Archive for February, 2008

Just 11 minutes

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The following video clip is one that I would like to share for its uniqeness and commonalities that some of us share with fear of death and what life means to us without our loved ones.

Does it really matter?

 http://video.stumbleupon.com/#p=ithct48cqw

Highlighting Attitudes

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To all my blog sisters and brothers. You must click below to view an amazing scene that portrays our daily lives in an unfortunate way. The question is what would we do if something like this happened to someone we are standing next to. Is it the moment to come forward and respond and defend the individual or do we back away and stay away from creating judgements?

Take a look and YOU decide.

http://www.abcnews.go.com/Primetime/WhatWouldYouDo/

In the end we should support ordinary citizens of all faiths against bias attitudes.

A Heart’s Journey

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I came across the following article that left me an enlightening message. I hope that you ca benefit as well.

Polishing the Heart

Abud-Dardaa’ (Radiyallaahu ‘anhu) said: “For everything there is a polish and the polish for the heart is the dhikr of Allaah.” Imaam Al-Bayhaqee relates from Ibn ‘Umar (Radiyallaahu ‘anhu) that Allaah’s Messenger (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallem) said: “For everything there is a polish, and the polish for the hearts is the dhikr (remembrance) of Allaah. There is nothing more potent in saving a person from the punishment of Allaah than the dhikr of Allaah.” It was said: Not even Jihaad in the Path of Allaah. So he replied: “Not even if you were to continue striking with your sword until it breaks.” (5) There is no doubt that hearts becomes rusty just as copper and silver coins become rusty. The polish for (this rust) is the dhikr of Allaah. This is because (dhikr) is like a polish (which polishes the heart) like a shiny mirror. When dhikr is left, the rust returns. But when dhikr resumes, then the heart is (again) polished. And hearts become rusty due to two things: (1) neglecting remembering Allaah, and (2) committing sins. The polish for these two things is: (1) seeking Allaah’s forgiveness and (2) dhikr

Confusing Truth With Falsehood:

Whoever neglects [remembering Allaah] most of the time, then his heart will become rusty in accordance with how neglectful the person is. And when this (filthy) rust accumulates on the heart, then it no longer recognizes things as they really are. Thus, it views falsehood as if it is the truth, and truth as if it is falsehood. This is because this rust darkens and confuses the heart’s perception, and so it is unable to truly recognize things for what they really are. So as the rust accumulates, the heart gets blackened, and as this happens the heart becomes stained with this filthy rust, and when this occurs it corrupts the heart’s perception and recognition of things. The heart (then) does not accept the truth nor does it reject falsehood, and this is the greatest calamity that can strike the heart. Being neglectful (of dhikr) and following of whims and desires is a direct consequence of such a heart, which (further) extinguish the heart’s light and blinds its vision. Allaah Ta’aala said: “And do not obey him whose heart We have made to be neglectful of Our remembrance, one who follows his own whims and desires and whose affairs are furat (have gone beyond bounds and whose deeds have been lost).”   (Sooratul-Kahf 18:28)

Qualities Of A Guide:

So when a worshipper desires to follow another person, then let him see: Is this person from the people of dhikr, or from the people who are negligent (about remembering Allaah)? Does this person judge in accordance with his whims and desires, or by the Revelation? So, if he judges by whims and desires then he is actually from those people who are negligent; those whose affairs have gone beyond bounds and whose deeds are lost.  Indeed, there is no difference between the living and the dead, except with the dhikr of Allaah; since (the Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallem) said: “The example of one who remembers Allaah and someone who does not, is like the example between the living and the dead.” 

 

A Word: Multiple Meanings

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What is the meaning of Alhamdulillah? 

It is usually translated as, “All praise is due to Allah.”  In the reality of our lives, what does it truly mean? Depends from an individual perspective I think. However, it is not just a word on our lips. I believe that it is a genuine feeling in our hearts.  Once, I read that “Alhamdulillah” means when you don’t have something you need or want, you are content with your fate; when you have a limited quantity of that thing, you are content with it, and you try to share it when you have a lot, or when you are content that youa re searching for ways to share it more. Therefore, no matter what your condition, you are grateful to Allah for that condition. In another words, I believe it is a recognition that all that Allah has given us or taken from us id the best for us.

For Allah mentions, “This is of the grace of my Lord that He try me whether I am grateful or ungrateful; and whoever is grateful, he is grateful only for his own soul, and whoever, is ungrateful, then surely my Lord is Self-sufficient, Honored. (27:40)

A Hadith that was found by Ibin Qayim Al Jawziyyah, p.70

Allah had given us so much, and our duty as Muslims is to be grateful for those many blessings. Ibin Abid-Dunya mentioned that Dawud asked Allah, “What is the least of your blessings?” Allah revealed to him to take a breath. Dawud did so, and Allah told him, This is the least of my blessings on you.” 

 When I read this I was like “WOW” to just take an involuntary action such as a simple breath that basically sustains us is quite a blessing from Allah.

The blessings of ALahmudlillah are many in itself.

Narrated Samurah ibn Jundab: The dearest words to Allah are four: SubhanAllah (Hallowed be Allah), Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah), La ilaha illallah (There is no god but Allah), and AllahuAkbar (God is the Greatest)… Sahih Muslim: Book 24, Number 5329.

Narrated Anas ibn Malik: Allah’s Apostle (peace_be_upon_him) said: Allah is pleased with His servant who says: Alhamdulillah while taking a morsel of food and while drinking. Sahih Muslim: Book 34, Number 6592.

I pray that ALlah gives me and everyone the faith, patience and gratitude to implement “Alhamdulilah” into our lives as true and pious slaves of Allah. May He forgive me, us, we as He guides us and provides the best in this life and the next.

Ameen

Death:No Escape

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“It is He who has created life and death, so that He may test which of
you is best in deed” (Surah Al- Mulk 67:2).

There is no cure for death. A cure for cancer exists, a cure for AIDS exists and a cure for every other disease exists, except death. The Messenger of Allaah (saws) said: ‘Allaah has not created a disease
except that He has created a cure for it, except for a single disease
… old age”

Death is that harsh reality which is faced by every human who lives. It is the one thing which we will all experience – be we men, women,Muslims, Christians, Blacks, Whites or any other type of person on
this earth. It is something which does not discriminate. It is that long journeys end by which the righteous will benefit from, and the unrighteous will suffer from. It is the return to the One who has created this phenomenon so that He, may judge us all for what we have done.

However, death is no longer remembered amongst mankind, unless a relative or a loved one passes away. And even then, tears are shed for a brief time before we forget again about this reality. We see it as something far off in the horizon, which will not touch us for a long time to come. But whilst we enjoy the pleasures and comforts of life, death comes ever nearer to the soul. It creeps up on us like a shadow in the night, when we least expect it. Every breath we take, every move we make it comes closer:

“Indeed they see it as distant, but We see it as near” (Surah
Al-Ma’arij 70:6-7).
It is something which is truly in the hands of Allaah.

This life and all its desires and pleasures will indeed be cut off by death, as the Messenger of. Allaah (saws) described it as: “… The destroyer of desires” [6]. And which desire can be greater, then the
false desire which all these people have of living forever on this earth.


 So how does Islam view this reality? As Muslims we have been told by our Messenger (saws) that this world is a transitionary period. The Prophet (saws) said: “Live in this world as if you are a stranger or a
traveller ” [7]. This life is not meant to be an abode of settlement by which we gather all the pleasures possible and make plans for a permanent residence. Rather, it should be like a long journey on which
we gather all that we need to get to our destination. This destination being the Hereafter and death the journeys end.

Allaah says:“But truly the home of the hereafter is the actual life, if only they
knew” (Surah Al-Ankaboot 29:64).

To Learn is to Live

  

This is beautiful story… … …
 An old American Muslim lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern
Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning Grandpa wakeup early
sitting at the kitchen table reading his Quran. His grandson wanted
to be just like him and tried to imitate him in every way he could.
One day the grandson asked, “Grandpa! I try to read the Qur’an just
like you but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand I forget
as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Qur’an do?”
The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and
replied, “Take this coal basket down to the river and bring me back a
basket of water.” The boy did as he was told, but all the water
leaked out before he got back to the house. The grandfather laughed
and said, “You’ll have to move a little faster next time,” and sent
him back to the river with the basket to try again. This time the boy
ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home.
Out of breath, he told his
 grandfather that it was impossible to carry water in a basket, and
he went to get a bucket instead. The old man said, “I don’t want a
bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You’re just not trying
hard enough,” and he went out the door to watch the boy try again. At
this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his
grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would
Leak out before he got back to the house. The boy again dipped the
basket into river and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather
the basket was again empty. Out of breathe, he said, “See Grandpa,
it’s useless!” “So you think it is useless?” The old man said, “Look
at the basket.” The boy looked at the basket and for the first time
realized that the basket was different. It had been transformed from
a dirty old coal basket and was now clean, inside and out. “Son,
that’s what happens when you read the Qur’an. You might not
understand or remember everything, but when
 you read it, you will be changed, inside and out. That is the work
of Allah in our lives.”
 If you feel this email is worth reading, please forward to your
contacts/friends. Prophet Muhammad (P.b.u.h) says: “The one who
guides to good will be rewarded equally”
 

Eating to YOU

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Did you know about apricots? Well, I discovered that this sweet beautifully orange colored fruit has many health benefits. I even discovered that certain cultures use them in their cooking. In traditional Chinese medicine, apricots are helpful in regenerating body fluids, detoxifying, and quenching thirst.

I prefer to eat dried apricots and in jam. Whether you prefer them fresh or dried, I have been convinced that this sweeten fruit has many nutritional value. Dried apricots are high in potassium and this helps prevent high blood pressure. It is also rich in fiber which helps constipation.

So, have a handful of dried apricots and eat freely.