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Last Updated on Monday, 21 January 2013 07:45

More addictive than alcohol and cigarettes! This is the conclusion of a study conducted in Germany with regard to the effects of social media such as Facebook, Twitter and other such platforms. Describing this addiction, The Elon Journal of Undergraduate Research in Communications, vol. 2, no.1 states: “This generation has made social media their top priority and continues to need more usage in order to feel satisfied.”

Instant Gratification

The internet and social media outlets have “reprogrammed” the way millions of people think and how they conduct themselves. This is, as some researchers describe it, due to “this interactive world’s power to alter the tangible world.” Indeed it has “altered” many things. According to another study, “some behaviour consequences of the new digital brain is hyperactivity, inattention, depression and multitasking mania.” The study further states: “All this access and vast selection is causing some entertainment seekers brain to develop the constant need for instant gratification with a loss of patience.” Companies are also taking note of the negative impact on productivity as a result of people constantly fiddling with their phones during work time. As one director put it: “We're clearly seeing what psychologists call 'online compulsive disorder' spill over from our personal lives to the work environment."

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How am I Travelling?

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Last Updated on Friday, 08 February 2013 08:00

Abu Sa’eed Khudri (radiyallahu anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “It is not permissible for a woman who believes in Allah Ta’ala and the last day that she travels for three days or more (the shar’ee safr distance which is equal to 77km nowadays) except with her father, son, husband, brother or any other mahram” (Saheeh Muslim #1340). 

Like many other commands of shari’ah, unfortunately the injunction of not travelling long distances (more than 77km), by road or air, without a mahram is also being boldly violated by many women. A mahram refers to that male relative with whom nikah is never permissible under any circumstances, such as one’s father, brother, son, etc. The laws of deen are for our own protection. The greatest benefit of obeying these laws is that we will please Allah Ta’ala, our Creator and Sustainer. However, there are innumerable worldly benefits that come with obedience to the commands of Allah Ta’ala as well. 

 

A Real Eid

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 08:15

The reality of Eid is encapsulated in some couplets attributed to Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jailani (rahimahullah). If the message of these couplets is taken to heart, Insha-Allah one will truly have an Eid in reality:

"Eid is not for the one who has worn new garments

Eid in reality is for the one who has gained safety from the warnings (of punishment)"

"Eid is not for the one who rides a smart conveyance

Eid is for the one who has left out sins"

"Eid is not for the one who has worn exotic perfumes

Eid is for the one who repents and does not return to sin"

May Allah Ta'ala grant us a true Eid. Aameen.

 

Sadaqatul Fitr

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Last Updated on Monday, 21 January 2013 07:42

Rasullullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “The fast remains suspended between the heavens and the earth until the sadaqatul fitr is discharged.” (Targheeb)

Sadaqatul fitr becomes obligatory upon a Muslim male and female:

1. Who is alive on the day of Eidul-Fitr.

2. On whom zakaat is waajib, or who possesses goods free from debt in excess of personal needs (eg. house, clothing , furniture , etc) to the value upon which zakaat is obligatory.

3. On the father, on behalf of his minor children.

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A Clean Heart Draws Divine Assistance

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 August 2018 16:08

Shaikh Abur Rabee’ (rahimahullah) relates the following incident: 

I once heard of a very pious lady by the name of Fidh-dhah who lived in a certain village. This woman, Fidh-dhah, was rapidly gaining fame as word of an amazing phenomenon regarding her spread among people. Although we do not visit women, due to the necessity to investigate and ascertain the reality and authenticity of this rumour, I took a group of people and travelled to her village. 

On arriving in the village and making enquiries, the people of the village informed us that Fidh-dhah possessed a she goat that yielded both milk and honey. Hearing this, we bought a brand new bowl and proceeded to her home. 

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