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Down and Moody

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Monday, 05 November 2018 15:28

Sometimes we do have those unpleasant days, where we feel down and low, moody and irritable. Often on such occasions we tend to make the biggest mistake by blurting out our thoughts and feelings. The devil and our base desires deceive us to think that we are getting everything off our chests and we will thereafter feel much lighter and better. However our explosive reaction only adds to our pain and and makes us later regret.

The wiser and more intelligent thing to do is to turn our gaze away from all the negatives around us and focus on the positives. This will help to bring about some balance within us. Thereafter we should smile and others will smile with us. We should speak good and do good to others, and we ourselves will automatically feel good again. Before we know it, we will once more be feeling better and in high spirits. Then, in a rational and positive manner, address the issues that are necessary to attend to. Otherwise, adopt patience and take the innumerable rewards from Allah Ta‘ala.

   

The Death Sentence

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Monday, 22 October 2018 15:27

When a person has been sentenced to death, he suddenly loses all taste for the pleasures of this world. If he was engrossed to a life of sin, suddenly he begins to repent and remember his Creator who had blessed him with the gift of life. He now wishes that he had spent his life in obedience to the commands of his Sustainer and Nourisher. Remorse and regret overwhelm him for his past deeds. This drastic change suddenly takes place because he has been “sentenced to death” by some mortal being like himself called the judge.

Every single person walking on this earth has been sentenced to death by the Master of all mortal judges and by the King of all kings. Even before a person is born, the time and place of his death is decreed. The death sentence from above could be carried out at any time – it could be one year from now, perhaps a month or even the next moment. It could come on any pretext; an illness, accident or murder, or even without any pretext. How often have we heard of people who “just collapsed and passed away”. But alas, how unmindful we are of this imminent death.

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A Phone Call Away

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Monday, 08 October 2018 16:21

Nowadays many people generally only meet family members on the occasion of a death or a wedding in the family. While it may not be possible to travel and meet family members who live long distances away from us, we can occasionally give them a phone call just to greet them and find out as to how they are keeping.

We will be surprised as to what du‘aas and supplications a simple phone call can earn for ourselves. Perhaps an old aunt is sick or bedridden and feeling very low. You called, and her spirits were boosted once again. Your voice brought a smile to her face and her heart instantaneously flows with du‘aas for you.

We tend to forget that our progress and achievements are very often due to the du‘aas of those around us. At times we focus on the big things in life, forgetting that even the little things really do count.

 

   

Service to Others

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Monday, 27 August 2018 08:48

Nowadays, we are so caught up in our busy lives and in accomplishing our daily tasks that very little attention is paid to serving others. We need to change this and try to cultivate in ourselves and in our children the desire to serve others. It should become one’s ambition to invest one’s free time in serving others. We should regard serving our parents as a source of perpetual reward.

Our children should not feel ashamed of doing household chores. They should cheerfully carry out the instructions of their parents at all times. They should be trained to give preference to others over themselves. At all times the comfort and wellbeing of others should be considered.

Youngsters should respect the senior members of the family and be willing to assist them. They should not feel embarrassed to clean the house and their surroundings with their own hands. Helping the poor, mercy towards the weak and removal of harmful objects from the pathway should become natural to them.

   

Have a Good Thought

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Monday, 30 July 2018 10:01

We all understand that backbiting is forbidden. Likewise we must remember that to even have an ill-thought of someone is also forbidden. We may be sitting all alone in the protection of our homes, but if our mind has to deliberately think that such and such a friend is a very sulky person, then that thought is forbidden. It is a sin to deliberately even think evil of someone.

What we fail to realize is that ill-thoughts give rise to ill-feelings and hatred; which in turn disunites our hearts. With the disunity of hearts there will always be fears, doubts, suspicion, fights and arguments. On the other hand, if we start thinking good of others, it will generate love and unity. Our hearts will be at ease enjoying great peace and harmony. Our thoughts become our words and actions which in turn develop into habits, which ultimately becomes our character and life. Let us strive to think good of others and in-turn enjoy a happy life.

   

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