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Safeguard your Flock!

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Thursday, 21 January 2021 08:27

Imagine a shepherd, entrusted to protect a herd of valuable, pedigree racehorses. Yet, every day, the shepherd allows the horses to roam the countryside unsupervised and unwatched, claiming that “horses need their freedom”. When a horse is bitten by a rattlesnake and becomes lame in one leg, he casually says, “Oh well! These things happen! Part of growing up!” When a second horse roams off and disappears, never to be seen, he casually brushes it off as “something that horses do from time-to-time”. When a third horse eats a poisonous plant and dies, he says, “There are always these dangers and risks, you know.”

At no point does this shepherd realize or acknowledge and accept that as a shepherd, he is responsible for the safety of the flock and should do everything within his ability to protect them. To allow the flock to roam off into the wilderness, unsupervised and unprotected, is irresponsible and negligent. Thus, he will be held accountable and liable for the damage and harm that befalls the herd.

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Dealing with Difficult Toddlers

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Tuesday, 19 January 2021 13:45

Question:

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

Respected ‘Ulama

I need some advice regarding bringing up my child.

Alhamdulillah I have two masha-Allah children. The problem I have is that my son (two years three months old) is an extremely active child. He is also what you can call a ‘naughty toddler’. There are times when I sit and cry, wondering “When will this child become easier to handle?”

Whatever I do for him is always done with a struggle. On a daily basis, doing normal, routine things is extremely difficult. He doesn’t like changing his nappy, he doesn’t like going into the bath, and he doesn’t like eating a lot of things. When I say it’s a struggle, I mean he hits me, kicks me, screams and cries, throws himself onto the ground, etc.

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Becoming a ‘Shareholder’

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Monday, 18 January 2021 15:17

The Muhaajireen were those Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) who were commanded by Allah Ta‘ala to leave their homeland of Makkah Mukarramah, while sacrificing their homes, relatives, friends and businesses, and migrate to Madeenah Munawwarah for the sake of Islam. As difficult as it was for them to uproot themselves and leave their established lives behind, they did so, making this tremendous sacrifice solely for the sake of Allah Ta‘ala’s pleasure.

On arriving in Madeenah Munawwarah, they were welcomed with open arms by the Ansaar – the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) who resided in Madeenah Munawwarah. These Sahaabah were named the ‘Ansaar’ on account of the extent they went in assisting the Muhaajireen and supporting Islam.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) knew that on arriving in a foreign land, the Muhaajireen would require support until they could become established and settled. Thus, he would pair the various Muhaajireen with the Ansaar, in a bond of brotherhood, so that each Ansaari could assist and take care of the Muhaajir until he gained independence.

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An Opportunity to Purchase Paradise

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Wednesday, 13 January 2021 08:18

Imagine a person who prepares a pot of food and sends it to his affluent neighbours next door, as a gesture of Islamic character and neighbourly love. Next, imagine a person who prepares a pot of food, and then personally travels to a rural township many kilometres away to feed a household that is dying of starvation.

Outwardly, both people carried out the same action of sending a pot of food to a household. However, while both actions are meritorious and virtuous, the action of saving the poor family from starvation will be more rewarding.

The reason for the latter being more rewarding is that the need fulfilled was greater (due to the starvation) and the personal effort and sacrifice involved in carrying out the deed was more (through personally traveling many kilometres to deliver the meal).

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Help for the Helpless

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Thursday, 07 January 2021 08:48

Imagine a person lying paralyzed in a bed, utterly helpless and powerless. However, he has the ability to move just one finger. Through moving his finger, he is able to press a ‘S.O.S button’ that contacts his beloved family, alerting them that he requires some assistance.

This person, as paralyzed and powerless as he may be, will enjoy a feeling of safety and security, as he knows that the help of those who love him and care for him can be summoned at the mere press of a button.

In the same way, every human being is ultimately helpless. Despite his strength, wealth, intelligence and everything else, there will come a day when nothing will avail him and he will find himself powerless and paralyzed. Indeed, that day has come for many of us, as we find our loved ones sick, labouring for breath and fighting for their lives, with us powerless and paralyzed to intervene.  

However, if we are powerless, then we have our ‘S.O.S button’ with which we can contact the One who is All-Powerful. This ‘button’ is the du‘aa that was recited by Nabi Yunus (‘alaihis salaam) when he was in the belly of the whale:

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