(1) Islaamic History The good news of the birth of Hadhrat Is’haaq (AS)
The birth of Hadhrat Is’haaq (AS) was a sign of the power of Allaah, demonstrating that Allaah can give people children even in their old age. When Hadhrat Ibraheem (AS) was in the final stages of his life, Allaah gave him the good news of a son to be born to Hadhrat Saarah (RA), whose name will be Is’haaq. She also heard the news from the angel and started to laugh in wonder. The Qur’aan reports the incident in the following words, “She said (in astonishment), “Oh dear! Shall I bear a child when I am an old woman (of over 80 years) and my husband here is an old man (of over 100 years)? This is indeed a strange event!’ They (the angels) said, ‘Are you surprised at the command (and power) of Allaah (Who can do anything)? May Allaah’s mercy and blessings be on you, O members of the household (of Ibraheem (AS)). Verily, He is Worthy of all praise, The Exalted’”.
[Surah Hood, verses 72-73]
As promised by Allaah, Hadhrat Is’haaq u was then born to her. He was thirteen years younger than his brother Hadhrat Ismaa’eel (AS).
(2) Allaah’s Power The miraculous stars
Apart from the sun and moon that we see, we also see countless stars that appear as small shining objects in the sky. They are really not small, but are several times larger than the sun and the moon. They appear so small because they are so far away. It is only Allaah Who keeps them shining and stationed where they are.
(3) A Fardh The rights of a Muslim upon another
Rasulullaah (SAW) stated that every Muslim owes five rights to his Muslim brother. These are:
To reply to his Salaam,
To visit him when he falls ill,
To attend his funeral when he passes away,
To accept his invitation,
And to say “Yarhamu Kallaah” when he sneezes.
[Bukhaari 1240, from Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah (RA)]
(4) A Du’aa from the Qur’aan and Rasulullaah (SAW) The Du’aa for an increase in knowledge
The following Du’aa should be recited for one’s knowledge to be increased:
رَبِّ زِدْنِيْ عِلْمًا
TRANSLATION: O my Rabb! Increase me in knowledge.”
[Surah TaaHaa, verse 114]
(5) A Nafl Directing a lost person
Rasulullaah (SAW) said that a person receives the reward of Sadaqah for giving directions to a lost person.
[Tirmidhi 1956, from Hadhrat Abu Dharr (RA)]
(6) A Sin The consequences of reminding people of your favours to them
Rasulullaah (SAW) mentioned that amongst the three people who will not enter Jannah will be the one who disobeys his parents, the drunkard and the one who reminds people of his favours to them.
[Nasa’ee 2563, from Hadhrat Abdullaah bin Umar (RA)]
(7) This World This world is a place of carrying out good deeds
Allaah says in the Qur’aan, “Wealth and sons are merely adornments of this worldly life (that will not last forever). The lasting good deeds (all good actions that one does in this world, the rewards of which are everlasting) are best in the sight of your Rabb in terms of reward and best in terms of expectations (because the expected rewards in the Aakhirah are guaranteed by Allaah)”.
[Surah Kahaf, verse 46]
(8) The Aakhirah Even the greatest of good deeds will seem too little on the Day of Qiyaamah
Rasulullaah (SAW) said, “If a person remains constantly in the Masjid from the day he is born until he dies, he will regard even this to be too little on the Day of Qiyaamah.”
[Ahmad 17198, from Hadhrat Muhammad bin Abi Umayrah (RA)]
(9) Cures from the Qur’aan and Rasulullaah (SAW) Cow’s milk
Rasulullaah (SAW) said, “Allaah has sent down a cure for every illness and you will find in cow’s milk a cure for every illness.”
[Mustadrak 7423, from Hadhrat Abdullaah bin Mas’ood (RA)]
Allaama Ibn Qayyim F writes that if butter is rubbed on the gums of little children, it will cause their teeth to grow quickly. However, butter is harmful for a person suffering from an excess of phlegm.
(10) Advice from
Rasulullaah (SAW) said, “If one of you sees a person who has more wealth and better looks than yourself, he should then look at someone who has less then him (so that he may be grateful to Allaah).”
[Bukhaari 6490, from Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah (RA)]