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By: Sheikh Abu Aaliyah Shurkeel

One of the enormous achievements of our Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) is that in less than twenty years he managed to bring law and order to a land that had hitherto been plagued with lawlessness and the absence of any political organisation whatsoever. In the event of a crime or injustice being committed, the norm was for the injured party to take the law into its own hands and dispense “justice” to the aggressor. Usually, this would lead to acts of great barbarity and would normally provoke reprisals, vendettas and tribal feuds which could often drag on for generation after generation. War was a permanent feature of pre-Islamic Arabian society. Rule of law didn’t enter the picture;‘asabiyyah(“tribalism”, “clan zealotry” or “partisanship”) did.

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The 6,000 mile route from Istanbul to the port of Drogheda, Ireland


In 1845, the Great Irish Famine resulted in the deaths of over a million people. Ottoman Sultan Caliph Abdulmajid declared his intention to send 10,000 sterling to Irish farmers but the Queen of England requested that the Sultan send only 1,000 sterling, because she had sent only 2,000 sterling herself. The Sultan sent the 1,000 sterling but also secretly sent 3 ships full of food. The English courts was said to have prevented the Islamic state’s ships from entering the harbors of Cork City and Belfast, but they finally succeeded to dock secretly at the small port of Drogheda and deliver the food.

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Adiyy Ibn Hatim At-Taai: the epitome of generosity




In the ninth year of the Hijrah, an Arab king made the first positive move to Islam after years of feeling hatred for it. He drew closer to faith (iman) after opposing and combating it. And he finally pledged allegiance to the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) after his adamant refusal to do so.

He was Adiyy, son of the famous Hatim at-Taai who was known far and wide for his chivalry and fabulous generosity. Adiyy inherited the domain of his father and was confirmed in the position by the Tayy people. Part of his strength lay in the fact that a quarter of any amount they obtained as booty from raiding expeditions had to be given to him.

When the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) announced openly his call to guidance and truth and Arabs from one region after another accepted his teachings, Adiyy saw in his mission a threat to his position and leadership. Although he did not know the Prophet personally, and had never seen him, he developed a strong feeling of enmity towards him. He remained antagonistic to Islam for close upon twenty years until at last God opened his heart to the religion of truth and guidance.

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If you forget and forgive you acquire generosity and honor in this world.

gb copy If you forget and forgive you acquire generosity and honor in this world.
es copy Si se le olvida y perdona a adquirir generosidad y honor en este mundo.
nl copy Als je vergeet en vergeeft verwerf je edelmoedigheid en eer in deze wereld.
fr copy Si vous oubliez et pardonnez vous acquérez la générosité et l’honneur dans ce monde.
de copy Wenn Sie vergessen und verzeihen Sie erwerben Großzügigkeit und Ehre in dieser Welt.
CN67867 Rúguǒ nǐ wàngjì hé yuánliàng nǐ huòdé kāngkǎi hé róngyù zài zhège shìjiè shàng.
Sweden Om du glömmer och förlåter dig skaffa generositet och ära i den här världen.
rus7897 Yesli vy zabyt’ i prostit’ vam priobresti shchedrost’ i chest’ v etom mire.
4523turkey Eğer unutmak ve affetmek Eğer bu dünyada cömertlik ve onur kazanır.
images Se si dimentica e perdonare di acquisire la generosità e l’onore in questo mondo.
indonesiaID Jika Anda melupakan dan memaafkan Anda mendapatkan kemurahan hati dan kehormatan di dunia ini.