This reader gathers various SeekersHub resources on inspiring saints, scholars, and other influential Muslims of the past and present.
When a great believer like Abdul Sattar Edhi passes away, how should we react? The guidance for this comes from Allah’s promises to us, as Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains in this brief talk.
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The Prophet (God bless him) said, “The one who cares for an orphan will be with me in Paradise like this,” and he held his two fingers together. [Bukhari]
Imagine then the station and proximity of one who cared for and assisted hundreds of thousands of orphans.
The Prophet (God bless him) said, “The person who strives on behalf of the widow and poor is like one who strives in the way of God and like one who fasts in the day and prays at night.” [Bukhari, Muslim]
The Prophet (God bless him) said about a widowed woman he was informed about who was taking care of her two daughters, “Whoever looks after these girls in any way and is good to them will have them as a veil from the Fire.” [Bukhari, Muslim]
Imagine then the number of veils between the fire and someone who looked after millions of little girls.
The Prophet (God bless him) said, “Whoever removes a worldly grief from a believer, God will remove from him one of the griefs of the Day of Judgment.” [Muslim]
Imagine then the amount of grief and hardship removed from a person who lifted the grief and worry of millions of people.
This was Abdul Sattar Edhi. May God have mercy upon him, and us, and all people everywhere.
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May Allah have mercy on his soul, and admit him among His foremost and most beloved servants—in the close company of His Beloved Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him and his folk).
May He make this loss a time to reflect on the urgency of service: the trueness of our faith itself is dependent upon true, expressed concern for others. The Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him) said that, “None of you believes until they love for others all that they love for themselves.”
Taking heed from his example, make a commitment—now, today—to give some of your time each week in serving others. Consider it the zakat on your time. 2.5% of your week’s 168 hours is 3.5 hours (or 30 minutes a day).
Choose on the basis of what service would
(1) be of greatest, widest, and most lasting benefit—to yourself and others, in their religion or in their worldly life;
(2) use the skills and experience Allah has blessed you with;
(3) be easy to sustain with consistency;
(4) would be of benefit to you in your turning to Allah (such as by the company it would facilitate for you); and, simply
(5) be an opportunity that is available before you to serve others.
“And Allah remains in the aid of His servant as long as His servant remains in the aid of others,” promised the Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him & his folk).
Sura Fatiha for the soul of Mawlana Edhi (Allah have mercy upon him).
A moving documentary on a small part of Mawlana Edhi’s legacy can be watched on Netflix, Amazon and also Vimeo (below).
In Karachi, Pakistan, a runaway boy’s life hangs on one critical question: where is home? The streets, an orphanage, or with the family he fled in the first place? Simultaneously heart-wrenching and life-affirming, THESE BIRDS WALK documents the struggles of these wayward street children and the samaritans looking out for them in this ethereal and inspirational story of resilience.
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