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A Complete Turnaround

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Monday, 16 November 2020 15:08

Sayyidah Hind Bintu ‘Utbah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was the wife of Sayyiduna Abu Sufyaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and the mother of Sayyiduna Mu‘aawiyah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

Prior to accepting Islam, she was among the most bitter enemies of Islam, as her father, ‘Utbah bin Rabee‘ah, her uncle, Shaibah bin Rabee‘ah, and her brother, Waleed bin ‘Utbah, were killed by the Muslims in the Battle of Badr. Hence, when Sayyiduna Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was martyred in the Battle of Uhud, Sayyidah Hind (radhiyallahu ‘anha) mutilated his body, as he was responsible for the death of Shaibah and had also played a role in the death of ‘Utbah. (Seerah Ibni Hishaam vol. 2, pg. 709 and Fat-hul Baari vol. 9, pg. 508)

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Sour Cream Dip

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Thursday, 12 November 2020 08:18

Ingredients:

¼ cup mayonnaise

¼ cup sour cream

2 tsp crushed garlic

1/8 of an onion very finely chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Combine all the ingredients together.

Garish with some chopped chives if desired and serve with chips or vegetables for dipping.

 

An ‘Army’ of Angels Engaged in Du‘aa

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Tuesday, 10 November 2020 15:13

Sayyiduna Ma’qil bin Yasaar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Whoever recites the following three times in the morning:

أَعُوْذُ بِاللهِ السَّمِيْعِ الْعَلِيْمِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيْم​

I seek protection in Allah, the All-Hearing and All-Knowing, from the rejected Shaitaan

And thereafter recites the last three verses of Surah Hashr, Allah Ta‘ala will appoint seventy thousand angels to make du‘aa for him until the evening, and if he passes away during that day, he will receive the rank of a martyr. And whoever recites it in the evening, he will enjoy the same virtue until the morning.” (Sunan Tirmizi #2922)

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The Effect of Honesty

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Monday, 09 November 2020 13:48

There was once a slave named Mubaarak (rahimahullah) who lived in the orchard of his master and worked there as well for many years.

One day, his master came to him and requested, “Bring me a sweet pomegranate.” Mubaarak (rahimahullah) went to one of the trees in the orchard and returned with a pomegranate. However, when the master split it open and tasted it, he found it to be sour. He thus became angry and rebuked Mubaarak (rahimahullah) saying, “I asked you for a sweet pomegranate, yet you brought me one that is sour? Bring me a sweet one!”

Mubaarak (rahimahullah) thus went to a second tree and cut a pomegranate. On this occasion too, however, the fruit was sour, and his master’s anger now increased. He thus sent him to bring a third pomegranate, but even the third was sour!

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Consumer or Consumed?

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Thursday, 05 November 2020 08:23

Smash burgers, freak shakes and Wagyu steaks… Just 10-15 years ago, these words would have been meaningless to most people. Yet, with the passage of time and progression of social media, there are now few people who are NOT acquainted with these words.

Not too long ago, eating takeout food or dining at a restaurant was a rare treat, with even the wealthy not indulging in such a luxury more than once a week. However, it is now common for even middle-class households to buy food multiple times a week. The question we must nevertheless ask ourselves is, “At what cost?”

The truth of the matter is that we no longer consume food – rather, many of us are ‘consumed’ by food. Via Facebook and Instagram, we are, on a daily basis, exposed to adverts and reviews of the latest eating establishments and the newest gastronomic innovations. Pop-ups, sit downs and takeaways – they all market their businesses, on their own social media pages and via ‘food bloggers’, trying to attract as much interest and business as they can. For this purpose, a raving review and flattering photo of the food goes a long way – to stimulating the salivary glands and making the viewer’s mouths pool with drool in hungry anticipation.

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