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Improve yourself

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

You sit with someone who is twenty years old and notice that he has particular etiquettes, logic and thought.You then sit with him when he is thirty to discover that he is exactly the way he was ten years ago and has not improved at all.Yet, you sit with others and you feel that they are actually taking benefit from their lives.You discover that they improve themselves on a daily basis. ln fact, not an hour passes except that they improve either religiously or otherwise. lf you wish to ponder upon the different types of people with respect to self-improvement, then think about the following:

There are those who like to watch those satellite television channels that help their general knowledge and intelligence grow.They beneht from other people’s experiences by watching
constructive discussions, from which they learn the characteristics of debating and improve their language, understanding, and expertise in debate and persuasion.

Then there are those who cannot miss out on a series about a failed love story, or an emotional play, or a horror film, or films about useless fantasies with no link to reality at all. Notice the difference between the two after five or ten years.

Which of the two would have improved the most in his skills and ability to fathom information, gain general knowledge, have the power to convince others, or successfully be able to cope with diverse situations? No doubt the first person! You will find the mannerisms of the first person to be completely different.

When he argues, he does so on the basis of legal references, facts and figures, while the second can only quote the words of actors and singers, so much so that one such person once said during a discussion, “Allah says: ‘Strive, my servant, and l shall strive with you!”

We informed him that this is not a verse from the Qur’an. His complexion changed and he fell silent. l then thought about the phrase and it occurred to me that it is an Egyptian idiom which was imprinted on his mind after watching a drama series!

Let’s look at it from another angle that of reading newspapers and magazines. How many people take an interest in reading beneficial news and information that helps them in developing their personality, improves their skills and increases their general knowledge? Yet, how many are those who cannot read except,  sports and entertainment news? This is true to such an extent that many newspapers compete with each other by increasing the sports and entertainment pages at the cost of other sections.The same can be said about our gatherings and the things in which we spend our time.

Hence, if you would like to be a head instead of a tail, then eagerly try to practice all skills, regardless of what they may be.  ‘Abdullah was an energetic person but lacking in certain skills. One day, he left his home to pray Dhuhr in the mosque.  lt was his zeal for the prayer and respect for his religion which brought him out to pray. He was walking fast in order to reach the mosque before the lqamah was given. On his way, he passed by a date-palm tree on top of which there was a man in uniform, working on the tree. ‘Abdullah became surprised and thought, “Who is this man that does not care about the prayer! It is as if he didn’t even hear the Adhan, or doesn’t care about the lqamah, which is about to go!”

He shouted in anger,”Get down and pray!” The man responded coldly,”OK, OK…” He said, again,”Hurry up and pray, you donkey!”

The man screamed,”You called me a donkey?!” He then took a branch of the tree and descended in order to hit him over the head with it! ‘Abdullah hid his face with his headscarf so the man wouldn’t recognise him and went on to the mosque.The man descended from the tree in anger, went to his house, prayed and rested for a while. He then returned to the tree to finish his job. Then ‘Asr time came and ‘Abdullah went to the mosque again. On his way he passed by the same tree and noticed the same man working. He decided to change his method altogether and said,‘As-salamu ‘alaykum! How are you?”

The man replied, “Al-hamdulillah, I am fine!”

He said,”Give me some good news. How are the dates this year?’

The man said,”Al-Hamdulillah.”

‘Abdullah said, “May Allah give you success and provision,
make your life easy for you, and not deprive you of the reward for your work!”

The man was overjoyed at hearing this supplication and said ameen to the prayer.

‘Abdullah then said,”it seems that you are so preoccupied with work that perhaps you didn’t notice the Adhan for ‘Asr prayer.The Adhan has been called and the Iqamah is about to be
given. Perhaps you should get down, relax a little and get ready for prayer. After the prayer you can get on with your work again. May Allah keep you healthy.”

The man said, “inshaAllah… inshaAllah…” and began to descend gently.

He then turned to ‘Abdullah, shook his hand warmly and said, “i would like to thank you for your excellent manners.As for the one who passed by me at Dhuhr time, I wish I could see him and show him who the real donkey is!”

The resuIt…

Your skills of dealing with others determine how they deal with you.


Half the Earnings Belong to the Sea

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

First Words
Nature sometimes used the mute animals to teach the greedy and avid man a lesson in honesty. This is the story of a man who was dishonest because of excessive greed. Allah taught him a lesson through an ape. The Holy Prophet told us about it.

[Sayyidina Abu Hurayrah , reported the Messengerof Allah as saying that a man sold wine on a shop. (He wasso greedy that he was not satisfied with his unlawful earnings through wine and so engaged in cheating.) He mixed water intothe wine. He had a monkey with him who picked up his purse” and climbed up the top of the mast. There, he began to throw adinar into the sea and a dinar into the ship until he had divided them into two parts (half of it went into the sea because it was income from the adulterated and the man had no right over it).]
(Al·Harbi, Bayhaqi, Ahmad)

This is the story of a greedy trader who traded in wine, the worst of the unlawful things. His desire to cam more in a little time induced him to adulterate wine with water.

We_must know that wine was not disallowed by some religions before Islam, and it was not forbidden in the beginning in Islam too. Hence. we should not wonder why this man was blamed for adulteration and not for dealing in wine. Or, we should not ask why the Hadith has not questioned him for selling wine. We do not get the impression from the Hadith that there is nothing wrong in dealing in wine.

We must also remember that this is a story of one of the earlier people. Wine is unlawful, and it is a grave sin in the Shariah of Prophet Muhammad to have to do anything with wine including, drinking it, serving it, selling it, buying it, brewing it, preparing it or abetting and helping in these things.

Anyway, that man used to sell wine mixed with water and he carried on his business on a ship. He had a monkey with him who observed his conduct. One day. he suddenly picked up his master’s purse and climbed up the top of the mast of the ship so that no one could get hold of him. He opened the purse and threw one dinar into the sea and one into the ship. In this way, he threw away half of the money into the sea and half of it in the ship for the trader. He told him, as it were, that the money that was not his was returned to the sea.

Lessons and Messages

1. The main lesson the Hadith teaches us is that cheating and adulteration are wrong acts and are disallowed. It is unlawful to cheat anyone and the income therefrom is unlawful too.

The Shariah has termed adulteration as the worst of sins. The Messenger of Allah said  “Anyone who cheats or adulterates is not one of us.”
Unfortunately, our Muslim brothers are much involved in this sin. Greedy people, bereft of human qualities, adulterate every necessity of life—milk, honey, ghee (clarified butter), and so on. They also mix impurities in medicine. These people neglect the Hereafter and they sort of worship money. These filthy people play a horrible game with our society very boldly for there is no one to stop them.

So, it is a grave sin to sell adulterated items just as it is sinful to adulterate.

2. While Allah will punish the wrong-doer in the Hereaiier, sometimes He also gives him some punishment in this world. The problems and difficulties a man faces in this world are the result of his vvrong—doing.

Allah punished the trader in our story through his own monkey who threw away half his earnings in the sea.

3. The Hadith also reveals amazing secrets of the animals. Allah has given the animals too some intellect and ability to understand some things. The story shows that the monkey understood what was happening and could dispense justice.

4. We also learn from this case that if anyone has accumulated unlawful eamings then he must not use it but throw it away or give it to a needy person. The Shariah commands us in the first instance to desist from making unlawful earnings but if any of it comes in our hands then we must no use it.

Some people have money derived from interest. It is not proper to use it. Interest earnings are unlawful. It is better to give that money to a deserving person. The Ulama should be consulted to determine who the deserving person is.

This is an excrept from the book Stories from the hadith:


The Key To Arabic (Book 1)

Sunday, April 24th, 2011
The Key To Arabic (Book 1)

The Key To Arabic (Book 1)

The Key to Arabic Book One adopts an innovative method 
in teaching the skills of reading and writing Arabic to
 absolute beginners from a broad age range by using
 a gradual, assimilative phonic approach. Extensive written 
exercises give students ample opportunity to put into practice 
the skills they have learned, enabling them to build up
 confidence in reading and writing vocalised Arabic text.
 The various vowel sounds and other markings are colour coded 
to assist the reader further. The book concludes with some 
short passages of dialogue to help the learner begin to develop 
confidence in speaking.

# Cover: Paperback
# Author: Dr. Imran Hamza Alawiye
# Publisher: Anglo-Arabic Graphics Ltd
# Pages: 68
# Size: 30 x 21 cm (approx)

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