Fazaile Amaal -1 - (English/Arabic) - (HB)
"This book is a compilation of stories of the companions of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W), with special reference to the faith and practices of the women and children of his time. The main idea underlying this behest was the Mulsim mothers, while going to bed at night, instead of telling them myths and fables to their children, may narrate to them such real and true tales if the golden age o Islam that would create in them an Islamic spirit of 'Imaan'; and the proposed book may, thus, be a useful substitue for the current story books.
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"Foreword - It is an admitted fact that the stories of the godly people deserve to be studied rather deeply, in order to derive proper benefit from them. This is more important in case of Sahabah, who were chosen by Allah for the company of His beloved and our dear Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam). Their stories not only serve as a beacon of Faith and Practice but also cause Allah's blessings and mercy to descend on the readers. Junaid Baghdadi (Rahmatullah alaih), a head of the Sufees, once said:
""Stories of the pious and godly are Allah's special devices, which encourage the hearts of those who strive in His Path.""
Somebody inquired of Junaid (Rahmatullah alaih) if he could cite something in support of his statement. He replied:
""Yes. Allah has said in His Book -
""And all that We relate unto thee of the stories of the messengers is in order that thereby We may make the heart firm. And herein hath come unto thee the Truth and an exhortation and a reminder for believers."" - (XI: 120)
One cannot lay too much stress on the point that whether these be the sayings of the Holy Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) or the stories of other God-fearing people, or the books on Islamic practices, or the epistles and written discourses of the saints, it is not enough to go through them once only, but they have to be studied over and over again 'in order tO derive proper benefit from them. Abu Sulaiman Darani (Rahmatullah alaih), a famous Saint, writes:
""I attended a discourse by a Sheikh at his residence. It had some effect on me. but only till the time that I rose from the meeting. I went to his audience for the second time to listen to his discourse, and this time the effect remained with me till I reached my home. When I visited him for the third time the effect of his discourse stayed with me even after reaching home. Then I broke the shackles that had kept me away from Allah, and set out on His path to seek His pleasure.""
Such is the case with religious books. A cursory reading of these seldom produces the desired effect, and a frequent and thorough study thereof is therefore necessary. For the convenience of the readers, and to interest them, I have divided this book into the following twelve chapters together with an epilogue.
Chapter I Steadfastness in the face of hardships
Chapter II Fear of Allah
Chapter III Abstinence and Contentment
Chapter IV Piety and Scrupulousness
Chapter V Devotion to Salaat
Chapter VI Sympathy and Self-sacrifice and spending in the path of Allah
Chapter VII Valour and Heroism
Chapter VIII Zeal for knowledge
Chapter IX Ready Compliance with the Prophet's Wishes.
Chapter X The Women's love of Faith and their C ourage
Chapter XI The Children's Devotion to Islam.
Chapter XII Love and Devotion for the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam)
The Epilogue: Sahabah's Virtues and Privileges,