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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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Competition

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Sunday, 04 November 2007 13:08

Hazrath Ubaadah bin Saamit (R.A.) reports that one day when Ramadhan had drawn near Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "The month of Ramadhan, the month of Blessings has come to you. In this month Allah Ta'ala turns towards you, sends down upon you His special mercy, forgives your faults and accepts your duas. Allah Ta'ala also appreciates your competition for the greatest amount of good and boasts to the angels about you. Therefore show to Allah Ta'ala your righteousness for verily the most unfortunate person is he who is deprived of Allah's mercy in this month." (Targheeb)

   With regards to worldly matters we always strive to do the best. As a result we very often end up competing with others who are also desirous of being the best. In the Hadith above this spirit of competing is commended. However, this is strictly restricted to competing in matters of Deen. This "competition" gives one more vigour to engage in excessive recitation of the Qur'an, zikr, etc. Nevertheless it is obvious that the intention in performing these good deeds should be solely the pleasure of Allah Ta'ala.

   

Private Schools

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Saturday, 03 November 2007 01:24

Our life in this temporary abode is for a sublime purpose. It is to recognise our Creator and Sustainer, Allah Ta'ala, and to establish His Deen on earth.

         While fulfilling one's purpose and object of life, one will also need to acquire the necessities of life since this world is a place of means. The earning of a livelihood is thus a necessity for which one requires basic life skills — reading, writing, calculating and all that follows thereafter.

      

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Environmental Pollution

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According to scientists, environmental pollution is among the most serious problems facing humanity today. This is especially significant since the adverse effect of environmental pollution affects people directly, yet they often do not even realize it. For example, people breathe air that is heavily polluted with nitrogen dioxide given off by cars, planes and factories which causes severe respiratory problems. Yet while breathing it, they do not realize what harm they have caused to themselves. If the exposure to the pollution was minimal, over time the immune system will clear the body of the harmful effects of the pollution. However, if the exposure is excessive, it may overpower the immune system or even kill it, eventually resulting in one's death.
 
 

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When Duas are Accepted

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Friday, 26 October 2007 00:42

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has mentioned the following occasions when one's duas are readily accepted:

¨ The one who performs Fardh Salaah and then sincerely makes dua (Tabrani)

¨ Dua upon the completion of the Qur'an (Tabrani)

¨ Dua between the Azaan and Iqamah (Tirmizi)

¨ Dua for one's Muslim brother in his absence (Baihaqi)

¨ Dua at the last portion of the night, at the time of Tahajjud (Muslim)

¨ When it begins to rain (Tabrani)

¨ When setting eyes on the Ka'bah Shareef

[Ma'ariful Hadith — Vol. 3, Pg. 126)

   

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