Double Dose of …?


Thursday, 15 March 2018 10:00

If a person has one apple and thereafter buys another apple, how many apples will he have? The answer is obvious – two apples. Similarly, if a person has one child and is then blessed with another child, he will now have two children. This elementary concept of one-plus-one-equals-two is so basic that even kindergartners (pre-school children) have ‘mastered’ it and understand that two sweets are better than one!

However, there is one occasion when even the most intelligent of people can forget this concept and thus lose out – the occasion of ill-treatment.

When someone shows us bad behaviour and ill treats us, there are a number of ways in which we can react. Some people break down into tears, some simply ignore the offender and walk away, and others retaliate. However, as Muslims, the question we need to ask is, “Which response will please Allah Ta‘ala?”

Read more: Double Dose of …?


As You Give, so You Shall Get


Tuesday, 13 March 2018 10:51

لَن تَنَالُوا۟ ٱلْبِرَّ حَتَّىٰ تُنفِقُوا۟ مِمَّا تُحِبُّونَ ۚ وَمَا تُنفِقُوا۟ مِن شَىْءٍ فَإِنَّ ٱللَّـهَ بِهِۦ عَلِيمٌ

You will never attain complete piety until you spend from that which you love, and whatever you spend, Allah Ta‘ala is fully aware of it.

Allah Ta‘ala will reward a person for whatever he spends for the sake of Deen in His path. However, the reward that is given varies depending on the sincerity and heart with which it is given, and also on the giver’s attachment to the item and love for it. In the abovementioned verse of the Quraan Majeed, Allah Ta‘ala informs us that in order for us to attain complete piety and earn the greatest reward, we will have to spend that which is most beloved to us in the path of Allah Ta‘ala.

Read more: As You Give, so You Shall Get


The Perfect Partner


Saturday, 10 March 2018 15:42

(Respected Wife of ‘Aarif Billah, Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar [rahimahullah] – Part Two)

Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar (rahimahullah) had married her, although she was older than him in age, solely on account of her piety and righteousness that was well-known to the people of her area.

Describing his nikaah, Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar (rahimahullah) mentioned the following:

“My nikaah incurred very little expenses, as I spent a total of only two hundred rupees. I gifted to my wife a set of ordinary, simple clothing. You will perhaps be surprised to learn that I performed my own nikaah. The reason for this is that there was no ‘Aalim in the village where my wife lived. Hence, I recited the khutbah of the nikaah and thereafter performed my own nikaah in the presence of the witnesses.”

Read more: The Perfect Partner


Hazelnut and Raspberry Meringue Cake


Saturday, 10 March 2018 10:24

A delicious summer cake.

Lightly toast 140g of skinned hazelnuts. Grind them to a powder taking care not to let them become oily.

Whisk 4 egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gradually add in 250g of castor sugar.

Mix in ½ tsp of vanilla essence and ½ tsp of vinegar.

Gently fold in the ground hazelnuts.

Line 2 sandwich pans with baking paper.

Empty the batter into the pans and smooth.

Bake on 180 degrees celcius for 30-40 minutes.

Whip 300ml of fresh cream with 3 Tbsp icing sugar.

Lightly crush 2-3 cups of fresh raspberries with sugar as needed.

Sandwich the cool cake with half of the cream and berries. Top with the other half. Refrigerate until serving.

The cake should be eaten on the day that it's assembled.


The Map of Marriage


Thursday, 08 March 2018 10:10

Any intelligent person undertaking a very long journey – through a route which he has not travelled before – will ensure that he makes adequate preparations before he departs. He will seek advice and directions and will make enquiries regarding the road and what to expect. After making all the appropriate preparations and taking all the necessary advice and directions, he will most likely carry a GPS to guide him along the way and prevent him from taking any wrong turns.

Marriage is also a journey. However, the journey of marriage is meant to last a lifetime. It takes one through different terrains and past various sceneries. While it may generally be smooth sailing, like a luxury car on an open freeway, there are sometimes the odd and unexpected gravel patches. While the route may mainly usher one past gardens, rivers, waterfalls and rolling seas, it does also sometimes lead one through dry and quiet deserts. If the traveller keeps his eye on the road and focuses on his destination, he will insha-Allah safely pass through all the hills and valleys as well as gardens and deserts.

Read more: The Map of Marriage


Women’s Dress within the Home


Tuesday, 06 March 2018 10:28


Assalaamu ‘alaikum

Is it permissible for a lady to wear clothing that is partially transparent at home in front of the maid and children? When I say ‘partially transparent’, I mean her skin and underwear can be clearly seen. 

Also, what does the sharee‘ah say about such conduct and dressing? 


Read more: Women’s Dress within the Home


Page 1 of 166