O Muslim Men, Be Like Uthman!

MUSLIMOLOGY

Today marks the death of Sayyidina Uthman (ra) on 18th Dhul Hijjah.

I believe he is the least appreciated of the Khulafa Rashidun. But in fact, Sayyidina Uthman (ra) is the ideal role model today for Muslim men in the West.

Why?

  1. Uthman (ra) lived as a Muslim minority in Abyssinia and contributed to that society economically. We, too are living as minorities, are we taking advantage of the system or contributing to the economy here?
  2. Uthman (ra) was chaste and shy such that angels were shy of him. He too covered his face due to it’s handsomeness. Today we are shameless and lack hayya, making a fool of ourselves before the angels.
  3. Uthman (ra) was financially independent.
  4. Uthman was trustworthy because Nabi gave his dearest possessions, his two daughters, as brides to him. This is distinct from Sayyidina Ali (ra) because Ali (ra) was a close relative and…

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True friendship

Many people complain that they have no true friends. They have colleagues. They have school mates. They have neighbours…but they do not have true friends with whom they can open their hearts and feel peace.

It is the saddest situation ever! People are losing their souls and they are worshipping their egos.

When such a thing occurs, no one wants to open up their hearts because everyone is afraid and everyone is on alert…

Nowadays, it is easier to run after money and to find it but you can run after true friendship without ever finding it!!

The qualities of a good friend

“Your best friend is the one who: seeing him reminds you of Allah, speaking to him increases your knowledge, and his actions remind you of the hereafter.” (Al-Muhasibi)

“The true friend is only he who regards his friend in three situations: ordeal, absence, and death.” (Nahjul Balagha)

 

Who to befriend?

“Keep company of a believer only and let your food be eaten only by the righteous.” (Tirmidhi)

“A man follows the religion of his friend; so each one should consider whom he makes his friend” (Abu Dawud)

 

“If you wish to mention the faults of your friend, mention your own faults first.” (Bukhari)

“Try to have as many as possible true friends, for they are the supplies in joy and the shelters in misfortunes.” (Bihar-ul-Anwar)

 

Let us cultivate the qualities that lead to true friendship. Let us be a good friend to true people and let us pray that Allah bring good and honest people on our way

ameen