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WEALTH IS A GREAT DECEIVER
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Speaking Tree Weekly Blog | 23 Nov 2020 “It is not poverty that I fear for you,” Prophet Mohammad once addressed his followers. “What I fear for you is that you should have too much access to worldly wealth, as happened to communities that passed before you; and you become emulous of it, as was the case with them.” (Sahih Al Bukhari, Hadith No. 3158) This tradition of Prophet Muhammad, reporte...
IMPARTING KNOWLEDGE IS THE GREATEST CHARITY
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Speaking Tree Weekly Blog | Nov 17, 2020 Abu Hurairah reported Prophet Mohammad as saying: “The greatest charity is for a Muslim to learn something, and then teach it to his Muslim brother.” (Ibn Majah, Hadith No. 243) What is charity? One might define it as an expression of sincere goodwill towards one’s fellow men–a genuine act of brotherly love. This goodwill manifests itself i...
WITHOUT DUE PREPARATION
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | ST Weekly Blog | Nov 9, 2020 “The big cats often turn into man-eaters when they are too old to hunt and trap wild animals. But nine times out of ten, they do so because a poacher has wounded them.” (The Times of India, 21 May 1984) A tiger is not a man-eater by nature, but as an enemy-eater he is the most merciless of animals. A huntsman who fails to kill a tiger and leaves him injured and in agony b...
OVERCOMING ONE’S LIMITATIONS
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Speaking Tree Weekly Blog | November 2, 2020 Opticians usually have arrangements for eye-testing on the pre­mises so that customers can have their eyes tested and buy their spectacles all in the same shop. One of my acquaintances had once opened a spectacle shop. It was rather small, certainly not big enough to permit eye-tests to be carried out, for a distance-vision chart has to be 18 fe...
AIMING HIGH
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Speaking Tree Blog | 26 October 2020 In one occasion, several disgruntled Muslim youths stood in an agitated group outside the University Offices loudly bewailing the fact that they had not been admitted to the various academic courses they had chosen. Without exception, they blamed circumstances for their failure to gain entry to the University. Some also blamed the environment for their having remained out of...