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Haleem and Naan … or a Revolutionary Ramadhaan?

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Last Updated on Saturday, 08 July 2017 15:12

People often speak about the ‘one special moment’ that changed everything in their lives. For some, it’s the moment when they were struck by a brainwave that led to a revolutionary invention which rocketed them to fame and fortune. For a professional sportsman, it’s often the moment when they signed onto the team or scored the crucial goal. I am neither a sports star nor a genius inventor. I am merely an ordinary Muslimah, like most of you out there, and my life did not change in a ‘single magical moment’. Instead, my entire life changed in a single Ramadhaan...

I remember the period with crystal clarity. I was 18 years old, the countdown for the dreaded final matric exams had commenced and Ramadhaan was around the corner. Although I put up a brave front, I would never admit it, but my world was in turmoil and I was, in general, miserable, confused, stressed out and even a little scared.

I was always considered intelligent and never had to work hard to produce good grades. As I progressed through the years in school, my above-average marks impressed both my teachers and family. While I was content to be the homely type and never entertained visions of varsity after school, they began to plot the course that my life would follow, taking it for granted that I would be complacent and would meekly ‘do as I was told’. I remember Aunty Khairoon declare, with her mehndi-dyed finger wagging under my nose, “You got brains, bachu (darling)! You a bright girl! Can’t waste that potential frying puri patha in the kitchen!”

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Interior Decor

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Interior decor is an art. People spend much time, effort and money on their homes, offices and businesses in order to get that special finish and make it look as impressive and appealing as possible. Great pains are taken to ensure that the furniture “blends in” with the surroundings, while the carpets are made to match the curtains. Just any ordinary bulb sticking out of the ceiling is unthinkable. A variety of light fittings are positioned in the proper places so that the light may reflect in the best way. The right “tone” must be captured in the colour co-ordination. Several other trimmings and trappings are added for the final touch.

Allah Ta‘ala has also given us a month for interior decoration – a month to decorate our hearts. The month of Ramadhaan is a time to truly make our hearts sparkle and shine and to look truly impressive in the sight of Allah Ta‘ala. The first part of interior decoration is to remove the cobwebs, scrape the rust and do a general thorough cleanup. The cleanup of our hearts requires sincere taubah. We will have to scrape off the rust of sin, remove the filth of jealously, sweep out the dirt of malice, scrub away the pride and generally wash away all the evil within us with the flowing tears of earnest and sincere repentance.

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Maintaining the Momentum

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Last Updated on Thursday, 06 July 2017 15:10

How many people do you know who one day looked into the mirror or stood on the scale and announced, “Enough!” The digits on the scale and the reflection in the mirror are both unbiased and don’t hesitate to tell a person that it’s time for him to shed those extra kilos.

How many people thereafter sacrificed their scrumptious snacks and exerted themselves in exercise, gradually achieving their goal weight? The answer to both questions is – quite a few actually. However, an overwhelming amount of these people are unable to maintain their ideal weight and soon thereafter slip into their old rut of unhealthy and bad eating habits, only to regain the unwanted weight even faster than they had initially lost it.

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The Pearl-Studded Band

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 May 2017 07:06

‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) mentions that a black woman, who at one point was a slave, would sometimes come and speak to her. However, whenever the slave woman would arrive, she would recite the following before sitting:

وَيَوْمُ الْوِحَاشِ مِنْ تَعَاجِيْبِ رَبِّنَا

أَلَا إِنَّهُ مِنْ بَلْدَةِ الْكُفْرِ اَنْجَانِيْ

The day of the band is from the wonders of our Lord

Behold! He indeed saved me from the land of disbelief

‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) once asked her, “What is the matter? Why do you always recite this couplet when you sit with me?” In reply, the women narrated the following incident:

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The Capital of Time

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 May 2017 07:18

(Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani [rahimahullah] #5)

A few people from Damascus once came to visit Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani (rahimahullah) while he was in the land of Rome for the purpose of Jihaad. Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) had dug a pit within his tent, lined the pit with a piece of leather and filled it with water. He thereafter entered the water and began to roll in it from side to side (in order to cool his body).

When the group from Damascus entered and saw Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) in the water, they understood that he was fasting and asked him, “Why are you fasting, whereas you are a traveler (i.e. you will find the nafl fast difficult while travelling)”. Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) replied, “If there is a need to fight, I will break my fast and prepare to fight by strengthening myself (through eating).”

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