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28 Oct. 2011

The Prophet (saw) said: “The most correct concern is that of a true believer who pays due attention to matters of this world and to matters pertaining to the Hereafter.” 

The above hadith tells us that service or work must be based on moral and religious values. Working is not merely a means for material gains but an obligation to Allah who has provided us with the resources for our needs. These resources, however, need to be tapped, treated and prepared for our use and consumption. We therefore need to till the land to grow our food, mine ores, fish and so on. But, we must not overuse or misuse them for if we do it will be to our disadvantage. There has to be moderation in anything we do. 

21 Oct. 2011

Abdullah bin Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “One day, I was behind the Prophet (s.a.w.), who said: ‘O boy, I shall teach you some words. Preserve Allah and Allah will preserve you. Preserve Allah and you will find Him with you. If you ask, ask Allah. If you seek help, seek the help of Allah…” (At-Timidhi) 

The above hadith tells us that one should preserve his covenant with Allah and pay attention to His rights, commands and prohibitions. One should adhere to the commands of Allah, avoid prohibited acts and never transgress the duties ordained by Him, or perform a deed which He prohibited. Whoever follows this is among those who preserve their covenant with Allah. 

14 Oct. 2011

Umar ibn al-Khattab was born in 583 A.D. about forty years before the Hijrah. He belonged to Adi family of Quraish tribe. Abu Hafs was his patronymic name and “Al-Faruq” was his title given by the Prophet (s.a.w.). In his youth he was a famous wrestler and orator, and a spirited person. He was one among the few people in Mecca who knew reading and writing before Islam. His main profession was business.