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Monday, 25 June 2018 15:52

From China in the east to Chile in the west, and Bulgaria in the north to Botswana in the south, throughout history, each and every nation, tribe and people had their own distinct culture and way of life. In some cultures, the cuisine was different, while in others, the clothing was different. In most cultures, the language was different and in many cases, the ideals, values and approach to life was different as well.

The Global Culture

Enter the twenty-first century, and a strange, unprecedented phenomenon, never before witnessed, began to occur around the globe – deculturation. As time passed, whether one travelled to Hong Kong or Hungary, or even whether one braved the wilderness to venture into the heart of rural Africa, one found a global culture replacing every native and indigenous culture. The hallmark and trademark of this new culture was the shirt and pants, suit and tie or jeans and t-shirt. With this culture clearly having its roots in the west, one began to ponder over how this culture spread across the globe so rapidly, and how it replaced centuries-old cultures in a matter of a few decades. One began to wonder, “What was the link between these far flung foreign lands and the ways of the west?”

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Relation-ship

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Monday, 25 June 2018 15:49

The captain of a ship has a very delicate  task of steering his ship safely to the destination. While at times he will sail through the calmest waters under sunny skies, he may also encounter very stormy weather and surging waves. He has to also carefully navigate past icebergs and sandbars or else the ship could be in serious danger. Likewise, if the engine malfunctions or he experiences navigation equipment failure, his ship could sink in the deep seas. He thus has to be alert, keep his focus on the destination, be very careful in stormy weather, avoid the icebergs and continue checking his navigation equipment and engine. If he does this, insha-Allah he will safely reach his destination.

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Q&A: Islamic Garb

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Monday, 25 June 2018 15:34

Q: I recently heard a scholar saying that just as the food of our Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was part of  Arab culture at the time, likewise he adopted the dressing which the Arabs of that time were accustomed to wearing. Therefore, just as there is no issue if someone does not eat dates which was a part of the staple diet at that time, similarly there is no issue if one does not dress in Islamic garb (referring to the kurta or what is generally understood as “Islamic” dressing). This has left me confused, since from childhood I have been taught by my parents and teachers that dressing Islamically is very important. Please advise. 

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Faqeehul Ummah: Greed and It’s Cure

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Monday, 25 June 2018 15:28

Summary of Letter

Respected Mufti Saheb

Assalamu ‘alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

How can greed be eliminated?

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Download Al-Haadi Volume 25 Number 3

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Monday, 25 December 2017 08:53

  Download Al-Haadi Volume 25 Number 3 (PDF)

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Inspirational Advice

Driven by Devotion

The ‘Abbaasi Khaleefah, Ma-moon, once mentioned, “I never saw a person who was more obedient to his father and treated him in a more excellent manner than Fadhal bin Yahya Barmaki.”

The following incident highlights the extreme lengths which Fadhal went to in order to see to his father’s comfort:

Yahya Barmaki would only make wudhu with warm water. On a particularly cold night, during the period when he and his son, Fadhal, were unjustly imprisoned together, the warden did not allow them to bring any wood into their cell. Hence, they were unable to make a fire to warm the water. This filled Fadhal with concern, as he could not bear for his father to undergo the difficulty of making wudhu with cold water. Hence, he waited for his father to fall asleep, after which he took the vessel of water and stood with it, holding it near the lamp so that the heat of the lamp would warm it. In this manner, he remained standing with the water in his hand until it was the time of dawn.

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