7 ways you might be backbiting…

Backbiting is a major sin in Islam and should never be taken lightly. The clear warnings against backbiting in both the Quran and Sunnah are severe enough to make us take heed of every word, facial expression and even gesture we make. Some of us are oblivious to exactly what constitutes backbiting while many consider it as something insignificant. The Prophet (ﷺ) straightforwardly said, “A Qattat (backbiter) will not enter Paradise.” (Bukhari 6056) ________________________________________________ So what exactly is considered backbiting? Let us together shed some light on the types of backbiting we should avoid at all costs. 1. The Common  Backbiting The messenger of Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) once asked the

Shaytaan: “See you at the Matric Farewell Party”

read time: 4 minMatric is a critical year in your schooling career; indeed, it’s a turning point in your life. We all know the matric year is met with intense study sessions, a whole lot of cramming and really high stress levels coupled with anxiety. When that hard work pays off, matriculants are usually acknowledged in a formal awards event organized by their school. However a trend which has been common for years but is now taking on a more sinister role is that of the matric farewell. The farewell as it is known has been adapted in our country which is known as the “prom” in countries like the US. To

Their provisions will decrease and their ruler will be unjust.

read time: 2 min Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “If a community decreases the measure and weight (of sold grains or food), they will be overcome by poverty, their provisions will decrease and their ruler will be unjust.” [Ibn Majah, al-Bazzar, al-Baihaqi] We complain all the time about the evil of our rulers – how they cheat us, lie to us and are the cause of our ruin. It is easy to point fingers at others. Much more under our control are our own actions. But how much do we analyze what we do? The first lesson that we get from this hadith is that it is

11 SIGNS OF KIBR (PRIDE/ARROGANCE)

read time: 2 min The Prophet ﷺ said, “No one who has an atom’s-weight of Pride in his heart will enter Paradise.” A man said, “O Messenger of Allah, what if a man likes his clothes and his shoes to look good?” He ﷺ said, “Allah is Beautiful and loves beauty, Pride means rejecting the truth and looking down on people” [Sahih Muslim]. Commentary: The word or the name for arrogance/pride in Arabic is ‘Kibr’. This is the inner quality of pride. The name of the outward quality is ‘Takabbur’ which means arrogance. Arrogance is a blameworthy characteristic which is the feature of Iblees and his followers in this world,

7 Causes of Envy (Hasad)

Hasad is a desire that a blessing or a cause of happiness departs from its possessor and becomes transferred to oneself. Hasad is cancerous in its effect and leads to hatred, animosity, ill-feelings and often further disobedience towards Allah Ta’ala. It is condemned in many ahaadeeth. Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet (sallallahu alaihe wassallam) said, ‘Envy eats away good deeds like fire eats away wood.’ (Abu Daud and al-Tirmidhi). Some of the causes of hasad are as follows: 1.Enmity and hatred: This is the one of the severest cases of envy because when a person has hatred and enmity in his heart for someone animosity begins to settle in his