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.
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).