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Have a Heart!​

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Thursday, 01 August 2019 10:12

Imagine, for a moment, that there is a refugee camp with a few thousand people seeking shelter and safety. These people are living hand to mouth and are struggling to provide for themselves and their families. Now, a person goes to the very edge of the camp, lights a fire and begins to braai some meat. Then, while thousands of hungry eyes are trained on him – eyes of people who have not eaten meat in weeks – he enjoys and relishes his meal. In doing so, he is completely oblivious to the pain and misery he has brought to all these people who can smell and see his food, yet cannot savour even a single morsel.

If we had to see this inconsiderate person, what would we say to him? HAVE A HEART! If you cannot share, then at least avoid flaunting what you have before those who are less fortunate!

While this example may seem farfetched, there is another example far closer to home – IN our own homes in fact – that of our domestic staff and workers.

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The Best Ummah​

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Wednesday, 31 July 2019 14:58

كُنتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ تَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَتَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّـهِ​

You are the best Ummah ever raised for mankind; you enjoin what is right, forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah. (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v110)

From every Ummah that set foot on earth, it is the Ummah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) that is the best. There are numerous reasons due to which our Ummah is the best Ummah, and these have been mentioned in various verses of the Quraan Majeed.

In this verse, Allah Ta‘ala mentions one very important reason for our Ummah being the best – the reason of our Ummah being raised for mankind. In other words, one special quality of our Ummah, due to which they are distinguished, is that they always try to be of benefit and assistance to others.

Thereafter, it is not just any effort of benefit and assistance that brings us distinction, rather it is the greatest effort of benefiting people – the effort of bringing people closer to Deen.

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Determined to Make a Difference​

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Monday, 29 July 2019 13:17

(Zubaidah – The Wife of Haaroon Rasheed – Part Three)

During the era of Zubaidah, there was a scarcity of water in Makkah Mukarramah. This shortage was especially devastating at the time of hajj as during this period, thousands of people would flock to the blessed city, as well as the plains of ‘Arafaat, Muzdalifah and Mina, from all corners of the Muslim world. Eventually, the demand for water was so high that people would pay up to one dinaar (gold coin) for a single bag of water!

When Zubaidah witnessed this, she was overcome by pity for the plight of the poor people who could not afford this exorbitant amount, yet required this valuable resource for survival. She thus embarked on a project to provide water to the people in Makkah Mukarramah.

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Orange Scones with Strawberry Sauce

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Saturday, 27 July 2019 15:10

A decadent addition to your ‘Eid breakfast table or perfect with tea anytime. The scones are rich and buttery. The zest can be omitted to make plain scones.

All the components can be made ahead and assembled when needed. The scones can be frozen. Just defrost and warm through in an oven or microwave.

Ingredients:

4 cups flour

½ cup sugar

1 Tbsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

340g cold butter, roughly chopped.

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The Manner of Raising and Educating Young Girls in the Past (Part 2)

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Thursday, 25 July 2019 15:12

“A Muslimah’s Guide to Living a Blissful Life” by Sayyidah Khairun Nisaa (rahimahallah) #8

In the past, mothers would be particular in selecting such a place for their daughters to spend their time and carry out their activities where they would remain shielded from all evil influences. Accordingly, they were never exposed to non-mahram males, and it was even difficult for strange women to pass by (and encounter them).

Their mother or sister would often spend time with them and teach them domestic work, explain to them the highs and lows and ups and downs of life, and create the enthusiasm for good in their hearts together with instilling the aversion for evil in them. They would also show them the consequences that result from these evil qualities and actions and instil such disgust for these evils within them that would not leave them even after marriage.

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