Affan (RadiAllahu Anhu) , the son-in-law of the Prophetﷺ that he said to the Prophet ﷺ : “Allah Almighty does not let your shadow fall on the ground, so that no foot of man can fall on it”.
  • Sayyidina Hakeem Tirmidhi in his book Nawaadirul-Usool narrates from Sayyidina Zakwaan (RadiAllahu Anhu), a close Companion of the Prophet ﷺ , the following Hadith: “The shadow of the Prophet ﷺ could not be seen in the brightness of the sun, nor in moonlight”.

SUBHAN ALLAH!!!

The causes of sickness of the heart

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The temptations to which the heart is exposed are what cause its sickness. These are the temptations of desires and fancies. The former cause intentions and the will to be corrupted, and the latter cause knowledge and belief to falter.

Hudhayfa ibn al-Yamani, may Allah be pleased with him, said:

The Messenger of Allah (SalAllahu Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wassallam) said, “Temptations are presented to the heart, one by one. Any heart that accepts them will be left with a black stain, but any heart that rejects them will be left with a mark of purity, so that hearts are of two types: a dark heart that has turned away and become like an overturned vessel, and a pure heart that will never be harmed by temptation for as long as the earth and the heavens exist. The dark heart only recognises good and denounces evil when this suits its desires and whims. Sahih Muslim, Kitab al-Iman, 2/170 (with different wording).

He, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, placed hearts, when exposed to temptation, into two categories:

First, a heart which, when it is exposed to temptation, absorbs it like a sponge that soaks up water, leaving a black stain in it. It continues to absorb each temptation that is offered to it until it is darkened and corrupted, which is what he meant by “like an overturned vessel”. When this happens, two dangerous sicknesses take hold of it and plunge it into ruin:

The first is that of its confusing good with evil, to such an extent that it does not recognise the former and does not denounce the latter. This sickness may even gain hold of it to such an extent that it believes good to be evil and vice-versa, the Sunnah to be bida’ and vice-versa, the truth to be false and falsity to be the truth.

The second is that of its setting up its desires as its judge, over and above what the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala ‘alayhi wa ‘aalihi wa Sallam taught, so that it is enslaved and led by its whims and fancies.

Second, a pure heart which the light of faith is bright and from which its radiance shines. When temptation is presented to pure hearts such this, they oppose it and reject it, and so their light and illumination only increase.

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