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Naming and Shaming?

Once, a Bedouin came into Masjid-e-Nabawi and started relieving himself (urinating). The Sahabah immediately got up to stop him. The Prophet (sa) however did not let them scold or tell off the Bedouin. He understood that this man was not aware of the sanctity of the Masjid and had probably done this out of ignorance.

Once the Bedouin was finished, the Prophet (sa) called him over and gently explained to him: “In the Masajid, it is not right to do anything like urinating or defecating; the Masjid is meant for remembering Allah (swt), praying, and reading the Quran.” (Muslim)

He also asked one of the Sahabah to pour a bucket of water over the soiled area and that was that. No sarcasm! No belittling words!

Aisha (rtaf) narrated that when the Prophet (sa) was informed of anything of a certain man, he would not say: “What is the matter with so and so that he says (such and such)?” Rather, he would say: “What is the matter with the people that they say such and such?”

It was not the Prophet’s (sa) habit to ‘name and shame’. Even when he wanted to invite people’s attention to something that was done incorrectly, he did it in a generalized manner, so that those who had made a mistake could correct themselves without being humiliated in public.

What do you do if somebody makes a mistake in front of you? If someone makes fun of you, or is rude to elders, what is your strategy? Do you reply in kind? Do you believe in naming and shaming those who have done anything wrong, whether by mistake or intentionally?

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The Four Complaints

Omar and Hassan entered Ali’s house, fuming at him. Ali followed shortly with a grim face. Dad was setting out for some work. Sensing the tension among the friends, he casually offered: “Guys! I need some help with hardware shopping! Come along.”

The boys exchanged uneasy looks. Ali faintly murmured: “Okay, Dad.”

Hassan and Omar stepped out and silently climbed into the back seat of Ali’s Corolla, still glaring at him. Ali quietly sat next to his Dad, looking ahead and ignoring his two buddies.

“Ali, we need to get some wooden planks, nails, hammer, paint and other stuff to build the chicken coop.” Dad glanced in his rearview mirror to address the boys at the back: “Boys, you are welcome to help. But there seems to be some bad blood here. What’s wrong?”

Omar blurted out: “Ali was nominated as the school’s football team’s goalie, but he has been neglecting his practice every Saturday, which can cost the football team.”

“Yeah! He needs to focus on his goal keeping!” Hassan piped in.

Dad nodded towards Ali: “Well… have you explained your reasons to your friends for not attending the practice?”

Ali replied demurely: “I would, if they give me a chance.”

Dad smiled as he drove into town. “Boys, who knows Saeed ibn Amir al-Jumahi (rtam)?”

The boys shrugged their shoulders ignorantly, wondering why Dad was telling a story all of a sudden.

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Interview with Afnan Aziz

Interview with Afnan Aziz, the 16-year-old behind the “Wheels on Rent” initiative in Karachi

When and how did this idea of forming “Wheels on Rent” occur to you?

I started this business when the first lockdown was imposed in Karachi. This idea came to me when I was exploring my storage room and, in that room, I saw many of my family’s old cycles. I am actually a rower but due to COVID-19 rowing was stopped. With a sporty background, I had to find out a way to play some sort of sports and that sport turned out to be cycling. I restored those cycles and started riding them. Whenever I used to ride, I’d see many people cycling and then my close family and friends started borrowing cycles from me. Then the idea of “Wheels on Rent” came to me.

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Ar-Razzaq – The All-Provider

Allah (swt) is Ar-Razzaq, Who created Rizq for everyone, Muslims, non-Muslims, all creatures in the sea and on land; even trees and minutest insects are provided with all that they need.

Can we even count the number of creatures on this planet, let alone fulfill their daily needs? Did you know that just one baby whale needs 500 litres of milk daily? When Allah (swt) gives, He astonishes.

Ar-Razzaq provides us with food and drink and adorns our hearts with true faith. In other words, Rizq is of two kinds:

  • material: what our physical body needs (food, drink, air, etc.);
  • spiritual: what our soul needs (guidance, beneficial knowledge, etc.)

Ar-Razzaq created our Rizq, and He delivers it to us, so we may be content and thankful.

Why is there poverty? We should know that our actions have consequences. Some humans have created a system that goes against the way of Allah (swt), Who told us that if we are not just, there will be corruption on earth.

Resources like water are wasted, people are abused, and wealth is not distributed justly. Wealth can be a test in this world, and patience in poverty can likewise be a reason for rising in ranks in Jannah. These are the ways of Ar-Razzaq.

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Who Will Save You From Me?

Long ago, there was a small community in a desert area. Its people lived peacefully, until a gang of bandits started plundering and pillaging in their lands. Out of desperation, the community called for help, and the head of state decided to lead his forces into the area. News of this spread quickly and reached the bandits. They were not as brave as they pretended, so they started to flee from the area.

When the forces arrived, the bandits had abandoned the area and taken up positions on nearby mountains.

Suddenly, a thunderstorm struck, and the men looked around for shelter. The head of state was also soaked in the rain. After the storm had passed, the leader found a tree to hang his outer clothes to dry. He sat beneath the tree to rest but soon drifted off to sleep.

One of the bandits was watching this and said to himself: “This is an excellent opportunity to capture the leader, while he is sleeping.” He climbed down from the mountain and sneaked towards the tree.

As he came near the tree, he noticed the leader’s sword hanging from the tree.  He looked around and quickly snatched the sword. Pointing the sword to the leader’s face, he said mockingly: “Who will save you from me now?”

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My Life – Get to Know Yourself!

  • How do you feel about your life right now?
  • Who is a hero? Do you wish to become like someone? Why?
  • What is your favourite place in the world? Why?
  • What is the most important value in your family? Is it important to you, too?
  •  Is there something you want the world to know about you?

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The Trouble with Cartoons

“It’s just crazy, Mommy,” I shake my head and declare. “I mean, you let us watch all these babyish cartoons but not the ones that are actually FUN.”

Of course, from experience, I know quite clearly that Mommy won’t flinch at this statement. Or budge. Not even an inch. Or a micro-inch – if that were a unit of measurement.

But still, no harm in trying.

I believe in fighting till the very end.

Uh yes, as I have mentioned MANY times before, I am quite dramatic.

Okay, so let’s start right from the beginning. If you are not yet familiar with me, I am Musa, terribly annoyed that I am still 9 and seriously hoping there was some time accelerating machine that would make me a grown-up super fast, so I wouldn’t have to keep asking Mommy for everything.

My twin brother Zayd is also 9 – but he is a more of a placid type. He won’t react, he won’t fight for anything, and he will ALWAYS be polite… It becomes a total pain in the neck.

BUT, this time, I know that even he agrees with me that we need to upgrade ourselves to cartoons like Justice League, Dracula, Oggy and Ben 10. ALL our classmates watch them, and it kind of goes without saying that Zayd and I are not able to participate in a single conversation about it.

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