"And among His signs is that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that you may dwell in tranquility with them and He has put love and mercy between your hearts: verily in that are signs for those who reflect."[Al-Rum, 30:21]
"Blessed be God King of the Universe that Thou has not made me a woman." [Jewish Man's Prayer]
In April President Clinton gathered an army of former presidents, state governors, city mayors and hundreds of prominent people from all 50 states to address one of the most pressing problems facing America today. He brought former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Colin Powell, to lead this army. Their task: Solve the problem of 15 million young Americans who are considered at-risk youth.
From among the numerous things that Muslims are required to observe, e.g., perform salaah, recite the Quran, observe the fast of Ramadaan, being kind and humble, etc., one such requirement is to give sadaqa. Allah Ta’ala loves the act of sadaqa (offering charity).
It is an undisputed fact that the responsibility for the protection and preservation of the noble Deen of Islam was handed over to an extraordinary and elite group of “stars” known as the Sahaba Kiraam (Radiyallahu ‘Anhum Ajmaieen). They were the closest to Nabi (Salallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam) and learnt and understood the Deen directly from Nabi (Salallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam). It is indeed through their trials, tribulations, sacrifices and relentless actions that generation after generation will continue to enjoy and relish the sublime beauties of the chosen Deen-ul-Islam.
Quite often we tend to overlook the great importance and virtue of consuming halaal. The truth of the matter is, just one morsel of haram, that is carelessly eaten or drunk, can have devastating consequences.
Once Saad bin Abi Waqqas (R) requested Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam) to ask Allah to accept all his duas --- i.e. make him a Mustajãbud Dawaat, --- meaning a person whose duas are accepted.
Nabi replied: “O Saad! Be cautious in consuming only halaal and wholesome and Allah Ta’ala will make you a Mustajãbud Dawaat.”
Shaban is an exceptionally blessed month for Muslims. It is the curtain raiser to the month of Ramadan and hosts the 15th night of Shaban - a great night when Allah Ta'ala's Mercy and forgiveness is all- encompassing.