Archive for July, 2007

Expression of Thoughts

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A word, a sentence, a quote, a picture, can mean so much when you want to narrate, describe, argue or just simply define. You can write, read or listen to it at any time of the day and it has the ability to evoke in its readers emotions of joy, sorrow, imagination, anger and reflection.

The following site is one I have found truly inspirational from people’s writings of POETRY

http://islamicpoetry.org/

 

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Miracles of the Quran: Fingerprints

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 “We shall show them Our signs on the horizons and within themselves until it will become clear to them that it is the Truth. Does it not suffice that your Lord is Witness over all things?”

Qur’an:41:53

The following video made me realize how much more in depth I still need to spend time reading the Quran in order to better understand its meaning.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC8kUPZEHAI

Islamic Art

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What is it about Islamic art?

Art collections like ceramics, textiles, carpets, metalwork, glass and calligraphy have always fascinated me. It is the nonrepresentational decoration of this table that can be appreciated for having the absence of figural imagery which is at least within a religious context.

 

For any audience a visit to a museum that display Islamic galleries can represent the first step toward understanding the history of a religion and a culture that are often in the news but are little understod.

I really enjoyed viewing the following link:

http://www.metmuseum.org/Works_Of_Art/department.asp?dep=14

 

Hadiths live on………

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What do you usually think of when you hear the word kindness?

Is it opening doors for others?  Is it visiting someone who has been sick at home or at the hospital? Maybe sending an email card to someone. Leaving a tip for the waiter/waitress. All of these are good things.

What do you think when you think about kindess?

I thought about a lot when I read the following hadiths. I think there is more in the meaning of these hadiths than anything.

Narrated Jarir bin ‘Abdullah: Allah’s Messenger said, “Allah will not show mercy to him who does not show mercy to others.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Narrated ‘Aishah: Allah’s Messenger said, “Allah is Kind and He loves kindness, and confers upon kindness which He does not confer upon severity, and does not confer upon any thing besides it (kindness).” (Muslim)

Today, our culture tolerates rude, angry, unkind, and violent behavior. No one really likes this, but they have become so commonplace that we have just accepted it. Talk shows and sports thrive on a culture of conflict in which it is more important to be tough and take no bad judgements from anybody.

Kindness is the overall action of goodness directed to others. I wish there were more people who could strive to live up to our understanding of what Prophet (PBUH) has left through the evidence of a simple hadith but yet so meaningful.

“No act of kindness, however small is ever wasted.”

The following fable is one that I would like to recommend for children. Just for fun!!

It introduces the idea of kind deeds.

Lion and the Mouse

by Gail Hermann

Food for Thought

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“And tall (and stately) palm-trees, with shoots of fruit-stalks piled one over another” (Noble Qur’an 50:10)

It is soft to the touch, gooey when chewed and sweet to the taste. What is it?

The best dry fruit anyone can ever get their hands into-DATES

Today I had some for snack and so I decided to explore more on its background. First of all, Muslims traditionally break their fast with dates and water. This is a tradition that goes back to the Prophet (saw). Many hadiths report that the Prophet(saw) encouraged us to eat dates for a variety of reasons. Reference has also been made in following verse of Surah Maryam.

In the Qur’an when the mother of Prophet Jesus(as) was giving birth to him and she was experiencing pain, she was told to: ” Shake the trunk of the palm towards you and fresh, ripe dates will drop down onto you.” ( Quran 19:23-26)

There is considerable wisdom the way Allah recommends that Maryam to eat this fruit. Scientific studies have shown that eating dates are beneficial for pregnant women and nursing mother. Please read the following for more on this great tasting fruit.

http://www.islamonline.net/english/science/2004/04/article05.shtml

All these facts about dates reveal Allah’s infinite knowledge and compassion for human beings. As we have seen, the benefits of the date, especially during pregnancy and only recently established by modern medical science, were indicated in the Quran many years ago.

  It is clear that it is one of the oldest known species of plant, the date is today a food of preference not only for its delicious taste but also for its nutritious properties. New benefits imparted by the date are being discovered every day and has come to be used as a medicine as well as a food.

 

Finally, the hadith also makes mention of the dates in the following:

Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) said: the prophet (PBUH) said: “Indeed in dates there is a cure.” Reported by Muslim (14/3) and Ahmad (6/152)

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Whoever finds dates should break his fast with them and the one who does not should break his fast with water because it is pure.”

Overall, dates are considered a fruit and what better way to get your 5 serving of fruits than to eat them.

Happy EATING and to good HEALTH!!!

Health and Mental Benefits

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 This summer I made  a commitment that every new month would be a different topic that focused on building my understanding of Islam. Thus, so far I will always have this committment each new month becasue it has not been easy to memorize all the hadiths I have read so far. However, I have found the benefit of taking what I have read and remembering that I could look for it again and of course by writing down the ones that have inspired me which are now taped by my desk.

Just the other day, I came across the following verse in the Quran:

And by it He makes crops grow for you and olives and dates and grapes and fruit of every kind. There is certainly a Sign in that
for people who reflect.
(Qur’an, 16:11)

For someone who does not read or write the Arabic language, I decided to explore more on the scientific miracles of the Quran. Wow, Alhamdulillah there were so many things that I had heard people talk about when it comes to medical cures and certain foods. However,  I did not ask or understand the source it had been derived from to be convinced that I should eat honey or get into the practice of consuming as much olive oil as I can either for cooking  or dipping bread into it. All that sounds good but there must be more wisdom than just giving me suggestions to the many aspects of seeking a health advantage.

For example, one of the foods to which attention is drawn in the Qur’an is the olive. Research has revealed that the olive is not just a delicious food but also represents an important source of good health. In addition to the olive itself, olive oil is also an important source of nutrition. Attention is drawn to the oil of the olive tree in the following verse in the Quran:

Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The metaphor of His Light is that of a niche in which is a lamp, the lamp inside a glass, the glass like a brilliant star, lit from a blessed tree, an olive, neither of the east nor of the west, its oil all but giving off light even if no fire touches it. Light upon Light. Allah guides to His Light whoever He wills and Allah makes metaphors for mankind and Allah has knowledge of all things. (Qur’an, 24:35)

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The life and day of a new event

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As I sit here and type, I never realized that  getting the flow of thoughts on the screen has helped me discover how helpful it has been to express what I have found to be just simply an exchange of information. Anyway, we are half way through 2007 and as I glance over to my calendar, to see how many more weeks are left of this extended holiday before I return back to work I can’t help but to as well notice that Ramadan is yet another moment that we will be anxiously awaiting to embrace,  Insh’Allah.

You who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you – so that hopefully, you will fear [and respect] Allah.
(Surat al-Baqara: 183)

My first Ramadan was something I experienced a very long time ago and it was not easy. Fasting for the whole month, prayer, being watchful of the time, not thinking of food, rushing to beat traffic after work,  stopping at the store after work, impatiently waiting to pay my purchases to now having to face all that traffic across town to just begin cooking, and the list goes on.

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