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Once, Abu Dardaa (RA) was sitting in company with his students when his wife came and said to him, "You are sitting here with your students and we haven't got a pinch of flour left with us in the house." Abu Dardaa (RA) said to her, "Good lady, before us there is a valley hard to travel (The Day of Judgement) and only such people can traverse it successfully who travel light." Hearing this, his wife went away, satisfied with the reply, and did not complain any more about her needs. Abu Dardaa (RA) once said, "We have food and the rich also have food; we wear clothes and the rich also wear clothes. The rich people possess wealth, which exceeds their requirements, and they just see it without using it. We can also look at wealth (possessed by others) without using it. We are equal in this respect, but the rich will be required to render an account, on the Day of Resurrection, for holding extra wealth in their possession. We are free from Reckoning, for, we have nothing in our possession." Story from "Fadhail-e-Sadaqaa Part II", translated by Prof. Abdul Karim.

 
Wind carried the man to where he belonged

Once the angel of death (Hadrat Izra'il) appeared in the form of human being in the court of Prophet Sulaiman (peace be upon him) and gazed continously at a person present there for some time. When the angel of death vanished, that person asked Prophet Sulaiman (peace be upon him): "Who was that person?" He told him that that was the angel of death. He remarked: "The angel of death had gazed at me in such a manner as if he had determined to take my life." Prophet Sulaiman (peace be upon him) asked him: "What do you want?" He requested him to drop him in India. Prophet Sulaiman commanded the air to carry him up and drop him in India. Consequently the air carried him to India (which was very far from where he was). The angel of death came to Prophet Sulaiman (peace be upon him). He asked him "Why did you fix your gaze at that person?" Angel of death told: "I wondered that the Almighty Allah had commanded me to take the life of this person in India whereas he is sitting here in your presence."

 

Narrated on the authority of Khuthaima (RA). From the book "The spectacle of Death" by K. M. Islam

 

May Allah give us the reality of death. Let us all prepare for it before it's too late.

 
Walking with a bag of bread by night

Ali Ibn Al Husain used to lead a seemingly miserly life. But when he died they discovered that he was supporting one hundred poor families in Madinah. Muhammad Ibn Ishaq said: Some people of Madinah used to live not knowing where from they got their livelihood. When Ali Ibn Al Husain died they lost what used to be sent to them by night. As a matter of fact, Ali Ibn Al Husain used to carry a bag of bread by night on his back and distribute it as charity. He would say: "The secret charity puts out the anger of Allah." When Ali Ibn Al Husain died and people washed his body, they found some black traces on his back. They said: What is this? Then the answer was that he used to carry bags of flour on it by night and would give them to the poor people of Madinah. That is why when he died, people of Madinah said: We only lost the secret charity when Ali Ibn Al Husain died. Source: "Luminaries of Islam" by Arafat K. El-Ashi

 

Do we give charity? and when we do, is it silent and secret? Aside from that, are our intentions correct? Or do we just use charity as a publicity stunt?? May Allah grant us true understanding of our Deen and the ability to carry it out correctly In-Sha-Allah

 
A very strange village

I have heard the following story from a pious and knowledgeable brother. Hopefully it will be beneficial for all of us.

 

Once a Scholar of Islam was travelling and came across a village where he noticed a very strange thing. He saw a store where a man was selling bread. What was strange is that the man was charging $1 for the fresh bread and $2 for the bread that was made a day before. However, all the people were buying yesterday's bread though they were more expensive than the fresh bread. The Scholar approached the bread salesman and asked why the people preffered the old bread over the fresh bread. The man said "The people of this village love the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) so much, that they prefer to buy yesterday's bread over today's fresh bread because yesterday was closer to the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)."

 

Today, most of our love for Prophet Muhammad is much less than the love for a single dollar. May Allah give us the understanding of this beautiful religion of Islam. Ameen.

 
How thirty people ate in the dark

Sheikh Abul Hasan Antaki (RA.) lived in Raye, a city in Khorassan. One day, it chanced that the Sheikh had more than thirty guests, while he did not have sufficient bread with him. He could not bake more bread, for, it was late at night. So, he broke the few loaves he had into small pieces and spread them over a piece of cloth, which he had laid before his guests. When they were going to start eating, the Sheikh put out the lamp. Everybody seemed to start eating and one could hear the sound of their chewing. After a while, the sound stopped and it was presumed that everybody had finished eating. The Sheikh then lighted the lamp and they saw that all the pieces were lying untouched; nobody had eaten anything. Because the food was little, everyone was thinking about his brothers next to him and wanted them to eat instead.

Source: "Fadhail-e-Sadaqaa: Part II" translated by Prof. Abdul Karim.

 

Are we like this? Or are we the ones who compete on who can eat the most samoosas on the plate. Everytime someone takes one, we want to take one so that we don't "miss out".

 

May Allah make us useful for each other in terms of pleasing Allah.

 
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Hadeeth Newsflash

Reported by Jundub bin `Abdullah (RA): The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "Once someone said: `By Allah! Allah will not forgive such and such (a person).' Thereupon Allah, the Exalted and the Glorious, said: `Who is he who takes an oath in My Name that I will not grant pardon to so-and-so? I have granted pardon to so-and-so and rendered your good deeds fruitless.''' [Muslim]

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