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Zhul Hijjah

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Friday, 26 October 2007 00:39

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is reported to have said:

"On no other day is the worship of Allah Ta'ala more beloved than the first ten days of Zhul Hijjah. The fast of each of these days is equal to the fast of a whole year, and the ibaadat (worship) of each of these nights is equal to the ibaadat of Laylatul Qadr" (Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah).

 

It is related from Ibn Abbaas (R.A.) that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said:

"No days are as weighty with Allah Ta'ala and so liked by Him for good deeds than the first ten days of Zhul Hijjah. So in these days increasingly read: TASBEEH (Subhaanallah), TAHLEEL (Laa-Ilaaha-Illallaah), TAHMEED (Alhamdulillah), TAKBEER (Allahu Akbar) (Tabraani)

   

Advice of Hadrat Luqman (a.s)

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Friday, 26 October 2007 00:29

Hazrath Luqman (A.S.) was  granted great wisdom by Allah Ta'ala. He once said to his son:

"My dear son, avoid incurring debts, for a debt is a humiliation by day (when the creditors make demands) and grief by night (when you cannot sleep worrying about how you will pay it).

 

My dear son, entertain hopes of mercy from Allah Ta'ala, but let not your hopes make you bold in committing sins; be fearful of Allah Ta'ala but let not your fear make you despair of His mercy.

 

My dear son, if somebody complains to you that so-and-so has taken out both his eyes and you can actually see his eyes missing, do not form any judgement about the person until you have heard the other side of the story. It is possible that the one complaining may have hit the other person first and taken out his eyes earlier" (Fazaa'il -e-Sadaqaat).

 

   

Meeting for Allah's Sake

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Friday, 26 October 2007 00:29

"I am bored. Let's take a drive."

Once the above statement has been uttered by somebody, the action starts. Shortly thereafter the vehicle has taken off and the occupants are on a "drive." The crucial question is: "Where to?"


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Reality of Love

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Friday, 26 October 2007 00:25

Parables are indeed excellent. They enable one to reflect on issues in a manner that bring the reality home very easily and clearly. The Qur'an-al-Kareem and Ahadith are also replete with examples and parables.

         Hence, let us also consider the following parable: A son most eloquently expresses his love and affection for his learned and wise father. "My most beloved father," he says. "There is nobody dearer to me on the face of this earth than you. I love you more than myself. I will do anything for you. I will even give my life for you. To make you happy is my greatest joy. When I see you in pain, it is as though I have been struck by a thousand arrows!!!"

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Sports and Vice

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Sunday, 21 October 2007 13:30

Drinking, lewd behaviour and other vices are closely linked to modern-day sports, especially professional sports. Drunken fans are an extremely common sight. According to a newspaper report, on the night before the world cup started, fans in France packed every place “that sold alcohol” (Daily News - 10/06/98). What else can really be expected from the kuffaar hordes? However, many Muslims, by constant association with the drinking mobs at sporting venues have fallen into this vice. Players from Muslim countries have also disgraced themselves and embarassed Muslims in general with their totally un-Islamic conduct. Yet Muslims cheer the very people who have let Islam down.

       Again, it is sporting events which streakers (people who dash around stark naked in public) choose to insult even basic human values. If at just one event one’s child is exposed to such animal behaviour, the ill-effects will last a lifetime. Can a true Muslim ever risk such a situation?

       Depraved sexual tendencies also seem to find a special home in sporting circles. More than fifty gay and lesbian tennis clubs in the U.S. have been listed in a posting to the internet. Many sports stars have themselves declared their sexual depravity. Youth who idolise these stars are at risk of following in their footsteps all the way.

     When sports has degenerated to these despicable levels, the only honourable thing to do . . . is  to have nothing to do with it.

 

   

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