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The Masjid is the most sacred place on earth and commands the highest respect. Talking about worldly affairs and involving in activities of worldly nature are prohibited in the Masjid.

It's the year-end – Don't be caught off guard

Dear Parent

The academic year-end is a time when many learners plan for a 'party bash' to end the year in a celebratory mood. Haram & illicit entertainment – alcohol, drugs, sexual activities, etc. are the main attractions. An innocent braai or party could be an occasion for alcohol and hard drugs like cocaine, etc. to be introduced, turning your son/daughter into a drug addict.

Jabir Radiyallahu 'anhu narrates that Rasullullah Sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam said: Any Muslim who plants a tree, then whatever is eaten from it, is Sadaqah for him; what is stolen from it is Sadaqah for him; what beasts eat is Sadaqah for him; what birds eat is Sadaqah for him; whosoever takes anything from the tree (fruits etc) is Sadaqah (for the planter). (Muslim)

I am an American woman who was born in the midst of America's "Heartland." I grew up, just like any other girl, being fixated with the glamour of life in "the big city." Eventually, I moved to Florida and on to South Beach of Miami, a hotspot for those seeking the "glamorous life." Naturally, I did what most average Western girls do.

"You are the best of peoples evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah." [Al-i-'Imran 3:110]

It happened soon after Muslims conquered Egypt in 20 A.H. A delegation of the local Copts approached the governor Umro bin al-a'as, Radi-Allahu unhu, with a pressing matter. While life in Egypt depended upon the Nile, the river itself demanded an yearly human sacrifice. To satisfy this requirement, on the 12th night of June a virgin girl was dressed as a bride then thrown into the river.

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