Spring is a wonderful time. New saplings sprout up in the gardens. Fragrant flowers bloom forth all over. Colourful birds twitter about on the twigs, chirping ever sweet songs. Waves of smiles and happiness dominate everywhere. Dry and desolate lands begin to wear a gay and green look. The blissful spirit of health and happiness cheers even the most dull and the depressed faces.
As the days pass by spring’s radiance begins to fade and wane. Flowers wither away. Gardens soon look deserted. Then a day comes when flowers cease to emit fragrance and no birds sing on the trees. Until the next spring people are obliged to wait for the radiance of hope and happiness.
What guidance do we get from the life of the Prophet
Abdullah goes to your school. He is your friend but he is in another class. He does not come to school everyday. You assume that he must be ill. At dinner time, you drop in on him to see how he is. You find him sitting in the living room reading something. He seems all right, but when you ask him how he is, he bursts into tears. He tells you that another boy in his class is making his life miserable – calling him names, making snide remarks, hiding his things and hitting him. He is so upset that he stayed away from school. Can you help Abdullah? Decide what advice you would give him in the light of the Prophet’s noble teachings.
Good moral character is the most excellent of all virtues. In fact, it reveals the essential nature of people. Once Allah’s Messenger (pbuh), said, “The most excellent believers in faith are those who have good moral character.” (Al Tabaraanee)
Allah has distinguished His Messenger Muhammad (pbuh) by blessing him with certain miracles and exceptional virtues. Yet He has not praised him of any of his special qualities to the same extent as He has praised him for his great moral character. Allah says,
“And indeed, you are of a splendid moral character.”
Praise be to Allah. It is one of the blessings of Allah to the Muslim that He enables him to fast in Ramadan and to spend its nights in prayer. It is a month in which good deeds are multiplied and people are raised in status, when Allah frees some people from the Fire. So the Muslim should strive to make the most of this month and the goodness it brings; he should hasten to spend his life in worship. How many people have been deprived of this month because of sickness, death or misguidance.
The Muslim must make the most of his time during this month; he has an unavoidable duty towards his children, to raise them well and bring them up properly, to urge them to do all kinds of goodness and make them get used to that – because the child will grow up in the manner to which his father makes him get accustomed.
The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) would often sit alone in the cave of Hira, near Makkah. He would pray and meditate there, surrounded by nature, and would ask the Creator of the heavens and earth for answers to questions such as: “What is man’s true role in life? What does the Lord require of us? From where does man come, and where will he go after death?”
It was about A.D. 250, during the rule of the Roman King Decius (Daqyanus) that seven young men of a noble family accepted the teachings of the Prophet Isa (Jesus). But King Decius took up arms against them. When they realized that the king’s soldiers were about to capture them, these young believers ran away from the town to take refuge in a dark cave. There they prayed to Allah: “Qur Lord! Bestow Your Mercy on us and save our lives.” Allah heard their prayers and, when they lay down to rest, He made them fall into a deep sleep lasting 300 years.
The Prophet Zakariyya was a noble man. He was an uncle of Maryam (Mary), and the priest of the shrine in Jerusalem. When Maryam was given to the service of Allah, the Prophet Zakariyya was made Maryam’s guardian. Whenever the Prophet Zakariyya visited Maryam in her niche (mihrab) in the shrine, he would find that she had fresh food. He would be amazed at this and would ask Maryam where this food came from. “This is from Allah,” Maryam would answer. “Allah gives in plenty to whoever He pleases” When the Prophet Zakariya reached old age and was still childless, he prayed to Allah for a son:
The Prophet Zakariyya was a noble man. He was an uncle of Maryam (Mary), and the priest of the shrine in Jerusalem. When Maryam was given to the service of Allah, the Prophet Zakariyya was made Maryam’s guardian. Whenever the Prophet Zakariyya visited Maryam in her niche (mihrab) in the shrine, he would find that she had fresh food. He would be amazed at this and would ask Maryam where this food came from. “This is from Allah,” Maryam would answer. “Allah gives in plenty to whoever He pleases.”
The two prostrations for forgetfulness are normally offered to make up for the shortcomings that occur due to forgetfulness or error There are three cases where these prostrations are required: addition, deletion and doubt.
If one omits a necessary element because of forgetfulness, validity can be restored by performing the prostrations of forgetfulness (sujud as-sahw), but if the omission is deliberate, the salah will be null and void.
Long, long ago, there lived two friends, one a rich gardener, and the other a poor farmer. The gardener owned two beautiful, well-watered gardens full of flowers and all kind of fruits, especially grapes and dates. He thought all this was the result of his hard work and clever planning, rather than a blessing from Allah. One day he showed the poor farmer around his garden and proudly said to him, “I am richer than you and my clan is mightier than yours. And surely this will never perish! Nor do I believe that the hour of Doom will ever come.”