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Friday, 25 Safar 1433H / 20 January 2012

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THE FRIDAY SERMON

VISITING THE SICK

O servants of Allah, Fear Allah; with fear of Allah the highest levels of Taqwa are attained and actions become purified. Remember him and thank him constantly; with his remembrance, the hearts find tranquility and with thanking him your blessing are preserved for you. Perform righteous deeds because the best of provisions are righteous deeds.

Gathering of brothers, good deeds in Islam encompass all forms of righteousness. Every righteous action touches upon every good manner – is an act of being obedience and an act pleasing to Allah. Words and deeds that plant seeds of love, binding the ties of assistance, mercy, kindness, sincerity and fulfillment, joining in the times of good and supporting in the time of hardship, all of these are from the directives of Islam and the grace of good character.

The purity of the Deen and the beauty of the Shariah becomes clear, even clearer with good character and correct actions, which the Muslim practices with his brothers; both near and far. In visiting the sick there is joy for the heart and removal of loneliness, decrease of pain, and comfort for the sick and his family. In the guidance of the prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) are great recommendations to fulfill this right, enjoin this type of character, and carry on these types of manners.

Narrated by Al-Imam Ahmad and Muslim from Thawbaan from the Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) who said: "When the Muslim visits his sick brother he never ceases to be in a garden of paradise until he returns. It was said: what is its garden, he said: its fruits". In the Hadith Qudsi Allah will say on the Day of Judgment: "O son of Adam I was sick and you did not visit Me. He will say: O Lord how can I visit You. You are the Lord of the worlds? He says: Did you not know that My servant so and so was sick yet you did not visit him? Did you not know that if you had visited him you would have found Me with him?" (Muslim)

It is preferable for the one visiting to make many supplications for the sick person. In this regard a Hadith narrated by Ibn Abbaas states that the Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said: "Whoever visited a sick person who had not yet reached death and said seven times 'I ask Allah the Great Lord of the Majestic throne to heal you' except that Allah will cure him of that disease" (At-Tirmidhi).

From the etiquettes of visiting, that one should be aware of, is: that the visit should not be long, nor should one ask much of the sick person, nor speak too much, nor mention that which worries him or increases his pain, nor should he mention a friend he dislikes, or an enemy, nor should he speak of his family and children except with what is best, all of this to show kindness to him. Lengthy visits are burdensome upon the sick, and prevent them from doing things they may need to take care of.

If the sick person likes numerous visits and this causes him no harm then there is no problem, it all this depends on the situation, he may like to sit with some of his close friends and relatives, and get bored with others. If the visitor feels that the sick will be healed, then he should encourage him to have patience and give him glad tidings. He should assist him in getting medical care and meeting his needs that are within his capacity. He should try to make him feel good - cheer him up and open the doors of hope for him.

Al-Fudail said: Sicknesses were only made to teach the servants etiquette.
Not everyone who gets sick dies, and from this is the statement of Allah, which translates as: "And do they not see that they are test and afflicted in every year once or twice, then they neither repent nor take reminder" (At-Tauba: 126).

When the sick person feels worried about his situation, he should be reminded of Allah, and what is waiting for him and made to think good of his Lord. "For the one who loves to meet Allah, Allah loves to meet him".

He should be reminded that, he whose last words are: 'There is none worthy of worship but Allah' then he enters paradise. He should be reminded that the doors of repentance are opened for him and time is gained for recitation of the Quran, remembrance of Allah, glorifying Him and seeking His Forgiveness. He should be reminded to write his will and testimony; it does not postpone the death date but protects the rights of others and pays off any debts.

So fear Allah O Muslims and protect the rights of your brothers, fulfill your duties, act according to their etiquettes, fulfill their objectives, your reward will be great, and your situation will be good, goodness and love will abound.

DUA (PRAYER)

When a Muslim brother extends physicalor financial assistance, one should express one's appreciation by saying:

"Baarakallahu fi ahlika wa maalika"

May Allah bless you in your family and wealth.

When recovering debt from a debtor, appreciation should be expressed by saying:

"Wa fallahu bika"

May Allah reward you in full

(Al Hisnul Haseen, Pg 201)

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* Four minors have been arrested in connection with the murder of a 26-year-old man in a tavern in Jabulani last year, Soweto police said.

* Mozambique and SA's Kruger park hit by deadly floods. Four people have died and more than 4,000 others are without shelter after torrential rains in Mozambique.

* The government is “very, very confident” that Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will be elected to the powerful job of AU Commission chairwoman at the AU summit next week.

* A former Israeli military intelligence chief says Iran has all the components to build a nuclear bomb. It was not clear whether he was referring to the mechanical elements of a bomb or implying the Iranians have sufficient weapons-grade uranium, a critical ingredient for bombmaking.

* Italian investigators are probing the mystery of a young Moldovan woman who was reportedly on the bridge of the Costa Concordia cruise ship when it smashed into rocks off the coast of Giglio island, forcing the evacuation of its 4,200 passengers and crew.

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Ingredients
4 tblsp oil
3 fresh Serrano peppers roughly chopped
2 large yellow onions sliced
1 tsp garlic minced
2 tsp ginger minced
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp garam masala
2 cans tomatoes chopped
cup fresh dhanan
1 tsp salt

Method:
1. Heat Oil in large heavy pan.
2. Add Serrano peppers, onions, garlic, and ginger.
3. Stir fry until onions are soft.
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6. Lower heat and simmer 20 minutes.
7. Let cool.
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After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year, British scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 200 years and came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 150 years ago.

Not to be outdone by the Brit's, in the weeks that followed, an American archaeologist dug to a depth of 20 feet, and shortly after, a story published in the New York bulletin: "American archaeologists, finding traces of 250-year-old copper wire, have concluded that their ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network 50 years earlier than the British".

One week later, the Cape bulletin, in South Africa, reported the following: "After digging as deep as 30 feet in his backyard in Thabazimbi, South Africa, Lucky Simelane, a self-taught archaeologist, reported that he found absolutely nothing (aziko). Lucky has therefore concluded that 250 years ago, Africa had already gone wireless."

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