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Modern to Modest Re-launch

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 15:34

The saying “no pain, no gain”, although clichéd (overused), expresses a concept that all people acknowledge and understand – that in order to gain, one must be prepared to sacrifice. However, sacrifice is something for which very few people are prepared, as it takes one out of the ‘comfort zone’ into unfamiliar, trial-filled territory.

When most people contemplate their goals, they view the sacrifices that are necessary to achieve them and lose courage, thinking to themselves, “I can never do this, it’s impossible!”

Hence, one of the most effective ways to gain motivation is to consider other people who are just like us and faced the same challenges as us, yet overcame the seemingly insurmountable odds and achieved their goal.

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The Courage to Accept Correction

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Monday, 11 December 2017 13:00

Zaazaan (rahimahullah) was a great Taabi‘ee (rahimahullah) and Muhaddith. He had met ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and many other Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), and was counted among the special students of ‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

Prior to becoming a great saint and Muhaddith of this Ummah, Zaazaan (rahimahullah) was involved in sin. However, Allah Ta‘ala blessed him to repent and change his life at the hands of ‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

The following is the personal account of Zaazaan (rahimahullah), describing the manner in which Allah Ta‘ala guided him and inspired him to repent at the hands of ‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), which lead to him becoming the renowned personality that we know. He says:

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Holiday @ Home

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Saturday, 09 December 2017 10:48

A person’s home is their ultimate sanctuary and place of comfort. Hence, when a child feels threatened, his first instinct is to run home, as home is the place of safety. As our homes are our private places, meant for our comfort and happiness, we tend to spend both time and money on ‘doing up’ our homes until they meet our desired level of safety, comfort, beauty and efficiency.

This is easily witnessed in the money that we spend on painting, tiling, alarm systems, electric fences, state-of-the-art appliances, furniture, linen, Italian flooring, granite counters, German bathroom fittings, air-conditioning, and so on. In fact, some people are so particular in this regard that every room of the home has its own theme to which the curtains, carpet, BIC (built in cupboards), linen and even light switches and plug points have to match!

After all the effort is undertaken and money is spent, the result is a home that is ‘tailor made’ to the exact ‘spec’ of the family living in it. Their home is exactly as they designed, providing comfort, security and even entertainment. Hence, many a home even has its own swimming pool!

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Holiday Posts

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 11:56

Through the grace of Allah Ta‘ala, over the past few years, many articles and audios regarding holidays have been uploaded to the Uswatul Muslimah website. Click here for the Holiday Specials category.

Below are the links to a few of these: 

Take a Break

Holidays or Holydays? - mp3

Parents or Holidays?

Serenity Coastal Resort VS The Gardens of Paradise

Passive Participation

Holidays

   

The Gift of Gratitude

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Monday, 04 December 2017 15:48

On one occasion, after Nabi Ismaa‘eel (‘alaihis salaam) had married, Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) came to visit him in Makkah Mukarramah. On arriving at his home, however, he did not meet Nabi Ismaa‘eel (‘alaihis salaam), as he was out, and instead met the wife of Nabi Ismaa‘eel (‘alaihis salaam). As she had never met Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) before, she did not recognize him.

Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) asked her where Nabi Ismaa‘eel (‘alaihis salaam) was to which she replied, “He has gone to find sustenance for us (i.e. he has gone out to hunt).” Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) next asked her regarding their condition and state. She replied by complaining and mentioning, “We are in a bad condition. We are undergoing constraints and poverty.” Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) then said to her, “When your husband arrives, convey my salaam to him, and tell him to change his doorstep.”

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