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Rekindling the Enthusiasm and Spirit of Deen

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Monday, 15 January 2018 17:14

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

A hundred years ago, people understood the true value of Deen and showed importance to Deeni knowledge. During that era, Deen was alive within the home and it was as though every home was a small madrasah (wherein the knowledge of Deen would be imparted to the children). As a result, when people came to learn of the madrasahs that were opening, they flocked towards them and were eager to benefit from them. A hundred years has now passed since that era, and during this time, the influence of the English in India has gradually caused people to lose interest in the madrasahs, maktabs and the khaanqhas. Hence, the need arose to go to the home of each muslim to once again rekindle the  enthusiasm and spirit of Deen. (Suhbat Baa Awliyaa pg. 211)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za

 

Goal in Life

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Monday, 25 December 2017 09:12

“What is your goal in Life?” This question has remained unchanged over the ages, yet the answers it solicits remain as diverse as ever. From doctor, lawyer, pilot and engineer to sportsman, entrepreneur and even billionaire, every reply aptly reflects the values of the individual answering. Hence, a person infused with the true value of Deen would answer, “My goal in life is to be a true Muslim.” Furthermore, he is likely to add that “I also want to be a true ambassador of Islam all the time.”

True Muslim

In an effort to become true Muslims, it is essential to first of all understand and identify some of the qualities that are the hallmark of a true Muslim. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has mentioned, “A true Muslim is the one who people are safe (at all times) from the harm of his tongue and hand (verbal harm and physical harm).” (Musnad Ahmad #7086) In this hadeeth, we are taught that one will only be a true believer when he adopts the blessed character of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and treats people with complete compassion, kindness and mercy.

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Travelling?

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Monday, 25 December 2017 09:10

The world, despite its vastness, has become a ‘global village’.  200 years ago, It would take a whole day’s journey to travel from one village to another village only 50 km away. Today, the very same distance can comfortably be traversed in as little as 15 min! With the advent of the aircraft, it has become normal for people to jet set to exotic countries in less than 24 hours!

This has brought in its wake the ‘travel’ culture. With the entire country and even foreign countries a mere flight away, many people are no longer content to remain at home – especially in the holiday period. Whether the destination is local such as Durban or Cape Town, or foreign such as New York or London – the planes are packed to capacity as people set out on vacation.

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Q&A: Compassion to Staff

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Monday, 25 December 2017 09:07

Q: We run a family business. I am  forever at loggerheads with my elder brother, who is the CEO, as I think that he does not treat the staff fairly. I feel that it is only out of desperation that the staff grudgingly accept to work for the minimal wages paid to them, and their hearts are forever cursing us. Furthermore, some of the staff have loyally served the business for more than 10 years, yet still earn a pittance, even though the business can well afford to pay a better salary. Please advise.

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Faqeehul Ummah: Harshness to the Wife

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Monday, 25 December 2017 09:03

Summary of Letter

Respected Mufti Saheb

Assalamu ‘alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

I suffer from the malady of being harsh towards my wife, sometimes to the point of even beating her. Please assist me to remedy this illness.

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Passive Participation

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Monday, 25 December 2017 09:00

The illustrious Sahaabi, ‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was once invited to a waleemah function. When he was about to enter, he heard some impermissible activity taking place, hence he returned immediately. When he was questioned about the reason for his return, he explained: “I heard Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) saying: ‘Whosoever adds to the numbers of a people, will be counted from among them, and the one who is pleased with the wrong of a people, will be a partner in their actions.’” (Ithaaful Khiyaratil Maharah vol. 4, pg. 135)      

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Inspirational Advice

Cleansed from Kufr through the Character of Islam

Sahal bin ‘Abdillah Tustari (rahimahullah) had a neighbour above him who was a fire worshipper. Once, a hole developed in the floor of the fire worshipper’s toilet, and through this hole, the toilet would leak down into one of the rooms in the home of Sahal (rahimahullah).

Noticing what had happened, Sahal (rahimahullah) would daily place a container beneath the leak to catch the filth that dripped into the room. Sahal (rahimahullah) would then take the full container and empty it at night where nobody could see what he was doing.

This continued for a long time, until the day when Sahal (rahimahullah) neared his final moments and realized that he would soon leave this world. At that time, he called for his neighbour. When the fire worshipper arrived, Sahal (rahimahullah) said to him, “Enter that room and look inside.” On entering, the fire worshipper observed the hole and the filth that was falling through it into the container. He asked Sahal (rahimahullah), “What is this?” Sahal (rahimahullah) replied, “This has been happening for some time. The filth falls from your toilet into this room. I allow it to accumulate in the container during the day, and thereafter dispose of it at night. If it was not for the fact that I am about to leave this world, and I fear that those after me will not be tolerant and show you good character, I would not have showed you this and informed you about it. Now that you are aware of the problem with your toilet, you may fix it as you see fit.”

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