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FINDING LOVE IN RAMADAN, PART 2

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By: Ustadh Yahya Ibrahim

Source: http://muslimmatters.org/

Five steps to Finding Love in Ramadan

These five steps are all statements made by the messenger of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). Equally, they are typified in conduct by all those who were sent by Allah to lead humanity from darkness into light.

Prophet Yusuf 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) life story, in particular, is highlighted by imam Ibnul Jawzi in Bustan al-Wa’idhin wa Riyad as-Sami’in, as typifying the spirit of the month of Ramadan. Just like Prophet Yusuf 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) was the most beloved of the twelve sons to Ya’qub 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him), Ramadan is likewise the most beloved month to Allah from the twelve months.

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FINDING LOVE IN RAMADAN, PART 1

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By: Ustadh Yahya Ibrahim

Source: http://muslimmatters.org/

Hate is Blind

Hate is just as blind as love, if not more. Many of us, at one point or another, have disliked another human being to a sinful degree. Our heart, normally soft and forbearing, constricts in rancor against them. Naturally, there are usually justifications for our hatefulness, and in reality the reasons probably warrant some level of aversion.

Often I am asked to sit in mediation between estranged couples, emotionally charged fathers and sons, feuding relatives, distrustful neighbors or disputing former business partners. On one such occasion a seemingly outwardly devout gentleman leaned over and said, “Shaykh, if I die before you, please lead my janāzah and make sincere du’ā’ for me. Also I give this as a wasiyya, if Omar (the man he is in dispute with) comes to pray at my funeral, I want you to kick him out of the masjid and tell him that I do not need his prayers.”

The seed of hate begins to sprout in the depth of the heart and, without intervention, the seed takes root and rises out of the heart into a thicket of anger, mistrust, gossip, fear, separation and condescension.

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