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Make, Not Break…

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Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2013 11:21

“And FEAR ALLAH in whose name you claim your rights from one another, and beware of (severing) family ties, verily Allah is watchful over you.” (Nisaa, v1) 

Taqwa is not restricted to our acts of worship or to the month of Ramadhaan. Instead it also extends to social life. A person of taqwa is therefore always concerned about maintaining family ties. He does his utmost to secure the du‘aa from the ‘Arsh (the throne of Allah Ta‘ala) in his favour. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: “Kinship (family relationships) is suspended to the ‘Arsh of Allah Ta‘ala. It keeps praying: “May Allah Ta‘ala maintain the one who maintains me and may he cut off the one who severs me.” Hence the taqwa “package” is greatly deficient if family ties are not maintained. The reality of maintaining family ties has been summed up in a concise hadeeth: “Join ties with the one who cuts off ties with you, forgive the one who has oppressed you and show kindness to the one who has ill-treated you.”

 

Ready for Tomorrow?

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Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2013 11:21

“O you who believe, FEAR ALLAH, and let every soul see what he has sent ahead for tomorrow. And keep fearing Allah. Verily Allah is aware of what you do.” (Hashr, v18)

Every word and deed of the one who has taqwa will be guided by “tomorrow” – the Hereafter. Tomorrow, on the Day of Judgement, the first question one will be asked about is salaah. Taqwa will therefore wake one up for Fajr Salaah, it will tug one out of the kitchen onto the musalla for Zuhr, and it will ensure that one’s Maghrib and Esha is also performed on time. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: “Salaah is a pillar of deen. The one who upholds it has established deen. The one who destroys it has destroyed Deen.” Together with regular performance of all salaah, upholding salaah also includes performing it correctly with complete humility and devotion. Thus the most fundamental element of the solution to one’s problems is salaah. To the extent salaah will be neglected – problems are bound to follow.

 
 

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!!!

Read more: Interior Decor (Part Two)

 

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