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Lockdown!

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Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2020 10:55

With the lockdown commencing tonight at 23:59:59 (midnight), people around the country have made various preparations to see them through the next 21 days comfortably. Foremost in their list of preparations are the obvious essential items such as groceries and medication. However, now that we are prepared to remain at home for three weeks, the question on people’s minds is, “What are we going to do at home? How will we keep our children occupied?”

Some people feel that this is the ideal time to ‘spring clean’, or attend to the odds and ends around the house that are sometimes neglected. Others are simply at a loss, not knowing how to spend their time now that their usual schedule has been brought to a screeching halt. However, there is a third category of people who plan to spend this period ‘catching up’ on their favourite shows and series. Their preparation for the lockdown has been to ensure that their Netflix subscription is paid, or they have sufficient data, as they intend to spend the next 21 days glued to the screen, drowning in a world of fiction and falsehood.

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The ‘Unbelievable’ Bride

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2020 16:31

Imagine a bride who, on her wedding day, is wearing her tattered nightgown and her shabby bathroom slippers. Her teeth are unbrushed and her hair is unkempt. In fact, she hasn’t even had a bath! Neither has she beautified herself in any way for the occasion, nor has she made any other preparation. However, she has a sparkly 2-carat diamond ring on her finger. She prides herself on this ring, complacent and content, naively relying on the beauty of the ring to make her husband overlook her lack of preparation and view her favourably.

If any sane person has to encounter this woman, what will they think? Obviously, they will regard her to be utterly foolish or even mentally unstable! After all, a wedding is the one occasion when a woman will do her utmost to beautify and adorn herself, attempting to captivate the heart of her husband. Normally, on this occasion, a woman will beautify EVERYTHING possible. Manicures, pedicures, facials, hair treatments and make-up sessions are just a few of the procedures she undergoes in the effort to present herself in the best possible light on this eventful day. NOTHING is overlooked, not even her eyelashes!

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How Many ‘Likes’ are Enough?

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Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2020 15:51

Have you ever wondered what drives a person to take his own life by leaping off a bridge, slashing his wrists, intentionally overdosing on medication or holding a gun to his head and pulling the trigger? The answer – in most cases, he is driven to the brink of despair by the overwhelming feeling that nobody ‘likes’ him or cares about him. Hence, by setting out to take his life, he is actually pleading for people to give him the attention that he so desperately craves.

In essence, it all boils down to people’s need to be liked and feel accepted. For some people, the need to be liked and feel accepted is so overwhelming that they allow it to dominate their entire existence. The food they eat, the clothing they wear, the partner they marry – almost every choice they make in life is based on how it will resonate with people and how many ‘likes’ it will receive.

The reality of the matter, however, is that these ‘likes’ do not mean that people actually like us. Rather, they merely like the image and lifestyle which we portray to them. It is for this reason that if one has to post something that clashes with the popularist culture, condemnation will be swift and merciless. Those very followers who once fanatically followed us and liked our every post will now turn against us, troll us, label us and ‘lynch’ us online. Such is the fickleness of such followers and such is the fallacy of their likes and loyalty which shifts as rapidly as the wind…

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Are they Prepared for Paradise?

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 January 2020 15:47

There was once a teacher who asked the students, “What do you want to be in life?” The children gave varying replies, typically ranging from ‘doctor’, to ‘lawyer’, to ‘accountant’ etc. However, from all the answers given, there was one answer that really stood out, an answer that the teacher had never heard before. The child spontaneously replied, “I want to be a Sahaabi”.

Obviously, nobody can become a Sahaabi, but what this ‘career choice’ said about the child is that he aspired to be LIKE the illustrious Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). While the other children were impressed with the lifestyle and wealth of doctors and lawyers, he identified with the beautiful qualities of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), such as their piety, generosity, love for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), disinterest in the world, loyalty to Islam, etc. and he wished to follow in their footsteps. How proud his parents must have been to hear that he gave this amazing answer!

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It’s Under Your Nose!

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Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2019 17:08

There was once a multi-millionaire businessman who journeyed to a tropical island to enjoy a vacation. One morning, he set out from his chalet, bright and early, to walk on the beach and enjoy the morning air. As he strolled, he caught sight of a local fisherman, hard at work in a small boat, pulling fish out of the water.

A few hours later, at approximately 10am, when the businessman was walking on the beach once again, he was surprised to find the fisherman relaxing in a hammock! “How can this man be so lazy?” he wondered. “He only worked for a few hours, and now he’s already resting!” he thought to himself. With these thoughts in mind, he approached the fisherman.

When he reached the fisherman, he greeted him, asked him how he was and made small talk for a few minutes. Thereafter, he asked him, “Why do you work so little? How many fish did you catch today?” The fisherman replied, “I require five fish to feed my family, and five fish to sell. By selling these five fish every day, I earn sufficient money to fulfil my needs.” The businessman then said to him, “If you catch ten fish in a few hours, then by fishing for the entire day, you would be able to earn much more!”

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