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The True ‘Eid

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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 May 2017 09:04 Saturday, 24 June 2017 08:58

A group of people once passed by a monk in a monastery. Seeing him, they enquired, “When do the people of this monastery celebrate ‘Eid?” The monk replied, “On the day that they are forgiven.”

The monk then recited the following:

لَيْسَ الْعِيْدُ لِمَنْ لَبِسَ الْجَدِيْدْ ، إِنَّمَا الْعِيْدُ لِمَنْ طَاعَاتُهُ تَزِيْدْ

‘Eid is not for those who merely wear new clothing. ‘Eid is actually for those whose good deeds increase.

لَيَسْ الْعِيْدُ لِمَنْ تَجَمَّلَ بِاللِّبَاسِ وَالرُّكُوْبْ ، إِنَّمَا الْعِيْدُ لِمَنْ غُفِرَتْ لَهُ الذُّنُوْبْ

 ‘Eid is not for those who merely beautify themselves by wearing attractive clothing and riding on exotic conveyances. ‘Eid is actually for those whose sins have been forgiven.

(Lataaiful Ma‘aarif pg. 483)

Annually, the day of ‘Eid is eagerly anticipated by the Muslim Ummah and is viewed as an occasion of happiness and rejoicing. However, how many people spend their Ramadhaan in such a manner that they actually have something to celebrate? If the Ramadhaan was profitable, by them earning the mercy and forgiveness of Allah Ta‘ala and changing their lives, then this is definitely one of the greatest blessings that one can rejoice over.

If we have not appreciated this blessed month as we ought to have done, then it is still not too late. There are still a few invaluable moments remaining which we can use to turn to Allah Ta‘ala and seek His forgiveness. If we do so, there is hope that Allah Ta‘ala will shower His mercy on us and also include us among those who gained His mercy in this month. 

   

Blinded by the Log

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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 May 2017 12:17 Thursday, 01 June 2017 08:01

(Tie the Tongue Series – Part One)

Associating and interacting with people is a basic need of human nature. When meeting and interacting with people, the chosen method of communication is normally that of speech. However, what is the topic that we choose to discuss? Some may discuss the news and political landscape, others may discuss the latest sport results, while mothers may discuss children issues, recipes or even the latest fashions and trends.

Whatever the topic may be, in many instances the conversation eventually drifts to a person being discussed. Thereafter, depending on the nature of the personality, his praises may either be sung or his ‘laundry may be hung out to dry’ with all and sundry free to spectate and participate in the backbiting ‘feast’.

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Tie the Tongue

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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 May 2017 08:19 Tuesday, 30 May 2017 07:46

(Tie the Tongue Series – Introduction)

Contrary to popular belief, the tongue is not the strongest muscle in the body. However, it may very well be the muscle structure with the greatest endurance. After all, when can you ever remember your tongue becoming tired? As much as we may eat, swallow or speak, our tongues seem absolutely tireless. Hence, due to its exceptional endurance, exercising this organ causes no strain, and we thus tend to use it without thinking and more than we should. This is a major problem as the seemingly-small tongue actually has the ability to cause serious consequences.

Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Indeed the servant of Allah makes a statement which pleases Allah Ta‘ala, and the servant does not attach any importance to what he said, yet Allah Ta‘ala elevates his rank due to this statement. And indeed the servant of Allah makes a statement that angers Allah Ta‘ala, and the servant does not attach any importance to what he said, yet he falls into Jahannum on account of the statement.” (Saheeh Bukhaari #6478)

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Health Guidelines for Ramadhaan

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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 May 2017 07:39 Tuesday, 23 May 2017 07:32

We are once again on the threshold of Ramadhaan – a month that is well known for its spiritual benefits. However, the act of fasting is replete with health benefits as well. Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates that Rasulullah said, “Wage jihaad and earn booty, fast and acquire health, and travel and earn wealth.” (Majma‘uz Zawaaid #5070)

From this hadeeth, we learn that fasting enhances one’s health. Furthermore, it is a well known fact among the Hakeems (physicians) that overeating leads to sicknesses, and fasting is a remedy for many illnesses. Haarith bin Kaldah, the physician of the Arabs, was once asked, “What is the best medicine?” He replied, “Necessity i.e. hunger”. Fasting is a way of giving the body time to reorganize itself and serves as an accepted treatment in many therapies.

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‘Blinding’ Influence

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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 May 2017 07:28 Monday, 05 June 2017 07:23

(Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani [rahimahullah] #4)

Whenever Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) would leave the musjid and return home, then on arriving at the entrance of his yard, he would call out the takbeer (Allahu Akbar). Hearing his takbeer, his wife would reply by also calling out the takbeer. After entering the courtyard of the home, Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) would again call out takbeer and his wife would similarly respond. Finally, when he would arrive at the door of his home, he would call out the takbeer and his wife would similarly respond with takbeer. Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) would thereafter enter the home after which his wife would take his sandals and shawl and bring him his food. 

One day, when Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) arrived at the entrance of his yard, he called out the takbeer, as normal, but was surprised when he received no response. He next entered the courtyard and called out the takbeer, but again received no reply. Finally, when entering the home, he called out the takbeer, and again received no reply.

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