Sunday, 31 July 2016

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Saturday, 30 July 2016

10 Summer Hijab Styles

Mufti Menk

None of us are exempt from going through divorce or experiencing it in the lives of the best of our children or family members.
Hence it is very important that we watch very carefully what we say about those who are divorced and how we treat them, speak to them or look at them.
In many instances, two individually brilliant people divorce, not because one is bad but because together, they were unable to survive. This is proven by the fact that in many cases both are then very happily married to others.
Remember, if your mouth or actions become hurtful to those divorced, there may come a time when you will be dumbfounded by repetition of the same if not worse in your own home!
Never be from those who frown upon, look down upon, criticize or gossip about those divorced, making them feel unworthy.
The Messenger pbuh chose to marry a divorced woman and repeated this type of choice. Had they been "bad" simply because they were divorced, he would have been the furthest away from them.
Shame upon those parents who do not allow their children to consider a divorced spouse. They need to know that many people say that marriages to those previously divorced are more likely to be everlasting.
May the Almighty guide us all and grant us ALL spouses who will be the coolness of our eyes. Aameen
This status was inspired by the cry of a sister. In no way are we belittling those never married. We are simply raising a VERY VERY common and REAL problem in almost every society.

Friday, 29 July 2016

Beauty and the beard

Beauty in the Beard by Tushar Imdad-ul-Haque Bhuiya (12th March 2001)

Glorified be He who beautifies women with long locks of hair
And Men with long beards
There is beauty in the beard
Aye, there is beauty in the beard!

When the lion roars all the animals submit
For the lion is the king of the jungle
The lion with its glorious mane
And a Muslim man grows his mane in pride
Showing the rest of humanity that he is to be respected
Can one imagine a lion without its mane?
Nay, thou canst not!
Then imagine a man without his beard

Woe to worldly women who mock the beards so!
Desiring husbands with clean shaven faces
Woe to women who mock the Prophet's Sunnah
In the name of hygiene, neatness and smooth texture
Indeed some women of this world cannot like the beard
But she who wants Paradise adores the beard!

A beard is a gift given to man
Something only he can grow; a woman never can!
When he ponders, he gently strokes it;
When he is with kids, they play with it adoringly;
When he is with his wife, she fondles it lovingly;
When the enemy see it, fear is struck in their hearts!
Ah! there is indeed beauty in the beard!

All the Prophets had beards – yes they did!
Muḥammad  صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ  had a beard – so big! so big!
All the companions had beards – o yes! o yes!
All the sages had beards – I know! I know!
All the wise have beards – tis true! tis true!
All the pious have beards – you see! you see!
All the Muslims have beards?! – if only! if only!

Who did not have beards? The kafirun!
Who had clean shaven faces? The kafirun!
Who grew their moustaches? The kafirun!
“And what did our Prophet  صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ   order?” I hear you ask
He ordered us to lengthen the beard and trim the moustache!
Lengthen the beard and trim the moustache!
What greater reason that this can there be
The fact that our Prophet told us to see
That we make ourselves appear to the world
As full bearded men with honour untold...

O Muslim brother! Why do you desire to look like a woman
When your blessed facial hair is the differece between you and the opposite gender?
O poor Muslim brother! Why do you imitate the kafir
Instead of following the Prophet of Islam?
O silly Muslim sister! Why are you so blind?
Infatuated with Bollywood actors who have no mind!
O wretched sister! Are you not scared of your choice?
You would rather have a feminine monkey instead of an exalted manly ape!

So indeed I love my beard
And adore the curls and tangles
Which no oil, gel or superglue can ever straighten
My glorious long, curly, messy, fluffy beard!
The playhouse for kids;
And the beloved of Allāh!
I maybe rejected by worldly women because of this hair on my face
But who cares! For my Mum loves it and she puts all such sisters to  disgrace!
Be patient Muslim brothers, who shun the trendy look for a Prophetic pose
Paradise with the wide eyed Houris is our final abode!!!!!

The Naked Truth

The Naked Truth of Life

There was a man with four wives. He loved his fourth wife the most and took great care of her and gave her the best.

He also loved his third wife and always wanted to show her off to his friends. However, he always had a fear that she might runaway with some other man.

He loved his second wife too. Whenever he faced some problems, he always turned to his second wife and she would always help him out.

He did not love his first wife though she loved him deeply, was very loyal to him and took great care of him.

One day the man fell very ill and knew that he is going to die soon. He told himself, "I have four wives. I will take one of them along with me when I die to keep me company in my death."

Thus, he asked the fourth wife to die along with him and keep him company. "No way!" she replied and walked away without another word.

He asked his third wife. She said "Life is so good over here. I'm going to remarry when you die".

He then asked his second wife. She said "I'm Sorry. I can't help you this time around. At the most I can only accompany you till your grave."

By now his heart sank and he turned cold. Then a voice called out: "I'll go with you. I'll follow you no matter where you go."

The man looked up and there was his first wife. She was so skinny, almost like she suffered from malnutrition. Greatly grieved, the man said, "I should have taken much better care of you while I could have!"

Actually, we all have four wives in our lives.

a. The fourth wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look good, it'll leave us when we die.

b. The third wife is our possession, status and wealth. When we die, they go to others.

c. The second wife is our family and friends. No matter how close they had been there for us when we're alive, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave.

d. The first wife is our soul, neglected in our pursuit of material wealth and pleasure. It is actually the only thing that follows us wherever we go.

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Beautiful explanation of Taqwa

ߔԔaqwa is when you miss a single prayer, you feel uneasy the whole day...

ߒ㔡qwa is when you speak a lie , your instinct feels bad..

ߔꔡqwa is the guilt that follows when u hurt someone knowingly or unknowingly,

ߒɔaqwa is the shame and regret that follows a sin you did knowing fully well about it's stand in the sight of Allah,

ߔ̔aqwa is when you cannot sleep the whole night after disobeying or disrespecting your parents..

ߔ씡qwa is to cry in the depths of night fearing none but the one above the Arsh.

ߔ픡qwa is the fear that refrains us from sinning even when we are alone and nobody is looking...

✏Taqwa is the guts and the will to please Allah, even when the whole world is bent on displeasing Him...

ߒꔡqwa is to wear that beard and Hijab for the sole reason of pleasing Our Rabb and to keep it as per sunnah....

ߓ͔aqwa is to stay happy and smiling even after knowing this world is a prison for believers...

ߎꔡqwa is the good manners and character that loving and fearing Allah brings in us...

ߎ䔡qwa is the struggle to better yourself according to Islam with each passing day...

ߎqwa is not only about rising in deen, it is more about falling but rising up again and never letting go...


ߒ߁nd if YOUR heart is filled with proper Taqwa, then actions automatically follow... And the sweetness of these actions are so much better.. Subhan'Allah

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“A successful marriage doesn't require a big house, a prefect spouse, a million dollars or an expensive car. You can have all the above and still have a miserable marriage. A successful marriage requires honesty, undying commitment and selfless love and Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala at the center of it all.”

Givin alms

Prophet Muhammad, Peace be upon him, has said:
“The best of alms is that, which the right hand gives and the left hand knows not of.” (Bukhari)
“The perfect Muslim is not a perfect Muslim, who eats till he is full and leaves his neighbors hungry.” (Ibn Abbas: Baihaqi)
“All Muslims are like a foundation, each strengthening the other; in such a way they do support each other.” (Abu Musa: Bukhari & Muslim)


4 cups of flour
1 packet of dry instant yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1 cup raisins
80 grams soft butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup hot milk
2 eggs, beaten

Dissolve yeast in the lukewarm water and put one side .
In a large bowl, combine raisins, butter, sugar, salt, and hot milk; stir to dissolve the sugar. Let mixture cool a bit .
Next -Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix until you get a soft dough.
Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes. Cover and allow to rise for 1&1/2 hours .
Next step , punch dough down and divide into 2 portions. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Shape into 2 loaves; place in 2 greased loaf pans or one big loaf pan . Cover and let rise again for about 40 to 60min .
Bake at 190°C for 30-35 . Remove loaves from pans and let cool on racks. For the large loaf bake for 45-55 minutes . When cooled a bit , brush over some apricot jam diluted with a little hot water.
Delicious .

Mufthi Menk

We're not perfect & never will be. Be honest. Don't speak ill of others. See the best in people & pray the Almighty sees the best in you.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Roses or Thorns?

Allah’s Messenger (صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم) said: “Keep away from ill-thinking, because ill-thinking is the greatest falsehood.” [Sahih Bukhari]
A person thinks of others as they are themselves. A man was on his way to the Masjid to pray Tahajjud when he saw a man coming from the direction of the Masjid. He thought, “Oh, that pious man beat me to Tahajjud. I must have missed the prayer!” The other man was not returning from the Masjid but was actually a robber on his way to rob a house. When he saw the man going to the Masjid he thought, “Look at that smart aleck robber returning from the house that I planned to rob!”
Evil deeds start with evil thoughts. For example, when you first mistrust your spouse, then you invite yourself and others to provide you with reasons. Once you’ve “proved” it to yourself, your behaviour towards him/her reflects your low opinion, and negatively influences their behaviour towards you. Your ill-thinking becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. You can only fight with someone if you have first come to the conclusion that the person has wronged you.
When you want to love someone, you must not think about the negative aspects of their personality but focus on the positive ones. Think about and list all their qualities and you will realize that they are not as bad as you initially thought. Bear in mind that there is no end to finding fault with a person, regardless of who it is.
Whether you prefer to look at the colour, shape, or fragrance of the rose or instead focus on the sharpness of the thorns, is a matter of your own choice. Think positive thoughts and see how this affects your relationships.

Prohibition of Spying on Muslims and to be Inquisitive about Others

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "Beware of suspicion, for suspicion is the worst of false tales. Do not look for others faults. Do not spy one another, and do not practise Najsh (means to offer a high price for something in order to allure another customer who is interested in the thing). Do not be jealous of one another and do not nurse enmity against one another. Do not sever ties with one another. Become the slaves of Allah, and be brothers to one another as He commanded. A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim. He should neither oppress him nor humiliate him. The piety is here! The piety is here!" While saying so he pointed towards his chest. "It is enough evil for a Muslim to look down upon his Muslim brother. All things of a Muslim are inviolable for his brother in Faith: his blood, his wealth and his honour. Verily, Allah does not look to your bodies nor to your faces but He looks to your hearts and your deeds."
271/1570 - Riyad Us-Saliheen (Gardens of the Righteous)

Story of Ibrahim (as)

Mufthi Menk

Don't cling on to pain & the wrongs of yesterday. Don't dwell on how you've been hurt in the past. Focus on what you have & move on. Live.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Istikhara: The Prayer of Seeking Guidance

The Effect of Zikr

Hazrat Moulana Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi (rahmatullahi ‘alaihi) once advised:
“No matter how unmindful a person may be, but when he takes the name of Allah Ta‘ala, it certainly has an effect on him.”
The thought may arise that when we sit down to make zikr, numerous thoughts plague the mind, hence what benefit does such zikr have? It is incorrect to think in this manner; what benefit is derived from this type of zikr? Zikr performed inattentively also has its merit. Has Allah Ta‘ala not made it possible for the tongue to engage in zikr?
This indeed is a very great favour of His. We should express our gratitude to Allah Ta‘ala for this favour and plead to Him to make our hearts more attentive. Both the tongue and heart are in the control of Allah Ta‘ala. He has made it possible for the tongue to take His name so He will also ensure that the heart is affected by it. We may be unable to perceive this effect, but we should place our trust in Him.

(Discourses of Faqeeh-ul-Ummah Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi, vol. 2, pg. 17)

Standing tall!

We are not here to accept defeat at the face of adversity. Our religion, Islam, has left us a legacy of triumph in the face of adversity.
So let's live the legacy and face each adversity knowing that every outcome is by Allah's will and it is what is best for us!


In the 60s when the Arab / North African countries were gaining their independence, Moulana Yusuf (Rahmatullahi 'Alayh) decided to dispatch various 'Ulama to different countries. Moulana Umar Palanpuri Saheb (Rahmatullahi 'Alayh) was sent as well.
Moulana Umar (Rahmatullahi 'Alayh) gave a talk one day. Out of the many, only a single man stayed behind to listen to the talk. Moulana Saheb gave a two hour long talk for this single man.
However, in the end he realized that this man was deaf! Out of respect, this deaf man had decided to stay back and 'listen' to Moulana Saheb's talk. Rather than feeling heart sore, Moulana Saheb decided to write down the six points* and give it to this man.
A few years later, Moulana Umar (Rahmatullahi 'Alayh) travelled to that same place. He came to discover that the very place he had given a two hour talk to a deaf person... that place was now a Markaz!
This is the power of Allah Ta'ala. He does not need an army; a single Moulana and a single man who cannot even hear were enough for His work.
What counts is the sincerity and the belief that Allah Ta’ala is the one who is in control of all that happens.
Adapted from Majlis of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb

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Quarter cup basmati rice soaked in cold water for 30minutes.
Put in pot , cover with enough water(, at least 1n half cups water), ,boil until cooked and water reduced.
Add 1can condensed milk. Measure milk into empty can and add as well.
Keep stirring to prevent scorching.
Add 1tsp rose water, 1,tsp elachi pwd.
Add 1TBSP dessicated coconut and slivered or nibbed almonds.
Keep stirring so doesnt scorch.
Remove from heat when desired thickness achieved.
Ps _ no need to add sugar, as the condensed milk is sweet enough.
If kheer becomes too thick, don't stress, just add more milk to it.

Mufthi Menk

Don't busy yourselves with petty issues when urgent ones need attention. Don't waste time or you'll be on a long, tiring road to nowhere.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Dates – The Healthiest Fruit On This Planet That Can Cure Many Diseases!

Mufthi Menk

Many a time, it's not what we say but how we say it that hurts people. Always choose the best words.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Flooding of roads

Please take care on the roads today. Drive with headlights in Dim lights ... do NOT drive with Parking llights on... they are for when your car is stationary off-road... obviously.
1) Flooding N2 to durban Galleria area.
2) Mild flooding near cement factory N2 before Edwin Swales.
3) Umhlanga N2 North bound some areas are flooded.

R617 closed for snow.
R74 closed for snow.
Traffic lights out Jan Smuts and Bellair
Flooding N2 to durban Galleria area.
Mild flooding near cement factory N2 before Edwin Swales.
Umhlanga N2 North bound just after off ramp.
Plse beware of pool of water opp Chatsglen Railway station on the Higginson highway heading towards westcliff.
Please beware for heavy traffic on N2 from Clare rd to umgeni offramp.
More rain is expected
CAUTION - SOUTH COAST and BLAMEY road INTERSECTION - is flooded. Use alternative roads if possible.

Creamy garlic prawns with fettuccine pasta

1.5kg prawns
2tbs oil
1 head garlic crushed
1 handful of chives chopped
125g butter
600mls cream
1/2-1tbs curry powder
Salt and pepper.

Add oil to pan, heat up and add ur prawns.
Add salt and pepper. Fry quickly until cooked, remove and set aside.
Add butter to pan and crushed garlic and chives.
Once fragrant add cream, salt and curry.
Bring to the boil and return prawns.
Simmer for 10 mins
Add on top of fettuccine

Hypocrisy of Duniya

The hypocrisy of this Duniya.... People damn u if u do and damn u if u dont!
If u wish to please Duniya, neither will she ever be satisfied with u nor will u ever find fulfillment in the efforts to please!
For fulfillment, strive only to please Allah!


An epic story worth reading over & over again
The story goes that some time ago, a man punished his 3-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper. Money was tight & he became infuriated when the child tried to decorate a box . Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift to her father the next morning and said, "This is for u, Daddy."
The man was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, but his anger flared again when he found out the box was empty. He yelled at her, stating, "Don't u know, when u give someone a present, there is supposed to be something inside?"
The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes & cried, "Oh, Daddy, it's not empty at all. I blew kisses into the box. They're all for u, Daddy."
The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little girl, & he begged for her forgiveness.
Only a short time later, an accident took the life of the child. It is also told that her father kept that gold box by his bed for many years & , whenever he was discouraged, he would take out an imaginary kiss & remember the love of the child who had put it there.
In a very real sense, each one of us, as humans beings, have been given a gold container. The container is our precious life that اللّه
Subhana Ta'ala Has gifted us with & floating around inside is all the beautiful l̸̸̸̨̨̨͡√e & kisses... from our children, family members & friends. Most especially is our ever kind Rabb whose lo√e is limitless & unconditional. There is simply no other treasure, anyone could hold, more precious than this.

Mufthi Menk

Don't be frustrated when you see no results after trying. There's a lesson there. You may be struggling but it doesn't mean you're failing!

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Forced to accept Islam


_A Revert Story_
*By Danielle LoDuca*

I never aspired to be Muslim.
I didn’t even want to be Christian.

The whole concept of ‘organized religion’ was distasteful. I sought to use my mind, not resort to some ancient book for assistance in living my life.

If u had offered me millions of dollars to join one faith or another, I would have declined.....I wanted to systematically prove religions were no more than a hoax. I purposefully set out to do just that.

*Yet, here I am. Muslim*

My paperback translation of the Qur'an had been acquired for free. I didn’t even stop to chat with the MSA students standing at the table stacked with books. I curtly asked, “Is it free?” When they replied in the affirmative, I grabbed one & continued on my way. I had no interest in them, only the free book to assist me in accomplishing my goal of debasing religions once & for all.

But, as I read that Qur'an; as its cover became worn & its pages tattered, I became more & more subdued. It was distinct from the other religious books I had also collected. I could understand it easily. It was clear.

A friend of mine once began ranting about how God in Islam is angry & vengeful. I came to its defense without even realizing it, opening it up & easily flipping to one of the many pages that said, “Surely, ﷲ is Forgiving, Merciful.”

It was if the Qur'an was speaking to me directly – responding to my life. It was an “old book” but somehow, it was entirely relevant. Something about its cadence & imagery & the way it communicated to me intimately; It was exquisite beauty I hadn’t really felt before.. I found it exhilarating..

The Qur'an was appealing to my intellect. Offering me signs & then telling me to think, to ponder & consider. It rejected the notion of blind faith, but encouraged reason & intelligence. It directed humanity towards goodness, recognition of the Creator, plus moderation, kindness, & humility.

After some time, & life-changing experiences my interest intensified. I began reading other books about Islam.

I found that the Qur'an contained prophecies, as did many of the hadiths.

I had begun walking down a new path. Led by the amazing Qur'an, paired with the beautiful paradigm of devotion; the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ This man showed no signs of being a liar.Praying through the nights, asking forgiveness of his oppressors, encouraging kindness. Refusing wealth & power & persevering with the pure message of devotion to ﷲ alone, he endured unfathomable hardship. ( peace be upon him)

It was all so uncomplicated, easy to understand. We’ve been created; all this intricacy & diversity could not pop out of nothing. So follow the One who created us – Simple.

I remember the warm artificial lighting in my apartment & the weight of the air on the night I read this verse:
   Have those who disbelieved not considered that the heavens & the earth were a joined entity, & We split them asunder & made from water every living thing? Then will they not believe? (Quran 21:30)

My mind was split asunder when I read this. It was the Big Bang – suddenly not just a theory… aиϑ every living thing from water… wasn’t that what scientists had just discovered? I was astonished. It was the most exciting & yet frightening time of my life.

I read & studied & double-checked book after book until one night I sat in my library at Pratt Institute, staring wide-eyed at the piles of open books. My mouth must have been dropped open slightly. I couldn’t believe what was happening. I realized I had in front of me, the truth. The truth I had been so sure did not exist.

There were only two choices & one was no choice at all. I could not deny what I had discovered, ignoring it & going on with my life as before..That left only one option.

I knew I had to accept it, because the only alternative was denying truth.

*Edited :The deen show*


Lamb / Mutton Curry

Courtesy of Salwaa Smith - Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights
1 kg lamb pieces
3 large onions, chopped
2 large tomatoes, chopped
7 garlic cloves, grated
1 1/2 tsp ginger, grated
3 tsp jeera / cumin
2 1/2 tsp koljana / coriander
3 stick cinnamons
5 cardamom seeds
5 cloves
5 allspice
2 tsp turmeric / borrie
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp tomato paste
1 - 3 green chillies, chopped (you can add more chillies if you like it hot)
3 tsp salt
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
5 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
Handful chopped green dhanya for garnish

Wash and drain meat. Heat oil in a large pot and braise chopped onions until golden brown, 5-10 minutes. Add spices and salt. Simmer for 10 minutes until spices are well blended. Add meat and 2 cups of water. Cook over medium heat until the meat is cooked, about 30 -35 minutes, depending on the cut of meat. Add more water if necessary. Add tomato and cook a further 10 minutes. Add chopped potatoes and enough water and cook until potatoes are tender, adding more water if a thinner graver is desired. Garnish with chopped dhanya. Serve wth roti or basmati rice. Serve with atchar or onion and tomato sambal.
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One thing we badly need today is for people to be compassionate rather than judgmental. Anyone can blame but it takes a good heart to feel.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Hurt by the duniya

"When you are hurt by the people who share blood relations with
you, recall Yusuf alaihi salaam who was also betrayed by his brothers"
when you find your parents opposing you (in deen) recall Ibrahim alaihi salaam who was burnt by his own father"
when you are mocked and abused by your own relatives just
because you adopted deen over dunya, recall Rasulullah sallalhu
alaihi wa sallam who faced the same situation"
when you are stuck into some problem and find no way out,
recall Yunus alaihi salaam who was stuck into a fish's stomach"
when you fall ill and your whole body cries with pain, recall Aiyub alaihi salaam who was more ill than us"
when you see some physical fault in yourself, recall Musa alaihi
salam who could not properly speak"
when someone slanders you, recall Aisha radiallahu anha who
was also slandered through the whole city"
when you feel lonely, recall how Adam alaihi salaam would
have felt when he was sent to this earth alone"
when you cant see any logic in whats going on and your heart
asks why is this happening, recall Nuh alaihi salaam who made
the biggest ship without questioning"
Subhan Allah... Allah hu akbar...
Allah put all those great personalities in trials so that some day someone like you and me, if being faced by any calamity
should not question, "WHY ME?"
[Remember the Prophet P.B.U.H said if u have knowledge pass it on even if it is just one verse.

Food 4 Thoughtߌ退/


Nasihah (Advice): Justice - One's family and subordinates

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “The just will be seated upon pulpits of light. (i.e.) Those who are fair with regards to their judgement and their family and those who are under them.” (Muslim)


Question and Answer:

Q. My wife passed away. I have three daughters from my wife, 4,5 and six years old. I am aware that if I pass away, my mother, 2 brothers and 2 sisters will be my legal heirs and they will inherit from the house that I only own. I would like to give my house to my three daughters equally during my lifetime so they will have a roof over their heads after I pass away. But I do not have sufficient money to transfer it onto their names. How do I go about giving the house to them?

A. The basic principles of gifting/donations entails a) an offer from the donor to the donee of the gift/donation b) an acceptance of the gift/donation by the donee c) the donor granting the donee full rights and responsibilities of the gift/donation. These are the general principles and conditions that apply to gifting/donation.

However, in the case of a father gifting/donating to his minor children, the father may gift/donate to his minor children without giving them full rights and responsibilities of the gift/donation. This is simply because the father is a guardian of his minor children and his ownership on behalf of his minor children is sufficient.

Therefore, in the enquired situation, even though as a father, the gifting/donating of the house to your three daughters in equal proportion would be valid without giving them full rights and responsibilities or transferring the title deeds etc. onto their names during your lifetime, this gift/donation to your children should be fully documented, witnessed, signed and if possible transferred onto their names during your lifetime. This is to ensure that there is no confusion or dispute after your demise. (Shaami 5/694)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ismaeel Bassa

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

(Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh)
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Friday, 22 July 2016

Hijab Styling

~The Virtue of Khadijah (May Allah be pleased with her)~

Narrated by 'Aisha:
"I did not feel jealous of any of the wives of the Prophet as much as I did of Khadija though I did not see her, but the Prophet used to mention her very often, and when ever he slaughtered a sheep, he would cut its parts and send them to the women friends of Khadija. When I sometimes said to him, "(You treat Khadija in such a way) as if there is no woman on earth except Khadija," he would say, "Khadija was such-and-such, and from her I had children."
Narrated by Ismail:
"I asked 'Abdullah bin Abi Aufa, 'Did the Prophet give glad tidings to Khadija?' He said, 'Yes, of a palace of Qasab (in Paradise) where there will be neither any noise nor any fatigue.'"

Women Wearing Hijab And Make-up In Public: Two Conflicting Contradictions In Islam – Shaykh Albanee (Rahimahullah)

source: silsilat ul-hudaa wa nnoor – the series of guidance and light – tape no. 697
maa shaa Allaah this is truly a much needed clarification of the ruling on makeup, about which many are unaware. shaykh al-albaani (rahimahullaah) advises both women and men in this regard.
Question #3: “Is it allowed for the woman to put on make-up if she leaves her house wearing the hijaab?”
Shaykh al-Albaani (rahimahullaah) answers:
“It is not permissible for the woman who does not wear hijaab, let alone who wears hijaab, to use the makeup of the disbeliever, the make-up of the rebellious and disobedient (to Allaah). When were you aware of some women’s adornment called by a name for which Allaah did not send down an authority: ‘make-up’? This is a word that we don’t know, not us nor your forefathers from before. Rather, it is a foreign word expressing an adornment for the rebellious and disobedient women of Europe; and our women – except those of them whom Allaah protects – unfortunately imitate decorating themselves with this adornment which the Islamic society is being affected by, namely make-up. So it is not permissible for the woman. And this reality is one of the strange ironies: in the road we see a woman wearing a decent hijaab (but) I don’t say the Islamically legislated hijaab; she ties what they call the ‘ishaarb’ – or khimaar which is the (correct) Arabic word – covering her hair, her neck and so on, but she has face powder and lipstick on. This (wearing the hijaab) is against this (wearing make-up): two contradictory, conflicting matters that do not go together. What is the reason (for this type of occurrence)? It is one of two things: either ignorance and heedlessness of the Islamically legislated ruling or it is due to the women’s following of the temptations of shaytaan.
Therefore, we firstly remind the women who suffer from this make-up. Then secondly, we remind the guardians of women such as a father or a husband or a brother, due to the fact that (the Prophet) (‘alayhi ssalaat wa ssalaam) said: ‘Everyone of you is a shepherd and everyone of you is responsible for his flock. So the man is a shepherd and he is responsible for his flock-’[1] to the end of the hadeeth. Thus, the Arabic or general proverb states: ‘The horse is from the horseman.’ So you, the husband of the woman, it is not permissible for you to allow her to go out in this manner which puts to trial the middle-aged men, let alone the young men! And you, O man, O father, O brother, are supposed to be very jealous. Why? Because the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa aalihi wa sallam) used to say: ‘A duyyooth will not enter Paradise.’[2] Why? Who is a duyyooth? He is the one who does not guard his womenfolk jealously.”
[1] Saheeh al-Bukhaari # 893
[2] Saheeh at-Targheeb # 2071

Things, not mentioned in Quran and Hadith are prohibited?

Milaadun Nabi, Giyarvin Shareef, 3 days 10 days and 40 days Khatam is not mentioned in Quran or Hadith. How can these practices be allowed in Islam?
The rule is, that everything is Halal unless explicitly forbidden (with the exception of few things like meat or woman, they are Haraam originally, meat becomes Halaal with Shar’ee slaughtering and Ghair Mahram woman becomes Halaal with Nikah).
As long as there is no authentic statement from the Qur'an or the Sunnah of the Prophet,صلى الله عليه و سلم that a particular thing is forbidden, then it is considered as Halal.
A Hadith Shareef is mentioned in Tirmizi "Halal is what Allah has made Halaal in His book and Haraam is what He had made Haraam. From what Allah remained silent that is allowed” (Jaami’Al-Tirmizi Abwabullibaas printed by Kutub Khana Rashidia Dehli vol 1 page 206)
Allah says in Quran:
“O believers! Do not ask about matters which, if disclosed to you, , may displease you; and if you ask about them while the Quran is being sent down, they will be disclosed to you; Allah has forgiven these; and Allah is Oft forgiving Most Forbearing.” (Sura tul Maa’idah verse 101)
Dar Qutni reports from Abu Tha’labah Khashni, our beloved Rasool said:
“Undoubtedly Allah غز و جل has made few things obligatory, do not lose your grip on them. And He has made somethings Haraam, do not violate them. He has put some limits, do not cross them. He remaind silent from few things knowingly , do not investigate them” (Sunan Ad- Daar Al-Qutni, Babur Rida’, printed by Nashrus Sunnah Multan, vol 4 page 184)
This rule of Shariah must be remembered always “whatever is proven from Quran and Hadith as good or bad that would be good or bad. And something that is not mentioned, it is forgiven, Jaaiz and permissible. If it is done with some good intentions, it becomes Mustahab like Milaad etc. it is done to increase the love of Rasoolllah and educate Muslim community about the Seerah of beloved Rasool” and to regard things as Haram which are not mentioned in Quran and Hadith contradicts Islamic Shariat.
Allah says in Quran: “and do not say, the lie which your tongues speak- “this is lawful and this is unlawful” in order to fabricate a lie against Allah; indeed those who fabricate lies against Allah will never prosper” (Surah Al- Nahl verse 116)
It is mentioned in Muwahib by Allamah Ahmad Bin Muhammad Qastalani, the commentator of Sahih Bukhari: “doing something (by Rasoolullah or Sahabah) is proof of permissibility but not doing something is not a proof of impermissibility”
Sheikh Abdul Aziz Muhaddithe Dehlavi mentions in Tuhfa Ithna Ashriya: “not doing something is onething but to prohibit is something else” (Tuhfa Ithna Asahariya 10th chapter page 269)
It is mentioned in Fathul Qadir by Muhaqqiq Alal Itlaaq regarding the issue of performing 2 Raka’at Nafl Salah after the Azaan and before the Jamaat of Maghrib : “ not proven from Rasoolullah and from Sahabh, the maximum one can prove that it is not Mustahab. As far as Karahat (disliking) is concerned that would not be proven. To prove Karahat one has to establish another proof of Karaahat” ( Fathul Qadir, Babun Nawaafil, printed by Matbooa’h Nooriya Razvia Sakhar Pakistan)
From these Ayaat and Ahadeeth and Aqwaal of great Ulama, it is clearly understood that this so-called principle “if something is not mentioned in Quran or Hadith, it is prohibited or impermissible” is not an Islamic Shariah based argument, it is a man made law, and is invalid in Shariah.
Therefore, since Milaad, Guyarvin and some other practices of Ahlus Sunnah which are not mentioned in Quran and Hadith are indeed permissible because they are not prohibited. The one who askes proofs from Quran and Hadith for these practices, is totally ignorant of rules of Shariat.
(Summarised and derived from Fatwa Razvia vol 7 pages 581- 583)
Allah and His Rasool know best
Al-Abd Al-Muznib
Abdun Nabi Hamidi Attari

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Story of Lut (as)

Wednesday, 20 July 2016


One Day a boy said to his father:
"I saw a girl and I want to marry her. She is so beautiful and she has gorgeous eyes. The father answered his son: of course son, let’s ask for her hand in marriage."
When the father saw the girl, he admired her beauty and he told his son: "You don’t deserve this girl, she needs someone who has experience in life and she can depend on, someone like... me."
The boy was surprised by the attitude of his father and he told him :
"She will marry me, not you”. They started to fight and finally they decided both to go to the police station to solve their problem.
When they tell their story to the police officer, he told them:”bring the girl so we can ask her about her opinion about this. " When the officer saw the beauty of the girl he said to the boy and his father:”you both don’t deserve her, she needs someone who has prestige like me.”
The 3 men started a fight and decided to go to the minister to solve their problem. When the minister saw the girl, he said: "She deserves to be married with a minister like me”. The prince heard about their problem and call them all to help them solve it but and when he saw the girl he said : "This girl will marry me” .
All the 5 men started to fight. Finally, the girl said “I have the solution! I will start to run and whoever catches me first, he will be my husband”. When she started to run, the boy, his father, the police officer, the minister and the prince started to run to catch her. Suddenly the 5 men fell into a deep hole.
The girl looked to them from the top and she said
“did you know who am I?”
I am the Dunya THE LIFE!!
People want to run to catch me, they are racing to have me until they end up themselves in their grave....! May Allah protect us from the temptation of this World. ‪#‎Aameen‬

How to avoid sins in the month of Shawwal

Sunnats and Aadaab of Clothing

One should not adopt the fashions and trends of the kuffaar in one’s dressing.
عن عبد الله بن عمرو بن العاص قال: رأى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم علي ثوبين معصفرين فقال إن هذه من ثياب الكفار فلا تلبسها (مسلم رقم 2077)
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Amr (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports: Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) had seen me wear two yellow-coloured pieces of cloth. He said: “This is from the clothing of the disbelievers, therefore do not wear it.”
2. One should avoid wearing such clothing that have western logos or imprints of the kuffar on it.
عن ابن عمر رضي الله عنهما قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : من تشبه بقوم فهو منهم. (أبو داود رقم 4033)
Hadhrat ibn Umar (Radihyallahu Anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “The one who emulates a people will be counted from amongst them (in the court of Allah Ta’ala).


The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you – depending on how you respond to them. Unfortunately, most people fail to see how Allah wants to use problems for good in their lives. They react foolishly and resent their problems rather than pausing to consider what benefit they might bring.
Here are five ways Allah wants to use the problems in your life:

1. Allah uses problems to DIRECT you.
Sometimes Allah must light a fire under you to get you moving. Problems often point us in a new direction and motivate us to change. Is Allah trying to get your attention? “Sometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways.”
2. Allah uses problems to INSPECT you.
People are like tea bags…if you want to know what’s inside them, just drop them into hot ever water! Has Allah tested your faith with a problem What do problems reveal about you? “When you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience.”
3. Allah uses problems to CORRECT you.
Some lessons we learn only through pain and failure. It’s likely that as a child your parents told you not to touch a hot stove…. But you probably learned by being burned. Sometimes we only learn the value of something… health, money, a relationship. . .. by losing it. “It was the best thing that could have happened to me, for it taught me to pay attention to your laws.”
4. Allah uses problems to PROTECT you.
A problem can be a blessing in disguise if it prevents you from being harmed by something more serious.. Last year a friend was fired for refusing to do something unethical that his boss had asked him to do. His unemployment was a problem – but it saved him from being convicted and sent to prison a year later when management’s actions were eventually discovered. “You intended to harm me, but Allah intended it for good…”
5. Allah uses problems to PERFECT you.
Problems, when responded to correctly, are character builders. Allah is far more interested in your character than your comfort. Your relationship to Allah and your character are the only two things you’re going to take with you into eternity. “We can rejoice when we run into problems…they help us learn to be patient.. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust Allah more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady.”
Here’s the point:
Allah is at work in your life – even when you do not recognize it or understand it. But it’s much easier and profitable when you cooperate with Him.
“Success can be measured not only in achievements, but in lessons learned, lives touched and moments shared along the way”
And Allah Knows Best!!

Another Man’s Daughter: The Story of Zaynab bint Abi Salamah

6 Books Muslim Women Should Add To Their Reading List Post-Ramadan

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

The Secret Language Of Narcissists, Sociopaths And Psychopaths: How Abusers Manipulate Their Victims


Several years ago, a Sheikh from out-of-town accepted a call to a town to propagates islam. Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride a bus from his home to the downtown area. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him 50 pence above his normal change. As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, 'You'd better give this money back. It would be wrong to keep it. Then another thought occur to him, "Oh, forget it, it's only 50p; who would worry about this little amount? Anyway, the bus company gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as a 'gift from Allah' and keep quiet."When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, and then he handed the 50p to the driver and said,'Hear, you gave me too much change.' The driver, with a smile, replied,'Aren't you the new Sheikh in town?' 'Yes' he replied.'Well, I have been thinking a lot lately about accepting Islam. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. I'll see you at mosque this Friday. When the Sheikh stepped off the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said, 'Oh Allah, I almost sold Islam for 50 pence. 'Our lives are the only Quran some people will ever read. This is a really scary example of how much people watch us as Muslims, and will put us to the test! Always be on guard -- and remember -- You carry the name of Islam on your shoulders when you call yourself 'Muslims. 'Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Bold and beautiful is now a reality

Sunday, 17 July 2016


When the pangs of death started, 'A'ishah Radiallaho Anha leant Nabi Salillahu Alaihe Wasallam against her.
She used to say: One of Allah's bounties upon me is that the Messenger of Allah died in my house, while I am still alive. He died between my chest and neck while he was leaning against me. Allah has mixed his saliva with mine at his death. For 'Abdur-Rahman - the son of Abu Bakr - came in with a siwak in his hand, while I was leaning the Messenger of Allah against me. I noticed that he was looking at the siwak, so I asked him - for I knew that he wanted it — "Would you like me to take it for you?"
He nodded in agreement. I took it and gave it to him. As it was too hard for him, I asked him "Shall I soften it for you?" He nodded in agreement. So I softened it with my saliva and he passed it (on his teeth).
It was in the arms of our mother Aisha Radiallaho Anha our Nabi Salillahu Alaihe Wasallam left this world
It was in the house of our mother Aisha Radiallaho Anha our Nabi Salillahu Alaihe Wasallam spent his last day, left this world and is buried in
For a second just ponder
For a second just reflect
How amazing and special our Mother Aisha Radiallaho Anha must be that Allah chose for his most beloved creation, our beloved Nabi Salillahu Alaihe Wasallam to pass away in her arms


One day, Prophet Muhammad(SAW) was on his way to Jihad with his Companions and after choosing a spot, he said to them “Eat whatever you want to eat here”.
As they were about to commence eating, one of the Companions (Radiallahunhu) said: “Ya Rasullallah! There is nothing else to eat with bread”.
Then the Companion saw a honey bee zapping noisily nearby and asked the Prophet “Why is this honey bee making such a noise ?"
The Prophet replied “This bee is saying that all its fellow bees are uneasy because the Companions haven’t got anything to eat with bread. Even though the bees have a honey comb nearby in the cave but cannot bring it to the Companions”
The Prophet صلّى اللّـه عليه و سلّم then stated “My beloved Ali (Radiallahunhu) Follow this bee and bring the honey” Hence, Ali (Radiallahunhu) followed and returned with a bowl of honey which the Companions ate. As soon as they finished eating the bee returned again zapping about noisily.
One of the Companions (Radiallahunhu) enquired “Ya Rasulallah صلّى اللّـه عليه و سلّم ! Why is the bee making noises again ?”
The Prophet صلّى اللّـه عليه و سلّم replied “I have asked this bee a question and it is merely answering it. I asked the honey bee about what its food is and its answer is that its food is the flowers in the hills and the forests”.
The Prophet صلّى اللّـه عليه و سلّم continued “I then asked the bee that flowers are also sour, bitter and unpleasant in taste. Then how come in your mouth (the bees mouth) they transform into a crystal clean and impeccably sweet honey?”
The bee then replied “Ya Rasulallah صلّى اللّـه عليه و سلّم ! Amongst our species, there lives a rich Queen. When we suck the juices of the flowers then our Queen sends her Salah and Durood Sharif (blessings, salutations, honours and graces) to YOU (the Prophet صلّى اللّـه عليه و سلّم )!
And then all the other bees join in sending our Duroodto You hence all the sourness, bitterness and unpleasantness from the juices of flowers changes into a most sweet syrup and its because of the mercies from Allah Ta'aala !!!
يَا رَبِّ صَلِّ وَ سَلِّم دَائِمًا أَبَدًا عَلَى حَبِيبِكَ خَيرِ الخَلْقِ كُلِّهِم
🐝Placing a drop of pure honey on the navel (Belly Button) is useful for the treatment of many diseases such as:
1. Treatment of chronic headache pain.
2. The treatment of pain in the eye.
3. The treatment of sinusitis.
4. The treatment of neck pain in the back and shoulders.
5. Treatment of anterior neck pain and asthma.
6. The treatment of low back pain.
7. The treatment of stomach pain and bitterness.
8. The treatment of Irritable Coughs.
9. As well as the treatment of diarrhea and constipation.
10. The treatment of high and low blood pressure problems.
And many more.
Full article here
🍯Place 1 drop of honey into your belly button before bed and cover with a clean rag to protect from contamination. Use Sticky tape to hold the rag in place. For maximum benefit, mix some ginger with the honey. By morning, the honey should be completely absorbed.
Even if your condition is not listed, you won't lose anything by trying and at the very least, it may still heal other ailments that you weren't aware you had.
From its belly (The Bee) comes a drink with different colours which provides healing for mankind (Qur'an 16:69).
🏃Forward this to all of your contacts as you do not know who amongst them or even those that they know, who may be suffering!
What is the Belly Button connected to? Sobhan Allah, Visit the link below!

*** *Surah Duha & struggling with low mood & depression****

Many of us know surah ad-duha off by heart and have probably read its meaning many times as well, which seems quite straightforward. How many of us, though, have actually gone into the reason behind its revelation and derived the lessons and implications this surah has in our lives? This is a great text to save and make intention to learn the surah if you don't know it already.
*Surah Ad-Duha* was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (saw) at a time when he had not received any revelation for six months, not even in the form of a dream! The Prophet (saw) was in a very disturbed state of mind, feeling negative and depressed and believing that Allah was displeased with him, had forgotten him, and did not want him as a Nabi anymore.
Don’t we have similar feelings in our lives? *Times when our level of imaan is low, our khushoo in salah wavers and we feel a drop in our connection with Allah?* We feel like our duas are not being answered, our salah is not having a positive impact on our hearts, and worst of all the feeling that we’re horrible human beings, that Allah doesn’t love us or doesn’t care about us anymore.
*Surah Ad-Duha* was revealed to the Prophet (saw) to relieve him of these negative feelings and to give him hope, positivity, and the assurance that Allah is with him no matter what. From it we too can find peace, hope, and a renewed faith in Allah when we go through similar states of depression, sadness, and hopelessness.
So what does this surah say?
*Wad duhaa*— By the morning brightness
This is the first thing you need to hear when you’re depressed: Wake up, look at the sunshine! Everything in life is not doom and gloom– you just have to look up!
*Wal laili iza sajaa*— And [by] the night when it covers with darkness,
Why is this aayah immediately talking about darkness? As a reminder to us that the night is meant to cover and give us comfort and rest.
Generally when we’re depressed, we tend to get into a very bad sleep pattern by staying up at night and sleeping all day, thereby worsening our state of mind. This aayah reminds us to use the night as a comfort to ease our distress.
*Ma wad da’aka rabbuka wa ma qalaa* -Your Lord has not taken leave of you, [O Muhammad], nor has He detested [you].
This is a very powerful verse from Allah telling us that He doesn’t hate us and hasn’t forgotten us– reminding the depressed person that He is always by his or her side!
*Walal-aakhiratu khairul laka minal-oola*— And the Hereafter is better for you than the first [life].
Many times when we’re depressed we think: Is this all my life is going to be? Is it never going to get better?
This aayah serves as a perfect answer to those questions, reminding us that life in this world is temporary and that Aakhira is certainly a better, more permanent place for us than this world could ever be.
This makes us look forward to attaining our place in Jannah and helps us look at any problems in our lives as temporary tests of our faith from Allah.
*Wa la sawfa y’uteeka rabbuka fatarda*— And your Lord is going to give you, and you will be satisfied.
A promise from Allah that very soon he will give us a massive reward (Jannah) and we will be happy! Subhanallah!
Isn’t this the best thing to hear when you’re depressed and fed up with this worldly life and the problems you’re facing?
*Alam ya jidka yateeman fa aawaa* – Did He not find you an orphan and give [you] refuge?
From this verse onwards, Allah gives us reason to believe His declarations and promises in the first half of the surah.
Now many of us may think: how would this aayah about orphans relate to the majority of us? Think about it– weren’t there many times in your life when you were sick or lonely and felt like you had nobody who cared about you? Who was the only one by your side at that time? Allah! It was He who took care of you and guided you out of that stage in life.
*Wa wa jadaka daal lan fahada*— And He found you lost and guided [you].
How many of us, despite being born Muslims, have found ourselves misguided and straying away from Islam in the past? It was Allah who gave us that hidaya and brought us back to the straight path and to Him and made us practicing Muslims. Alhamdulillah!
*Wa wa jadaka ‘aa-ilan fa aghnaa*— And He found you poor and made [you] self-sufficient.
Many of us have probably gone through many periods in our lives when we have been short of money and wealth. Now when we look back we realize that it was only Allah who gave us that rizq in some form and got us through those tough financial times.
When a person is depressed, giving him or her examples of how Allah has helped them in the past will strengthen their conviction and belief in the promises Allah makes in this surah for their future.
*Fa am mal yateema fala taqhar* — So as for the orphan, do not oppress [him].
This aayah is the ultimate antidote to depression!
Depressed people are mostly consumed with their situation and feel that nobody could possibly be in a worse situation.
This aayah reminds us to look at people who are in far worse situations than ourselves when we’re feeling hopeless and depressed— Look at the orphans, who have no family or loved ones and nobody to care for them. We have families and parents who love us, a roof over our heads and food on the table and we still think we’re in a bad situation? Subhanallah!
*Wa am mas saa-ila fala tanhar*— And as for the petitioner, do not repel [him].
Another example is of the beggar – to once again remind us of the many material blessings that Allah has given us that we take for granted – food, clothing and shelter. How many of us have ever gone to sleep hungry? How many of us don’t have clothes to wear? Or don’t have a home to go to?
These examples of the orphan and the beggar are ones we should constantly remind ourselves of to be thankful for the numerous blessings Allah has given us, get over our depression and feel connected to Allah again, out of gratitude.
*Wa amma bi ne’mati rabbika fahad dith* – But as for the favor of your Lord, report [it].
This final aayah is about maintaining that renewed faith and bond with Allah – by pondering, glorifying and talking about the blessings of Allah! Either in terms of halaqas, discussions with family and friends or even da’wah! Dhikr, reading quran and listening to lectures are also great ways to keep the remembrance of Allah close to your heart!
So the next time you feel disconnected, disheartened or depressed with your level of Imaan and your connection with Allah – read Surah Ad Duha and ponder over its meanings – Inshallah it will restore your faith and increase your belief in the greatness of Allah

Saturday, 16 July 2016

A great story


*Ant and Wealthy man*

*Truly Superb and A Big Eye Opener*

One Sunday morning, a wealthy man sat in his balcony enjoying sunshine and his coffee, when a little ant caught his eye which was going from one side to the other side of the balcony carrying a big leaf several times more than its size. The man watched it for more than an hour. He saw that the ant faced many impediments during its journey, paused, took a diversion and then continued towards its so destination.

At one point the tiny creature came across a crack in the floor. It paused for a little while, analyzed and then laid the huge leaf over the crack, walked over the leaf, picked the leaf on the other side then continued its journey.

The man was captivated by the cleverness of the ant, one of God’s tiniest creatures. The incident left the man in awe and forced him to contemplate over the miracle of Creation. It showed the greatness of the Creator. In front of his eyes there was this tiny creature of God, lacking in size yet equipped with a brain to analyze, contemplate, reason, explore, discover and overcome. Along with all these capabilities, the man also noticed that this tiny creature shared some human shortcomings.

The man saw about an hour later the creature had reached its destination – a tiny hole in the floor which was entrance to its underground dwelling. And it was at this point that the ant’s shortcoming that it shared with the man was revealed. How could the ant carry into the tiny hole the large leaf that it had managed to carefully bring to the destination? It simply couldn't!

So the tiny creature, after all the painstaking and hard work and exercising great skills, overcoming all the difficulties along the way, just left behind the large leaf and went home empty-handed.

The ant had not thought about the end before it began its challenging journey and in the end the large leaf was nothing more than a burden to it. The creature had no option, but to leave it behind to reach its destination. The man learned a great lesson that day.

Isn't that the truth about our lives?

We worry about our family, we worry about our job, we worry about how to earn more money, we worry about where we should live – 5 bedroom or 6 bedroom house, what kind of vehicle to buy – a Mercedes or BMW or a Porsche, what kind of dresses to wear, all sorts of things, only to abandon all these things when we reach our destination – The Grave.

 We don’t realize in our life’s journey that these are just burdens that we are carrying with utmost care and fear of losing them, only to find that at the end they are useless and we can’t take them with us.....
ߑưߑưߑƊ*Pls read A Great Story*

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Butterscotch and Banana pudding.

Cape Malay Cooking with Fatima Sydow 

Ingredients .

1 packet of ladyfingers
1 tin of caramel
2 cups of hot pouring custard
1 packet of Moirs butterscotch instant pudding made as per packet instructions in a bowl and set in fridge.
5 bananas peeled and cut into slices
250 ml of fresh whipping cream whipped with 1 tablespoon of icing sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla essence .
1 small slab of milk chocolate to grate over cream .

Method .

Take your lady fingers and spread the caramel equally on each lady finger , top side only and lay it down neatly in a large deep dish . Next pour over your hot custard ( it must not be thick) . wait for custard to cool down with the Lady fingers .

Next take your prepared and chilled butterscotch pudding and spoon mixture over the custard and spread evenly . Next spread the slices of banana evenly over the butterscotch , next spoon and spread the whipped cream over the bananas and grate over the chocolate .

Place in fridge overnight . Or for about 6 hours to allow the biscuit to soften .

This recipe is so delicious and is a family favourite .

Delicious .

Story of Salih (as)

Wednesday, 13 July 2016


*A traveler* once came to the masjid to see the *Prophet Muhammad* (S.A.W) after greeting the *Prophet* (S.A.W), he was asked where he was from. The *traveler* replied that he came from very far just to get a few questions answered.
Following is the dialogue between the *traveler* and the *Prophet* (saw).
*Traveler* : I do not want adhaab
(punishments) to be written in my account.
*Prophet* : Behave well with your parents
*Traveler* : I want to be known amongst people as an intelligent person.
*Prophet* : Fear Allah (Jalla Jalalu),always.
*Traveler* : I want to be counted amongst Allah's favourites.
*Prophet* : Recite Quran every morning and evening.
*Traveler* : I want my heart to always be enlightened.
*Prophet* : Never forget death.
*Traveler* : I never want to be away from Allah's blessing.
*Prophet* : Always treat fellow creatures well.
*Traveler* : I never want to be harmed by my enemies.
*Prophet* : Always have faith in Allah.(Only)
*Traveler* : I never want to be humiliated.
*Prophet* : Be careful of your actions.
*Traveler* : I wish to live long.
*Prophet* : Always do Goodness towards blood Relations
*Traveler* : I want my sustenance to increase.
*Prophet* : Always be in wudhoo.
*Traveler* : I wish to stay free of adhaab in the grave.
*Prophet* : Always wear pure clothes.
*Traveler* : I never want to be
burned in hell.
*Prophet* : Control your eyes and tongue.
*Traveler* : How do I get my sins forgiven?
*Prophet* : Always ask forgiveness from Allah with
a lot of humility.
*Traveler* : I want people to respect me always.
*Prophet* : Never extend your hands of need at people.
*Traveler* : I want to always be honored.
*Prophet* : Never humiliate or put down anyone.
*Traveler* : I don't want to be squeezed by Qabr.(Squeezing in the grave)
*Prophet* : Recite Surat Al Mulk (The Dominion)often.
*Traveler* : I want my wealth to increase.
*Prophet* : Recite surat Al Waqiah (The Inevitable) every night.
*Traveler* : I want to be safe and at peace on Day of Judgment.
*Prophet* : Do zikr (Praises) of Allah from dusk to night.
*Traveler* : I want to be in full
attention & concentration during prayers.
*Prophet* : Always do wudhoo with concentration and attention.
*Kindly* do forward to all Muslims & Allah Will reward you in shaa Allah..
Sharing of Knowledge is
*Sadaqatul-Jaariyah* for you & me and you will receive thawab for all those who will read Insha'Allahuta'Allah.

Sunnyside eggs with Baby marrow, mushrooms.

Cape Malay Cooking with Fatima Sydow


2 large Eggs
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup thinly sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup thinly sliced baby marrows
A pinch of turmeric
A pinch of black pepper
A few cherry tomatoes sliced in half
Fresh coriander


In a large non stick frying pan, stir fry the baby marrow and mushrooms on a medium to high heat with the coconut oil for 5 minutes. Add the spices and stir , switch off the heat and with the spatula push the veg mixture to one side of the pan. Crack the two eggs on the empty side of the pan and allow the residual heat to cook through the egg. Top with the tomatoes and coriander and serve. You may add freshly chopped chilies if you want it a bit spicy.


Tuesday, 12 July 2016

shooting stars

Q: Salaam imam what is the significance of a shooting star. I heard it is a angel being thrown out of Jan nah. I saw 1 and wanted to know what it means

A: Wslm.

Indeed I (Allah) have beautified the heavens of this earth with stars. And made them a protection from every rebellious Shaytaan. They cannot eavesdrop on the higher group (of angels) for they are pelted from every direction. They are outcasts and will be punished relentlessly. [S37 V6-9]

Shayaateen cannot reach the highest group of angels and eavesdrop on them when they discuss revelation from Allah concerning destiny. They are pelted with a scorching flame from every direction to repel them from listening to what Allah has decided regarding His creation.

Star-worshipping is an age-old practice which does not really involve worshipping stars, rather the worshiping of certain Shayaateen. Pagan beliefs such as this have crept into civil society like the nursery rhyme:

Starlight, star bright. The first star I see tonight
I wish I may, I wish I might Have the wish I wish tonight

Hidden in this rhyme is the desire for the Jinn to grant a person all that he wishes for.  The first start to appear in the night sky is called Sirius.

(And I seek protection) from the evil of the Dog Star when it appears. [S113 V3]

Sirius, the Dog Star known as Thurayyaa in Arabic, is associated with sickness and epidemics.

It is an erroneous belief that wishing upon a falling star will grant you your wishes. Falling starts are Shayaateen being pelted by the angels when they eavesdrop on the conversation of the angels, as mentioned before.

Just as serious as star-worshipping is the pseudo-science of astrology which holds that your birth under a certain star sign determines your personality and even your destiny. Such belief is Kufr.

Angels & Demons pages 55 & 64

And Allah knows best

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Commandments of Allah (swt)

(By Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه, taken from
For many years without fail, I have been giving this example in the month of Ramadaan. At the end of a very hot and long summer’s day, a person is sitting at the dastarkhaan (table cloth), close to the time of Iftaar, waiting patiently to open his fast. There is just 3 minutes left for the setting of the sun when he is told: “Eat! What difference will it make if you break your fast now? What is another 2 or 3 minutes? You have already stayed away from food and drink for almost 15-16 hours.”
Even if someone says this to the weakest Muslim, in respect to obeying Allah ﷻ, he will respond: “It is the ruling of the Qur’aan and the Ahadith that I break my fast after the setting of the sun and not before that time. It is the command of Allah ﷻ and I cannot disobey Him.”
The weakest person’s Imaan becomes so strong at this stage of his fast, that he will not break his fast. He will refuse to break his fast, even if the world’s great personalities were to suggest so.
So (in light of this) we should question ourselves and answer truthfully: Is it not the Command of that same Allah ﷻ, to perform Salaah five times a day and for the men, in congregation in the Masjid, as far as possible? Is it not the Command of that same Allah ﷻ to correctly discharge our Zakaah, to perform Hajj, and to treat our parents with love and respect? And to be faithful to our wives and treat them with compassion (and vice versa for the wives), to be honest in our business dealings and to be kind and just to those under our authority?
(In other words, though Ramadan has come to an end, our obligations in Deen have not. Therefore, we should continue striving to please Allah ﷻ by following His commands precisely, just like our precision in opening our fasts at the correct time, and not a second earlier.)

Tomato Bredie / Stew

Cape Malay Cooking with Fatima Sydow
15-20 pieces of red meat / lamb or mutton .
8 potatoes peeled and cut cubes
3 onions peeled and chopped finely
200 grams of tomato paste
3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
Salt to Taste
1 tablespoon of freshly ground black pepper.
3 tablespoons of sugar ( very important , to balance out the acidity in the tomato paste .
2 whole chillies ( optional)
3 all spice ( optional )
Finely chopped garlic ( optional)
In a large pot on medium heat , heat oil and add onions and fry till brown , add meat and fry with onions till very brown , this will intensify the colours and flavors. Now add your black pepper and salt and whole chillies... Add a cup of warm water and now on medium heat simmer meat till water is cooked away , repeat this process twice or thrice.... Or until meat is almost tender . Now add all the tomato paste and sugar , do not add any water , just on medium heat allow the tomato paste to cook though and infuse into meat by stirring while braising . After 5 minutes add your potatoes , a cup and a half of warm water and cook on medium to high heat for 10 minutes stirring once or twice , then allow to simmer for another 10 minutes until potatoes are nice and tender .
You may add chopped tomatoes if you wish .
Serve with Basmati rice . Delicious

The Debt that can Never be Repaid

‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) was once performing tawaaf when he saw a man from Yemen who was carrying his mother on his back in tawaaf. As the man carried her, he was uttering the following words of poetry:
I am her subservient camel
Although her conveyance may frighten and worry her, I will never cause her concern
Though I am carrying her (on my back), the period for which she carried me (in her womb) was longer
The man thereafter turned to Ibnu ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) and asked, “Have I fulfilled the right of my mother (by carrying her in tawaaf)?” Ibnu ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) replied, “No! In fact, you have not even repaid her for one gasp she emitted (due to the pain of labor).” (Shu‘abul Imaan #7550)
The son of Husain (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), ‘Ali bin Husain (rahimahullah), who was also known as Zainul ‘Aabideen (rahimahullah), was once asked, “You are a person who always ensures that he is obedient to his parents. Why is it that you then refrain from eating out of one utensil with your mother?” Zainul ‘Aabideen (rahimahullah) replied, “I fear that my hand will reach for a morsel of food whereas my mother’s gaze may have fallen on it and she may have wished it for herself. If I have to take a morsel which my mother wished for herself, I will be regarded as a disobedient son.” (‘Uyoonul Akhbaar vol. 3 pg. 97)
1. When the kindness and favor of the mother is such that it can never be repaid, then how shameless indeed is the person who causes his mother inconvenience!
2. Inconvenience to mothers can be caused in many ways; physical, mental, emotional, etc. The pious people of the past would exercise such caution in this regard, that they refrained from any action that could, in even the slightest manner, cause their parents disappointment.
3. When we are unable to repay our parents for their kindness, we should never ever make them feel that our service to them in their old age is a burden and a favor to them. Rather, always make them feel as if you are honored to have the chance to serve them.

7 Remarkable Things About Khadija, Wife of the Prophet of Islam

The Debt that can Never be Repaid

‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) was once performing tawaaf when he saw a man from Yemen who was carrying his mother on his back in tawaaf. As the man carried her, he was uttering the following words of poetry:
I am her subservient camel
Although her conveyance may frighten and worry her, I will never cause her concern
Though I am carrying her (on my back), the period for which she carried me (in her womb) was longer

The man thereafter turned to Ibnu ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) and asked, “Have I fulfilled the right of my mother (by carrying her in tawaaf)?” Ibnu ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) replied, “No! In fact, you have not even repaid her for one gasp she emitted (due to the pain of labor).” (Shu‘abul Imaan #7550)

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Urgent reminder

A match is 90 minutes.
A tv series is 60 minutes.
A movie is 180 minutes.
Salah is just 5 minutes.
Jannah forever!
Be smart to contemplate:
300 friends on whatsapp.
80 on the phone
50 friends in the neighbourhood.
In times of need 1 Friend !
Funeral - family only.
 In the grave, alone !
Don't be surprised this is life !

Verily only your salah will benefit you.

If you find dust on your Qur'an ,
Weep for yourself.
For whoever stopped reading Qur'an
For 3 days
Is called quitter !
NB: You are not forced to share.

But as Allah SWT says:
Remind, for reminder benefits the believers

Strange world:
Janazah after janazah. Death after death.
All of them left life behind.                

You who delay tawbah for you feel you are still young.
Sorry it's not written on the graveyard "FOR THE OLD ONLY"
Life is only 3 days long:
Yesterday - Lived and never comes back.
Today - We live and it won't last.
Tomorrow - we don't know where we will be.
So greet. Forgive and be charitable.

Oh Allah , we ask you a good ending. Grant us jannah. Protect us from jahannam. Aameen.
 If you read this post and you gained, it's reward... and if you share it, you spread its benefits.
Interesting stuff:
Streets - Busy
Market - Busy
Bank - Busy
University - Busy
Cafe - Busy
Restaurant - Busy
Stadium - Busy
Masajid -Empty
My advice is ensure you read the Qur'an everyday even if it's a verse . May Allah reward us abundantly Aameen.

Oh Allah , whoever sends this out, bestow on him your bounties from where he doesn't expect and doesn't know. Aameen!

Why our duas are not accepted?

Hadrat Abu Ishaaq Ibn Adham (رحمت الله عليه) was once passing through a bazaar in Basra, it was then said to him: ‘Oh Abu Ishaaq, verily ALLÂH Ta’ala has declared: Ask, I will grant your request. Why is it that we make Du’aa and he does not accept?
He replied: Surely it is because your hearts have become dead due to ten things:-

1) You have known who ALLÂH Ta’ala is, yet you have not fulfilled his duties.

2) You have recited the Holy Qur’an, yet you have not practiced upon it.

3) You proclaimed the love of Rasulullah (ﷺ), yet you have not practised upon his Sunnah.

4) You have pronounced that the Shaytaan is your enemy, yet you have stood with him.

5) You have pronounced your desire for Jannah (Paradise), yet you have done nothing to achieve it.

6) You have pronounced your fear of Jahannam (Hell), yet you have done nothing to escape it.

7) You have proclaimed that there is surely no escape from death, yet you have not prepared for it.

8) You have indulged in seeking faults of others and have left looking into your own faults.

9) You have enjoyed all the blessing and bounties of ALLÂH Ta’ala, yet you do not give him due praise.

10) You buried your dead, but you have taken no admonition.


We pray to ALLÂH Ta’ala to help us to refrain from the dont's and inculcate into our lives the do’s in the true spirit and light of the Qur’an and Hadith, so that we become amongst those who raise their hands, shed tears, ask ALLÂH and before we wipe them over our faces the Glorious and merciful ALLÂH accepts whatever we ask for ourselves, our brothers and sisters and the whole Ummah - Ameen.


Over 1400 years ago, when a child was born, the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) made it his sunnah to take a small part of a date and place it in his mouth. He would then chew it until it was soft and then rub it onto the palate of the new born baby. This is called Tahneek.
Today, BBC News has reported that "experts" have said - "A dose of sugar given as a gel rubbed into the inside of the cheek is a cheap and effective way to protect premature babies against brain damage"
This is why Muslims follow the sunnah of the messenger without questioning it. Science is only now discovering a tradition that was introduced 1400 years ago because Islam was and still is the forefront of development.

Link to the article -

forbidden handshake

Avoiding the forbidden hand-shake
by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (rahmatullah alayh)
In the business field, men and women are often found offering their hand for a handshake. It is formality and considered part of good business dealings and interaction. Many brothers enquire as to how to deal with such situations.

As Muslims, we keep before us the Command of Allah Ta’ala: That it is Haraam (forbidden) for us to touch, let alone shake the hand of a strange woman (or vice versa).

Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: "It is better for an iron rod (nail) to be driven into the head of a man, than for him to touch a woman who is not permissible for him."[Tabrani]

Moreover, Allah Ta’ala’s Pleasure comes before any form of social etiquette – when it contravenes Shari’ah.

In such a circumstance, where a woman extends her hands, then averting the gaze, politely tell her:“It should not be taken as an insult that I do not shake your hand. It is from my religious teachings that Muslim men are not allowed to shake the hands of those females who are not related to him. It is also out of respect for you and it is out of loyalty to my wife, that I do not touch a strange woman.”

Simple. There is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed of; nor is there a need to be apologetic. There is also no need for a lengthy speech. It is evident that such a teaching is full of wisdom and protection, and directs towards modest conduct and respect for others.

Similarly, we should lower our gazes and avoid looking at strange women. These are Commandments, which if practiced upon, will truly impress and attract those who are non-Muslims. Many have accepted Islam, observing such high levels of respect, modesty, purity and noble character.

Burial at sea

Question and Answer:
Q. Kindly advise how a muslim is buried out at sea.
(Question published as received)

A. A Muslim who passes away at sea should be given Ghusal, shrouded in a Kafan and Salaatul Janaazah should be performed for him/her.
If the ship is far out at sea and there is a fear that the body will decompose thereby causing harm to others on the ship, the body should be weighted and buried at sea.
However, if the ship is close to land or there are facilities on board whereby the body can be preserved, the deceased’s body should be buried on land. (Tahtaawi vol. 1, page 613)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

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Saturday, 2 July 2016

Sajdah Tilaawaat - Shaitaan’s weeping

Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah Radhiyallahu Anhu reports that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “When a son of Adam recites a Sajdah and prostrates, Shaitaan withdraws weeping, saying: ‘Woe to me! The son of Adam was commanded to prostrate and he prostrated, and Paradise will be his; and I was commanded to prostrate and I refused, and Hell is for me’” (Muslim)

Friday, 1 July 2016

Hijab Styling

Yummy Coconut Ice

Mmmhmm, it’s always time for Coconut Ice no matter what time of year it is! This treat is especially popular for Iftar, so why not give it a try?
Take a look at the variations we’ve included – will you be trying the chocolate or peppermint versions or both?

Yummy Coconut Ice
1 can (397g) NESTLÉ Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 pkt (500g) icing sugar
390g desiccated coconut
Pink food colouring
Combine Condensed Milk, icing sugar and coconut together
Divide mixture in half
Press half of mixture into an 18 x 28cm baking tray
Work a few drops of colouring into remaining mixture. Press into pan.
Allow to set before cutting into squares to serve.
Ring the changes by adding 3-4 drops green colouring and 2-3ml peppermint essence OR 60ml (1/4 cups) NESTLÉ Cocoa and 15-30ml (1-2 Tbsp) millk instead of the pink colouring.
Why not make a batch using the peppermint and chocolate coconut ice together!