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Disobedience Broadcast

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Last Updated on Thursday, 04 August 2016 10:13

Imagine if we woke up every morning to find that the sins which we had perpetrated during the night were written all over our front door, advertised for the entire world to witness. Wouldn’t we be horrified? In fact, we would feel so disgraced that we wouldn’t know where to hide our faces! If we reflect over this, we will realize that it is only out of His infinite kindness that Allah Ta‘ala conceals our sins.

Let us next imagine that we go out of our way, sacrificing our wealth, time and energy, to do someone a favour. Instead of expressing appreciation, this person takes the very same favour and throws it back into our face. Will we appreciate this? Never! Furthermore, we will not feel happy to do a favour for this person in the future.

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Boat Afloat but Couple in Crisis!

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Last Updated on Monday, 18 July 2016 15:36

“Beep!” went my phone, rousing me from my sleep. I searched for it on the bedside table with one hand while rubbing my bleary, half open eyes with the other. I struggled to sit up as my fumbling fingers finally found the phone and got a shock when I saw the time. 2AM! I groaned in frustration and wondered which inconsiderate person had texted me at this insane hour. I opened the message, from my best friend, and honestly, as I read the words glaring at me from the screen, I almost had a heart attack: “Its over. We dvrcd. Im cmng hme. Dnt knw wt 2 do!”

I blinked in confusion at first, unable to believe what I saw. This was surely her idea of a sick joke, right? I mean, there’s no way she could already be divorced when she got married just three weeks ago! I suddenly felt weary and sad and tears began to well in my eyes as I wondered how her dream wedding had turned into a nightmare marriage...

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Bridal and Baby Showers

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Last Updated on Monday, 18 July 2016 15:30

There are many customs and trends which have their affiliation with the non-Muslim culture and lifestyle. Many Muslims, due to being afflicted with what appears to be a truly insecure and inferior complex, look towards and choose the customs and trends of the non-Muslims over that of the beautiful sunnah. It seems as if the need is to secure a kind of acceptance in a non-Muslim society and just blend in with them – so that we are not recognized as Muslims.

Bridal Showers and Baby Showers have unfortunately become ingrained in the Muslim lifestyle, just as much of the rest of the non-Muslim lifestyle have become ingrained. Many may ask: What’s wrong with giving gifts, congratulating the bride-to-be or the new mother, or having a get together with friends?

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Royal Wedding

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Last Updated on Monday, 18 July 2016 14:19

Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), the respected, beloved daughter of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), is the Queen of the women of Jannah. Hence whatever she did was royal. Let’s take a glimpse at her “royal” wedding:

· The Royal Mahr (Dowry) was 480 Dirhams (approximately R13000). (Tabaqaat Ibni Sa’d, vol. 10, pg. 20)

· The Royal Waleemah meal consisted of a ram and some maize, barley, dates and raisins. (Majma‘uz Zawaaid #15214, #15215 and Ithaaful Khiyaratil Maharah, #3273)

· The Royal Trousseau with which Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) entered her husband’s home comprised of a shawl, a water skin and a pillow. (Musnad Ahmad #643)

· The Royal Bedding on which they slept for the first night of their marriage was a sheep skin. (Majma‘uz Zawaaid #15215)

· The Royal Furniture in her husband’s home consisted of nothing more than a mat spread on the floor, a pillow stuffed with fibers of the date palm, a jug and a tumbler. (Majma‘uz Zawaaid #15216)

   

Message from an Albanian Girl

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Last Updated on Thursday, 14 July 2016 16:14

Albania is a country that was under Communist rule for many decades, because of which the Muslims were totally cut off from Islam. Over the past few years, some ‘Ulama from U.K. and South Africa have established makaatib and madaaris in this country. Hereunder is a message from a young Albanian sister, which should serve as an eye-opener for us and encourage us to appreciate the deeni structures that we enjoy in our country.      

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

I live in a simple Albanian family, Muslims but not believers. Before knowing Islam, in 2010, my parents used to fast, but that was all. They didn’t pray namaaz, didn’t read Quraan, didn’t go to the musjid and so forth. I was a normal child, I didn’t know that our Lord is Allah, didn’t know the shahaadah. I knew only Surah Ikhlaas, even that my friend had taught me.

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