The qabar/ grave is indeed a lonely place. In man’s journey to the everlasting hereafter, the qabr is his/her first stopover/station. Sadly, his so-called “permanent temporary” abode is abruptly vacated. His home, family, belongings and all others whom he had loved and lived with, are going to leave him/her all alone. ‘Yes’, they are soon going to desert him/her!
Fatimah Kadumy is the founder of Bait al Karama – “the House of Dignity” – a cooking school situated in the heart of the Old City of Nablus, which rests on the principle that it is just as effective to fight the Israeli occupation through sugar and spice, as Molotov’s and stones.
Abu Umamah (رضي الله عنه) reports that the Nabi of Allah ﷺ said:
”Four people whom Allah SWT cursed and the Angels said aameen to ... are ones who:
mislead the needy;
deceive a blind person by misdirecting him to a well, or lie to him that an animal is in front him;
give a wrong address to another person; and
beat up their parent/s until they (the parent/s) complain to Allah SWT.”
Benefits of providing water
Providing water to a thirsty person or those in need of it is a special form of charity having much reward. Water is the source of life and to give water is likened to giving life. Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said “The best form of sadaqah is giving someone water.” (Ibn Majah)
Anger is a normal human emotion that is found within every person but turns destructive when not controlled. Mismanagement of anger causes one problems at work, in personal relationships, and in the overall quality of one’s life. Therefore the guidance given to us in the hadith is towards the management, control and curbing of anger.
“O, you who believe, spend of the good things which you have earned and of what We have produced forth for you from the earth, and choose not for your spending the bad, such as you yourselves would not accept it, except by closing your eyes to it (i.e. accept it only by overlooking its defects). And know that Allah is Independent, Ever-Praised.” (Surah Baqarah V. 267).
Every difficulty being experienced by an individual, group or nation is indeed a direct consequence of his/her/their actions. Man seriously believes that his “rotten and vile” habits, utterances and actions have not hindered and deterred him from acquiring his “achievements”.
Imran ibn Hussain (RA) reports that Nabi (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:
“In my Ummah, there will be one group that will always be on the truth (haq). They will remain victorious over the enemy. Their level of belief in and obedience to Allah Ta’ala (imaan and taqwa) will be extremely strong. (Additionally) they will have no doubt whatsoever about the fulfillment of Allah Ta’ala’s promise that Hazrat ‘Isa (AS) will descend”. (Musnad Ahmad)
The recent ‘salt contaminated’ water supply crisis in Port Shepstone saw the Muslim community rising to the need of desperate residents.
Among the signs of a munafiq (hypocrite), as indicated in the hadith, are three: viz. when he speaks, he lies; when he makes a promise, he does not fulfill it; and when he is entrusted with something, he breeches that trust. It’s thus incumbent for a Muslim to be extremely cautious and mindful of not being ensnared by this disastrous trap.