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Holidays

The word ‘holiday’ comes from the Anglo Saxon halig daeg, or holy day. However, holidays to a great extent have become anything but holy. A Christian once observed that in their most auspicious month, December (holiday time), the most amount of crime and evil is committed. Contrary to this, in the most blessed month …

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Home, Sweet Home !!

Maulana Khalid Dhorat   Nearly all travel agents have received complaints over the past few days about their patrons, including those who visited the Holy Lands, about how they abuse the hotel facilities. In the communiqué, it’s stated that patrons use the underside of the clothing iron to fry eggs, …

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The “NEED” of the Hour

Friday 16:10: “Oh No, Only 20 minutes left to pick up the kids from madrasah. Oh Gosh! Tomorrow is another crazy Saturday morning with them at home”, groaned mum. Friday 16:40 (after madrasah): “Yesss, it’s weekend again. Tomorrow we can hook up with the gang at the mall. Maybe, we …

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On Mockery

  Our modern culture has embraced mockery of anything and everything to the extent that nothing is off limits as the idea of the Sacred has by and large been discarded. The elders, parents, teachers, religion, prophets, and even God Himself have all become regulars on comedy sketches on television …

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Problems, Problems, Problems…

  By Sister S Bemath eislam PROBLEMS. . . how we hate them! The time and energy we waste, stewing over problems instead of tackling them cheerfully and constructively, recognising them as the growth points of life and progress. Life can expose us to a series of problems. Problems evoke …

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How a Lifeless Object has become Our ‘Most Beloved’!

  By M.B. Ahmed THE SMARTPHONE Almost 30 years ago a digital device called the SMARTPHONE was invented! In a short period of time this lifeless entity has taken the entire humanity by storms! In fact its popularity is so widespread that there almost isn’t a single human being who does not know …

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Intergenerational Baggage

  I had a long conversation with an older relative, a loosely-practicing Muslim gentleman in his seventies. His life has got me reflecting on the issues we inherit and pass down through the generations. Let’s call him Nabil. Nabil, as a young man in his mid-twenties, deliberately missed his beloved …

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The Best of…

The Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) said: “The best of the Muslims is he from whose hand and tongue the Muslims are safe.” (Muslim) “The best of people are those with the most excellent character/manners/behaviour.” (Tabarâni, Sahîh)  “The best of marriages are the easiest ones.” (Abu Dâwûd, Sahîh)  “The best prayers …

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