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Keeping the Slate Clean

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 May 2020 05:52

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

Imagine a person who has to drive along a gravel road, every day, as he commutes to work. Obviously, in traversing this road twice a day, going and returning, his car will become dirty and will be covered with dust and mud. Hence, such a person will ensure that if not every day, he will at least have his car washed and cleaned on a regular basis. He will understand that failing to regularly clean his car will cause the muck to accumulate, until it will eventually damage his vehicle and even possibly endanger his life.

In a similar manner, we are all traversing the ‘gravel’ road of life. To err is human, and so we all occasionally hit a patch in the road that causes some dust to rise and settle on us. However, the question is, “How do we regularly wash this dust off ourselves, preventing it from accumulating until it seriously harms us?”

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Keys to the Special Mercy of Allah

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Last Updated on Saturday, 25 April 2020 08:17

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

It is the belief of every single Muslim that the entire universe, and every creation in existence, is completely dependent upon Allah Ta‘ala, at every moment, for its continuity, while Allah Ta‘ala is absolutely independent of the creation. Everything that happens in the world only occurs with the permission of Allah Ta‘ala and through His power. Hence, not even a leaf can fall from a tree without the power and permission of Allah Ta‘ala.

Having understood that everything in existence relies upon Allah Ta‘ala, we must realize that we too are completely dependent upon Him at every moment. It is only through Allah Ta‘ala’s mercy that we breathe, that our hearts beat, that our brains function, and that our bodies and organs continue to operate correctly, ensuring our survival and comfort. If Allah Ta‘ala had to deprive us of His mercy for even a moment, we would be absolutely finished and destroyed, as we would simply cease to function.

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The Window of Opportunity

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Last Updated on Monday, 20 April 2020 16:10

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

Time, comprising of miniscule moments, has always been regarded with great importance by man. Hence, man has always sought methods and means to measure and keep track of time. From ancient sundials and historical water clocks to the modern, digital timepieces and Swiss-precision clocks that we have today – man has come a long way in perfecting instruments of time.

More important than measuring time, however, is using it productively and efficiently. In this regard, it is an accepted reality that there are certain times that are more conducive to certain activities. In other words, an effort made for a certain goal in these times will yield more results than the same effort made at other times.

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Flattening the Curve

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2020 09:01

All around the world governments are battling the Coronavirus pandemic. In an effort to combat this disease they have enforced various types of lockdowns. However, despite the lockdowns in different countries differing in their regulations and penalties for violations, all the lockdowns have one and the same goal – to ‘flatten the curve’ of transmission.

In other words, the objective is to slow the spread of the disease so that the healthcare systems do not become overwhelmed. In this manner, instead of the entire population becoming infected at once, small, isolated pockets of people may be infected, thus making it easier to deal with and contain the infection.

From the governments’ approach to dealing with the Coronavirus, there is a lesson for us all – the lesson of flattening the curve of sin. As we approach Ramadhaan, we all desire to derive maximum benefit and reap maximum rewards in this blessed month. However, if we enter the month ill-prepared, persisting in our bad habits and evil ways, then the ‘virus’ of our sins will continue to infect us and overwhelm our systems throughout Ramadhaan. Then, before we know it, the month will be over, and we will be no better off than we were before the month – or we may even be worse off.

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Proudly Defying the Law

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2020 10:10

The global Coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented in recent history. This microscopic virus does not differentiate between black or white, rich or poor, educated or uneducated, royalty or commoner. Rather, there is no person who is immune to it. As hundreds of thousands of people are infected, governments around the world have enforced lockdowns in an effort to curtail the contagion.

While scientists and medical experts will explain the ‘apparent cause’ for this virus, as Muslims, we need to turn to the Quraan Majeed and the ahaadeeth of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to discover the ‘actual reason’ for such a pandemic and the various difficulties and complications that have followed.

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