By: John Haltiwanger
Have you ever thought about how much time you likely waste deciding what to wear in the morning? It’s probably made you late to school or work more times than you can count.
We waste so many precious moments concerning ourselves with frivolous details. An outfit will not change the world, it probably won’t even change your day.
This is not to say that fashion isn’t important, as it has an immense impact on culture and, in turn, the direction of society.
Indeed, fashion is where art, culture and history intersect. If we look at the 1960s, for example, the way people dressed was very much a reflection of the counterculture movement and the anti-establishment sentiments of the era.
Harsh realities, people from different faiths losing belief due to the lies of false fairy tales.
Deep down, you may think of zakat as a tiresome once-a-year event that simply involves a quick online payment of 2.5% of your cash and a bunch of gold weighed on scales in your kitchen! But there is a lot more to it. Fully understanding and practising this beautiful pillar of Islam can lead to a more productive and successful existence at both an individual and community level. How? Paying your zakat correctly triggers some marvellous productivity boosters that you probably have never thought of! Here’s what actually happens to you and your
1. Purifies Your Soul
Nothing prevents us more from reaching the heights of productivity than our sins. Day and night, we disobey Allah (glorified and exalted be He) in all sorts of ways, knowingly and unknowingly, blotting our hearts and blocking the light of Allah (glorified and exalted be He) from entering them. One critical way of clearing out the junk from our hearts is to pay zakat.
Linguistically, zakat carries meanings of cleansing and purification, originating from the same root as the word Tazkiyah. In fact, when Allah (glorified and exalted be He) commanded the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) to collect zakat, He (glorified and exalted be He) specifically mentioned its purifying power:
“Take from their wealth a charity to cleanse and purify them through it and pray for them. Indeed your prayer gives them tranquility. And indeed Allah is All Hearing, All Knowing.” [Qur’an: Chapter 9, Verse 103]
2. Blesses Your Wealth
Apart from purification, zakat also carries meanings of growth and enhancement. Paying your zakat means that what is left of your money will be more blessed and more productive for you. Our Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) emphasised this by warning against delaying the payment of Zakat or not paying it at all:
“Zakat is never intermingled with any amount of wealth without destroying and rotting it.” [Bukhari]
It is said that zakat represents the ‘filth’ within our wealth, i.e. an amount that we may have incurred through some form of sin or dishonesty, however small or great. For our money to remain blessed, it is vital to get rid of the ‘filth’ as soon as possible. This is akin to the dross that is filtered from a blast furnace, leaving a pure, pristine metal behind.
How does a hurricane come to be? What impact do these giant whirlwinds make on the global climate? It has only recently been established that over 80 percent of the hurricanes that slam the East Coast of the United States are first formed above the African savannah. In recent years researchers have uncovered increasing numbers of mysterious interactions between different natural phenomena. Now geophysicist Shimon Wdowinski from the University of Miami has discovered a truly astonishing connection: major storms can trigger massive earthquakes.
We’re living on a beautiful planet and as a human race we’ve been here for thousands of years. Our planet didn’t need to be protected; life was flourishing on its own, with its own agenda. However for the past 100 years we’ve made a tremendous impact with our footprint due to the growth of world population and the industrialization of our everyday life. Economy, profit and capitalization became more important than respecting our planet and an ancient knowledge to advance a new way of life.
By: Abdullah Hakim Quick
Did you know that Muslim explorers and merchants reached the Americas long before Columbus and made an impact on the early civilizations? Did you know that over 30% of the African slaves and political prisoners brought to the Americas in the Atlantic Slave Trade were Muslims? Join me (Sh Abdullah Hakim Quick) at the Islamic Institute of Toronto or online for an exciting new look at Early History “Deeper Roots” A Fall Course, Start date:September 16, 2014 and Ending on December 16, 2014. Day:Tuesdays: Time:7:00 – 9:00 p.m. For more info:www.islamicinstitute.ca.
“Look at this map (on the right) drawn by Piri Reis in 1513 AD. When compared to a modern map of South America (on the left), it is almost the same!!! How did they get this information? What is the real story of Muslims in the “New World”?