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The Two P’s

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Last Updated on Saturday, 04 July 2020 15:59

In every field, be it the field of knowledge or even the field of physical prowess, there have always been individuals who have stood out on account of their feats and accomplishments (whether those accomplishments were worth achieving or whether they were nothing constructive). Be it the person who invented the first car, or pioneered scientific methods, or discovered mathematical principles, or the person who broke the record for the fastest 100m, or the fastest swimmer, or the greatest endurance runner – all these people are generally remembered for their legacy and contribution to their field. In acknowledgement, they may receive an Olympic gold medal, a Nobel prize, or some other award and accolade.

All these achievers, however, share the common factor of the two P’s – Patience and Perseverance. They all had to start at the bottom of the ladder, but they continued to persevere, seldom taking a break, never giving up and patiently hoping for success, until years and years later, they finally had their breakthrough and saw the fruit of their efforts. In this regard, the person to whom the invention of the lightbulb is attributed once mentioned the following, after conducting thousands of failed experiments, “I have not failed – I just found a few thousand ways that don’t work.”

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The Power of Repetition

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Last Updated on Thursday, 11 June 2020 14:50

There was once a class of students who were determined to get a day off from school. Hence, they put their heads together, scheming and plotting, and eventually came up with a plan.

When the teacher entered the class and called the first student to read his lesson, the student remarked, “Sir! You look quite sick!” The teacher brushed him aside and replied that he felt perfectly healthy. Then, when the second student was called to the desk, he also made a similar remark, even going as far as to suggest that Sir looked flushed and may even have a fever. Thereafter, every student who came to the desk ‘sincerely’ sympathized with the teacher, insisting that he looked dreadfully unwell, until the teacher was finally convinced that he really was sick, thus sending the students home so that he could rest.

In the story above, the teacher was perfectly healthy and fine. However, when the same information was repeatedly drummed into his head, it completely changed his perception and reshaped his reality, until he actually began to feel sick and miserable.

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Sustaining the Progress

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 June 2020 15:50

For a car to take off from a standstill and commence moving, it has to be in the first gear. However, the car cannot remain in the first gear, as in this gear, the car requires the most fuel and moves the slowest. Hence, as the car gains speed, the driver progresses through the gears. Finally, when the car is in the fifth or sixth gear, it can easily sustain a high speed while using very little fuel. Nevertheless, in order to sustain this speed and cover large distances rapidly, it will be necessary for the driver to maintain his acceleration by keeping his foot on the pedal.

In the month of Ramadhaan, Muslims exerted themselves in fasting, reciting the Quraan Majeed, engaging in zikr, crying in du‘aa, performing salaah and other righteous actions. In this way, with the help of Allah Ta‘ala, we managed to gain some speed and make some progress. Now that Ramadhaan is over, the concern is for us to sustain this progress.

Just as the driver keeps his foot on the pedal to maintain his movement, we need to keep our feet on the musallas and continue exerting ourselves. We need to remain dedicated and punctual on our good actions, and should not allow ourselves to retrogress.

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Every-Day ‘Eid

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Last Updated on Thursday, 21 May 2020 23:49

For every Muslim around the world, regardless of his nationality, age, gender or language, the day of ‘Eid holds special significance. Hence, the happiness that is perceived with the approach of ‘Eid can perhaps be compared to no other day.

Such is the joy of ‘Eid that the atmosphere of happiness already prevails from the eve of ‘Eid, with small children running around in excitement, preparing their ‘Eid clothing, while their mothers prepare the ‘Eid ‘specials’ for the following day. Come the day of ‘Eid, and people meet each other excitedly, share meals with each other and fondly compare their Ramadhaan experiences. In essence, the day of ‘Eid is completely unique and fills the hearts of one and all with joy and happiness.

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Freedom from the Fire

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Last Updated on Monday, 18 May 2020 05:50

Series on the Speciality of Each Ten Days of Ramadhaan – Part Four

During this period of lockdown, one of the things that people fear most is the police. Every person has the fear of being stopped by the police, questioned as to why he is out and about, and possibly being arrested and fined if he is found to be in violation of the lockdown regulations.

However, there are certain people, during the lockdown, who can move about freely, without fear or concern, because they have been granted special permits, guaranteeing that they will not be arrested for leaving their homes. Such people have peace of mind, are safe from anxiety and above all – place a very high value on the importance of their permits.

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