The Pleasure of Allah Ta’ala


Monday, 13 February 2017 16:15

When it comes to food, every individual has a certain preference. Fish may perhaps be the favourite meal for some and a definite distaste for others. It is for this reason at times the host finds out from the guest as to what meal should be prepared. The desire of the host is to please the guest.

In the same way we are all the servants of Allah Ta‘ala. Our object and desire is to please our Allah Ta‘ala. If we were to use our own intelligence and invent ways to please Allah Ta‘ala, then most definitely we would have failed miserably. Our loving Allah Ta‘ala, having mercy on us, sent to us the final messenger Nabi Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) to teach us how to please our Creator, Allah Ta‘ala. As long as we live our lives on the beautiful and perfect way shown to us by Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) then we will enjoy the pleasure of Allah Ta‘ala. 


I’m Tired!


Monday, 30 January 2017 14:20

It often happens that when we commence doing some good action or work, there is some longing, desire, interest and eagerness within us to embark on that task. Thereafter there is a drop in that initial degree of longing, desire, interest and eagerness, and we feel tired and exhausted. When this condition comes upon us, we should never stop doing the good action or work, since this condition is temporary and for a short while. Insha-Allah if we remain steadfast, after a while that initial longing, desire, interest and eagerness will return.

On the other hand if we lose hope and stop altogether, then to attain that longing, desire, interest and eagerness will be difficult. Let us keep this in mind, when it comes to our salaah, Quraan Majeed recitation, zikr and du‘aa – that steadfastness is the key to progress.


Perfect Greeting


Monday, 16 January 2017 14:26

Hi… then… Bye!!! This is the meaningless greeting of the West. One wonders what it really means? Is he asking you whether you are on a high? Whatever it may mean, no greeting is as comprehensive and perfect as the greeting which is derived from one of the attributes of Allah Ta‘ala, which is the greeting of the angels and will be the greeting of the Believers in Jannah — the beautiful greeting of As-Salaamu ‘alaikum.

As-Salaamu ‘alaikum means “Peace be upon you.” It is a prayer of peace, which encompasses every good for the one being greeted. It is also a declaration of safety and security towards the person being greeted, as if to say that the one being greeted is being told that his life, family and property are all safe from yourself. Thus you will not harm him, his family or property in any way.

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Damage Control


Thursday, 12 January 2017 14:34

The commencement of the new school and working year signals something which is dreaded by some but faced by all – the termination of the holidays. Different people face the ending of the holidays with different feelings and reactions. Those who spend their holidays wisely and productively generally feel refreshed and recharged and are simply raring to put their shoulder to the wheel and get back to work. On the contrary, those who spend their holidays badly dread the day when their holiday will come to an end.

A bad holiday can be a holiday in which Allah Ta‘ala was disobeyed and Deen was forgotten. Now that the holiday is over, we struggle to get back into the routine of performing our salaah on time, reciting the Quraan Majeed daily, etc. Furthermore, we are racked by guilt for the sins that we committed and the evil that we indulged in.

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Determination with Intention


Monday, 02 January 2017 07:20

Without making an intention, the simplest of tasks seems difficult, whereas the moment we make an intention, then the most difficult of tasks are carried out with ease.

An example of this is of a man who is lying on his bed. Half of the night has passed and he is feeling extremely thirsty. But he does not have the courage to get up and drink some water. So he remains lying in bed feeling thirsty. However, at that very moment he receives a phone call from his bosom friend who requires his assistance. The man immediately jumps up from his bed, slips into some clothes and rushes out of the home. Despite the heavy rains outside and the slippery roads, he speeds off in his car in order to help his friend. A moment ago, the man could not take a few steps to fetch the water for himself, but here he is prepared to drive for kilometres on end. The difference is, in the first case, he did not intend to take those few easy steps whereas in the case of his friend, he was determined to help him.

Unfortunately nowadays, our intention is not Deen. Thus everything in Deen seems difficult for us. The moment we intend Deen, then salaah, purdah, etc. will become very easy to carry out. 


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