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Saturday, May 28, 2005

ALWAYS BE GRATEFUL

When ALLAH loves people He afflicts them. If they endure with fortitude, He chooses them. If they are grateful, He elects them. Some men and women are grateful to ALLAH for His wrathfulness and some for His graciousness. Both are good, for gratitude is the antidote for all occasions, changing wrath into grace. The wise and complete servant is grateful for harsh treatment, both publicly and in private, for with the voice of gratitude comes the inspiration to give more.

It is related that a certain Jew lived next door to one of the Companions. This Jew lived in an upper room, from which all kinds of dirt and filth, the piddle of his children, the water his clothes were washed in, fell into the Muslim’s apartment below. Yet the Muslim always thanked the Jew, and instructed his family to do the same. For eight years this continued, until the Muslim died. Then the Jew, while visiting the Muslim’s apartment, to condole with the family, saw all the filth and how it came from his upper room. He realized what had happened during the past years, and was filled with sorrow. He said to the Muslim’s household, “Why on earth didn’t you tell me? Why did you always thank me?” They replied, “Our father told us to always be grateful, and chided us if we ever gave up being grateful.” So the Jew became a believer.

(FIHI MA FIHI)

Rumi

Soul Power
Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Signs of Allah in Our Tongues


Have you ever wondered about your tongue?

It is one of the wonderful creations of Allah.

Allah Ta'ala gave each of us one tongue.

But this one tongue is able to taste thousands of different types of food and drinks.

If our taste buds on the tongue were to become inactive, we would not know the difference between an orange or a stone.

Moreover, like finger prints, everyone has a different tongue print.

Relative to its size, the tongue is also the strongest muscle in the human body.

And it is the only muscle which is connected to only one side.

The tongue is so strong that it can create a pressure on the roof of the mouth equivalent to the weight of two double decker busses!

The strongest muscle of our body, the tongue, has been created by Allah for us to glorify Him.

Truly, with the help of this tongue, we are able to recite the Glorious Quran and talk about Allah's Greatness.

Let us not spoil the tongue by backbiting, slandering and lying!

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Remember Just Remember ...



When things are down
And you are out of your mind
Remember just remember
Allah is The Kind.

When your life is in darkness
And nothing is right
Remember just remember
Through the darkness, Allah is The Light.


When nothing makes sense
And your heading for demise
Remember just remember
It doesn't make sense, but Allah is The Wise.

When times are troubled
And no one seems to care
Remember just remember
Allah won't hurt you, He is The Fair.


When your heart is breaking
And your pain makes you fall
Remember just remember
Allah Sees it all.


When you are weak
And the road seems long
Remember just remember
Seek strength from The Strong.


When life is a burden
And everything is unstable
Remember just remember
Allah is The Able.


When the way is cloudy
And there is no one by your side
Remember just remember
Allah is The Only Guide.

When no one wants to listen
Or is willing to lend an ear
Remember just remember
Allah is always ready to hear.

When you are poor and penniless
And you are stuck in a niche
Remember just remember
Allah is The Rich.

When you are down in your misery
And there is nowhere to run
Remember just remember
You can always run to The One.


When your all alone
And your pain has no end
Remember just remember
(I belive a line is missing here!)

And when your scars are hurting
And your heart is in fear
Remember just remember
Allah is really here

Poet unknown , but May Allah reward him/her abundantly, ameen

Friday, May 20, 2005

NO PROBLEM!



Don't worry if you have problems! Which is easy to say until you are in the midst of a really big one, I know. But the only people I am aware of who don't have troubles are gathered in little neighborhoods. Most communities have at least one. We call them cemeteries.

If you're breathing, you have difficulties. It's the way of life. And believe it or not, most of your problems may actually be good for you! Let me explain.

Maybe you have seen the Great Barrier Reef, stretching some 1,800 miles from New Guinea to Australia. Tour guides regularly take visitors to view the reef. On one tour, the guide was asked an interesting question. "I notice that the lagoon side of the reef looks pale and lifeless, while the ocean side is vibrant and colorful," a traveler observed. "Why is this?"

The guide gave an interesting answer: "The coral around the lagoon side is in still water, with no challenge for its survival. It dies early. The coral on the ocean side is constantly being tested by wind, waves, storms - surges of power. It has to fight for survival every day of its life. As it is challenged and tested it changes and adapts. It grows healthy. It grows strong. And it reproduces." Then he added this telling note: "That's the way it is with every living organism."

That's how it is with people. Challenged and tested, we come alive! Like coral pounded by the sea, we grow. Physical demands can cause us to grow stronger. Mental and emotional stress can produce tough-mindedness and resiliency. Spiritual testing can produce strength of character and faithfulness.

So, you have problems - no problem! Just tell yourself, "There I grow again!"
Monday, May 16, 2005

I M A G I N E

Unknown Author

Imagine yourself after you pass away
Imagine your grave through night and through day
Wishing that you did not do as they say
Wishing that you had got up and had prayed.

Imagine, my friends, the day that you died
Imagine all of the tears that they cried
Remember how it felt when your body was tied
Remember how it felt in the grave which you lied.

Imagine the day you'll be called to account
Imagine the sum to which your life will amount
Think for a moment of the deeds which you mount
Think for a moment how much they will count.

What will they say of you when you are dead?
What will they say, what will be said?
Will they speak of all the poor who you fed?
Will they remember all the Qu'ran that you read?

Think not of them, but of Allah, Lord of mankind and jinn
Think of Allah when tempted to sin
Think of the paradise which you will dwell in
Don't wait till later to think what might have been.
Friday, May 13, 2005

What do you say when you STUB your TOE?

Just say “Al-hamdulillah”

What do you say when you stub your toe or pinch your finger or worse?
Is the first word that comes out of your mouth “Damn!” or “Sh__!” (or their equivalent in your language if English is not your mother tongue)?


Would it ever occur to you to say “Praise Allah!” instead?
And why would you praise Allah when you just got hurt?


To begin with, you can praise Him that you only stubbed your toe and didn’t break it. You say you did break it? Then you can praise Him that you didn’t break the whole foot! You can praise Him that you have a toe and foot to begin with. You can praise Him that He created the rock on which you just stubbed it. (OK, so it was a chair you stubbed it on. God still created the tree from which the chair was made.) You can praise Him for the laws of physics He created, for that same hardness of the rock (or wood) allows you to use it for building and other purposes.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) taught us that any trouble that comes to a Muslim — even something as small as the pricking of a thorn — is an expiation for him.

So the next time you stub your toe (or worse), try saying, “Praise God!” or, as we say in Arabic, “Al-hamdulillah — all praise be to Allah (God)!”

And just how are you supposed to think of saying that when you’re hopping around on the remaining foot?

That’s where frequent remembrance of Allah comes in. You can do this remembrance, called dhikr, in many ways. You can count on your fingers (or on prayer beads) and say certain formulas over and over. You can just think about Allah and all the blessings He has given you while you are doing some mindless task. You can also ask forgiveness for your sins. Or you can ask Allah for help with whatever task or worry you have. You don’t have to be in any particular position or face the qiblah, or say the words in Arabic. You don’t even have to raise your hands in the usual palms up gesture of supplicating.

When you remember Allah, you draw nearer to Him. Remembering Allah — making dhikr —expresses your confidence in His mercy, grace and blessings. It reminds you of your total submission to and dependence on Him. If you make it a habit to remember Him frequently, the words will come to your tongue easily. If you make it a habit to remember Him all the time, even when things are going well, it will be easier to remember Him first when things go wrong.

Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon Him) stated that Allah said:

“I am near to the thought of My servant as he thinks about Me, and I am with him as he remembers Me. And if he remembers Me in his heart, I also remember him in My Heart, and if he remembers Me in assembly I remember him in assembly, better than his (remembrance), and if he draws near Me by the span of a palm, I draw near him by the cubit, and if he draws near Me by the cubit I draw near him by the space (covered by) two hands. And if he walks towards Me, I rush towards him.”

by Aelwine Miscler
Source:ww.islamonline.net
Tuesday, May 10, 2005

WHAT IF YOU FIND A WATCH IN THE SAND?



Suppose you found a watch in the middle of the desert. What would you conclude? Would you think someone had dropped the watch? Or would you suppose that the watch came by itself?

Of course, no sane person would say the watch just happened to emerge from the sand. All the intricate working parts could not simply develop from the metals that lay buried in the earth. The watch must have a manufacturer.

If a watch tells an accurate time, we expect the manufacturer must be intelligent. Blind chance cannot produce a working watch.

But what else tells accurate time? Consider the sunrise and the sunset. Their timings are so strictly regulated that scientists can publish in advance the sunrise and sunset times in your daily newspapers. But who regulated the timings of sunrise and sunset? If a watch cannot work without an intelligent maker, how can the sun appear to rise and set with such clockwork regularity? Could this occur by itself?

Consider also that we benefit from the sun only because it remains at a safe distance from the earth. A distance that averages 93 million miles. If it got much closer, the earth would burn up. And if it got too far away, the earth would turn into an icy planet making human life here impossible. Who decided in advance that this was the right distance? Could it just happen by chance?

There is no power or might except Allah The Most High,The Great.

Monday, May 09, 2005

True Love VS Metaphorical Love


True love ['Ishq Haqiqi] refers to love for Allah swt, while metaphorical love
['Ishq Majazi] refers to love for creation when it exists for the sake of fulfilling one's base desires.


In short, true love is love of Allah swt, Lord of the universe, and metaphorical love is love for creation. Metaphorical Love: Allah, the Lord of the worlds, has placed an instinctive mutual attraction between men and women.

However, He has also placed some restrictions and conditions for their relationships. If they live within these limits, they will be rewarded. If they exceed these limits, they will be punished. When purification of the soul [ tazkiyah al-nafs ] is not achieved, a man's mind is always preoccupied with thoughts of women.


Similarly, women may be captivated by men. Even if the whole world praises the beauty of a certain woman, she herself can become infatuated with the physical beauty of one man. One of the greatest stories of love between man and a woman is that of Laila and Majnun. Due to its fame, 'ishq laila [ love for Laila] has become another term for ishq majazi[metaphorical love] as Majnun's love for Laila is symbolic of the love of worldly objects.

Majnun's real name was Qais. His story falls in the period of Hadrat Hasan(ra). Qais was deeply taken by Laila. He once met Hadrat Hasan(ra) who said, Qais, I have made peace with Amir Mu'awiyah(ra). I have handed the reigns of leadership to those suited for it. Qais kept silent for a while. Hadrat Hasan asked him, What are you thinking about? He replied, I was thinking that the governorship actually suits Laila. Upon hearing this Hadrat Hasan stated, You are crazy[ Anta Majnun]! and from then on he became known as Majnun.Once Majnun's father told him, Because of you I have had to face considerable disgrace. The tales of your infatuation have spread far and wide. Come, I will take you to the Sacred Ka'bah. There, you can sincerely repent for your sins. When Majnun reached the sacred Ka'bah, he clasped the shroud of the Ka'bah and supplicated:

O Allah, I repent of all my sins,But I repent not of my love of Laila.

When his father heard him say this, he looked angrily at him. Then Majnun recited another couplet:

O Lord, never remove my love for her,And have mercy upon that person who says amen for my supplication.

Once a person saw Majnun kissing the feet of a dog. He asked Majnun, Why are you doing that? Majnun replied, This dog has just come from the street on which Laila lives. That is why I am kissing its feet. What else can such an obsessed and insane person be called except for Majnun [crazy]!

Majnun used to circle the street where Laila lived, reciting the following couplets:

I circle the walls of the house of Laila Sometimes I kiss this wall, sometimes I kiss that one,It is not love for these walls that has infatuated my heart,But the love of who lives within them.

Once, the mayor of the city thought that he should actually see with his own eyes the girl whom Majnun's love have made famous. When Laila was brought before him, he was astounded to see that she was just an ordinary girl without any extraordinary features, figure, or complexion. He said to her, You are no prettier than any other girl. She retorted, Keep quiet. You are not Majnun. It is for this reason that the metaphorical lover claims that Laila should be beheld by the eyes of Majnun.


True love is permissible and is an act of worship [ibadah]; whereas metaphorical love is impermissible and sinful.True love secures one's religion as well as worldly life; whereas metaphorical love destroys them.True love will one day result in meeting the Beloved (saws) whereas metaphorical love will one day result in separation from the beloved.True love illuminates the heart; whereas metaphorical love darkens it..True love breathes life into the heart; whereas metaphorical love brings it death.True love brings one respect and honor; whereas metaphorical love leads one to disgrace.True love's fervor is everlasting; whereas metaphorical love's zeal is temporary.In true love the lover's final adobe is Heaven [Jannah]; whereas in metaphorical love the lover's final adobe is Hell [Jahannam].

True love's road is one on which all difficulties are endured easily; whereas in metaphorical love every difficulty is a punishment.In true love the lovers' faces glow with the freshness of spring; whereas in metaphorical love the lovers' faces cast the dreariness of winter.


Love for Allah By Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad (db)

Thursday, May 05, 2005

THE GREAT JOURNEY


TICKET: One-way (return ticket not available)



COST: absolutely free



RESERVATION: confirmed



ELIGIBILITY: Tickets will be issued to the following:



NAME: Child of Adam



IDENTIFICATION: piece of clay



ADDRESS: Surface of the Earth



DETAILS OF JOURNEY:



Departure Point: Anywhere on Earth



Destination: Second World



Hotel to be temporarily accommodated!: two meters space



Duration: few seconds or few minutes



Time of Departure: Time of Death



IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS:

All passengers are requested to keep in mind that the tickets are non-negotiable and non-transferable. Therefore everyone must be ready and keep an eye out for the pilot of the plane -HAZRAT IZRAEIL- THE ANGEL OF DEATH.



For more information, read instructions..... to be found in the Holy Quran and the Sunnah. You can also consult the learned Ulama.



IT IS IMPORTANT that this is done as soon as possible. You are reminded that no oxygen mask will be given as it is not required, in fact your repiratory system will be closed down before the journey begins.



LUGGAGE:

Even though each plane carries only one passenger, restrictions are imposed on the luggage that can be taken with you. You are allowed to carry 5 meters of white clothes and a small amount of cotton. The real luggage must be good deeds, good conduct, time spent in inviting mankind to good deeds and prohibiting evil, Ilm obtained and used properly, children raised and educated to be good Muslims. Apart from these and luggage of these types, other luggage will be at your own risk.



There is no need for any boarding pass, passport or other travel documents, just get ready. To get ready.... attendance of the 5 daily prayers in the Masjid or with Jamaat is highly recommended.



Study the Quran and Sunnah and put them into practice.



This ticket may be called in at any time so prepare now!



'The pleasures of this life will end with this life. Whereas your good deeds will bring YOU eternal happiness.'

Author: Unknown

The Lesson of Death

Man desires life, but sooner or later, he has to come to terms with death. Just as he is at the peak of his career, death comes and shatters it all. Suddenly, he has to face a world for which he has made no preparation.

Man aims at establishing his own glory on earth, but death comes and demolishes all the delusions of grandeur which he had nurtured, teaching him how powerless he is before death. Man wants to be his own lord and master, but his helplessness in the hands of fate shows that he has no control over his destiny. Man wants to satisfy his desires in this world, but he is foiled by death, which constantly eludes him in this world.

We must learn from death, for the secret of life is hidden in the message it has to teach us. Death shows us that we are not our own masters; that our stay on earth is only temporary; that the world is no place for the realization of our dreams. Death teaches us how to live; it shows us the way to real success.
Sunday, May 01, 2005

FIVE PHRASES WE SHOULD PRACTICE...


The best manner to avoid having negative attitudes and emotions control our bodies is simply to practice the wisdoms that we have been given throughout the Qur'an and Hadith. We should say,

1 "Alhamdullilah" It produces calm and health to practice saying, "Alhamdulillah" for what we have .


2."Insha'Allah" for what we intend

3. "Subhana' Allah" when we see something exciting or amazing

4. Astaghfir'Allah" when we lose our tempers or become weak.
and most importantly


5. "Allahu Akbar" when we are faced with the challenges of life.
These five phrases, said regularly, are like taking a multi-vitamin for holistic health.


There is much wisdom in the Prophet's (SAW) statement (narrated by
Abu Huraira),


"The strong [person] is not the one who overcomes the people by his strength, but the strong [person] is the one who controls himself while in anger."

In fact, staying patient and calm is key to physical strength.