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The Real Solution

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Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2013 11:28

“I have a problem!” This is arguably among the most common complaint in any day. From stress and anxiety to chronic illnesses, from cash-flow problems to abject poverty, from petty domestic disputes to family feuds and worst of all minor sins to blatantly trampling the laws of Allah Ta‘ala – almost everyone has some problem. Is there any solution – a solution that can make one feel content even in poverty and grateful even in sickness. Is there a solution to the raging infernos in many homes and to the blazing fires in many hearts? … Yes. The solution is called Taqwa.

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Baking in the Oven

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Last Updated on Monday, 05 August 2013 13:57

A child is born with a limb missing. What are the chances of that child ever getting that limb outside the womb of the mother? In fact all the doctors of the world may get together but they will fail to give the child that missing limb, since the place of formation was the womb of the mother. Consider another example. The bread came out of the oven unbaked. Is there any hope of the bread getting baked outside the oven? 

The blessed month of Ramadhaan is a month of reformation and a month of changing our lives for the better. We cannot allow the month of Ramadhaan to pass by without a transformation occurring in our lives. Ramadhaan is that fertile month in which deeds are sown and we continue to reap its fruit in the remaining months. We have just a few days left, let’s make the best of them.

   

Forgiveness is Arranged

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Last Updated on Monday, 29 July 2013 08:07

The theme of Ramadhaan is forgiveness. Our Most Compassionate and Loving Allah makes many arrangements for us to be forgiven. 

1. The rebellious shayateen are locked. Thus we are protected from many evils that we get caught up in during other months of the year. 

2. Our du‘aas are accepted.

3. The fish seek forgiveness for us until we break our fast. 

4. The middle ten days are called: “The ten days of forgiveness”.  

5. We are blessed with the night of Qadr which is better than a thousand months. 

6. If we failed to search for the night of Qadr then we have the night of ‘Eid, which is the night of recompense, and a special night of worship and du‘aa.  

If we still fail to secure our forgiveness after so many arrangements then we have only ourselves to blame. 

   

Interior Decor (Part Two)

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 05:50

Allah Ta‘ala is Watching

After removing the filth, rust, and dust, the internal decor must commence. The purpose of fasting is to decorate the heart with taqwa – the fear of Allah Ta‘ala and the constant awareness that “ALLAH TA‘ALA IS WATCHING”. While fasting one refrains from all eating and drinking even if one is very hungry and thirsty. Why? Simply because it is the command of Allah Ta‘ala ... and ALLAH TA‘ALA IS WATCHING ... and ALLAH TA‘ALA KNOWS. Likewise, no more shameless dressing, harbouring ill-feelings, illicit chatting, gambling, zina, looking at haraam, etc., because ... ALLAH TA‘ALA IS WATCHING ... ALLAH TA‘ALA KNOWS. Taqwa also requires the fulfilment of all the obligations of deen, salaah, zakaat, fasting, haj, etc. The heart with taqwa indeed is a billion times more sparkling and impressive in the sight of Allah Ta‘ala than the most expensive decor that money can buy!!!

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Interior Decor (Part One)

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 06:30

Interior decor is an art. People spend much time, effort and money on their homes offices and businesses in order to get that special finish and make it look as impressive and appealing as possible. Great pains are taken to ensure that the furniture “blends in” with the surroundings. The carpets are made to match the curtains. Just any ordinary bulb sticking out of the ceiling is unthinkable. A variety of light fittings are positioned in the proper places so that the light may reflect in the best way. The right “tone” must be captured in the colour co-ordination.  Several other trimmings and trappings are added for the final touch. 

Allah Ta‘ala has also given us a month for interior decoration – a month to decorate our hearts. The month of Ramadhaan is a time to truly make our hearts sparkle and shine and to look truly impressive in the sight of Allah Ta‘ala. The first part of interior decoration is to remove the cobwebs, scrape the rust and do a general thorough cleanup. The cleanup of our hearts requires sincere taubah. We will have to scrape off the rust of sin, remove the filth of jealously, sweep out the dirt of malice, scrub away the pride and generally wash away all the evil within us with the flowing tears of earnest and sincere repentance.

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