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PROPHET LUQMAN THE WISE

PROPHET LUQMAN THE WISE

ALLAH SAYS:
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“AND certainly we gave wisdom to luqman saying, “give thanks to alllah a a.” (surah luqman, verses 12 to 19)
These verses say that sayyidina luqman (………………….) advised his son not to associating with allah the verses enjoin kindness to parents and obedience to then unless they call for associating anything with allah and the verses call for repentance to him to whom is our return and who will bring forth even the tiniest thing from the depths of rocks or heights of heaven sayyidina luqman (………………………) also enjoined salah and the preaching of good deeds and forbidding evil, and the observance of patience, and to walk humbly and to be modet, and to lower the voice,
He lived in the times of sayyidina dawud (………………..) he was a pious man who grazed the sheep of his master. He was not rich, but allah had granted him wisdom and insight. He was not handsome in the full sense of the word and had a dark skin, thich lips and had cracks in his soles. one day, his master commanded him to slaughter a sheep for him and present to him the best portion of it. He put the sheep’s heart and tongue before his master.
After a few days, the command was to slaughter a sheep and present its worst portion to him again, he placed the same two things before him his master was surprised and asked how these two things can be both ‘best’ and ‘worst.’ Sayyidina luqman (…………………………..) said, “o master, if these two things are upright then no other limb is better then them if they become evill then there is no limb worse than them.”
This is an example of his wise sayings that allah had enabled him to say. His master was very happy and realized how much wisdom he possessed, so he set him free and also gave him much wealth.
Sayyidina luqman (…………………) spoke very little and often observed silence. If anyone hurt him, he did not complain but showed kindness to him. People, therefore, chose him as their judge to decide their mutual cases.
A man once asked him, “are you not the same sayyidina luqman (………………………) who grazed the sheep of the banu hasas?” he said, “yes, of course!” the man then asked, “are you not (an Ethiopian) black?” he said, “my black colour is evident as everyone knows. Tell me, what surprises you?” the man asked, “so many people listen to you and do as you say. What has raised you to this station?” he said, “it is through keeping the gaze down and the tongue in check, earning lawful livelihood, speaking the truth, fulfilling the promise, honoring the guests and refraining from the meaningless.”
His advice to his son includes those mentioned in the beginning of this chapter.

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THE TABLESPREAD FROM THE HEAVEN

THE TABLESPREAD FROM THE HEAVEN
PROPHET Eesa (………………….) was the last of the prophets sent to the banu israil who had distanced themselves from the teachings of their religion as contained in the torah which Allah had revealed to prophet musa (……………………………) Allah gave sayyidina eesa (…………………………..) miracles to support his prophet hood and allah taught him the book, wisdom, the torah and the injil.
He molded clay in the form of birds and blew into them so life came into them at Allah’s command. He also revived the dead, gave sight to the blind, cured the Leper at allaha’s command and with his leave. In spit of that very few jews believed in his messengership. Those who believed were called the Hawari (disciples) they helped sayyidina eesa (………………) against the jews.
Once the hawari were with sayyidina eesa (………………….) in the desert and they were fasting but could not find proper shelter and food, they asked him if allah could send to them a tablespread from the heaven. He advised them to fear allah, if they were believers. He said that they should not make such demands last they be but to trial. They confirmed. Their belief in alllah and in his messengership, but they asked for the table spread that their hearts may get peace and their belief may be strengthened. So, he prayed to allah for it.
Allah accepted his prayer and delicious food alighted from heaven. They ate from it and, when other people learnt of it, they too become believers.

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DHULQARNAYN

DHULQARNAYN

ALLAH ,mention dhulqarnayn in surah al-kahaf verses (94 to 98) they say that when help was sought from him against ya’juj and ma’juj he built a barrier of iron and molten brass thus, they were unable to pierce it or scale it. But when allah’s promise is due, they will demolish it.
Dhulqarnayn was a pious and good-fearing man allah had given him strength and authority he judged people justly and helipad the oppressed and punished the oppressors he propagated religion in the east and the weat.
Once a people who were tormented by ya’juj andma’juj sought his help. They used to attack them and snatch everything they could lay their hands on so, dhulqarnayn helipad by building a strong barrier but did not take any payment from them, doing it only for alla’s sake. He only asked them for laborers to build the wall. He build it in the pass between two huge mountains because the ya’juj and ma’juj came through this pass to kill and plunder.
Thereafter, ya’juj and ma’juj could not trespass try as they may. Thus, these oppressed people were safe and happy.
Dhulqarnayn told them that the barrier will remain as long asa allah willed where after it would collapse.

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THE PEOPLE OF THE CAVE

THE PEOPLE OF THE CAVE

ALLAH mention the companions of the cave in surah al-kahaf, verses (9 to 12) they name the companions of the cave and the inscription as signs of allah.
In the ancient times, among certain idol- worshippers were some young men whose hearts were filled with the light of faith. They shunned idol-worship and did not associate anything with allah. The idol-worshippers heard of them and harassed them so that they might revert to idol-worship. these young men declared their faith openly and said that no one was allah’s partner whom alone they worshipped. This is as allah says in verses (13 and 14) of surah al-kahaf.
However, when the disbelievers increased their persecution, the young men chose to flee from them. They went away from their town and walked very far away till they came to a cave which they entered. They were very far away from their people. They chose to stay in the cave. A dog had accompanied them. When they were inside, allah caused them to fall into a deep sleep. The dog was sitting on the entrance of this cave with outstretched paws. These youth slept for about 309 years so that they may be a sing for those who did not believe in resurrection after death. Allah preserved them from decay, and the earth did not consume their bodies. In fact, they even changed their sides from right to left (and vice-versa) at the times of sunrise and sunset. (trhis is mentioned in verses 17 and 18 of surah al-kahaf )
Then allah caused them to awaken from sleepthey asked each other how long they had slept. Some said that they had slept for a day or a part of it, but others said that only allah knew about that (verse19). Finally, they were convinced that they had slept fpr a day or less then that.
They sent one of them to buy food for them, instructing to be careful lest the disbelievers recognized him. When he stood to buy food, people stared at him because of his strange appearance and clothing. When he paid the money, the shopkeeper was wonderstruck at the coins and asked him, “what currency is it?” these are very old coins. Have you located an old treasure?” this young man had no answer unless he told he the truth and revealed their secret so, he told him that he and his friends had sought refuge in a cave to protect themselves from idol-worshippers.
Now, these people had heard about them from their fore fathers and had know that the youth had died long ago. So, they were astonished on seeing them alive before their eyas. So, some of them accompanied him to meet the others in the cave and to witnees the miracle. They were conviced thereafter that it was a sign of allh and a great miracle to prove that there will be resurrection after death. Soon thereafter, however, allah caused them to die. He mentions the sign in verse (21) of al-kahaf.
After their death, the people disputed on what should be done with their remains. Some said that the cave must be shut and their case should be entrusted to allah. Others suggested that a mosque should be built over them. This is as in verse (21) of surah al-kahaf.
Indeed, allah says that he is powerful over everything and he will revive the dead in the graves.

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THE COMPANION OF THE PIT

THE COMPANION OF THE PIT

ALLAH says in the qur’an in surah al-buruj verses 1 tro 10:
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“By the heaven with its constellations.by the promised day, by the witness and that which is witnessed, perish the companions of the pit! Of the fuel-fed fire, when they sat around it, and they were witnesses to what they did wiyh the believers. And they avenged them not except for this, that they believed in allah, the mighty, the praised, to whom belongs the sovereignty of the heavens and the earth. And allah is witness over everything. Surely those who persecute the believing men and the believing woman, and then repent not, for them shall be the chastisement of burning.”
There was a cruel king near yemen 9over a territory there) he did not believe in allah and did not respect his messengers. He was cruel to his subjects.

He had friend who was a sorcerer and who served him all his life. One day he confided to the king that since he was growing old, it might not be possible for him to warn the king of future events. So, if he sent to him a young boy, he would train and teach him sorcery so that he would carry on informing the king of future events.
Hence, the king ordered his ministers to search for an intelligent boy. When they found him, he was sent to the sorcerer. The boy began to go to him every day. On the route, a monk resided. He worshipped only one god ascribed no partners to him. They boy stopped over at his place one day and put some questions to him. The monk enlightened he said, “my son, allah created mankind. We must worship him and not ascribe partners to him. We must obey him.” The boy wanted to know more but the monk asked him to come on the next day. He then went to the sorcerer.
After that, this becomes the boy’s daily routine. He visited the monk before going to the sorcerer. One day, he come across a savage beast that blocked the path of all people. The boy decided to verify whether the sorcerer or the monk was true. He picked up a stone and prayed to allah, “if the monk is true and dearer to you than the sorcerer then let me know by eliminating this beast.” So saying, he flung the stone at the beast. It his beast killing it. So, the boy knew that the monk was dearer to allah then the sorcerer.
He narrated what had happened to the monk who said, “you have excelled me in merit, today. But, remember that allah will subject you to a trial if you fall into a trial do not tell anyone about me.” Allah enabled the boy to cure many illnesses, like leprosy, blindness and dumbness. People resorted to him and gained cure.
The man believed in allah who cured him. When he was in the king’s he disclosed to him that allah had cured him. The king asked him, “is there a god other than me?” he said, “my lord and yours is allah.” The king sent him to prison and tortured him till he disclosed about the boy. The boy was brought before him. He asked if he had gained enough proficiency in sorcery as to be able to cure the sick. The boy said, “I give cure to no one. Allah is the one who cures.”
The king sent him too prison and tortured till he revealed the monk who was summoned and orderedto give up his religion and become an idol-worshipper. He refused. So, the king ordered that his neck should be severed, as was the courtier of the king executed. But, the boy did not surrender.
Rather, his faith becomes stronger. The king ordered the he sold be thrown down frame the top of a mount ion when he was taken there, he prayed to allah to preserve him from their mischief. So, before they could throw him down, the mouton chook and those king’s men themselves fell down but not the boy. He came back to the king who was surprised and asked him about his own men. The boy spoke with confidence that allah had protected him over everything.
The king than ordered that he should be taken in a ship and thrown in the middle all the sea. Again, he prayed as before. Allah caused all others to drown but the boy was unhurt and returned to the king. He told the king that allah had preserved him from the king’s men, saying, “you cannot kill me unless you do as I say. The king aske
d, “what is that?” he said, “assembly your subject around the palace, bind me to the trunk of a tree and take ain at me after saying “in the name of allah, lord of this boy. You will be able to kill me in this way
”the king did as said and shot the arrow after repeating, “in the name of allah, lord of this boy.” As the arrow hit him the boy died. On that instant, everyone exclaimed, “we believed in the lord of this boy!”
They recited the kalimah (…………………) there is no god but allah) one of the king’s men said, “this is what we feared. We were fighting against this belief and this has happened.” The king was enraged. He s deep pit dug in which a fire was kindled. He asked his police to bring all men near the fire and however insists on believing in the boy’s lord should be thrown into it. Indeed, none of them retracted from belief in Allah. They died willingly.
They had full faith in Allah he will bestow on them his favors. He will grant those gardens as wide as the earth and heaven together. Their blessings would be unending.

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THE COMPANIONS OF THE ELEPHANT

THE COMPANIONS OF THE ELEPHANT

ALLAH says in the qur’an in surah al-fil verses (1 to 5):
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“Have you not considered how your lord dealt with the companions of the elephant? Did he not make their guile to go astray? And he sent against them swarms of birds, striking them with stones of baked clay, thus he rendered them like straw eaten up.”
Abraha ashram was the governor of Yemen appointed by the king of Ethiopia. He followed the religion of the Ethiopians, Christianity. He was a prejudiced Christian and he despised all non-Christians. He had complete control over the Yemenites but, in spite of that, the Arabs of Yemen did go for the annual pilgrimage to the bayt Allah (house of Allah ) he used to ask about this house in makkah.
One of his advisers told him that it was a house not very high and not decorated. Prophet Ibrahim (…………….) and his son prophet Ismail (…………..) had built it. It is the ka’bah, house of allah. Whose enters it is safe and no one can hurt him. People from all over the world travel to it on specified days to perform hajj (or the annual pilgrimage)
Abraha thought that if they could be diverted to san’a in yemen, they would bring much wealth to it. That would improve the economic condition of san;a however, the question worrying him was how to prevent the people from going to baytallah and convince them to come to san’a
So, he decided to build a large house of worship in sana so that people should come to if from different places to perform the hajj. He geve the command and thousands of people were employed to build the house of worship. precious stones and valuable material was brought from the palace of the queen bilquis of saba. Blocks of gold and silver were used. The pillars were of ivory and ebony and lofty towers were ercted.
This was the kanisa or cathedral. When it was built and ready, abraha wrote to the king of Ethiopia that he had built for him a unique cathedral whose example could not be presented he wrote that he would not rest till he stopped the arabs from baytallah and diverted them to sana where the cathedral was built. When the makkans and the arabs learnt of Abraham;s designs, two men of the tribe kinanah brought dung of a donkey, entered the church and defiled its walls with it. Then they fled. When abraha learnt of it, he flew into a terrible rage and swore on his religion that he would pull down the baytallah and make it deserted in such a manner that no one would be able to perform hajj there.
He amassed an army of thousands of soldiers equipped with weapons of war. Then, he led them towards makkah. He kept elephants ahead of the army. The arabs had never seen such an army and the like of it was not prepared for any battle. The elephants led the army. It was like a flood about to wipe out everything in it wake. They ruined all that they came across and killed anyone who resisted if anyone was not killed then he was taken captive. They came to the lofty mountains of makkah very soon.
The advance units crossed the towns around makkah and confiscated the camels and sheep that grazed in the deserts. The confiscated property included two hundred camels of abdul muttalib ibn hasim. The moment he came to know that his camels were confiscated, he rushed to the camps of the army to demand his property. He asked the guards to lead him to their commander. When he was there, he was an awe-inspiring personality. He was strong in body and had a dignified face. Abraha received him warmly and made him sit next to him because he knew of his standing among the arabs. He knew too that he was their chief, and he also was the administrator of the ka’bah he also held the keys to baytallah which came down to him from his fore-fathers. Abraha asked him why had come. He said, “Your men have taken away my camels they must be returned to me.” Abraha said, “When I saw you, you appealed to me. But, on hearing your demand I have chanced my opinion of you. You ask for your camels but say nothing about the ka’bah that is the religious center of yourself and your forefathers though I have come to topple it.”
Abdul muttalib said, “I am the owner only of my camels. The owner of the kabah is someone else. He will protect it from your onslaught.” Abraha said, “no one can stop me when I attack it.” Abdu muttalib said, “That is not my concern. It is between you and the owner of that house.” He meant, “you come forward and you will know whether Allah stops you or not.”
Abraha observed that abdul muttalib had full confidence in allah protecting the kabah so, he tried to win over his pleasure and immediately ordered that his camels must be returned to him. Other chiefs of the quraysh had also come with him. They advised him to give up the idea of demolishing the baytallah and to give up the idea of demolishing the baytallah and agree to receive one-third of the earnings of qumamah. He refused to disuse this subject in any manner.
The chiefs of quraysh departed from him with a heavy heart. They did not know who to tackle the issue. So, the people of makkah retreated to mountain tops deserting their dear town.
Abdul muttalib and the other chiefs went to the baytallah and clung to its door. They prayed against abraha and his army again and again they sought allah’s help against him. They prayed to him to protect the kabah then they retreated to their people on the mountain tops.
Makkah was empty of its inhabitants, and they waited to see what abarah did. The army was about to advance towards it.
Abraha arranged his army ranks. He kept the elephants ahead of all. Just as they were near the kabah swarms of birds carrying burning pebbles in their beaks appeared overhead. They released those pebbles on them. The pebbles broke their skulls and their bodies were torn to pieces. Soon, there were severed corpses around. Abarah wasa also hurt and he deserted his army and flied towards yemen where he died of his wound.
Thus did Allah protece his house, the kabah, from the evil designs of the transgresses.
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“And blessing of allah the exalted be on the best of his creatures, Muhammad, and on his family and companions all together.”
With your mercy, O the most merciful of those who show mercy.
(02 -10- 2014) JUMAT UL MUBARAK
(08 -12-1435) ——— BAROZ HAFTA

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