5 Minute Madressa for the 24th of Muharram

(1) Islaamic History Allaah’s punishment to the Thamud
When the camel emerged from the mountain by the request of the Thamud, Hadhrat Saalih (AS) told the people not to cause any harm to Allaah’s camel, otherwise they would be afflicted by a severe punishment. However, the stubborn nation failed to heed the warning and secretly killed the camel. When Hadhrat Saalih (AS) learnt about this, he told them that they now had only three days respite before Allaah’s punishment came to them. On the fourth day, they were shaken by a powerful earthquake, followed by a piercing scream; which caused their hearts to shatter and their homes to fall to bits. However, Allaah rescued Hadhrat Saalih (AS) and those who believed in him. They then left and proceeded to Palestine.
(2) Allaah’s Power Protection of every morsel of food
When we take up any morsel of food to eat, our fingers first test the temperature, after which it passes by the eyes, which see whether it has anything harmful on it. It then passes by the nose, which smells whether it has gone bad. When it enters the mouth, the tongue again tests the temperature and again tastes whether it has gone bad. It is after all these tests that the morsel proceeds to the belly in a sound state. Allaah has arranged all of this protection.
(3) A Fardh It is Fardh for women to keep themselves concealed
Just as Allaah has made certain matters Fardh (obligatory) for men, He has also made some Fardh for women. Amongst these is that she conceals herself from strange men. Addressing women, Allaah says in the Qur’aan, “Remain in your homes and (when it is absolutely necessary to leave your homes, leave properly clothed and) do not make a display of yourselves as was the practice of (women during) the former period of ignorance (during the period before Islaam came to people, when women walked about without adequately covering their bodies)”.
[Surah Ahzaab, verse ]
(4) A Du’aa from the Qur’aan and Rasulullaah (SAW) The Du’aa to save oneself from disgrace on the Day of Qiyaamah
To safeguard oneself from being humiliated on the Day of Qiyaamah, one should recite the following Du’aa:

رَبَّنَا وَآتِنَا مَا وَعَدتَّنَا عَلٰى رُسُلِكَ وَلَا تُخْزِنَا يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ
إِنَّكَ لَا تُخْلِفُ الْمِيْعَادَ

TRANSLATION: Our Rabb, grant us what (mercy and rewards) You have promised us through Your Rusul and do not disgrace us on the Day of Judgement. Verily You do not break Your promise.
[Surah Aal Imraan, verse 194]
(5) A Nafl Salaatul Haajah
It was the practice of Rasulullaah (SAW) that whenever he was worried about something or was faced with some important matter, he performed Salaatul Haajah to have the matter resolved.
[Ibn Maajah 1384, from Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah (RA)]
(6) A Sin Kufr and Shirk both lead to Jahannam
Allaah says in the Qur’aan, “Allaah has definitely forbidden Jannah for the one who attributes a partner to Allaah (commits Shirk) and his abode shall be the Fire (of Jahannam). The oppressors (Mushrikeen) will have no helpers (to save them from Allaah’s punishment).”.
[Surah Maa’idah, verse 72]
(7) This World The consequences of making this world your objective
Allaah says in the Qur’aan, “Whoever desires the life of this world and its splendour (without a concern for the Aakhirah which they do not believe in), We shall grant them the full rewards for their (good) deeds in this very world and they will not be wronged (they will not be given less than they deserve). They are the ones who shall have only the Fire for themselves in the Aakhirah. Whatever (good actions) they did in the world will be lost to them (in the Aakhirah) and all their (good) deeds will be in vain (because they will see no rewards for these in the Aakhirah where they will require them most. This is because they acted only for worldly objectives)”.
[Surah Hood, verse 15-16]
(8) The Aakhirah A scene of the Day of Qiyaamah
Rasulullaah (SAW) said, “I swear by the Being Who controls my life! If you knew what I know about the scenes of the Aakhirah, you would laugh less and weep more.”
[Bukhaari 6421, from Hadhrat Anas (RA)]
(9) Cures from the Qur’aan and Rasulullaah (SAW) Using vinegar to treat phlegm
Rasulullaah (SAW) said, “Vinegar makes an excellent gravy. O Allaah! Bless vinegar because it had been the gravy of all the Ambiyaa i before me. The house that has vinegar is never without gravy.”
[Ibn Maajah 3318, from Hadhrat Ummu Sa’d (RA)]
Allaama Ibn Qayyim F writes that vinegar neutralises the harmful effects of medicines, it aids digestion and is an enemy of phlegm.
(10) Advice from
Rasulullaah (SAW)
Rasulullaah (SAW) said, “When you see a servant of Allaah who is disinclined from this world and who speaks little (worldly talks), then remain in the company of this person because good is inspired into his heart from Allaah.”
[Bayhaqi 6774, from Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah (RA)]