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Stockpiling!

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Tuesday, 31 March 2020 07:38

Currently, with the national lockdown due to the Coronavirus, many people understandably went into a state of panic. This panic and anxiety precipitated a phenomenon known as ‘stockpiling’, where people rushed to supermarkets and grocery stores to stock up on all essential items.

Long life milk… Toilet paper… Bread… Canned food… Pasta… Frozen vegetables and meat… Medications… All these items – and more – suddenly came into high demand as people became housebound and realized that for the next 21 days, they would be restricted in exiting their homes.

The reality, however, is that the grocery stores are still open, and the shelves are still being restocked. Yet, despite this reassurance and the continued supply of essentials, our fear of the lockdown is so intense that we still hasten to stockpile, adopting the most extreme precautions to guarantee our survival in a time of uncertainty.

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Every Cloud has a Silver Lining

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Monday, 30 March 2020 07:32

There was once a pious man, living (with his family) in the wilderness. They had a dog, donkey and rooster. The rooster would awake them for salaah, the donkey would be used to carry their water and grain etc., and the dog would guard and protect them.

One day, a fox arrived and snatched away the rooster, causing his family to grieve over its loss. However, since the man was a pious man, his response was, “Perhaps there is some good in what transpired.”

After some time had passed, a wolf arrived and attacked the donkey, splitting open its belly and killing it. They grieved over the loss of the donkey, but the pious man once again responded saying, “Perhaps there is some good in what transpired.”

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Lockdown!

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Thursday, 26 March 2020 10:36

With the lockdown commencing tonight at 23:59:59 (midnight), people around the country have made various preparations to see them through the next 21 days comfortably. Foremost in their list of preparations are the obvious essential items such as groceries and medication. However, now that we are prepared to remain at home for three weeks, the question on people’s minds is, “What are we going to do at home? How will we keep our children occupied?”

Some people feel that this is the ideal time to ‘spring clean’, or attend to the odds and ends around the house that are sometimes neglected. Others are simply at a loss, not knowing how to spend their time now that their usual schedule has been brought to a screeching halt. However, there is a third category of people who plan to spend this period ‘catching up’ on their favourite shows and series. Their preparation for the lockdown has been to ensure that their Netflix subscription is paid, or they have sufficient data, as they intend to spend the next 21 days glued to the screen, drowning in a world of fiction and falsehood.

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Kareema and the Corona

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Tuesday, 24 March 2020 17:19

Ask our children:

1. Where do sicknesses come from?

2. Who cures us when we are sick?

3. What should we do when we are sick?

Now tell them the story:

One day, Kareema was sitting in class when her teacher called out, “Listen up everyone! I have an announcement to make!” The entire class became quiet and all the girls listened very carefully to what the teacher was going to say.

The teacher said, “As many of you may have heard, there is a new sickness named the ‘Coronavirus’. This sickness is spreading through the whole world and thousands of people are becoming sick. We don’t want all of you falling ill, so school will be closed from tomorrow.”

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Grateful before the Giver

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Monday, 23 March 2020 13:18

Abu Bilaal Al-Aswad recounts the following:

I once set out on the journey of hajj. After traveling some distance, I encountered a woman who had neither a conveyance to ride nor a utensil to use. I asked her, “Where are you from?” She replied, “I am from the land of Balkh.”

I then remarked to her, “I see that you neither have any provisions, nor a utensil in which you can carry provisions.” She responded, “When I departed from Balkh, I had ten dirhams with me. I still have some of that amount with me.” Hearing this, I asked her, “What will you do when the money is depleted?” She replied, “This cloak that I am wearing is extra. I will sell it, and then use the money to buy a cheaper cloak. I will then use the surplus money to see to my needs.”

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