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Messed with Blue & Red Ink

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Monday, 25 June 2012 11:30

Imagine a child going for the first time to his father’s desk. The exciting pens, the pencils, eraser, letter-opener, etc. are all neatly arranged on one side. He begins to explore and investigate the use of each item. In a few minutes the entire place is in a mess. He also turns the inkpot upside down and the ink runs on his fingers, onto the papers, the desk and the carpet. The child obviously had no idea of the consequence of his innocent explorations. Gripped with fear , the child now starts wiping the ink off his fingers on the front of his clothes and he hastily starts wiping the ink off other items using whatever pieces of paper available to him. 

Now, what should your reaction be, to this child? Should you scream at him for his innocence? You judge for yourself. Would punishing such a child not be unfair to him? His curiosity got the better of him. He made a mistake. He did not know the reality of what he was doing. Would it not be better to sit with him and explain to him the wrong he has done, the mess he has made and the danger of exploring things on his own?

 

Crunchy Butternut Salad

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Sunday, 24 June 2012 08:31

Ingredients:

½ butternut peeled & cubed (1 ½ cup when cooked)

½ red onion finely sliced

1 avo cubed

Feta cheese cubed

Fresh dhania chopped (handful)

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Laws Pertaining to the use of the Cellular Phone

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Thursday, 21 June 2012 09:32

Camera Phone

It is not permissible to take pictures of animate objects with a cell-phone. It is forbidden to watch videos, T.V. etc, whether on the cell-phone or any other media.

Answering the phone in the toilet

One should not answer the phone in the toilet. If necessary one may somehow make the caller aware that he is occupied at the moment.

Ring Tones

The purpose of the ring tone is to inform you that somebody wishes to speak to you.  To use the Azaan, a verse of the Qur’aan, any naat shareef, etc. for the purpose of this information is inappropriate. It is disrespectful to use these sacred words in this manner. Therefore, it is incorrect to use the Azaan, naaths or verses of the Qur-aan as a ring tone. Furthermore, if one’s phone suddenly starts ringing whilst in the toilet, this is gross disrespect to these sacred words. One should completely refrain from having such ring tones. Merely set your phone on a normal ring tone.

It is impermissible and a severe sin to have a musical ring tone on one’s cellular phone. Listening to music is Haraam, whether it is from a cell-phone or from any other instrument, whether with pictures or without pictures. To set such a tone on one’s phone that those who call one are forced to listen to music is totally impermissible. One is not only committing a sin, but one is also engaging others in sin.

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Goodness brings Goodness

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Wednesday, 20 June 2012 11:14

The conditions affecting the mother during pregnancy tend to affect the child within her as well. Infact, some physicians are of the impression that the conditions affecting the parent during intercourse affect the habits and disposition of the child as well.

Therefore during pregnancy, the mother should ponder at length over the religious achievements of some pious personality. This, will Insha-Allah Ta’ala produce a pious off-spring. If both parents perform their Fajr salaah in the morning following the night of conception, Insha-Allah Ta’ala the child will be obedient to Allah Ta’ala. If Fajr salaah is missed, there is a fear that their children will be disobedient to them, just as they have been disobedient to their Allah Ta’ala. As parents, we are the gardeners of our children. What we plant today will be harvested tomorrow. Our lives of goodness will bring such children into this world that are also full of goodness.

 

Holdback and be Deprived

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Monday, 18 June 2012 15:45

Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) addressed Asmaa (radiyallahu anha) and said, “Continue spending (in the path of Allah Ta’ala) and do not count and hoard, or else Allah Ta’ala will count and give you.” (Saheeh Bukhari #2591)

If we will hold onto our wealth, we will deprive ourselves from receiving wealth from the unseen unlimited treasures of Allah Ta’ala. It is indeed sad that some women hold onto the money of their husbands. They wish to take full control of all the wealth that comes into the home and leaves the home. The tragedy is when the wife stops the husband from spending on the poor, or on his family members that are in dire poverty. This is definitely not the approach of a Muslim woman. She should help in good causes and encourage others as well.

 

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