Fruits for the Week

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The Prophet (saw) said: “The most virtuous of virtues is to connect (and have good relations) with those who cut you off, to give to those who deny you, and to overlook and pardon those who revile (or falsely accuse) you.” (Ahmad)

The hijrah is a physical journey undertaken by Prophet Muhammad (saw) and his companions from Makkah to Madinah. It is a story of planning, patience, endurance, striving and eventual triumph in the face of seemingly extreme hopelessness.The Prophet, an Arab born on the soil of Mecca, lived at a time when the people were in a state of marked corruption and decay and in the grips of the worst form of idolatry. No society was considered more degrading and more debased than that society before it accepted Islam. Hence the period before Islam became known as the Jahiliyyah period or the period of ignorance.

On the Day of reckoning, the most precious valuables one possesses are the righteous deeds purely done to earn the good pleasure of Allah. However, disbelievers have never striven for this treasure, which would bring them eternal salvation. Not a single good deed or blessing they have to present to Allah on that day. Having no faith in Allah, all their righteous efforts will have been wasted. Allah (swt) sates this fact as follows: “Say, shall I inform you of the greatest losers in their actions? People whose efforts in the life of the world are misguided while they suppose that they are doing good. Those are the people who reject their Lord’s signs and the meeting with Him. Their actions will come to nothing and, on the Day of Rising, We will not assign them any weight.” (Al-Kahf: 103-105)