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Do I have a Muslim Mind?

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Wednesday, 31 August 2016 15:55

Having a Muslim name is easy, and looking like a Muslim is simple. However the challenge of the time is to have a Muslim mind and heart – a mind and heart that accepts the truth and rejects falsehood.

We should never lose our Muslim mind and heart, and adopt the mind and heart of some atheist, secularist or modernist. The sign of losing the Muslim heart is that when falsehood comes to one via the newspaper, internet or some deviated person, then it is wholeheartedly accepted and digested. However, when the truth comes to one via a sanad – an unbroken chain of transmission, starting from Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), through the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), the Imaams of Fiqh, the Muhadditheen, the various scholars over the centuries, until finally through our ‘Ulama, then we object to it, doubt and question it and even reject it, Allah Ta‘ala forbid.

May Allah Ta‘ala keep us with a Muslim mind and heart and allow us to die with a Muslim mind and heart.

   

Nikaah – A Simple Affair

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Monday, 18 July 2016 15:44

The society that one lives in has a direct effect on one’s life. Hence every person desires for and strives to build a healthy society. Among the aspects that form the bedrock of a healthy society is the institution of nikaah. By means of nikaah one finds solace and comfort which enables one to fulfil one’s duties to Allah Ta‘ala. It also provides a lawful avenue to fulfil a basic in-born need. A pure human race flourishes as a result of the bond of nikaah, while countless social evils are dispelled by it. Take away the institution of nikaah and in a short time the society will sink to such depths of moral degradation which are unimaginable.

The West has to a great extent abandoned the customary marriage and adopted in its place the “living together” concept. When the partners do not feel like “living together” anymore, they just say “good bye” and part company. The result of this is glaring for all the world to see. Abortion, thousands of illegitimate children, AIDS, teenage pregnancies and suicide are just a few of the many direct consequences of abandoning the bond of marriage.

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Halaal Livelihood and Barakah

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Friday, 01 July 2016 11:37

From The Discourses of Hazrat Moulana Yunus Patel Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih)

To do business is not haraam. In fact it is very virtuous. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “To earn a halaal (lawful) livelihood is compulsory after the completion of other faraaidh (obligatory duties).”

In another hadeeth, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “Glad tidings (of Jannah) are for that person whose income is pure (halaal), his interior and exterior is good and he does not cause any harm to people. Glad tidings (of Jannah) are for that person who practices on his knowledge, spends his excess wealth (on the needy) and does not engage in useless talk.”[1]

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Divine Protection for the Quraan

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 06:34

(Quraan Series - Part 4)

Yahya bin Aktham (rahimahullah) narrates the following incident:

Ma’moon Ar-Rasheed, one of the Muslim rulers, used to host gatherings wherein scholars would discuss various issues. On one occasion, a Jew who was well dressed, respectable in appearance and eloquent in speech arrived at the gathering and joined in the discussion. When the crowd began to disperse after the discussion was concluded, Ma’moon called the Jew and asked him, “Are you a Jew?” The man replied, “Yes.” Ma’moon next invited the Jew to embrace Islam. The Jew, however, refused saying, “I cannot leave my religion and the religion of my forefathers.”

One year later, the man returned and had now accepted Islam! On this occasion when he joined the gathering, he was even able to deliver an academic discourse on Islamic Jurisprudence. When the discussion was over, Ma’moon asked him, “Are you not the Jew who attended this gathering last year?” The man replied in the affirmative to which Ma’moon asked, “What caused you to embrace Islam?”

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Hazrat Moulana Yunus Patel Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) Running a Business

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Monday, 27 June 2016 15:13

A First Hand Experience in Running a Business[1]

It was around 1971, when my late father-in-law went for hajj. He was away for four months. In that time I managed his business. Although I had absolutely no experience about business, with the fadhl (grace) of Allah Ta‘ala, I ran the business, during those four months, in a manner that not only benefited my father-in-law, but which became an example for the people of the town also. Alhamdulillah.

The daily routine that was adopted, the set up in the business and the manner of interaction with customers is being outlined and shared, as a lesson. Insha-Allah, that experience will be a means of people, especially businessmen, channeling their efforts towards prioritising deen over dunya and giving preference to earning the Aakhirah (Hereafter) over the chase for money and material commodities. The love for dunya and attaching one’s heart to it inevitably brings destruction to a person’s deen. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “Two hungry wolves let loose on a flock of sheep cannot cause as much destruction to the flock as the damage that one’s greed for wealth and fame can inflict upon one’s deen.”[2]

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