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Family Doctor

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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 March 2017 09:40 Thursday, 23 March 2017 09:31

Most homes have a family doctor, a man qualified in the medical field whose medical advice they value and trust implicitly. From a boil on the chest to cardiac arrest, he is the man they consult in their hour of need.

If our physical health is a priority, then our spiritual health holds paramount importance. Hence, it is vital for us to attach ourselves to a family ‘doctor’ who will see to our spiritual health. These spiritual doctors are none other than the rightly guided ‘Ulama and Mashaayikh.

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A Golden Guarantee

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 March 2017 09:45 Tuesday, 21 March 2017 09:43

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has mentioned, “Whoever guarantees me (that he will safeguard and protect) that which is between his jaws and that which is between his legs, I will guarantee him Jannah.” (Saheeh Bukhaari #6474)

Safeguarding that which is between one’s jaws refers to two things. It refers to one being cautious in his speech i.e. abstaining from backbiting, lying, vulgar speech, speaking of things that are futile, etc., and it also refers to one ensuring that he only consumes halaal. Safeguarding that which is between one’s legs refers to one safeguarding his private parts i.e. abstaining from zina and all other sins of lust. (Mirqaat vol. 8 pg. 559)

If we have to ponder and reflect, we will realize that many, if not most of our sins and problems are related to either our speech or lust. Hence, if a person can exercise control over these two aspects, he will be able to eliminate most of the sins in his life and will thus be guaranteed Jannah by none other than Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).  

   

“Even if I Die Trying”

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Last Updated on Monday, 20 March 2017 16:05 Monday, 20 March 2017 09:21

Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) owned a slave whose work was to earn an income for Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

One night, the slave presented Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) with some food that he had earned. As soon as the food was placed before him, Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) picked up a morsel and began to eat. Seeing this, the slave was surprised and asked, “What is the matter? You normally ask me every night (as to how I earned the wealth). Why have you not asked me tonight?” Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “I was overcome by extreme hunger. From where did you get this food?” The slave answered, “During the days of Jaahiliyyah (the days of ignorance, before the advent of Islam), I once passed by a certain tribe and recited some words and blew, as a form of treatment for them. On account of my service, they had promised me that they would later compensate me. It so happened that I passed by this tribe today while they were engaged in wedding festivities. As they still owed me for my service, they gave me some food from the wedding as payment.”  

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Sweet Chilli Bean Salad

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Last Updated on Saturday, 18 March 2017 15:30 Saturday, 18 March 2017 07:02

Great as a side for braais or as a main on a hot day.

Drain – 2 tins chickpeas and 1 tin of mixed beans.

Boil and cube 1 potato.

Dice – 1 green pepper, ½ a cucumber, 1 onion, 2 carrots and 1 pineapple.

Chop ½ cup of spring onion.

Combine the above in a big salad bowl.

Whisk together – 8 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 2 ½ Tbsp Maggi chilli sauce, 4 Tbsp mayonnaise, 8 Tbsp lemon juice, 2 tsp mustard sauce and 4 Tbsp brown sugar.

Toss the salad with the dressing. Top with additional chopped spring onion and toasted nuts and sesame seeds.

   

Etiquettes of Speech

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Last Updated on Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:22 Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:15

1. Speak clearly and in a manner that is easy to understand. Hence, do not speak ambiguously or unclearly. Similarly, be to the point and do not mumble.

2. Always speak to people from the front. Do not stand or sit behind them and speak to them.

3. When a person is speaking to you, give them your complete attention.

4. Do not interrupt a person who is speaking until he completes what he needs to say.

5. Think before speaking.

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