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Four Roads to the Heart


Last Updated on Monday, 21 January 2013 07:43

We have four roads that lead to the heart, the eyes, ears, tongue and mind. The heart takes effect from what we see, hear, speak and think. If we see good, hear good, speak good and think good, then the heart becomes good and allows good actions to flow from the limbs of our body. 

If four streams of water flow into a pond, but three streams carry pure water while one stream deposits polluted water into it, then the entire pond will become polluted. For the pond to be pure, all four streams must carry pure water. Thus for our hearts to remain good, our eyes, ears, tongue and mind need to be safeguarded from all types of sin and evil. The month of Ramadaan is the ideal month to train our eyes not to look at the forbidden television screen, our ears not to listen to the forbidden music, our tongues not to engage in backbiting, and our minds not to have ill thoughts of people or fantasize about haraam. Let us strive to have a pure heart, a heart connected to Allah Ta’ala.


Start from a Tender Age


Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 09:20

Encourage our children from a tender age to start keeping their fasts, even if it means half a fast or as much as they can manage. If we do not train them from a young age, it becomes very difficult for them to suddenly start keeping all thirty fasts when they become of age. Thus we are faced with the problem where many youngsters who are of age, break their fasts during the day without their parents even knowing. As an encouragement reward our little children for the fasts that they keep. Also encourage them to complete at least one recitation of the entire Quraan Majeed in the month of Ramadaan. Very few today make time for the recitation of the Quraan Majeed. The month of Ramadaan is that special month in which we can once again bring alive the Quraan into our lives. 


Five Gifts of Ramadaan


Last Updated on Friday, 08 February 2013 08:01

Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “My Ummah has been granted five things during Ramadaan which were not given to any nation before them. The smell of the mouth of a fasting person is more pleasant to Allah Ta’ala than the fragrance of musk, the angels seek forgiveness for him until he breaks his fast, Allah Ta’ala beautifies his Jannah everyday and then says to it that the time is near when my pious servants will throw over the difficulties (of the world) and will come to you, the rebellious shayateen are locked up so as not to cause those evils which they normally do out of Ramadaan, and those who fasted are forgiven on the last night of Ramadaan.” (Musnad Ahmad)


Money Machine


Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 09:19

Imagine if you are given a special money making machine. It is manually operated. All you have to do is slide in a blank sheet of paper, turn the handle and a two hundred rand note emerges on the other side. This machine is given to you for only thirty days. Nobody will be so foolish to store away the machine and turn it only on the twenty seventh night or the odd nights of the last ten days. Rather, the moment one receives the machine, one will start turning the handle and the handle will only stop turning on the thirtieth day. All the family members of one’s home will be given time, so that day and night the machine will be turning out notes. More valuable than all of this is the special month of Ramadaan where every moment turns out eternal investments for us in the hereafter. The height of ingratitude is that we neglect the blessed month or we restrict our worship to certain nights only. 


Switch - OFF Special


Last Updated on Saturday, 26 January 2013 09:06

In many homes the radio is playing almost 24 hours a day. We are listening to Quraan, nazams, talks, speech contests, and quiz competitions. The tragedy is that these programs have now taken the place of our own personal recitation of the quraan, zikr and dua. Ramadaan is a month of the Quraan. Shaikhul Hadeeth Moulana Muhammed Zakariyya Khandhelwi (rahimahullah) writes regarding the women of his household and the importance they gave to reciting the Quraan. He states that together with their house work, they managed to easily complete fifteen to twenty juz (paras) daily. Let us all try this Ramadaan to switch off all stations and increase our recitation of the Quraan, the zikr of the first kalimah and istighfaar. Some time daily should also be dedicated for dua.


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