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Wednesday, 01 October 2014 14:19

 

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Faqihul Ummah: Financial Loss

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Wednesday, 01 October 2014 14:03

Summary of Question:

(A person complained of his problems and especially his constant financial difficulties. He also requested to know why this is happening).

Summary of Reply:

The most essential aspect to remember is that every person's destiny has been pre-ordained before he was even born. Whatever has been decreed for him, he will certainly receive it even if the entire creation desires that it should not reach him. Likewise, whatever has been decreed that he will not acquire it, he will never receive it even if the entire creation tries to give it to him.

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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.

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The Greater Qurbaani

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Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:22

The immense rewards of qurbaani are mindboggling. One’s sins are forgiven before the first drop of blood of the animal falls onto the ground. A person’s reward will be equivalent to the number of strands of hair or fibre of wool on the animal he is slaughtering. Likewise many other great rewards have been promised for this very great 'ibaadah. Hence, can you imagine a reward greater than this? Indeed, Allah Ta'ala loves something even more than sacrificing animals and blesses the one who undertakes it with greater rewards. Hadhrat 'Abdullah bin 'Abbaas (radhiyallahu 'anhuma) reported that once on the day of 'Eid-ul-Adha Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam) said : “There is no action more virtuous than the spilling of blood (qurbaani) on this day, except the joining of family ties (that have been severed).” (at-Targheeb)

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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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