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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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Sweet Words

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Monday, 29 July 2019 14:50

If one’s feet slip, it can be extremely dangerous. One could lose one’s balance and fall. It could result in fractured bones, and perhaps even a heart attack. Undoubtedly these are serious consequences. However, these effects of the slip of the feet can never compare to the harm that can ensue from the slip of the tongue. It can result in several people suffering a heart attack. When the tongue slips, it pierces hearts, breaks marriages, splits families, estranges bosom friends and results in a host of other social evils. The soft and fleshy tongue can cause a wound far worse than the wound of the hard teeth. As a poet says: “The wound of the sword will heal – but the wound of the tongue will not.”

Once Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was asked: “What is the path of salvation (from the fitnah that is engulfing us from all directions)?” He (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied: “Guard your tongue, let your house be sufficient for you and cry over your sins.” ( Sunan Tirmizi #2406)

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Truly Rich

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Monday, 01 July 2019 15:12

Who is truly rich?

The answer to this question will vary from person to person. The most common answer is bound to be: “The one who has the most amount of money.” However, let us hear the answer from the leader of all mankind, from the one who was granted the most amount of knowledge by Allah Ta‘ala, from that heart which was blessed with direct divine guidance, from none other than Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “A person’s being rich is not dependent upon him owning much worldly possessions. Rather, being truly wealthy is to be rich in one’s heart.” (Saheeh Bukhaari #6446)

If one is “rich in his heart” by being content with whatever Allah Ta‘ala has blessed him with, irrespective of the amount, he is truly rich. On the other hand, if a millionaire is hankering after the “next valley of gold,” he is indeed poverty stricken.

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