Published Muslim Views February, 2009
As this article is published we find ourselves in the month of Rabbi Ul Awwal, when the greatest mercy to mankind entered the world. The Moulood of our beloved Rasul (SAW) is of great importance to Muslims everywhere, particularly here in Cape Town. However, is it not sad that as much as we celebrate this occasion with Riwayats, Salawat and the Ashrakal, we often do not truly reflect upon the Sunnah of this great person? This does not refer to the way he dressed, or the length of his beard, nor, for that matter, the number of Raka-ats performed before and after the Fard Salaah. What I am referring to, and what all of us should be reflecting upon, is the way he lived, conducted his affairs and treated people with whom he came into contact.
So let us take a journey of reflection, let us be still and ponder whether we are truly following the Sunnah of Rasullulah (SAW). Did he not himself declare in his farewell sermon: ‘I leave you two things, the Quran and my Sunnah, and whosoever follows these will not be led astray”.
Published Muslim Views July, 2009
To a greater or lesser extent, most of us have family and friends with whom we are in conflict, simply because we do not agree with certain things that they do or say. We are prone to criticize them, judge them and long to shake them so that they can change the circumstances of their lives. It is very frustrating, and often painful, to feel helpless because they will not take advice, or take action which will, improve their lives. We need to recognize, and acknowledge, that just as we are special and divine, so are those around us. We often apply our standards to others, forgetting that we are each individually responsible for the choices we make.
We feel that because we overcome obstacles and solved our problems, that those close to us should be able to do the same. We get upset and even angry when a friend or family member does something that will hurt or ruin them. We do not realise that each one of us is on a different stage of the journey. It is very human to live through others, particularly if it is someone close to us. We feel responsible for their faults and shortcomings; that somehow we should do something. In short, we believe that their faults and
Published Muslim Views July,2008
Have you ever considered that in order to drive a car, operate machinery, work on a computer, run a business, or train someone to do a specific job; you first need to learn how to do it yourself. For most things in life you need a license, or some kind of qualification to be able to operate. Yet, in order to become a parent, and to then to actually rear that child, you need no qualification whatsoever. Parenting is the single most important function that anyone of us will be called upon to do.
It is not just about providing your child with love, education, health care and food; it is about how you do this. What does matter is that we should all strive to be the best possible parent that we can be. Parents are often heard to say: “my child does not listen to me”. If you are one of these, pause and reflect; when was the last time that you listened, really listened to your child?
PUBLISHED IN MUSLIM VIEWS MAY, 2008
THE SILENT SCREAM
A woman cries out in pain: “my husband is beating me!” Another makes a heart-rending plea’ to the real pious men of our community’. These are headlines of a few months ago, but they are happening daily.
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Indeed, why does a woman remain in an abusive situation? This question has resounded through all communities, all cultures and all social levels the world over.
There is much questioning of why it happens, how and when it started. Let us leave the digging into the past for the Archaeologists, let us start right now and say: “stop the cycle”.
Published Muslim Views November, 2008
‘ALLAH IS GHAFOORUR RAGHEEM’. ALLAH IS EVER
FORGIVING, MOST MERCIFUL.
These are the words that resound throughout the Holy Quran; these are the words that we recite on an ongoing basis, yet, how many of us are truly forgiving, truly merciful? As this article is being written, thousands of Hujaaj are greeting relatives, friends and neighbours as they prepare to leave on the holy pilgrimage. They are fully aware that in order to stand on Arafat; to beg Allah’s forgiveness; they first have to ask for forgiveness from those they have harmed or hurt in any way. In fact, after stating the intention, the first words from a prospective Hujaaj are” “please forgive me if I have done anything to hurt or offend you”. These words are an integral part of the Haj greeting; yet how many of us who forgive the person leaving, actually have other people with whom we have unresolved issues.
Someone says or does something which hurts us, and we bear a grudge. We talk about it, slander the one that is guilty. We then spend valuable time and energy
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