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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Salman carries on happily

Salman Farsi (RA) was a governor of Medinah. Once he was walking by a market place. Due to the simplicity of his clothing, a person thought that he must be a poor man and asked him to carry his materials in exchange of some money. Salman (RA) picked up the materials and didn't reveal his identity. As they were walking, the people of Medinah were shocked. "Oh Allah have mercy on Ameer-ul-Mo'mineen (leader of the faithful). Let us carry the materials." they said. But Salman (RA) denied all their requests and carried on with the man. Upon realizing who Salman (RA) was, the man who told him to carry the stuff felt embarrassed and kept asking him for forgiveness. Salman (RA) told him "Don't worry! Let's keep going." He took the materials all the way to the man's home. After this incident, that man promised to himself that he will never ask somebody to carry his materials again. Source: Tambihul Ghafileen, by Faqih Abul Layth Smarkandi (RA).

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Ayyaz breaks the precious jewel

Sultan Mahmood had a servant whose name was Ayyaz. Ayyaz was well known for his good manners and wisdom. Once, Sultan Mahmood was holding a precious jewel in his hand while sitting with his ministers. He told one of the ministers to break the jewel. Since the jewel was very expensive, the minister refused to break it. Then the Sultan told another minister to break it. He also denied to break the jewel. One by one all the ministers refused to break the precious jewel due to its great value. Now, Sultan Mahmood passed the jewel to Ayyaz and told him to break it. Ayyaz immediately took the stone to his hand and threw it hard on the floor. The jewel shattered into pieces. The Sultan asked Ayyaz why he broke the jewel while others denied to do so. Ayyaz said "The jewel is valuable, but your order is more valuable."

We should learn from this story that even if the things of this world are very precious and valuable, the orders of Allah are much more valuable. So, we should follow them.

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Take protection with your shields

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrates: Rasulullah (SAW) came to us and said: Take protection with your shields! Sahabah (Prophet's companions) asked: O Rasulullah! is there a threat of some enemy coming? He said: Take protection with your shields against the Fire (of Hell)! Say, Subhanallah (Allah is flawless), Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah), La ilaha illallah (None is worthy of worship but Allah), Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest). On the Day of Resurrection, these words will come from the front, back, right and left (defence from all sides) of the one who had recited them, and ensure deliverence for him, and these are those good deeds for which the reward will be given eternally. Source: Tabarani.

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Listen to this very carefully

Amr (RA) narrates that Prophet (SAW) one day delivered a sermon saying: Listen carefully! The world and its things are temporary commodity (and as such have no worth and value), shared and consumed by both the good and the evil people alike! Indeed, the Hereafter is truly a reality and will arrive at its appointed time in which Judgement will be made by a Powerful King. Listen carefully! Indeed all good, in all its varieties, is in Paradise! Indeed all evil, in all its varieties, is in the Fire. Understand it well; whatever you do, do it being fearful of Allah; and understand that you will be presented (in front of Allah) with you actions. Whosoever does an atom's worth of good, he will see it, and whosoever does an atom's worth of evil, he will see it! Source: Musnad Sha'fi.

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Did you get a bill from Allah?

A man reached 70 years of age and was affected by a disease which made him unable to urinate. The doctors told him that he needs an operation to cure the disease. He agreed to do the operation as the problem was giving him severe pain for days. When the operation was completed the doctor gave him a bill which covered all the costs. After looking at the bill, the man started crying. Upon seeing this, the doctor said "If the cost is too high then we could make some other arrangements for you." The old man replied, "I am not crying because of the money but I am crying because Allah let me urinate for 70 years and He never sent me a bill!"

Subhanallah! We rarely thank Allah for these things which are indeed great favours. Let us ask Allah to grant us the ability to recognize His bounties and thank Him often.

"And He gave you of all that you asked for, and if you count the blessings of Allah, never will you be able to count them�" Al Quran (14:34)

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Sand and stone

Two friends Ismail and Ibrahim were walking through the desert, as the sun was beating down on their heads, and they were thirsty for water they began to argue. The argument got more and more heated and eventually Ismail struck Ibrahim across the face. Ibrahim felt hurt inside, but without anything to say, he wrote in the sand: "Today, my best friend slapped me in the face."

They kept on walking, until eventually they came across an oasis, where they decided to stop and bathe. Ibrahim jumped in and began to wash, while Ismail sat back and relaxed. Suddenly Ibrahim began to scream and shout, he had developed a cramp and was having difficulty keeping his head above water, he was drowning.

Ismail dived in after him, and brought him gently to shore. When Ibrahim recovered from the shock, he scratched a message on a nearby stone:

"Today, my best friend saved my life"

Ismail who had saved and slapped his best friend Ibrahim, asked him, "Why, after I hurt you, you wrote in the sand, and now you write on a stone?"

Ibrahim, smiled and replied:

"When a friend hurts us, we should write his deeds in the sand, where the winds of forgiveness can blow it away, and when a friend does something good, we should engrave it in stone, where it shall remain for eternity."

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