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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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Nosey Parker

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Last Updated on Thursday, 29 October 2020 09:06

The term ‘nosey parker’ refers to a person who is overly inquisitive and pries into other people’s affairs. While there is no consensus regarding how the term was coined or who the original and proverbial Mr. Parker may have been, what we DO know is that every society has its share of ‘nosey parkers’.

A nosey parker is the person who wants to know how much rent you pay, how much the car costs, what you bought on holiday, who paid for your tickets, what you keep in your freezer, whether you get along with your mother-in-law, how much your husband earns, what you have in your shopping bags and a host of other questions that DO NOT RELATE TO OR CONCERN THIS PERSON IN ANY WAY.

In the case of a divorce, the nosey parker is the one who embarks on an investigation to unearth every nitty-gritty detail though it has absolutely nothing to do with him. In other words, the only purpose for enquiring is to quench his thirst to know intimate details of other people’s lives – something which people resent and dislike. At times, a nosey parker may try to justify his behaviour by stating that his intention is to help and assist. However, the fact of the matter is that nobody asked for his assistance, so what gives him the right to dig into other people’s affairs???

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The Dignity of Domestic Staff

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Last Updated on Sunday, 20 September 2020 08:58

From gardeners to domestic workers and drivers – many homes employ one or even multiple staff to fulfil the household needs. These staff may be South African or from another country, they may be old or young, they may be educated or uneducated, and they may be skilled or unskilled. Regardless of these variances, there is one important point that we must bear in mind regarding our staff – they are Allah’s living creation and should thus be treated in a kind and just manner.

Unfortunately, since the working class are disempowered, it is often witnessed that people take undue advantage of them. At times, they are made to work overtime without compensation, or their pay is cut even though they may not be liable for the damage in sharee‘ah or it was not conclusively proven that they had stolen the missing item. Likewise, there are many other ways in which their rights are trampled and they are ill-treated, and it is only their desperation for the income that prevents them from speaking out and challenging their employer.

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Together or Apart?

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Last Updated on Saturday, 27 June 2020 14:53

With the fast-paced lifestyle of our era, people are almost always in a hurry. Whether it is rushing for school, rushing to work, rushing to buy groceries or rushing for salaah, most people are perpetually on the move.

The effect of this fast-paced lifestyle can be seen in the home as well, where despite the members of the household living under the same roof, it is commonly witnessed that many of them actually spend very little time together. In fact, it is not unheard of for some household members to only meet each other once in the entire day!

Naturally, this is unhealthy for the family unit, as family time is essential for the family to be able to bond with one another. In the absence of family time, the household members may have just a few meters separating them, but their hearts will be kilometers apart. Hence, it is not surprising to hear of incidents where brothers fight with one another and even take each other to court, or children abandon their parents and dump them in old-age homes. The reason is clear – their hearts never bonded and developed love for one another.

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Stockpiling!

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2020 07:57

Currently, with the national lockdown due to the Coronavirus, many people understandably went into a state of panic. This panic and anxiety precipitated a phenomenon known as ‘stockpiling’, where people rushed to supermarkets and grocery stores to stock up on all essential items.

Long life milk… Toilet paper… Bread… Canned food… Pasta… Frozen vegetables and meat… Medications… All these items – and more – suddenly came into high demand as people became housebound and realized that for the next 21 days, they would be restricted in exiting their homes.

The reality, however, is that the grocery stores are still open, and the shelves are still being restocked. Yet, despite this reassurance and the continued supply of essentials, our fear of the lockdown is so intense that we still hasten to stockpile, adopting the most extreme precautions to guarantee our survival in a time of uncertainty.

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