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The Maktab ( Islamic Learning / Madrasah ) System

by: Moulana Abdool Hamid Ishaq Damaat Barakatuhu We are very lax in paying the Madrasah fees. We generally pay the school fees, give our children their pocket expenses, etc. The pocket expense is sometimes more than the fees. In fact if we are wealthy, we should pay on behalf of …

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The Importance of the MAKTAB (after school Islamic Education)

The first word revealed of the Quran is “Iqra” READ! Seek knowledge! Educate yourselves! Be educated.   “Read and your Lord is Honourable, who taught(to write) with the pen taught man what he knew not, Those of His servants only who are possesses of knowledge fear Allah; Surely Allah is …

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10 Facts Regarding Prophet Isa Jesus (peace be upon him)

 by Mawlana Zubair Sidat بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم 10 FACTS REGARDING PROPHET ʿĪSĀ (PEACE BE UPON HIM) (1) He was sent by Almighty Allah as a messenger and prophet, similar to Prophet Ibrāhīm, Prophet Mūsā and other prophets (peace be upon them all). (2) He is not God or the son of …

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The REAL Christmas Story: How a Prophet was turned into a god

On December 25th, most Christians around the world will be celebrating Christmas, a day that commemorates the birth of who they believe is their Lord and saviour, Jesus Christ. A lot of Muslim commentaries at this time of the year tend to focus on highlighting links between Christmas and the …

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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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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 Cure to Black Friday/Cyber Monday

Black Friday is the sacred festival of one of the world’s fastest and most aggressively spread new religions. This religion has its holy places, its towering shopping cathedrals lit with decorations and promises of salvation. This religion has its rituals, its recurring pilgrimages, its devout followers engaged literally in qiyām al-layl as …

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