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The Plight of the Kite

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Monday, 08 October 2012 06:07

The colourful kite is flying high up in the sky. Attached to it is a string which goes all the way down to a man standing on the ground, who is controlling it. Everyone see’s and admires the kite whereas it is the man behind the kite who is doing everything. Supposing the kite thinks to itself one day, that I need to break away and disconnect myself from the man on the ground since he is restricting me and preventing me from reaching greater heights. The moment the kite snaps away, no doubt for a few moments it may go higher up, only to come down crashing, never to be seen again. In the same way, at times the deceptive thought may go through our minds that due to our attachment to the Ulama we are not progressing. The reality is that the moment we separate ourselves from the Ulama, we will fall into destruction and deviation. Our protection lies in our attachment to the Ulama and the pious.

 

Washing the Dead Body

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Sunday, 07 October 2012 06:40

The body of a deceased person totally submits and surrenders itself to those who are washing it. They move the body to the left, to the right, they tilt it, they pour water over it but there is no resistance or complaint from the body with regards to being moved or the temperature of the water. Thus the body is thoroughly washed and ready to be lowered into the grave. In the same way when a person submits and surrenders his/her heart to Allah Ta’ala, which may have turned dead due to sin and desire, then with the grace and mercy of Allah Ta’ala his/her heart will be spiritually cleansed and ready to be presented in the court of Allah Ta’ala.

 

Rose Rolls

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Saturday, 06 October 2012 06:05

Ingredients:

4 cups all purpose/plain flour

1 tbslp instant yeast

2 tblsp powdered milk (klim)

1 tsp salt

4 tblsp oil

1 egg (plus 1 for glazing)

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Rules of a Muslim Home (#4) - Tarbiyah of Our Families (Part One)

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Wednesday, 03 October 2012 11:02

Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’aan: "O you who have Imaan! Save yourselves and your families from the fire (of Jahannum)."

We understand from this aayah the importance of the proper Islamic tarbiyah (nuturing) of our families.

The main cause of children being spoilt is our lack of interest in their tarbiyah. It is the incumbent responsibility of both the parents to bring up and nurture their children Islamically. However, a greater responsibility lies upon the mother, since the children grow up mainly in her care.

Parents should try and gain the maximum out of their children by moulding their behaviour in accordance with the Shari’ah. Besides benefiting the children it will also benefit us. Whatever good accrues from them, we will also have a share in the reward they attain. Every salaah they perform, every aayah of the Qur’aan they recite and every other good deed that they may perform, a share of the reward will be reserved for us as well.

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It is Your Company - Khadeejah (radiyallahu anha)

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Wednesday, 03 October 2012 06:20

Step back a moment and reflect . . . Imagine . . . Think of a woman who has experienced all the ups and downs of life, enduring the death of one husband after the other, going through the difficulty of earning for herself due to her circumstances, suffering the heartache of the divorce of her daughters because of her faith, living in a home that was constantly beset with abuse and persecution for the sake of her Rabb, going into exile in her old age, tolerating adverse conditions of hunger and starvation . . . yet still maintaining the same intense love for her husband like a newly-wed bride . . . yet still dedicated to him with her heart and soul, totally compliant with her mind and body . . . yet still pouring every vestige of her strength in nurturing her children . . . yet still spending large amounts of money for the cause of her faith with a smile ... yet still motivating those around her despite the hostile environment . . .

Read more: It is Your Company - Khadeejah (radiyallahu anha)

 

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