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Sunday, May 28, 2006

The Flower and The Pearl

One day, a brilliantly beautiful and fragrant flower with attractive colors met a pearl that lives far in the bottom of the sea and has none of these characteristics. Both got acquainted with each other.

The flower said: "Our family is large; roses and daisies are members of the family. And there are many other species that are various and countless,each has a distinctive scent, appearance ...etc."Suddenly, a tinge of distress appeared on the flower.

"Nothing accounts for sorrow in your talk; so why are u depressed?" The pearl asked.

Human beings deal with us carelessly; they slight us. They don't grow us for our sake but to get pleasure from our fragrance and beautiful appearance. They throw us on the street or in the garbage can after we are dispossessed of the most valuable properties; brilliance and fragrance" The flower sighed. And then the flower said to the pearl: "Speak to me about your life! How do you live? How do you feel it? You are buried in the bottom of the sea.”

The pearl answered: "Although I have none of your distinctive colors and sweet scents, humans think I am precious. They do the impossible to procure me. They go on long journeys, dive deep in the seas searching for me. You might be astounded to know that the further I lay, the more beautiful and brilliant I become. That's what upraises my value in their thought. I live in a thick shell isolated in the dark seas. However, I'm happy and proud to be in a safe zone far from wanton and mischievous hands and still the humans consider me highly valuable"

Do you know what the flower and the pearl symbolize? The flower is the unveiled woman ( who shows her charms) and the pearl is the veiled woman (who conceals her beauties).

Think about it!
Saturday, May 27, 2006

Tawakkultu 'Alallah

by Amatullah

covered by incomprehensible confusion,
stifled by angst,


just wanna go back
and do things differently.
reality is obscured,
i don't have the answers
to the questions
that shatter my peace of mind.
i don't have the courage
to change,
i am
where am i?
who am i?

where can i turn?

please someone,
help me.
just change the inner turmoil to peace,
who is there to help me?

from deep down inside
a spark
a voice
reaches out,
urging me to do
what i KNOW i must do.

i bow my head in shame.
How could i have turned elsewhere?
How could i have forgotten HIM?
HE, who has all the answers,
HE, who did not desert me
even though i deserted HIM,
HE, who has been waiting for me.

i pour out my soul's grief
from the porcelain jug of my heart.
i lay it all at HIS open door,
i leave it all in HIS outstretched hands,

Now there's a beat in my heart
I hadn't noticed it before,
The beat...
Of incomprehensible hope,
Of unending light,
Of Divine forgiveness,

Now life is transformed.
HIS beautiful qualities
Tranquilize my life,
Just as the rainbow
Colours the pure sky
After the hurricane.

I have rediscovered my
Purpose in life.
And though I still don't know all the answers,
It all makes sense now.
Allahu Akbar!

HE has all the answers,
HE will see me through,
HE will give me strength.
For HIS eternal promise:
HE will NEVER give me,
Has NEVER given me,
A burden I cannot bear.

Oh ALLAH, the Creator of Honesty and Justice,
You are The Most Wise, The Most Merciful.
Oh ALLAH, forgive me!
Oh ALLAH, I love Thee!
Thursday, May 25, 2006

Jahangir and the Queen

Courtesy: Al-Haadi Volume 13 Number 2

Jahangir and the Queen

Jahangir was one of the famous kings of India. The love of Jahangir for his queen NurJahan was very famous. The king was also well known for his justice. His sense of justice is portrayed in the following incident related by Allamah Shibli (R.A.):
"NurJahan was one day sitting on the roof terrace. Suddenly a wayfarer who had trespassed onto the palace grounds caught sight of her. Her self esteem and beauty could not tolerate a stranger setting eyes on her. She immediately grabbed a pistol and shot at the wayfarer, killing him instantly.


When the news reached Jahangir, he first verified whether it was true. NurJahan, proud and confident due to her position in the eyes of the king, confessed to killing the man. Jahangir immediately asked a Mufti for the Shar`i ruling in this case. The Mufti replied that the killer should be beheaded.
The next instant Jahangir had issued the order that his wife be arrested and put into chains. He then instructed the swordsman to execute her. Gone were her beauty and the special position she enjoyed in the eyes of the king. NurJahan quickly sent a note to the king stating that the payment of blood money is also an option. Jahangir once again sought a Fatwa on this matter. He was told that blood money could be paid only if the immediate relatives agree to accept it in lieu of the execution. NurJahan thus sent 100 000 dirhams (silver coins) to the family of the deceased. However, they did not accept the money but in turn forgave her and requested the king to withdraw the order to execute her."


There are many lessons to be learnt from this incident. The Qur'an demands that one should uphold justice even if it be against one's own kith and kin. Often in such a situation, due to emotions one forgets justice. Hence the near and dear are supported even if they are wrong. Despite Jahangir's love for his wife, he upheld the cause of justice.


Another lesson is the deep self-respect that NurJahan possessed. Although her instant reaction of killing the man was incorrect, it was triggered by the very deep sense of self esteem which could not tolerate any stranger setting eyes on her. She certainly possessed some degree of the spirit of Hazrath Fatima (R.A.). Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) once asked the Sahaba (R.A): "What is best for a woman?" The answer which delighted Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) came from non other than his beloved daughter Sayyidah Fatima (R.A), who said: " She does not see any (non-mahram) man and nor does any man get to see her (Kanzul Ummaal vol.16; pg. 206)."

Wednesday, May 24, 2006



Funny how a $100 "looks" so big when you take it to masjid,
but so small when you take it to the mall.

Funny how long it takes to pray jumma for an hour,
but how quickly a team plays 60 minutes of basketball.

Funny how long a couple of hours spent at masjid are,
but how short they are when watching a movie.

Funny how we can't think of anything to say when we pray,
but don't have difficulty thinking of things to talk about to a friend.

Funny how we get thrilled when a baseball game goes into extra innings,
but we complain when a Khutba is longer than the regular time.

Funny how hard it is to read a chapter in the Quran,
but how easy it is to read 100 pages of a best selling novel.

Funny how people want to get a front seat at any game or concert,

but scramble to sit in the back row in the musjid.

Funny how we need 2 or 3 weeks advance notice to fit a Islamic event into our schedule,
but can adjust our schedule for other events at the last moment.

Funny how hard it is for people to learn a simple Hadith well enough to tell others,
but how simple it is for the same people to understand and repeat gossip.

Funny how we believe what the newspaper say,
but question what the Quran says.

Funny how everyone wants to go to heaven provided they do not have to believe, or think, or say, or do anything.

Funny how you can send a thousand 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Allah, people think twice about sharing.


Are you laughing?

Are you thinking?
Tuesday, May 23, 2006

1st Annual International Poetry Competition in Praise of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam)

Apologies for the lack of updates as the administrators were on Umrah, Alhumdulillah. Insha Allah the blog will henceforth be updated regularly. Request for Duas.
LanAllah Team


1st Annual International Praise the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) Poetry Competition


Please spread the word and participate for the Pleasure of Allah , insha Allah