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What are You Studying Next Year?

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Last Updated on Saturday, 21 September 2019 15:34

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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Reading Fiction Novels

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Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2019 09:07

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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Love for Good Clothing

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2019 15:57

Correspondence of  Hazrat Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (rahimahullah)

Condition:

I like beautiful and good clothes and shoes. Is it fine to purchase and wear these?

Does doing so entail love for the world? Will it be an obstacle for the love of Allah Ta‘ala entering my heart?

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Saving a Sinking Ship​

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2019 15:22

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

As salaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh

It is only Allah Ta‘ala who has made it possible for me to relate to you a story that may inspire you to become closer to Him. 

My life, from the day I was conceived, has been a series of both blessings and trials. My mother was from a small, poor community that was strict when it came to Islam. When she started university, her father, who was the closest person to her, passed away. She then disconnected from Deen and lost her way.

She fell pregnant at the age of 18 and had no means to look after a baby. At that time, her mother, who was diagnosed with cancer, took her to see a medical practitioner. Nevertheless, one thing led to the next and after some time, Allah Ta‘ala made it such that the doctor agreed to adopt the baby once born! This was a blessing from a trial as Allah Ta‘ala gave a barren woman (the doctor) a baby, and also helped a lost woman with no means to look after a baby by giving her a good home. 

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Birthday Parties and Family Ties

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2019 15:21

Question:

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

Respected ‘Ulama

My family feels that I am breaking family ties by not attending birthday parties that are hosted by them and our friends.

They feel that I need to be present, even if I don’t participate in the rituals. They say that I should have lunch and leave. They even tell us that when we have a TV in our home, then what’s wrong with us attending the party?

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