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Last Updated on Monday, 21 January 2013 07:45

More addictive than alcohol and cigarettes! This is the conclusion of a study conducted in Germany with regard to the effects of social media such as Facebook, Twitter and other such platforms. Describing this addiction, The Elon Journal of Undergraduate Research in Communications, vol. 2, no.1 states: “This generation has made social media their top priority and continues to need more usage in order to feel satisfied.”

Instant Gratification

The internet and social media outlets have “reprogrammed” the way millions of people think and how they conduct themselves. This is, as some researchers describe it, due to “this interactive world’s power to alter the tangible world.” Indeed it has “altered” many things. According to another study, “some behaviour consequences of the new digital brain is hyperactivity, inattention, depression and multitasking mania.” The study further states: “All this access and vast selection is causing some entertainment seekers brain to develop the constant need for instant gratification with a loss of patience.” Companies are also taking note of the negative impact on productivity as a result of people constantly fiddling with their phones during work time. As one director put it: “We're clearly seeing what psychologists call 'online compulsive disorder' spill over from our personal lives to the work environment."

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A Real Eid

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 08:15

The reality of Eid is encapsulated in some couplets attributed to Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jailani (rahimahullah). If the message of these couplets is taken to heart, Insha-Allah one will truly have an Eid in reality:

"Eid is not for the one who has worn new garments

Eid in reality is for the one who has gained safety from the warnings (of punishment)"

"Eid is not for the one who rides a smart conveyance

Eid is for the one who has left out sins"

"Eid is not for the one who has worn exotic perfumes

Eid is for the one who repents and does not return to sin"

May Allah Ta'ala grant us a true Eid. Aameen.

   

Sadaqatul Fitr

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Last Updated on Monday, 21 January 2013 07:42

Rasullullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “The fast remains suspended between the heavens and the earth until the sadaqatul fitr is discharged.” (Targheeb)

Sadaqatul fitr becomes obligatory upon a Muslim male and female:

1. Who is alive on the day of Eidul-Fitr.

2. On whom zakaat is waajib, or who possesses goods free from debt in excess of personal needs (eg. house, clothing , furniture , etc) to the value upon which zakaat is obligatory.

3. On the father, on behalf of his minor children.

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Complete Protection

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Last Updated on Monday, 21 January 2013 07:43

While fasting we protect ourselves from consuming any food or drink. Let us now extend this protection to the other limbs of our body. Let us protect our eyes from looking at strange men as well as from watching television. Protect our ears from listening to music and evil, protect our tongues from gossip and futile talk. Protect our minds from suspicion and thinking ill of others and generally protect ourselves from all sin. We need to protect ourselves from all actions that will anger our Allah Ta’ala. Once we have disconnected ourselves from sin, we will easily connect ourselves to Allah Ta’ala. The enjoyment and contentment of life only begins when we have a link and contact with Allah Ta’ala. Many Ramadaans have come and gone in our lives. Let us make this Ramadaan a month which will bring about a complete change and upliftment in our lives. Our sincere intention is the start to our reformation. 

   

Four Roads to the Heart

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Last Updated on Monday, 21 January 2013 07:43

We have four roads that lead to the heart, the eyes, ears, tongue and mind. The heart takes effect from what we see, hear, speak and think. If we see good, hear good, speak good and think good, then the heart becomes good and allows good actions to flow from the limbs of our body. 

If four streams of water flow into a pond, but three streams carry pure water while one stream deposits polluted water into it, then the entire pond will become polluted. For the pond to be pure, all four streams must carry pure water. Thus for our hearts to remain good, our eyes, ears, tongue and mind need to be safeguarded from all types of sin and evil. The month of Ramadaan is the ideal month to train our eyes not to look at the forbidden television screen, our ears not to listen to the forbidden music, our tongues not to engage in backbiting, and our minds not to have ill thoughts of people or fantasize about haraam. Let us strive to have a pure heart, a heart connected to Allah Ta’ala.

   

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