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Honouring the Neighbour

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Monday, 14 October 2019 15:07

Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) had a neighbour, in Kufah, who was a shoemaker. This neighbour would work the entire day, only returning home when night had set in. When returning home, he would bring with him some meat that he would cook, or fish that he would prepare for his supper. After eating his supper, he would drink liquor. As the liquor would begin to influence him, he would sing the following words:

أَضَاعُوْنِيْ وَأَيَّ فَتًى أَضَاعُوْا             لِيَوْمِ كَرِيْهَةٍ وَسَدَادِ ثُغْرٍ

They have let me go to waste (by forsaking and neglecting me), and what a youngster they have let go to waste! (I am a youngster who could have been of benefit) at the time of adversity and defending the openings (in the border of the state).

The shoemaker would continue to drink and sing, repeating these words, until sleep would eventually overcome him.

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Whose is it???​

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Saturday, 12 October 2019 15:38

When a couple are newly-wed, they are excited to embark on their journey of married life. As they are still ‘starting out’ in life, there is a lot that they still require. Accommodation... furniture... appliances – and the list goes on.

Most couples will start out gradually, acquiring the absolute essentials first, thereafter obtaining the other items that they require. Perhaps a portion of the monthly salary will be set aside for this purpose, while gifts given by family and friends will also contribute towards this cause. As time passes, they get more settled into their new home, until the time arrives when the windows that were once covered with brown paper are now covered with curtains or blinds.

At this juncture, the question which arises is, “Who does this all belong to?” In other words, if the husband and wife are asked, “Who does the bed belong to? The fridge? The lounge suite? The curtains? The crockery? Etc, etc, etc?” then what will they reply?

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Sweet Chilli Stir Fried Noodles

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Thursday, 10 October 2019 10:29

Ingredients:

250g cubed chicken/steak

2 tsp crushed garlic

2 tsp ginger garlic

2 tsp dhana jeero

1-2 tsp chilli paste

1/2 tsp salt

Pinch of turmeric

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The Garment of Marriage​

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Thursday, 10 October 2019 10:19

From a kurta to an abaaya, and a pair of pants to a shirt – almost all items of clothing are made in the same way – by joining different pieces of fabric together.

The process, in essence, is as follows:

First, different pieces of cloth are gathered. Then, they are trimmed and cut to size and shape. Finally, they are all joined together with thread and further strengthened through a process commonly known as ‘over locking’.

Now, believe it or not, marriage is exactly the same as sewing a garment. Two different people come together for the purpose of nikaah. In order to ‘fit’ one another and form a prosperous marriage, both have to ‘trim’ and ‘reshape’ themselves, by making adjustments to their ways, and certain sacrifices, for the sake of their partner, as far as their preferences, likes and dislikes are concerned. Finally, they are connected and joined by the thread of love.

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Love from Above​

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Tuesday, 08 October 2019 08:46

Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Indeed when Allah Ta‘ala loves a servant (due to the servant continuously striving to please Allah Ta‘ala and earn His love), then Allah Ta‘ala calls Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) and says, “Indeed I love so-and-so, so you love him.” Thus, Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) also loves this person. Thereafter, Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) announces in the sky, “Indeed Allah Ta‘ala loves so-and-so, so love him.” Hence, the inhabitants of the sky love him, after which acceptance (and love) is placed for him in the hearts of the inhabitants of the earth. (Saheeh Bukhaari #7485)

People, by nature, have the need to feel accepted, loved and wanted. It is this same need which drives certain people to post details of their lives on social media, as they hope to attract admiration and love. Hence, it is no wonder that for such people, it is all about acquiring as many ‘likes’ as you can, as a ‘like’ is taken as a sign of acceptance and love.

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