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Time is Money

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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 May 2017 09:19

We live in a world of import and export, a world in which most goods and commodities are available in most countries for most of the year. However, despite the year-round availability, there are many goods that enjoy a ‘peak season’. Astute businessmen are those who identify this period and utilize it to their advantage. For farmers, it may be the season in which their crops are harvested, while for shop owners, month-end and December are a few of the periods that deliver peak sales.

Unique Opportunity

The season presents a unique opportunity for one to secure tremendous profits in a minimal period of time. Hence, the farmer who diligently tends to his fields and ensures that he is present for the harvesting season will likely enjoy a bumper crop. Similarly, the shop owner will open his doors on time and remain behind the counter for the entire day in order to tend to the flood of customers.

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Intellect over Instinct

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 April 2017 18:39

Every person has within him basic instincts which subconsciously, without him realizing, influence him and compel him to behave in a certain way. However, together with these basic instincts is another force – the human intellect – that understands what Allah Ta‘ala wants from us. At times, these two forces will clash, and it is us who decide which force will ultimately prevail and forge the course of our actions.

When seeing a strange person who is attractive, our instinct may urge us to raise our gaze and stare to our fill. However, our intellect understands that this is against the law of Allah Ta‘ala and thus urges us to ignore our lowly urge and behave intelligently by lowering our gaze.

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The Reality of Death

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 15:43

Just as our sustenance, down to the last morsel, has been decreed long before our birth, our life, down to the last breath, has been similarly decreed. Hence, we have a limited amount of breaths to take, and, with every breath, we draw nearer and nearer to our death.

Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) has described the reality of death and our limited breath in the following verses:

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Family Doctor

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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 March 2017 09:40

Most homes have a family doctor, a man qualified in the medical field whose medical advice they value and trust implicitly. From a boil on the chest to cardiac arrest, he is the man they consult in their hour of need.

If our physical health is a priority, then our spiritual health holds paramount importance. Hence, it is vital for us to attach ourselves to a family ‘doctor’ who will see to our spiritual health. These spiritual doctors are none other than the rightly guided ‘Ulama and Mashaayikh.

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Reaching Allah Ta‘ala Quickly

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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 February 2017 16:06

Hazrat Moulana Yunus Patel Saheb (rahimahullah) once mentioned:

The reward that a women receives for exercising patience over her difficulties in managing the home and fulfilling the rights of her husband and children is sometimes so great that it makes her ‘reach’ Allah Ta‘ala very quickly. This, however, is conditional to her obedience to Allah Ta‘ala; fulfilling His rights, the rights of His Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), and the rights of His creation.

Women who have a number of children and sometimes even a temperamental husband, together with many household chores and other responsibilities, often think that they cannot achieve the ranks of the special friends of Allah Ta‘ala because they do not have time for ‘wazeefahs’ and nawaafil (optional prayers).

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