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Special Safwaan

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Saturday, 12 June 2021 09:00

Ask our children:

1. Have we seen people in wheelchairs, who cannot walk, or people who are sick, and cannot look after themselves?

2. How should we treat these people? Should we laugh at them, or should we be kind to them and help them?

Now tell them the story:

Once, there was a young boy named Safwaan. Safwaan had a mummy and daddy, and also had a brother and sister who were both smaller than him. However, Safwaan was not like other children. When Safwaan was born, the doctors told his parents that he was a special child.

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PPE – Personal Protective Equipment

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Thursday, 10 June 2021 06:18

Personal Protective Equipment – also known as PPE – exists in many forms. The bulletproof vest worn by a guard escorting a cash-in-transit van, the helmet worn by a labourer on a construction site, the dark goggles or visor worn by a welder, and the sealed-overalls and veils worn by a beekeeper are typical examples of PPE.

In all cases, the purpose of PPE is to protect and shield the user from sustaining an injury or suffering harm. The bulletproof vest is designed to prevent the penetration of a bullet, the helmet shields the skull of the wearer from suffering an impact, the goggles of the welder protect his eyes from the harsh glare of the flame and sparks, and the sealed-overalls and veil of the beekeeper protect him from being stung while tending to the hives.

The problem with all PPE though, is that it does not always work. For example, a person with a bulletproof vest can still be shot in the head, and a particularly persistent bee may manage to wriggle its way into the beekeeper’s suit and sting him.

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Maintaining Focus in Calamity

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Tuesday, 08 June 2021 14:57

وَمَا مُحَمَّدٌ إِلَّا رَسُولٌ قَدْ خَلَتْ مِن قَبْلِهِ الرُّسُلُ ۚ أَفَإِن مَّاتَ أَوْ قُتِلَ انقَلَبْتُمْ عَلَىٰ أَعْقَابِكُمْ ۚ وَمَن يَنقَلِبْ عَلَىٰ عَقِبَيْهِ فَلَن يَضُرَّ اللَّهَ شَيْئًا ۗ وَسَيَجْزِي اللَّهُ الشَّاكِرِينَ ﴿١٤٤﴾‏ وَمَا كَانَ لِنَفْسٍ أَن تَمُوتَ إِلَّا بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ كِتَابًا مُّؤَجَّلًا ۗ وَمَن يُرِدْ ثَوَابَ الدُّنْيَا نُؤْتِهِ مِنْهَا وَمَن يُرِدْ ثَوَابَ الْآخِرَةِ نُؤْتِهِ مِنْهَا ۚ وَسَنَجْزِي الشَّاكِرِينَ​

Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is but a messenger (Rasul of Allah Ta‘ala). There have been messengers before him. So, if he dies or is killed, will you turn back on your heels? The one who turns back on his heels can never harm Allah in the least, and Allah will soon reward the grateful. And it is not (possible) for one to die except by the permission of Allah at a stipulated time. Whoever seeks a reward in this world, We shall give him out of it, and whoever seeks a reward in the Hereafter, We shall give him out of it. We shall soon reward the grateful. (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v. 144-145)

Every Muslim possesses love for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in his heart, and indeed love for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is a demand of imaan.

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The Secret to Success

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Monday, 07 June 2021 09:18

During the time of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), there were two major kingdoms in the nearby lands; Rome and Persia.

On the night of the birth of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), a tremor had struck the palace of the Persian ruler, causing fourteen towers of his palace to collapse. This was an indication that the Persian kingdom would have fourteen more rulers, after which it would collapse and be no more. (Taareekh Tabari vol. 2, pg. 258 - 260)

During the period of peace between the Muslims in Madeenah Munawwarah and the Quraish (after the treaty of Hudaibiyah), Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) sent epistles (letters) to the rulers of Rome and Persia, inviting them to Islam. As far as Caesar (the Roman emperor) is concerned, then on receiving the epistle of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), he honoured it and showed it respect, though he did not accept Islam.

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The Unbiased Barometer

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Thursday, 03 June 2021 15:07

Childhood is generally regarded to be the period of innocence and purity. A young, blameless child, as yet uncorrupted and untainted, sees the world around him in clear black and white. For such a child, there is no diplomacy and tact, no skirting around the topic, beating around the bush, indirect references, indications and insinuations. Rather, the child says it as it is or at least how he knows it, without any qualms and reservations whatsoever.

In the initial stages of childhood, the child may even unintentionally cause the parents embarrassment. Such was the case with a mother who threatened her daughter saying, “If you don’t listen to me, I will send a message to your Moulana and tell him that you are being naughty!” To the mother’s mortification and embarrassment, the daughter replied, “If you tell Moulana about me, then I will tell Moulana… about you!” As this was mentioned in the presence of others, who were unaware of the mother’s weakness and bad habit mentioned by the daughter, she was seized by embarrassment and was dumbstruck.

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