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The Reality of Death

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 15:43 Tuesday, 11 April 2017 14:10

Just as our sustenance, down to the last morsel, has been decreed long before our birth, our life, down to the last breath, has been similarly decreed. Hence, we have a limited amount of breaths to take, and, with every breath, we draw nearer and nearer to our death.

Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) has described the reality of death and our limited breath in the following verses:

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Ultimate Investment

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Last Updated on Monday, 17 April 2017 09:29 Monday, 10 April 2017 15:32

(The Life of Ummu Sulaim [radhiyallahu ‘anha] #3)

As seen previously, Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) had great concern for the Deen of her son, Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). It was on account of this concern that she had risked the wrath of her husband and made her son recite the kalimah, entering him into the fold of Islam.

It was this same motherly concern for the Deen and upbringing of her son that prompted Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) to take Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), when Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was still a young boy of ten years, and ask Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to accept him as a khaadim (special attendant).

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Choc-mint Cake

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Last Updated on Saturday, 08 April 2017 09:05 Tuesday, 04 April 2017 06:47

Extremely rich and indulgent. Perfect for any special occasion.

In a large saucepan/pot melt:

125g butter

¾ cup water

2 heaped tsp of coffee

100g dark chocolate

1 cup sugar

Let the mixture cool a little. Mix in 1 large egg.

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The Disappearing Donkey

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Last Updated on Monday, 03 April 2017 16:11 Monday, 03 April 2017 16:10

Muhammad Daari narrates the following:

There was, in our area of Daaraa, a man who was known for his foolishness. He once departed from Daaraa with ten donkeys, and on departing, he decided to ride one of the donkeys. After some time, he counted the donkeys and only found nine! Immediately concerned, he dismounted and carefully recounted the donkeys. To immense his relief, he now counted ten. As he remounted the donkey, it occurred to him that he should count the donkeys one more time, just to be safe. However, when he recounted the donkeys around him, he again counted only nine! Now frustrated and perplexed, he again dismounted and recounted, again finding ten donkeys! Eventually, the man thought to himself, “When I ride, I only have nine donkeys, but when I walk, I have ten. It is better for me to walk than to ride, as I will have one more donkey to sell.” Thus, not realizing that he had failed to count the donkey on which he was sitting, the foolish man walked all the way to his destination, almost perishing from the effort. (Akhbaarul Humaqaa wal Mughaffaleen pg. 123)

   

Feeling Lonely

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Last Updated on Monday, 03 April 2017 15:46 Tuesday, 04 April 2017 12:34

Question:

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

I am a 24 year old female. Recently, I have decided to try my best in fulfilling the laws of Allah Ta‘ala. However, I find that I am constantly sad whenever I am alone. When I am with company, I forget the sadness. I feel very lonely. I live alone with my parents and most of my family live far from home. I’m not the type who goes out much and barely have friends to speak to. 

I want to get married, however nothing has worked out so far. I do know that everything is in the hands of Allah Ta‘ala and I have accepted this. 

Also, my mother is constantly finding faults with whatever I do and this has been getting to me. I have tried speaking to her about it in a nice way. However, I am told that I am being disrespectful. 

Please advise me with some zikr, etc., or routine I can follow so I do not waste away time over thinking about matters which I have no control over, as well as a du‘aa that I can read for getting married.

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