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Acquiring Divine Assistance

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Tuesday, 15 February 2022 08:40

إِنْ يَنْصُرْكُمُ اللهُ فَلَا غَالِبَ لَكُمْ ۖ وَإِنْ يَخْذُلْكُمْ فَمَنْ ذَا الَّذِىْ يَنْصُرُكُم مِّنۢ بَعْدِهِۦ ۗ وَعَلَى اللهِ فَلْيَتَوَكَّلِ الْمُؤْمِنُوْنَ

If Allah helps you, there is no one who can overcome you, and if He forsakes you, then who is there to help you after that? And in Allah alone should the believers place their trust. (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v160)

Allah Ta‘ala is the creator, sustainer and maintainer of the heavens, the earth and every creation. He has sole control and power over everything. Hence, He is the One who does with the means, without the means, and even against the means. For example, Allah Ta‘ala feeds some people through them working and earning, He feeds some people without them working and earning (e.g. Sayyidah Maryam [‘alaihas salaam]), and He feeds some people despite others becoming an obstacle (e.g. feeding Nabi Ebrahim [‘alaihis salaam] while he was in the fire).

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Placed on the Path of Deen

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Sunday, 13 February 2022 09:15

(Mother of Shaikh Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa [rahimahullah] – Part Four)

As mentioned previously, the father of Hazrat Shaikh Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa (rahimahullah) passed away when he was still a young child, approximately five years of age. Hence, it was his mother who raised him and saw to his upbringing.

When Hazrat Shaikh Nizaamuddeen (rahimahullah) reached the age where he was able to read and study, his mother sent him to study the knowledge of Deen under Hazrat Moulana ‘Alaaud Deen Usooli (rahimahullah). Hazrat Shaikh Nizaamuddeen (rahimahullah) continued to learn under him, studying the elementary kitaabs until he completed the basic kitaabs of fiqh as well.

When Hazrat Shaikh Nizaamuddeen (rahimahullah) completed the famous kitaab of fiqh, Mukhtasarul Qudoori, his ustaaz wished to hold a jalsah and tie a turban around his head. However, there was poverty in their home and money was scarce. Hence, Hazrat Shaikh Nizaamuddeen (rahimahullah) came to his mother and said, “My ustaaz wishes to tie the turban around my head, but I do not know where to get a turban from!”

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The Subtle Influence

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Thursday, 10 February 2022 06:19

Accents are rather strange and fascinating. People speak the same language, and utter the same words, yet it sounds completely different. Different syllables are emphasized and various vowels are intonated and pronounced differently. In some cases, the foreign accent may sound so strange that it may even be mistaken for a foreign language!

The question is, “How are accents acquired?” After all, when babies are born, they cannot speak, and though their crying varies in volume, it has a universal ‘accent’. The answer is that accents are acquired through the influence of others. It is for this reason that children generally share their parents’ accents, as it is their parents from whom they learnt to speak.

However, there are many cases where accents are acquired. Among these are young children who emigrate to another country, or even children who are not English speaking but learn to speak English via the media. In such cases, though their roots are in one land, their accents are borrowed from another.

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Riot Reflections…

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Wednesday, 09 February 2022 07:19

July 2021 will forever remain embedded in the minds of South Africans as the time when destructive civil unrest erupted and wholesale looting, anarchy and arson broke out. As we are well aware, the province of KZN was the most severely affected.

As citizens of a society where everything is integrated, and different branches and departments of the community depend and rely on each other, we found everything grinding to a halt. The blockading of highways, which are the arterial system to deliver food and essential supplies to the different localities, caused major shortages of goods. This led to a frenzy of panic buying with people frantically stockpiling goods and hoarding other basic items.

At the peak of the unrest, tensions were high and the air was charged with a sense of fear and insecurity. The atmosphere reverberated with the echoes of gunshots, and civilians either took up arms or packed bags, planning to flee. But even then, there was no way out and nowhere to run…

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The Universal Remedy

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Monday, 07 February 2022 05:53

On one occasion, a person complained of drought to Hasan Basri (rahimahullah). Hearing his complaint, Hasan Basri (rahimahullah) said, “Seek forgiveness from Allah Ta‘ala.”

Another person then complained of poverty. To this person as well, Hasan Basri (rahimahullah) gave the same advice. He said, “Seek forgiveness from Allah Ta‘ala.” A third person then said to him, “Please ask Allah Ta‘ala to bless me with a child.” Hasan Basri (rahimahullah) replied by giving him the same advice which he had given to the previous two people. He said, “Seek forgiveness from Allah Ta‘ala.” Finally, a fourth person complained that the crops in his orchard had insufficient rainfall. Hasan Basri (rahimahullah) advised him saying, “Seek forgiveness from Allah Ta‘ala.”

Observing that four different people had come, with four different complaints, yet each had received the exact same answer, the people who were present were quite surprised. Hence, they asked Hasan Basri (rahimahullah) the reason for him giving the exact same advice to each person.

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