Ibne Abbas (RA) narrates: Rasulullah (Peace be upon him) sent Abdullah
ibne Rawaha (RA) with a Jamaat (expedition) on a Friday. His companions
set off in the morning, but he decided to stay behind and catch up with
them after offering Salat-ul-Jumah (Friday Prayers) with Rasulullah
(Peace be upon him). When he did so, he was spotted by Rasulullah (Peace
be upon him), who inquired: What prevented you from going out in the
morning with your companions. He replied: I wanted to offer
Salat-ul-Jumah with you and then join them. He said: If you spend all
that is present in the world, you will still not be able to attain the
reward and virtues of those who left in the morning.
Source: Hadith from Tirmidhi.
the opportunity comes to help Islam, we should not delay and
immediately take part in helping. Allah has promised great rewards and
forgiveness for those who are always the first to sacrifice for Islam.
A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and
four-year-old grandson. The old man's hands trembled,his eyesight was
blurred, and his step faltered. The family ate together at the table.
But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight made eating
difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the
glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth. The son and daughter-in-law
became irritated with the mess. We must do something about Grandfather,"
said the son. I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and
food on the floor. So the husband and wife set a small table in the
corner. There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family
enjoyed dinner. Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was
served in a wooden bowl.
When the family glanced in
Grandfather's direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat
alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp
admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food.
four-year-old watched it all in silence. One evening before supper, the
father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor. He asked
the child sweetly, "What are you making?" Just as sweetly, the boy
responded, "Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your
food when I grow up." The four-year-old smiled and went back to work.
words so struck the parents that they were speechless. Then tears
started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both
knew what must be done. That evening the husband took Grandfather's hand
and gently led him back to the family table. For the remainder of his
days he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason, neither
husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk
spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.
Allah mentions in Surah Al Isra 17:23-24
your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be
dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age
in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them
but address them in terms of honour.
And lower unto them the wing
of submission and humility through mercy, and say: "My Lord! Bestow on
them Your Mercy as they did bring me up when I was small."
The following incident was mentioned by
brother Aslam Nakhuda during a lecture that he gave on 24/1/2004.
Brother Aslam is an Imam of Jame Masjid Brampton in Canada.
said that three years back a group of eight brothers, including him, set
out to Texas, USA for dawah. They spent sometime there to remind the
residents about the reality of this life. On their way back, they
stopped by a service station beside a highway to perform the Magrib
prayer. One of the brothers gave the Adhan (Call to prayer). Two Non
Muslim men were passing by when the Adhan was being called. Being
curious, they came to the brothers and asked them who they were, where
do they come from and what they were doing. The brothers told them that
they are Muslims who are coming from Toronto, Canada with the glad
tidings of Islam. A scholar, who was with them, discussed about Islam
with the non-Muslim men for 2 or 3 minutes. Then the brothers prepared
to offer the salah. The non Muslims who were standing by asked what they
should be doing now. The brothers told them to join the prayer and just
follow along. The two men decided to join the prayer. The imam recited
Surah Fatiha and another surah after it. Then he went to Ruku' and both
the Non Muslims did the same. When time for sajdah (prostration on the
ground) came, the Non Muslims started hesitating and didn't know whether
they should also prostrate on the ground as they never did this before.
One of them decided not to do so and he left the prayer. However, the
other one just went to sajdah. After the prayer, this person who agreed
to prostrate to Allah was blessed with iman. He accepted Islam from the
Dear readers, this is what we have to do. We have to
submit to the will of Allah and in return He will bless us with iman. On
the other hand, a person who is arrogant and decide not to submit to
the will of Allah may just be deprived of iman.
It was the day of celebration and a day of rejoicing. There was an air
of festivity in the streets of Madinah. All the people, both young and
old were dressed in their best clothes, especially for this special day
As it was time for early morning Eid prayers everyone
made their way to an open piece of land on the outskirts of the city.
The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) arrived and led the prayers. After they had
finished they all greeted each other and everyone was walking back home.
The children running and playing in excitement, smiling and laughing,
without a care in the world. As the Prophet (pbuh) walked back home, he
suddenly became aware of a little boy (Zuhair Bin Saghir) sitting by
himself on the side of the path. The little boy was crying and looked
very sad. The Prophet (pbuh) bent down and patted him on the shoulders
and asked 'why are you crying?' 'Please leave me alone' sobbed the
little boy. The boy didn't even see who was talking to him. The Prophet
(pbuh) ran his fingers through the boy's hair and very gently and kindly
asked him again why he was crying. This time the boy said, 'My father
was martyred fighting, and now my mother has married again and my
stepfather does not want me to live at home any more. Today is Eid and
everyone is happy. All the children have new clothes and nice things to
eat, but I don't have any clothes except what I am wearing. I have no
food and I don't even have a place to live.'
The Prophet (pbuh)
said to him, 'I know how you feel, I lost both my mother and father when
I was a little boy.' The boy was surprised to hear that it was an
orphan who was comforting him, and when he looked up to his great
surprise it was the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), and he immediately jumped
up to his feet out of love and respect.
The Prophet (pbuh) said
to him 'If I were to become your new father and Ayesha you new mother,
and Fatima your new sister, would that make you feel better?' 'Oh yes,
that would be the best thing in the world!' The boy started smiling. The
Prophet took him home and gave him new clothes and good food on this
beautiful day of Eid. The boy indeed had a wonderful Eid that day.
should think of others that are less fortunate than ourselves on this
beautiful day of Eid. Not everyone has such a wonderful day. It is a day
of celebration, but take a moment to stop and think of those who are
less fortunate than ourselves.
Abu Hurairah (RA) narrates that Rasulullah (peace be upon him) happened
to pass by a heap of grain and inserted his hand into it; his fingers
were moistened by the wet grain. At this, he asked the owner of the
grain: What is this? The man replied: O Rasulullah! It is due to rain.
Rasulullah (peace be upon him) said: Why didn't you put the damp (wet)
grain on top of the heap, so people could see it? He who deceives people
does not belong to me (my Ummah).
Source: Sahih Muslim.
should always remember that deception is one of the qualities of
Shaitan. Others may not see us when we are deceiving them but Allah is
there watching us. A true believer knowing that he has to stand in front
of Allah will avoid such activities.