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The purpose of this column is to motivate and encourage everyone to make an attempt to bring alive the very simple actions that will be presented every two weeks. Insha-Allah by making these very easy actions part of our daily lives, we will benefit from the blessings of practising on these a’amaal and they will also become a stepping stone towards doing greater actions.
As a means of encouragement to others, and also to spur us ahead, a vote counter has been attached. The idea is that for two weeks every person reading this column should make an effort to practice on the ‘amal (action) presented. At the end of the two weeks, those who have practiced upon it for at least one week or more should vote “YES.” This will Insha-Allah encourage others also to do the same.

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It’s Never too Late to Learn

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 September 2021 09:05

The last century has undoubtedly ushered in an age with unprecedented advancements, discoveries and inventions, known as the technological age.

Just imagine – for thousands of years, the standard mode of transport, across the globe, was riding an animal. Yet, in the short span of a few decades, cars, aeroplanes and other similar vehicles were invented and mass produced. Similarly, communication methods were forever altered with the invention of the telephone.

Naturally, as time progresses and new inventions are released, there will be certain people, more advanced in age, who grew up in a simpler, less technologically advanced era, and whose childhoods were not cluttered with gadgets. Such people are often baffled and confused by the new-fangled inventions which they initially find non-user friendly, as it is unfamiliar and alien to them.

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PPE – Personal Protective Equipment

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Last Updated on Thursday, 10 June 2021 06:29

Personal Protective Equipment – also known as PPE – exists in many forms. The bulletproof vest worn by a guard escorting a cash-in-transit van, the helmet worn by a labourer on a construction site, the dark goggles or visor worn by a welder, and the sealed-overalls and veils worn by a beekeeper are typical examples of PPE.

In all cases, the purpose of PPE is to protect and shield the user from sustaining an injury or suffering harm. The bulletproof vest is designed to prevent the penetration of a bullet, the helmet shields the skull of the wearer from suffering an impact, the goggles of the welder protect his eyes from the harsh glare of the flame and sparks, and the sealed-overalls and veil of the beekeeper protect him from being stung while tending to the hives.

The problem with all PPE though, is that it does not always work. For example, a person with a bulletproof vest can still be shot in the head, and a particularly persistent bee may manage to wriggle its way into the beekeeper’s suit and sting him.

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Salaatut Tasbeeh

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Last Updated on Thursday, 29 July 2021 14:57

Salaatut Tasbeeh consists of four rakaats of nafl salaah. In each rakaat, one will recite the following tasbeeh seventy-five times (due to which the salaah is named Salaatut Tasbeeh). Hence, this tasbeeh will be recited a total of three-hundred times in the salaah:

سُبْحَانَ اللهِ وَالْـحَمْدُ لِلّٰه وَلَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا اللهُ وَاللهُ أَكْبَر

It should be borne in mind that there are two methods of performing Salaatut Tasbeeh reported in the hadeeth. One may practise on whichever method one wishes. The first method is as follows:

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A Gift to His Beloved Uncle

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Last Updated on Saturday, 03 April 2021 14:16

Every person, whether young or old, wealthy or poor, becomes pleased and happy when they receive a gift, as a gift is a testament of love and affection. Furthermore, if the gift is valuable, or the one presenting the gift is beloved, then one appreciates and values the gift even more. In the case where the gift is valuable AND the one presenting it is beloved, then the gift will be so cherished that one will hold onto it and value it until he dies.

On one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) – who is the most beloved person to every Ummati - addressed his beloved uncle, Sayyiduna ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), and said, “O my beloved uncle! Shall I not give you something (most valuable)? Shall I not bestow you (with a magnificent bounty)? Shall I not give you (a priceless gift)?”

Being offered a magnificent gift from the most beloved person of all, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), is such a privilege that every believer desires that he could have been the one to whom Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) addressed those words. However, though the words were not addressed to us, we too can enjoy the magnificent gift that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) bestowed to his beloved uncle (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – the gift of Salaatut Tasbeeh.

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An ‘Army’ of Angels Engaged in Du‘aa

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2020 15:19

Sayyiduna Ma’qil bin Yasaar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Whoever recites the following three times in the morning:

أَعُوْذُ بِاللهِ السَّمِيْعِ الْعَلِيْمِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيْم​

I seek protection in Allah, the All-Hearing and All-Knowing, from the rejected Shaitaan

And thereafter recites the last three verses of Surah Hashr, Allah Ta‘ala will appoint seventy thousand angels to make du‘aa for him until the evening, and if he passes away during that day, he will receive the rank of a martyr. And whoever recites it in the evening, he will enjoy the same virtue until the morning.” (Sunan Tirmizi #2922)

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