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Wednesday, 11 Jumaadal Ula 1433 H / 04 April 2012

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Choosing a Friend

By Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi Saheb RA

The following Hadith consists of an "informative sentence" (Jumlah Khabariyah) as well as an "injunctive sentence" (Jumlah Inshaiyyah). The first portion of the Hadith "A person is on the creed of his companion" is an informative sentence and the latter portion of the Hadith "every man should ponder over who he befriends" is an injunctive sentence: so the informative sentence is a comprehensive rule whilst the injunctive sentence is an application or elaboration of the first sentence so the object of the first sentence is as invariable as the second. So the comprehensive rule is: "Every man is on the creed of his friend". Applying this rule, it is further stated that since you are now aware that a person is on the religion of his friend and the reformation of a person's religious outlook is imperative, it therefore transpires that everyone should contemplate the company he chooses so that he can evaluate the effect his company has on his Deen (religion).

From the sentence "Every man should ponder..." any person well-versed with the Arabic language can deduce that one of two things can be established; the companion is religious or irreligious. Henceforth, from this sentence (viz, every man should ponder...) two injunctions are deduced. The first is: "seek pious company" and the second is: "refrain from evil company." Now we should examine our own Deeni (religious) condition. Our present Deeni condition is such that every single one of us is content with the little Deen (piety) that he has without any intention of progressing.
A Greater Need for Pious company than Ilm: Experience has proven that there is a greater need for pious company than Ilm (knowledge). This is why we see that people who have been in the company of pious saints, are far better than those learned people who lack the company (suhbat) of the pious.

We Don't Consider Deen to be Necessary: We have totally cast aside the importance of pious company. The main reason for our apathy is that we fail to grasp the importance of Deen. Friends! what is surprising is that we regard everything else such as eating, drinking, clothing and all other worldly activities as the indispensabilities of life while the only dispensable thing is Deen? If there is no Deen, what is the use of the dunya in its entirety? When people don't consider the Deen itself to be necessary, why will they consider the avenues leading to Deen as necessary?

Pride! Another Factor for the Relinquishment of pious company: Another reason for us relinquishing the pious company of the saints is our pride. We are under the notion that we are in no need for another human being like ourselves. After all, what are we short of? Friends! if you lose a guinea and learn that a certain despicable person is in possession of it, surely you will ask him for it. What a shame! Look at the condition of worldly wealth that a person has no qualms about asking somebody much more inferior than him. Deen on the other hand had belonged to you once upon a time but you lost it. But shame and humiliation now precludes you from seeking the same from somebody of your own status.

A landlord once asked me to pinpoint a Shaikh (spiritual guide) who, while being splendid himself, honours his followers as well and he neither despises nor scorns them. This, I said, is a sign of pride. The Kuffâr (disbelievers of Makkah) also commented in the same grain. They said:- "Why was this Qur'ân not revealed upon a noble person hailing from either of the two cities (ie. Makkah or Taif)." The same ancestral haugtiness continues to this day.

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THOUGHT
A good way to change someone's attitude is to change your own.
Because, the same sun that melts butter, also hardens clay!
Life is as we think, so think beautifully.
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STORY
THE STORY OF THE FISH

The people of a certain village always loved fresh fish. But the water close to the village was not held with many fish for decades. So to feed the village population, fishing boats got bigger and went farther than ever. The farther the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring the fish. If the return trip took more time, the fish were not fresh.

To solve this problem, fish companies installed freezers on their boats. They would catch the fish and freeze them at sea. Freezers allowed the boats to go farther and stay longer. However, the villagers could taste the difference between fresh and frozen fish. And they did not like the taste of frozen fish. The frozen fish brought a lower price. So, fishing companies installed fish tanks. They would catch the fish and stuff them in the tanks, fin to fin.

After a little thrashing around, the fish were tired, dull, and lost their fresh-fish taste. The fishing industry faced an impending crisis! But today, they get fresh-tasting fish to the village. How did they manage?
To keep the fish tasting fresh, the fishing companies still put the fish in the tanks but with a small shark. The fish are challenged and hence are constantly on the move. The challenge they face keeps them alive and fresh!

Have you realized that some of us are also living in a pond but most of the time tired and dull?
Basically in our lives, sharks are new challenges to keep us active. If you are steadily conquering challenges, you are happy.

Your challenges keep you energized. Do not create success and revel in it in a state of inertia. You have the resources, skills and abilities to make a difference.

Put a shark in your tank and see how far you can really go!

RECIPE
Coffee Cake

cup butter
1 cup castor sugar
3 eggs
1 cups self rising flour
tsp baking powder
2 tsp coffee dissolved in 2 Tbsp boiling water.
cup chopped walnuts/ pecan nuts

Method:
Beat butter until and creamy. Add eggs one at a time and beat mixture till fluffy. Sift flour and baking powder and add to above. Lastly add in coffee mixture and nuts, pour into 2 sand which tins and bake at 180 for 20 to 25 min.

Icing:
Icing sugar
100ml cold water
1 Tbsp coffee dissolved in 2 Tbsp boiling water
125g butter

Place sugar and water in a saucepan mix well and allow to boil until it thickens. Cool slightly. In separate bowl add egg yolks and sugar syrup and beat well together. Add dissolved coffee to above mixture and beat again. Add butter to icing mixture and beat again. Add butter to icing mixture. Lastly ice cakes with the coffee icing and decorate as desired.

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