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Assisted from the Unseen

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Last Updated on Monday, 07 December 2020 08:59

On one occasion, Sayyiduna Zaid bin Haarithah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) hired the services of a person to take him to Taa-if on his mule.

After traveling for some time, the owner of the mule led him to a deserted area where he forced Sayyiduna Zaid (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to dismount. On dismounting, Sayyiduna Zaid (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) observed that the entire area was strewn with the bodies of people who were murdered. At that moment, the owner of the mule expressed his intention to kill Sayyiduna Zaid (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

Sayyiduna Zaid (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said to him, “Allow me to perform two rakaats of salaah.” The man retorted, “Perform salaah (if you wish), for all these people before you performed salaah as well, yet it did not (apparently) benefit them in any way.”

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Burning the Midnight Oil

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Last Updated on Monday, 30 November 2020 15:53

Raabi‘ah ‘Adawiyyah (rahimahallah), also known as Raabi‘ah Basriyyah (as she hailed from the city of Basrah), was a renowned saint of her time. She lived for approximately eighty years, passing away in the year 180 or 185 A.H. and is buried in the city of Quds (Jerusalem).  (Siyaru Aa’laamin Nubalaa vol. 8, pg. 243 and Al-Bidaayah wan Nihaayah vol. 10, pg. 256)

On account of her extremely high level of zuhd (ascetism and disinterest in material possessions), she chose to lead a life of simplicity and austerity, emulating the sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Hence, she possessed very little of the world and attached her heart to the wealth of the Hereafter.

On one occasion, a person presented her with a gift of forty dinaars (gold coins) saying, “You may use this money to fulfil your needs.” She began to weep, and then raised her head to the heavens and said, “He (Allah Ta‘ala) knows that out of hayaa for Him, I do not ask Him (Allah Ta‘ala) for anything of the dunya (material possessions), although He is the owner of the entire dunya (world). So how can I contemplate accepting the dunya from one who is not the owner of the dunya?” (Sifatus Safwah vol. 2, pg. 244)

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Are You an Addict?

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Last Updated on Saturday, 28 November 2020 13:24

Have you ever taken note of a drug addict’s behaviour and the signs of his addiction? Bloodshot eyes... Poor sleep pattern and appetite... Irritability and fidgetiness... Depression and weight loss... Being ‘completely zoned out’... Items or cash ‘disappearing’ (stolen) in their vicinity... These are just some of the typical signs.

Now, think of a gamer hooked onto their PC, Xbox or PlayStation. Do they not appear to be ‘zoned out’ and oblivious of their surroundings, spending hours and hours immersed in their fantasy world, leading them to become sleep deprived? Do their eyes not become bloodshot (from staring at the screen for extended periods)? Do they not become irritable and susceptible to mood swings? In many cases, does money not ‘disappear’ (where children ‘borrow’ their parents’ credit cards for in-game purchases)?

It’s quite uncanny really, just how similar the signs are, and just as a drug addiction can consume and kill a person, a gaming addiction can do the same – as seen in the incident below:

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Love @ 1st Sight

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Last Updated on Saturday, 28 November 2020 09:31

Have you ever heard of ‘love at first sight?’ Have you ever wondered whether there is actually such a thing?

Well, let me tell you my story, and then you can decide for yourself!

When I was in high school, I was like most other girls – primarily interested in fashion and friends, and perpetually glued to my phone. But, as many boys as I may have chatted to, I never really ‘fell in love’ or dated any of them. I may have had the freedom of a phone, but I never had the freedom of going out of the house unsupervised, so obviously… a boyfriend was out of the question.

All that changed when I went to university. I was now away from family in another city, living in a flat with a friend and enjoying a newfound freedom that quite frankly felt refreshing. Being the ‘dutiful’ daughter that I was, I phoned home and checked in with my parents most nights, but I never told them where I was going, who I was hanging out with or what I was up to.

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What is the Worst Crime???

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Last Updated on Thursday, 26 November 2020 08:40

If people were asked what they felt is the worst crime, then many would answer murder, while others would answer rape, genocide or other similar violent crimes. However, to arrive at the correct answer, we must understand that the severity of a crime is directly related to the sanctity of the victim.

For example, if a person destroys an ordinary stone on the side of the road, then since this stone is lifeless and enjoys no sanctity, his action will not be deemed a crime, although it was needlessly destructive. However, if one has to torture and kill an animal, then since an animal is a living creature and enjoys some degree of sanctity in society, he could be charged for the crime, though the charge would not be excessively harsh. Finally, if one has to murder a human, then since a human enjoys very great sanctity in society and his life is protected, the crime will draw a harsh punishment – often a life sentence in prison.

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