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Ramzaan Ali


Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 09:16

Once there was a Taxi Driver who lived along the shores of Isipingo Beach. Ramadhaan was about to commence and as a preparation for the blessed month, talks were being given in the Musjid. The Taxi Driver was present in all of the talks and was thus inspired and motivated. He decided to share the advices with the people living in a distant village. The people living there were simple-minded farmers and were completely ignorant of the basic teachings of Islam. They had never even observed any fast in their life.

Out of concern the Taxi Driver went to the village and gathered all the men. He told them, “Do you know that Ramadhaan is coming tomorrow?” All the men asked, “Who is Ramadhaan?” the Taxi Driver replied, “When Ramadhaan comes, then for thirty days from morning to evening you cannot eat or drink anything.” When the men of the village heard this, they turned red with anger. They rolled up their sleeves and asked the taxi driver, “How will Ramadhaan come to our village?” The Taxi Driver pointed his hand towards the west and said, “Tomorrow, after the sun has set, Ramadhaan will appear from there.” (Referring to the birth of the new moon)

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No Work & Still Tired


Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 09:18

We all constantly complain that there is no time and we are sick and tired. Where have we gone wrong? Many women have servants all around them. Some women even have a separate servant to take care of the home - from dressing beds to cutting up her meat and vegetables, while another servant is employed to take care of the kids - from feeding them, changing diapers, giving them night baths, and tucking them into their beds! What then does Madam do? Well she is very busy shouting at the servants and instructing them. She is always displeased and complaining about the work they do. Often madam forgets that the servants working for her also have feelings of their own. We need to address our servants in a manner that we would like to be addressed. The irony of it all is, after having all our work done by others we still complain that we are tired and feeling weak! 

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No Sugar,No Sweetness


Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 09:21

Each woman imagines different things to be a source of joy and happiness in her life. Having more wealth or better health, having an ideal husband or good looking children, having one’s own home and a smarter car, having model looks or a perfect goal weight, visiting places and shopping . . . the list of never ending imaginations may go on and on. The irony of it all is that even after having all of the above, one is still unhappy. The reason for this can be understood by a simple example. Imagine having a cup of tea with no sugar in it. One may continue stirring the tea but one will not get any sweetness out of it since there is no sugar in the tea. In the same way one may continue passing through the pleasures of this world, but we will not get any happiness out of it, since happiness is not in the material things of this world. Happiness is sealed in the beautiful Deen of our loving Allah Ta’ala.


Night of Emancipation


Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 09:12


It is narrated from Mu’az bin Jabal (radiyallahu anhu) that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “On the fifteenth night of Sha’baan, Allah Ta’ala bestows His special attention on His entire creation. He then forgives His entire creation except a polytheist and one who has hatred for others.” (Ibnu Hibbaan #5665)

In another Hadith, Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “On the fifteenth night of Sha’baan, Allah Ta’ala showers his special attention on the nearest heaven. Thereafter Allah Ta’ala announces; ‘Is there anyone who seeks forgiveness so that I may forgive him? Is there anyone who seeks sustenance so that I may grant it to him? Is there anyone who is in difficulty so that I may relieve him?’ These announcements continue until the break of the dawn.” (Ibnu Maajah #1388)  

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Continue to be Remembered


Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 09:11

Ask a hundred people what was the name of their great grandfather and most of them will fail to give an answer. Now if the children themselves do not know the name of their great grandfather, what are the chances of anyone else knowing? This is our reality. Just as we were unknown prior to our birth, we will remain to be unknown within a generation or two after our death. 

Many people regard having boys in the family as a source of pride, since boys will continue to carry the family name. However as highlighted above, one’s name does not continue after death merely by having boys or children, rather our name will continue to shine if our life was spent in the obedience of Allah Ta`ala. We will be remembered for the good we did, the good we said and the good changes we brought in the lives of people.


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