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Asking others for forgiveness We are now in the second ten days of Ramadan, the days when Allah invites us to turn to Him in repentance. Before we do that we should ask forgiveness from those whom we have wronged. This is our duty. It is necessary for us to move out of the ego and abase ourself if we are truly sorry for what we did, or said. When we make a mistake, when we say or do something, sometimes without thinking through the consequences, we hurt or insult others. When we do or say something that is wrong, our bodies will tell us so, we will experience a feeling of unease, and we may exclaim silently: “I can’t believe I just did/said that”. The thing to do is to immediately say: “I am sorry I said/did that”. Firstly you clear yourself and bring ease back to your body, secondly the other person has no time to take offence and get angry. Apart from anything else, it will make you feel better. After all we do not really mean to hurt or insult people; as humans and creations of Allah we are naturally predisposed to be good. When we say we are sorry we practise kindness, this is a good


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Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was revealed, not just for the Barakah attached to reciting it, although this is without measure. The primary reason is for us to understand and live by its word. Allah says in several places in Quran: why will you not seek to understand the Quran? And why will you not reflect on the Quran? During this month all of us all of us hasten to recite a complete Khattam of the Quran, but how many of us understand what we are reciting. Is it time to move a little further, and seek to understand what we are reading? Tradition points one way, and it is hard to shift. We do not have to reject those of previous generations, let us take what is good and build on it. So, in addition to reciting the Quran, take an English translation, and as you recite, read what it means, so that we may truly live the Quran. Do, however remember the benefits of reciting, they are absolutely without measure.


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It’s the holy month of Ramadan, the first thing we think of abstaining from is food and drink. This is not of course the only abstinence, but the one we focus on. When deprived of food and drink for any length of time, the body goes into de-tox. All harmful substances are purged, yet the body continues to function. How merciful is our body, that without the needed sustenance,   blood continues to flow, lungs continue to take in air, and all other functions work perfectly.  Should we not be grateful for the amazing piece of engineering that is our body?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Along comes the time of breaking the fast, and what do we do. We consume foods that are harmful to the body, to the digestion. Into this perfect body, which has served us so wonderfully as we fast, we pour into it all kinds of fats and sugar. Traditionally we consume samoosas, pies, pancakes and doughnuts. The fact that this has always been so, does not mean it is the right thing to do. How about rewarding the body, and not our senses?
How about rewarding this magnificent body with good nourishing foods? This could be very hard for us to change.  Perhaps we are ready for a mind shift towards a healthier and more rewarding Ramadan.

Tribute to the late Imam Dr Saleh Adams

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The Boorhaanol Movement deeply mourns the passing on of its Imam, Hafith  Dr Saleh Adams. Above all, the Imam will best be remembered for the continuous search for knowledge that he embarked upon, be it in the memorization of the Holy Quran, the knowledge of the Deen-ul-Islam or the scientific advances at university. His association with the Boorhaanol mosque started as a child and he served the mosque in various, capacities with great distinction. He will be fondly remembered by the mureeds for the many years that he led the Jamaah in taraweegh prayers, during which time he served as the assistant Imam to the late Imam Manie Bassier. His hifz made him a member of the esteemed Jam-aitul  Qurra for many years and his presence at community  Ghatams are indelibly etched on the community’s collective memory.

‘In the footsteps of the Sahaabiyat’ (Brave , Noble Women)

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In the name of our Creator, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Adventure Camp for Muslim Ladies

Date:  8–10 July 2011
‘Oh Allah, grant unto us spouses & offspring who will be a comfort to our eyes
& give us the grace to lead the righteous Insha’Allah!’                  [Q25:74]

Primary Objective of Camp

For participants to experience: ‘How the mind limits us and how the heart (sincerity) liberates us’.

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