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2019-12-28T10:14:38+02:00Other Stuff|

How is your Driving?

There was once a person who had the most exotic of cars. Perhaps it was the BMW M8 Competition, or C63s AMG, or maybe something even fancier like a Lamborghini Huracan. Perhaps it was even the mind-blowing Bugatti Chiron that recently hit 490 km/h, breaking the world record!

Anyhow, this person, despite driving a car that others would ‘die’ for, was never careful and cautious. Rather, he was the exact opposite! He would climb the curb, damaging the suspension and undercarriage… He would mix paraffin into the fuel, damaging the engine… In fact, he was so careless that he even scratched, bumped and dented the car in multiple places, even cracking the windshield for good measure!

When his friends advised him to look after his car and stop damaging it, his casual reply was always the same – “I can always repair the damage later!”

Now, if we consider this person to be foolish, then let us, for just a moment, consider someone who is far more foolish.

Imagine a youngster whom Allah Ta‘ala has blessed with wealth, health, beauty, strength and energy. However, he chooses to listen to music and watch movies… He experiments with drugs… He parties every weekend… He neglects to perform his salaah and fulfil other obligations of Deen… He is addicted to his phone and spends hours chatting to girls… He rebels against his parents…

When his elders and family advise him and tell him that he is ruining his life and throwing his future away, he casually answers, “I can always fix the damage later!”

If the person deliberately damaging his car is a fool, then the person who deliberately damages his imaan, Islam and his life is an even greater fool. After all, no car – not even the Bugatti Chiron – can compare in value to the opportunity of life and Jannah.

First of all, there’s no guarantee that we’ll even make it to the panel beater. What if we crash so hard that the accident results in a write-off? How many people were out for a few minutes to chill with their friends, yet returned home in a hearse? What they thought was ‘just another party’ was actually their final party. How you live is how you die – if you live a life of ‘zohl’ and ‘jol’, it’s highly likely that you’ll die with a ‘spliff’ in your fingers.

Later on in life, even if a person decides to repent and change his life, it doesn’t mean that everything will now be perfect. After all, everyone will tell you that a repair-job car is never the same as a car that was never in an accident. It will always have some rattles, misaligned doors, wind-noises, faulty wiring and other defects. In the same way, when we commit sins and persist in sinning, we sometimes cause such damage to ourselves that cannot be completely repaired later on. Sometimes, it can be some special barakah that we lost (such as barakah in money), or some curse that we incurred (such as our parents becoming frustrated and cursing us).

Remember, a few years of fun and madness is NOT worth it – especially when we’ll be paying the steep price for the rest of our lives. If we want our cars to give us good mileage and take us to Jannah safely, we will have to take care of them and drive cautiously.

2019-11-09T09:27:03+02:00Other Stuff|

Place it under the Blade

“Qurbaani fever” is once again in the air. The youngster who normally wears Diesel jeans and Adidas shoes will soon be dressed in overalls and gumboots. Normally, a single pimple makes him feel out of place, but now he takes pride in the blood on his face. Whereas he is normally fragranced with Dunhill and Allure, he now stinks of dung and manure. His car is normally spick and span, but now he crams it with all the carcasses that he can.

Ever wondered how this massive transformation takes place?

The answer is simple … It is the result of the great spirit of Sayyiduna Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam).

What was this spirit all about?

It has been encapsulated in the following verse of the Quraan Majeed:

“Indeed my prayer, my offering, my life and my death are for Allah, the Lord of all the worlds.” (Al-An‘aam, v.162)

It was this very spirit that prompted him to separate from his disbelieving family and folks in his young age and enabled him to leave his wife and innocent child in a barren land in his old age. This spirit further motivated him to readily accept the command of slaughtering his beloved son when he needed him most – in his advanced age.

All this and much more, he did merely because … it was the command of his beloved Allah. No relationship, desire or emotion was important or dear to him if it became an obstacle in carrying out the command of Allah Ta‘ala.

Thus, the great lesson of qurbaani which we ought to learn is that every impermissible desire, pleasure or emotion needs to be ‘placed under the blade’ for the sake of our beloved Allah.

These desires come in different shapes and forms. For some, it’s the sight of a ‘stekkie’ that makes them sink, causing them to collapse into sin. For others, it’s a ‘johl’ with ‘zohl’ that ‘dials their number’. Sometimes, it’s the urge to show the other ‘ous’ whose ‘da boss’ by busting someone up. Some people wait for the latest album release and movie launch, or binge watch their favourite series.

Qurbaani is not about conquering a mighty cow or subduing a massive sheep. Rather, it is about taking our impermissible desires and emotions and placing them ‘under the blade’. If we fail in this, then as strong as we may think we are, we suffer from the greatest weakness – the weakness of sin. 

2019-08-10T09:52:19+02:00Other Stuff|

The Best for the Best

Imagine that you are waiting for the car of your dreams to arrive…

But instead of the 21-inch rims you expect, it has biscuit tyres. Instead of drag racing the ¼ mile in under 10 seconds, it takes that long just for the car to start. Instead of hearing the grumble of a twin-turbocharged V8 from under the hood, you hear the fan belt screeching like a frustrated teacher in kindergarten. Instead of doing impressive burnouts with smoking tyres as you take off from the robot, it’s the faulty clutch that keeps burning out and the engine that keeps smoking…

Imagine that you are expecting the wife of your dreams to arrive…

But instead of the perfect, shiny smile you hope for, her teeth are like the fence poles around a qurbaani pen – crooked and brown. Instead of having beautiful hair, her head resembles the tyre of a minibus taxi – completely bald. Instead of smelling like DKNY, she smells like the sweaty socks you forgot in your gym bag a week ago. Instead of being youthful and energetic, she’s already in her eighties…

Would anyone of us be happy to accept the above? Obviously not. We want the best in life, and we have to admit that if Allah Ta‘ala does not give us the very best, then He still gives us better than we deserve.

How sad it is then that we repay Allah Ta‘ala by giving Him the ‘worst’…

You see, Allah Ta‘ala has done a deal with us. From our perspective, it’s not the bargain of a lifetime – it’s the bargain of our eternity in Jannah. Allah Ta‘ala is offering us Jannah in exchange of our lives – referring to our time, energy, wealth, etc. In other words, if we want Jannah, we will have to pay the small entrance fee of spending our lives in His obedience.

Now, this is where we have done ourselves down. Many of us have the idea that we will enjoy ourselves and make the most of life while we are young, with the plan to change our lives and become pious when we are old. However, whether or not we will even live long enough to reach old age is questionable… Presuming that we do live that long, is it befitting that we dedicate only the last portion of our lives to Allah Ta‘ala when we are already ‘old and cold’ and half our organs are in failure? How can we hope for the best Jannah when we are paying the poorest price?

On the Day of Qiyaamah, when the sun will be close to people’s heads and they will be ‘drowning’ in their perspiration, there will be seven groups of people who will be ‘chilling’, cool as cucumbers, under the shade of Allah Ta‘ala’s throne. One of these groups is the group of those who were young, and the passion of youth was bubbling away within them, and they were energized and ever ready, yet they resisted their temptations and remained obedient to Allah Ta‘ala, dedicating this portion of their lives – which is the best portion – to Him.

By giving Allah Ta‘ala the ultimate – their youth – Allah Ta‘ala will bless them with the ultimate as well. If we want the best, let us give Allah Ta‘ala the best, and He will then give us the best Jannah.

May Allah Ta‘ala bless us all with His Divine love, aameen.

2019-06-22T10:27:14+02:00Other Stuff|

‘Leopard’ Machine

Imagine if your best friend who works in the South African Bank Note Company, which is responsible for printing money, loans you a machine that prints ‘leopard notes’ (R 200.00). This machine is manually operated. All you have to do is slide in a blank sheet of paper, turn the handle and a R 200.00 note ‘pops out’ on the other side. He can only loan you this machine for one month.

What will your response be?

Will you just ignore this rare opportunity and store away the machine or turn it just a few times. Never! Rather, the moment you receive the machine, you will start turning the handle non-stop till the last second of the thirtieth day. Perhaps you will cut down your three meals to one and some may even prefer wearing adult diapers instead of ‘wasting’ time in going to the toilet. What if the Soccer World Cup had to coincide with those thirty days? Will you ever give preference to watching the matches and following the scores over turning the handle? And say a friend invites you for a Saturday night stroll in Gateway or a Sunday afternoon drive on the beach front. Your answer will simply be: “Akh! We can delay all of this for some other time. I don’t know whether I will ever get this opportunity again.”

More valuable than this ‘leopard’ printing machine is the blessed month of Ramadhaan where every moment turns out eternal investments for us in the Hereafter. Let us use every second correctly and ‘mint it’ in these few days. Who knows if we will see another Ramadhaan?

 

2019-05-08T10:00:00+02:00Other Stuff|

Survival Guide

2018-12-22T08:27:27+02:00Other Stuff|

A Message from … DRUGS

I destroy homes, tear families apart,

take your children, and that’s just the start.

 

I’m more costly than diamonds, more costly than gold.

The sorrow I bring is a sight to behold.

 

And if you need me, remember I’m easily found,

I live all around you, in schools and in town.

 

I live with the rich, I live with the poor,

I live down the street, and maybe next door.

 

My power is awesome – try me you’ll see,

but if you do, you may never break free.

 

Just try me once and I might let you go,

but try me twice, and I’ll own your soul.

 

When I possess you’ll steal and you’ll lie,

you’ll do what you have to, just to get high.

 

The crimes you’ll commit, for my narcotic charms,

will be worth the pleasure you’ll feel in your arms.

 

You’ll lie to your mother; you’ll steal from your dad.

When you see their tears, you should feel sad.

 

But you’ll forget your morals and how you were raised.

I’ll be your conscience, I’ll teach you my ways.

 

I take kids from parents, and parents from kids.

I turn people from Allah, and separate from friends.

 

I’ll take everything from you; your looks and your pride.

I’ll be with you always, right by your side.

 

You’ll give up everything – your family, your home,

your friends, your money, then you’ll be alone.

 

I’ll take and I’ll take, till you have nothing more to give.

When I’m finished with you, you’ll be lucky to live.

 

If you try me be warned this is no game.

If given the chance, I’ll drive you insane.

 

I’ll ravish your body, I’ll control your mind.

I’ll own you completely; your soul will be mine.

 

The nightmares I’ll give you while lying in bed.

The voices you’ll hear from inside your head.

 

The sweats, the shakes, the visions you’ll see.

I want you to know, these are all gifts from me.

 

But then it’s too late, and you’ll know in your heart,

that you are mine, and we shall not part.

 

You’ll regret that you tried me, they always do.

But you came to me, not I to you.

 

You knew this would happen. Many times you were told,

but you challenged my power, and chose to be bold.

 

You could have said no, and just walked away.

If you could live that day over, now what would you say?

 

I’ll be your master; you will be my slave.

I’ll even go with you, when you go to your grave.

 

Now that you have met me, what will you do?

Will you try me or not? It’s all up to you.

 

I can bring you more misery than words can tell.

Come take my hand, let me lead you to hell.

 

Signed:

DRUGS

 

2018-09-16T09:58:41+02:00Other Stuff|

Mega Sale

Some time back, a famous chain store opened a new branch nearby with ridiculous opening specials. Perhaps you won’t believe if I tell you that there were people waiting at the gates since 3am. By the time the store opened its gates, the traffic had backed up a few kilometres.

Now, what was it that got these people out of the​i​r cosy beds at this early part of the morning? What was it that deprived them of their dear sleep and prompted them to wait for such a long time in their cars, even suppressing the urge to relieve themselves? ​​

It was nothing but the desire to save a few hundreds or thousands of rands.

We are about to witness a “Mega Sale”, not just an opening special which lasts for a few days and saves us a few coppers. Rather it is a month long sale that can secure us the everlasting bliss of the Hereafter.

This sale also requires us to wake up from our cosy beds and get onto the musalla crying to our Allah Ta‘ala in the early hours of the morning. It also requires us to spend hours, not in the shopping queue rather in the recitation of the blessed words of our Allah Ta‘ala.

May Allah Ta‘ala allow us to strike great bargains in this “Mega Sale,” aameen.

2018-05-15T05:25:43+02:00Other Stuff|

Dear Haafiz (Book)

All praise is due to Allah Ta‘ala alone for the  priceless bounty of the Quraan Majeed. May our lives be sacrificed for the Quraan Majeed.

Those who have been especially chosen by Allah Ta‘ala as a means to protect and safeguard His pure Book are extremely fortunate indeed. These special people are the huffaaz (plural of haafiz). They are a manifestation of Allah Ta‘ala’s Majesty and Power, that Allah Ta‘ala showered His mercy upon them and enabled them to commit the Quraan Majeed to memory. Memorising a book as voluminous as the Quraan Majeed is indeed a miracle — a miracle of the Quraan Majeed which Allah Ta‘ala has made manifest through His special servants.

In the present times we are extremely fortunate that we have many huffaaz in our communities, unlike the situation a few decades ago when huffaaz had to be brought from faraway places to perform the Taraaweeh Salaah. It could be safely said that at this present moment a few thousand students are engaged in the memorising of the Quraan Majeed in South Africa only, let alone the rest of the world. These students will tomorrow be leading the Taraaweeh Salaah in various places.

However, unfortunately many do not fully realize the tremendous responsibility that this task entails. This concise booklet is a feeble attempt to highlight to our young huffaaz their own status as well as the responsibility that lies on their shoulders.

May Allah Ta‘ala accept this humble effort and due to His sheer grace and mercy may He make it beneficial to the readers, aameen.

Format: PDF

Size: 1.8 MB

Published by: Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen

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2018-05-05T06:30:30+02:00Other Stuff|

The Big Bad Boil

There was once a person who had a small sore in a very embarrassing area of his body. The sore wasn’t very big and the pain wasn’t very bad, so he reckoned he’d cope and just ignore it. After all, it was far too embarrassing to remove his pants before the doctor for one small little sore!

A week later, the sore grew into a big bad boil. Now, it wasn’t a pain that he could easily ignore. In fact, the pain was so bad that he couldn’t even walk properly! But even now, he was ashamed to show the doctor his problem. So he took a painkiller and hoped that his problem would simply disappear.

Finally, when the big bad boil became septic, and his whole body broke into a fever, everyone learnt of his boil and he was forced to go to the doctor. When the doctor examined the septic boil and asked him when he had first noticed it, he replied, “One week ago.” The doctor was horrified! “One week ago! And you just ignored it? Why didn’t you come to me earlier?” The doctor exclaimed. The patient replied, “I was ashamed to remove my pants in front of you!”

Hearing this, the doctor explained, “When you have a big bad boil, it’s going to come out sooner or later, you can’t hide it forever. If you had come to me in the beginning, I would have treated it and it probably wouldn’t have become septic. Because you left it, it has now become so bad that we have to operate!”

In life, we all have our ‘big bad boils’. For some of us, it might be addiction to pornography, drugs, masturbation or even an attraction to other boys. By ignoring the problem, it will not go away, rather it will become worse. Also, one day, it will become so bad that everybody will find out about it. How many boys got married and were then caught with another boy, or watching porn or taking drugs by their own wives? After that, everybody found out and they were forced to hang their heads in shame.

Instead of waiting for it to become a big bad boil, go to the spiritual doctor and treat it in its early stages. The pious ‘Ulama are the spiritual doctors and will never ever reveal your secret to anyone. Instead, they will assist you, advise you and always make special du‘aa for you. Also, there is no need to feel shy, embarrassed and wonder, “What will they think of me?” as due to their piety and humility, they always regard themselves to be the worst of people. No matter what sin you may be involved in, they regard you as better than them.

Let us have the courage to confide in the doctor, rather than wait for the day when our dirty secrets are exposed to all and we have nowhere to hide.

2018-03-06T05:25:24+02:00Other Stuff|
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