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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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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. 

   

At least Two Quraans a Year

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Last Updated on Thursday, 14 February 2013 14:51

When last were we blessed with the complete recitation of the Quraan Majeed? Among the rights of the Quraan Majeed is to complete at least two khatams a year. We want everyone to fulfill our rights, let us start by fulfilling the right of the Quraan Majeed. Let not a day of purity pass by without us having recited a portion of the Quraan Majeed. If on any day we are extremely tired or busy, then the least we can do is to open the Quraan Majeed and recite a few lines. A day passed without reciting the Quraan Majeed is like a gold chain with a link missing. That chain is incomplete and cannot be used. 

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A Real Investment

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Last Updated on Saturday, 26 January 2013 08:53

Encourage one’s children, grandchildren and other youngsters in the family to become a Hafiz of the Quraan Majeed. Imagine if through our encouragement someone becomes a Hafiz! We will continue to have a share in that person’s recitation of the Quraan. Furthermore, once they have completed Hifz, encourage them to become Ulama, and we will secure our share in the lessons they teach, the talks they deliver and the services they offer. Unfortunately almost everyone is chasing after the degrees of the world while very few are acquiring the knowledge of Deen. Perhaps less than one percent dedicate themselves to Deen. Therefore the virtue and the value of the knowledge of Deen must be impressed on the young impressionable minds. While acquiring some degree within the limits of Shariah is permissible, this is not something to be highly impressed with and to be thrilled over. The real investment is to make one’s child a Hafiz and Aalim. This will help us in this world, the grave and the Hereafter. 

   

Put an End to Photography

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Last Updated on Saturday, 26 January 2013 08:54

Alhamdulillah most people are well aware that all forms of photography are forbidden. Many who previously indulged in this sin have stopped taking photographs which indeed is a blessing from Allah Ta’ala. However we are still keeping and holding on to our past photographs. Those albums with our old photographs are still kept safely in our drawers. Let us complete our repentance from the sin of photography, by destroying all our past photographs. If they are stored anywhere, erase them without delay. Unfortunately with the new technology, filming and taking pictures has become a widespread calamity. Let us protect ourselves and our families from all forms of photography. Let us destroy all evidence of our past sin of photography. Likewise we should ensure that the clothes, toys and surroundings of our children are free of all animate pictures, as these keep the angels away.

   

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