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Summery Couscous Salad

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Tuesday, 20 October 2020 15:20

Perfect for a light meal on hot days.

Ingredients:

1 cup couscous

1 carrot grated

1 red pepper diced

1 green chilli chopped

Handful of mushrooms finely sliced

Handful of spring onion chopped

¼ onion finely chopped

Small handful of mint leaves chopped

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Wasteful Waheedah

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Saturday, 24 October 2020 08:27

Ask our children:

1. Is wasting allowed in Islam?

2. What happens if a person is wasteful?

3. Why must we be good Muslims?

Now tell them the story:

Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Waheedah. She had good manners and was also very helpful. Whenever her mother needed anything, she would shout out, “Waheedah!” and she would come running, ready to help her mother. But, Waheedah had one weakness – she was very wasteful.

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Backbiting

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Tuesday, 20 October 2020 13:46

Condition:

Hazrat, as far as backbiting is concerned, all thanks are due to Allah Ta‘ala that I am able to abstain to a great extent. It is the grace of Allah Ta‘ala that if backbiting occurs in any gathering, He gives me the courage to get up and leave. However, there are certain issues which I do not understand. One is that even when I am getting up to leave the gathering, some of the backbiting falls into my ears (hence am I sinful for hearing it or not?).

Answer:

Get up immediately and leave from there. You will not be taken to task for unintentionally hearing the backbiting. However, if you stop for even a single moment to hear what is being said, it will be a sin and you must atone for it.

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The Ultimate Concern

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Monday, 19 October 2020 15:32

On the occasion of the Conquest of Makkah Mukarramah, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) granted general amnesty to the people. However, there were a few, select individuals who were exempt from this amnesty on account of the severe enmity they bore against Islam and the crimes they had perpetrated against the Muslims.

Among these people was Sayyiduna ‘Ikrimah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), the son of Abu Jahal. Anticipating that the Muslims would kill him, Sayyiduna ‘Ikrimah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) fled from Makkah Mukarramah, heading towards Yemen.

In the interim, his wife (who was also his cousin), Sayyidah Ummu Hakeem (radhiyallahu ‘anha), accepted Islam. She came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and said, “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! ‘Ikrimah has fled from you towards Yemen, and he fears that you will have him killed, so please grant him amnesty!” On her request, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) granted amnesty to ‘Ikrimah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). She thereafter asked Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)s for permission to go after her husband and bring him back, and Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) granted her permission.

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Societal Acceptance

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Saturday, 17 October 2020 08:00

Imagine a person respected in society who is caught stealing from old, vulnerable widows, leaving them penniless and destitute. He is apprehended red-handed, and before long, the news of his heartless crime is broadcasted to the public. Obviously, this person’s dignity and reputation will be in complete shreds – if not utterly obliterated – and he will have no place to safely show his face. In fact, even his family will hang their heads out of shame and embarrassment due to being associated with him. The reason? – Society deems this deed to be extremely evil and thus severely condemns those who perpetrate it.

As Muslims, it is the Deen of Allah Ta‘ala that is our gauge to determine what is reprehensible and what is acceptable. Thus, a true Muslim will be disgusted by the acts that Deen considers disgusting, and will find no objection with an action that Deen deems acceptable. Accordingly, in the example above, a Muslim will also be disgusted, as sharee‘ah totally condemns the crime of theft. However, what if society deems an action acceptable, but Islam considers it reprehensible?

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