I am a subscriber to a number of Muslim mailing lists and regularly get numerous beneficial emails arrive in my inbox, the latest of which is courtesy of the Muslim Saturday Club – Here are a few extracts from the email [click the “more” link below to read the article in full]:
“The MSC issued a comprehensive questionnaire to almost 50 growing Muslimahs aged 11+. The very last question put to them read: ‘What worldly item do you think destroys your relationship with Allâh?’ 48 girls answered: ‘TV’
“…stats show that the average person watches more than 4 hours of TV each day (or 28 hours/week, or 2 months of non-stop TV-watching per year). In a 65-year life, that person will have spent 9 years of their life glued to the box.”
“As a responsible adult would you allow a child in your care to view, be subjected to or be part of any of the following:
– Would you allow your child to attend a live music concert lasting a number of hours, featuring loud blaring music (along with inappropriate lyrics), scantly dressed musicians and screaming fans?
– Would you allow your child to witness a crime, rape, robbery, shooting, murder etc?
– Would you allow your child to be in the company of those with little shame and immorality, e.g. would you allow them to free mix, witness first hand the ‘enchanting’ atmosphere in a pub, upcoming bar, night club, holiday resort etc?
– Would you allow your child to experiment with drugs, handle a gun, befriend and learn from a gangster?”
I received the following aptly timed beneficial reminder in my inbox, may we be of those who benefit from it, bi-idhnillâh:
Ramadân is a school of îmân and a “stop to recharge one’s spiritual batteries” – to acquire one’s provision for the rest of the year…
For when will one take a lesson and change for better if not in the month of Ramadân?
The noble month is a true school of transformation in which we change our actions, habits and manners that are in variance with the Law of Allâh [subhâna wa ta’âlâ].
“Verily, Allâh does not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.” [Ar-Ra’d 13:11]
If you are from those who benefited from Ramadân, fulfilled the requirements of taqwâ, truly fasted the month, prayed in it with truthfulness, and strove against you soul, then praise and thank Allâh, and ask Him for steadfastness upon it until you meet your death. Be not like one who has sewn a shirt and then destroyed it. Have you seen one who sewed a shirt, so when she looked at it, she liked it. Then she destroyed it pulling out thread by thread for no reason. What would people say about such a person?! Or have you seen one who earns a fortune trading throughout the day, and then when the night comes, he throws away all he has earned. What would people say about such a person?!
This is the condition of one who returns to sinning and evildoing after Ramadân and leaves obedience and righteous actions. So after he was favoured with the blessing of obedience and enjoyment of communicating with Allâh he returned to the blaze of sins and evil actions. How evil are the people who know Allâh only in Ramadân!