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Big Bad Backbite

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Thursday, 05 October 2017 09:26

Ask Our Children:

1. What is backbiting?

2. What should we do when someone backbites?

Now Tell Them The Story:

Saarah was a little girl. She had an elder sister, Aneesah. One day, Saarah said to her mother, “Mummy! Aneesah’s friend has a big mouth!”

Immediately, her mother stopped Saarah from saying another word and said to her, “Saarah! You have eaten the flesh of your Muslim sister!”

Saarah was surprised. She had come to tell her mother about Aneesah’s friends wrong, and now her mother was telling her that what she did was wrong! Saarah could just not understand.

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The Concept of Consequence

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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 15:30

If every person in this world was free to do exactly as he pleased without any law and order, wholesale havoc and mayhem would prevail. Imagine if ownership was not respected and each person was allowed to snatch whatever he wished from the next person, or if life was not respected and people were free to kill each other if they so wished, what would be the situation??? Such a world would undoubtedly be unliveable and unmanageable.

In order to maintain law and order two systems are generally used, both of which revolve around the concept of facing consequences. These are the systems of punishment and incentive. Through these two systems discipline is engendered and maintained.

If there is only punishment, there will be no motivation to excel and progress. Also, one will become despondent and depressed, eventually leading to rebellion or cracking mentally. If there is only reward, there will be nothing to restrain a person from falling into evil and vice.

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Anxious until the End

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Monday, 02 October 2017 08:50

(Lessons from the Final Moments of ‘Umar [radhiyallahu ‘anhu] – Part One)

‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) would make the following du‘aa, “O Allah! bless me with martyrdom in Your path, and make my demise be in the city of Your Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).” (Saheeh Bukhaari #1890)

Allah Ta‘ala accepted this du‘aa of ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). Hence, one morning, while leading the congregation in the Fajr Salaah, he was attacked and fatally stabbed. Despite the wounds being fatal, ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) did not pass away immediately, but rather lived for a few more days after which he departed from this world.

During this period, a youngster visited ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and said, “O Ameerul Mumineen! Rejoice over glad tidings from Allah! You are the Sahaabi of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), you accepted Islam in the very early stages, you were thereafter appointed as the khaleefah and exercised justice, and you will shortly pass away a martyr!”

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Blessing in Disguise

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Thursday, 28 September 2017 12:21

As young children, many of us were dragged to the dentist. Once at the surgery, despite our protests, we were seated on the chair and made to open our mouths, after which the dentist carried out ‘unspeakable atrocities’ against us. Scaling, polishing, filling and worst of all – injecting and extracting – are some of the horrors that we were made to undergo. To our disappointment and dismay, our emphatic appeals to our parents to bring an end to the torture simply fell on deaf ears, and they even went as far as to side with the dentist, scolding us and telling us to sit still! To add insult to injury, while we nursed our wounds, they thanked the ‘torturer’ and paid him handsomely for what he had done!

Now, as adults, we look back, in retrospect, and realize that the dentist was actually a blessing in disguise. Had he not treated us, we would have probably lost some of our teeth – a loss that would have plagued us for the rest of our lives. Thus, although we did not understand it at the time, the difficulty that we suffered was actually for the best.

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Saints, Sages and Scholars

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 16:09

وَلَا يَأْمُرَكُمْ أَن تَتَّخِذُوا الْمَلَائِكَةَ وَالنَّبِيِّينَ أَرْبَابًا ۗ أَيَأْمُرُكُم بِالْكُفْرِ بَعْدَ إِذْ أَنتُم مُّسْلِمُونَ

Nor is it (possible for him) that he commands you to hold the angels and the prophets as Lords. Shall he command you to disbelieve, after your having become Muslims? (Surah Aal-‘Imraan v80)

All the Ambiyaa (‘alaihimus salaam) preached tauheed; the belief in the oneness of Allah Ta‘ala. They would have never instructed the people to worship anyone besides Allah Ta‘ala.

Christianity has drifted so far from tauheed that they have ‘sidelined’ Allah Ta‘ala and made their Deen revolve around Jesus whom they worship and to whom they supplicate in du‘aa.

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