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What is "Strive to Bring Aive"

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.

Bring Alive

Put an End to Photography

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Last Updated on Saturday, 26 January 2013 08:54

Alhamdulillah most people are well aware that all forms of photography are forbidden. Many who previously indulged in this sin have stopped taking photographs which indeed is a blessing from Allah Ta’ala. However we are still keeping and holding on to our past photographs. Those albums with our old photographs are still kept safely in our drawers. Let us complete our repentance from the sin of photography, by destroying all our past photographs. If they are stored anywhere, erase them without delay. Unfortunately with the new technology, filming and taking pictures has become a widespread calamity. Let us protect ourselves and our families from all forms of photography. Let us destroy all evidence of our past sin of photography. Likewise we should ensure that the clothes, toys and surroundings of our children are free of all animate pictures, as these keep the angels away.

   

Protect the Spirit of Qurbaani

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Last Updated on Saturday, 26 January 2013 08:55

Qurbaani, the sacrificing of animals, is a unique act of worship. It is not something that we rush through to get over with it. Rather we should be patient and enjoy every bit of sacrifice that comes with it. Let us try and slaughter the animal at our own homes with our own hands. It is totally against the spirit of qurbaani that for the sake of convenience or cutting costs one merely sends the money to some other country where one’s qurbaani is done. In doing so, the spirit and enthusiasm of qurbaani is destroyed. 

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Simple Marriages

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Last Updated on Saturday, 26 January 2013 08:56

When it is simple and easy to get married, the doors of adultery and fornication close. Unfortunately we have transformed nikah into such an expensive occasion, that the doors to forbidden relations have been opened since many regard it as the cheaper option.

 

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Saahibe Tarteeb

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Last Updated on Saturday, 26 January 2013 09:05

Let us all strive to become a Saahibe Tarteeb. A Saahibe Tarteeb is that special servant of Allah Ta’ala who from the day of buloogh (maturity) to the present day, has no Qadhaa (missed) Salaah. Those who may have missed some Salaah simply need to sit down, apply their minds and to the best of one’s ability calculate the number of Salaah that were missed since becoming baaligh. Thereafter on a daily basis one should make up the missed Salaah. Once one has completed the missed Salaah, one will Insha Allah qualify to be a “Saahibe Tarteeb”.

Becoming a Saahibe Tarteeb and remaining one, should be a goal in our life. Let us encourage our family and friends, especially our little ones, to become a Saahibe Tarteeb. Let us speak about it and allow it to become a reality in our lives.

   

Switch - OFF Special

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Last Updated on Saturday, 26 January 2013 09:06

In many homes the radio is playing almost 24 hours a day. We are listening to Quraan, nazams, talks, speech contests, and quiz competitions. The tragedy is that these programs have now taken the place of our own personal recitation of the quraan, zikr and dua. Ramadaan is a month of the Quraan. Shaikhul Hadeeth Moulana Muhammed Zakariyya Khandhelwi (rahimahullah) writes regarding the women of his household and the importance they gave to reciting the Quraan. He states that together with their house work, they managed to easily complete fifteen to twenty juz (paras) daily. Let us all try this Ramadaan to switch off all stations and increase our recitation of the Quraan, the zikr of the first kalimah and istighfaar. Some time daily should also be dedicated for dua.

   

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