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Rise to the Occasion

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Last Updated on Saturday, 11 August 2018 10:38

“Rise to the occasion” is an English maxim that is often heard and well known. The gist of this maxim is that a person should try to change and adapt in order to improve his reaction and performance under a special set of circumstances. One example of this may be a person who is suddenly faced by an emergency, yet remains level-headed and does not panic, rather adapting to the situation and securing his safety.

A person will encounter different occasions throughout his life, and the circumstances and tests of each occasion will vary. In order to pass the test, one will have to try his best to “rise to the occasion” by behaving in the manner that is expected of him at that time.

In this manner, Deen also presents us with different occasions. From a wedding to a janaazah – the demand of each occasion and the nature of each test is different. However, for a person to be able to ‘rise to the occasion’, he will have to know how to please Allah Ta‘ala in each and every situation, together with how to avoid inconveniencing people.  

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The ‘Cold Shoulder’

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2018 15:38

“Excuse me! May I have your attention please!” Yet, despite the repeated requests, the plea fell on deaf ears and was totally ignored.

The above scenario plays out in many spheres of life. Sometimes, it’s an obstinate member of the staff that ‘plays dumb’ and chooses to ignore their employer. At times, it can be a friend that chooses to ignore us. At other times, it can even be our own near and dear ones that give us the cold shoulder, and it is from these people that this treatment is most painful and upsetting.

If a spouse hurts or upsets their partner, and out of disappointment, the partner gives them the ‘cold shoulder’ and ‘silent treatment’, it will hurt and disturb them more than if any other person had to ignore them. From one-word answers to point-blank silence, the anxiety and disappointment perceived will be so severe that one will lose their appetite and will even find it difficult to sleep!

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‘Eid or Anticlimax?

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 June 2018 14:39

Imagine receiving an elaborately wrapped gift platter filled with the most exotic sweet meats. From burfee to magaj and jalebee to halwa, the platter promises the taste buds a trip to gastronomic ‘heaven’. However, as you undo the wrapping and pull back the cellophane, you see a flash of movement. No! A giant cockroach darts out from behind the burfee block and climbs over the goolaab jamoon in its race for freedom!

This is a typical example of an anticlimax. A person expected one thing, and everything seemed promising, and suddenly, things turned out completely contrary to expectations.

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It’s About Time!

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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 May 2018 08:01

(S.O.S. – ‘Saving Our Seconds’ Series – Part Four)

Every single person has different tasks, errands and responsibilities that he has to attend to on a daily basis. From basic human needs, such as eating and sleeping, to activities that are more leisure orientated, such as enjoying a cup of coffee with friends, people spend their time in different ways.

It is human nature for a person to be inclined to engaging himself in the action which interests him the most. Hence, household chores hold little appeal, while catching up with friends is highly enjoyable. However, a wise person will prioritize and ensure that the most urgent of tasks are attended to first.

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Wi-Fi Free

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 May 2018 08:25

We often see the sign “Free Wi-Fi”. In fact, we often search for this sign, as people fear becoming ‘disconnected’. Whether in a hotel, airport, restaurant or anywhere else, this sign is a sure draw card, attracting people to the premises.

However, it is doubtful that any of us would have seen a sign saying “Wi-Fi Free”, even though this is the sign that we all need to hang in our homes at the very least for the last ten days of Ramadhaan.

The last ten days of Ramadhaan are unlike the first twenty days. It is most probably during one of the odd nights of these ten days that Laylatul Qadr (the Night of Power) occurs which is more virtuous than a thousand months. Showing his Ummah the importance of these ten days, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) exerted himself even further during this blessed period.

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