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Smart Phone

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Thursday, 24 March 2016 16:13

The twentieth century ushered in technological advances never previously seen. From the numerous new and technologically advanced devices that have been produced, perhaps nothing has captivated and addicted people to it to the extent that the “smart phone” has possessed its users.

The “smart phone” is a combination of every media related device. One is now able to carry, in the recesses of his pocket, a device which serves as a phone, internet browser, camera, multimedia player, radio, television and fully functional computer. Unfortunately, the day all these diverse devices were rolled into one super-device – the smart phone – was the day all the negative effects of these technologies were combined into one seemingly harmless device.

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Selfitis

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Thursday, 24 March 2016 16:11

Among the greatest qualities of a Believer is humility. Conversely, pride and arrogance are among the worst diseases that can afflict a person. A humble person is beloved to Allah Ta‘ala and is also loved by people, while a proud person or one who loves to “show off” falls from the grace of Allah Ta‘ala and is disliked by people as well, though they may appear to respect him.

Pride and vanity are not detected by means of an X-ray or CT scan. Instead they are manifested in one’s utterances, reactions to situations, choices, manner and general conduct. One of the recently discovered symptoms is “selfitis”.

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Blackmail

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Thursday, 24 March 2016 16:05

Question: I was, for a long time, involved in an illicit relationship with a boy. Our relationship eventually reached the point where I trusted him and sent him pictures of myself. Some of the pictures I sent him were quite revealing and explicit. We broke up a few weeks back and now he wants to use the pictures I sent him to blackmail me. Please advise me as to what I can do. I really regret what I did and I know that it was very foolish.

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Addict?

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Thursday, 24 March 2016 16:02

“Cornell Information Science published research earlier this month that looked at (among other things) the difficulty some people have in quitting Facebook and other social networks. They even have a label for the failure to quit: “social media reversion.”

The study used data from a site called 99DaysofFreedom.com, which encourages people to stop using Facebook for 99 days.

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Faqeehul Ummah: Never be Complacent

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Thursday, 24 March 2016 15:58

Letter:

I am entangled in various sins. I am lazy when it comes to acts of worship. Evil and base qualities have overtaken me. I am dominated by nafs (base desire) and Shaitaan. I do not complete my ma’moolaat (daily practices). I fail to fulfil the rights of people. Please advise me.

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Download Al-Haadi Volume 23 Number 3

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Thursday, 24 March 2016 15:57

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Drought

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Sunday, 13 December 2015 10:09

“Drought Grips South Africa,” “SA’s Worst Drought since the 1960s,” “Crops and Cattle Die as Drought Worsens” – these are some of the alarming headlines across the country in the past month. In an effort to deal with and attempt to control the devastation and disaster caused by drought, many scientists are conducting studies to determine the cause of the crisis. While many of them have concluded that “el-nino,” global warming and other such phenomenon are to blame, every Muslim understands that the amount of rain being “just right”, or the scarcity of rain  resulting in poverty and famine, or the over abundance of rain resulting in floods, are all in the control of Allah Ta‘ala and subject to His system and command.

The System of Allah Ta‘ala

Allah Ta‘ala has created this world as a place of “cause and effect.” If a person is hungry, consuming food will satiate his hunger. If he is thirsty, drinking will quench his thirst. This cause and effect relationship is not confined to the physical world but also applies to our actions and the conditions that result thereof. Thus, by way of example, if a person joins family ties, he will enjoy blessings in his sustenance and life — as promised in the hadeeth. This cause and effect principle, however, is a double edged sword. If our good actions draw the mercy of Allah Ta‘ala, our evil actions similarly trigger the wrath of Allah Ta‘ala.

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Go Green

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Sunday, 13 December 2015 10:06

“Go green” is the current buzz-word to encourage people to protect the environment and conserve natural resources. While the rest of the world woke up fairly recently to the reality that the natural resources that we have been blessed with should not be wasted, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) taught the Ummah more than 14 centuries ago the lesson of conservation and of totally avoiding israaf.

Israaf

To use more than what is necessary is termed israaf. Regarding israaf, Allah Ta‘ala declares, “Verily Allah Ta‘ala does not love the wasters.” (Surah A‘araaf, v31) Among the very great gifts of Allah Ta‘ala is water. To waste water is to literally “flush” the gift of Allah Ta‘ala down the drain. On one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) asked a person who was performing wudhu, “Why are you wasting water?” The person enquired, “Is there israaf even in wudhu?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “Yes indeed, (do not waste) even if you are at the bank of a river” (Sunan ibni Maajah #425).

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