Respecting our parents

Why do so few parents get the respect they deserve? For example, when a young couple want to marry, they used to go to their respective parents and inquire as to the wisdom of the match. The parents will conduct a screening, and then give or withhold their consent, as they see fit. Continue reading

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Don’t let the culture of extravagance rob Ramadhan’s significance

“And eat and drink, but waste not in extravagance, certainly He (Allah) likes not those who waste in extravagance” [Qur’an 7:31]

During one recent Ramadhan in Saudi Arabia, the huge lobby of a hotel had been laid out with tables all set for iftar (the breaking of the fast). Then the thing went on and yet there was no feeling of satisfaction, peace, or fulfillment at all. People simply ate. I asked myself, have these people really been fasting? A certain friend later told me that many of them had not, although they still went through the motions of iftar every evening.

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