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Reaching Allah Ta‘ala

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 16:12

There was once a pious villager who set out on the road towards the king’s palace. People asked him, “Farmer! Where are you going?” He replied, “I am going to meet the king.” They laughed at him saying, “Leave meeting the king, they will not even allow you near the palace gates.” The pious man ignored their remarks and continued on the road towards the king’s palace. It so happened that as he neared the palace gates, the king was seated in his tower and his glance fell on the pious man. The king immediately told his men to open the gates and bring the pious villager to him. Accordingly, the pious man was led into the court of the king. The king was seated on his throne. He requested the pious man to come and sit next to him. When he sat next to the king, the king asked him, “Tell me, how can we reach Allah Ta‘ala?” The pious man replied, “Like how I reached you. I simply took the road that leads to you. When your glance fell on me, you drew me towards you.”

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From the Grapevine

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 16:16

We are often given “news” and information about people. On the basis of such “news” and information, we formulate opinions and perceptions in our minds about the people concerned. However, if the “news” is of a negative nature, it is compulsory to ignore it until it is verified and established to be true. To formulate negative opinions in our minds with regards to anybody upon hearing something which has not been verified is not permissible. In many cases these bits of information just come “from the grapevine” and have no truth in them. At times they are a mixture of half truths and distorted facts. Often it is pure misunderstanding and/or misinterpretation. Nevertheless, neither must one act on these bits of information without first establishing their authenticity, nor must one harbour ill-feelings or suspicion for any person on the basis of such information.

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From ‘Eid to ‘Eid

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Monday, 14 August 2017 15:17

Ramadhaan has departed. It was a month of patience. It was a month that called for sacrifice of desires, sacrifice of time, at the same time calling for much bodily exertion and striving. Ramadhaan was followed by the joyous Day of ‘Eid. The Day of ‘Eid wasn’t a matter of taking the day off from acts of devotion and worship after a month long period of devotion, sacrifice and striving. It wasn’t just relaxation and good times – it entailed extra salaah, two khutbahs and distribution of fitrah. The theme of sacrifice and striving was clearly evident in this! After ‘Eid, the optional six Shawwaal fasts are rewarding and virtuous. They present another wonderful opportunity for sacrifice and striving.

The fasts of the first 10 days of Zul Hijjah (barring ‘Eid) and the intensive ‘ibaadah in these 10 holy nights is yet a continuation of the theme of sacrifice and striving. These days are also the days of the hajj. The hajj is one mammoth lesson in sacrifice of time, money and great physical and spiritual striving. Then ‘Eidul Adha follows. Another lesson is sacrificing of time and money and striving!

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Maintaining the Momentum

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Thursday, 06 July 2017 15:25

How many people do you know who one day looked into the mirror or stood on the scale and announced, “Enough!” The digits on the scale and the reflection in the mirror are both unbiased and don’t hesitate to tell a person that it’s time for him to shed those extra kilos.

How many people thereafter sacrificed their scrumptious snacks and exerted themselves in exercise, gradually achieving their goal weight? The answer to both questions is – quite a few actually. However, an overwhelming amount of these people are unable to maintain their ideal weight and soon thereafter slip into their old rut of unhealthy and bad eating habits, only to regain the unwanted weight even faster than they had initially lost it.

Hence, the key to a successful diet, more than losing the weight, is to maintain the weight and avoid regaining the burnt fat.

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Safety in Silence

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 12:21

(Tie the Tongue Series – Part 4)

The blessed speech of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is a miracle, with his every statement brimming with wisdom and meaning. From the treasure of hadeeth, just one example of the profound speech of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is when he said, “He who is silent is safe.” (Sunan Tirmizi #2501)

If we ponder, we will realize that the majority of our quarrels, arguments, fall-outs with friends and problems in general were linked to the misuse of the tongue. Often, a statement is made in innocence and no harm is meant, yet the words are received badly, causing great offence and pain. We thus realize that ‘I did not mean to hurt’ is not enough. Rather, we should ask ourselves ‘did I mean not to hurt’?

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