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Flattening the Curve

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Tuesday, 14 April 2020 06:47

All around the world governments are battling the Coronavirus pandemic. In an effort to combat this disease they have enforced various types of lockdowns. However, despite the lockdowns in different countries differing in their regulations and penalties for violations, all the lockdowns have one and the same goal – to ‘flatten the curve’ of transmission.

In other words, the objective is to slow the spread of the disease so that the healthcare systems do not become overwhelmed. In this manner, instead of the entire population becoming infected at once, small, isolated pockets of people may be infected, thus making it easier to deal with and contain the infection.

From the governments’ approach to dealing with the Coronavirus, there is a lesson for us all – the lesson of flattening the curve of sin. As we approach Ramadhaan, we all desire to derive maximum benefit and reap maximum rewards in this blessed month. However, if we enter the month ill-prepared, persisting in our bad habits and evil ways, then the ‘virus’ of our sins will continue to infect us and overwhelm our systems throughout Ramadhaan. Then, before we know it, the month will be over, and we will be no better off than we were before the month – or we may even be worse off.

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A Letter to the Nile

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Monday, 13 April 2020 10:42

During the khilaafah (rule) of Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), the Muslims conquered the land of Egypt. Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had appointed Sayyiduna ‘Amr bin ‘Aas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) as the governor over Egypt.

After the Muslims began to rule, when the month of Baoonah (the tenth month in the Coptic calendar) commenced, the people of Egypt approached Sayyiduna ‘Amr bin ‘Aas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and said, “O leader! The Nile has a special ritual that must be performed. Without performing this ritual, the river will not rise (and we will not be able to farm).” Sayyiduna ‘Amr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) asked them, “What is this ritual?” The people answered, “When it is the twelfth night of this month, we go to a young, virgin girl. We then make her parents happy (by remunerating them greatly so they may consent us taking her away), after which we adorn her with the best of jewellery and dress her in the finest of garments. We then cast her into the Nile (as a human sacrifice).”

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Proudly Defying the Law

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Thursday, 09 April 2020 09:45

The global Coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented in recent history. This microscopic virus does not differentiate between black or white, rich or poor, educated or uneducated, royalty or commoner. Rather, there is no person who is immune to it. As hundreds of thousands of people are infected, governments around the world have enforced lockdowns in an effort to curtail the contagion.

While scientists and medical experts will explain the ‘apparent cause’ for this virus, as Muslims, we need to turn to the Quraan Majeed and the ahaadeeth of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to discover the ‘actual reason’ for such a pandemic and the various difficulties and complications that have followed.

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The Most Beloved of the Most Beloved

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Monday, 06 April 2020 08:03

(Sayyidah ‘Aaishah [radhiyallahu ‘anha] – Part One)

Allah Ta‘ala had blessed multiple women with the honour of becoming the Azwaaj Mutahharaat (pure and chaste wives of Rasulullah [sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam]). However, from all the Azwaaj Mutahharaat, perhaps the one who is most well-known is Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha).

Not only was Sayyidah Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) the most beloved of the Azwaaj Mutahharaat to our most beloved Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), but among all his wives, she was blessed with many special virtues that were unique to her alone.

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Correct Age for Marriage

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Thursday, 02 April 2020 10:13

Question:

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

Respected ‘Ulama

What is the correct age for a girl to get married? Is it seventeen? Eighteen? Nineteen? If a girl wants to get married, what should she do?

Jazakallah

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