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Societal Acceptance

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Last Updated on Saturday, 17 October 2020 08:31

Imagine a person respected in society who is caught stealing from old, vulnerable widows, leaving them penniless and destitute. He is apprehended red-handed, and before long, the news of his heartless crime is broadcasted to the public. Obviously, this person’s dignity and reputation will be in complete shreds – if not utterly obliterated – and he will have no place to safely show his face. In fact, even his family will hang their heads out of shame and embarrassment due to being associated with him. The reason? – Society deems this deed to be extremely evil and thus severely condemns those who perpetrate it.

As Muslims, it is the Deen of Allah Ta‘ala that is our gauge to determine what is reprehensible and what is acceptable. Thus, a true Muslim will be disgusted by the acts that Deen considers disgusting, and will find no objection with an action that Deen deems acceptable. Accordingly, in the example above, a Muslim will also be disgusted, as sharee‘ah totally condemns the crime of theft. However, what if society deems an action acceptable, but Islam considers it reprehensible?

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The Concealed Connection

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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 September 2020 07:58

There was once a man who was suffering from several infections. First, he had an eye infection, then he had an ear infection, and then a skin infection, and finally, he even had a nail infection! Initially, he attempted to treat the infection by applying medication directly to the site of infection, as he reasoned that localised treatment would be most beneficial. However, this proved tedious and ineffective, for as soon as the infection would subside in one area, it would rapidly flare up in another.

Eventually, the man went to a doctor and complained of his condition. To his surprise, the doctor ignored all the sites of infection, and instead administered a potent injection into his behind! Then, to his even-greater surprise, he found that the infection disappeared within mere days! Unable to understand the hidden connection between his behind and all the sites of infection, he enquired from the doctor, who explained to him that though it was administered into the behind, the powerful medication was able to permeate throughout the body via the bloodstream, thus eradicating the infection from the root and healing the entire body all at once. This was the ‘concealed connection’.

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The Journey of Science

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Last Updated on Saturday, 05 September 2020 09:35

Throughout history, mankind has always continued to progress in the field of science and technology. From the invention of the wheel to the discovery of gunpowder, the advancements were slow but steady. The last one or two centuries have been different though, as in this period, technology suddenly progressed in leaps and bounds, at a pace more rapid than ever before. In a relatively short period, travelling by horseback became nearly obsolete as thousands of passenger aircrafts took to the skies and millions of motorcars sped across highways.

Science and technology not only transformed travel as mankind knew it – our entire lifestyles underwent a metamorphosis as electricity was discovered and power grids were established, leading to appliances such as microwaves, fridges, air conditioners and countless other inventions entering the scene.

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Sanitize the Soul

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2020 15:23

The concept of cleanliness and purity is one that is central and fundamental to Islam and Muslims. In one hadeeth, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Cleanliness is half of imaan.” (Saheeh Muslim #534) Likewise, there are numerous ahaadeeth to be found that enumerate various important aspects of cleanliness and hygiene. Hence, Islam is second to none with regard to purity, and there are no people in the world who cleanse their bodies as frequently or as thoroughly as Muslims.

At present, in light of the Coronavirus epidemic, much emphasis is laid on sanitisation. Whether one is entering a grocery store, pharmacy or even a bank, one is required to first sanitize. In the same manner, many people sanitize their shoes, clothing, stationery, cell phones, shopping bags and even vehicles! However, in the case of sanitisation, the focus is merely on cleansing the surface.

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Enlivening our ‘Eid

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2020 10:21

Imagine a beach with no waves… Imagine a desert with no sand… Imagine a rose with no petals… Imagine a perfume with no fragrance…  Imagine a fire with no heat…

If all these are unimaginable, it is because the missing ingredient, in each case, is the MAIN ingredient. Without this vital ingredient, none of these things would be significant or appreciated. In fact, without the main ingredient, they are like a wedding without the bride and groom – empty and soulless!

Similar is the case with qurbaani. On the day of ‘Eidul Adhaa and the two days that follow, it is the action of qurbaani that is the main ingredient. It is for this reason that the action of qurbaani, during this period, is the most beloved action to Allah Ta‘ala. Hence, a day of ‘eid without qurbaani is like a perfume without any fragrance – empty and lacking spirit.

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