The Challenges of Online Social Networking

 

Assalamu Alaikum
 
My Dear brothers & sisters in Islam
 
Let me first pray that Allah almighty guide me first & foremost, then the rest of the ummah; Insha Allah!
 
I have been quite fazed by the willingness our muslim society has taken towards online social networking. Before judging me, please read what I have to say and by all means thereafter, you may voice your thoughts.
In my line of work (Social worker), I have recently come across numerous cases where relationships have taken strain, ultimately reaching the extent of total disentigration i.e. couples divorcing. It is sad and a tremendous concern that both males and females (single adults / teenagers as well as married couples), approach social networking with such light heartedness. Continue reading

Why The West Craves Materialism & Why The East Sticks To Religion by Imran Khan

My generation grew up at a time when colonial hang up was at its peak.
Our older generation had been slaves and had a huge inferiority
complex of the British. The school I went to was similar to all elite
schools in Pakistan.

Despite gaining independence, they were, and still are, producing
replicas of public schoolboys rather than Pakistanis.I read
Shakespeare, which was fine, but no Allama Iqbal – the national poet
of Pakistan. The class on Islamic studies was not taken seriously, and
when I left school I was considered among the elite of the country
because I could speak English and wore Western clothes.

Despite periodically shouting ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ in school
functions, I considered my own culture backward and religion outdated.
Among our group if any one talked about religion, prayed or kept a
beard he was immediately branded a Mullah. Continue reading

Rabi al-Awwal: The Month of the Holy Prophet or for Profit?byMaulana Khalid Dhorat

Rabi al-Awwal: The Month of the Holy Prophet or for Profit?

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Maulana Khalid Dhorat

The people of Yathrib were anxiously waiting the arrival of the Holy Prophet (SAW) for many months now. “When is the Almighty going to grant him permission to leave his homeland where his own people have made life intolerable for him,” they mused. Their prayers were shortly answered. Continue reading

Please Welcome Our New Halaal Watchdog: 3rd DegreeByMaulana Khalid Dhorat

All hell broke loose last Tues., 17th Jan. 2012, when the hard-hitting documentary, 3rd Degree, was finally aired on E-TV. Hidden cameras planted by a disgruntled employee revealed imported pork being professionally relabeled as “Halaal Veal,” kangaroo meat relabeled as something else and reject meat unfit for even animal consumption was re-classified as A-Grade. The Culprit: Orion Meats. Wrong, the bigger culprit: The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) who was supposed to be on watch at the time. Continue reading

The Orion Saga- A Few Thoughts

A lot has been said and will be said with regards the Orion saga and the subsequent 3rd Degree program. I would like to focus on one or two angles that perhaps require some focus and attention.

For me the discussion on how they reacted to Debora Patta is a side issue. I’m not trivialising it,but for me the crux of the matter is, how was it possible for Orion to get away with what they allegedly did? Continue reading

Six Advises for the Holiday’s

Summary of the six points that I mentioned in my Jumu’ah talk entitled :”How to make your holiday enjoyable yet constructive and pleasing to your Creator”.

1.Niyyah(Intention):

The absence of niyyah leads to the loss of focus,benefit and reward.Possible niyyaat could include: refreshing the mind in order to be more focussed on the objectives of life,change of climate benefits the body,catching up on outstanding recitation of the Quraan,Thikr etc, and fulfilling the  rights of  the spouse, kids and family.

2.Salaah:

The Quraan informs us that salaah protects against evil and vice.This protection is required to a greater extent during the holidays. It is unacceptable that a believer indulges in futile activities till the early hours of the morning and then fails to wake up for Fajr salaah.

3.Control the gaze:

This is one of the greatest spiritual challenges of our time.It becomes even more challenging during the holidays.We should motivate ourselves with the thought that the sweetness of Imaan is guaranteed for the person who controls his gaze.Once that sweetness is granted,it will never be withdrawn ie the person will die with Imaan.

4.Value your time:

Whilst we are permitted to involve ourselves in trivial and light activities to refresh the mind,we can’t allow even one second of our lives to be wasted.Sleeping for hours on end and lazily spending long periods of time before the T.V are examples of wasting time.One should have a schedule/time table for the holiday period as well.

5.Friends:

Be careful whose company you choose during the holidays.When in the company of those who are negligent in fulfiling the commands of Allah,you will also become complacent especially when the mood is relaxed such a during the holiday period.

6.Remember you are an ambassador of Islam:

Being courteous on the roads,ensuring that thd kids dont make noise in hotel foyers,parking considerately and general charming manners will win over even the hardest of hearts.Improper behaviour by a Muslim will unfortunately be attributed to Islam.

Allah Ta’aala grant us all the Taufeeq,aameen!

Delegate or Stagnate

Pearls of wisdom from senior Ulama at Ulama Retreat: “If you don’t delegate you will stagnate”(Ml.Muhammad Nanabhai). Many times we feel the need to do everything ourselves. We find it hard to trust and depend on others. We perhaps even fear that we will loose control and others might excel us. We need to overcome this by enhancing our sincerity and identifying talents in others. In this way much more will be achieved and multiple people will gain experience. We will also be able to leave behind a legacy that will earn us perpetual reward when we can no longer contribute.