Promises, Promises

Promises, Promises No two words can invoke as much hope and confidence as, “I promise.” As children we are taught that promises are unbreakable pledges which cannot be defaulted on under any circumstances. But, as we grow older, the old adage of, “promises were meant to be broken,” more often justifies the lack of commitment and follow-through placed behind these two words. Sometimes we forget that a promise, is like a pledge or a vow, and that it should be given only if we are absolutely sure that we can fulfill it. As Muslims, our word should be our bond, and if we make promises, then we should also make

The Excellence of Generosity

The Excellence of Generosity   Generosity is a virtuous trait that every Muslim should strive to attain. As for the believer who closely adheres to the teachings of Islam, kindness and giving from what he has become part of his good character. Whatever is given for Allaah Ta’ala’s Sake will never decrease one’s wealth in the slightest; rather, it will bless, purify and increase it, as the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam) said: “Charity does not decrease wealth.” (Muslim) Whatever is given in charity will be recorded with The One Who has full knowledge of all things. Allaah, Almighty, Says (what means): “…And whatever you spend of good – it

Tolerance and Forgiveness

Tolerance and Forgiveness Nura’s eyes blurred with tears as she heard the Imam proclaim, “The Prophet, (sallallahu alayhe wa sallam) said, “Do not sever relations. Do not indulge in mutual enmity. Do not entertain rancour and jealousy against one another, and not be jealous of others. Be brethren among yourselves and become Allah’s slaves. It is not permissible for a man to have severed his relations with any of his brethren for more than 3 days.” (Bukhari) She realized then that almost six months had passed since the last time she spoke to Aisha, and now she could not even remember what their fight had been about. We all have

Spending in the Way of Allah Ta’ala

Spending in the Way of Allah Ta’ala Say: “Truly, my Lord enlarges the provision for whom He wills of His slaves, and (also) restricts (it) for him, and whatsoever you spend of anything (in Allâh’s Cause), He will replace it. And He is the Best of providers.”[Surah Saba, Verse 39]   Abu Hurayrah Radhiyallahu Anhu said that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:“ Allah has said: ‘O Son of Adam! Spend, I will spend on you!” [Sahih Muslim (2/690)]   The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:“There is not a single day in which a servant wakes that two angels come down (from the Heavens). One of them says,

Jealousy and Envy

Jealousy and Envy   Rasoolullah (Sallallhu Alayhi wa Sallam) said: “Beware of jealousy, for verily it destroys good deeds the way fire destroys wood.” (Abu Dawood) Zubayr bin al Awwaam (radhiyallahu anhu) narrates that the Rasoolullah (Sallallhu Alayhi wa Sallam) said: “There has come to you the disease of the nations before you, jealousy and hatred. This is the ‘shaver’ (destroyer); I do not say that it shaves hair, but that it shaves (destroys) faith”. This is a hadith hasan, (Jami ut Tirmidhi (2434)) Allah Ta’ala says: “Allah favoured some of you over others with wealth and properties. Do they deny the favours of Allah?” (Surah an-Nahl (16): 71) And