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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.

   

After Fajr - Time of Great Barakah

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Monday, 16 July 2018 09:51

The time after Fajr is a time of immense barakah (blessings). Why would it not be filled with blessings when Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) made the following du‘aa for his Ummah: “O Allah, bless my Ummah (in their work) in the early part of the morning” (Tirmizi #1212). It is however, obvious that to receive this barakah one will have to be awake. A person sleeping at this time is deprived of this blessings.

Sleeping after Fajr is a detestable practice, unless due to weakness, illness or any other valid reason. If one needs to sleep, he should do so after sunrise, though it is better to rather take a short nap in the afternoon. ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) once passed by a person sleeping after Fajr Salaah. ‘Abdullah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) shook him awake and remarked: “Don’t you know that Allah Ta‘ala pays particular attention to His creation at this part of the morning and out of His sheer mercy He admits a great number of people into Jannah.” (Tabraani - Majma‘uz Zawaaid #1816)

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Travelling in the Same Direction

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Monday, 02 July 2018 13:34

Imagine a family wishing to travel together. However, each person has a different destination. Thus the husband wants to take a turn towards the east, the wife wants him to turn towards the west and the children want to go south. Can you imagine the arguments and the tension in that vehicle? The arguments and tension could sometime even lead to an accident. The same is the case of daily life. In order to avoid the arguments and tension, everyone must have the same direction.

The only direction that leads to every success is Deen. Therefore, the husband, wife and children must all adopt one direction and have one goal, to earn the pleasure of Allah Ta‘ala. Whenever the family is confronted with the issue of whether to turn left or right, all should simply ask: “What will make Allah Ta‘ala happy?” This approach will insha-Allah make the journey of life peaceful and enjoyable.

   

Nurturing the Relationship

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Monday, 18 June 2018 10:39

There are few methods that express love as eloquently as speech. Hence, a newly-wed couple who have the misfortune of living apart for some time will often compensate for their separation by remaining glued to their phones, speaking to each other for hours on end. On the contrary, when two people have hatred and enmity for one another, they make it a point to avoid speaking to each other.

During the month of Ramadhaan, Muslims the world over remained glued to the Quraan Majeed, earnestly conversing with Allah Ta‘ala. The more they recited the Quraan Majeed, the more their love for Allah Ta‘ala grew and the closer to Him they became. However, how many of us have continued to converse with Allah Ta‘ala, through reciting the Quraan Majeed daily, as we used to in the month of Ramadhaan? Similarly, how many of us are still conversing with Allah Ta‘ala through the direct-line of du‘aa, as we used to during the month of Ramadhaan?

When a person has a close, bosom friend, and this friend suddenly gives him the cold shoulder, it greatly perturbs and hurts him as his beloved friend is now treating him as an enemy would. When we earnestly conversed with Allah Ta‘ala and did our best to gain His nearness in the month of Ramadhaan, then what message is sent out when after the month of Ramadhaan, we seldom recite the Quraan Majeed and rarely raise our hands in du‘aa? Are we showing Allah Ta‘ala a cold shoulder’ (may Allah forbid!)?

Just as we would not appreciate our near and dear ones suddenly abandoning us, we should not suddenly abandon our relationship with Allah Ta‘ala, who is the Most Beloved and Dear to us. Instead, if we strive to maintain our relationship with Allah Ta‘ala, our love and bond with Him will grow until the next Ramadhaan, during which it will be boosted and increase even further. In this manner, we will become closer and closer to Allah Ta‘ala until He eventually summons us from this world.

   

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