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“My Right”

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Thursday, 26 April 2018 16:24

In the world at present, people are constantly encouraged to stand up for their rights and claim their due. People have become so fanatical in this regard that they are prepared to take all and sundry to court. A son suing his father, a brother suing his sister and even a wife suing her husband have become common occurrences. This, in turn, has contributed greatly to the widespread breakdown of society.

Society comprises of people, and people belong to family units. When there is no cohesion and cooperation within individual families, how will they be able to make a significant contribution to improving and bettering society?

People are undoubtedly entitled to their rights. However, every single right does not have to be demanded, as there is also something known as ‘foregoing one’s right’ – an act of great virtue and reward which has been encouraged in the Quraan Majeed and hadeeth. If a person is never prepared to sacrifice his right and insists on claiming every right that is due to him, he will become a very difficult person to live with and will be impossible for people to tolerate. Hence, foregoing one’s right and giving preference to others is a vital ingredient in the recipe of akhlaaq (good character).

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Benefiting from Baytullah

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 16:02

إِنَّ أَوَّلَ بَيْتٍ وُضِعَ لِلنَّاسِ لَلَّذِي بِبَكَّةَ مُبَارَكًا وَهُدًى لِّلْعَالَمِينَ

Indeed the first house (of worship) appointed for people is certainly that which is in Makkah Mukarramah, full of blessing and guidance for the people of the worlds. (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v96)

In this verse of the Quraan Majeed, Allah Ta‘ala explains that the Ka’bah is the very first house constructed for His worship. It was Nabi Aadam (‘alaihis salaam) who initially constructed the Ka’bah after descending from Jannah.

Allah Ta‘ala also mentions that the Ka’bah is a means of barakah (blessings) and guidance for people. However, in order for one to benefit from the blessings of the Ka’bah and gain guidance, it is necessary that he understand the sanctity of the area and conduct himself correctly. If one fails to respect the Ka’bah, Haram, musjid, etc., as they ought to be respected, and one commits sins in the vicinity of these symbols of Deen, then despite the Ka’bah being a source of immense barakah and guidance, one will return home bereft of blessings and guidance.

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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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