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Revival of Islam

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Monday, 27 October 2014 09:31

shahadah-calligraphy-wallpaper-on-green-glowHazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once said: "I don’t know how to explain this aspect to you but it is my heart’s desire that every person should come onto the straight path of Islam, in such a manner that the beauty of Islam becomes manifest in every facet of his life. Just as people by merely witnessing the lives of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) embraced Islam, similarly each and every believer in this time should become a living role model of Islam for the world. The success of one’s deen and dunya lies in this. Undoubtedly, if a Muslim reforms his life and remains totally committed to the deen of Islam, then let alone him acquiring deeni success, even his worldly problems and difficulties will be solved." (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 1/69)

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Advantages of Adopting the Appearance of the Pious

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Monday, 27 October 2014 09:30

Nile_River_and_delta_from_orbitHazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi 'alaih) mentioned:

“Beloved friends! It is not something to be said, however I feel I should mention it to you. Undoubtedly, we are not pious people; nevertheless we endeavour to adopt the appearance of the pious and truthful. We have hope that through adopting the appearance of the pious and truthful, Allah Ta'ala will also favour us and will not deprive us of His grace. Look at the incident of Moosa (‘alaihis salaam) and Fir'oun. In the era of Fir'oun, the magicians confronted Nabi Moosa (‘alaihis salaam) (with the intention of opposing him). However on account of them imitating his clothing and outward appearance, Allah Ta'ala gave them taufeeq of embracing Islam and Allah Ta'ala favoured them. (Malfoozaate Hazrat Shaikh 1/107)

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The Greater Qurbaani

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Saturday, 25 October 2014 10:34

Eid Bayaan of Hadhrat Moulana Ilyas Patel Saheb

Date: 2014-10-05

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Lesson of Qurbaani

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Saturday, 25 October 2014 10:33

Majlis of Hadhrat Moulana Ilyas Patel Saheb

Date: 2014-09-13

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Cosmetics?

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Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:38

$426 BILLION. Yes indeed. Four hundred and twenty six billion dollars were spent globally on cosmetics in 2011! Cosmetics are mainly used to beautify oneself. The effect though is exactly what the name suggests – cosmetic, artificial and fake. Real beauty is the beauty of the heart. If the heart has been truly adorned and beautified with good akhlaaq (character), its fragrance will refresh the minds and enliven the hearts of all those around one. On the contrary, if the heart is filled with the decay of bad character, layers and layers of cosmetics will not mask the odour that will emanate from the decaying heart, thus causing pain and hardship to all.

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Hanafi or Muslim?

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Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:31

Question: A friend at campus often asks fellow students: “Are you a Muslim or a Hanafi/Shaafi‘ee?” How does one respond to such a question? Please advise.

Answer: The word “or” (in the context of the question) is used between two words of the same species. It is correct to ask someone whether he will eat “rice or bread” since both are food items, but you cannot enquire whether he will eat “bread or paper”. Likewise, if your friend asks someone whether he lives in Durban or South Africa, the question will be absurd. Only one who is ignorant of the fact that Durban is not a country, but a city in South Africa, can ask such a question.

Your friend’s question implies that one can either be a Muslim or a Hanafi. Thus if someone says he is a Hanafi then, Allah forbid, he is not a Muslim!! It is the same as asking whether you live in Durban or South Africa, and that if you live in Durban, then you are not a South African???

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Video Games

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Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:17

Is your iPad or some other device keeping your child occupied with video games? If yes, think again.

In a study conducted in Canada, Brock University academics found that playing violent video games for long periods of time can hold back the "moral maturity" of teenagers. They also warned of adolescents losing a sense of "right and wrong". Empathy, trust and concern for others, which should develop as teenagers grow up, were found to be delayed.  (BBC News website)

Another report states: “Research has long shown a cause-effect relationship between television violence and aggression among children and youth who watch it. Many social scientists expect video games to have an even greater impact for the following four reasons:

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Sincerity in Asking for Forgiveness

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Saturday, 18 October 2014 16:26

Majlis of Hadhrat Moulana Ilyas Patel Saheb

Date: 2014-10-14

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Inspirational Advice

He will Not Let me go Hungry

Shaqeeq Balkhi (rahimahullah) [d. 194 H] was among the leading saints of his era. He was the contemporary of Ebrahim bin Adham (rahimahullah), the teacher of Haatim Asam (rahimahullah) and the student of Imaam Zufar (rahimahullah).

Once, Balkh was struck by severe drought due to which everyone was in a state of great worry and anxiety. Despite these severe conditions, Shaqeeq (rahimahullah) had seen a cheerful and happy slave boy strolling through the market place. Shaqeeq (rahimahullah) said to him, “O slave! Is this the time to be happy? Have you not seen that the people are dying out of starvation?” The slave boy responded, “What do I have to worry about? My master is so wealthy that he owns an entire village which supplies us all that we require. He will never let me go hungry.”

This statement struck the heart of Shaqeeq (rahimahullah) and he said, “O Allah, this slave of a wealthy person is in such high spirits and has no worries at all. You are the king of kings and the Sustainer! With You being our Master, why do we need to be troubled and uneasy about sustenance.” He then immediately bid farewell to worldly activities and sincerely repented to Allah Ta‘ala. He treaded the Straight Path and reached the highest levels of tawakkul. Often he would say, “I am the student of a slave.” (Taareekh Ibni ‘Asaakir vol. 23, pg. 135 & Tazkiratul Awliyaa – Jawaahir Paare, vol. 2, pg. 179)

Lesson: Although we may not be able to reach the highest levels of tawakkul like these great individuals, together with adopting the permissible means, we must always keep our gaze on Allah Ta‘ala. There is a great level of happiness, peace and satisfaction kept in this. Having one’s hopes in anyone or anything besides Him will result in uneasiness, depression and even suicide.

 
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