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Tuesday, 14 Jumaadal Ukhra 1435 H/ 15 April 2014 


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So, You Want the Mercy of Allah!

I was speaking to a young man a short while ago and through the conversation I heard him say, “I don’t make Dua anymore.” I asked him, “Why not?” and he replied, “I made Dua’ for some things and I never got them so I just gave up!” I asked him if he was happy in his life, he said, “Not really.” Then I asked him if he felt he needed the mercy of Allah in his life, and at that he replied very enthusiastically, “Of course I do!”

Now this made me think very deeply about some things in life. Is it right that we (humankind in general) go on expecting things from our Creator while we sit down passively, mostly just observing life and hardly doing anything for anyone else unless it somehow fits in with our scheme of things?Is it right if you, as an individual, want something from your mum and dad but you’re doing and saying things they do not like, going out without their permission, dressing in an unacceptable way, not pulling your weight around the house, and so on, then you just come right out and ask for money, or new clothes, or whatever, and then grumble when they refuse, and perhaps adding how unfair life is and how very unreasonable they are?

Let’s look at it another way. Imagine you had someone you called your friend but this person spoke badly about you behind your back, took your stuff without permission, and only came hanging around when he wanted something—then one day he comes to you and asks a big favour. Most likely you would tell him to forget it and simply ignore him if he started complaining. So we all acknowledge that on the human level life is a matter of give-and-take; it’s a matter of rights and responsibilities.What about your relation with your Creator? Is it right that we enjoy the bounty of this marvellous creation and, even though everything was created for the benefit of man, we go ahead and make use of things for our own benefit and comfort without thinking of others? Is it right to fail to give others their rights and expect our rights, and often fail to take care of the creation that Allah provided for us?How often do you use things that you know will pollute the environment—the same environment that Allah created for you?

Dropping litter, using chemicals, and generally tapping into the wasteful and excessive way of life in the modern world, without really thinking seriously about your responsibility to yourself, those around you, the world, and your Creator. Then when you get sick because of the polluted and chemical-filled environment, you turn in desperation to the Lord of all asking for help and healing. Then as soon as you are well again, you go back to the old habits of misusing, if not destroying, the environment. How Merciful Allah is! Even though you keep making the same mistakes; even though you misuse yourself, others, and the world around you, He still comes to your aid! He, the Almighty, gives you enough opportunity to change, to see the errors of your ways and to make a fresh start.Have you ever noticed how your body heals as does the environment?

So where is your place in all this? A person can drink alcohol and abuse his body until he gets liver disease—and then blame fate! Likewise a person could neglect the rights of his family and even abuse them when he is in the prime of his life and filled with strength, but when he gets old and is left alone and feeling lonely, he curses life and complains how difficult life is! Do you find that you sometimes do things like this?What does Allah want from you? Remember He gave you your life, your family and friends, a series of situations, and all the creation around you. Do you think He gave you all this just for fun and games? Or to realize the reality, understand yourself and your role in life, and appreciate your Creator and spread the message of truth wherever you are?The mercy of Allah is ever present. It is you who must learn how to tap into that mercy and learn to live your life in a way that will make you deserving of that mercy. The same power that controls the universe promises to turn to you if you turn to Him! It’s like this because your Creator gave you freedom of choice, so you can try to face life either with His help or without


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2 cups cake flour
2 tsps baking powder
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¼ cup milk
¼ cup water

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Make dough with the milk, water and egg mixture. Divide dough into 2 and roll out the first half into a rectangle shape to fit into greased pyrex 26 x 22 cm dish. In your filling either chicken or steak, add some mayyonnaise, mustard sauce, chilli sauce of choice, tomato sauce , picalilli and some cut up gherkins and cubed fried potatoes that have been spiced with salt and chillie powder. Spread fillng on bottom half of dough. Thereafter roll the second half of dough and place over filling. Brush with egg and sprinkle till. Bake in a preheated oven 180c until pie is golden brown. When cold cut into squares and serve with chutney of choice.

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