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Rising Costs

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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. 

   

Exam Time

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Monday, 20 November 2017 16:11

“O Allah, please help me to get an ‘A’. “O Allah, at least let me get a good pass.” “O Allah, save me from failing.”

These are some of the fervent du‘aas made in utmost humility at this time of the year. Many are aspiring for an ‘A’ while others are just praying that they do not fail. Together with fervently praying, thousands of learners burn the midnight oil, sacrifice many leisures and pleasures and toil hard to pass the exams or to excel. Let alone the learners, even their parents and other relatives are praying for their success. 

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Conviction in Allah Ta‘ala

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Monday, 06 November 2017 15:37

When something is repeated, it settles deep down in our hearts and we become convinced regarding it. We repeatedly speak of the material world and this has settled deep in our hearts. It is time we beautify and fortify our hearts with the conviction in Allah Ta‘ala.

The one who is convinced that Allah Ta‘ala’s treasures are always full will not be worried and concerned as to what he is going to eat tomorrow. We ask for tomorrow’s food today. However Allah Ta‘ala does not ever ask us for tomorrow’s salaah today.

Everything has been created for us and we have been created for the worship of Allah Ta‘ala. This has to be repeated to the point of conviction, or else we will get consumed with the things of the world and end up forgetting Allah Ta‘ala altogether.

If we are convinced that Allah Ta‘ala Alone decides all matters, then we will remain happy with the decree of Allah Ta‘ala and enjoy ease and peace. Otherwise, due to greed, we will restlessly try for something else and in the process disgrace ourselves, yet we will still only get that what we were supposed to get. How much longer will we be angry with Allah Ta‘ala because our nafs (carnal desires) did not get what it wants? When will we get angry at our nafs for not doing what Allah Ta‘ala wants? Inculcating the right conviction is the simple solution, and it comes with repetition.

   

The Best Day

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Monday, 23 October 2017 16:27

Imagine the greatness and virtue of a day which according to authentic ahaadeeth is…

- The greatest of all days in the sight of Allah Ta‘ala. (Tirmizi #491)

- Aadam (‘alaihis salaam) was created on that day, entered into Jannah on the same day and also came down to earth on that very day. (Tirmizi #491)

- It is blessed with such a moment that any du‘aa made therein is certainly accepted. (Tirmizi #491)

- A person who passes away on this day is saved from the punishment of the grave. (Tirmizi #1074)

The day that encompasses all these virtues and such tremendous significance is the day of Jumu‘ah (Friday). It is due to this special significance that the day of Jumu‘ah is among the shi‘aar  of Islam (distinguishing signs by which Islam or a Muslim is identified). To respect the shi‘aar of Islam is to respect Islam itself while disregarding the shi‘aar of Islam brings severe consequences in this world and the Hereafter.

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The Human Being: A Very Valuable Machine

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Saturday, 14 October 2017 10:06

When the primary focus of the human’s effort shifted towards the material things of this transitory abode, it resulted in the human being completely losing his value. As a result, human life is so cheap that blood flowing through the streets of the world has become a common sight.

Man attaches value to certain things, whereas the reality is that these things lose their value as soon as they come into contact with man. For example, consider a motor vehicle. As long as it is on the showroom floor, it will fetch its true value. Let it come into the possession of man and in just a few moments, it loses its value and becomes “second-hand”.

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