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Lying Child

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Last Updated on Monday, 03 April 2017 15:34 Tuesday, 14 March 2017 09:23

Question:

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

My son, who is almost three years old, has started telling imaginary tales. He also speaks untruths e.g. when asked if he has packed his toys, he replies yes, whereas he hasn't done so. How should such incidents be dealt with now so that he does not grow up with the habit of telling lies? 

Answer:

Bismihi Ta‘ala

Wa ‘alaikumus salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barkaatuh

Respected Sister in Islam

The following are a few steps that you should take in order to try and assist your son to cease telling lies:

1. Repeatedly drum the lesson, in an endearing way, that Allah Ta‘ala does not like those who tell lies.

2. Explain the hadeeth that when a person lies, a smell emanates from his mouth which the angels can perceive. They (the angels of mercy) then flee up to one mile’s distance. How terrible is this!

3. If he is found to be lying, deprive him of some privilege for that day.

4. If he has spoken the truth, acknowledge it and reward him – even if it be some words of praise or a hug.

May Allah Ta’ala make him an honest and truthful servant of His. 

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Among the Fortunate Few

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Last Updated on Monday, 13 March 2017 16:15 Monday, 13 March 2017 16:08

(The Life of Ummu Sulaim [radhiyallahu ‘anha] #1)

While many of us may have heard of Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), the Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) who was renowned for the service he rendered to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), there are perhaps not many of us who are aware of his mother, Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha), and the sterling example she set for the women of the Ummah.

Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was one of the few, fortunate women whom Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would visit and whose homes he would bless with his noble presence. In this regard, Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) has mentioned, “Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would not enter the home of any woman, besides the homes of his respected wives (radhiyallahu ‘anhunna), except the home of Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha). When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was asked regarding this, he said, ‘I feel sympathy for her as her brother was killed with me (i.e. for the cause of Islam)’.” (Saheeh Muslim #2455)

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Autumn Guidelines

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Last Updated on Saturday, 11 March 2017 06:36 Thursday, 09 March 2017 15:47

In the previous article, our discussion on seasonal effects upon the body centred on summer, and mention was made of the manner in which heat initially increases during summer until it reaches its peak, remaining at a peak for a while, and thereafter gradually decreasing, making way for the next season – autumn.

As we look around to see the effect of this season on the plant life around us, we notice most of the leaves turning brown after which they finally dry up and fall off. A similar effect is noticed on the plant itself. This is a direct result of this season's cooling effect and an indirect result of the moisture-sapping, extreme heat of summer. Similarly, this season has numerous effects upon the body.

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Miserly Mish and the Fish

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Last Updated on Thursday, 09 March 2017 15:38 Thursday, 09 March 2017 15:34

Ask our children:

1. Who is more liked by people, ‘a miser’ or ‘a generous’ person’?

2. How should we treat the poor?

Now tell them the story:

There was an old man who everyone used to call Mish. He owned a fish shop and cooked the tastiest fish in the whole city. In fact, it was so tasty that everyone’s wish was to have a dish of fish from Mish. Because his fish was so tasty, crowds and crowds of people came to buy his fish and he made lots of money selling his tasty fish to them.

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Strive to be Simple in Five

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 March 2017 15:47 Tuesday, 07 March 2017 15:35

In this day and age, there are very few places that we can frequent without encountering posters, billboards and flyers advertising “CONSOLIDATE YOUR DEBT!” “BLACKLISTED? WE CAN HELP!”

Even more surprising than the amount of debt aid agencies that have sprung up is the amount of people that flock to these agencies for what they believe to be assistance. If we examine the nature of these debts, we will realize that the vast majority of people who land themselves in unmanageable debt have done so by failing to live within their means. This has sprung from their discontentment, insatiable greed and the perception that they are unsuccessful if they do not have the latest phone, latest model of vehicle and the latest of everything else.  

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