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Mohammad Ashraf Patel
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In ICT since Atari [1992], to the latest in technology. Current Linux OS, and infrastructure development for ISPs such as VoIP Softswitch, Radius, Accounting/Billing and Real-Time VoIP Anti-Hack [...]

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Your Purpose

​The razor blade is sharp but can’t cut a tree; the axe is strong but can’t cut the hair. Lesson : Everyone is important according to his/her unique purpose.  Never look down on anyone unless you are admiring their shoes.

Economic Upturn in RSA?

The political situation is more concerning to me. Of course SA had potential, but until the leaders in power do not realize the damage they’re doing to the country and step down, this pictagram will not kick...

Long Term Agreements

Email from Anton Kotze of Ellipsis regarding some info on the CPA and contracts. Hi Mohammad – Thanks for insights into a very interesting thread. All of the parties are correct to some extent. I have some legal and some commercial input, and the two inputs work...

6 months flew by in 2014 to 2015

Yep, thats how long it took me to write up a new blog post. Although my twitter updates was abuzz, and company websites regularly updated, there was certainly limited free personal time to update my blog…. why is that? Priorities come at play here… past 6...

Do I need to respond to every email?

The suggestion I have is to fetch rather than receive which worked well for me over the years, meaning: Instead of staff sending you email reports, it certainly is convenient for you to receive it in your inbox, and for you to view them as you find convenient time....

WAPA announces new leadership

The Wireless Access Providers’ Association (WAPA) held its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 18 September 2014, at the iWeek Conference in Johannesburg. WAPA’s primary objective is to promote the growth of the wireless industry by facilitating self-regulation,...

World Cup 2014 Scoresheet Predictor

Click to View  my Score predictions of World Cup 2014 ============================================================================== Predict yours...

Islam

Bribes in Islam

Hadhrat Abdullaah bin Amr (رضي الله عنه) reports that Rasulullaah (صلي الله عليه و سلم ) cursed those who give bribes as well as those who receive bribes. *Tirmidhi*

Darul Hadith WhatsApp Broadcasts

*Darul Hadith WhatsApp Broadcasts* 🔊                   *35*            ﷽                 ⛔ *The religion of entertainment* ❗ The trend around the...

​How to Study Tafsir

July 6, 2015 Sadly, Quranic studies in general, and tafsir in particular, are often the weakest parts of the curricula of Islamic schools, institutes and universities. What follows is a suggestion on how to study this noble science. As with all disciplines in Islamic...

Advice for Maktab and Hifz Teachers

From a Majlis of Shaykh al-Hadith Hazrat Maulana Fazlur Rahman Sahib A’zami (daamat barakatuhum)* 1. It is extremely important to teach children the Qur’an with tajwid right from the beginning. There is generally weakness in this regard.  2. It is...

STORY of A Woman Who Spoke from the Qu’ran for Forty Years

‘Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak mentions that he was on his way to perform Hajj and ziyarah of Nabi ﷺ. While en route, he came across an old woman who was sitting all alone. She was dressed in a woollen cloak and veil. The following fascinating dialogue ensued between...

Ajwa dates

Hadrat Saad R.A Reports That Nabi S.A.W Said : He who eats seven ‘Ajwa dates every morning, will not be affected by poison or magic on the day he eats them. *Bukhari.*

Building masjids

Sayyidah Aaisha رضي الله عنها said that Rasulullah ﷺ commanded that Masjids be built among houses in each Neighbourhood and that they be cleaned and perfumed. *Tirmidhi*

The rights of a Muslim

Abu Umaamah رضي الله عنه narrates:  Rasulullaah صلي الله عليه وسلم said,  Allaah has made Jahannam compulsory and has forbidden Jannah to the person who usurps the right of a Muslim through false oaths. Even if it be for something insignificant someone...

Synthesis of Koran exegesis useful rules

Tafseer overview of Jalaalayn Obtained from Molana Mua’z whilst I was completing my Aalim course at Al Jame’a, Johannesburg. 1 June 2017 Download PDF الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه وبعـد Praise be to God and prayers and peace be...

​OUR BUZRUGS

My faith in our Buzrugs (Ulama and Mashaaikh) is not  because I believe that they are the greatest Ulama and that there are no greater Ulama than them. My faith in them is based on the fact that they were Men of Allah. They were not men of the world. They were...

Taking pictures in Islam

Ahadith Concerning Taswir (Pictures) ‘ABDUL-‘AZIZ IBN BAZ Image Makers Will Be Punished on the Day of Judgement Narrated Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (d. 73H) radiallahu ‘anhu: Allah’s Messenger sallallahu ‘alayhi wa...

Jannah

*Jannat* is made with     1. Bricks of Gold and Silver.  2. Its cement is of perfumed Musk.  3. Its chips are pearls and Yaqoot.    4. Its sand is Zafraan. *Eight Grades of Jannah* 1.   Jannatul Maawa 2.   Darul Maqaam 3....

Quote: Hasan Basri

There are four signs of wretchedness;  1) Having a hard heart( No  compassion) 2) Dry eyes- that never cry especially out of the fear of Allah 3 Extended hopes[about this life] 4 Greed to amass more and more  wealth( which  diverts one from Allah)...

VERY BENEFICIAL NAFL SALAAHS

1) Tahiyyatul Wudhu • After Wudhu. • 2 Rakaats. Benefit: Entitled to enter Jannat. 2) Tahiyyatul Masjid • Upon entering Masjid & before sitting down. • 2 Rakaats. Benefit: To honour ﷲ͜عَزَّوَجَــــل 3) Ishraaq • Performed 15 minutes after sunrise. • 2 or 4...

Late Jumma for 2017

​Late Jummahs in Johannesburg for 2017.  Houghton West Street.   No lecture. (2nd Jamaat) Khutba 13:55. Salaat 14:00 Masjid Duha Correlaine drive Sandton (2nd Jamaat)  Lecture 14:30 Khutbah 14:45

Commonality Muslim/Christian

​Robin Scott Scott shared this on her Facebook page: Christians and Muslims are more alike than different. Please read that which I have discovered – Robin 1. Jesus taught that there is only One God and Only God should be worshipped as taught in Deut 6:4, Mark...

I am a ‘Surrendered Wife

​*I am a ‘Surrendered Wife’* Californian Kathy Murray says she saved her marriage by giving up trying to control her husband. Despite considering herself a feminist, she follows – and now teaches others – the approach of a controversial book called...

Dua when in difficulty

 اللَّهُمَّ الْطُفْ بِىْ فِىْ تَيْسِيْرِ كُلِّ عَسِيْرٍ فَاِنَّ تَيْسِيْرَكُلِّ عَسِيْرٍ عَلَيْكَ يَسِيْرٌَ O Allah!  Make easy for me every difficult thing, with Your special favor and kindness, for it is easy for You to make every difficult thing...

Hadith

It was narrated that ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr  رضى الله تعالى عنه  said:“It was said to the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ): ‘Which of the people is best?’ He said: ‘Everyone who is pure of heart and sincere in speech.’ They said: ‘Sincere in speech, we know what this is,...

Where is the Noor channeled?

​One very important statement of marhoom Hadhrat Moulana Muhammed Umar Palanpuri (Allaah bless his status)- A Must Read:- The Noor of Ibadaat will be found in the Masjid.  The Noor of Ilm will be found in the Madressah. The Noor of Zikr will be found in the...

Thoughts For The Day!

*_A calamity that makes you turn to Allah is better for you then a blessing which makes you forget the remembrance of Allah._* *_Food can fill your stomach but never your soul._* *_Possessions can fill your house but never your heart._* *_Verily, there is a Fitnah...

Patience always triumphs!

The sweetness of Sabr (Patience) outlives grief. Patience is a cup every person has to drink from. There are some types of grief that weigh on the heart, that if they were to be felt by a mountain, that mountain would crumble to the ground… When The _Messenger of...

Soul mates

​Soul mates  Have you noticed when you meet a particular brother or sister for the first time, you get along with them instantly. You agree on most things, you feel comfortable in their presence and most importantly you talk to them as if you have known them for...

Irony of life

​1. Popcorns are normally fried in the same pot, in the same oil, at the same time and under the same heat conditions,But they do not all pop at the same time.  2. When flood comes, fish eat ants and When flood recedes, ants eat fish, Only time matters.  3....

Hadith

​_Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه reports that_ _Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم said:_  “The soul of the (deceased) believer remains pending on account of the debt till it is repaid.”   *(Tirmidhi)*

Dua

*_O Allah, grant me a heart free from any ill towards any believer & grant me a sincere desire to serve humanity to bring them closer to You._* *_The heart that beats for Allah is always a stranger amongst the hearts that beat for the Dunya._* *_Parking in places...

Hadith 

Sayyiduna Anas ibn Malik Radhiyallahu Anhu narrates that Rasullullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “You people guarantee six things about yourselves, I guarantee Paradise for you.” They asked: “What are these?” He said: “When anyone of you speaks, he should not...

Respect

Show respect to everyone, even to those who don’t deserve it; not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours.

Surah Al-A’raf- 7:51

الَّذِينَ اتَّخَذُوا دِينَهُمْ لَهْوًا وَلَعِبًا وَغَرَّتْهُمُ الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا ۚ فَالْيَوْمَ نَنسَاهُمْ كَمَا نَسُوا لِقَاءَ يَوْمِهِمْ هَٰذَا وَمَا كَانُوا بِآيَاتِنَا يَجْحَدُونَ Who took their religion as distraction and amusement and whom the worldly life...

6 months flew by in 2014 to 2015

Yep, thats how long it took me to write up a new blog post. Although my twitter updates was abuzz, and company websites regularly updated, there was certainly limited free personal time to update my blog…. why is that? Priorities come at play here… past 6...

Riyad as-Salihin, The Book of Good MannersBook 2, Hadith 711

Riyad as-Salihin, The Book of Good Manners Book 2, Hadith 711 Narrated ‘Ibn Shumasah reported: We visited ‘Amr bin Al-‘as (ra) when he was in his deathbed. He wept for a long time and turned his face towards the wall. His son said: “O father,...

Aayatul Kursi

Transliteration: Allahu la ilaha illa huwa Al -Haiyul-QaiyumLa ta’khudhuhu sinatun wa la nawmlahu ma fi as-samawati wa ma fil-‘ardMan dhal-ladhi yashfa’u ‘indahu illa bi-idhnihiYa’lamu ma bayna aydihim wa ma khalfahumwa la yuhituna bi...

Salaah Rakats Overview

Time Sunnat Fard Sunnat Sunnat Nafil Witr ** Fajr 2 2 – – – – Dhuhr 4 4 2 – 2 – Asr 4 4 – – – – Maghrib – 3 2 – 2 – Isha 4 4 2 2 2 3 Jummah * 4 2 4 2 2 – *Jummah Khutbah is Wajib and...

Call for unity

Watch “Mufti Menk Appeals for Unity [Crying]” on YouTube – Mufti Menk Appeals for Unity [Crying]: http://youtu.be/xYwERzuwufo

Dua-e-Qunoot

Transliteration of Dua-e-Qunoot: “Allah humma inna nasta-eenoka wa nastaghfiruka wa nu’minu bika wa natawakkalu alaika wa nusni alaikal khair, wa nashkuruka wala nakfuruka wa nakhla-oo wa natruku mai yafjuruka, Allah humma iyyaka na’budu wa laka...

General dua

Allah closes Doors that no Man can open and opens Doors that no Man can close. May He open all the Doors you require to live your life to the full….Sharing the goodness and love that is in your heart. When Allah is accepting Dua’as, may yours be one of...

Miswak ~ A forgotten Sunnah

26 Shabaan 1435 25 June 2014 Wednesday يوم الاربعاء Miswak ~ A forgotten Sunnah Rasulullaah Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “Had I not thought it difficult for my ummah, I would have commanded them to use the Miswak before every salaah (Al Bhukhari and Muslim)...

Islamic Natural Remedies

🍶 MILK: The Prophet (s.a.w.) said that milk wipes away heat from the heart just as the finger wipes away sweat from the brow. It strengthens the back, increases the brain, augments intelligence, renews vision and drives away forgetfulness. 🍯 HONEY: Considered to be...

Business Guru

How to Reduce Employee Turnover: 5 Tips for Keeping Your Best Talent

This post originally appeared on Agency Post. To read more content like this, subscribe to Agency Post. High staff turnover can be a problem for any company. Teams typically rely on each and every member to keep things moving forward, so when someone leaves, it can...

Long Term Agreements

Email from Anton Kotze of Ellipsis regarding some info on the CPA and contracts. Hi Mohammad – Thanks for insights into a very interesting thread. All of the parties are correct to some extent. I have some legal and some commercial input, and the two inputs work...

Do I need to respond to every email?

The suggestion I have is to fetch rather than receive which worked well for me over the years, meaning: Instead of staff sending you email reports, it certainly is convenient for you to receive it in your inbox, and for you to view them as you find convenient time....

Business in NigeriaAfrica’s testing ground

To make it big in Africa, a business must succeed in Nigeria, the continent’s largest market. No one said it would be easy IN 2001 MTN, a fledgling telecoms company from South Africa, paid $285m for one of four mobile licences sold at auction by the government of...

Google Calendar: 8 Hidden Tips & Tricks

Google Calendar can help you plan your workday. The Web-based calendar application features an easy-to-use minimalist design and broad compatibility; you can sync your Google Calendar with just about any mobile device, as well as with desktop calendar applications...

Where over half of the world’s exports are going in one elegant chart

Quartz has analyzed how important geographic proximity is for determining a country’s top trading partners—most countries trade the most with their neighbors. But a new graphic from the research firm Euromonitor that illustrates imports and exports of a selection of...