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Exemplary to the End

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Monday, 23 April 2018 15:59

(Respected Wife of ‘Aarif Billah, Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar [rahimahullah] – Part Five)

Towards the end of her life, the respected wife of Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar (rahimahullah) became ill, and shortly before passing away, she also suffered a stroke.

Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar (rahimahullah) mentioned: “When I would arrive home, I would almost always find my respected wife engaged in reciting the Quraan Majeed. Towards the end of her life, she became extremely ill and weak. However, even in this state, her nafl salaah, zikr and recitation of the Quraan Majeed did not decrease. I would sometimes (take pity on her due to her illness and) say to her, ‘Decrease your nafl ‘ibaadah a little.’ However, she would merely smile and remain silent.”

He also said: “We were married for approximately fifty years, and for this entire period, she remained punctual on her Tahajjud Salaah.”

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Coconut Butter Balls

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Saturday, 21 April 2018 09:29

Cream 240g of softened butter for 3 minutes.

Add 1/3 cup icing sugar and beat for 1 minute.

Add 2 tsp of vanilla essence and beat till combined.

Add:

2 ¼ cup flour

¾ tsp baking powder

2/3 cup desiccated coconut.

Beat just till the dry ingredients are absorbed.

Take 2 tsp of dough at a time and roll into balls.

Bake on greased trays at 180 degrees celsius for 11 minutes.

While still warm dredge in icing sugar.

 

Betraying Bedroom Secrets

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Thursday, 19 April 2018 06:09

Imagine confiding in your best friend and revealing your deepest, darkest secret to her. However, to your utter dismay and horror, she then proceeds to broadcast your secret to all of society! How would you feel and what would your reaction be?

In all probability, you would feel mortified (extremely embarrassed) and would regard your ‘friend’ to be a backstabber. You would never again trust her and would be reluctant to even remain friends with her.

In this regard, one of the most important and serious secrets and trusts which should never ever be betrayed or revealed is the secret and trust of “bedroom secrets”.

Abu Sa‘eed Khudri (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Indeed the greatest (betrayal of a) trust and secret in the sight of Allah Ta‘ala on the Day of Qiyaamah is (the betrayal) of a man who is intimate with his wife, and she is intimate with him, and he thereafter reveals her secret.” (Saheeh Muslim #3543)

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Dealing with Debt

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 06:17

Question:

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

I am in permanent employment. My husband is not working due to his health. I’m currently in a lot of debt, paying for loans and paying a lot of interest.

Please advise me as to where I can obtain an interest-free loan to free all this debt, as it is very stressful for me.

Jazaakallah

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“Be True to Allah, He will be True to You”

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Monday, 16 April 2018 15:28

On one occasion a Bedouin came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and accepted Islam. He then expressed his desire to remain with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), due to which Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) instructed some of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) to look after him and make arrangements for him.

After some time had passed, the Muslims fought a battle against the disbelievers and were victorious, gaining booty in the process. When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) distributed the booty among the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), he also set aside a share for this Bedouin Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). However, on account of this Bedouin Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) attending to the animals of the other Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), he was away at the time of the distribution. Hence, the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) gave him his allotted share on his return.

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Talk of the Town

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Saturday, 14 April 2018 10:21

In essence, a house is nothing more than a place of shelter and refuge in which a person lives. Hence, in the past, homes were simple and often small structures, yet were open to family and guests alike, housing them happily and comfortably for as long as they required.

As time passed, however, houses ‘evolved’. Boundaries expanded, fences rose, rooms multiplied, floors were tiled and carpeted, walls were painted, gardens bloomed, pools sparkled, air conditioners were installed, and in general, everything ‘improved’.

Some of these improvements, such as appliances, led to more ease and a better “quality of life”. While improvements such as electric fencing led to increased security. Other improvements like painting, etc. fulfilled the purpose of making the home appear presentable e.g. painting the wall.

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