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Seriously Short Reminder No. 26: Don’t let the wolves eat you up…

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

“What wolves?”

These two:

ما ذئبان جائعان أرسلا في غنم ، بأفسد لها من حرص المرء على المال والشرف ، لدينه

Ibn Kab ibn Malik Al-Ansari narrated from his father (radiallahu anhu) that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam): “Two hungry wolves let loose among sheep are not more harmful than a person craving after wealth and status, is to his Deen (Religion).” [Sunan At-Tirmidhi, Hadeeth No. 2376. Graded “sahih” by Al-Albani in Sahih Sunan At-Tirmidhi, Hadeeth No. 2376]

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Article: Preserving Our Children

Assalamu Alaikum.

“What will happen to our children if we die?’

Sigh. This seems to be the standard line of nearly all the mothers I’ve come across.

Here’s an article that gives us the answer to this question. I’d advise all the parents to read it.


Preserving Our Children

Reference: Noor al Iqtibaas : P.12

Author: Ibn Rajab al Hanbalee

Allaah may preserve a servant’s children and grandchildren due to his righteousness, as was said regarding the saying of the Elevated;

{…and their father was a righteous man } [Al Kahf: 82]

That they were preserved due to their father’s righteousness [1].

Muhammad ibn al Munkadir stated: ‘Indeed Allaah preserves the children and grandchildren of a righteous man, even the town that he lives in and the area around it. They continue to be preserved by Allaah.

Ibnul Musayyib said to his son: ‘My son! I will increase my prayers for you, hoping that Allaah will preserve me by preserving you.’ He then recited the saying of Allaah:

{…and their father was a righteous man } [Al Kahf: 82]

‘Umar ibn ‘Abdul ‘Azees stated: ‘There is not a believer who dies except that Allaah preserves him/her by preserving his/her children and grandchildren.’


[1] The Ayah reads: “And as for the wall, it belonged to two orphan boys in the town; and there was a treasure under it belonging to them; and their father was a righteous man, and your Lord intended that they should attain their age of full strength and take out their treasure as a mercy from your Lord. And I did them not of my own accord…”

Ibn Katheer stated: “This verse is evidence that a righteous man is preserved by the preservation of his offspring, and they benefit from the blessings of his worship in the life of this world and the next, they benefit from his intercession for them, raising them to the highest level of Jannah so that they may be the pleasure of his eyes, as is affirmed in the Qur-aan and Sunnah.”


Note: Remember that one is supposed to worship Allah simply because it is Allah’s right to be worshipped. If one were to worship Allah so that one’s children were to be taken care of after one’s death, then that means worshipping Allah has become the means and that the preservation of the children has become the end, and that is not correct.

The end is always worshipping Allah. Preservation of the children is a result of trying to reach the end.

Here’s an article that will explain this issue in a much better way.


Book: The Evil of Craving Wealth and Status

Assalamu Alaikum.

Yes, wealth and status.

Remember them? They’re two of the biggest reasons why we’re attached to this stupid dunya (worldly life).

And they’re also two of the biggest reasons why the “righteousness” of many Muslims is limited to Ramadan. See, many people are so consumed with being the best (in terms of money and status) that they have no time to spend being the best (in the sight of Allah).

They also fear that being “too” righteous* will affect their “status”. After all, what would people say if they suddenly turned up to the office with a big beard/hijab on, for example? What would people say if they moved to a smaller house and got a cheaper car? What would be people say if they stopped attending those dazzling (mixed) parties?

[*No, I still haven’t figured out how anybody can be “too” righteous.]

Most people are unaware that true righteousness actually improves both wealth and status. This is because most people are unaware of the tawheed of Allah. They don’t know His Names and His Attributes, therefore they don’t comprehend that He is the one who can do all things, that He is the Provider, that He is the Changer of Hearts, etc. They simply fail to realise that obedience to Allah can only lead to good things, both in this world and in the hereafter.

You see, a little bit of halal (lawful) wealth has much more barakah (blessings) than a whole lot of haram (unlawful) wealth. Also, giving away one’s wealth in the form of charity (rather than hoarding it so that you can buy a 10 bedroom mansion for your post-retirement days) purifies this wealth so it will bring about much more benefit than the wealth that is hoarded.

Sadly, many people don’t seem to realise this. They think hoarding or investing the money will make them wealthier and that giving in charity will make them poorer.

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Book: Humility in Prayer

Assalamu Alaikum.

Still looking for ways to focus in salah and get that wonderful feeling of khushoo (humility)?

Try this book by Imam Ibn Rajab (rahimahullah): Humility in Prayer.

I haven’t had a chance to read all of it but I learnt a lot by just skimming through the book.

Also, Imam Ibn Rajab is a fantastic author. Too bad he lived centuries ago…