Loaded for Action


Tuesday, 13 March 2018 15:14

A little boy, whilst playing in a park, found a belt of bullets. He ran over to his father to show him what he had found. His father warned him that a single bullet is enough to kill a lion and that the bullets should be returned to where he had found them. As the boy ran along to place back the bullets, a small pup chased him. The little boy, in an effort to save himself, threw bullet after bullet at the pup, but to no effect. Eventually the owner came to the scene and with just one instruction, the pup stopped in its track.

Thereafter the boy innocently asked his father, “If one bullet can kill a lion, how come so many bullets could not stop a pup?” The father’s simple reply was, “My dear son! A bullet will only work if it is loaded in a gun.”

In the same way, a person may ask, “I have books and books loaded with incidents of how Allah Ta‘ala’s help came to the Muslims. How is it that I, as a Muslim do not enjoy the same help of Allah Ta‘ala?” The simple reply is that those Muslims were Muslims in the true sense of the word, loaded with good actions. This drew the help of Allah Ta‘ala. We too need to load our lives with good actions. Then insha-Allah, we too will enjoy the help of Allah Ta‘ala.


Fashion Trap


Tuesday, 27 February 2018 09:26

While it is absolutely correct that one should not judge a book by its cover, often the cover does indicate what the book contains. When one possesses the true love of Allah Ta‘ala and His beloved Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in the heart, that love will certainly manifest itself in all one’s actions and deeds. It will also dictate one’s likes and dislikes. The true love for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) will make one love every aspect of his way of life. It will also generate the deep dislike for the way of life of his enemies.

Modern-day fashions, the creations of those who reject Allah Ta‘ala and His Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), are in direct opposition to the mode of dress that Islam advocates for men and women. But alas, Muslims also take pride in donning the fashions of the west, the very west which hates Islam and the Muslims to the core.

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The Blessing of Food


Monday, 12 February 2018 16:33

Every grain of food and every drop of water (or other halaal drink) is a great bounty of Allah Ta‘ala. Deliberately wasting any food is indeed a severe ingratitude. Ingratitude to the favours of Allah Ta‘ala results in the wrath of Allah Ta‘ala descending and the snatching away of that bounty.

The practice of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in this regard was to thoroughly clean the utensil from which he ate. He also stressed upon the Ummah to do so. Jaabir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) instructed that the fingers should be licked after eating and the utensil should also be cleaned. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then said: “You do not know in which particle of food the barakah (blessing) lies”. (Saheeh Muslim #5300)

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Mutual Consultation


Monday, 29 January 2018 16:14

Often a person has to make a decision pertaining to some aspect or the other. The more serious the matter, the more difficult it becomes to make the decision. According to the advice of the Quraan Majeed and hadeeth, such important decisions should never be made without prior consultation. Allah Ta‘ala declares in the Quraan Majeed regarding the Believers: “And their matters are (decided) with mutual consultation” (Surah Shura v38). Even Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was commanded by Allah Ta‘ala to consult the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) in such matters of importance wherein no divine instruction had been given.

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Rising Costs


Monday, 04 December 2017 13:48

From the street sweeper to the industrialist, every person is alarmed by the increasing costs of basic commodities. In the world of cause and effect, many reasons for the rising costs are explained by all and sundry. Political instability, faction fighting, etc. are cited as reasons for the value of the rand falling sharply. This in turn resulted in the price of petrol rocketing. The high petrol price impacts negatively on the price of every commodity... and the story goes on and on.

While these apparent means are not denied, the fact of the matter however, is that they are only the APPARENT means. In reality, all conditions are created by Allah Ta‘ala alone. These conditions are also not brought about haphazardly. Allah Ta‘ala and His beloved Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) have informed us as to when favourable conditions will prevail, and also what will invite the wrath of Allah Ta‘ala due to which He will send down adverse conditions.

In one narration, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: “When Allah Ta‘ala is ANGRY upon a nation, and He does not send down upon them the punishments of the earth swallowing them or the punishment of transfiguration of people into animals, He causes the prices of commodities to rise high, the rains are withheld from them and the worst of the people are caused to rule over them”. (Faidhul Qadeer vol. 2, pg. 289)

Thus the reality of rising costs is now clear to us. Our sins have angered our Creator. His punishment has taken the form of rising costs. The solution is to make an effort to rid our society of the sins that are inviting this punishment. 


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