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  • “Know: if all Creation unites in order to provide you with something that Allah Ta′ala does not intend to give you, it will be unable to do so. Likewise, all Creation will be powerless to prevent that which Allah Ta’ala intends reaches you.”

    Rasulullah SA states:

     

    Know: if all Creation unites in order to provide you with something that Allah Ta′ala does not intend to give you, it will be unable to do so. Likewise, all Creation will be powerless to prevent that which Allah Ta’ala intends reaches you.”  Continue Reading

    June 10, 2017 • Raudat Hidaayaat • Views: 567

  • “Do good to the worthy and the unworthy. If a person is worthy, then he is deserving of that good. If a person is unworthy, then you are the one who does good regardless”

    Rasulullah SA states:

     

    “Do good to the worthy and the unworthy. If a person is worthy, then he is deserving of that good. If a person is unworthy, then you are the one who does good regardless” Continue Reading

    April 12, 2017 • Raudat Hidaayaat • Views: 518

  • Seek help in the fulfilment of (your) needs by concealing them

    Rasulullah SA states:

    “Seek help in the fulfilment of [your] needs by concealing them”

    Some people feel the need to be seen and heard. Under the illusion of exuding self-confidence, they are oblivious that it is their insecurity which drives them to flaunt themselves. Every task they take upon seems to need the acknowledgement of others for it to be validated. Continue Reading

    September 3, 2016 • Raudat Hidaayaat • Views: 930

  • “Completing an act of kindness is better than starting it”

    Rasulullah SA states:

    “Completing an act of kindness is better than starting it”

    Resolving to do good is a noble intention in and of itself. Yet, to truly have an everlasting impact, to bring about positive change, you need to see it through. Continue Reading

    March 24, 2016 • Raudat Hidaayaat • Views: 750

  • “Perfect your Wudu’ and you will live longer”

    Rasulullah SA states:

    “Perfect your Wudu’ and you will live longer”

    The thing about Shariat is that it is not one dimensional; in fact there are so many aspects to it, that with every new development in human history, with every shift in social and cultural trends, one can examine Shariat in a new light. Al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Mohammed Burhnanuddin RA would often say that ‘Shariat is like freshwater; it never becomes stale’. It constantly churns up new meanings from within it.

    On the face of it, this hadeeth mubarak seems like a simple call to perform the ablution rites of wudu’ and in doing so, by encouraging cleanliness and good hygiene, it would naturally be beneficial to one’s health and longevity.

    Yet to the discerning student, there is something more. The operative word is asbigh – i.e. ‘to perfect’ one’s wudu’. The call to perfecting wudu’ is a call to awareness, focus, determination, dedication and commitment. When Maulana Imam Ali Zain al-Abideen AS would get up to perform wudu’, the gravity of the task ahead – that is, namaaz – would elicit a physical change in him, making his hairs stand on end, whereby he saw namaaz as the point where one comes face to face with his maker. That perspective had a paramount influence on the way he carried out his wudu’.

    This is in stark contrast to one for whom namaaz is more of a hindrance than a serious engagement with the Almighty, for then wudu’ becomes just as trivial. It becomes a reflection of his everyday behaviour where he would be less than particular about other things too. If one lacks the understanding of what namaaz means and the degree of preparation required for it, his view of other things in life will also be short sighted. He would become indifferent to things which are of importance to his spiritual and material wellbeing – things like diet, hygiene and exercise. If he cannot see the tremendous advantage of namaaz both here and in the hereafter, then that attitude would beget a similar response to things which are advantageous to him.

    This hadeeth is fundamentally imbibing a sense of purpose in all that you do. Proper preparation such as in doing wudu’ perfectly, is a key factor in lowering the stress caused by unintended outcomes which result from poor preparation. Perfecting wudu’ requires one to be methodical and clear in what needs to be done in the right way and at the right time. Proper wudu’ cannot be done in haste; it requires the requisite time. Hence doing wudu’ perfectly incorporates a number of virtues and because of the frequency of wudu’, those virtues can ultimately be integrated into one’s habits.

    All in all, it causes behavioural change and underpins the principles of good management – for everything. Contemporary views strongly advocate ‘lifestyle changes’ in maintaining a healthy life. Consistency and continuity are keys to this and that is precisely what this hadeeth inspires us to do.

    January 25, 2016 • Raudat Hidaayaat • Views: 1160

  • Gladly accept Allah’s will and you will become a zaahid

    RasulullahSA states:

    “Gladly accept Allah’s will and you will [truly] become a zaahid (one who thinks little of worldly pleasures and voluntarily forsakes them)”

    Acceptance is the mainstay of this hadeeth. A life beset with persistent confrontation with all that ‘goes wrong’ is a miserable one. We cannot be at loggerheads with destiny for it is designed by the hand of divinity. Faith in the Creator begets faith in his decisions. We cannot possibly know the cause and effect of every action of ours, and hence it is unfathomable to know what is good for us in the grand scheme of things. We are so blindsided by our own wants and desires that clarity of purpose is often turned opaque. To us, our lives seem to canvass a vast swathe of encounters, experiences and emotions and we feel that we are overwhelmed by them. But in reality, our lives represent nothing more than a flash, a blink of an eye when placed in the context of a master game plan. We each represent a tiny cog in the complex whirring of the universe and we are rendered short-sighted when it comes to seeing the woods from the trees. Continue Reading

    November 26, 2015 • Raudat Hidaayaat • Views: 818

  • “When someone distinguished from a community visits you, honour him.”

    Raudat e Hidayat Vol 01-2

    RasulullahSA states:

    “When someone distinguished from a community visits you, honour him.”

    Often people speak of the need for faith-based values to be more universal. The reality is that inherently Islamic values are by definition universal values which appeal to all of humanity. This hadeeth is one such example. It is based on a fundamental recognition of our common humanity; that collectively we are cut from the same fold of cloth despite our differences. It forces us to accept that which is otherwise perverted by prejudice and intolerance. Hence, respecting others and acknowledging their worth as recognised in their own spheres ultimately is testimony to the universality of Islam and its message of peace and tolerance. Continue Reading

    October 2, 2015 • Raudat Hidaayaat • Views: 1063

  • “The deed which is dearest to Allah is that which is most consistent, even if small.”

    Raudat e Hidaayat Vol 01-1

    RasulullahSA states:

    “The deed which is dearest to Allah is that which is most consistent, even if small.” Continue Reading

    August 1, 2015 • Raudat Hidaayaat • Views: 1034

  • من حسن اسلام المرء تركه  ما لا يعنيه

    Rasulullah SA states

    من حسن اسلام المرء تركه  ما لا يعنيه

    The merit of a man’s Islam is in disregarding matters that do not concern him

    We live in an age of information overload. An age where news of what is happening around the world at any given time is available at the press of a button. Connecting with loved ones, friends, friends of friends and mere acquaintances is a few clicks away. Never before has there been such a barrage of material that streams into our lives faster than we can process its worthiness. Continue Reading

    February 5, 2015 • Raudat Hidaayaat • Views: 1037

  • التدبير نصف العيش

    Rasulullah SA states:

    التدبير نصف العيش

    Planning is one half of life.

    To live a fulfilling and content life one must plan and prepare. Speak to any successful person, and they will tell you that to achieve any goal – however big or small – a plan is required. The plan could be basic, pertaining to the day or the week ahead or a long term requiring much more strategy and thought. Continue Reading

    December 1, 2014 • Raudat Hidaayaat • Views: 893