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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

The Art of Listening

By Shaykh Abdul Fattah Abu Ghudda

If a person starts telling you, whether in private or public, something that
you already knew very well, you should pretend as if you do not know it. Do not
rush to reveal your knowledge or to interfere with the speech. Instead, show
your attention and concentration. The honorable tab'i Imam Ata ibn Abi Rabah said:
"A young man would tell me something that I may have heard before he was born.
Nevertheless, I would listen to him as if I had never heard it before."

Khalid ibn Safwan al-Tamimi, who frequented the courts of two Khalifahs: Umar ibn
Abdul Aziz and Hisham ibn Abdul Malik, said: "If a person tells you something you
have heard before, or news that you already learned, do not interrupt him to exhibit
your knowledge to those present. This is rude and ill mannered." The honorable Imam
Abdullah ibn Wahab al-Qurashi al-Masri, a companion of Imam Malik, Al-Laith ibn Sad
and Al-Thawri, said: "Sometimes a person would tell me a story that I have heard before
his parents had wed. Yet, I listened as if I have never heard it before." Ibrahim
ibn al-Junaid said: "A wise man said to his son: 'Learn the art of listening as you
learn the art of speaking.'" Listening well means maintaining eye contact, allowing
the speaker to finish the spech, and restraining your urge to interrupt his speech.
Al-Hafiz al-Khatib al-Baghdadi said in a poem:

Never interrupt a talk
Though you know it inside out

From; Islamic Manners: The Art of Listening

(ps may Allah give me and all the ability to practise on this advice.ameen)
Sunday, September 19, 2004

Basic Online Arabic Lessons

http://www.arabion.net/learnarabic.html
http://www.shariahprogram.ca
http://www.madinaharabic.com

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Islamic Psychology...

As salaamu alaikum

I Came across this article at

http://www.successconsciousness.com/index_000045.htm

and
i can't help noticing that what this guy is talking about is actually...Jihadun Nafs!The Battle Within!SubhanAllah!

Willpower - Your Inner Strength
By Remez Sasson

Willpower is the inner strength and inner engine that propels towards success and achievement. It is the power that pushes into action in every area of life. It is one of the most important and desirable inner powers, and its lack or presence determine whether you will fail or accomplish your desires and ambitions and attain success.

Willpower is erroneously considered as a quality belonging only to highly successful people, who depend on strength and force to achieve their goals. The truth is that it can be developed by everyone, and it is important, useful and desirable in the small affairs of life, as it is in the achievement of major goals.

If you usually feel too lazy, developing your inner strength will help you to overcome this laziness. If you usually procrastinate, possess low self-esteem, feel weak and vulnerable or lack self-control, strengthening this power will help you too.

Willpower, which is inner strength, manifests as the ability to control unnecessary and harmful impulses. It also manifests as the capability to decide, abide by this decision, and follow it with perseverance until its successful accomplishment. This ability gives you the courage and strength to endure and overcome inner and outer resistance and opposition, difficulties and hardships.
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There are many who lack the inner strength to say "no", when they mean it. They find it difficult to follow and assert their ideas and beliefs. They are afraid to take action and make changes. They lack resolution and the persistence to go on with their plans to the end. A strong power of the will can change all this.

It is the right and privilege of everyone to develop this ability. Everyone can develop it to a greater or smaller extent, depending on the desire, earnestness, ambition and time devoted to developing and strengthening this inner power.

In many of my other articles, and in the book "Will power and self discipline", I have emphasized the importance of developing this ability, and showed how to do that. You do not require super ordinary powers to develop it. You do not need to sleep on a bed of nails, fast or stand on one foot for days, as fakirs do. The concept that to develop this ability you have to undergo suffering and physical mutilation is not true

Developing the power of the will is a gradual process that anyone can undertake. Some will be able to reach higher levels of power, and others will reach different degrees of development, but the way is open to all. You start with small simple exercises, and as your power grows, you gradually progress to exercises that need more inner strength.

You will have to give up some unnecessary and harmful pleasures, and change some unhealthy habits, but this is for a higher good. You give up something harmful or useless in order to gain strength and power that will help you in every area of your life. In fact, the whole process can be turned into an absorbing, enjoyable and interesting challenge.

Training and exercising the willpower will fill you with strength, courage, and assertiveness. All you have to do is give up your negative and unnecessary habits, weaknesses and obsessions. As your power grows, it will be easier for you to throw away habits and attitudes that stand in your way to a better life. You will gain inner strength that will help you at your job, home, relations, hobbies, tasks and ambitions.
Sunday, September 12, 2004

the FOUR AGREEMENTS


Food 4 thought

More often than we realize our lives take a direction we may not be comfortable with or happy about. We have self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. We fear anything different from what we are accustomed to. This becomes a pattern we believe we cannot change. But, what about positive change. If we allow it, our lives can take a total turn. One in which we would be able to live in peace and harmony with our loved ones as well as whom we interact with. It’s amazing how positive change can and will impact positively on our lives. Life is beautiful and Allah SWT has blessed us with bounty and beauty in this world to appreciate and enjoy. For this to, we will be rewarded. The four agreements written by Don Miguel Ruiz, offers a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness and love. Let’s live by them. Remember, WHAT YOU ARE IS ALLAH’S GIFT TO YOU; WHAT YOU BECOME IS YOUR GIFT TO ALLAH.

THE
FOUR AGREEMENTS

BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORD

Speak with integrity and say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY

Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is the projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and reactions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS

Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement you can completely transform your life.

ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST

Your best is going to change from moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to when you are sick.Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse and regret.
Saturday, September 11, 2004

Attempting to Tempt!

Here's a VERY interesting site i came across .

http://www.reversespeech.com/Simple_Examples.htm

There's so much wisdom in the laws of Islam.Take for example the subliminal messages being portrayed by music - Here are some examples ( and this isn't even an Islamic site) :

'I love you, said the devil '
'The man of evil is there '
'Oh, I need some man to fuck back'
'Yeah Satan (gibb) organised his own religion'
'Satan, move in our voice.'
'Now he uses marijuana.'

Why is it that the devil is so often mentioned as well drugs and other indecent immoral tempatations???Could it be a co-incidence??

I don't think so!It is after all the voice of shaytaan attempting 2 tempt us!Music , drugs... whatever other evil out there, Allah condemned it for a reason, coz He knows what's good for us and what's not!He has the knowledge of Everything!SubhanAllah
Sunday, September 05, 2004

Don't send more kids to die

September 2nd, 2004 12:00 am

Don't send more kids to die - by Michael Moore

By Michael Moore / USA Today

NEW YORK — Tonight, it's show time for George W. Bush, and I can't wait to hear what he has to tell the Republican convention.

It has been a pretty thrilling week so far, my favorite moment by far being the rebellious Bush twins who, in just a few short minutes, delivered on their promise to issue "payback" to their parents and all authority in general.(Ps. check below for the Bush twins speech - amatullah)

They revealed their parents' pet name for each other: "Bushie" or "Bushy" — no spelling was provided. They seemed to have embarrassed their grandmother with a joke about the TV show Sex and the City as a place to have sex. And they claimed to have seen their boogieing parents "shake it like a Polaroid picture." That's one picture that took the rest of the night for me to shake out of my head.

Nonetheless, I loved the Bush daughters: They were funny, sassy and free spirits. Back in 1999, they told their father in no uncertain terms that they did not want him to run for president. They wanted their dad at home, they wanted their privacy, and they wanted to go to college in peace. He chose to ignore their pleas — and I guess Tuesday night was their way of saying, "Thanks, Dad."

And thank him they should. He and Laura have obviously done a good job raising two bright, independent women. He made their privacy a top priority and did what he could to protect them. They clearly love their parents and, when you see that happen, you know the Bushes did something right in their home. For that, they should be commended.

Other fathers and mothers who loved their daughters and sons across America can no longer celebrate with them. That's because their children are dead on the streets and roads of Iraq, sent there by Mr. Bush to "defend" America.

This week, in an appearance leading up to his arrival here Wednesday night, Bush acknowledged he had miscalculated what would happen in Iraq after he invaded it. He had thought it was going to be much easier. It turned out to be much, much worse.

That must be some comfort to the parents of nearly 1,000 brave soldiers now dead because of his "miscalculation." If I made a miscalculation and ran over a child on the street, what do you think would happen to me? Do you think the cops would simply say, "Hey, Mr. Moore, you did your best driving down this street, you made a miscalculation, the kid is dead, but you are trying to save the world, so be on your way?" Something tells me this is not what would happen. What I don't get is that Mr. Bush makes his mistake and thinks he has a right to continue in his job.

Let's hope he isn't getting his inspiration from Richard Nixon, the same man Arnold Schwarzenegger hailed Tuesday night as his reason for becoming a Republican. You have to give Arnold an award for guts. He must be the first Republican convention speaker to mention Nixon since he resigned. Nixon snuck into office in 1968 with his secret plan to end the Vietnam War. Another miscalculation: The war continued for years, and thousands more died.

I would love to hear Bush apologize tonight to the parents and loved ones of those who have died in Iraq. I would like to hear him say he knows what it means to love your children and that he, in good conscience, cannot send any more children to their deaths.

I would like to hear him say tonight, "I'm sorry. There never were weapons of mass destruction and there never was a connection between Saddam Hussein and 9/11. There was no imminent threat, our lives were not in danger, no missiles were going to hit Cleveland. Because of our desire to get our hands on the second largest supply of oil in the world, we sacrificed a thousand of your sons and daughters. For this, we are greatly sorry."

I guess a boy can dream.

The other thing I would like to hear tonight is: Why haven't you caught Osama bin Laden? You've had three years to find him. The man killed nearly 3,000 people here on our soil.

Maybe Bush has no worse explanation than he just hasn't been able to do it. Well, if your town's dogcatcher couldn't catch a wild dog that has been on the loose biting people for three years, what would be the dogcatcher's chances for re-election? Not good.

And so it should be for Bush.

Unless he has the answers tonight. Perhaps he has a reason or can accept responsibility for his actions and promise to send no one else's child off to die for a cause that has nothing to do with the defense of this country.

If he takes a moment to look into his daughters' eyes tonight, he will know the answer and give the greatest speech of his life.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2004 · Last updated 8:27 p.m. PT

Text of speech by Jenna and Barbara Bush

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Text of a speech by Jenna and Barbara Bush delivered Tuesday at the Republican National Convention, as transcribed by e-Media Inc.:

JENNA BUSH: It's great to be here. We love Arnold. Isn't he awesome?

Thanks to him, if one of us ever decides to marry a Democrat, nobody can complain, except maybe our grandmother, Barbara. And if she doesn't like it, we would definitely hear about it.

We already know she doesn't like some of our clothes, our music, or most of the TV shows we watch.

Gammie, we love you dearly, but you're just not very hip.



She thinks "Sex and the City" is something married people do, but never talk about.

We spent the last four years trying to stay out of the spotlight. Sometimes, we did a little better job than others.

We kept trying to explain to my dad that when we are young and irresponsible, well, we're young and irresponsible.

BARBARA BUSH: Jenna and I are really not very political, but we love our dad too much to stand back and watch from the sidelines.

We realized that this would be his last campaign, and we wanted to be a part of it.

Besides, since we've graduated from college, we're looking around for something to do for the next few years.

Kind of like dad.

JENNA: Our parents have always encouraged us to be independent and dream big. We've spent a lot of time at the White House, so when we showed up the first day, we thought we had it all figured out. But apparently my dad already has a chief of staff, named Andy.

BARBARA: When your dad's a Republican and you go to Yale, you learn to stand up for yourself.

I knew I wasn't quite ready to be president, but number two sounded pretty good.

Who is this man they call Dick Cheney?

JENNA: I think I know a lot about campaigns. After all, my grandfather and my dad have both run for president, so I put myself in charge of strategy. Then I got an angry call from some guy named Karl.

BARBARA: We knew we had something to offer. I mean, we've traveled the world; we've studied abroad. But when we started coming home with foreign policy advise, dad made us call Condi.

JENNA: Not to be deterred, we thought surely there's a place for strong willed, opinionated women in communications. And next thing we know, Karen's back.

BARBARA: So we decided the best thing we could do here tonight would be to introduce somebody we know and love.

JENNA: You know all those times when you're growing up and your parents embarrass you? Well, this is payback time on live TV.

BARBARA: Take this. I know it's hard to believe, but our parents' favorite term of endearment for each other is actually Bushy.

And we had a hamster, too. Let's just say ours didn't make it.

JENNA: But, contrary to what you might read in the papers, our parents are actually kind of cool. They do know the difference between mono and Bono. When we tell them we're going to see Outkast, they know it's a band and not a bunch of misfits. And if we really beg them, they'll even shake it like a Polaroid picture.

BARBARA: So, OK, maybe they have learned a little pop culture from us, but we've learned a lot more from them about what matters in life, about unconditional love, about focus and discipline.

They taught us the importance of a good sense of humor, of being open-minded and treating everyone with respect.

And we learned the true value of honesty and integrity.

JENNA: When you grow up as the daughters of George and Laura Bush, you develop a special appreciation for how blessed we are to live in this great country.

We are so proud to be here tonight to introduce someone who read us bedtime stories, picked up car pool, made us our favorite peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and cheered for us when we scored a goal, even when it was for the wrong team.

BARBARA: Someone who told us we actually looked cute in braces, always welcomed our friends and was there waiting when we came home at curfew.

JENNA: Ladies and gentlemen, one of the two most loving, thoughtful people we know.

BARBARA: Your president and our dad, George W. Bush.