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Are Calamities that Afflict Us a Punishment or a Test to Raise Us in Status?

posted by Seifeddine-M on 7th October 2019 - 0 comments
[colour=blue][b]How can one who is afflicted with calamity know whether it is a punishment or a test to raise him in status?[/b][/center] [b]Question[/b] If a calamity befalls a Muslim, how can we know whether it is a punishment for his sins or a test to raise him in status? [b]Answer[/b] Praise be to Allaah.

Du'aa' in the Last Third of the Night

posted by Seifeddine-M on 22nd June 2018 - 0 comments
Of the great mercy of Allaah سبحانه و تعالى is that he has favoured certain times over others. Thus, He has distinguished these timings so that the worshipper can eagerly anticipate their arrival, and thus pray earnestly and sincerely. Had all timings been the same, the worshipper would not have had the enthusiasm and fervor that exists during more blessed times. Therefore is it important that the one who desires that his du'aa' be answered utilise these times, and ensure that his du'aa' be more frequent and sincere during them. One of these special times is during the last third of the night.  The night extends from sunset to dawn, and can be divided into three parts. If, for instance, sunset is at 6:00 p.m., and dawn at 4:00 a.m., the night is then 10½ hours long, and each one third is 3½ hours long. The last one third would then extend from 1:00 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. During this time, when most of creation is in a deep sleep, the true worshipper is awake, earnestly praying to his Creator سبحانه و تعالى, reflecting upon Allaah's creation, the heavens and the earth. In fact, Allaah سبحانه و تعالى describes the true believers as those who: [color=#ff0000]"And in the hours of dawn, they seek forgiveness from their Lord." (Sooratudh-Dhaariyaat, 51:18)

Knowledge and Capability Is From Allaah

posted by Seifeddine-M on 3rd November 2015 - 0 comments

The acquisition of true knowledge normally leads to humility when approached in a sincere manner. One who acquires true knowledge realises how little they know. However, when it is approached in a materialistically restricted manner, it causes people to become proud. This flawed approach to seeking knowledge is not something new, and has precedents from others who have lived in former ages: 


"Then when their Messengers came to them with clear proofs, they were glad (and proud) with that which they had of the knowledge (of worldly things): And that at which they used to mock, surrounded them (i.e. the punishment)." (Soorah Ghaafir, 40:83)


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