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Saturday, 02 March 2019 10:27

A classic biscuit with a bit of zing

Ingredients:

113g melted butter

¼ cup icing sugar

¾ tsp vanilla essence

1 cup flour

¼ tsp baking powder

¼ tsp ginger powder

1/3 cup finely chopped pecan nuts

1/6 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger

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Emulating the Elders​

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 16:03

“A Muslimah’s Guide to Living a Blissful Life” by Sayyidah Khairun Nisaa (rahimahallah) #6

My dear daughters! Carefully observe your elders and learn intelligence from them. Strive to become like them and imbibe modesty, bashfulness, intelligence and wisdom. By doing this, you will attain success and prosperity in this world and the next. Furthermore, you will lead a life of respect, happiness and dignity.

Until good and bad examples are not placed before you and a comparison is made between them, you will not gain a true understanding. Similarly, until you are not given a complete description of how things were in the past, and the manner in which people of the past lived, interacted and socialized, and how they educated and raised their children, and until the mannerisms and ways of the young girls of those times is not clearly outlined before you, you will never understand and will not be able to instil those qualities within yourself that are in actual fact the essence of being a civilized human being. Likewise, you will be unable to correct your weaknesses (and improve your character). 

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Encouraging Youth to Reform

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 10:00

Question:

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

Respected ‘Ulama

I teach in a madrasah and so I meet and interact with many young girls from different backgrounds. I have noticed that although they may be involved in bad habits and ways, they are still quite receptive. I have hope that if I speak to them and give them encouragement, they will be inspired to change their ways for the better.

How should I address them? How can I give them hope in the mercy of Allah Ta'ala and encourage them to make taubah?

Jazakallah

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​The Silent and Unseen Pillar

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Monday, 25 February 2019 15:25

(Wife of Moulana Qaasim Nanotwi [rahimahullah] - Part One)

Moulana Qaasim Nanotwi (rahimahullah) was an illustrious ‘aalim of the 19th century, and is a descendant of Sayyiduna Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). Moulana Qaasim (rahimahullah) only lived for 47 years, passing away in the year 1879, but left a legacy that continues to this day.

Moulana (rahimahullah) was blessed by Allah Ta‘ala to render various services for Deen and the Muslims. However, from all his Deeni services, it is perhaps his founding of Darul ‘Uloom Deoband that stands out the most. This institute, located in Deoband, India, has tens of thousands of graduates around the world, and many Deeni institutes today, in South Africa and abroad, are offshoots of this prestigious Darul ‘Uloom and remain affiliated to it.

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Overstaying Our Welcome​

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Saturday, 23 February 2019 09:07

Visiting the sick is an act that is greatly rewarding. However, it is vitally important that we show consideration to the one who is sick as well as the other members of his household. In this regard, we should visit at their ease (a time that is suitable for them), should inform them of our visit beforehand and should keep our visit short and sweet.

Once, a person went to visit someone who was sick. However, the visitor did not show any consideration and overstayed his welcome, becoming a means of discomfort for the sick person who was very tired and wished to rest. The sick person thus said to him, “So many visitors are entering my room that they are causing me discomfort and inconvenience.”

Sadly, the visitor failed to realise that the sick person was actually indirectly asking him to leave so that he may rest. Hence, he ignorantly suggested to the sick person, “Why don’t I close the door?” The sick person responded, “Yes! Please do so – but ensure that you close it from the outside!”

(Mirqaat vol. 4, pg. 60)

 

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