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Sunday, June 26, 2005

Four Year Old Man

There was an old man who was 80 years old. He used to walk with the aid of a walking stick. One day, as he was walking on the street, the emperor met him. Astonished by his old age, he asked: "How old are you?"

Old man: "I am 4 years old."
Emperor: "I don't believe you."
Old man: "How old do you think I am?"
Emperor: "About 80 years old."
Old man: "You are right.But out of 80 years, subtract 76 years."
Emperor: "Why?"

Old man: "Because for 76 years, I have wasted my life. I did not perform any good deeds. Allah's Commands, I never obeyed. Five time Salaah, I never prayed. Hungry beggars, I turned away. Holy Ramadhaan came, but I never fasted. Never gave any Zakaah. All charities, I ignored. Hajj was fardh, but I would not part with my money. But now, it is four years since I have come to my senses and have started to obey Allah and perform good deeds. Therefore, I am 4 years old; and the other 76 years, I have wasted."~ by Shamima Khalifa Age 8
Thursday, June 09, 2005

The Other Side Of The River

By Anonymous

It was a joke about a man on the riverbank asking a
woman on the opposite bank how to get to the other side.
She replied that he was already on the other side.

"Life and thruth is often a matter of perspective and viewpoint."

I thought about that issue for a good part of the day.
It was short and somewhat funny but extremely profound.

Do you realize how many people are trying to get to the very
side that you are already on while you are trying to get somewhere else?

Do you know how many people wish they had a good husband or wife like you do?

Do you realize how many couples wish they had children like you do?

Do you know how many suffering people wish they had a pain-free body like you do?

Do you know how many people wish they had just enough money to pay their basic bills like you do?

Do you realize how many people wish they could get to the weight that you are already at?

Do you realize how many people wish they had a job like you do?

Do you realize how many people wish they could see like you can?

...could hear like you can?

...could walk like you can?

I, like most people reading this, wish for many things.I have alot of dreams and visions.

"Perspective" really made me think and realize that with so many of the rivers of life,

I'm already on the"other" side.

So are you.
Saturday, June 04, 2005


Amel S. Abdullah

Picture it: your alarm clock fails and you wake up late on the day of a big meeting at work. Frantically, you get dressed and run out the door, only to see your bus pulling away from the curb. You cannot flag down the driver, and the next bus will not come for another hour. Without doubt, you will be late for the meeting.

"Every cloud has a silver lining."

It is a short phrase with a lot of meaning, encouraging us to look for the bright side to life's disappointments and disasters. It is funny how we are often irritated by something like missing a bus or a meeting, yet we would be so grateful if it turned out that the bus had been destined for an accident, killing everyone on board. In this case, we would say that being late was a blessing.

There are silver linings in every situation, but we often do not look beyond the surface in order to find Allah's blessings, which are not always as obvious as a fatal accident that we managed to avert. Sometimes, blessings are hidden and remain so. For example, what if a thief had been planning to rob your house while you were at work, but he has lost the opportunity when you returned home that morning after missing the bus? Or what if missing the bus led you to get into a long conversation about Islam with your neighbor whom you never usually see, and that person ended up becoming a Muslim many years later, long after you moved away?

You might never find out about the thief or the person who embraced Islam, or some other important thing that happened because you missed the bus that day. But this does not make those incidents any less real. For this reason, we should always thank Allah for everything that happens in our lives and have confidence that everything happens for a reason, according to Allah's wisdom.

Having this great belief in Allah's wisdom and Divine Plan distinguishes Muslims from people of other faiths, who often question Allah's Plan or even get angry with Allah when something bad happens. How can Allah allow people to kill one another? How does Allah let babies die? Why is there so much anguish in the world? Most of us have heard such questions, which are frequently motivated by the pain of having experienced or witnessed a tragic event.

Al-Hasan al-Basri advised: "Do not hate the trials that befall you or the calamities that happen to you, for they may be something that you hate but it leads to your salvation, and there may be something that you love, but it leads to your doom."

In order to understand why tragedy strikes, we have to understand that life can certainly be tough, that it may be filled with disappointments, and that the manner in which we handle such disappointments is a test of our character and faith.

The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said: 'How wonderful is the affair of the believer, for his affairs is all good, and this applies to no one except the believer. If something good happens to him, he gives thanks and that is good for him, and if something bad happens to him, he bears it with patience, and he will be rewarded for that, so everything that Allah has decreed for the Muslim is good.' [Muslim]

He also said: 'Whoever Allah wishes good for, He inflicts him (with hardship)'

Besides patience, the trials we experience in life teach us many virtues, such as gratitude to Allah and having compassion for others who may be going through even worse situations. One woman was consumed with sadness when her young son's finger was severely cute in an accident. But then she thought about other children who had lost their entire hands or been completely disfigured in worse accidents and felt relief at the relative case of almost losing a finger.

The same woman recalls a time when she had no heat in her home during the coldest months of winter and describes the experiences as a life-changing event. "It woke me up to the reality of poverty," she says. "My situation was temporary, but there are people who live continuously without the comforts that many of us take for granted.

I realized that I had to start getting involved.Indeed, life's calamities have the effect of shocking us into action. The unexpected death of a loved one, for example, often serves as a reminder that our time is limited, and that we cannot keep counting on tomorrow to do good deeds and be better Muslims.

The time to accomplish our goals is now, because tomorrow may never come.

Allah tells us: "And we will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to the patient´┐Ż" [2:155].

Hardships teach us to be humble. In this fast-paced world, we often think the way to solve problems is to press a button, make a call or put pressure on influential people. To keep up, we might even get a little demanding at times. Eventually, however, we all face situations that are clearly beyond our control and we are reminded how weak we really are. No amount of authority, self-confidence or intelligence can prevent an earthquake, a flood, a fire, a volcano or any other disaster. Even our enormous progress in the fields of science and medicine can't stop death or keep up with disease and famine. In a moment, riches can turn to rages, happiness to misery, strength to disability, and the list goes on.

Allah says in the Qur'an: "And We have already sent (messengers) to nations before you, (O Muhammad); then We seized them with poverty and hardships that perhaps they might humble themselves (to Us). Then why, when Our punishment came to them, did they not humble themselves?" [6:42-43].

By calling on our Lord and Creator in times of hardship, we acknowledge our tremendous need for help and guidance.

Allah promises His blessings and guidance to those who combat calamity with patience and say: "Inna lilaahi wa inna ilayhe raji'oon - Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return." [2:156].

By managing our disappointments with faith, dignity and perseverance, we serve as good models for others and lend composure to even the worst of situations. While many people become confused at times of tragedy, it is at these very moments that we have to help ourselves and the ones we love by pulling together and focusing on the bigger picture.

The Prophet, sallallahu alayhe wa sallam, said, 'Worshipping at times of tribulations and confusion is like migrating to join me.']Muslim]

He also said, 'There is nothing that befalls a believer, not even a thorn that pricks him, but Allah will record one good deed for him and will remove one bad deed from him.'[Muslim]

So whether we are immersed in tragedy or simply bothered by the minor annoyances of daily life, we should always strive to make the best of every situation and remember that life's trials are a necessary part of developing a good Muslim character.

And Allah knows best.
Wednesday, June 01, 2005



Air, water, mountains, animals, plants, your body, the armchair in which you sit, in short, everything, from the smallest to the largest thing that you see, touch and feel, are made up of atoms. Both of your hands and also this book you're holding now are made up of atoms. Atoms are particles so small that it is impossible to see even one of them with using our most powerful microscope. The diameter of a single atom is one-millionth of a millimeter.

It is not possible for a man to visualize such an immensely tiny scale. Therefore, let us try to approach it using an example. Assume that you hold a key in your hand. Undoubtedly, it is not possible for you to see the atoms of this key. In order to see them, let's assume that we bring the size of this key to the size of the Earth itself. Once the key becomes as large as the earth, then each atom inside the key is the size of a cherry, and so we could finally see them.

What then exists in such a small structure? In spite of its small size, inside an atom exists a perfect, unique and complex system. Every atom consists of a central nucleus and electrons revolving around the nucleus in very distant orbits. The nucleus is located at the center of the atom and contains a certain number of protons and neutrons according to the characteristics of the atom.

The radius of the nucleus is about a ten-thousandth of the radius of the atom. Now, let's search for the nucleus of the cherry-size atoms as we enlarge the key to the dimensions of the globe as we mentioned above. But this search is futile because it is certainly impossible for us, even at this scale, to observe a nucleus, which is still amazingly small. For us to be able to see the nucleus, the cherry that represents the atom must be enlarged once again until it becomes a giant ball measuring 200 meters in diameter. In spite of this incredible dimension, the nucleus of the atom will still be no larger than a speck of dust.

Yet, it is quite amazing that, although the volume of the nucleus is about ten-billionth of that of the atom, its mass constitutes fully 99.5% of the mass of the atom. But how, then, does a thing, on the one hand, constitute almost the whole mass while it does not, on the other, take up almost any space? The reason is that the density of an atom, which constitutes its mass, is concentrated in the nucleus of the atom. What provides this is the force called the strong nuclear force. By means of this force, the nucleus of the atom is kept together without being scattered.

What we have recounted so far are only a few details about the perfect system that exists in a single atom. In fact, an atom contains an extensive structure on which entire volumes of books can be written. However, even the few details we mentioned here are enough for us to see its magnificent creation and the fact that ALLAH created it.