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To Ask or Not to Ask?​

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 10:10

Through the journey of life, one’s path will contain pot holes, bumps, gravel patches and roadblocks, just as it will contain captivating scenery, rest stops and straight, clear sections, free of danger. In many instances, the pot hole or bump will be an entirely new one, never experienced before. On encountering this obstacle, one will wonder, “How do I navigate it successfully?” The simple answer is that one should refer to someone who has knowledge of the path and understands what will be pleasing to Allah Ta‘ala. Through the guidance of such a person, one will be able to overcome the obstacle without suffering a loss.

In life, obstacles come in different forms and guises. Sometimes, we are faced with marital problems, either with our husband himself or our in-laws. At other times, we may be faced with a predicament involving our children, while there may be times when we have a personal problem in our life such as the addiction to a certain destructive sin.

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Never Lose Hope

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Monday, 15 April 2019 09:41

During the Battle of Uhud, one of the painful tragedies suffered by Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was the martyrdom of his beloved uncle, Sayyiduna Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). The person responsible for killing Sayyiduna Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was none other than Sayyiduna Wahshi bin Harb (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). At that time, he was not a Muslim, but Allah Ta‘ala later on blessed him to accept Islam and become a Sahaabi. The incident of his accepting Islam is as follows:

After Allah Ta‘ala blessed Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) with the conquest of Makkah Mukarramah, the heart of Sayyiduna Wahshi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) became filled with fear. Being responsible for the death of Sayyiduna Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), he feared that the Muslims would seize him and kill him in retaliation, and hence he fled for his life. He would remain in hiding throughout the day and travel throughout the night in an effort to distance himself from the lands of the Muslims. Eventually, Sayyiduna Wahshi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reached the Himyar tribe and settled down in their area. 

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Taste!​

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Monday, 15 April 2019 15:16

Aaahh! Taste! What would life be without it?

From tart to tangy, sour to spicy, sweet to salty, and sweet and salty (think salted caramel!), everybody’s tongues and palates are attuned to their own ‘tastes’ and preferences.

Why is it that some people eat tripe with relish while others prefer to pass on the platter? Why do some savour sushi while others die for donuts or crave croissants?

Believe it or not, our taste preferences are not pre-programmed into our DNA and genetics, but are actually acquired and learned. Furthermore, this process commences before we are even born.

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The Ultimate Betrayal​

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Monday, 15 April 2019 13:59

She felt as if a bombshell had dropped… Her world was completely upside down… Her husband had been caught cheating on her!

She thinks to herself, “How could he? After all I’ve done for him, he repays me with this? Is this his concept of loyalty?”

She then begins to ponder over all that she had done for him through the thirty-five years of their marriage. Bearing and raising his three children, through sickness and good health, patiently attending to their every need when they required her... Preparing three meals a day for her husband, with love and affection... Seeing to all the affairs of the home... Preparing for his guests... Seeing to his elderly parents... Always receiving him with a smile when he returned from a long, tiring day at work...

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What’s in a Diamond???​

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Monday, 15 April 2019 13:51

Approaching his devoted wife, he lovingly handed her a jewellery box, bound with a ribbon artistically tied. “Ooooh!” she exclaimed in delight, “You shouldn’t have! Jazakallah!”

Then, with bated breath, and hands trembling with excitement and suspense, she untied the ribbon and prised open the box, expecting to see diamond-inlaid earrings... only to see a simple lead pencil nestled in the velvet within! At that moment, viewing the pencil, she thought to herself, “A pencil? Honestly, my husband must think I’m a write off!”

The reality of the matter, however, is that the lead in a pencil is no different to a diamond. A diamond is essentially carbon, and the lead in a pencil is made from graphite which is also a form of carbon. In other words, on a basic level, pencil lead and diamonds are the same thing. In that case, why was the wife so upset when she received a pencil instead of a diamond? Furthermore, why are pencils so cheap and diamonds so valuable and prized when both are essentially the same substance?

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