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Blinded by the Log

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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 May 2017 12:17

(Tie the Tongue Series – Part One)

Associating and interacting with people is a basic need of human nature. When meeting and interacting with people, the chosen method of communication is normally that of speech. However, what is the topic that we choose to discuss? Some may discuss the news and political landscape, others may discuss the latest sport results, while mothers may discuss children issues, recipes or even the latest fashions and trends.

Whatever the topic may be, in many instances the conversation eventually drifts to a person being discussed. Thereafter, depending on the nature of the personality, his praises may either be sung or his ‘laundry may be hung out to dry’ with all and sundry free to spectate and participate in the backbiting ‘feast’.

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Tie the Tongue

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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 May 2017 08:19

(Tie the Tongue Series – Introduction)

Contrary to popular belief, the tongue is not the strongest muscle in the body. However, it may very well be the muscle structure with the greatest endurance. After all, when can you ever remember your tongue becoming tired? As much as we may eat, swallow or speak, our tongues seem absolutely tireless. Hence, due to its exceptional endurance, exercising this organ causes no strain, and we thus tend to use it without thinking and more than we should. This is a major problem as the seemingly-small tongue actually has the ability to cause serious consequences.

Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Indeed the servant of Allah makes a statement which pleases Allah Ta‘ala, and the servant does not attach any importance to what he said, yet Allah Ta‘ala elevates his rank due to this statement. And indeed the servant of Allah makes a statement that angers Allah Ta‘ala, and the servant does not attach any importance to what he said, yet he falls into Jahannum on account of the statement.” (Saheeh Bukhaari #6478)

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Time is Money

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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 May 2017 09:19

We live in a world of import and export, a world in which most goods and commodities are available in most countries for most of the year. However, despite the year-round availability, there are many goods that enjoy a ‘peak season’. Astute businessmen are those who identify this period and utilize it to their advantage. For farmers, it may be the season in which their crops are harvested, while for shop owners, month-end and December are a few of the periods that deliver peak sales.

Unique Opportunity

The season presents a unique opportunity for one to secure tremendous profits in a minimal period of time. Hence, the farmer who diligently tends to his fields and ensures that he is present for the harvesting season will likely enjoy a bumper crop. Similarly, the shop owner will open his doors on time and remain behind the counter for the entire day in order to tend to the flood of customers.

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Intellect over Instinct

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 April 2017 18:39

Every person has within him basic instincts which subconsciously, without him realizing, influence him and compel him to behave in a certain way. However, together with these basic instincts is another force – the human intellect – that understands what Allah Ta‘ala wants from us. At times, these two forces will clash, and it is us who decide which force will ultimately prevail and forge the course of our actions.

When seeing a strange person who is attractive, our instinct may urge us to raise our gaze and stare to our fill. However, our intellect understands that this is against the law of Allah Ta‘ala and thus urges us to ignore our lowly urge and behave intelligently by lowering our gaze.

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The Reality of Death

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 15:43

Just as our sustenance, down to the last morsel, has been decreed long before our birth, our life, down to the last breath, has been similarly decreed. Hence, we have a limited amount of breaths to take, and, with every breath, we draw nearer and nearer to our death.

Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) has described the reality of death and our limited breath in the following verses:

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