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The Ultimate Betrayal​

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Last Updated on Monday, 15 April 2019 14:04

She felt as if a bombshell had dropped… Her world was completely upside down… Her husband had been caught cheating on her!

She thinks to herself, “How could he? After all I’ve done for him, he repays me with this? Is this his concept of loyalty?”

She then begins to ponder over all that she had done for him through the thirty-five years of their marriage. Bearing and raising his three children, through sickness and good health, patiently attending to their every need when they required her... Preparing three meals a day for her husband, with love and affection... Seeing to all the affairs of the home... Preparing for his guests... Seeing to his elderly parents... Always receiving him with a smile when he returned from a long, tiring day at work...

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What’s in a Diamond???​

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Last Updated on Monday, 15 April 2019 13:56

Approaching his devoted wife, he lovingly handed her a jewellery box, bound with a ribbon artistically tied. “Ooooh!” she exclaimed in delight, “You shouldn’t have! Jazakallah!”

Then, with bated breath, and hands trembling with excitement and suspense, she untied the ribbon and prised open the box, expecting to see diamond-inlaid earrings... only to see a simple lead pencil nestled in the velvet within! At that moment, viewing the pencil, she thought to herself, “A pencil? Honestly, my husband must think I’m a write off!”

The reality of the matter, however, is that the lead in a pencil is no different to a diamond. A diamond is essentially carbon, and the lead in a pencil is made from graphite which is also a form of carbon. In other words, on a basic level, pencil lead and diamonds are the same thing. In that case, why was the wife so upset when she received a pencil instead of a diamond? Furthermore, why are pencils so cheap and diamonds so valuable and prized when both are essentially the same substance?

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The ‘Marathon’ of Ramadhaan​

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Last Updated on Thursday, 07 March 2019 15:50

Imagine a person who arrives at the starting line to run a 5km marathon, wearing the latest running shoes and carrying the most sophisticated water bottle. However, after the starting gun is fired, he does not begin running immediately, as he is still busy on a phone call. Thereafter, when he eventually takes off from the line, he only makes it 400m before collapsing on the side, already exhausted from the exertion. What will we say regarding such a person? The best shoes and the best energy drinks will be of no avail if he is not focused and did not train sufficiently. If he did not develop stamina, he will not manage to run the marathon through to the end.

Similarly, the month of Ramadhaan is a special month for exerting ourselves in ‘ibaadah, with the night of ‘Eid being our finish line where we will be awarded our prizes. However, to make the most of this ‘marathon’, we will require two things; focus and stamina.

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Resolutions and Goals​

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 16:35

At the beginning of each year, we often see people around us making different types of resolutions and setting various goals. On social media, people will go crazy with “weight loss goals” for the year, or “academic achievements” or even things like “fitness regimes” and so on and so forth.

Whilst resolution lists and goal setting has become the norm and is not uncommon, perhaps it is time that we look at it from a different perspective.

We have perhaps never stumbled across or heard of a “character goal”, or “habits and behaviour in my life that I need to change,” and why is this so? Why don’t we see people wanting to make a positive change in their own behaviour, or goals for better akhlaaq (character)? Why don’t we see resolutions for a more positive approach to the mother-in-law/daughter-in-law, being kinder to the spouse, or being gentler and more patient with the kids?

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The Ultimate Betrayal​

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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 January 2019 16:32

She felt as if a bombshell had dropped… Her world was completely upside down… Her husband had been caught cheating on her! She thinks to herself, “How could he? After all I’ve done for him, he repays me with this? Is this his concept of loyalty?”

She then begins to ponder over all that she had done for him through the thirty-five years of their marriage. Bearing and raising his three children, through sickness and good health, patiently attending to their every need when they required her... Preparing three meals a day for her husband, with love and affection... Seeing to all the affairs of the home... Preparing for his guests... Seeing to his elderly parents... Always receiving him with a smile when he returned from a long, tiring day at work...

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