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Are we that keen with making wudhu?Or are we among those who are so abrupt on making it like they’re being chased by some tiger? Astagfirullah. Well, if you are among the latter or somehow do not give much attention to wudhu itself then this story will make you change [I hope] your perspective about it._____This beautiful story happened during the reign of ‘Uthman Ibn Affan Radiyallahu Anhu as the Caliph.One day, ‘Uthman Ibn Affan called for water and he did wudhu, rinsing his mouth and nose, then washing his face three times and the tops of his feet. After that, the caliph gave a mesmerizing smile and said to his companions: Are you not going to ask me why I am smiling? So the companions asked the caliph: 'Why are you smiling, O Amir ul Mu'mineen?'So ‘Uthman said: "I saw the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam calling for water near this spot, then he did wudhu as I have done, then he smiled and said: 'أَلأ تَسأَلُونِي عَمَّا أَضْحَكَنِي' [Are you not going to ask me why I am smiling?]They said: 'Why are you smiling, O Messenger of Allah?' He said:
"إِنَّ العَبدَ إِذَا دَعَا بِوَ ضُوءٍ فَغَسَلَ وَجهَهُ، حَطَّ اللَّهُ عَنهُ كُلًّ خَطِيئَةِ أَصَابَهَا بِوَ جهَِهِ، فَإذَا غَسَلَ ذِرَاعَيهِ كَانَ كَذَلِكَ، وَإِن مَسَحَ بِرَأسِهِ كَانَ كَذَلِكَ، وَإِن طَهَّرَ قَد مَيهِ كَانَ كَذَلكَ."[If a person calls for water for wudhu, and washes his face, Allah will erase every sin caused by his face. When he washes his forearms, the same applies. When he wipes his head, the same applies, and when he cleans his feet, the same applies.]_____Indeed, this story reminds us the excellence of wudhu, that it should not be taken so lightly, for it bears a great amount of expiation of our sins. By Allah, since I learned this hadith, I never failed to put a smile on my face remembering how the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam smiled.O my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, indeed, Allah Azza Wa Jall has given us the greatest blessings when He chose us and guided us to be Muslims, so let us honor that and truly such stories like these are nothing but a reminders that gives us utmost pondering of how blessed are we that we are Muslims.Allahu’akbar!So next time you make wudhu, rejoice, for indeed sins are being washed out from your bodies, for such great amount of expiation takes place! Alhamdulillah._____And we pray that Allah Azza Wa Jall makes us realize how blessed is it to be that we are Muslims. Amin.Zohayma_____Story was taken from:• Al Mawsu’ah Al Hadeethiyyah, Musnad Ahmad, no. 415 (1/58,559). [Sahih li ghayrihi]• Ibn Affan, As Sallabi, pp.141-142
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No, of course no.
Our immediate answer, right?
Well, have we actually thought of our position, our state with our iman? Or do we actually think about it?
Look, I want to share to you a story about one of the greatest soldiers of Islam whose faith is really really an everlasting astonishment to every Muslim.
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His name is Habib Ibn Zaid Radiyallahu Anhu. Yes, you are right he is the son of Nusaybah Bint Ka’b and Zaid Ibn ‘Aasim Radiyallahu Anhum. 
When Musailamah the Liar couldn’t be stopped on spreading his falsehood and slander on the believers and instigating people against them, the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam sent him a message in which he picked Habib Ibn Zaid Radiyallahu Anhu to carry it and deliver his message.
When Habib reached his destination and Musailamah the Liar read the letter he was carrying, he went on a rage and became more aberrant and arrogant. He then sent Habib into imprison.
After that, Musailamah called upon and gathered the people to witness his so called memorable day, and this was the day where Habib Radiyallahu Anhu was placed infront of these people to completely humiliate him before the crowd. 
Musailamah then asked Habib, "Do you bear witness that Muhammad is, indeed, the Messenger of Allah?"
Habib answered, "Yes, I do bear witness that Muhammad is, indeed, the Messenger of Allah."
Musailamah’s face went white with humiliation and embarrassment yet he asked again, "Do you witness that I am the Messenger of Allah?"
Habib scornfully replied, "Nonsense!"
With this Musailamah’s face darkened and started to slap Habib fiercely before the crowd, his slaps became stronger with every blow. He became so violent and called for the executioner.
The executioner then hurriedly stabbed Habib’s body with sword, he consecutively slew him, cutting his body into small pieces, one by one. 
Habib made no sound beside chanting the words, “La illaha illa Allah Muhammad Rasool Allah.”
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Allahu’akbar! Allahu’akbar! Look at the stance and faith of this blessed man! 
Now one will think why I have asked such question that when the oppressor tells you to renounce islam, will you is because I want each and everyone who reads this story to go and have a moment of silence and ponder then ask yourself;
With the state of iman you have right now, do you think you would be like Habib who will stand firm on his faith? or maybe you’ll ask him to spare your life and renounce your Islam and just think to yourself that Allah will understand and He will forgive me?
We all know that saying, it’s easier said than done. Indeed, it is so easy to say No on this question but so hard to justify it. 
One thing that is so beautiful about the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum is that their words were in perfect harmony with their actions, so let us always strive to be like that. 
Realize that this world is like an oppressor who tells you to not go and pray instead just go and do these worldly things, do not renounce your Islam by leaving your obligations to Allah Azza Wa Jall.
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And we pray that Allah Azza Wa Jall helps us and guides us to be able to practice what we preach and make us able to justify our words perfectly with our actions in complete obedience to Him.
Amin.
Zohayma
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Story taken from Men around the Messenger, pp. 208-209
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Do you remember Allah Azza Wa Jall as much as you should be?Well, here is a beautiful story about the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam and Abu Bakr As Sideeq Radiyallahu Anhu._____We all know that the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam invoked and supplicated to Allah Azza Wa Jall constantly.
In fact, he invoked Allah Azza Wa Jall day and night even though he had been forgiven his past and future mistakes, and this act of devotion of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam impressed an effect on Abu Bakr Radiyallahu Anhu who was frequently in his company - the importance of supplication.
To this, Abu Bakr strove not just to invoke Allah Azza Wa Jall frequently, but also to invoke Allah Azza Wa Jall with the same beautiful invocations that he heard from the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam.
Even though it is true that one may supplicate to Allah Azza Wa Jall with one’s own wording, as long as the meaning of what one says is correct, still Abu Bakr wanted to invoke with how the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam did.
It is because Abu Bakr knew that the Prophet knew best what to ask from Allah and how to ask for it. 
During prayer, one should especially try to limit oneself, as much as possible, to the Prophet’s invocations, which is why Abu Bakr once asked the Prophet,
"O Messenger of Allah, teach me a supplication with which I can invoke Allah during my prayer."
The Prophet said:
"Say: ‘O Allah, verily, I have wronged myself very frequently, and no one can forgive sins except You; so forgive me with a forgiveness from Yourself, and have mercy on me. verily, You are Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful’."
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Alhamdulillah that we learn from such stories about the importances of the deeds we are taught in Islam, and one may truly say that such invocations are taught with words of the heart.
Look at the wordings used by the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, they are just so beautiful and we can not deny that indeed we wrong ourselves frequently and that only Allah Azza Wa Jall can forgive us. 
One must keep in mind the highlights of this story which are;
1) Even though the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam had been forgiven his past and future mistakes, he still supplicated to Allah, and this just shows that as a Muslim we are so in need of Allah and that we should not live in this world as if we are not sinful people.
Let us reflect from this story, if the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam invoked Allah Azza Wa Jall day and night and he had been forgiven then how about us? We are not even forgiven yet we forget or are unconscious of the remembrance of Allah, we fail so much on this regard. 
2) Let us practice using the invocations taught by the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam in our prayers, in our dhikr and in times when we are not doing anything.
As said, it is not obligatory but it is highly recommended that we use it because they are words that speak out the hindrances of the heart, they are words that are so pure and everything and that is one of the many reasons why we should practice and actually try memorizing such supplications.
3) Always keep in mind that Allah Azza Wa Jall is Oft-Forgiving.
Most of the people nowadays, those who are drowning with sins are given such mentality that no one can help them anymore and that they will be doomed forever. As Muslims, we should encourage our brothers and sisters that Allah will always forgive as long as we repent sincerely and that we should never despair of the Mercy of Allah Azza Wa Jall.
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You know that you are in constant remembrance of Allah when someone asks you how you are, you answer with Alhamdulillah instead of I’m fine, when you start to do something you say Bismillah instead of Let’s do this or Aja or okay and when you wish for someone you say in sha Allah rather than I wish for with this you are constantly mentioning His Name.
And we pray that with this story we are encouraged to make use of our tongue not on spreading gossips but on invoking and supplicating Allah and remembering Him that we may always find ourselves attached to the hope of His Mercy. 
Amin.
Zohayma
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Story taken from Life of Abu Bakr, Mujahid, p. 131 | Muslim 2705 and Bukhari 843 
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The beauty of halal marriage is beyond wonderful, the effect it leaves on the readers is so poignant that one would motivate on finding such same way of getting into marriage- this is what the story of the wedding of ‘Ali Ibn Abi Talib Radiyallahu Anhu with Fatimah Bint Muhammad Radiyallahu Anha is all about.My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, if any of you are seeking for a spouse or is on a verge on doing nikkah then this story is for you, and I pray that each one of us would learn from this beautiful story.
(Tho for those who have gone through nikkah and are happily married now, then for sure the brothers would be able to narrate to the experiences of ‘Ali and the sisters on the experiences of Fatimah)I will no longer go into full detail of who they are as we all have knowledge about them, what I am trying to focus on is the story of how they got into nikkah._____On the day that a marriage proposal was sent to the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam for the hand of Fatimah Radiyallahu Anha, a female mawla (freed slave) of ‘Ali came to him and persistently encourage him to go and seek for the hand of Fatimah.The mawla said: "Do you know that Fatimah’s hand has been sought from the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam?"'Ali said: "No."The mawla said: "Her hand has been sought (in marriage). What prevents you from approaching the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam so that he may marry her to you?"'Ali answered: "Do I have anything with which to marry?" The mawla said: "If you go to the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam he will marry her to you."And the mawla kept urging ‘Ali and she succeeded and made ‘Ali go and see the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam.When ‘Ali arrived and was sat infront of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, he was totally dumbfounded as ‘Ali said "By Allah I was unable to say anything due to awe and fright." (Ma sha Allah)So the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam asked him: "What has brought you? Do you have any need?"'Ali then kept quiet, not a single word and he was very nervous. (Ma sha Allah)So the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam asked again: "Perhaps you have come to seek Fatimah’s hand in marriage?"With this, ‘Ali answered so fast like without any doubt and said, "Yes.""Do you have anything with which you will marry her?" asked the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam. 'Ali answered: "By Allah, no, O Messenger of Allah."What about the shield I gave you?” ‘Ali said: "It is with me."The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam then said: "I have married her to you. Send it to her and I have made her permissible for you with it."Thus, the shield of ‘Ali became the mahr of Fatimah. The following morning, the wedding day commenced, Asma Bint Umays Radiyallahu Anha was there and narrated the following."The Prophet came to the door and said: "O Umm Ayman, invite my brother for me.”She said:"He is your brother and you are marrying (your daughter) to him?" The Prophet said: "Yes, Umm Ayman." So ‘Ali came and the Prophet sprinkled some water on him and prayed for him and then said: "Invite Fatimah for me."Fatimah then came stumbling due to shyness, so the Prophet told her: "Be calm, I have married you to the most beloved of my household to me." The Prophet sprinkled water on her and supplicated for her as well.As to the wedding feast, as narrated by Buraidah Radiyallahu Anhu ‘Ali and Fatimah had a sheep and a group of Ansar gathered for him some measures of sorghum (sweetener syrup).On the night of consummation, the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam said: "O ‘Ali do not do anything till you meet me." Then He Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam requested for water performed ablution with it and then poured the remainder on ‘Ali and then supplicated: "O Allah, bless both of them, shower Your blessings on them and bless their children."The marriage of Ali and Fatimah happened during the 2nd year of Hijrah after the Battle of Badr and she bore him Hassan, Hussain and Umm Khultum._____Such a beautiful narration on the path to marriage, this is how our marriages should be, before asking about what did you finish, what is your work or so, it was the piety as the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam knew the piety that ‘Ali had.There are few points in this story that we should all reflect upon:1) My sisters, be inspired to the fact that the most beloved daughter of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam had only the shield of ‘Ali as her mahr on her wedding. It is not healthy for us to go and ask for such extravagant mahr, we know that most of the time it is the parents that ask for these things but what I am trying to point out is that we should be clean of that thought, know that the best nikkah is the one of less expense. 2) My brothers, if you are really attracted to this sister to whom you really think would be the person who would help you get closer to Allah Azza Wa Jall then have tawwakul and ask for her hand in the most halal way, not on text nor on facebook or twitter or tumblr, but go tell your parents and let the arrangements be done.If right now all you need is a push, then AKHI I AM PUSHING YOU, I am being the mawla and will persistently urge you to go and marry the sister, make her your queen and I pray Allah Azza Wa Jall blesses you both with wonderful pious children and good life ahead! 3) The Hayaa should intensify than deteriorate, the gheera (protective jealousy) should be present.Yes, not because you are already going into marriage or that nikkah has been done then you can go out to the world and post on facebook and every single social networking site that he gave your flowers, he bought you dress, and all that.And I mean people who flaunt their spouses, like the ones that go viral with shirts "wallah he’s mine and wallah she’s mine." (no offense). Rather than flaunting your spouse, you should be more careful with him or her, do not talk to anyone about family matters or things between the two of you too.Also most of all, the hayaa and the gheera will help you become more sensitive to others, as hayaa would prevent you from asking about when will your friend get married or so and gheera would prevent you from talking about your spouse to a friend.I have pointed this out as these days nikkah is prolonged until the walimah unlike with the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum, walimah or the wedding feast follows the next day.4) This story is a reminder and a message to the parents who look for status in life rather than status in deen. Beloved parents if you really want to see your offsprings settled down in good hands then choose the one who fears Allah the most.By Allah, we do understand the need for assurance for good life for your children, but yes you will get to marry your daughter or son to a wealthy person yet do you think that good life is promised to them? Let me remind you that Allah Azza Wa Jall promised Hayaatan Thayibah (good life) to those who Fear Him, to the Believers. (See Qur’an 16:97)I am not the one who promises you that if you give your son or daughter to a Believer of Allah then good life is given, I really do not, but Allah promises that, and we all know that the Promise of Allah is True._____And we pray to Allah Azza Wa Jall that he makes the path to marriage easy for those who find it hard and that He bestows upon us guidance and wisdom on making decisions about nikkah. May Allah Azza Wa Jall shower you all with Hayaatan Thayibah. Amin.Zohayma_____Stories were taken from:• At-Tabaqaat, Ibn Sa’ad• Dalaa’il An-Nubuwah, Al Bayhaqi 3/160• Bihaar Al-Anwaar, Al-Majlisee, p.39• Fadaa’il As-Sahabah 2/955, no. 342 (Sahih) } 2/858 (Sahih)• Al Mu’jam Al Kabir, At Tabari 1153Note: Some were paraphrased as to what I have read, nevertheless all references are stated so for further details kindly direct yourselves to the dalil. Jazakallahu Khayran.This is part of the series I made about the love stories of the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum, you can find more of this here.
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A vintage Eid card from 1950s Pakistan.