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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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Saahibe Tarteeb

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Last Updated on Saturday, 26 January 2013 09:05

Let us all strive to become a Saahibe Tarteeb. A Saahibe Tarteeb is that special servant of Allah Ta’ala who from the day of buloogh (maturity) to the present day, has no Qadhaa (missed) Salaah. Those who may have missed some Salaah simply need to sit down, apply their minds and to the best of one’s ability calculate the number of Salaah that were missed since becoming baaligh. Thereafter on a daily basis one should make up the missed Salaah. Once one has completed the missed Salaah, one will Insha Allah qualify to be a “Saahibe Tarteeb”.

Becoming a Saahibe Tarteeb and remaining one, should be a goal in our life. Let us encourage our family and friends, especially our little ones, to become a Saahibe Tarteeb. Let us speak about it and allow it to become a reality in our lives.

   

Switch - OFF Special

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Last Updated on Saturday, 26 January 2013 09:06

In many homes the radio is playing almost 24 hours a day. We are listening to Quraan, nazams, talks, speech contests, and quiz competitions. The tragedy is that these programs have now taken the place of our own personal recitation of the quraan, zikr and dua. Ramadaan is a month of the Quraan. Shaikhul Hadeeth Moulana Muhammed Zakariyya Khandhelwi (rahimahullah) writes regarding the women of his household and the importance they gave to reciting the Quraan. He states that together with their house work, they managed to easily complete fifteen to twenty juz (paras) daily. Let us all try this Ramadaan to switch off all stations and increase our recitation of the Quraan, the zikr of the first kalimah and istighfaar. Some time daily should also be dedicated for dua.

   

Tasbeeh and Miswaak

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Last Updated on Saturday, 26 January 2013 09:06

Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “The Salaah performed after using the Miswaak is seventy times more rewarding than the Salaah performed without using the Miswaak.” (Musnad Ahmad #26340). As many as seventy benefits have been mentioned for using the Miswaak. One of them is that a person would remember to recite the Kalimah at the time of death. 

Likewise the Tasbeeh helps one to keep count when making the Zikr of Allah Ta’ala. It also serves as a reminder to engage in the remembrance of our Allah Ta’ala all the time. The one who always takes the name of Allah Ta’ala throughout his life will Insha-Allah take the name of Allah Ta’ala at the time of death as well. 

Thus we should always use a Miswaak and a Tasbeeh. Also encourage our children to keep a Miswaak and a Tasbeeh with them. Tell them light heartedly that the Miswaak is their gun and the beads on the Tasbeeh are the bullets. These are our weapons of protection. The child should realise that the commands of Allah Ta’ala and the Sunnat of Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) are the guaranteed means of protection.

   

Speak sweetly to three people

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 June 2012 12:16

One’s character is put to the greatest test when one interacts with three categories of people: 

1. One’s spouse.

2. Children: Either one’s own children or children in one’s care, such as one’s pupils etc.

3. Employees: Domestic servants etc.

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When last did i thank my........

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 May 2012 14:37

In many cases married life has boiled down to moaning, groaning demanding and complaining. Let every wife ask this question to herself: “When last did I sincerely say a heartfelt “Jazakallah” to my husband? If one cannot recall when last one did this, the question is: “Why can’t you remember? Should this not have been a regular aspect?”

Unfortunately we have forgotten the lesson of gratitude to a very great extent. If he says or does just one thing against our temperament or desire, often our immediate response is: “You have never done anything for me”. Yet the husband may have done so much for us.

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