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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 March 2016 16:34

The twentieth century ushered in technological advances never previously seen. From the numerous new and technologically advanced devices that have been produced, perhaps nothing has captivated and addicted people to it to the extent that the “smart phone” has possessed its users.

The “smart phone” is a combination of every media related device. One is now able to carry, in the recesses of his pocket, a device which serves as a phone, internet browser, camera, multimedia player, radio, television and fully functional computer. Unfortunately, the day all these diverse devices were rolled into one super-device – the smart phone – was the day all the negative effects of these technologies were combined into one seemingly harmless device.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 March 2016 16:34

Among the greatest qualities of a Believer is humility. Conversely, pride and arrogance are among the worst diseases that can afflict a person. A humble person is beloved to Allah Ta‘ala and is also loved by people, while a proud person or one who loves to “show off” falls from the grace of Allah Ta‘ala and is disliked by people as well, though they may appear to respect him.

Pride and vanity are not detected by means of an X-ray or CT scan. Instead they are manifested in one’s utterances, reactions to situations, choices, manner and general conduct. One of the recently discovered symptoms is “selfitis”.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 March 2016 16:35

“Cornell Information Science published research earlier this month that looked at (among other things) the difficulty some people have in quitting Facebook and other social networks. They even have a label for the failure to quit: “social media reversion.”

The study used data from a site called 99DaysofFreedom.com, which encourages people to stop using Facebook for 99 days.

The site and study are interesting because they revealed the difficulty people have in quitting Facebook because of addiction. Participants intended to quit, wanted to quit and believed they could quit (for 99 days), but many couldn't make more than a few days.

The addictive aspect of social networking is associated with FOMO - fear of missing out. Everyone is on Facebook. They're posting things, sharing news and content and talking to each other 24/7.

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Say what Needs to be Said


Last Updated on Thursday, 03 March 2016 15:07

Often children approach their parents to complain about their married life! “I am being treated terribly and spoken to harshly! I cannot take it anymore! I wish I could just end this marriage!” are some of the endless complaints we probably hear. When faced with these complaints, how do we respond and react?

In a situation where they are jumping at the first convenient opportunity to bail out of the marriage and have not already tried their best to make it work, the correct response is, “My son! Go and make your marriage work! There is no way I am going to let you allow this marriage to fail!” or “My daughter! You need to make your home as there is no way that you will be coming back here!”

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Silence is Better


Last Updated on Thursday, 11 February 2016 14:42

Imaam Abu Yusuf (rahimahullah) once asked a student of his, “Why do you not ask questions whereas everybody else asks questions?” The student replied, “I will, as of now, ask questions insha-Allah.” Thereafter, Imaam Abu Yusuf (rahimahullah) was one day mentioning the ruling that one should break his fast immediately after sunset. On hearing this ruling, the same student asked, “What if the sun does not set?” Imaam Abu Yusuf (rahimahullah) replied, “You should continue to remain silent. There is no need for you to speak.”

The example is also given of a daughter in law who always remained silent. On noticing her perpetual silence, the mother in law became worried and tried to encourage her to speak by explaining to her that the other daughter in laws derive enjoyment from speaking and it makes them feel nice. One day, to the mother in law’s surprise, the daughter in law asked, “Tell me, if your son dies, will you get me married again or will I have to sit as a widow for the rest of my life?” The mother in law replied, “For you to remain silent is better.”


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