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Mouse Runs the Comrades

Hypothetically speaking, let's say that today is the 2nd of June, and suddenly our friend Mouse decides he wants to run the Comrades from PMB to DBN. So Mouse wakes up early in the morning, and he sets off to PMB city hall. He then waits in the queues before the starting line and when the gun is shot, he jets off! He is dumbstruck, because all the other runners are

quite slow, and he is far ahead of them sprinting as fast as he can. Mouse thinks he has this one in the bag, little does he know he has only run 500m. Now for those of you who know Mouse, he would most probably feel so lazy after 1km or the first bend, that he would stop and hitch a lift to DBN. But he decides to push on and run fast. However after 1.5km, Mouse falls down due to exhaustion and cardiac arrest. He has to abandon the race and is rushed off to hospital.

Now it doesn't take a Mechanical Engineer to figure out why this happened. As with all sorts of exercise, one needs to warm-up. You also need to train, mentally and physically so that you can endure the high amount of strain on your body(for months before). If you do this, then you will be awarded a medal at the end of the race, or you may look and feel better. However you cannot do this without training.

My respected brothers, sisters, elders and lighties, the month of Ramadhaan is officially around the corner. In it we will need to physically exert ourselves. The month of Rajab has Alhamdulillah just started(right now now) and it is a warning that Ramadhaan is coming. We need to train for this month, otherwise we all know what will happen: Our Masajid will be filled to capacity on the first 3 nights, our sisters will be engaged in numerous Sipaaras, our mouth's will be moist with Zikr...and then like soda water we will fizzle out after 3 or 4 days. Thus we need to start training. The basics are we should immediately step away from all sin. Let's try this. For those of us who have illicit beloveds, tell them you will contact them after Ramadhaan. Let us switch off the Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries, How I met your Mother, Avengers nehandu...let us start reading ALL our salaah, little bit of zikr. It is said that how you spend your Ramadhaan will determine how the other 11 months are spent. Thus, don't be like Mouse who will fall down after a little bit!

Advice from Moulana Dawood Seedat:

Nabi (sallallahu `alayhi wasallam) would make dua to be allowed to witness the month of Ramadaan from the time the crescent of Rajab would be sighted. "O Allah! Bless us in Rajab and Sha`baan and allow us to witness the month of Ramadaan" (Tabarani).
He (salallahu `alahi wasallam) would also make the following dua:

"O Allah! Safeguard me for the month of Ramadaan and guard the month of Ramadaan for me (that I attain the maximum blessings of this month)" (Tabarani). Imaam Suyuti (Rahimahullah), a renowned Shafi` scholar narrates in Ad Durrul Manthoor from Mu`alla bin Fadhl: The pious people of the past would begin making dua to witness the month of Ramadaan six months in advance! What can we do in preparation for Ramadaan?

Firstly, fulfil all obligations that are outstanding towards people whether it be of a monetary nature or anything else.

Secondly, try and programme ourselves in such a way that we have minimum work in Ramadaan and maximum time to dedicate to Allah Ta’ala.

Thirdly, draw up for ourselves a programme, deciding how we will utilise our time fruitfully during the Mubarak month of mercy.

Lastly, try and increase our time spent in the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala so that we are ready to receive this great month.

May Allah Ta’ala 
grant us the best of this month and shower us with his mercy and forgiveness. Aameen.

Hadeeth Newsflash

Reported by Jundub bin `Abdullah (RA): The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "Once someone said: `By Allah! Allah will not forgive such and such (a person).' Thereupon Allah, the Exalted and the Glorious, said: `Who is he who takes an oath in My Name that I will not grant pardon to so-and-so? I have granted pardon to so-and-so and rendered your good deeds fruitless.''' [Muslim]

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