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The Wake-Up Call

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Last Updated on Thursday, 01 April 2021 16:17

“Beep-beep! Beep-beep! Beep-beep!”

The persistent, jarring sound of the alarm clock, rudely bringing an abrupt end to a sound, blissful sleep, is a sound dreaded by most. As much as a person may wish that he could go on sleeping indefinitely, everyone sets an alarm as they understand that the ‘wake-up call’ is essential for rousing them from their slumber.

Without the wake-up call, a child would be late for school and an adult for work, and this tardiness in keeping to time would have a ripple effect, causing far-reaching consequences that would create chaos in their lives.

As human beings, we have come to this world for the purpose of pleasing Allah Ta‘ala and earning entry into Jannah. Such is the fleeting, temporary nature of this world that it could be aptly resembled to a dream, while Jannah is the true reality and real abode of a believer. However, it often happens that we become mesmerized by the dream and lose focus of the Hereafter, due to which Allah Ta‘ala, out of His infinite mercy, sends us a ‘wake-up call’.

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Alhamdulillah!

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Last Updated on Thursday, 04 March 2021 15:31

“Alhamdulillah!” How often do we not hear these words, exclaiming the praise of Allah Ta‘ala?

Indeed, our Deen teaches us to recite these words on a multitude of occasions. When wearing our clothing… after eating… after drinking… when commencing a journey… before making wudhu… on awakening… In fact, even the Quraan Majeed commences with the words “Alhamdulillah”!

When we say “Alhamdulillah”, we are praising Allah Ta‘ala by accepting that He is the One who blessed us with all goodness and every favour that we enjoy. Our imaan, beauty, wealth, strength, intelligence, dignity and other bounties are all from Allah Ta‘ala – Alhamdulillah!

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‘As Long as it Makes You Happy…’

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Last Updated on Thursday, 28 January 2021 15:20

“You can’t have your cake and eat it.”

The above is a popular expression in the English language, and it means that a person cannot have two things that are contradictory at the same time. Rather, he will have to choose between them, as the existence of one automatically negates the other.

In the case of the cake, eating it would destroy it, negating the possibility of keeping it, while the effort to keep it intact would prevent one from eating it. Hence, one cannot have it both ways, but will have to choose and decide between the two.

There are many examples, in our day-to-day lives, to which this expression aptly applies. However, the greatest clash between two contradictory factors, which we see in our lives, is the clash between pleasing the impermissible cravings of our nafs (carnal self) and pleasing our Creator – Allah Ta‘ala.

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An Opportunity to Purchase Paradise

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 January 2021 08:36

Imagine a person who prepares a pot of food and sends it to his affluent neighbours next door, as a gesture of Islamic character and neighbourly love. Next, imagine a person who prepares a pot of food, and then personally travels to a rural township many kilometres away to feed a household that is dying of starvation.

Outwardly, both people carried out the same action of sending a pot of food to a household. However, while both actions are meritorious and virtuous, the action of saving the poor family from starvation will be more rewarding.

The reason for the latter being more rewarding is that the need fulfilled was greater (due to the starvation) and the personal effort and sacrifice involved in carrying out the deed was more (through personally traveling many kilometres to deliver the meal).

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Help for the Helpless

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Last Updated on Thursday, 07 January 2021 13:50

Imagine a person lying paralyzed in a bed, utterly helpless and powerless. However, he has the ability to move just one finger. Through moving his finger, he is able to press a ‘S.O.S button’ that contacts his beloved family, alerting them that he requires some assistance.

This person, as paralyzed and powerless as he may be, will enjoy a feeling of safety and security, as he knows that the help of those who love him and care for him can be summoned at the mere press of a button.

In the same way, every human being is ultimately helpless. Despite his strength, wealth, intelligence and everything else, there will come a day when nothing will avail him and he will find himself powerless and paralyzed. Indeed, that day has come for many of us, as we find our loved ones sick, labouring for breath and fighting for their lives, with us powerless and paralyzed to intervene.  

However, if we are powerless, then we have our ‘S.O.S button’ with which we can contact the One who is All-Powerful. This ‘button’ is the du‘aa that was recited by Nabi Yunus (‘alaihis salaam) when he was in the belly of the whale:

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