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The Poisoned Arrow

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 November 2021 16:03

Allah Ta‘ala has blessed every person with five basic senses; taste, smell, touch, hearing and sight. It is through these five faculties that each person perceives the world around him, responds to the stimuli he experiences and is able to interact with his environment.

On hearing a pleasant sound, smelling a fragrant scent, seeing an attractive sight or touching something dear and beloved, the heart is immediately affected. It is filled with happiness, causing one to react with joy and delight.

Thus, the five senses can be regarded as the ‘gateways’ to the heart, while the heart itself can be regarded as the ‘command centre’ of all the limbs of the body. Therefore, in order to protect our heart from evil influences that will motivate the limbs towards sin, it will be imperative to protect the five faculties and senses, and shield them from all sins and temptations to haraam.

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Keep Your Distance!

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 September 2021 09:00

Every parent loves his child and tries his best to keep his child safe from harm. Even in the home, the parent understands that the young toddler is exposed to certain dangers which threaten his safety. Plug points… detergents… knives and scissors… Swimming pools… These, and other similar things are common in many houses, yet pose a grave threat to the safety of the child.

Out of deep love for the child, and wishing well for the child, the parent firstly educates the child and tries to teach him that these things are dangerous. When the young child stretches his chubby and grubby fingers towards the detergent cupboard, the mother will raise her voice and call out in a stern tone, “NO! NAUGHTY!” Thereafter, if the child persists in trying to play with the dangerous item, she may even punish him.

However, a sensible, loving parent will not only suffice on teaching the child harm from benefit. For instance, the parent will not leave a knife within arm’s reach while telling the child, “Don’t touch.” Rather, the parent will also put into place preventative measures which will be conducive to the child’s safety.

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Wholehearted or Unwilling?

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Last Updated on Thursday, 12 August 2021 15:40

Throughout the world, regardless of continent or culture, the symbol of the heart has come to represent love. Perhaps the reason for this is that true love entails complete surrender of the heart to the beloved. One voluntarily sets aside one’s own inclinations, preferences, ideas and aspirations, and wholeHEARTedly embraces the preferences of the beloved, hoping to secure his pleasure and happiness. In other words, one sheds his own identity and ego and molds himself in the mold of the beloved.

Imagine a husband and wife who live together, and go through the motions of married life, but do so grudgingly. Although each may fulfil the rights of the other, the spark in their relationship will swiftly fizzle out, causing it to turn into a relationship-wreck. Likewise, imagine an employee who obeys his employer, but pulls up his face, questions his authority at every turn, and considers his employer to be an inconvenience in his life. Obviously, though such an employee cannot technically be faulted, he will not be expected to last long in his position.

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Be Sensor-ble!

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 June 2021 15:00

Almost every machine has certain built-in sensors. The role of these sensors is to measure and monitor the readings of different aspects and accordingly regulate the functions in process, thus ensuring that the machine remains free of malfunctions. A typical example of this is a heat sensor (e.g. in a hair dryer) which prevents overheating by causing the machine to switch off when a certain temperature is exceeded.

In the absence of such sensors, or if these sensors have to be tampered with or overrode, the machines would severely malfunction, and ultimately, would suffer severe or even irreversible damage. Hence, these sensors are considered to be safety features, and their inclusion within a product is appreciated and causes the value of the product to increase.

It is for this reason that cars which are equipped with ‘lane assist’ sensors, and ‘PDC’ sensors etc. are more in demand and fetch a higher price.

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Simplicity in Dressing

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 February 2021 08:56

In the Quraan Majeed, Allah Ta‘ala commands us, “Eat, drink and do not be extravagant, indeed Allah Ta‘ala does not like those who are extravagant.” (Surah Aa’raaf v31)

Food and drink are necessities of life and are required for human survival. Yet, in the above verse, we are prohibited from being extravagant in food and drink. Thus, we understand that when extravagance and wastefulness is prohibited in food and drink, then it is prohibited in other similar avenues as well – such as wastefulness and extravagance in clothing.  

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Eat, drink and give in sadaqah, and wear clothing without extravagance and ostentation (worn to show off and impress).” (Sunan Ibni Maajah #3605)

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