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What is "Strive to Bring Aive"

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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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.

   

The Missing Puzzle Piece

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 08:42

It is so easy to give charity and to spend on others from the husband’s wealth. The real feeling of joy and inner-satisfaction will come when the wife will also spend from her own wealth. Give it a try, sacrifice the desire to buy that new designer garment or that pretty ornament, and use that same money to buy some groceries for a widow or clothing an orphan. This gesture will make one experience something that one’s heart has always been craving for. Bringing a smile to a dejected soul or showing kindness to one who has no shoulder to cry on is that missing piece of the puzzle - the piece of compassion in our lives. Did we ever see someone cry out of joy? Try giving a deserving old beggar, who has been receiving five cents and ten cents the entire day, a one hundred rand note!

   

A Phone Call Away

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 10:15

Nowadays many people generally only meet family members on the occasion of a death or a wedding in the family. While it may not be possible to travel and meet family members who live long distances away from us, we can occasionally give them a phone call just to greet them and find out as to how they are keeping. We will be surprised as to what du‘aas and supplications a simple phone call can earn for ourselves. Perhaps an old aunt is bedridden and feeling very low on that day, just at that time you called, and her spirits are boosted once again. Your voice brings a smile to her face and her heart instantaneously flows with du‘aas for you. We tend to forget that our progress and achievements are very often due to the du‘aas of those around us. At times we focus on the big things in life, forgetting that even the little things really do count. 

   

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