Friday, March 04, 2011
Soap was invented by Hazrat Saleh (AS)
Bridge by Hazrat Yusuf (AS)
Boat by Hazrat Nuh (AS)
Mirror by Hazrat Suleman (AS)
Needle by Hazrat Idrees (AS) &
Comb by Hazrat Ibrahim (AS)
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
More than 300000 Indians in KwaZulu-Natal would have to migrate to other provinces to find jobs if a government amendment to the Labour Bill is successful.
In December, the Department of Labour proposed a change to Section 42 of the Employment Equity Act which replaces the regional racial demographic for equity compliance with a national benchmark. Critics says if passed, the bill would have negative consequences for coloureds in the Western Cape and Indians in KwaZulu-Natal.
Employers, they say, would be forced when employing staff to ensure that four out of five new appointments or promotions are reserved for African workers. Failure to do so by an employer would result in penalties.
The Solidarity Research Institute - part of Trade Union Solidarity - released a study this week which revealed that, if the bill is passed, "more than 300000 Indians in KwaZulu-Natal would have to leave this province in order for race-group targets to be met".
The institute said in order for the proposed bill to reach its goals, the KZN Indian workforce would decrease by about 75%. The group would be forced to move to Johannesburg to find jobs. It also says almost an estimated one-million coloureds from Western Cape would have to find jobs outside the province.
Dirk Hermann, deputy general secretary of Solidarity, called the changes "unfeasible social engineering".
He said it would not reflect the economically active population but national demographics. "Each workplace ... would have to have a 73.7% representation of black employees, 10.9% representation of coloured, 3.2% representation of Indians and a 12.2% representation of white employees."
"This is absurd and not practical," he said. Solidarity would take legal action if the amendments are passed.
Department of labour spokesman Page Boikanyo said: "Nowhere in the proposed change is there a proposal to remove 'regional' and leave 'national', in fact both 'national and regional' are removed.
He said the proposed amendment will allow employers "flexibility" to decide whether to use regional or national demographics depending on their operations.
Political analyst Sanusha Naidu said if the bill was passed it would further marginalise Indian job seekers, making them think there was no opportunity in the country, and causing them to feel apathetic.
Naidu said influential Indian businessmen should step up and voice their thoughts on the proposed changes.
"I want to know what these Indian captains of industry are saying. Are they saying 'let's now promote the skills because we also believe the Indian community has been disadvantaged, we also believe that the Indian community has lost out and we want to address some of these issues'?"
Naidu said there was the perception that Indians had not been historically disadvantaged and were "wealthy".
Andrew Layman, CEO of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said it was perfectly logical for companies to mirror the demographics of a particular locality but added that to extend it nationally, was counterproductive and illogical. "It seems someone has extended the principal of equity beyond logical bounds. Local demographics should be the driving force of equity."
He said if the bill was passed, minority groups such as Indians would be at a disadvantage in the search for jobs.
Rajen Reddy, chief executive of KZN Oils, said the issue was an emotional one because of apartheid, adding that government needed to be careful when redressing imbalances.
He said his business was based on merit which is a "necessity in business".
"You can't rush and get emotional. Business is about rands and cents. You have to do what it takes to make money. Government works on other principals but business is different."
He said if the changes were made, the oil business would be affected as there were many whites who had necessary skills.
"What do I do then, kick them out? I will not do that to KZN Oils. I want their expertise. I want to use their skills to empower our people so all can have a better life."
However, he said people needed to be mindful of having businesses that reflected the majority population of the country.
Minority Front leader Amichand Ranjbansi said the proposed changes would "trample" on minorities in the country.
The DA's George Mari said he was "appalled" by the proposed changes, saying it would have a devastating effect on the Indian community.
Article courtesy of Sunday Times
Article by TENESHIA NAIDOO
As Salaamu Alaikum
Indeed Allah SWT says in the Quran: "Lo! We have revealed it, a Lecture in Arabic, that you may understand."
(Surah Yusuf: 2)
"A Scripture where of the Verses are expounded, a Lecture in Arabic for people who have Knowledge."
(Surah Fusilat: 3)
Umar RA narrated a Hadith saying "Learn Arabic for it is part of your D'in..."
Sheikh Ibn Taymiyyah RA said (source: Majmoo al Fatawa): "The Salaf would admonish their children when they made Arabic grammatical mistakes. Due to this, we are ordered, whether it be an obligation or a recommendation, to preserve the Arabic laws, and to correct the tongues that have deviated from the correct speech. By doing so, we preserve the methodology of understanding the Quran and Sunnah..."
We cannot comprehend the Quran correctly, recite it beautifully, while contemplating over it's Meanings and implement it in our lives fully, unless we learn the language in which it was revealed, and consider Arabic to be the most important language to master.
Learning Arabic from an early age will give our children that advantage, insha Allah, among other tremendous benefits such as:
- Understanding what they say in their daily Salat and Dua'a, leading to improvement in their speech
- Gaining Access to information about Islam will multiply and will make their path to True Knowledge easy as they grow, Insha'Allah, as a large chunk of Classical Books on Islam is not available in English at all.
- Arabic Language can become and is, insha Allah a strong unifying force amongst Muslims
Let's remember Rasoolullah SAW when he said to us: "All of you are shepherds and each of you is responsible for his flock....A woman is a shepherd over her husband's house and his children and she is responsible for them..." (Taken from a Hadith in Al-Bukhari)
It is our primary responsibility as mothers to raise our children as upright Muslims and Mu'min, Insha'Allah.
Just as it is our responsibility to keep them away from 'prohibited pastures', it is also our duty to guide them towards all the beneficial actions.
Arabic is an integral part of that D'in.
Insha'Allah, we are busy putting together an Arabic Class for Children (Aged 6+) with no or very little prior knowledge of the language. It will take place once a week (for now), most likely on Saturday mornings in Crosby Area, Johannesburg.
The instructor is a male, a native Arabic speaker with a pure dialect (from Syria), who has taught Arabic classes in the past. If you are interested in your children joining these classes, please contact me urgently to reserve your place as numbers will be limited to 15-18 per class, Insha'Allah.
We should be starting by the end of March, Insha'Allah
Fees are to be confirmed Per Term and will include all work and activities as well as course work.
Classes will be very interactive and will include a wide range of fun activities to keep the young minds busy!
Please contact Asiyah for more info and to reserve places.
083 291 9395 (12pm-5pm)
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Sunnah Beauty Spa
Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam used to make this Dua: "Oh Allah you have made my appearance beautiful so make my conduct excellent"
A Beauty Spa that is guaranteed to improve your health, physical radiance and arrange a palatial home in the gardens of Paradise:
Detox – spiritual detox/ de – stress
Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam has said: "He who constantly seeks forgiveness, Allah will show him a way out of every distress, a relief from every grief and will provide for him with such means of sustenance that he could never imagine."
Facial – face lightening/radiance
Nabi Sallallahu alaihi Wa Sallam has said: A person who recites Laa Ilaha Illalah 100 times daily, will on the day of Qiyaamat be raised with his face shining like the moon and none can surpass him in excellence on that day except one who recites this Kalimah more."
Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam has said: "Salaah is a charm of the face, a light of the heart and a refreshment for the body."
Nabi Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Sallam has said: "A smiling face is charity."
A smile is the cheapest and safest facelift.
Anti – Ageing/good health
Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam has said: "May Allah keep healthy and fresh one who hears my saying, learns it and conveys it as he heard."
Nabi Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Sallam has said: "Make it a practice to fast; you will always enjoy good health."
Oral hygiene/ beautiful teeth
Nabi Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Sallam has said with regards to the Miswaak: "It cleanses and sweetens the mouth and checks its bad smell and it straightens the gums."
Nabi Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Sallam has said: "A strong person is not he who overpowers his opponent but he who controls his anger."
The messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) used to go swimming.
"Nabi Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Sallam liked to walk about in the gardens to which He sometimes went for relaxation."
Nabi Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Sallam has said: "Anyone who performs Wudhu correctly, his sins will be removed from his body, even removed from under his nails."
Nabi Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Sallam has said: "Make it a point to make Zikr (Glorify Allah) counting on your fingers, because the fingers will also be questioned on the day of Qiyaamat about the deeds performed by them and will speak out what they did."
Nabi Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Sallam has said: "10 characteristics belong to the religion of Islam (two of them is) cutting the nails and washing the finger joints (to remove the dirt that usually accumulates there)."
Abu Muslim narrates: I went to see Abu Umaamah Rahmatullah Alaihima while he was in the Masjid. I asked him if had really heard Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam saying, "When a person performs Wudhu with right performance and then says his Fardh Salaah, Allah forgives him all the sins committed that day by his feet in going towards evil…..?" He replied, By Allah I have heard these words from Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam again and again.
Nabi Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Sallam has said: "Verily when a Muslim performs an excellent Wudhu and then offers five times Salaah; his sins are shed off (his body) just as these leaves fall off (This tree in autumn)."
Nabi Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Sallam has said: "Apply Kuhl (antimony/surma) regularly as it clears the sight makes the lashes grow."
For attractive lips...speak words of kindness
For lovely eyes...seek out the good in people
For a slim figure...share your food with the hungry and busy yourself in prayer
For beautiful hair...expose it only to those whom Allah Ta'aala has allowed exposure
For posture...walk with knowledge, sit with humility and pay attention to character nurture.
Could we ask for a more complete and perfect example?Take a few seconds and send at least send one Durood upon Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam.