Friday, March 06, 2015

Sublime Conduct Of Nabi صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ - Sunna

Sunnah's of eating

 ��NABI صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ said "washing the hands before and after meals repels poverty and it is the sunnah of all the Ambiya Alayhimus Salam"

��NABI صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ said "if a man enters his home, and takes the name of ALLAH and partakes of his meal after taking the name of ALLAH, then shaytan says to his companions," There is no sleeping place nor any food for you here."

��NABI صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ said "Take the name of ALLAH, eat with the right hand and eat the food that is directly in front of you."

��NABI صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ said " The utensil of the person who cleans it thoroughly supplicates saying," O ALLAH! Save him from the fire of Jahannum as he saved me from shaytan"

Note: The utensil is sinless and its supplication will definitely be accepted. (According to a verse in the Quraan Majid, ALLAH ta'ala declares that every creation of His glorifies Him in a manner that is imperceptible to humans. Thus, it's seeking forgiveness on behalf of such people is justified through this verse.)

(Sublime Conduct Of Nabi صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ vol 1)

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

I wish that you knew.....

Recently I've just been hearing about the moral degeneration of our society and how many of the things we do or believe stem from ignorance. So I thought I'd pen down all the things I wish people knew. Dont just read this but ponder over it too. Please share with your loved ones, friends, contacts etc not because I want everyone to read my writing but because I wish they knew too...

I wish you knew that rizq is predetermined by Allah so that you would stop chasing wealth.

I wish you knew that haraam relationships can never lead to happiness and bliss.

I wish you knew the sweetness of waiting rather than engaging in zina before marriage.

I wish you knew that you should hide your sins for Allah dislikes us broadcasting our sins.

I wish that you knew that it's NOT ok to watch 50 shades of grey.

I wish that you knew that giving in charity does not diminish your funds, it earns you good deeds which is the currency of the hereafter.

I wish you knew the importance of bringing your children up with good morals and values and not letting them run wild.

I wish that you knew that your success and your wealth are not a direct result of how hard you work or what degree you have, it is a blessing bestowed on you by Allah. If He willed you could lose it in an instant.

I wish that you knew that intentionally missing a salaah can leave you out of the fold of Islam, so that you would not let them pile up.

I wish that you knew how privileged you are and how badly people out there suffer.

I wish that you knew that when you leave the house without a scarf on you are no longer safe from Allah's punishment.

I wish that you knew that peace is to be found in the remembrance of Allah.

I wish that you knew that trials and hardships don't mean that Allah doesnt love you or listen to you, instead they are tests from Allah that are meant to purge you of your sins.

I wish that you knew that the harder your test, the greater Allah's love is for you.

I wish that you knew how music affects you, how it hardens your heart and how dangerous it really is.

I wish that you knew that swearing does not make you cool, it earns you sins.

I wish that you knew that having a new car or a beautiful house don't mean that you're successful.

I wish that you knew that a man who has no protective jealousy over the women in his family and lets them leave the house displaying their beauty will never enter Jannah.

I wish that you knew that when people point out your wrongs and advise you to do good they're not judging you. They only want to help you.

I wish that you knew that money can't buy you Jannah.

I wish that you knew that you will leave behind all of your possessions and take only your deeds to the grave.

I wish that you knew that even if we were to bury you with all your wealth it would not benefit you.

I wish that you knew that the poor will enter Jannah before the rich do.

I wish that you knew that this world is temporary so you wouldn't get too comfortable here.

I wish that you knew that death does not discriminate against age, wealth, health or gender.

I wish that you knew how fortunate you are to be Muslim instead of adopting the lifestyle of the disbelievers.

I wish that you knew the beauty of Islam and the beauty behind Allah's commands.

I wish you knew the things I do and so much more....

Friday, February 27, 2015

Dolce Bakery, Observatory

Dolce Bakery, Observatory
Isn't it great when you discover that little hole in the wall that turns out to be a hidden diamond. Dolce Bakery turned out to be just that. I'd come across them on the internet while doing my online stalking of new places to try and decided to pop in as I was in the area for a meeting. The crazy traffic snarl on the N1 made me so late for everything that instead of being able to sit down and try the venue properly I was reduced to a rushed takeout partly eaten in the car before my meeting. Do not ask me how I managed to eat pizza while driving...
Dolce does not look like much. In fact, when I stopped in front of it I was wondering if this place was worth the trip. It's located in a kind of industrial part of town, Lower Main Road Obervatory, opposite Woolworths Financial Services. The guy hammering down the paving with a jackhammer next door did not help either. They have 3 or 4 tables outside, just off the road, and a bar counter inside. It's not a fancy kind of place, more like what you'd find at a weekend festival. Casual and functional. So no expectations before I walked in, and then as I stepped through the door the heavens opened and light shone on the bakery cabinet and I heard the angels hummm...
But I was strong. Being pressed for time and knowing I could not buy a dessert takeaway which would melt in the car while I was in my meeting I ordered a Prego Chicken Pizza, a large pizza for R39!! Where do you buy pizza for R39?!? And a homemade ice tea. I had the ice tea while I waited for the pizza, it was excellent, and when the pizza came 10 minutes later I just had to try one piece before rushing off. To my surprise it was a beautiful thin crust base, crispy and light just the way I like it.
I rushed off with great regret but not before confirming with the staff that they are open on a Saturday till 2pm and pretty busy at that. I expect it's from people in the know who are keeping this little secret, well a secret. So the next time I go to the Biscuit Mill which is nearby and I get tired of elbowing the crowd out of the way to buy some food I'll just slip out and get some lunch down the road instead.

Besides, I so have to go back for dessert...

The Details
Halaal Certified

Dolce Bakery
239C Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town, 7925
Tel: +27 21 486 9007

Oh, did I mention they have a branch in Cape Town CBD as well?
Shop 19 Picbel Parcade, 58a Strand Street, Cape Town, 8001
Tel: +27 21 427 9005


My Quraan Cover - A Story worth Reading & Sharing

 Ask our children:
1. If there are poor people around us, how should we treat them?
2. If we really want something, who should we turn to?
Now tell them the story:
Tasmiyah was an intelligent little girl who loved going to madrasah. She was in grade three and her favourite subject was Quraan. She loved reading the Quraan and she was a good reciter as well. Everything was so cheerful and joyful in her life. However there was only one thing that made her sad – her Quraan had no cover on it. She really wanted to cover it. In fact it was the only thing she wished for. Tasmiyah’s mother tried very hard to save up in order to buy one, but it was so hard to do so with the small income that came into the home. Tasmiyah had lost her father a few days after she was born. He was a passionate lover of the Quraan and passed away whilst reciting the Quraan. He left the world, but his passion for the Quraan continued to live in the heart of his one and only daughter, Tasmiyah.
One day in madrasah, when all the children went out for the break, Tasmiyah decided to remain in the classroom. As she sat in her place and read her Quraan, her eyes suddenly fell on Shaakirah’s Quraan cover. It was a very simple, yet a beautiful cover. Tasmiyah’s desire to have a Quraan cover of her own now only increased. She could not hold herself back anymore. So she got up from her place and walked towards Shaakirah’s place. As she came closer, the cover just seemed to look more and more beautiful. She could not resist. She stretched out her little hand and with her soft finger tips felt the fabric of the Quraan cover. Just then Shaakirah walked in, and with eyes burning in anger she shouted out, “How dare you touch my Quraan cover with your dirty and oily hands!” What Shaakirah did not know was that Tasmiyah did not eat any lunch during the break that day. There was absolutely no food in the home that morning. Tasmiyah was all shaken up in fear and just stood there in silence. This made Shaakirah even more angry and she continued to shout at Tasmiyah until she asked Tasmiyah that one heart breaking question, “Why don’t you ask your father to buy your own Quraan cover?” Just then the rest of the children came back to the class. Tasmiyah went quietly and sat in her place. By now her heart was bursting inside with tears and her stomach was empty of even a morsel of food. But she was a strong girl. She told no one and complained to no one.
That night as she lay down beside her mother, she asked, “Mother! Did father have to leave us so quickly and with nothing to live on?” The mother tried to explain to Tasmiyah, “My dear daughter, everything happens according to the beautiful plan of Allah. Allah tests some people by giving them everything they desire and others by not fulfilling any of their desires. In this temporary world we should remain thankful and patient and never lose hope in Allah.” Tasmiyah innocently interrupted, “Mummy! I fully understand and I do accept, but mummy please don’t forget, do ask Allah to please give me my own Quraan cover.” A few tears rolled down their eyes, as both mother and daughter fell off to sleep. The very next morning, there was a surprise visitor at the door. It was Shaakirah’s mother. She learned of what happened in class the previous day. So she sewed the most beautiful Quraan cover specially for little Tasmiyah. Tasmiyah’s face lit up and she immediately remarked, “Mummy! I knew Allah Ta‘ala will answer our du‘aa. But right now Allah Ta‘ala is testing me as to what I am going to do after He has fulfilled my desire.”
1. There is wisdom and goodness in everything that Allah Ta‘ala does for us. We need to be grateful, patient and not lose hope in the perfect planning of Allah Ta‘ala.
2. We must think carefully before we say or do anything with regard to others. We have no idea how a careless, seemingly innocent remark or action may break a poor person’s heart. We should always put ourselves first in the next person’s shoes and ask, “How would I feel in his/her place if the same treatment was given to me???”