The year-end period generally sees companies and individuals providing a treat for their faithful employees and well-wishers for their good performance and support. Whilst this is a noble initiative, extravagant spending and wastage has become synonymous with such functions. Statistics related to food wastage are quite shocking especially when many people around us live without sustenance.
It is imperative for a Muslim to purchase and consume food that is Halaal, pure and wholesome. Halaal consumption is a critical requirement for the protection of Imaan (faith) and spiritual progess. Islam deplores impermissible consumption to the extent that dining at a place where alcohol is served is detested.
Anger is a normal human emotion that is found within every person but turns destructive when not controlled. Mismanagement of anger causes one problems at work, in personal relationships, and in the overall quality of one’s life. Therefore the guidance given to us in the hadith is towards the management, control and curbing of anger.
Maintaining family ties is an important obligation of every Muslim. One way of strengthening family ties is to assist family members who are in financial need. It is praiseworthy to direct one's Zakat and other charity to needy family members, as this entails two virtues: the virtue of charity and the virtue of strengthening family relations.
There are great virtues for visiting the sick. Hazrat Ali (RA) narrates that Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has said: “Whoever visits a sick person in the evening then 70 000 angels shall invoke mercy for the visitor until the morning. If he visits the sick in the morning 70 000 angels invoke mercy for the visitor till the evening and he will receive a garden in Jannah.” (Tirmizi, Abu Dawood)
It is becoming increasingly common for people owning cell phones (like BlackBerry) to become engaged and engrossed in browsing, surfing, reading emails, checking messages, etc. whilst being in discussions or conversation with people. This can become irritating and annoying for others in the gathering or meeting. Such actions are against the teachings of social etiquette derived from the Sunnah.
One should listen attentively to the person speaking to him/her. If one is in doubt with regards to anything said, clarity should be sought regarding the same in a polite manner. Misunderstandings or misinterpretations are the cause of many evils in our society.
One of the most phenomenal inventions of modern day technology is the mobile smart phone. It is probably also the most controversial. The smart phone has revolutionalised the way people think, communicate, socialise and literally live.
The command to care for and respect parents comes immediately after the fundamental command to believe in the Oneness of Allah Ta'ala. The Quran instructs kind treatment of parents in no less than 7 places. Allah Ta'ala says: “Your Creator has ordered that you worship none but Him, and that you be compassionte to parents. If either of them attain old age in your life, never address them with even the slightest contempt, nor repel them, but speak to them with words of kindness.” (Surah Bani Israeel)