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The Furnace of Love​

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Thursday, 14 March 2019 10:01

Iron is a substance renowned for its strength and resilience. Hence, iron, in its various alloys (a form where it is mixed with another metal) is used extensively in the building industry, especially to support concrete slabs, reinforce foundations, etc. However, have we ever wondered how iron is shaped? After all, we find it available in a multitude of sizes and shapes!

The answer is that for iron to be shaped, it must be heated in a furnace. Once the iron is red-hot, it softens to some extent, becoming malleable (easily shaped without breaking) and accommodating. It is then easy for the blacksmith to mould the metal into the shape he desires. 

In a similar manner, some husband’s have temperaments of ‘iron’. They are ‘hard’ men, unyielding and firm. This certainly has some positives, as such people rarely, if ever, compromise on their standards and values. Furthermore, such people tend to be steadfast, committed, principled and punctual. However, just as everything in life has cons, there are some cons to this as well.

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Marrying a Non-Muslim

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 08:53

Correspondence of Hazrat Moulana Yunus Patel Saheb (rahimahullah)

Letter: 

Assalaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh

Respected Moulana

I am in my 20s and still not married. The Muslim boys I know are of dubious and doubtful character, womanisers or into drugs, drink and other haraam. Their character also leaves little to be liked.

I am working with a man who is very good-natured and very kind-hearted. He also respects me and is very keen on marrying me, but he is a Christian. I consider him better than hundreds of Muslim men, so I would like to know if it is permissible for me to marry him? He will not force me to give up my faith.

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Taking out Time​

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Monday, 11 March 2019 10:00

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

The respected wife of Moulana Qaasim (rahimahullah) bore him no less than ten children; three sons and seven daughters. We can thus well imagine the extent to which she would have remained occupied in looking after the children and raising them, together with her other domestic responsibilities. Nevertheless, this saintly woman was such that despite her responsibilities, she was always motivated towards piety and eager to engage in works of righteousness.

No matter what work she may have been engaged in, the very instant she would hear the muazzin call out, “Hayya ‘alas salaah!”, she would cease whatever she was doing and prepare for salaah.

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A Method of Determining Temperament​

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Saturday, 09 March 2019 08:38

A simple method through which one may determine the temperament of a food is through the taste of the food. There are four basic tastes and each has its own temperament. They are:

Salty: These foods are generally hot and dry.

Sweet: These foods have some heat but are predominantly moist.

Sour: These foods are cold and dry.

Pungent (spicy): These foods are generally hot and dry.

Another simple method that we can use is the following:

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The ‘Marathon’ of Ramadhaan​

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Thursday, 07 March 2019 15:20

Imagine a person who arrives at the starting line to run a 5km marathon, wearing the latest running shoes and carrying the most sophisticated water bottle. However, after the starting gun is fired, he does not begin running immediately, as he is still busy on a phone call. Thereafter, when he eventually takes off from the line, he only makes it 400m before collapsing on the side, already exhausted from the exertion. What will we say regarding such a person? The best shoes and the best energy drinks will be of no avail if he is not focused and did not train sufficiently. If he did not develop stamina, he will not manage to run the marathon through to the end.

Similarly, the month of Ramadhaan is a special month for exerting ourselves in ‘ibaadah, with the night of ‘Eid being our finish line where we will be awarded our prizes. However, to make the most of this ‘marathon’, we will require two things; focus and stamina.

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