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Touching lives through Sadaqatul-Jariyah

Given that Charity is not mandatory and has no preset limit, it is strongly encouraged in hundreds of verses in the Quran. Various verses of te Holy Qur’an pontificate the act as a means of obtaining God’s mercy and forgiveness (24:22, 92:17 to 92:18), cleansing the souls of impurity (9:103), and attaining superior degree faith (30:38, 76:8 to 76:9, 90:10 to 90:16). In fact, one area that we should reflect properly on is one that states, Aljazahu-li Ihsana, ilaa-li ihsan.  No one does any atom of goodness, except that he is paid back with goodness. As human beings, we all enjoy numerous blessings of Allah in our lives and the only way we can show gratitude to Allah for His blessings is to pass some of the blessings on to our fellow humans beings. If we take a critical look at Quran Chapter 93, we will realise that we have greater respsibilities to the less fortunate than we think we have.  In the same way, causing avoidable pain and suffering to the defenseless and innocent creatures of Almighty Allah is not justifiable under any circumstances. Sadaqatul jariyah is a good deed or action that attracts continuous rewards. It rewards will not onlybe beneficial in this life, but also in the hereafter.

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Id’-il Maolud: Teachings of a great man

The above verse of the Holy Qur’an must have spurred some of the Tabi‘in (the successors of the Companions of the Prophet) over 2000 years ago to hold sessions in which poetry and songs were composed and rendered to honor the dignity and the righteous example of the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w). Scholars have told us that the immediate companions of the Prophet (s.a.w) did not necessarily engage in the practice, but this, however, does not mean to say that the Holy Prophet (s.a.w) forbade his any act of ibadaah to commemorate that day. Although this practice has been a bone of contention among Muslim jurists (fuqaha) and Muslim scholars since its inception, but Muslims world over and intellectuals over time have come to accept it as part of the ibadaah and culture of Islam.

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