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Addict?

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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 March 2016 16:35

“Cornell Information Science published research earlier this month that looked at (among other things) the difficulty some people have in quitting Facebook and other social networks. They even have a label for the failure to quit: “social media reversion.”

The study used data from a site called 99DaysofFreedom.com, which encourages people to stop using Facebook for 99 days.

The site and study are interesting because they revealed the difficulty people have in quitting Facebook because of addiction. Participants intended to quit, wanted to quit and believed they could quit (for 99 days), but many couldn't make more than a few days.

The addictive aspect of social networking is associated with FOMO - fear of missing out. Everyone is on Facebook. They're posting things, sharing news and content and talking to each other 24/7.

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Say what Needs to be Said

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Last Updated on Thursday, 03 March 2016 15:07

Often children approach their parents to complain about their married life! “I am being treated terribly and spoken to harshly! I cannot take it anymore! I wish I could just end this marriage!” are some of the endless complaints we probably hear. When faced with these complaints, how do we respond and react?

In a situation where they are jumping at the first convenient opportunity to bail out of the marriage and have not already tried their best to make it work, the correct response is, “My son! Go and make your marriage work! There is no way I am going to let you allow this marriage to fail!” or “My daughter! You need to make your home as there is no way that you will be coming back here!”

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Silence is Better

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Last Updated on Thursday, 11 February 2016 14:42

Imaam Abu Yusuf (rahimahullah) once asked a student of his, “Why do you not ask questions whereas everybody else asks questions?” The student replied, “I will, as of now, ask questions insha-Allah.” Thereafter, Imaam Abu Yusuf (rahimahullah) was one day mentioning the ruling that one should break his fast immediately after sunset. On hearing this ruling, the same student asked, “What if the sun does not set?” Imaam Abu Yusuf (rahimahullah) replied, “You should continue to remain silent. There is no need for you to speak.”

The example is also given of a daughter in law who always remained silent. On noticing her perpetual silence, the mother in law became worried and tried to encourage her to speak by explaining to her that the other daughter in laws derive enjoyment from speaking and it makes them feel nice. One day, to the mother in law’s surprise, the daughter in law asked, “Tell me, if your son dies, will you get me married again or will I have to sit as a widow for the rest of my life?” The mother in law replied, “For you to remain silent is better.”

   

Stain Removal

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Last Updated on Thursday, 28 January 2016 14:28

The overalls of a mechanic can sometimes become so stained and blotted with grease and oil, that beneath the layers of filth the colour of the overall itself becomes lost and almost impossible to determine! Due to the overalls already being so filthy, it won’t bother the mechanic in the least if a few more drops of oil have to splash onto him.

On the contrary, a person immaculately dressed in pristine white clothing would probably be unable to tolerate even a single drop splashing onto and staining his clothing. If his clothing does become marred by a stain, he will immediately whip out the ‘Vanish’ and try to remove it.

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The Protective Peel

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Last Updated on Saturday, 09 January 2016 06:32

The peels of different fruit differ in thickness, colour, texture and even smell. They all, however, serve the same purpose – protecting the precious “treasure” contained within. Once a fruit is stripped of its peel and laid bare, its quality rapidly deteriorates until it is finally overcome by rot and mould and remains of no good or benefit to anyone.

In the very same way, modesty serves as a shield to protect our imaan. Stripping our priceless imaan of its shield of modesty leaves it exposed and vulnerable which leads to it eventually succumbing to the onslaught of evil and immorality. When the rot of evil and immorality set in, it is only a matter of time before a person’s imaan withers away and dies.

The need of the time is thus to safeguard our modesty to save our imaan. 

   

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