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Gandhu/Gandhi(not the man) Season is upon us. Where people suddenly go from their regular levels of being a bujia to being an extraordinary aloo. Yes, it's the holidays. Schools are closed, people are off from work.

 

But an important point that we have to remember, is that a Muslim is never on holiday. We can never submit leave from our Salaah, from our Ibaadah etc. This will be to our own detriment. Then again, if we actually felt the true reaction of these actions on our souls, we would never want to abandon it. On the contrary, we should rather exert ourselves more now. Generally, we are always rushing due to some worldly commitment, so now that we have some time, get to the Masjid 5 minutes earlier, awaken for Tahajjut, make some Zikrullah. Take advantage of it...but most importantly stay away from sin. It is so easy to get caught up in it, but fight it.

 

Nevertheless, what I wanted to discuss is the aspect of a holiday. Say you go on holiday, for example Cape Town. Now you are all excited, you will go there all happy-but what is the reality? In the back of your mind you are fully aware that you ARE going to return to home one day. Will the person suddenly sign a lease agreement there on the banks of Table Mountain, will they go buy a house and a car to keep there? No, nobody does this. You are well aware I will be leaving shortly, so let me do what needs to be done and then board my flight and get out of here.

 

This is the life of Muslim. Our time here is exceptionally short, we are only travellers. Therefore what I am trying to get across is that we should not attach ourselves to this Dunya(world). Nobody says don't eat good food, wear good clothes, laugh be merry(within the constrains of Shariah) but do not get attached to it. So that when the angel of death visits you, you are not pining for this world.

 

Its like being on a standby flight at the airport, the person constantly has to listen to the lady on the mic: 'ATTENSHIN ATTENSHIN, YES, THIS IS BOARDING CALL TO CAPE TOWN. YOU DON'T GET ON, YOU NO COME'. Thus he doesn't get attached to the beautiful lounges, he doesn't scream and shout to leave. He knows that this is just a means of getting to wear he wants to.

 

I leave you with that, think about it - Divorce this Dunya and make Nikah to the Aakhirah. For the person who chases this world will lose both this world and the next, but the person whose worry is the next world, he will get both worlds!

 

-Adapted from a Bayaan by Moulana Yunus Patel R.A

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Sunday, 20 August 2017  
27. Dhul Qadah 1438

Hadeeth Newsflash

Reported by Abu Hurairah (RA): The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "Allah, the Exalted, says: `I will contend on the Day of Resurrection against three (types of) people: One who makes a covenant in My Name and then breaks it; one who sells a free man as a slave and devours his price; and one who hires a workman and having taken full work from him, does not pay him his wages.''' [Al-Bukhari]

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