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My Journey into the Unknown

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 09:08

All praise is due to Allah Ta‘ala, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Blessings and salutations upon our beloved Nabi Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

I was born into a mixed-parentage family. My father was a Buddhist Chinese and my mother is a Hindu. They both practiced different faiths. I grew up worshipping idols and visiting temples, so I never felt odd or weird about the rituals. Because I was born in a Muslim country, Islam was not foreign to me.

I was seventeen when I started asking questions about my religion. Prayers and rituals did not make sense anymore. I then started seeking the religion that made the most sense. An invitation came for me to visit a church and attend a sermon. I did attend, but still felt that it wasn’t for me.

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True Beauty

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 16:42

In the ‘olden days’, the solution to cracked and chapped lips was a rusty yet trusty tub of Vaseline. Nowadays, we have a vast variety of lip balms, lip oils, lip butters and lip salves.

In the ‘olden days’, if you asked a person what he had on his foot, he would answer, “A shoe”. Nowadays, ask a person the same question, and the answer will vary between ‘pumps’, ‘heels’, ‘platforms’, ‘boots’, ‘sandals’, ‘takkies’, ‘sneakers’ and other forms of footwear that have walked onto the scene.

In the ‘olden days’, people’s day-to-day activities such as the household chores were sufficient to keep them occupied and also keep them in shape. Nowadays, there is no shortage of people signing up for Pilates, kickboxing, taibo, classes with a personal trainer, spinning classes, gym memberships and much more in the effort to stay ‘slim and trim’. 

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Always Ask Allah

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Thursday, 18 October 2018 15:39

Ask our children:

1. Who gives us everything that we have and enjoy?

2. If we want something, who should we ask?

Now tell them the story:

Ahmad was a boy who loved to eat donuts. Every Friday, as his father was leaving for work, Ahmad would run behind him and remind him, “Abba! Please don’t forget that it’s Friday today! Today’s donut day!”

Before coming home from work every Friday, Ahmad’s father would stop at the bakery and buy some fresh, hot donuts for Ahmad. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside... dripping with melted chocolate... filled with fresh cream... Ahmad just couldn’t wait! As soon as ‘Asr Salaah was over, Ahmad would keep running to the door, waiting for his father to arrive with his tasty donuts.

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The Key to the Compassion of Allah Ta‘ala

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 15:05

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin ‘Aas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Those who show mercy and compassion to others, Allah Ta‘ala the Most Merciful will show them mercy and compassion. Show mercy to those on the earth, the One in the Heavens (i.e. Allah Ta‘ala whose control and power extends over the Heavens and the earth) will show mercy to you.” (Sunan Abi Dawood #4941)

In this blessed hadeeth, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has taught us that if we want to be blessed with the mercy of Allah Ta‘ala, we will have to show mercy, kindness and compassion to others – be they Muslim, non-Muslim or even animals.

If we want Allah Ta‘ala to forgive us, we will have to have the heart to forego our grudges and forgive others. If we want Allah Ta‘ala to overlook our shortcomings, we will have to overlook the shortcomings and mistakes of others.

When we adopt an outlook of forgiving and forgetting the wrongs that we suffer from other people, Allah Ta‘ala will similarly bless us to repent for our sins. He will then readily forgive us and erase our sins.

May Allah Ta‘ala bless us all with the quality of kindness and compassion, aameen.

 

The Bles​sing of Bismillah

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Monday, 15 October 2018 15:28

Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) was once proceeding to a certain place for some task when he passed by a grave. On looking at the grave, Allah Ta‘ala showed him that angels of punishment were torturing the inmate of the grave.

Sometime later, when Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) had completed his task and was returning, he again passed by the grave. However, Allah Ta‘ala now showed him that instead of angels of punishment, there were angels of mercy at the grave, bearing platters of divine radiance!

Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) was surprised at this sudden change in condition. He thus performed salaah and engaged in du‘aa, begging Allah Ta‘ala to reveal to him what had caused the punishment of the inmate to cease and be replaced with His special mercy.

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