(1) Islaamic History The people of Saba
There was a nation called the Saba who lived in a valley in a town named Ma’aarib. The kings of the town had constructed a large damn in this valley, which was famously known as Saddul Ma’aarib, which effectively contained waters flowing from the north and the south. Because of the tremendous irrigation provided by the dam, an area of more than 300 square miles was filled with plantations and gardens. Fragrant flowers and delicious fruits were to be found in abundance wherever one went. Although the people of Saba used to worship Allaah and show obedience to him, a time came when they became so steeped in their luxuries that they forgot Who had given them all these bounties and they started to commit kufr. Allaah sent numerous Ambiyaa ((RA)) to guide them, but they refused to believe any of them. Allaah’s punishment eventually came to them when Allaah made their dam burst its walls causing the water to come rushing down the valley, killing everyone and destroying all the plantations. Allaah says in the Qur’aan, “This was the punishment We gave them for their ingratitude. We punish only the extremely ungrateful ones”.
[Surah Saba, verse 17]
(2) Allaah’s Power The joints of the body
Allaah has created joints in the bodies of all living creatures without which they would be unable to move. People fail to appreciate this mobility Allaah has afforded them until the time comes when a bone breaks and they have to suffer immobility of some limb for a while. The joints that Allaah has given us are truly a great bounty that we need to be grateful for.
(3) A Fardh The importance of the Isha and Fajr Salaahs in Jamaa’ah
Rasulullaah (SAW) said, “When a person performs his Isha Salaah in Jamaa’ah, it is as if he has spent half the night in Ibaadah and when he performs the Fajr Salaah in Jamaa’ah, it is as if he has spent the entire night in Ibaadah.” [Muslim 1491, from Hadhrat Uthmaan (RA)]
(4) A Sunnah Never find faults in food
Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah (RA) reports that Rasulullaah (SAW) never found fault in food, if he liked it, he ate it and if not, he would not eat it.” [Bukhaari 5409]
(5) An Important Act and its Virtue Exercising patience at the death of someone close
Rasulullaah (SAW) said that Allaah says, “When I take away someone close from a person and he exercises patience, I have nothing but Jannah to give him in exchange.”
[Bukhaari 6424, from Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah (RA)]
(6) A Sin Punishment in this world for the person who disobeys his parents
Rasulullaah (SAW) said that while the punishments for other sins are delayed, the punishment for disobeying parents is meted out even before a person leaves this world.
[Mustadrak 7263, from Hadhrat Abu Bakrah (RA)]
(7) This World Greed for this world
Rasulullaah (SAW) said, “If a person has two valleys full of gold, he will wish for a third and it will only be the sand of the grave which will eventually fill his belly. Allaah will always accept the repentance of those who turn to Him.”
[Bukhaari 6436, from Hadhrat Abdullaah bin Abbaas (RA)]
(8) The Aakhirah Who will enter Jannah?
Allaah says in the Qur’aan that the person to enter Jannah will be “The one who feared Allaah without seeing Him and has arrived with a repentant heart (a heart that is attached to Allaah). (Upon reaching Jannah, they will be told) “Enter it (Jannah) in peace (without any fear of hardship or fear of being removed). This is a day of eternal life.” They shall have whatever they desire there (in Jannah) and We even have something extra for them (they will see Allaah Himself and would have secured His everlasting pleasure)”. [Surah Qaaf, verses 33-35]
(9) Cures from the Qur’aan and Rasulullaah (SAW) Cleansing the stomach
Rasulullaah (SAW) said, “Eat pomegranates together with their inner skins because this cleanses the stomach.”
[Ahmad 22726, from Hadhrat Ali (RA)]
Allaama Ibn Qayyim F writes that together with strengthening the stomach, pomegranates are also beneficial in curing people from coughs that they have been suffering from for a long time.
(10) Qur’aanic Advice
Allaah says in the Qur’aan, “O you who have Imaan! Fear Allaah and speak what is right (speak the truth, speak with justice, speak of matters related to Deen and speak everything good, especially the Dhikr of Allaah). (If you do this,) Allaah will correct (accept) your (good) deeds and forgive you your sins. Whoever obeys Allaah has succeeded tremendously”.
[Surah Ahzaab, verses 70-71]