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Perfect from Within and Without

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Wednesday, 23 June 2021 15:25

Imagine receiving a box of Belgian chocolate truffles and Swiss chocolate pralines, tastefully wrapped and stylishly packaged. As you unwrap the box, the artwork emblazoned on the packaging catches your eye. On opening the box, your delight and excitement only increases as you see that each chocolate has been individually decorated and lies carefully nestled in its own niche, separated from the other chocolates so that it can maintain its unique flavour.

However, on biting into it, the old saying comes to mind, “All that glitters is not gold”, for the chocolate is stale. Not only is it stale – it is infested with weevils and worms! For all the hype and excitement generated by the beautiful appearance, it turned out that the internal was rotten and corrupt and was thus fit for only the trashcan.

Next, imagine that the same Belgian chocolate truffles and Swiss pralines were served to you and they were fresh and bug-free. However, this time around, it’s the packaging that’s disgusting. Instead of being individually wrapped and tastefully boxed, with care, hygiene and attention to detail, it is unceremoniously plopped into a filthy, dirt-encrusted packet, that is stained with streaks of dried oil and other unspeakable substances that previously leaked inside.

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Be Sensor-ble!

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Tuesday, 22 June 2021 09:24

Almost every machine has certain built-in sensors. The role of these sensors is to measure and monitor the readings of different aspects and accordingly regulate the functions in process, thus ensuring that the machine remains free of malfunctions. A typical example of this is a heat sensor (e.g. in a hair dryer) which prevents overheating by causing the machine to switch off when a certain temperature is exceeded.

In the absence of such sensors, or if these sensors have to be tampered with or overrode, the machines would severely malfunction, and ultimately, would suffer severe or even irreversible damage. Hence, these sensors are considered to be safety features, and their inclusion within a product is appreciated and causes the value of the product to increase.

It is for this reason that cars which are equipped with ‘lane assist’ sensors, and ‘PDC’ sensors etc. are more in demand and fetch a higher price.

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Jannah for One Dirham

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Monday, 21 June 2021 09:01

Imaam Abu Dawood (rahimahullah) was a great Muhaddith and luminary of this Ummah. He was born in 202 A.H. and passed away in 275 A.H. His name was Sulaimaan bin Ash‘ath (rahimahullah), though he was more well known by his kunyah (filial title) of ‘Abu Dawood’. (Siyaru Aa’laamin Nubalaa vol. 13, pgs. 204 & 221)

Allah Ta‘ala blessed the hadeeth compilation of Imaam Abu Dawood (rahimahullah) with such acceptance that his kitaab, commonly referred to as ‘Sunan Abi Dawood’, is counted among the six authentic compilations of hadeeth that are taught in madrasahs around the world.

From the many outstanding qualities that he possessed, one quality that stands out in particular is his love for the sunnah and commitment to practising on the sunnah.

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Bottling Feelings

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Thursday, 17 June 2021 15:03

Question:

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

Respected ‘Ulama

What is the correct method to overcome bottling up one’s feelings?

Jazakallah

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Striving for Islam

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Monday, 14 June 2021 09:24

(Mother of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee [daamat barakaatuhum] – Part Five)

When Mufti Saheb (daamat barakaatuhum) completed his studies in Darul ‘Uloom Deoband and returned home to Isipingo Beach, he intended to start off a madrasah for hifz and ‘aalim students.

At the time, some people advised him that he should work for half a day and teach for half a day. In this way, he would be able to earn an income and also teach Deen. However, his respected mother advised him to spend all his time for Deen, as they (his parents) were prepared to support him. In this way Mufti Saheb (daamat barakaatuhum) was able to dedicate all his time and effort to the madrasah. 

In this manner, the mother and father of Mufti Saheb (daamat barakaatuhum) were greatly instrumental in commencing the Darul ‘Uloom – Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, as it was with their support and encouragement that Mufti Saheb (daamat barakaatuhum) was able to carry out the work of Deen.

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