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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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Keep our Maktabs Alive

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Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014 15:29

The cry in the hearts of the concerned parents in Palestine is for the recommencement of the maktab system. The system of the Muslim schools has failed in preserving the spirit of Islam in the Palestinian children. Such emphasis has been placed on secular subjects that in the entire week a child is only given one to three hours in which all the Islamic subjects have to be covered. The natural consequence of this is that we have children who can barely recite the Quraan and they lack the basic teachings of Islam. We in South Africa have been blessed with an efficient maktab system run by the ‘Ulama. It is now up to us to appreciate what we have by sending our children to the maktab. Even if our children are attending a Muslim school, send them to the maktab madrasah as well. The maktab has its own beauty and benefit for the child. Let not its simplicity deceive us and deprive our children. After all when the child enters the higher grades we are all too eager to send them for extra tuition despite the lessons having being already taught in school. May Allah Ta‘ala guide us and bless us with the correct understanding.

   

Coolness of our Eyes

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 15:25

Every mother’s desire is to have such children who will be the coolness of her eyes tomorrow. The child’s contact with Allah Ta‘ala will determine the child’s level of obedience to his or her parents. An easy way to develop the child’s contact with Allah Ta‘ala is by establishing salaah in the child’s life. From the age of seven the child should be encouraged to be punctual on the five daily salaah. This punctuality will be established when the importance of salaah has entered the child’s heart. To impress on the child’s mind the importance of salaah, we can use the forty short ahaadeeth on the virtues of salaah which is found in the Fazaail e A’maal, a book dealing with the virtues of good deeds. Our child should be taught and explained one hadeeth at a time. Thereafter the child should relate to us the very same hadeeth in his or her own words. Ask the child to try and memorize the hadeeth and convey it to others as well. By this constant repetition of the blessed words of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), insha-Allah, the child will become convinced of the importance of salaah.

   

Service to Others

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 10:10

Nowadays we all are so caught up in our busy lives and in accomplishing our daily tasks that very little attention is paid to serving others. We need to change this and try to cultivate in ourselves and in our children the desire to serve others. It should become one’s ambition to invest one’s free time in serving others. We should regard serving our parents as a source of perpetual reward. Our children should not feel ashamed of doing household chores or helping in the grocery shopping. They should cheerfully carry out the instructions of their parents at all times. They should be trained to give preference to others over themselves. At all times the comfort and wellbeing of others should be considered. Youngsters should respect the senior members of the family and be willing to assist them. They should not feel embarrassed to clean the house and their surroundings with their own hands. Helping the poor, mercy towards the weak and removal of harmful objects from the pathway should become natural to them.

   

Feed the Fasting

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Last Updated on Friday, 19 July 2013 20:56

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “He who feeds a fasting person (at the time of iftaar), it becomes a means of forgiveness and freedom from the fire of janhanum for him. He will (also) receive the same reward as the fasting person without the reward of the fasting person decreasing.” The Sahaaba (radiyallahu anhum) asked: “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), not every one of us has the ability to feed a fasting person.” Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “(This reward does not depend on feeding a person to his full), Allah Ta‘ala gives this reward to the one who gives a fasting person a date, or a sip of water or a sip of milk.” (Saheeh Ibni Khuzaimah #1887)

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Very Few Give Up

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Last Updated on Thursday, 25 July 2013 09:42

When blessed occasions such as the month of Ramadhaan come upon us, then there is a natural urge created within us to change and to better ourselves. When this does take place, most of our minds tend to only think in the direction of increasing our nafl salaah, recitation of the Quraan Majeed or increasing our zikr and du‘aa. However, very few of us sincerely think of also giving up sin. 

It is not possible to fill a container with water if the container is full of holes. In the very same way we fail to take the full benefit of our good deeds since our life is full of sin. Let us utilize this Ramadhaan as a special occasion, where together with increasing our good deeds, we take up the courage to give up sin as well, such as the sin of appearing unveiled and speaking to strange men, the sin of music and photography, the sin of backbiting and breaking relationships, and the sin of extravagance and making the material comforts the goal of our life. It is high time we strive to give up all sins.

   

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