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Islamic Society

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Sunday, 04 November 2007 14:23

 An excerpt from a talk by Hazrath Moulana Yusuf Khandalwi (R.A.)

 

The foundations of the society that was established by Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) were purity, simplicity and modesty. On the contrary, the foundations of the society hatched by the Jews and Christians are immodesty, israaf (extravagance, wastage and lavishness) and ta’ayyush (hedonism — living one’s life only for the sake of worldly pleasures).

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Child's Play

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Sunday, 04 November 2007 13:23

Computer games, comics, fiction novels, apparently harmless cards, metal disks found in various food products … and many other such "toys" have become the "in-thing" with most children and teenagers. Yet, are they really as harmless as they seem? And do they have no effect on the impressionable minds of young children? Many parents have experienced that a great number of these forms of "entertainment" have a dramatic negative impact on young minds. If one looks carefully at these toys, with the spectacles of Imaan and through the eyes of the Qur'an and Sunnah, the danger will be glaring.

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Celebrations & Festivities in Islam

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Human beings by nature wish to express their joy and happiness. They seek occasions to celebrate and enjoy themselves. As a natural religion, Islam has catered for this need by declaring the days of Eid as days of celebration. In fact Islam has made it compulsory to celebrate. This is clearly understood from the fact that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has even prohibited fasting on these days. One is encouraged to wear one's best clothes and to feast within moderate limits.
 
 

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Sadaqah and Islamic Slaughter

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Sunday, 04 November 2007 13:14

It is a Mu'min's (believers) fundamental belief that all conditions occur only by the will of Allah Ta'ala. Health or illness, prosperity or poverty, events that evoke happiness or incidents that plunge one into grief — all happen by the decree of Allah Ta'ala alone. In positive conditions one should be filled with shukr (gratitude) to Allah Ta'ala. In adverse conditions one should adopt sabr (patience) and seek the help of Allah Ta'ala.

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Culture

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Sunday, 04 November 2007 13:13

Culture is defined as a people's complete way of life. It consists of all the ideas, objects and ways of doing things created by the group. Culture includes beliefs, customs, language and traditions (World Book Encyclopaedia).

While there are numerous cultures and subcultures present in the world, of primary concern to us in this discussion are the two main opposing cultures in present-day society. One is the culture of Islam — the "complete way of life" set forth in the Qur'an and Sunnah. On the other opposing end is the Western culture. Both cultures present a "complete way of life." However, both ways of life differ drastically.

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