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Undermining Authority

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Saturday, 10 July 2021 09:40

Allah Ta‘ala has designed the world as a place where some people will have authority over others. For example, the ruler will have authority over the citizens, the employer will have some degree of authority over his employees, the principal over the school, the station commander over the policemen under him, etc. This is the system of Allah Ta‘ala, which is not only essential for maintaining law and order, but also for mankind to progress and be productive.

If no person respected and recognized the police force, there would be widespread anarchy and lawlessness. Likewise, if no person was prepared to submit to an employer, we would not be able to organize and coordinate labour forces to produce goods and render services on a large scale.

In the same manner, every home has a leader at the helm – the head of the household and figure of authority – and it is the father whom Allah Ta‘ala has appointed to this position. On account of the natural authority given to him by Allah Ta‘ala, the father administrates the affairs of the household, overseeing the upbringing of the children, supervising their education, upholding discipline and ensuring that the household runs smoothly, without any hiccups. As for the mother, then though she has no authority over her husband, she has also been given authority over her children so that she may raise them and mould them correctly.

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Stress = Rest?

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Wednesday, 07 July 2021 09:19

If there is a pandemic across the globe that is equally deadly to Covid-19, it is undoubtedly the ‘pandemic’ of STRESS. Cardiac arrest, IBS, mental breakdowns and a host of other ailments can have their roots traced to the poison known as STRESS. In fact, the damage caused by STRESS is not limited to the human body, as it even has the potential to destroy marriages, ruin friendships, end careers and turn family members against one another.

However, if we examine STRESS, then we will realize that by adopting a simple procedure, we can convert our STRESS into REST. On viewing the two words, we will notice that both contain the same letters. Hence, the only difference between them is the sequence of the letters, and the fact that STRESS contains an additional two letters – and in these two differences lie the solution.

The first step is to rearrange our lives to correct the sequence. Just as switching the letters around will convert S-T-R-E-S-S into R-E-S-T, arranging our lives according to the real priorities, and adhering to the arrangement and sequence, will cause us to find REST from our STRESS.

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Unshakeable Imaan

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Monday, 05 July 2021 08:17

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Huzaafah Sahmi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) is a Sahaabi of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) who had brought imaan in the early stages of Islam. Hence, he was among the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) who participated in the second migration to Abyssinia. (Usdul Ghaabah vol. 2, pg. 577)

During the khilaafah of Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Huzaafah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was part of an expedition sent to fight against the Romans. However, during the expedition, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was taken captive by the Romans.

The Romans brought him before their king and said, “This man is one of the companions of Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam),” Realizing that the man before him was a Sahaabi, the king wished to make him a Christian. Hence, the king said to him, “Do you wish to become a Christian? If you do so, I will give you my daughter’s hand in marriage, and I will also share my kingdom and my rule with you.”

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Sunnah Du‘aas - Introduction

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Thursday, 01 July 2021 10:00

Every person, throughout his life, regardless of who he may be, will have different needs. There are needs relating to this world, such as the need for air, water, food, clothing, etc., as well as needs relating to the next world, such as the need to be comfortable in the grave, pass the questioning on the Day of Qiyaamah, cross the Siraat safely, etc.

Regardless of the nature of the need, the one who fulfils it and bestows us with what we require is Allah Ta‘ala. He alone possesses unlimited treasures and countless bounties, and the more we beg from Him, the more He will bless us.

When it is Allah Ta‘ala alone who can avail us and assist us, then it is to Him that we should turn in du‘aa at all times, begging Him for our present and future needs. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Du‘aa benefits against what has befallen (a person) and what has not (yet) befallen. So hold fast unto du‘aa, O servants of Allah.” (Sunan Tirmizi #3548)

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Words of Wisdom

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Monday, 28 June 2021 10:36

(Mother of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee [daamat barakaatuhum] – Part Six)

Allah Ta‘ala had blessed Makkiyyah Aapa (rahimahallah) with great wisdom. Hence, many of her words of wisdom have been recorded by her family members. Many of these advices are actually derived from the lessons in the ahaadeeth of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Some of her advices were:

- Through giving zakaat, you will cleanse your wealth.

- Through giving sadaqah, you will cure your sick ones.

- If you speak less, eat less and have less freedom, you will always remain happy and content.

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