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Parting Advices

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 08:41

Obedient children give great importance to the ‘parting advice’ of a parent – the advice given before demise. Any sensible person who realizes that his time to leave the world is imminent will advise his family of things that matter most to him, and which will be of prior importance for their benefit and their protection from harm. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), who is closer to us than our own parents, also gave many parting advices to the Ummah on the momentous occasion of Hajjatul Wadaa’ (the Farewell Pilgrimage), less than 3 months prior to his departure from this world. The aspects which he advised were very close to his heart, hence he highlighted them on this unique occasion, in the presence of more than 100 000 Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). Those who take these advices to heart and adhere to them, insha Allah they will be very close to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) on the Day of Qiyaamah, and will be ushered into the mercy of Allah Ta‘ala.

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Garment Slogans

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Monday, 11 September 2017 16:00

Signs are an easy yet powerful tool for effectively conveying almost any type of message to any group of people. Among the various forms of signs is one that is commonly found but often overlooked –the t-shirt slogan. By one simply plastering a slogan on his chest in bold, attention-grabbing letters, he easily conveys his message to thousands of people.

One of the first people to realize the power of the t-shirt slogan (and then used it to protest the cold war) has the following to say regarding slogans: “Slogans work on so many different levels; they're almost subliminal. They're also a way of people aligning themselves to a cause. They're tribal. Wearing one is like branding yourself.”

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Controversy

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Monday, 11 September 2017 15:54

Q: There are so many serious controversies and differences everywhere. Even if I try to avoid getting involved, I still get caught up into some discussions and debates which I later regret. As a  layman what should I do? How should I react to these issues? (summary of question)

A: You have raised an extremely important and also very sensitive issue. It is beyond the scope of this little pamphlet to deal with such a deep matter. In order to get a proper understanding of how you should conduct yourself and what should your reaction be, study the following two books thoroughly: “Al-I’tidaal” by Hazrat Shaikh Zakariyyah Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) and “Boundaries of Differences” by Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih). If you adhere to the guidance in these books, Insha Allah you will remain safe. Nevertheless some general points of advice are mentioned briefly hereunder:

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Faqeehul Ummah: Forgoing One’s Right

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Monday, 11 September 2017 15:25

Summary of Letter

Respected Mufti Saheb

Assalamu ‘alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

My brothers have wrongfully taken possession of the wealth due to me and are not giving me my full share in the property. When I request them for my share, my request is followed by senseless quarrelling and discord. How much longer should I be patient and endure? Please advise me.

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Download Al-Haadi Volume 25 Number 1

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Monday, 11 September 2017 13:31

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Time is Money

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Monday, 17 July 2017 09:48

We live in a world of import and export, a world in which most goods and commodities are available in most countries for most of the year. However, despite the year-round availability, there are many goods that enjoy a ‘peak season’. Astute businessmen are those who identify this period and utilize it to their advantage.

Dynamic Effect

The season presents a golden opportunity for one to secure tremendous profits in a minimal period of time. Hence, during the month of December, even if the rest of the world is on vacation, it is practically unimaginable for one to find the serious businessman on holiday. He understands the pivotal role that the season plays in his success; if he remains focused and committed, he will reap the profits, and if he allows himself to become distracted or while away his time, he alone will suffer the consequences. 

The dynamic effect of the season is such that if the  shop owner, who struggles to make ends meet for the entire year, exerts himself and exhausts his efforts in this crucial period, he will not only recover his losses, but will even manage to turn a handsome profit .

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Special Offer

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Monday, 17 July 2017 09:42

Special offers make most people very excited. If the saving on an item will be somewhat significant, people queue up for hours, or even camp overnight outside the store to grab the offer. Whether the saving is a few hundred rands or a few thousand dollars, it is not even dust when compared to the special offers that Allah Ta‘ala offers His servants in the last portion of the night — at the time of Tahajjud. Especially in the month of Ramadhaan, these special offers become super special.

Abu Umaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Hold fast to salaah during the night (Tahajjud Salaah), for indeed it is the habit of the pious people before you, it is a means of gaining the proximity of your Lord, it expiates sins and prevents one from falling into wrongs.” (Sunan Tirmizi #3549)

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Bodybuilding

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Monday, 17 July 2017 09:39

Question: I have been going to the gym regularly in order to keep fit and healthy. Over time, due to the company, I have started competing in bodybuilding and weightlifting. Currently, the discussion among our group is about taking steroids to enhance the performance. Is it permissible to take steroids for this purpose?  

Answer: Health is a bounty from the side of Allah Ta‘ala and it is thus necessary for one to look after his body and health. That said, it is not permissible for us to break the laws of Allah Ta‘ala in order to become fit, nor is bodybuilding and exercising the purpose for which we have been created. In essence, there are two problems that need to be addressed.

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