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What is the Worst Crime???

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Thursday, 26 November 2020 08:34

If people were asked what they felt is the worst crime, then many would answer murder, while others would answer rape, genocide or other similar violent crimes. However, to arrive at the correct answer, we must understand that the severity of a crime is directly related to the sanctity of the victim.

For example, if a person destroys an ordinary stone on the side of the road, then since this stone is lifeless and enjoys no sanctity, his action will not be deemed a crime, although it was needlessly destructive. However, if one has to torture and kill an animal, then since an animal is a living creature and enjoys some degree of sanctity in society, he could be charged for the crime, though the charge would not be excessively harsh. Finally, if one has to murder a human, then since a human enjoys very great sanctity in society and his life is protected, the crime will draw a harsh punishment – often a life sentence in prison.

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Overcome by Compassion and Concern

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Monday, 23 November 2020 13:59

On one occasion, ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah) sent an emissary to the ruler of Rome. After the emissary had concluded his mission with the ruler, he left his court and began to roam around. While roaming, he passed by a place where he could hear a man reciting the Quraan Majeed and grinding grain. He thus approached the man and greeted him with salaam two or three times, but the man did not reply to his salaam.

Finally, the man replied to his salaam and asked, “How is it that someone is making salaam to me in this land? (i.e. how is it that a Muslim is present here?)” The emissary then explained to the man that he was the emissary of ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah), sent to the ruler of Rome.

The emissary then asked the man regarding his condition and what he was doing in the land of Rome. The man replied, “I was taken prisoner from such-and-such place and brought before the Roman ruler. (When I stood before him,) he invited me to accept Christianity, but I refused. (Hearing my refusal,) he threatened, ‘If you do not do so, I will have your eyes blinded!’ I made the choice to safeguard my Deen and sacrifice my sight. Hence, he had my eyes blinded, after which he sent me to stay in this place. Everyday, he sends wheat for me to grind, and bread for me to eat.”

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Ja’far and the Junk Food

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Thursday, 19 November 2020 13:49

Ask our children:

1. What is junk food?

2. What is healthy food?

3. Should we eat healthy food or junk food?

Now tell them the story:

There was once a little boy named Ja’far. He was very clever, and had very good manners – but he had one BIG problem. His problem was that he only wanted to eat junk food!

For breakfast, he would sometimes have chocolate milkshake and chocolate cake. For lunch, he would sometimes have fried chips and a burger, and for supper, he liked to eat waffles with ice cream! Whatever meal it was, he only liked to eat junk food!

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The Satanic Investment

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Thursday, 19 November 2020 09:43

Sayyiduna Jaabir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said:

Iblees places his throne upon the water (i.e. on the ocean). Thereafter, he deputes the various units of his armies (throughout the world to misguide people). The Shaitaan who has the closest position to Iblees is the one who causes the most mischief. One Shaitaan comes to Iblees and says, “I did this and this (e.g. I prompted someone to steal, etc.).” However, Iblees replies, “You did not do anything (remarkable).” Thereafter, another shaitaan comes to Iblees and says, “I continued to make effort on a certain man until I managed to separate him from his wife (i.e. causing marital problems).” Hearing this, Iblees (becomes overjoyed,) brings him close to him, hugs him and says, “What an excellent thing you have done.” (Saheeh Muslim #7106)

From all the different wrongs that a person can become involved in, one of the wrongs that is most pleasing to Iblees is that of marital discord. The reason is that this wrong is not an isolated one – rather it unleashes in its wake a whole host of other wrongs.

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Enmity for his In-Laws

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Tuesday, 17 November 2020 10:00

Question:

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

Respected ‘Ulama

I write this with a very heavy heart. My sister is married to a man who is a practicing Muslim and a pious person, who is very close to ‘Ulama.

He is sometimes the best husband in the world to her, but then he “goes off”, and it happens all the time. She has lost her self-confidence and health due to the constant tension.

He doesn’t like the fact that he has in-laws and takes advantage because he knows my father will not tell him anything. Because of his unfriendly behaviour towards my family, no one likes him, yet he speaks nicely to his friends and own family.

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