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Riot Reflections…

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Last Updated on Thursday, 10 February 2022 09:34

July 2021 will forever remain embedded in the minds of South Africans as the time when destructive civil unrest erupted and wholesale looting, anarchy and arson broke out. As we are well aware, the province of KZN was the most severely affected.

As citizens of a society where everything is integrated, and different branches and departments of the community depend and rely on each other, we found everything grinding to a halt. The blockading of highways, which are the arterial system to deliver food and essential supplies to the different localities, caused major shortages of goods. This led to a frenzy of panic buying with people frantically stockpiling goods and hoarding other basic items.

At the peak of the unrest, tensions were high and the air was charged with a sense of fear and insecurity. The atmosphere reverberated with the echoes of gunshots, and civilians either took up arms or packed bags, planning to flee. But even then, there was no way out and nowhere to run…

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The Dream Life

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Last Updated on Thursday, 30 December 2021 15:59

Imagine a person living the dream life. He has the car, home, family, business and everything else of his dreams. But then, his eyes suddenly open, and to his absolute dismay, he finds himself lying in bed, back to reality – and his precious ‘dream life’ was exactly that - a dream without substance.

Now imagine a person who is suffering intense agony and torture. He is experiencing every ‘nightmare’ that he ever feared and he cannot imagine things being any worse than they already are. But then, his eyes suddenly open, and to his absolute delight, he finds himself lying on his bed, safe and sound. To his immense relief, the ‘nightmare’ life he was ‘living’ was merely an illusion and a dream.

Each and every one of us, living in this world, is like a person in a dream. While everything around us is real, and everything we experience is real, the reality is that it is so transitory and temporary that when compared to the Hereafter, it is like a mere dream, illusion or shadow.

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What You Put in is What You Get Out

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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 December 2021 15:40

“What you put in is what you get out” is a well-known saying that most people have heard at some point or another. Generally, this saying is quoted in the context of investing greater effort and resources in order to reap greater gains and benefits.

However, this saying is also relevant in other departments – such as the department of food and drink. Hence, another popular proverb says, “You are what you eat.” These words are a proven reality, and therefore people today have become increasingly health-conscious and aspire to eat more ‘natural’, unprocessed foods, etc. in the hope of enjoying better health and improved quality of life.

Nevertheless, just as consuming pure wholesome food has a direct effect on one’s physical wellbeing, consuming halaal food also has a direct effect on one’s spiritual wellbeing. Thus, Allah Ta‘ala addresses the Ambiyaa (‘alaihimus salaam) in the Quraan Majeed saying, “O Rasuls! Eat from the good foods (halaal and wholesome) and carry out righteous actions.” (Surah Mu-minoon v51)

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Pondering for Paradise

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Last Updated on Thursday, 25 November 2021 08:52

Allah Ta‘ala has blessed the human being with a mental faculty that has no peer or equal in the animal kingdom. From memory and retention, to imagination and creativity, the ability to learn new languages and acquire new skills, and reason intelligently – the scope and power of the human mind, especially viewing its vast versatility, is indeed ‘mindboggling’.

Such is the power of the mind that it even exerts influence and control over the body. For example, a person pondering over a traumatic incident, such as a scary hijacking, when reliving the incident in the mind’s eye, will often find their heart begin to race and their breathing begin to quicken. The memory seems so realistic that the body is convinced that the incident is transpiring once again, and hence the flight-or-fight instincts are triggered. Similarly, a person sometimes remembers a humorous incident, and though it may be years later, he finds himself involuntarily laughing.

When we have been given the ultimate minds from the animal kingdom, then we should dedicate it to the ultimate purpose – recognizing Allah Ta‘ala.

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Verify before You Amplify

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Last Updated on Thursday, 04 November 2021 17:01

“To see is to believe.” This expression, often quoted, aims to explain that if a person beholds something with his own eyes, he will readily accept it and believe it. While this is certainly accurate, we should not forget that “hearing” is also believing.

This is glaringly evident in today’s times when information is rapidly disseminated across different platforms, and people gullibly believe it, seldom pausing to ponder over whether there is any substance to the information, or whether it is mere hearsay, or worse – a deliberate fabrication designed to deceive.

In the Quraan Majeed, Allah Ta‘ala has warned the Ummah to be very cautious when receiving information, and has urged us to verify the veracity of the information before accepting it. Furthermore, the Quraan Majeed cautions us that accepting and acting on unverified information is a formula for damage and destruction.

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