|(1) Islaamic History||The life of Hadhrat Umar bin Abdul Azeez (RA)|
|After ascending to the post as Khalifah, Hadhrat Umar bin Abdul Azeez (RA) became an embodiment of the truthfulness of Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RA), the justice of Hadhrat Umar (RA), the modesty of Hadhrat Uthmaan (RA) and the piety and Taqwa of Hadhrat Ali (RA). He made his Khilaafah as simple as that of the Khulafaa Raashideen, with everything according to the Sunnah. He deposited all his property into the public treasury together with the jewellery that his wife possessed. The simplicity he adopted was not just impossible to find amongst kings, but even difficult to find amongst paupers. He had so few garments that he would sometimes get late for the Jumu’ah Salaah on account of waiting for his clothing to dry after being washed. His family lived so simply that when he once went to speak to one of his daughters, she held her hand in front of her mouth as she spoke. When he asked her what the matter was, she replied that she had only eaten some lentils and onions that day. He then began to weep and said, “Would you prefer to have lavish meals to eat and your father ends up in Jahannam?” All his daughters then burst into tears. Despite being the ruler of such a vast empire, Hadhrat Umar bin Abdul Azeez (RA) did not even have enough personal wealth to perform Hajj.|
|(2) Rasulullaah (SAW)’s Miracle||Cure from a lifetime of pain|
|Hadhrat Saa’ib (RA) reports that when he was once suffering pain, his aunt took him to Rasulullaah (SAW). Rasulullaah (SAW) then made Du’aa for him to be blessed. It is reported that Hadhrat Saa’ib (RA) lived to the ripe age of 94 without suffering any health problems and would say that it was on account of this Du’aa of Rasulullaah (SAW). [Bukhaari 3540, from Hadhrat Humayd (RA)]|
|(3) A Fardh||Joining family ties|
|Allaah says in the Qur’aan, “(The evil-doers are) Those who break the promise (pact) they made to Allaah after agreeing to it, who cut off those things that Allaah has ordered that they join (such as family ties), and who spread corruption (mischief) on earth. These are certainly the losers (because they are headed for Jahannam)”.
[Surah Baqara, verse 27]
It is imperative that Muslims join ties with their families and ensure that these ties are never severed.
|(4) A Sunnah||The Du’aa when performing Sa’ee|
|Rasulullaah (SAW) recited the following Du’aa when performing Sa’ee:
اَللّٰهُمَّ اغْفِرْ وَارْحَمْ وَأَنْتَ الْأَعَزُّ الْأَكْرَمُ
TRANSLATION: O Allaah! Forgive and show mercy because You are the most honoured and magnanimous.
[Tabraani in his Awsat 2864, from Hadhrat Abdullaah bin Mas’ood (RA)]
|(5) An Important Act and its Virtue||Do not complain of your illness|
|Rasulullaah (SAW) reports that Allaah says, “When I give illness to any of My bondsmen and he does not complain about me to those who visit him, I then free him from his shackles (illness) and then replace his flesh with better flesh and his blood with better blood so that he may start his actions anew.”
[Mustadrak of Haakim 1290, from Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah (RA)]
When a person falls ill, he should be patient and not complain of his illness to anyone. This will earn him tremendous rewards from Allaah.
|(6) A Sin||Worshipping gods other than Allaah|
|Allaah says in the Qur’aan, “They adopt various Aaliha besides Allaah so that they may be assisted (by these Aaliha). (Little do they realise that) They (these gods) are unable to render any assistance to them, and (instead) they will be a ready army (who will testify) against them”.
[Surah Yaaseen, verses 74-75]
|(7) This World||The things of the Aakhirah are better than this world|
|Allaah says in the Qur’aan, “Whatever you have been given is merely an article of this worldly life (something to use temporarily). (On the other hand,) What (reward) is with Allaah (in exchange for your good deeds) is better (than everything of this world) and more lasting (eternal) for those who have Imaan, who trust (only) in their Rabb (to provide for them and to protect them)…”
[Surah Shura, verse 36]
|(8) The Aakhirah||The grave|
|Rasulullaah (SAW) said, “The grave is either a garden from the gardens of Jannah or a pit from the pits of Jahannam.”
[Tirmidhi 2460, from Hadhrat Abu Sa’eed Khudri (RA)]
|(9) Cures from the Qur’aan and Rasulullaah (SAW)||The benefits of cucumbers|
|Rasulullaah (SAW) used to eat cucumbers with dates.
[Abu Dawood 3835, from Hadhrat Abdullaah bin Ja’far (RA)]
Allaama Ibn Qayyim (RA) writes that cucumbers expel heat from the stomach and also dispel pain from the bladder.
|(10) Advice from
|Rasulullaah (SAW) said, “Abstain from miserliness because it was on account of this that previous nations were destroyed.”
[Abu Dawood 1698, from Hadhrat Abdullaah bin Umar (RA)]