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Qaasim and Qurbaani

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Saturday, 08 August 2020 10:00

Ask our children:

1. Is it important to make qurbaani of animals in the days of ‘eid?

2. If we don’t have money to buy an animal, what can we do?

Now tell them the story:

Once, there was a little boy named Qaasim who loved qurbaani. In fact, the days of qurbaani were his favourite days in the whole year! He even had a small calendar stuck inside his cupboard, and every day, he would count the days left for Qurbaani.

One year, however, Qaasim was very sad and heartbroken. His father came home and said, “Qaasim! I’m so sorry! We can’t make qurbaani this year because we don’t have enough money. We can’t buy a sheep.” As he said this, tears came into Qaasim’s eyes. He was so sad and disappointed, that he didn’t even feel like playing with his toys.

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Determining Compatibility with a Prospective Spouse

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Thursday, 06 August 2020 10:00

Question:

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

Respected ‘Ulama

Can you please advise me regarding which questions are most important to ask when a boy comes to see a girl? What questions should she ask, and in which way should she assess him?

Jazakallah

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An Eye-Opener

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Tuesday, 04 August 2020 10:00

Yusuf bin Husain (rahimahullah) relates the following incident:

I was once near a pond, with Zun Noon Misri (rahimahullah), when my sight fell on a huge scorpion that was waiting at the edge of the pond. Suddenly a frog emerged from the water. The scorpion then climbed onto the back of the frog, after which the frog swam across the pond, carrying the scorpion to the other side. (As we beheld this strange spectacle,) Zun Noon (rahimahullah) said to me, “Something extraordinary seems to be unfolding with this scorpion! Come!”

We thus followed the scorpion and saw it make its way to a man who was fast asleep in a drunken stupor. On the man’s chest was a snake, seeking his ear. The scorpion overpowered the snake and attacked it, causing it to die. The scorpion then returned to the pond. It once again climbed onto the back of the frog after which the frog swam across the pond, transporting it back to where it had come from.

After witnessing this scene, Zun Noon (rahimahullah) shook the man awake and said to him, “Look at what Allah Ta‘ala has saved you from! A scorpion came and killed this snake which intended to harm you!” Zun Noon (rahimahullah) then recited the following couplets:

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Allah is Sufficient

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Monday, 27 July 2020 08:06

When Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) left his wife, Sayyidah Haajar (‘alaihas salaam), with her infant child, Nabi Ismaa‘eel (‘alaihis salaam), in the barren land of Makkah Mukarramah, as per the command of Allah Ta‘ala, Sayyidah Haajar (‘alaihas salaam) asked him, “O Ebrahim! Where are you going, leaving us in this valley wherein we have no companion or anything else?” Her question was however, met with silence from Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam).

Sayyidah Haajar (‘alaihas salaam) repeated the question, but to no avail. She finally rephrased the question and asked, “Has Allah Ta‘ala commanded you to do this?” When Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) replied in the affirmative, she exclaimed, “In that case, He will not allow us to perish. I am pleased with (the command of) Allah Ta‘ala. He is sufficient for me.”

After some time, the meagre provisions that she had with her depleted. She was thus overcome by thirst, as a result of which her milk dried and she was unable to suckle her son. Nabi Ismaa‘eel (‘alaihis salaam) became thirsty to such an extent that he began rolling in the sand while kicking his heels on the ground, and he even began to experience difficulty in breathing! Unable to bear this sight, Sayyidah Haajar (‘alaihas salaam) commenced running between two nearby mountains, Safaa and Marwah, earnestly seeking someone to help her.

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What do You want to Be?

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Saturday, 25 July 2020 13:10

Ask our children:

1. What do you want to be when you grow up, and why?

2. What is the most important thing for every person to be?

Now tell them the story:

Once upon a time, there was a little boy named Ashraf. Ashraf had many friends, and whenever they would play together, the same thing would happen. His friends would take turns to pretend that they were policemen trying to catch robbers, or hunters searching for an animal, or firemen trying to put out a fire. But no matter what the other children pretended to be, Ashraf was always the same thing – a doctor.

Ashraf liked doctors and always pretended to be a doctor. He had a small doctor’s bag, with syringes, bandages, plasters and ointments inside, and he even had his own stethoscope! He would act as if he was giving injections, checking blood pressure, and he would even tie bandages on his friends’ arms and legs!

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