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Perpetual Investment

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Monday, 13 January 2020 15:23

No person is prepared to invest in anything if he is not certain of earning a profitable return on that investment. The greater the returns, the more profitable is that investment. Nevertheless, investments of this world will benefit at the most, until one's death – and that could be extremely near. After death, all these investments would be transferred to the heirs who would use them or abuse them (which is not uncommon). The person who has toiled and laboured to acquire this wealth cannot, after death, benefit from that wealth in the least bit.

However, certain investments are such that one continues to reap benefits even after death. When one can no longer do any good deeds, these perpetual investments continue to earn him great rewards.  These are the investments of the Hereafter which are permanent and perpetual. Allah Ta‘ala says, “But you give preference to the worldly life whereas the Hereafter is better and more enduring (remaining eternally)” (Surah Aa’laa v16-17). Furthermore, in reality, only what has been deposited in the Hereafter is what belongs to a person for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has said, “Verily your wealth is what you have sent ahead (to the Hereafter). What is left behind is the wealth of your heirs.” (Saheeh Bukhaari #6442)

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Salaah and Sustenance

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Monday, 18 November 2019 09:11

If a father has to press the light switch and tell the child, “Look, magic! The light has come on.” The child will be amazed because he does not understand that there is a link between the switch and the light bulb; he is unaware of the hidden wiring in between, whereas the father is fully aware. When it comes to the spiritual part of life, we are all children, whilst Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has seen the realities and is informing us of the links behind the scenes. Allah Ta‘ala says in the Quraan Majeed, “Command your family to perform salaah and adhere to it yourself. We do not ask provisions from you. We provide sustenance to you. And the ultimate end is for taqwa (Allah fearing and piety).” (Surah Taaha, v132)

As far as sustenance is concerned, Allah Ta‘ala is the One who provides for us. We are not asked to provide for ourselves. Yet, due to one’s work or some other appointment, the salaah is made qadhaa (read after its time) or left out altogether. This is despite the fact that Allah Ta‘ala informs us that sustenance will come via salaah and not the other way around. If we perform our salaah on time and correctly, Allah Ta‘ala will grant us sustenance with barakah (blessings) and ‘aafiyah (ease). He will grant such lawful and wholesome sustenance that will be productive. It will bring joy, happiness, and serenity, and our needs will be fulfilled with respect.

   

Exam Time

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Monday, 04 November 2019 09:00

As the end of the year approaches, the level of concern, worry and anxiety rises. It becomes a time of working hard and burning the midnight oil. Leisure and pleasure are sacrificed. Everything possible is done to achieve the best pass. There is total support and assistance in whichever way possible from family and friends. After all, … it’s exam time. Passing will open many doors and failing will result in many setbacks. Thus, nothing must come in the way of passing the exams.

While working hard to pass the minor exams, which one must obviously do, does it remind one of the MAJOR exams? This life itself is a major exam. A further exam, will take place in the grave and yet another exam will be conducted on the Day of Qiyaamah. What one achieves in the exam of this life will determine whether one passes or fails in the examinations that follow it. Are we concerned about passing the MAJOR exams? Are we prepared to make the sacrifices and to try and achieve the best possible results? Do we support our families, friends and others to help them pass? Failing the minor exams is a minor problem and setback, while failing the MAJOR exams is absolutely disastrous. There is no way to make for the loss. Therefore, the main focus must be on the MAJOR exams. Hence, let us reflect over the serious exams and tests that life presents to us and check whether we are passing or failing.

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A Knock at the Door

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Monday, 21 October 2019 15:34

Often we listen to a talk of Deen or we read some Islamic literature. Through the blessing of the words of Allah Ta‘ala and Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), our hearts are most definitely affected. It is at this point that a person intends to give up his life of sin and start a life of righteousness. This intention to do good or to leave sin is actually a guest that is knocking at the door of our heart, sent to us by our loving Allah Ta‘ala.

In life, if a guest knocks at our door and we receive the guest with warmth and respect, then most definitely the guest will feel welcomed to visit again. However if we chase the guest and close the door on his face, he will never return to visit us. In the same way, if a good intention knocks at the door of our heart, then we should act upon it immediately. By ignoring it, we may deprive ourselves of this good intention ever knocking at the door of our heart again.

   

Stain Removal

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Monday, 07 October 2019 13:33

The overalls of a mechanic can sometimes become so stained and blotted with grease and oil that beneath the layers of filth, the colour of the overall itself becomes lost and almost impossible to determine! Due to the overalls already being so filthy, it won’t bother the mechanic in the least if a few more drops of oil have to splash onto him.

On the contrary, a person immaculately dressed in pristine white clothing would probably be unable to tolerate even a single drop splashing onto and staining his clothing. If his clothing does become marred by a stain, he will immediately whip out the ‘Vanish’ and try to remove it.

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