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Safeguard your Flock!

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Last Updated on Thursday, 21 January 2021 08:53

Imagine a shepherd, entrusted to protect a herd of valuable, pedigree racehorses. Yet, every day, the shepherd allows the horses to roam the countryside unsupervised and unwatched, claiming that “horses need their freedom”. When a horse is bitten by a rattlesnake and becomes lame in one leg, he casually says, “Oh well! These things happen! Part of growing up!” When a second horse roams off and disappears, never to be seen, he casually brushes it off as “something that horses do from time-to-time”. When a third horse eats a poisonous plant and dies, he says, “There are always these dangers and risks, you know.”

At no point does this shepherd realize or acknowledge and accept that as a shepherd, he is responsible for the safety of the flock and should do everything within his ability to protect them. To allow the flock to roam off into the wilderness, unsupervised and unprotected, is irresponsible and negligent. Thus, he will be held accountable and liable for the damage and harm that befalls the herd.

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A Vacation without My Beloved

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 December 2020 15:48

“BEEP BEEP! BEEP BEEP!” For many people, there are few things in life as dreaded as the sound of an alarm clock, yet that is the sound to which billions of people commence their morning every day, as awakening on time is a priority.

However, come the holidays, and the sound of the morning alarm is replaced with the sound of blissful snores. After months of toil, the family can finally enjoy the chance to sleep in for a while. Instead of rushing, breakfast can be enjoyed in leisure, and for a change, people can even enjoy an afternoon nap.

But, in many homes, those are not the only changes...

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Securing Our Children from the Unseen Threats

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 December 2020 15:36

Every parent has deep love for their child, causing them to constantly feel concerned over the safety, well-being and progress of the child. Such is the concern of the parents that if they hear of any threat in the neighbourhood, such as kidnappings, they will immediately caution their children and keep them housebound, out of the fear that they should not become victims. Furthermore, when leaving the home, the parents will not allow the child out of their sight, and may even go to the extent of holding their hand the entire time. However, this is as far as visible threats are concerned.

Just as there are visible people who are threats to our young children, there is also an unseen or invisible danger that threatens our children. This is the threat of shayaateen and jinn that cast their evil influence over young children, thus harming and affecting them.

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Granola Bars

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 December 2020 16:02

A healthy snack, perfect for lunch boxes

Ingredients:

1 cup chopped dried fruit (apricots, pears, apples, raisins)

3 Tbsp wholewheat flour

½ cup chopped nuts/seeds

1 ¼ cup rolled oats

1/3 cup wheat germ (or extra oats)

¼ tsp salt

½ tsp cinnamon/ginger powder

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The Satanic Investment

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Last Updated on Thursday, 19 November 2020 09:49

Sayyiduna Jaabir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said:

Iblees places his throne upon the water (i.e. on the ocean). Thereafter, he deputes the various units of his armies (throughout the world to misguide people). The Shaitaan who has the closest position to Iblees is the one who causes the most mischief. One Shaitaan comes to Iblees and says, “I did this and this (e.g. I prompted someone to steal, etc.).” However, Iblees replies, “You did not do anything (remarkable).” Thereafter, another shaitaan comes to Iblees and says, “I continued to make effort on a certain man until I managed to separate him from his wife (i.e. causing marital problems).” Hearing this, Iblees (becomes overjoyed,) brings him close to him, hugs him and says, “What an excellent thing you have done.” (Saheeh Muslim #7106)

From all the different wrongs that a person can become involved in, one of the wrongs that is most pleasing to Iblees is that of marital discord. The reason is that this wrong is not an isolated one – rather it unleashes in its wake a whole host of other wrongs.

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