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No Sugar,No Sweetness

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Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 09:21

Each woman imagines different things to be a source of joy and happiness in her life. Having more wealth or better health, having an ideal husband or good looking children, having one’s own home and a smarter car, having model looks or a perfect goal weight, visiting places and shopping . . . the list of never ending imaginations may go on and on. The irony of it all is that even after having all of the above, one is still unhappy. The reason for this can be understood by a simple example. Imagine having a cup of tea with no sugar in it. One may continue stirring the tea but one will not get any sweetness out of it since there is no sugar in the tea. In the same way one may continue passing through the pleasures of this world, but we will not get any happiness out of it, since happiness is not in the material things of this world. Happiness is sealed in the beautiful Deen of our loving Allah Ta’ala.

   

Night of Emancipation

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Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 09:12

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It is narrated from Mu’az bin Jabal (radiyallahu anhu) that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “On the fifteenth night of Sha’baan, Allah Ta’ala bestows His special attention on His entire creation. He then forgives His entire creation except a polytheist and one who has hatred for others.” (Ibnu Hibbaan #5665)

In another Hadith, Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “On the fifteenth night of Sha’baan, Allah Ta’ala showers his special attention on the nearest heaven. Thereafter Allah Ta’ala announces; ‘Is there anyone who seeks forgiveness so that I may forgive him? Is there anyone who seeks sustenance so that I may grant it to him? Is there anyone who is in difficulty so that I may relieve him?’ These announcements continue until the break of the dawn.” (Ibnu Maajah #1388)  

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Continue to be Remembered

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Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 09:11

Ask a hundred people what was the name of their great grandfather and most of them will fail to give an answer. Now if the children themselves do not know the name of their great grandfather, what are the chances of anyone else knowing? This is our reality. Just as we were unknown prior to our birth, we will remain to be unknown within a generation or two after our death. 

Many people regard having boys in the family as a source of pride, since boys will continue to carry the family name. However as highlighted above, one’s name does not continue after death merely by having boys or children, rather our name will continue to shine if our life was spent in the obedience of Allah Ta`ala. We will be remembered for the good we did, the good we said and the good changes we brought in the lives of people.

   

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)?

   

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