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Out of Date

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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 January 2013 09:01

The fashions and trends of the day are always changing. This it self is a clear sign of its deficiency. The creation of Allah Ta’ala never changes. Human beings are not changed to look like birds, and flowers are not changed to look like leaves. This is an indication of the perfection in the creation of Allah Ta’ala. There is no need for any change or improvement.

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The Most Unqualified Occupation

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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 January 2013 09:01

Every effort of deen has a code of conduct with established rules and principles. In order to be part of any effort of deen, together with the necessary abilities and capabilities, the basic requirement is complete submission to the code and conduct. Those who submit in this way, progress tremendously. On the other hand there are those who do not wish to submit and take part in any effort of deen. They simply object and criticise the sincere efforts of others without any valid reason. This is the easiest thing to do, as it requires absolutely no qualification. Thus, a person who has no ability or capability to do something constructive for the deen of Allah Ta’ala, now becomes destructive by engaging himself/herself in objecting and criticising the effort of others. Since he/she lacks the ability to do anything, he/she will now try to undo the good work of others. This happens due to the absence of submission in a person’s life. Submission paves the path towards progress. However, if making baseless objections becomes one’s habit, one’s life will be spent objecting against others, eventually leading to one’s own destruction.

 

Deen vs Desire

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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 January 2013 09:00

Thousands of animals will once again be sacrificed worldwide on the occasion of Eidul-Adha. This qurbani (sacrifice) has been described as the “Sunnah of your Father Ebrahim (alaihis salaam)”. Sayyiduna Ebrahim (alaihis salaam) was commanded to offer his little son Sayyiduna Ismail (alaihis salaam) as a sacrifice. He submitted himself to the command of Allah Ta’ala and in compliance to the command he firmly passed the knife over the throat of his son. Allah Ta’ala prevented the knife from cutting and Sayyiduna Ismail (alaihis salaam) was spared.

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The First Ten Days of Zul-Hijjah

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 06:01

Imagine being told that if you work on a particular day, you will receive an entire year’s salary! No one will let such an opportunity pass by. Instead he/she will “Grab it with both hands”. Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “On no day is the worship of Allah Ta’ala more beloved than in the first ten days of Zul-Hijjah (excluding the month of Ramadhaan). The fasts of each of these days are equal to the fast of a whole year, and the worship of each of these nights is equal to the worship of laylatul qadr (the night of power).” (Sunan Tirmizi #758) Here we are afforded the good fortune of receiving an entire year’s fasting for each day that we will fast. To crown it all we are guaranteed the worship of laylatul qadr by night, whereas in Ramadaan we need to search for it. It is now for us to take advantage of this golden opportunity and earn the maximum benefit.

Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) has taught us to increasingly recite tasbeeh (subhaanallah), tahleel (laa ilaaha illallah), tahmeed (alhamdulillah), takbeer (Allahuakbar) during the first ten days of Zul-Hijjah (Al Mu’jamul Kabeer – At Targheeb wat Tarheeb vol 2, pg. 198). 

 

The Plight of the Kite

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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 January 2013 08:58

The colourful kite is flying high up in the sky. Attached to it is a string which goes all the way down to a man standing on the ground, who is controlling it. Everyone see’s and admires the kite whereas it is the man behind the kite who is doing everything. Supposing the kite thinks to itself one day, that I need to break away and disconnect myself from the man on the ground since he is restricting me and preventing me from reaching greater heights. The moment the kite snaps away, no doubt for a few moments it may go higher up, only to come down crashing, never to be seen again. In the same way, at times the deceptive thought may go through our minds that due to our attachment to the Ulama we are not progressing. The reality is that the moment we separate ourselves from the Ulama, we will fall into destruction and deviation. Our protection lies in our attachment to the Ulama and the pious.

 

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