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Goodbye to Depression

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Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 09:08

Every second person complains of stress, anxiety and depression. There are three main causes for this: 

1. We have shifted our focus from Allah Ta`ala towards our abilities and resources, and towards people around us. Thus, when everything around us fails us, we lose hope in life and sink into a state of  depression. We have forgotten that our Allah Ta`ala alone has placed us in that condition and our Allah Ta`ala alone will remove us from that condition. Our attention and focus should constantly be directed towards the unlimited treasures of Allah Ta`ala and not towards our endless weakness.

2. We worry and concern ourselves over such things that are beyond our reach, and neither are they in our control. We become overwhelmed thinking about matters that have already been decided by our Allah Ta`ala. Mortal man, however, fails to accept that he has absolutely no say in such issues. Hence we become so involved in matters and things that are beyond our control that we end up neglecting what is in our control. The end result is disorder and helplessness which leads to depression.

3. Sins also lead to depression. It is impossible to be happy if Allah Ta`ala is unhappy with us. Our evil actions are the fuel to the fire of destruction and depression. Righteous actions will fill the heart with happiness.

   

We Cannot Change Others

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Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 09:09

A woman of piety is faced with this challenge that while she keeps on encouraging her family and friends to come closer onto Deen, no one is prepared to listen to her and follow her. The advice for such a woman is that she must continue doing her work of doing good as well as encouraging others. However she must not fall so deep in the matters of others that she neglects her own good deeds or that she stops encouraging others because they are not practicing on her words. Our duty is to offer advice to others and continue practicing good deeds. We cannot force someone to change their life. This is not within our control, thus we should not allow it to overwhelm us. However if people are not giving up the wrong that they are involved in, why do we so easily lose hope and give up the good that we are doing (of encouraging others onto Deen)?

   

The Devil's Injection

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Last Updated on Monday, 18 June 2012 11:34

Sometimes we may like something while not realising that in it lies our destruction. Likewise we may at times dislike something yet it is our salvation. Allah Ta’ala alone knows what is good for us. 

With regards to having children, some couples only have girls while others have boys. Some have their children early, while others later. Some have one and some have none. All of this happens with the divine command of our Allah Ta’ala. The moment we forget our Allah Ta’ala, Shaytaan the devil gets an opportunity to interfere. He injects such thoughts and feelings into us that we start doubting and questioning our Allah Ta’ala. We lose trust in our compassionate Allah Ta’ala. With time we move further and further away from our loving Allah Ta’ala. Life then becomes helpless, hopeless and miserable. All we need to do is turn once more towards our forgiving Allah Ta’ala, be content with his decree and then see our lives brightening up once again.  

   

The Gift of Me'raj

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Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 09:05

On the twenty seventh of Rajab people discuss the great incident of Me’raj. Thereafter by and large the miracle of Me’raj and its message is forgotten until the following year.

Unlike us, the Sahaabah (radiyallahu anhum) and the Tabi'een (those who came after the Sahaabah) never set aside any particular day for the discussion of the incident of Me’raj. Hence even the scholars of the first century differed with regard to the actual date when Me’raj occurred (see Fathul Bari, vol.7, pg.203 and Ruhul Ma’aani, vol.15, pg.6). The Sahaabah (radiyallahu anhum) and the Tabi'een (rahimahumullah) had no need to set aside any particular day for this discussion. They regularly and frequently discussed the Ahadith with regard to all aspects of the life of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). They lived the message of Me’raj every day of their lives. 

Read more: The Gift of Me'raj

   

White Calico Cloth

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Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 09:02

Consider the following parable which is often a reality. A woman walks into a material store one morning to buy material for a wedding outfit. She does not realise that a few hours later her white calico kafan cloth will be purchased from the same store to shroud her dead body.  While choosing her wedding material, her eyes may have even fallen on that calico cloth, or her hands may have even touched it. Little did she know that in a few hours time she will be covered in that very cloth.

Often some material is given to the dress-maker to sew an outfit.  However before the outfit is complete, the life of the person to wear it has been completed. How many of us may be living the last month of our lives or even the last day? Death is staring us in the face and we are still chasing after the material world!!!

May Allah Ta’ala enable us to always be prepared for the inevitable death.

   

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