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The ‘Marathon’ of Ramadhaan​

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Last Updated on Thursday, 07 March 2019 15:50

Imagine a person who arrives at the starting line to run a 5km marathon, wearing the latest running shoes and carrying the most sophisticated water bottle. However, after the starting gun is fired, he does not begin running immediately, as he is still busy on a phone call. Thereafter, when he eventually takes off from the line, he only makes it 400m before collapsing on the side, already exhausted from the exertion. What will we say regarding such a person? The best shoes and the best energy drinks will be of no avail if he is not focused and did not train sufficiently. If he did not develop stamina, he will not manage to run the marathon through to the end.

Similarly, the month of Ramadhaan is a special month for exerting ourselves in ‘ibaadah, with the night of ‘Eid being our finish line where we will be awarded our prizes. However, to make the most of this ‘marathon’, we will require two things; focus and stamina.

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Resolutions and Goals​

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 16:35

At the beginning of each year, we often see people around us making different types of resolutions and setting various goals. On social media, people will go crazy with “weight loss goals” for the year, or “academic achievements” or even things like “fitness regimes” and so on and so forth.

Whilst resolution lists and goal setting has become the norm and is not uncommon, perhaps it is time that we look at it from a different perspective.

We have perhaps never stumbled across or heard of a “character goal”, or “habits and behaviour in my life that I need to change,” and why is this so? Why don’t we see people wanting to make a positive change in their own behaviour, or goals for better akhlaaq (character)? Why don’t we see resolutions for a more positive approach to the mother-in-law/daughter-in-law, being kinder to the spouse, or being gentler and more patient with the kids?

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The Ultimate Betrayal​

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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 January 2019 16:32

She felt as if a bombshell had dropped… Her world was completely upside down… Her husband had been caught cheating on her! She thinks to herself, “How could he? After all I’ve done for him, he repays me with this? Is this his concept of loyalty?”

She then begins to ponder over all that she had done for him through the thirty-five years of their marriage. Bearing and raising his three children, through sickness and good health, patiently attending to their every need when they required her... Preparing three meals a day for her husband, with love and affection... Seeing to all the affairs of the home... Preparing for his guests... Seeing to his elderly parents... Always receiving him with a smile when he returned from a long, tiring day at work...

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The Irreplaceable Asset

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Last Updated on Thursday, 01 November 2018 08:38

If a person’s home burns down, it can be rebuilt or another home can be bought… If a car is stolen or wrecked, it can be replaced or repaired… If wealth is lost, it can be recovered or re-earned… If a child is lost, then even though the child cannot be replaced, one can still have another child… However, if TIME is lost, it can never be recovered or replaced, and there is nothing in the world that can compensate for lost time.

Whether a person is healthy or sick, young or old, wealthy or poor, intelligent or unintelligent, no matter who he is or where he is – he cannot escape time. As the clock ticks and moments pass, his death draws ever closer. Every moment that passes is relegated to history, to be remembered but never relived.

We all have aspirations and ambitions. “Perform my qadhaa salaah… Observe my qadhaa fasts… Ask so-and-so to forgive me… Repent from my sins… Change my life…” However, procrastination is the thief of time. We always decide that we’ll start ‘tomorrow’… Until it becomes the following day… And then after the holidays… The problem is that death does not discriminate, and death is not deterred by excuses. Death can strike at any moment. In order to secure our Jannah before we die, we need to make the change not today, but IMMEDIATELY.

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True Beauty

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 October 2018 14:59

In the ‘olden days’, the solution to cracked and chapped lips was a rusty yet trusty tub of Vaseline. Nowadays, we have a vast variety of lip balms, lip oils, lip butters and lip salves.

In the ‘olden days’, if you asked a person what he had on his foot, he would answer, “A shoe”. Nowadays, ask a person the same question, and the answer will vary between ‘pumps’, ‘heels’, ‘platforms’, ‘boots’, ‘sandals’, ‘takkies’, ‘sneakers’ and other forms of footwear that have walked onto the scene.

In the ‘olden days’, people’s day-to-day activities such as the household chores were sufficient to keep them occupied and also keep them in shape. Nowadays, there is no shortage of people signing up for Pilates, kickboxing, taibo, classes with a personal trainer, spinning classes, gym memberships and much more in the effort to stay ‘slim and trim’. 

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