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Thursday, 29 October 2020 / 12 Rabi'ul Awwal 1442 AH


Effective Communication from the Sunnah

5. Pay Attention to the Tone and Volume

Beware of your tone and the volume of your voice. Your tone determines whether you will make your relationship or break it. Any undesirable loudness in your voice could put people off and make any further attempts to communicate futile. Allah mentions in the Quraan…

وَاقْصِدْ فِي مَشْيِكَ وَاغْضُضْ مِنْ صَوْتِكَ ۚ إِنَّ أَنْكَرَ الْأَصْوَاتِ لَصَوْتُ الْحَمِيرِ

“And be moderate in your pace and lower your voice; indeed, the most disagreeable of sounds is the voice of donkeys.” [Qur’an: Surah Luqmaan, Verse 19]

Our tone tells the truth even when our words don't, even when we're unaware of that truth ourselves. And it's our tone to which others respond. We can even say "I love you" in a way that provokes bitterness and then innocently argue we're being unfairly attacked when the person to whom we've said it quite rightly responds to our tone rather than our words.

What you think you hear in another person's tone is almost always present. And if someone accuses you of an attitude or feeling you don't think you have, unless they're particularly thick or have some hidden agenda, what they have to say likely represents something you need to hear.

When others respond to us negatively or in ways other than what we want or expect, rather than criticizing or attacking them, we should pause to reflect on how our tone (and therefore our underlying feelings of the moment) may have caused the reaction we received.

6. Remember Not All are the Same

Consider people’s different characteristics and differences while communicating. Keep in mind their age, status, temperament and other factors.

Certain slang words that we use with people our own age cannot and should not be used when speaking to our elders. Some might welcome a joke others might take offence, we need to understand that a certain style of conversation will not go well with everyone all the time. Respect is also extremely important. The way we approach our elders…

Once Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) was in the Masjid. Abu Bakr R.A. took his elderly father (who was not Muslim at that time) to sit with Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) When they arrived, Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said…

هَلَّا تَرَكْتَ الشَّيْخَ فِي بَيْتِهِ حَتَّى أَكُونَ أَنَا آتِيهِ فِيهِ

“Why did you not leave this elderly man (your father) at home so I could have gone personally to meet him”

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12th Rabi Ul Awwal – Birth of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).

The greatest of Allah’s creation came into this world on Monday 12th Rabi Ul Awwal which corresponds to April 570 A.D. He was born in Makkah in the house of Abu Taalib.

On the same night an earth-tremor struck the palace of Chosroes causing all 14 towers of the palace to crumble. Furthermore, the fire that was perpetually blazing in the Persian fire-temple abruptly extinguished itself. Lake Sawah also unexpectedly dried up.

63 years later, Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) passed away on this same day. It was the 12th Rabi Ul Awwal on a Monday afternoon when he left this world.

May Allah make us from amongst his true followers. Aameen.

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Kidz Pizza Quiche

  • 1 cup cubed polony
  • 1 cups cubed green peppers
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • ½ cup chopped Gherkins
  • ½ cup cubed pineapple (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp cake flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp fine black pepper
  • Pounded green chillies to taste

Mix the polony, peppers, cheese, tomatoes, gherkins, pineapples and flour together in dish. Beat the eggs the spices separately then add to the polony mixture and stir until well combined. Spoon into well greased non-stick muffin pans and bake in a moderate oven until liquid has set and the quiche feels firm to the touch.

Variation: Substitute the polony with cooked chicken for a difference.

Courtesy of Katija Ebrahim “Ramadan Delights”

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