Tuesday, 01 April 2008 13:35
The word "Christmas" comes from Cristes Maesse which means Mass of Christ. According to the World Book Encyclopaedia "Christmas is a Christian holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. No one knows the exact date of Christ's birth, but most Christians observe Christmas on December 25 (Vol.3, Pg.528)." Among the various customs described as part of the religious observances of Christmas is that Christians "exchange gifts" and "decorate their homes".
Tuesday, 01 April 2008 13:31
On a sweltering hot day your throat has become parched. You are in the privacy of your home and the refreshingly cool water is within hand's reach. You desire to drink it, but you do not. Why? Simply because you are fasting and while fasting you cannot eat and drink. If somebody prompts you to nevertheless drink it and says: "Nobody is watching," you will immediately rebuke him with the words: "But Allah is watching!"
Tuesday, 01 April 2008 13:26
In Karachi the murder and mayhem have been going on for years. "The only social activities left in the city are those related to death," wrote a Karachi newsmagazine editorial some years ago. "Funerals, burial, mourning." When you leave the home in the morning, you don't know whether you'll return safely that evening. Wherever you look, you can see fear, uncertainty, depression. Yet, among all the fearing and grieving that accompanies the tragedy, the dish antennas on the rooftops have been flourishing. In the past at times of catastrophes people would turn to Allah, would stop going to the cinema houses, and would repent from sins, even though temporarily. Today, there is an ever-increasing appetite for the television fun. On days when a strike is called to protest Indian atrocities in Kashmir, the video stores in Karachi run out of videos of Indian movies.
Tuesday, 01 April 2008 13:21
There was a little boy with a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, to hammer a nail in the back fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Then it gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.
Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.
Tuesday, 01 April 2008 13:18
My daughter is in matric. Next year she intends joining the medical school and hopes to finally qualify as a doctor. Some of my friends are strongly advising me not to allow her to go university. Others are encouraging me to send her. They claim that it is important that we have Muslim women doctors as well to serve the community. Also they claim that a girl needs to have a career so that if Allah forbid, she is divorced or widowed, she would be able to support herself I require some urgent advice in this regard. What should I do?
Tuesday, 01 April 2008 13:12
On the 14 Jumadus Thaani 1419 / 5 October 1998 Hajee Bhai Padia Saheb (R.A.) left this temporary abode and passed on to meet his Creator. Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Raji'oon. May Allah Ta'ala fill his qabr with noor and elevate his stages in the Hereafter. Aameen.
Tuesday, 01 April 2008 13:08
Summary of Letter:
Respected Mufti Saheb
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
From the time I have taken bay'at on your hands until the present time, I do not yet. find any. significant change in my condition. I make all attempts to refrain from the forbidden things but due to my human weakness I still commit such actions. For instance my gaze sometimes falls on a strange women as a result of which evil thoughts continue to pester me, though I do not act upon the dictates of those thoughts. I also try to create the fear of Allah Ta'ala and His Rasul (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) in my heart and attempt to perform my salaah with khushoo' and khudoo' (humility and devotion) but I have not been successful in this either. Kindly advise me with regard to the above. One more malady which plagues me is anger. I simply cannot tolerate the faults of others Please guide me in this matter.