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No Place in the Cupboards

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Last Updated on Thursday, 25 August 2016 10:07 Thursday, 25 August 2016 10:03

Did you ever battle to find a place in the kitchen cupboards for the latest dinner set purchase, or the new Tupperwares?

Did you ever stand before your wardrobe before a function and find yourself at a loss regarding what to wear, simply because your collection was so extensive?

If your answer to any of the above is ‘yes’, then you need to stop and ask yourself the following questions:

“Is the wealth which I possess truly MINE or is it merely a trust from Allah Ta‘ala regarding which I will be held accountable?”

“Did I buy these items because I needed them or did I buy them on impulse or to keep up with the latest fashion and trend?”

“Could I have done without these items? If yes, then what stopped me from rather giving some of the money in sadaqah to the poor?”

Remember! Islam allows us to use and enjoy the bounties of this world. However, Islam does not allow extravagance and waste. If we use the bounties of Allah Ta‘ala without being wasteful and express gratitude to Him, these same bounties will both give us satisfaction and enjoyment and also become a means of us earning reward.

   

Shaitaan is Overjoyed

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 August 2016 15:58 Tuesday, 23 August 2016 15:52

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “Verily Iblees places his throne on the waters of the ocean. Then he dispatches his troops to lead people astray. Thereafter from amongst them the closest to him in rank is the one who causes the greatest mischief. One of them comes and says, ‘I have done such and such’, so Iblees says, ‘You have done nothing so great’. Then another one comes and says ‘I did not leave him until I caused a separation between him and his wife’, so Iblees brings him closer to him and says, ‘Yes, you (have done an excellent thing)’ and he embraces him.” (Saheeh Muslim  #7105 & #7106)

A divorce is not the mere separation of a husband and wife, rather it often leads to a break up of two families that were once so close to each other. It opens the doors of backbiting, slander and hatred on a collective basis which adds to the severity of these sins. More than the couple, it is the children that suffer the most. An Ummah for which Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) strove so hard to put together, is casually broken into pieces over petty day to day differences. May Allah Ta‘ala protect us all, aameen.

   

The Concern for Accountability

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Last Updated on Monday, 22 August 2016 16:31 Monday, 22 August 2016 16:17

A freed slave of ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates the following:

I was once with ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) in ‘Aaliyah on a hot summer’s day, seeing to some of his affairs, when we caught sight of a man who was herding two young camels before him. The heat on that day was so intense that it seemed to form a thick layer that blanketed the earth. Seeing this man herding the camels in the extreme heat, ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) exclaimed, “Why did he not remain in Madeenah Munawwarah until it became cooler? He could have emerged after the heat subsided!” ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) next instructed me to find out who this man was. When I looked at him, I saw a man whose head was covered with a shawl. Shortly thereafter, the man drew nearer and ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) repeated his instruction. I therefore looked at the man again and informed ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) that it was none other than Ameerul Mu’mineen, ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)! 

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Angel Food Cake

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Last Updated on Saturday, 20 August 2016 15:39 Saturday, 20 August 2016 15:32

Ingredients:

6 egg whites

½ tsp cream of tartar

140 ml sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

110 ml Flour (or 70 ml flour + 40 ml cocoa powder for chocolate cake)

1/3 tsp bicarb

1 ½ cups of sweetened whipped cream and chopped strawberries and nuts

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Make-up Artist

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 16:23 Tuesday, 16 August 2016 15:51

Question:

Assalaamu alaikum

Respected ‘Ulama

There is a non-Muslim makeup artist who is highly qualified in his field. He claims to be gay. It has recently become a trend among some Muslim women to get their faces done up by this makeup artist.

After applying the makeup, he often takes pictures of these women and displays them on Instagram.

Could the ‘Ulama please explain the status of this in the sharee‘ah.

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