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What are You Studying Next Year?

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Saturday, 21 September 2019 15:19

The year is 2016 and I am in Matric. After twelve long years… finally! I am the oldest in the school, the Head Girl Prefect, and all eyes are on me this year, expecting 7A’s!

It does not matter who, when or where it is. ‘Eid Day, funerals, doctor’s surgery, and even the teller at Checkers, everyone wants to know one thing – “What are you studying next year?” Everyone has their own ideas of what they feel you should do, but the theme is more or less the same, “Marriage can wait beti”, “Times have changed, you have to study now”, “You’re so clever, how can you not study?” and “Study teaching through UNISA, it’s a perfect job for a Muslim girl”.

Young, old, black and white. Everyone pushes you to study something, to “make something of yourself” and to “work hard because it will definitely pay off”.

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Truthful Taahir​

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Thursday, 19 September 2019 15:25

Ask our children:

1. Are we allowed to lie when we speak?

2. Will people trust us if we are untruthful?

Now tell them the story:

Taahir was a little boy who had a very bad habit – he would always speak lies! If you asked him his name, he would lie and tell you the wrong name. If you asked him how old he was, he would lie and tell you the wrong age. In fact, he lied about almost everything!

Taahir’s parents would always remind him that lying is haraam and a Muslim does not speak lies. They would remind him that Nabi Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was called ‘Al-Ameen’ because he never ever spoke a lie. They reminded him that when a person lies, the angels run away because the mouth of the liar starts to stink and smell bad. But, no matter what they told him, he continued to lie when he spoke, until nobody trusted him and believed him anymore.

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Delivered from the Brink of Destruction​

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Monday, 16 September 2019 15:06

Sayyiduna Abu Burdah (rahimahullah) once mentioned:

When my father, Sayyiduna Abu Moosa Ash‘ari (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was close to passing away, he said to me, “O my beloved son! Always remember the incident of the man and the bread.”

Sayyiduna Abu Moosa Ash‘ari (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) then narrated the incident:

Once, there was a man who remained in a monastery for seventy years, engaged in the worship of Allah Ta‘ala. This man would only emerge from the monastery on a Sunday.

One Sunday, as per his routine, he emerged from his monastery. However, on this occasion, Shaitaan managed to make him glance at a woman, and Shaitaan made the woman appear beautiful and attractive in his eyes. The man (thus fell in love with her, abandoned his ‘ibaadah and) spent seven nights and seven days with this woman.

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Reading Fiction Novels

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Tuesday, 17 September 2019 09:03

Question:

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

Respected ‘Ulama

What is the status of reading fiction novels? I am enquiring regarding general fiction novels, not novels about magic. 

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The Art of Deduction​

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Thursday, 12 September 2019 15:30

On the surface, all they saw was a footprint. However, to the trained eye, it represented far more. The tracker squatted next to the footprint and began his deductions, “This is the spoor (trail) of a kudu. These prints are quite fresh – not even two hours old. It will be at least three years old and its front right leg is injured.”

What seemed to be ‘magic’ was actually the art of deduction. Scrutinizing the depth of the footprints and hardness and moisture of the soil, the distance between the prints, the size of the prints and other similar factors, the tracker was able to deduce the information that he required.

Likewise, an archaeologist finds a fossilized animal skull. While the layman sees nothing more than a lump of bone, the archaeologist employs his skills of deduction and extracts the information that he seeks. The age of the animal, its diet, intelligence, etc., are all pieces of information that he is able to accurately deduce.

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