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Are You an Addict?

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Last Updated on Saturday, 28 November 2020 13:24

Have you ever taken note of a drug addict’s behaviour and the signs of his addiction? Bloodshot eyes... Poor sleep pattern and appetite... Irritability and fidgetiness... Depression and weight loss... Being ‘completely zoned out’... Items or cash ‘disappearing’ (stolen) in their vicinity... These are just some of the typical signs.

Now, think of a gamer hooked onto their PC, Xbox or PlayStation. Do they not appear to be ‘zoned out’ and oblivious of their surroundings, spending hours and hours immersed in their fantasy world, leading them to become sleep deprived? Do their eyes not become bloodshot (from staring at the screen for extended periods)? Do they not become irritable and susceptible to mood swings? In many cases, does money not ‘disappear’ (where children ‘borrow’ their parents’ credit cards for in-game purchases)?

It’s quite uncanny really, just how similar the signs are, and just as a drug addiction can consume and kill a person, a gaming addiction can do the same – as seen in the incident below:

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Love @ 1st Sight

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Last Updated on Saturday, 28 November 2020 09:31

Have you ever heard of ‘love at first sight?’ Have you ever wondered whether there is actually such a thing?

Well, let me tell you my story, and then you can decide for yourself!

When I was in high school, I was like most other girls – primarily interested in fashion and friends, and perpetually glued to my phone. But, as many boys as I may have chatted to, I never really ‘fell in love’ or dated any of them. I may have had the freedom of a phone, but I never had the freedom of going out of the house unsupervised, so obviously… a boyfriend was out of the question.

All that changed when I went to university. I was now away from family in another city, living in a flat with a friend and enjoying a newfound freedom that quite frankly felt refreshing. Being the ‘dutiful’ daughter that I was, I phoned home and checked in with my parents most nights, but I never told them where I was going, who I was hanging out with or what I was up to.

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What is the Worst Crime???

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Last Updated on Thursday, 26 November 2020 08:40

If people were asked what they felt is the worst crime, then many would answer murder, while others would answer rape, genocide or other similar violent crimes. However, to arrive at the correct answer, we must understand that the severity of a crime is directly related to the sanctity of the victim.

For example, if a person destroys an ordinary stone on the side of the road, then since this stone is lifeless and enjoys no sanctity, his action will not be deemed a crime, although it was needlessly destructive. However, if one has to torture and kill an animal, then since an animal is a living creature and enjoys some degree of sanctity in society, he could be charged for the crime, though the charge would not be excessively harsh. Finally, if one has to murder a human, then since a human enjoys very great sanctity in society and his life is protected, the crime will draw a harsh punishment – often a life sentence in prison.

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Consumer or Consumed?

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 November 2020 16:36

Smash burgers, freak shakes and Wagyu steaks… Just 10-15 years ago, these words would have been meaningless to most people. Yet, with the passage of time and progression of social media, there are now few people who are NOT acquainted with these words.

Not too long ago, eating takeout food or dining at a restaurant was a rare treat, with even the wealthy not indulging in such a luxury more than once a week. However, it is now common for even middle-class households to buy food multiple times a week. The question we must nevertheless ask ourselves is, “At what cost?”

The truth of the matter is that we no longer consume food – rather, many of us are ‘consumed’ by food. Via Facebook and Instagram, we are, on a daily basis, exposed to adverts and reviews of the latest eating establishments and the newest gastronomic innovations. Pop-ups, sit downs and takeaways – they all market their businesses, on their own social media pages and via ‘food bloggers’, trying to attract as much interest and business as they can. For this purpose, a raving review and flattering photo of the food goes a long way – to stimulating the salivary glands and making the viewer’s mouths pool with drool in hungry anticipation.

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Societal Acceptance

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Last Updated on Saturday, 17 October 2020 08:31

Imagine a person respected in society who is caught stealing from old, vulnerable widows, leaving them penniless and destitute. He is apprehended red-handed, and before long, the news of his heartless crime is broadcasted to the public. Obviously, this person’s dignity and reputation will be in complete shreds – if not utterly obliterated – and he will have no place to safely show his face. In fact, even his family will hang their heads out of shame and embarrassment due to being associated with him. The reason? – Society deems this deed to be extremely evil and thus severely condemns those who perpetrate it.

As Muslims, it is the Deen of Allah Ta‘ala that is our gauge to determine what is reprehensible and what is acceptable. Thus, a true Muslim will be disgusted by the acts that Deen considers disgusting, and will find no objection with an action that Deen deems acceptable. Accordingly, in the example above, a Muslim will also be disgusted, as sharee‘ah totally condemns the crime of theft. However, what if society deems an action acceptable, but Islam considers it reprehensible?

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