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It Switched off the Mind

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Last Updated on Saturday, 21 May 2016 16:10

We are repeatedly asked in the Quraan Majeed to ponder and reflect, as this is the means to recognize Allah Ta‘ala. However, the science and technology that man uses to bring pleasure and entertainment into his life, has unfortunately taken over his heart and switched off his mind, hence his ability to ponder and reflect has been paralyzed.

Let us take the example of the television. It feeds us with a swift contamination of pictures. Before we can decide to even think about an image, there is another eye-catching picture to distract us. Thus the television does not even permit us to ponder or to reflect. It implants images containing hidden messages into our heart, and not concepts based on sound reasoning into our mind.

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Beauty where it Belongs

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Last Updated on Thursday, 05 May 2016 15:28

There is a well known principle in life which states, “There is a time and place for everything”. When correct time and place are not taken into consideration, an experience that would have otherwise been extremely enjoyable becomes disappointing and a pain to endure.

To understand this in perspective, take the example of a platter of steaming hot, delicious food. The aroma of this gastronomic delight wafts through the air and it’s so tantalizing that people involuntary begin to lick their lips. As appetizing as the platter may be, however, if it is placed in the cubicle of a public toilet, people will refuse to even give it a second glance. This is simply because it was not in the correct place.

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British German

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Last Updated on Thursday, 14 April 2016 15:16

Our Muslim women and youth have become the number one targets of the clothing and fashion industry. We are entranced into abandoning our simple and modest way of dressing, only to adopt the extravagant and immoral garb of other nations.

To clearly understand how serious it really is to imitate the dressing of others, imagine a war-time scenario where a British soldier dresses up in the uniform of a German soldier. Although he may be British inwardly and he may even serve Britain outwardly as well, his choosing to dress like one of the enemy will definitely not be appreciated. In fact, he may be court martialled and punished.

The truth of the matter is that we are only adopting the dress of others in order to command some awe and respect. This essentially means that our decision to dress in this way boils down to pride. We are trying to make ourselves appear to be great whereas this is a great crime in the court of Allah Ta‘ala. The person, who has pride in his heart, even if equivalent to a grain of a mustard seed, cannot enter Jannah. The fashion industry of today thrives on people’s pride and their desire to show off. 

   

Smart Phone

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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 March 2016 16:34

The twentieth century ushered in technological advances never previously seen. From the numerous new and technologically advanced devices that have been produced, perhaps nothing has captivated and addicted people to it to the extent that the “smart phone” has possessed its users.

The “smart phone” is a combination of every media related device. One is now able to carry, in the recesses of his pocket, a device which serves as a phone, internet browser, camera, multimedia player, radio, television and fully functional computer. Unfortunately, the day all these diverse devices were rolled into one super-device – the smart phone – was the day all the negative effects of these technologies were combined into one seemingly harmless device.

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Selfitis

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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 March 2016 16:34

Among the greatest qualities of a Believer is humility. Conversely, pride and arrogance are among the worst diseases that can afflict a person. A humble person is beloved to Allah Ta‘ala and is also loved by people, while a proud person or one who loves to “show off” falls from the grace of Allah Ta‘ala and is disliked by people as well, though they may appear to respect him.

Pride and vanity are not detected by means of an X-ray or CT scan. Instead they are manifested in one’s utterances, reactions to situations, choices, manner and general conduct. One of the recently discovered symptoms is “selfitis”.

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