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The purpose of this column is to motivate and encourage everyone to make an attempt to bring alive the very simple actions that will be presented every two weeks. Insha-Allah by making these very easy actions part of our daily lives, we will benefit from the blessings of practising on these a’amaal and they will also become a stepping stone towards doing greater actions.
As a means of encouragement to others, and also to spur us ahead, a vote counter has been attached. The idea is that for two weeks every person reading this column should make an effort to practice on the ‘amal (action) presented. At the end of the two weeks, those who have practiced upon it for at least one week or more should vote “YES.” This will Insha-Allah encourage others also to do the same.

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A Clean Heart

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 15:28

Imagine having a white bed sheet that is soiled with oil, blotted with ink and stained with paint ... will we ever think of sleeping on such a sheet? The answer is a definite “NO!” Then, how is it ever possible to sleep with a heart smudged with hatred, burning in anger, drowned in jealousy? It is as simple as forgiving, overlooking and cleaning our hearts of all evil at all times. We cannot afford to leave this world with a heart that is filled with dirt. Having a clean heart invites peace, happiness and contentment in our lives. It is only a clean heart that will allow the mercy, love and bond with Allah Ta‘ala to be established and strengthened. Death may come to us at any time. Let us strive to leave this world and meet our Allah Ta‘ala with a heart that is clean and pure.

   

My Jewellery and Zakaat

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 15:22

Many of us have gold and silver jewellery upon which zakaat is payable, but unfortunately we are not discharging our zakaat. Some have the incorrect notion that they are not earning themselves and do not have cash, hence they are not liable for zakaat on jewellery. This is incorrect. In such a case either the husband may pay the zakaat of the wife with her prior permission or she may sell a piece of her jewellery and pay her zakaat.

The same ruling applies to qurbaani (the sacrificing of an animal at ‘Eidul Adhaa). Although the wife does not have cash at hand, she does have jewellery to the value of nisaab. Here too the husband may perform the qurbaani on his wife’s behalf with her prior permission or she may sell some of her jewellery and offer her qurbaani. Let not our jewellery become a barrier and an obstacle in us reaching the pleasure of our Allah Ta‘ala. Discharging our zakaat and qurbaani will be clear signs of our bond with Allah Ta‘ala.

   

Have a Good Thought

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Last Updated on Monday, 05 May 2014 15:08

We all understand that backbiting is forbidden. Likewise we must remember well that to even have an ill-thought of someone is also forbidden. We may be sitting all alone in the protection of our homes, but if our mind has to deliberately think that such and such a friend is a very sulky person, then that thought is forbidden. It is a sin to deliberately even think evil of someone.

What we fail to realize is that ill-thoughts give rise to ill-feelings and hatred; which in turn disunites our hearts. With the disunity of hearts there will always be fears, doubts, suspicion, fights and arguments. On the other hand, if we start thinking good of others, it will generate love and unity. Our hearts will be at ease enjoying great peace and harmony. Our thoughts become our words and actions which in turn develop into habits, which ultimately becomes our character and life. Let us strive to think good of others and in-turn enjoy a happy life.

   

TV is Worse than TB

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Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 15:43

TB may seem to be a deadly disease, yet the TV is much more deadly. TB may bring an end to our earthly life alone, whereas the TV definitely destroys our life of the Hereafter as well. We have understood the danger of TB, thus we take the necessary steps to protect ourselves. However, we have turned a blind eye to the harms of the TV and thus we have embraced it into our lives. The TV is a combination of the sins of photography, music, immorality and a host of other evils. We cannot allow the TV to take over our family time and free time. Let us encourage our family and friends and strive to free ourselves from the shackles of the TV, thus securing for ourselves the mercy and love of Allah Ta‘ala.

   

Beard in the Family

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 06:58

Every woman has a strength and influence. She has been blessed with the best opportunity to mould the life of her father, brother, husband and son. Let us take up the challenge and bring alive the beautiful full grown beard of our beloved Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) on the faces of the men in our family. Our true sincere love for them will drive us to save them from the sin of shaving and trimming the beard to less than a fist length. If we think about it, the beard is the only visible good deed our menfolk will take with them into the grave. At least on the Day of Judgment, they can say to Allah Ta‘ala: “O Allah! We have managed to bring to you the resemblance of the face of your beloved Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). O Allah, accept us and forgive us because of this.” Imagine what love and respect we will earn in the court of Allah Ta‘ala and in the eyes of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) for bringing alive the beautiful sunnah beard in our family.

   

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