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Sustaining the Progress

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 June 2020 15:50

For a car to take off from a standstill and commence moving, it has to be in the first gear. However, the car cannot remain in the first gear, as in this gear, the car requires the most fuel and moves the slowest. Hence, as the car gains speed, the driver progresses through the gears. Finally, when the car is in the fifth or sixth gear, it can easily sustain a high speed while using very little fuel. Nevertheless, in order to sustain this speed and cover large distances rapidly, it will be necessary for the driver to maintain his acceleration by keeping his foot on the pedal.

In the month of Ramadhaan, Muslims exerted themselves in fasting, reciting the Quraan Majeed, engaging in zikr, crying in du‘aa, performing salaah and other righteous actions. In this way, with the help of Allah Ta‘ala, we managed to gain some speed and make some progress. Now that Ramadhaan is over, the concern is for us to sustain this progress.

Just as the driver keeps his foot on the pedal to maintain his movement, we need to keep our feet on the musallas and continue exerting ourselves. We need to remain dedicated and punctual on our good actions, and should not allow ourselves to retrogress.

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Every-Day ‘Eid

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Last Updated on Thursday, 21 May 2020 23:49

For every Muslim around the world, regardless of his nationality, age, gender or language, the day of ‘Eid holds special significance. Hence, the happiness that is perceived with the approach of ‘Eid can perhaps be compared to no other day.

Such is the joy of ‘Eid that the atmosphere of happiness already prevails from the eve of ‘Eid, with small children running around in excitement, preparing their ‘Eid clothing, while their mothers prepare the ‘Eid ‘specials’ for the following day. Come the day of ‘Eid, and people meet each other excitedly, share meals with each other and fondly compare their Ramadhaan experiences. In essence, the day of ‘Eid is completely unique and fills the hearts of one and all with joy and happiness.

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Freedom from the Fire

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Last Updated on Monday, 18 May 2020 05:50

Series on the Speciality of Each Ten Days of Ramadhaan – Part Four

During this period of lockdown, one of the things that people fear most is the police. Every person has the fear of being stopped by the police, questioned as to why he is out and about, and possibly being arrested and fined if he is found to be in violation of the lockdown regulations.

However, there are certain people, during the lockdown, who can move about freely, without fear or concern, because they have been granted special permits, guaranteeing that they will not be arrested for leaving their homes. Such people have peace of mind, are safe from anxiety and above all – place a very high value on the importance of their permits.

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Keeping the Slate Clean

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 May 2020 05:52

Series on the Speciality of Each Ten Days of Ramadhaan – Part Three

Imagine a person who has to drive along a gravel road, every day, as he commutes to work. Obviously, in traversing this road twice a day, going and returning, his car will become dirty and will be covered with dust and mud. Hence, such a person will ensure that if not every day, he will at least have his car washed and cleaned on a regular basis. He will understand that failing to regularly clean his car will cause the muck to accumulate, until it will eventually damage his vehicle and even possibly endanger his life.

In a similar manner, we are all traversing the ‘gravel’ road of life. To err is human, and so we all occasionally hit a patch in the road that causes some dust to rise and settle on us. However, the question is, “How do we regularly wash this dust off ourselves, preventing it from accumulating until it seriously harms us?”

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Keys to the Special Mercy of Allah

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Last Updated on Saturday, 25 April 2020 08:17

Series on the Speciality of Each Ten Days of Ramadhaan – Part Two

It is the belief of every single Muslim that the entire universe, and every creation in existence, is completely dependent upon Allah Ta‘ala, at every moment, for its continuity, while Allah Ta‘ala is absolutely independent of the creation. Everything that happens in the world only occurs with the permission of Allah Ta‘ala and through His power. Hence, not even a leaf can fall from a tree without the power and permission of Allah Ta‘ala.

Having understood that everything in existence relies upon Allah Ta‘ala, we must realize that we too are completely dependent upon Him at every moment. It is only through Allah Ta‘ala’s mercy that we breathe, that our hearts beat, that our brains function, and that our bodies and organs continue to operate correctly, ensuring our survival and comfort. If Allah Ta‘ala had to deprive us of His mercy for even a moment, we would be absolutely finished and destroyed, as we would simply cease to function.

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