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December 2, 2010

What a scholar’s daily routine looks like…

by Umm Muawiyah

Assalamu Alaikum.

When people read the stories of the Prophets (alaihimissalam) or that of the Sahaabah (radiallahu anhum), many of them (due to their ignorance) complain that this was centuries ago and that life has changed*.

[*A word of advice: One should be very careful of what one says as this is a dangerous statement. Why? Well, Allah sent these people as examples for us until the end of time. So if one says that these examples are too old, or out of date, then what exactly are they saying about Allah? And we seek refuge with Allah from such misguidance.]

Well, nothing has changed because Allah is Ever-Living. What do I mean by that?

Well, Allah was the one who aided his righteous servants in the past and blessed them in their endeavors. And He is the one who aids his righteous servants in the present and blesses them in their endeavors (and may He make us of them). So what really matters is how righteous one is, not which century one lives in.

More proof?

Here’s the daily routine of one of the great scholars of recent times (he died in 1956), Shaikh Abdur Rahman ibn Nasir As-Saadi (rahimahullah). He lived such a simple, yet highly productive life. This should show us that one can have this kind of life even in this day and age* (and not just in Ramadan).

May Allah grant him Al-Firdaus.

[*Of course, there will always be those fools who say that he lived decades ago and that life is vastly different now. Well, as one of my professors said, not every fool needs to be replied to. If someone believes that it is not possible to live a life close to that of the early generations, then that’s their problem, and they’ll be the losers in the end. Ultimately, these are just excuses because these kind of people do NOT want to become righteous so they blame everybody and everything except themselves. May Allah save us from such misguidance.]

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