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Together or Apart?

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Last Updated on Saturday, 27 June 2020 14:53

With the fast-paced lifestyle of our era, people are almost always in a hurry. Whether it is rushing for school, rushing to work, rushing to buy groceries or rushing for salaah, most people are perpetually on the move.

The effect of this fast-paced lifestyle can be seen in the home as well, where despite the members of the household living under the same roof, it is commonly witnessed that many of them actually spend very little time together. In fact, it is not unheard of for some household members to only meet each other once in the entire day!

Naturally, this is unhealthy for the family unit, as family time is essential for the family to be able to bond with one another. In the absence of family time, the household members may have just a few meters separating them, but their hearts will be kilometers apart. Hence, it is not surprising to hear of incidents where brothers fight with one another and even take each other to court, or children abandon their parents and dump them in old-age homes. The reason is clear – their hearts never bonded and developed love for one another.

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Stockpiling!

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2020 07:57

Currently, with the national lockdown due to the Coronavirus, many people understandably went into a state of panic. This panic and anxiety precipitated a phenomenon known as ‘stockpiling’, where people rushed to supermarkets and grocery stores to stock up on all essential items.

Long life milk… Toilet paper… Bread… Canned food… Pasta… Frozen vegetables and meat… Medications… All these items – and more – suddenly came into high demand as people became housebound and realized that for the next 21 days, they would be restricted in exiting their homes.

The reality, however, is that the grocery stores are still open, and the shelves are still being restocked. Yet, despite this reassurance and the continued supply of essentials, our fear of the lockdown is so intense that we still hasten to stockpile, adopting the most extreme precautions to guarantee our survival in a time of uncertainty.

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Shut the Door!

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Last Updated on Saturday, 22 February 2020 15:27

It is almost every person’s nightmare to wake up, in the middle of the night, and see a complete stranger standing at the foot of the bed, gun in hand. In fact, this fear of an intrusion is so firmly entrenched in the minds of people, that before retiring to bed they ensure that they lock all doors, close all windows, switch on the floodlights and activate the alarm.

But what many people forget is the intruder you DON’T see at the foot of your bed (or anywhere else at all for that matter) - the shayaateen and evil jinn. They enter the home with mischievous motives, surreptitiously sowing the seeds of discord and disharmony, whispering evil insinuations into the hearts and doing their best to spread grief, heartache, unhappiness and sorrow among the household.

Furthermore, there is no fence, whether electrified or with barbed wire, and there is no door, gate, burglar bar or alarm that can prevent their entry. Rather, they enter when they wish, from where they wish, and stay as long as they wish, causing more and more damage, day by day.

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Whose is it???​

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Last Updated on Saturday, 12 October 2019 15:43

When a couple are newly-wed, they are excited to embark on their journey of married life. As they are still ‘starting out’ in life, there is a lot that they still require. Accommodation... furniture... appliances – and the list goes on.

Most couples will start out gradually, acquiring the absolute essentials first, thereafter obtaining the other items that they require. Perhaps a portion of the monthly salary will be set aside for this purpose, while gifts given by family and friends will also contribute towards this cause. As time passes, they get more settled into their new home, until the time arrives when the windows that were once covered with brown paper are now covered with curtains or blinds.

At this juncture, the question which arises is, “Who does this all belong to?” In other words, if the husband and wife are asked, “Who does the bed belong to? The fridge? The lounge suite? The curtains? The crockery? Etc, etc, etc?” then what will they reply?

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Safety Measures for the Home​

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Last Updated on Saturday, 20 July 2019 09:30

With the levels of crime perpetually on the increase, one of people’s primary concerns is that of safety and security. Hence, in the previous article, certain du‘aas for safety and security were mentioned. In this article, we will insha-Allah elaborate on a few practical safety tips.

1. Let’s begin with the obvious – invest in decent locks and ensure that all entrances are kept locked when not in use. The same applies to windows and other points of entry. Double check that all the doors and windows are closed/locked before sleeping. Often, because a person lives in a complex or a flat, the presence of neighbours make him feel a false sense of security. We should remember that in such a situation, because of the number of people coming and going, it can be even easier for a thief to enter and exit without drawing attention to himself.

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