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The Irreplaceable Asset

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Last Updated on Thursday, 01 November 2018 08:38

If a person’s home burns down, it can be rebuilt or another home can be bought… If a car is stolen or wrecked, it can be replaced or repaired… If wealth is lost, it can be recovered or re-earned… If a child is lost, then even though the child cannot be replaced, one can still have another child… However, if TIME is lost, it can never be recovered or replaced, and there is nothing in the world that can compensate for lost time.

Whether a person is healthy or sick, young or old, wealthy or poor, intelligent or unintelligent, no matter who he is or where he is – he cannot escape time. As the clock ticks and moments pass, his death draws ever closer. Every moment that passes is relegated to history, to be remembered but never relived.

We all have aspirations and ambitions. “Perform my qadhaa salaah… Observe my qadhaa fasts… Ask so-and-so to forgive me… Repent from my sins… Change my life…” However, procrastination is the thief of time. We always decide that we’ll start ‘tomorrow’… Until it becomes the following day… And then after the holidays… The problem is that death does not discriminate, and death is not deterred by excuses. Death can strike at any moment. In order to secure our Jannah before we die, we need to make the change not today, but IMMEDIATELY.

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Struggling to Success​

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 October 2018 15:02

A little boy was once playing in the garden when he noticed a cocoon hanging from the branch of a tree. As he watched, he was surprised to see a tiny hole appear in the wall of the cocoon. After some time, he noticed that there was something inside, struggling to make its way out. Slowly, with great effort and much struggling, it pushed at the hole, until part of its body had emerged. At that point, the little boy realised, with great delight, that it was a butterfly!

Eager to assist the struggling butterfly, he ran home, entered the kitchen, found a pair of scissors, and raced back to the cocoon, cutting at the hole until he had enlarged it sufficiently. Now that the hole was bigger, the butterfly emerged with ease, tumbling out of the cocoon onto a branch below. However, there was something wrong with the butterfly.

Its wings were shrivelled, while its body was engorged and swollen. The butterfly was unable to fly and remained where it was, weak and frail.

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A ‘Makeover’ for my Imaan

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 October 2018 15:01

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

I am thirty years old, and for the last ten years, I have been chasing the world and developing my career as a makeup artist. Alhamdulillah, I have now changed my life and would like to share my story so that others may be inspired. ‎

At the age of twenty, I qualified as a makeup artist. I was exceptionally talented and was ready to take the world by storm! My first ‘big break’ as a makeup artist was when I worked on the Jay Sean concert during his trip to South Africa. From there, things got better and better, until I opened my own makeup studio.

I was married at the age of twenty two, and had my son at twenty four, but I was still focused on my career. I was consumed by my work and was completely caught up in the dunya. I would tell people, “I want my son to become a haafiz of the Quraan.” Not once did I think, “How will my son become a haafiz when his mother is so consumed by dunya and fame?”

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My Journey into the Unknown

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 October 2018 15:00

All praise is due to Allah Ta‘ala, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Blessings and salutations upon our beloved Nabi Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

I was born into a mixed-parentage family. My father was a Buddhist Chinese and my mother is a Hindu. They both practiced different faiths. I grew up worshipping idols and visiting temples, so I never felt odd or weird about the rituals. Because I was born in a Muslim country, Islam was not foreign to me.

I was seventeen when I started asking questions about my religion. Prayers and rituals did not make sense anymore. I then started seeking the religion that made the most sense. An invitation came for me to visit a church and attend a sermon. I did attend, but still felt that it wasn’t for me.

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True Beauty

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 October 2018 14:59

In the ‘olden days’, the solution to cracked and chapped lips was a rusty yet trusty tub of Vaseline. Nowadays, we have a vast variety of lip balms, lip oils, lip butters and lip salves.

In the ‘olden days’, if you asked a person what he had on his foot, he would answer, “A shoe”. Nowadays, ask a person the same question, and the answer will vary between ‘pumps’, ‘heels’, ‘platforms’, ‘boots’, ‘sandals’, ‘takkies’, ‘sneakers’ and other forms of footwear that have walked onto the scene.

In the ‘olden days’, people’s day-to-day activities such as the household chores were sufficient to keep them occupied and also keep them in shape. Nowadays, there is no shortage of people signing up for Pilates, kickboxing, taibo, classes with a personal trainer, spinning classes, gym memberships and much more in the effort to stay ‘slim and trim’. 

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