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Keeping the Spark Alive

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Last Updated on Thursday, 01 December 2016 06:31

When a couple just get married, they experience the feelings of romance and excitement that accompany the phenomenon of being newly-wed. Hence they constantly think about each other, continuously send messages to each other and keep giving each other gifts.

As time passes, however, and life settles into its routine, these initial feelings of excitement fade. While this is perfectly normal and nothing to feel depressed over, as a person cannot constantly live in ‘honeymoon’ mode, it does not necessarily mean that the spark in the marriage has to die out completely. Rather, by maintaining the spark in the marriage, the husband and wife will continue to find satisfaction in each other and the chances of them falling into haraam will be decreased. Hence, even when maintaining the spark, our intention should be that we are doing this out of appreciation for the gift of marriage which Allah Ta‘ala has given us and to ensure that we do not fall into haraam. By making the correct intention, even these seemingly mundane actions will become a means of reward.

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Rules of a Muslim Home (#13) – Entering the Home

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Last Updated on Saturday, 26 November 2016 14:33

When entering the home, one should first recite the sunnah du‘aa and thereafter make salaam to the household members in an audible manner. The sunnah du‘aa to be recited is:

 اَللّهُمَّ إِنِّيْ أَسْأَلُكَ خَيْرَ الْمَوْلِجْ وَخَيْرَ الْمَخْرَجْ بِسْمِ اللهِ وَلَجْنَا وَبِسْمِ اللهِ خَرَجْنَا وَعَلَى اللهِ رَبِّنَا تَوَكَّلْنَا

O Allah! I ask You for the blessings of entering the home and the blessings of exiting the home. In the name of Allah we enter and in the name of Allah we exit, and on Allah alone, our Sustainer, we rely. (Sunan Abi Dawood #5096)

Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said to him, “O my beloved son! When you enter (your home) into the presence of your family then make salaam, as it will be a means of barakah for you and your family.” (Sunan Tirmizi #2698)

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The Silent Recorder

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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 November 2016 14:28

A young child is like a recorder. Every laugh and cry and scream and sigh around them is recorded. However, on account of the recorder being silent, nobody realizes that they are being recorded.

These recordings are thereafter played, from time to time, through the years that follow. If not played through the ‘speaker’ of the child’s mouth, they play out through his actions – and actions speak louder than words.

Every child starts with a clean slate and thus has the potential to record anything – be it good or bad. The environment which the parents create for the child thereafter determines what the child will record and re-enact later on in life. If the environment was polluted with sin and evil, the child will be corrupted – often for the rest of his life. On a positive note, if the environment is one of Islam and Deen, the child will be a reflection of the pristine teachings of Islam for the rest of his life.

The child’s recording cannot simply be ‘deleted’ and ‘rewritten’. Hence we have to exercise the greatest level of caution in ensuring that it is only the values and qualities of deen and Islam that are recorded by the child. Doing this will ensure that the child will succeed in this world and the next.

   

Chicken Vindaloo

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 November 2016 16:32

Ingredients:

2 tsp ginger garlic

2 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp fresh crushed red chilli

¼ tsp dhana jeero

3 sliced onions

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Summer Guidelines

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 November 2016 15:53

In our discussion of seasonal effects upon the body, we had previously discussed the effects of spring and had also made mention that as spring progresses, it gets hotter. Continuing this discussion, the system of heat increasing in spring continues until the next season comes upon us, which is summer.

Summer brings along certain difficulties, as the heat makes us perspire more. The body tends to start drying, thereby making one’s temperament more inclined to ‘hot and dry’. This, in turn, mobilises the yellow bile humour and consequently many diseases associated to it are noticed, such as diarrhoea, extreme thirst, restlessness, fevers boils, eye infections and eczema, etc.

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