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Topic: Something to ponder on...
Posted By: a well wisher
Subject: Something to ponder on...
Date Posted: 05 May 2009 at 4:41pm
 

“All humans are dead except those who have knowledge ... And all those who have knowledge are asleep, except those who do good deeds ... And those who do good are deceived, except those who are sincere ... And those who are sincere are always in a state of worry”

 
(Imam Shafi' RA)





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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 06 May 2009 at 5:17pm
 
 
 
 
Only that which cannot be lost in a shipwreck is yours.
 
[Imam Ghazzali RA]


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 07 May 2009 at 3:25pm

 “The example of the heart is the example of the king and the limbs are the recruited army. Hence they all go by the orders of their king. If the king was righteous he would order righteousness and if he was corrupt he would order corruption."

  ~Ibn Qayyim RA~


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 08 May 2009 at 4:08pm




All are stricken and you are safe?
All got it wrong and you got it right?
All are blameworthy, and you have excuses?

~Anonymous~


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: Dolcy
Date Posted: 08 May 2009 at 6:49pm

A Country's Constitution

"….a constitution (of a country) is to be more like the keel on a ship: regardless of changes in winds and weather, it helps keep the ship of state moving in the right direction."
Ron Grey Leader of The Christian Heritage Party of Canada. Vol. 13 No 09



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"The heart of communication and understanding is kindness."
Eleanor Burne-Jones <>       Salvation Army Forum   November 10th, 2007


Posted By: Bill2702
Date Posted: 09 May 2009 at 6:53am
An honest man knows that revenge does not taste sweet.
 
R. Palmer


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Anything free is worth what you pay for it.


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 09 May 2009 at 4:31pm
                 
Thank you so much for these contributions Dolcy and Bill...
 
 
 
                       Do not sit idle, for indeed death is seeking you...
 
Son of Adam! You are nothing but a number of days
 
Whenever each day passes then part of you has gone.

~Al Hasan Al-Basri RA~


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: Squeegie
Date Posted: 09 May 2009 at 6:43pm
Don't run with scissors.


my mom


Posted By: The_truth
Date Posted: 10 May 2009 at 8:07am

Quotes from The Qu'ran

 

  •  And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honor.
  •  And lower unto them the wing of submission and humility through mercy, and say : "My Lord ! Bestow on them Your Mercy as they did bring me up when I was small."
  • Your Lord knows best what is in your inner-selves. If you are righteous, then, verily, he is Ever Most Forgiving to those who turn unto Him again and again in obedience, and in repentance.
  • And follow not ( i.e., say not, or do not witness not, etc.) that of which you have no knowledge ( e.g. to say, "I have heard ..", or, "I have seen ..", while in fact he has not heard or seen). Verily ! hearing, and the sight, and the heart, of each one of you will be questioned ( by Allah.)
  •  And walk not on the earth with conceit and arrogance. Verily, you can neither rend nor penetrate the earth, nor can you attain the stature like the mountains in height.
  •   All the bad aspect of these ( the above mentioned things) are hateful to your Lord.
  • This is (part) of the al-hikmah ( wisdom, good manners, and high character, etc.) which your Lord inspired to you. And set not up with Allah any other god lest you should be thrown into Hell, blameworthy and rejected ( from His Mercy.)
  •       (Translation from the Quran 17:33-39)


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[T]he sun and moon and stars are subservient to His command. Both creation and command belong to Him. Blessed be Allah,
the Lord of all the worlds.
(Qur’an, 7:54)


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 10 May 2009 at 2:03pm
Thank you Squeegie for your mom's practical wisdom....made me smile:)
 
Thank you truth for quoting these beautiful verses from the Quran...
 
 
Indeed our parents and especially moms are our greatest treasure and living proof of His mercy...May Allah swt bless them immensely and let us be a source of ease and good for them....we can never repay them....I had always wanted to write a book on my mother...All through my childhood , I dreamt of acquiring enough literary skills that could if not reach but at least touch the serene depths of mercy and compassion that is my mother...words always failed me....still after all this time I cannot do justice-my words either seem bereft of  emotion or lack the ardour that befits my condition ... the love i feel for her pervades my being and reverberates in my soul....my land is ploughed with her soul, her energy of being and I keep losing count of thread of words so that what materializes are mere shards of adulterated remembrances....a gradual shuffling.....wisps of words and sometimes paper cuts....I am not worthy of her and yet she made me worthy with her love....and He(our Lord) loves us seventy times more than her.....i cannot even fathom or grasp the intensity of His love...and though I feel small....really small in terms of my existence....this love around me makes me content and happy....it is strange yet true...anyways...we never realize how lucky we are at times...unconditional love....it is right there in front of us....waiting to be recognized...sorry for this rant but i really wish that all of us would realize the worth of our parents and treat them with love ,respect and mercy....do thank God  everyday for this gift!All praise is for Allah and All thanks to Him
 
 


Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story
 

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.


Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

 

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

~Max Ehrmann~

 
 


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 11 May 2009 at 4:08pm
 
 
“Whoever (truly) knows his Lord loves Him, and whoever (truly) knows the world does without it.”
 
~ Al-Hasan Al-Basri (RA)~


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: Dolcy
Date Posted: 12 May 2009 at 5:01am

"The News Media is quick to spread the name of a person charged with a crime, but an innocent verdict is usually missed by the public. "

Amisk <>ChurchUSA Forum July 5th, 2008


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"The heart of communication and understanding is kindness."
Eleanor Burne-Jones <>       Salvation Army Forum   November 10th, 2007


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 12 May 2009 at 3:04pm
Thank you brother Dolcy...You are right ...media conditioning is the new modus operandi to shape our thought processes but then again ...
 
“All of us who professionally use the mass media are the shapers of society. We can vulgerize that society. We can brutalize it. Or we can help lift it onto a higher level.”

William Bernbach

 
 
Let your gazing at this world be a lesson, your renunciation of it a choice, and your taking from it a necessity.
 
~Yahya ibn Mu'adh al-Razi (RA)~
 

 
 
http://thinkexist.com/quotes/like/all_of_us_who_professionally_use_the_mass_media/226984/ -  


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 13 May 2009 at 8:12am

"It is the (nature of the) soul; if you do not preoccupy it with truth, it will occupy you with falsehood. It is the (nature of the) heart; if you do not accommodate it with love of Allaah, it will dwell with love of creation and this is a certain reality. It is the (nature of the) tongue, if you do not preoccupy it with remembrance, it will most definitely occupy you with frivolity.

Thus, choose for your own self one of the two courses and confer upon it one of the two standings."

 
~Imaam Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (RA)~


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 14 May 2009 at 4:45pm

A leading scholar of Basra visited Rabi'a al-Adawiyya while she was ill.
Sitting beside her pillow, the scholar spoke about how terrible the world was. In reply, Rabi`a told him:
"You love the world very dearly. If you did not love the world, you would not mention it so much. It is always the purchaser who first disparages what he wants to buy. If you were done with the world, you would not mention it either for good or evil. As it is, you keep mentioning it because, as the proverb says, whoever loves a thing mentions it frequently."

 
- Rabi'a al-Adawiyya BASRI (RA)






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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 15 May 2009 at 4:26pm
The proper teaching is recognized with ease. You can know it without fail because it awakens within you that sensations which tells you this is something you've always known.



I have said: "Blow out the lamp!
Day is here!"
And you keep saying:
"Give me a lamp so I can find the day."
Bijaz to Hayt
 
 
~Dune-Frank Herbert~


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 16 May 2009 at 2:08pm
 
 
Life and death: they are one, at core entwined.
Who understands himself from his own strain
presses himself into a drop of wine
and throws himself into the purest flame.

~Rainer Maria Rilke


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 17 May 2009 at 4:32pm
 
 
 
When you are still fragmented,
lacking certainty-what difference
does it make what your decisions are?


(Hakim Sanai,The Walled Garden Of Truth)


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 18 May 2009 at 3:05pm

A Poet said:

ترجو النجاة ولم تسلك مسالكها

You hope for salvation but do not traverse the paths of salvation

إن السفينة لا تجري على اليبس

Indeed, the boat does not float on dry land.


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 1:57pm

‘Be more concerned for the acceptance of your action than you are for the action; for, an action with fearful obedience will not be little. How could an action which is accepted be little?’

 
[Ali ibn Abi Talib RA]


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 20 May 2009 at 2:35pm
 
 
 
Why, all delights are vain, but that most vain which, with pain purchased, doth inherit pain:
As, painfully to pore upon a book, To seek the light of truth,
which truth the while doth falsely blind the eyesight of his look.
 
 
 
 
~William Shakespeare~


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 21 May 2009 at 2:50pm
 
 
FOR we have thought the longer thoughts
And gone the shorter way.
      And we have danced to devil's tunes

Shivering home to pray;             

   To serve one master in the night,                     

Another in the day.   
 
 

   ~Ernest Hemingway~           



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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: Bill2702
Date Posted: 21 May 2009 at 11:01pm
Failing doesn't prove that we shouldn't have tried.

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Anything free is worth what you pay for it.


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 22 May 2009 at 2:20pm
 
 
How could you reach the pearl by only looking at the sea?
 If you seek the pearl, be a diver:
 the diver needs several qualities:
 he must trust his rope and his life to the Friend's hand,
 he must stop breathing, and he must jump.
 
 

~Fihi ma Fihi - Maulana Rumi (RA)~


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 22 May 2009 at 3:14pm
Originally posted by Bill2702

Failing doesn't prove that we shouldn't have tried.
 
Thank You Brother Bill
 
By the way...
 
Genuine effort is success.
Vernon Howard
 
 


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 23 May 2009 at 1:48pm
 
 
If you should rise from Nowhere up to Somewhere,
From being No one up to being Someone,
Be sure to keep repeating to yourself
You owe it to an arbitrary God
Whose mercy to you rather than to others
Won’t bear to critical examination.
Stay unassuming. If for lack of license
To wear the uniform of who you are,
You should be tempted to make up for it
In a subordinating look or toe,
Beware of coming too much to the surface
And using for apparel what was meant
To be the curtain of the inmost soul.

~ Robert Frost~



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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 24 May 2009 at 3:49pm
 
 
Voici mon secret.
 
Il est très simple :


on ne voit bien qu'avec le coeur.
L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.
 
 

Here is my secret.

It is very simple: 
 
 It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
 what is essential is invisible to the eye.
 

 

~Antoine de Saint Exupéry~



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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 25 May 2009 at 2:13pm
Little by little, wean yourself.
This is the gist of what I have to say.
From an embryo, whose nourishment comes in the blood,
move to an infant drinking milk,
to a child on solid food,
to a searcher after wisdom,
to a hunter of more invisible game.
Think how it is to have a conversation with an embryo.
You might say, "The world outside is vast and intricate.
There are wheatfields and mountain passes,and orchards in bloom.
At night there are millions of galaxies, and in sunlight
the beauty of friends dancing at a wedding."
You ask the embryo why he, or she, stays cooped up
in the dark with eyes closed.


Listen to the answer.

There is no "other world."
I only know what I've experienced.
You must be hallucinating.
 
~Maulana Rumi (RA)~


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 26 May 2009 at 4:10pm
 
 
...Finally, what is Reason ?
You have often asked me ;
and this is my answer :-
- Whene'er the mist, that stands 'twixt God and thee,
Sublimates to a pure transparency,
That intercepts no light and adds no stain-
- There Reason is, and then begins her reign !
But alas ! -
-`tu stesso, ti fai grosso Col falso immaginar,
sì che non vedi Ciò che vedresti, se l'avessi scosso.
[You yourself blind yourself With delusion's dream,
so you do not see What you'd see if you had shaken it off.]
 
 
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge~


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: Bill2702
Date Posted: 26 May 2009 at 8:47pm
Open your eyes
To blue skies
Open your mind
To being kind
Open your ears
To facing fears
 


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Anything free is worth what you pay for it.


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 27 May 2009 at 3:26pm
Thank You Brother Bill ...so true..and when we do all that we open our hearts and when that happens there is no looking back
 
Open your heart
To do your part
 
that would end it well?...what do you think?


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 27 May 2009 at 3:34pm
Have no mean hours, but be grateful for every hour, and accept what it brings. The reality will make any sincere record respectable. No day will have been wholly misspent, if one sincere, thoughtful page has been written. Let the daily tide leave some deposit on these pages, as it leaves sand and shells on the shore. So much increase of terra firma. this may be a calendar of the ebbs and flows of the soul; and on these sheets as a beach, the waves may cast up pearls and seaweed.


~Henry David Thoreau~



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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 28 May 2009 at 5:16pm

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Find us farther than to-day.

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!

Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act,–act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o’erhead!

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;–

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 28 May 2009 at 7:22pm

In the early years of Muhammad’s prophethood there was fierce persecution at the hands of the polytheists of Makkah. Muhammad and the new Muslims suffered terribly from chastisement, ridicule, slander, an unjust boycott and physical torture. In spite of this, Muhammad remained steadfast, patient and took a non-reproachful attitude throughout those 14 years. Even some of his relatives took part in the vanguard of assailants. His uncle, known in the Qur’an as Abu Lahab, threw stones at him and forced his sons to divorce their wives who were two of Muhammad’s daughters. Abu Lahab’s wife, apart from shouting profanities at him, used to tie bundles of firewood and thorns and throw it in Muhammad’s path. Neighbors threw goat dung on his back while he prayed.

In all cases Muhammad would never return abusive language, slander or ridicule any of them. He would invoke God for help and justice, and in many cases ask God to guide them to Islam. While the Makkan polytheists were torturing the family of Yasser, Muhammad comforted them. He raised his hand in prayer and said, “Be patient, you will verily find your abode in Paradise.”

How The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) prayed when faced with ignorance in taif:
 
“O Allah, I complain to You of my weakness and my insignificance in the eyes of the people. You are the most Merciful. No matter who You have put me at the mercy of – an enemy who will be stern with me, or a friend to look after my affairs – as long as You are not Angry with me, then I don’t care. However, the relief You bring would be more comfortable for me. I seek refuge with Your Face – for which the darkness has lit up, and the affairs of this world and the next are organized – from being afflicted with Your Wrath or deserving of Your Anger. You have the right to admonish as You please, and there is no might nor power except by Allah."
 
 
 


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 28 May 2009 at 7:46pm
 
Freedom of speech or freedom of slander?
 
 
If your freedom is to criticize
Then its ours to demand that you apologize



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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 29 May 2009 at 3:59pm

Yellow Glove

What can a yellow glove mean in a world of motorcars and governments?

I was small, like everyone. Life was a string of precautions: Don’t kiss the squirrel before you bury him, don’t suck candy, pop balloons, drop watermelons, watch TV. When the new gloves appeared one Christmas, tucked in soft tissue, I heard it trailing me: Don’t lose the yellow gloves.

I was small, there was too much to remember. One day, waving at a stream—the ice had cracked, winter chipping down, soon we would sail boats and roll into ditches—I let a glove go. Into the stream, sucked under the street. Since when did streets have mouths? I walked home on a desperate road. Gloves cost money. We didn’t have much. I would tell no one. I would wear the yellow glove that was left and keep the other hand in a pocket. I knew my mother’s eyes had tears they had not cried yet, I didn’t want to be the one to make them flow. It was the prayer I spoke secretly, folding socks, lining up donkeys in windowsills. To be good, a promise made to the roaches who scouted my closet at night. If you don’t get in my bed, I will be good. And they listened. I had a lot to fulfill.

The months rolled down like towels out of a machine. I sang and drew and fattened the cat. Don’t scream, don’t lie, don’t cheat, don’t fight—you could hear it anywhere. A pebble could show you how to be smooth, tell the truth. A field could show how to sleep without walls. A stream could remember how to drift and change—next June I was stirring the stream like a soup, telling my brother dinner would be ready if he’d only hurry up with the bread, when I saw it. The yellow glove draped on a twig. A muddy survivor. A quiet flag.

Where had it been in the three gone months? I could wash it, fold it in my winter drawer with its sister, no one in that world would ever know. There were miracles on Harvey Street. Children walked home in yellow light. Trees were reborn and gloves traveled far, but returned. A thousand miles later, what can a yellow glove mean in a world of bankbooks and stereos?

Part of the difference between floating and going down.

~Naomi Shihab Nye~



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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 30 May 2009 at 4:18pm
 
 
Incomparable Mercy
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWLXqD5IzxU&feature=related - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWLXqD5IzxU&feature=related


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 31 May 2009 at 6:58pm
The Choice
The intellect of man is forced to choose
perfection of the life, or of the work,
And if it take the second must refuse
A heavenly mansion, raging in the dark.
When all that story's finished, what's the news?
In luck or out the toil has left its mark:
That old perplexity an empty purse,
Or the day's vanity, the night's remorse.
 
~ William Butler Yeats


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 01 June 2009 at 6:34pm

Life-Live It Well

 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3YAZqfNh2E&feature=channel_page - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3YAZqfNh2E&feature=channel_page
 


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 02 June 2009 at 7:45pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r4uUaFsnec&feature=channel_page -
 
I listen to the Wind
To the wind of my soul
Where I end up where I think
Only God really Knows
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r4uUaFsnec&feature=channel_page


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 03 June 2009 at 4:12pm
 
 
 
Let knowledge grow from more to more,
But more of reverence in us dwell;
That mind and soul, according well,
May make one music as before,
But vaster. We are fools and slight;
We mock thee when we do not fear;
But help Thy foolish ones to bear
Help Thy vain worlds to bear, thy light.
 
~Alfred Tennyson


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: Bill2702
Date Posted: 04 June 2009 at 2:00pm
We judge others by their actions and ourselves by our intentions.


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Anything free is worth what you pay for it.


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 04 June 2009 at 5:47pm
Thank You Brother Bill...an insightful observation
 
We keep judging consciously or subconsciously....if only we would leave it to the One who knows the secrets of the hearts....
 
 
 
Be forgiving of your friend when he offends you,
 for perfection is seldom ever found.
In everything there is some flaw;
 even the lamp, despite its brilliance,
 smokes.

--Ibn al-Haddad (Almeria, d. 1087 CE)


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: Bill2702
Date Posted: 05 June 2009 at 10:18am
And thank you for your thank you sister Well Wisher.
 
 
 
There's no profit in deceit
Honest men know that
Revenge does not taste sweet
Whether yellow, black or white
Each and every man's the same inside


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Anything free is worth what you pay for it.


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 05 June 2009 at 4:15pm
You are welcome Brother Bill and Thank you once again
 
The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.
 

Is it so small a thing
To have enjoy'd the sun,
To have lived light in the spring,
To have loved, to have thought, to have done...
 
~Matthew Arnold


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: Bill2702
Date Posted: 05 June 2009 at 6:33pm
We want to be told what to do. But only by those who agree with what we want to do. Being truely honest is admiting you could be wrong.

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Anything free is worth what you pay for it.


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 06 June 2009 at 5:51pm
Thank You Brother Bill
 
I dont remember but i read somewhere-there are no degrees of honesty or are there?
 
As Carl Jung wrote...Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, 'Something is out of tune.'
 
So Conscience is a good compass even if we dont want to listen to those who would counter our views...its pride that makes us cling to our realities...Truth does not need evidence...what do you think...
 
Belief brings me close to You
but only to the door.
It is only by disappearing into Your mystery
that I will come in.
 
~Hakim Sanai


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: Bill2702
Date Posted: 07 June 2009 at 6:41am
There are degrees to honesty imo.
 
For instance there is a difference between lying and witholding the truth. Saying nothing to keep the peace is a noble form of lying.
 
The best way to lie is to tell the truth but in a way you won't be believed.
 
 


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 07 June 2009 at 5:19pm

Hello and Thank You Brother Bill

You have a point…there is a maxim that not all that is known should be said…it is wise to keep silent if one is unsure about the receptive status of the listener…it can sometimes be perceived negatively considering the diversity in opinions and differences in personalities so there are ways and times to voice the truth but it does not in essence change the truth...one can have various reasons for withholding sometimes…like you so rightly gave an example that saying nothing to keep the peace is a noble form of lying but in my humble opinion isn’t that a loftier way of being honest to a higher truth…the voice of conscience or sense of accountability…if that guides us and we don’t stifle it,  it does probe and poke us to realign ourselves to that truth…so in a sense one is always honest… it is the individual’s decision whom they want to be honest to….As Richard Bach wrote your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully.

Another thing…if your saying the truth can save someone or rather can help someone, wont it be detrimental to withhold it or veil it…an honest person would have the best interest of the other in their hearts and if they really believed in their truths they would also want the other to be in that zone…not forcing their views but rather to help them see to which they themselves are witness to…but that depends again on how sure one is of one’s truth…risking our own life to our value system  is one thing because at the end of the day we are to blame for our personal decisions but leading someone else to believe in one’s half baked theories in another and this thought alone puts so much responsibility on the self ...only a person at peace with the truth can truly be at peace for voicing it…this is a rant again and I hope its not gibberish…but these were just some thoughts ....
 
When the mind is at peace,
the world too is at peace.
Nothing real, nothing absent.
Not holding on to reality,
not getting stuck in the void,
you are neither holy nor wise, just
an ordinary fellow who has completed his work.
 
 
~P'ang Yun
 
 


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 08 June 2009 at 4:39pm
 
 
Life here is a gamble in which when you win, you lose!
Be content, that's how you beat the game here.
This world is like a pair of dice,
the only reason you pick them up
is to throw them down!
 
~Abu Said Abil Kheir


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 09 June 2009 at 6:00pm
 
 
Qu’est-ce donc que nous crie cette avidité et cette impuissance, sinon qu’il y a eu autrefois en l’homme un véritable bonheur dont il ne lui reste maintenant que la marque et la trace toute vide, qu’il essaye inutilement de remplir de tout ce qui l’environne, en cherchant dans les choses absentes le secours qu’il n’obtient pas des présentes, et que les unes et les autres sont incapables de lui donner, parce que ce gouffre infini ne peut être rempli que par un objet infini et immuable ?


Translation: What does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object.

~Pensée-Blaise Pascal



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 10 June 2009 at 3:47pm
 
 
 
Life On a Train
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A__BItnzJb4&feature=channel_page - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A__BItnzJb4&feature=channel_page


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Posted By: Kiddo
Date Posted: 11 June 2009 at 12:26pm
Think about me and I will think about you.

Allah (swt) stated this in the Qur'an. I don't remember the surah or ayah. :)


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 12 June 2009 at 5:20am
Assalaamualekum brother Ehsan...Thank you for that beautiful verse...it is indeed a great reminder
 
Maybe you are referring  to the verse # 152 of surah Baqarah....
 
So remember Me; I will remember you. And be grateful to Me and do not deny Me.
 
(2-152)
 

"Nature is too thin a screen; the glory of the omnipresent God bursts through everywhere."

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdn1S3vbcuo&feature=channel_page - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdn1S3vbcuo&feature=channel_page

 



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 12 June 2009 at 6:59pm
In this short Life
That only lasts an hour
How much -- how little -- is
Within our power...(
Emily Dickinson)
The Miniature Earth
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvTFKpIaQhM&feature=related - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvTFKpIaQhM&feature=related
 


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 13 June 2009 at 7:57pm
 
To A Child LOVE is spelled T.I.M.E
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCNydoQ97VA&feature=channel_page - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCNydoQ97VA&feature=channel_page


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 14 June 2009 at 6:14pm
The Story of Luqman(A.S.) and the Melon

Luqman(A.S.) had great love for the Almighty, that it created within him high moral character and exemplary habits. This was a clear sign of his nobility and nearness to Allah. The details of that is described in Surah(Chapter) Luqman in the Glorious Qur'an.

Luqman(A.S.) used to be in the employ of a rich man. The nobility of Luqman(A.S.)'s character had a great effect on his master, so much so that the master considered him as a great friend and a beloved companion. Although he was the master, yet in fact the master became like a slave to his employee.
It became the practice of the master that whenever he had something special to eat, he would first feed Luqman(A.S.) of it and after Luqman(A.S.) had filled himself, he would eat the left overs. Luqman(A.S.) would consider the love of the master and his habit, so he would eat moderately and send what was left over to the master.

One day, during the melon season, the master received a melon from somewhere. At that time Luqman(A.S.) was not present. The master sent one of his slaves to go and call him. When Luqman(A.S.) arrived, the master cut the melon into slices and slice by slice started giving thereof to Luqman(A.S.) to eat. As he ate the slices, the master inwardly became pleased at the effect his love was having upon Luqman(A.S.).

Luqman(A.S.) ate the slices with great PLEASURE and all the time expressed THANKS for the favour shown to him by the master. After having eaten the slices, when just one slice remained, the master said: "Let me eat this slice and see how sweet is this melon." Saying this, he put the slice into his mouth.
 
 Immediately, such bitterness spread from the tip of his tongue down to his throat, that as a result of the extreme bitterness of the meoln, he fell down unconscious and remained unconscious for a whole hour.

When he regained consciousness, he questioned Luqman(A.S.): " O Beloved one, How did you manage to, so heartily eat those slices of melon ? Just one slice of the melon had such an effect on me, then how did you manage to eat so many slices ?" Luqman(A.S.) replied: "O Friend, from your hands I have received hundreds of gifts. The burden of thanks upon me is so great, that my back has gone crooked. Hence, I felt ashamed that the hand that had granted me so much favours, if one day some distastefulness or bitterness should come, how can I turn away from it ? O Friend, the pleasure of knowing that it comes from your hands has changed the bitterness of the melon to sweetness."
 
Ma' arif-e-Mathnawi(vol -1) -Maulana Jalaluddeen Rumi (RA)


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 15 June 2009 at 6:47pm
 
 
When the little devil, panic,
begins to grin and jump about
in my heart, in my brain, in my muscles,
I am shown the path I had lost
in the mountainy mist.
I'm writing of you.

When the pain that will kill me
is about to be unbearable,
a cool hand puts a tablet on my tongue
and the pain
dwindles away and vanishes.
I'm writing of you.

There are fires to be suffered,
the blaze of cruelty, the smoulder
of inextinguishable longing,
even the gentle candleflame of peace
that burns too.
I suffer them.
I survive.

I'm writing of you.
 
 
~Norman MacCaig


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 16 June 2009 at 3:05pm
 
 

 
 
 
"The believer in this world is like a stranger: he does not become upset when it puts him down, and he does not compete for it to make him honorable. The people are in a certain state, and he is in another state: the people are relieved of him, and he is exhausted of himself."
 
~Hasan Al Basri (RA)-"Ghuraba"


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 17 June 2009 at 4:05pm

"If you are aware of any of your actions, that is a proof that it has not been accepted (by God). For that which is accepted is elevated and hidden from you; your not noticing it is a sign of its acceptance."

 
~Imam Zain Al Abideen (RA) 


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 23 June 2009 at 1:00pm

 
 
Seek patience and passion
in equal amounts.
Patience alone
will not build the temple.
Passion alone
will destroy its walls.
 
~Maya Angelou
 
 


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 24 June 2009 at 10:58am
 
 
 
 
 
 
‘Aisha (radhiallaahu `anha):

A man came to her and asked ‘When will I know that I am pious?’ She said, ‘When you realise that you are a sinner.’ He said, ‘And when will I know I am a sinner?’ She replied, ‘When you think you are pious.’

- Tanbeeh al-Ghafileen



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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: Bill2702
Date Posted: 24 June 2009 at 11:41am
That one was a bit too deep for me Wisher of Well.
 
 
 
When you flip a coin and it lands on it's edge then God has a sense of humour.
 


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 25 June 2009 at 12:47pm

Thank you Brother Bill -you are blessed with the gift of the gab

On a sidenote...What if God wants you to consider more options....not everything is yes or no....this or that....the edge part i mean........ to make one think outside the box ,I wish everyone should get the edge atleast once in a lifetime...hypothetically speaking...
 
 
 

There set out slowly, for a Different World,
At four, on winter mornings, different legs ...
You can't break eggs without making an omelette -
-That's what they tell the eggs.
 
~Randall Jarrell


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: Bill2702
Date Posted: 25 June 2009 at 2:31pm
One does one's best Sister Well Wisher.
 
Maybe we should focus less on "the lesser of evils" and more on "the better of goods"
 


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 26 June 2009 at 12:57pm

I agree brother Bill...we should...the focus changes the whole perspective and sometimes even us...

 
 
Alone with our madness and favorite flower
We see that there really is nothing left to write about.
Or rather, it is necessary to write about the same old things
In the same way, repeating the same things over and over
For love to continue and be gradually different.
Beehives and ants have to be re-examined eternally
And the color of the day put in
Hundreds of times and varied from summer to winter
For it to get slowed down to the pace of an authentic Saraband
and huddle there, alive and resting.
Only then can the chronic inattention
Of our lives drape itself around us, conciliatory
And with one eye on those long tan plush shadows
That speak so deeply into our unprepared knowledge
Of ourselves, the talking engines of our day.
 
~John Ashbery


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 27 June 2009 at 10:02am

Travelling,but staying still.
O, sun,
how do I attain the skill
of your footsteps ?
 
~Adonis(Ali Ahmad Sa'id)


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 28 June 2009 at 12:00pm

 

You are on the paths which I traveled
and in the places which I turned upside down …
Put days that follow hand-in-hand,
Do not leave them under foot.
Repair out-dated thoughts
So that they have already been had …
That the powerless are not afraid,
That the innocent are not ashamed!
You are on the paths which I traveled
And in the places which I turned upside down …
The sun is made tired behind rungs,
Words overflow by seeping through in the dark.
After the pain of delivery
Nature puts on the face of a new day
And burns back desires and nostalgia …
You are on the paths which I traveled
And in the places which I turned upside down …
The hearts which you out-brave are stainless,
The ideas which you reject are clear,
The labours which you do not acknowledge are valorous.
It is raining beauties on lands which you cannot attain.
You are alone in your internal fort!
Your windows have curtains,
Your doors are closed,
Your words are wedged into a corner by your personality
That disappears behind vistas where you try to hide
Your smiling, yellow identity …
You are on the paths which I traveled
And in the places which I turned upside down …
 
~Uzeyir Lokmon Cayci
 


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 29 June 2009 at 12:43pm
 
Al-Fudhayl ibn Iyadh (May Allah have mercy on him) said to a man, “How many (years) have come upon you?” He replied, “Sixty years.” He said, “Therefore, for sixty years you have been going to your Lord and you are about to reach (Him).” So the man said, “To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return!” So al-Fudhayl asked, “Do you know the meaning of that (statement)? You are saying, I belong to Allah as a servant and I am going to return to Him. So whoever knows that he belongs to Allah as a servant and that he will return to him, then he should know that he will be stopped. And whoever knows that he will be stopped, then he should know that he will be questioned. And whoever knows that he will be questioned, then let him prepare an answer for the question.”
 
                             [Jâmi al-Ulûm wal-Hikam of Ibn Rajab] 
 
 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXSw3QV9ByE&feature=related - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXSw3QV9ByE&feature=related


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 30 June 2009 at 1:26pm

 

 
The world but seems to be
yet is nothing more
than a line drawn between light and shadow.
Decipher the message of this dream-script
and learn to distinguish
time from Eternity.
 
~Fakhruddin Iraqi
 


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Posted By: Dolcy
Date Posted: 01 July 2009 at 3:57am
http://www.searchgodsword.org/desk/?query=1co+13&t=rhe&sr=1&l=en -

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And if I should have prophecy and should know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I should have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.  And if I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I should deliver my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

Charity is patient, is kind: charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely, is not puffed up,  Is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil: Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth: Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

 Charity never falleth away: whether prophecies shall be made void or tongues shall cease or knowledge shall be destroyed.  For we know in part: and we prophesy in part.  But when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away.  When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But, when I became a man, I put away the things of a child.  We see now through a glass in a dark manner: but then face to face. Now I know in part: but then I shall know even as I am known.  And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity."   The Apostle Paul      1 Corinthians 13: 1-13

 


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 01 July 2009 at 1:35pm

Thank you Brother Dolcy...

 
 

Under the elm for a long time
I've been waiting for you, O my soul.
Weeks follow each other like books
Perused, my thoughts elsewhere,
Full of music that's distracted too
Full of a deep buzzing where words images
Perceptions dwell in the jumble of memory
Of which our mind is composed.
And nothing comes to assert your coming
No other sign than smoke.
Is it you that we should have welcomed
When tenderness filled our hearts?
You that we should have discovered
On the shores of pity or of love?
I have not been taught to notice your presence
Even when reveille raises the limbs
Of a future happiness; even when
Tired of a long day I seek
Silence in the immense dark where I jettison
What differentiates the sun from death.
Hours accumulated, absurd riches,
I am ready to give up the trees and the cities
But I still hope to receive you, my soul,
Laden with my own eternity.
You who are me, who resembles nobody,
You that I must give back some day to who knows who.

~Pierre Martory


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 02 July 2009 at 10:23am

Final Notions

It will not be simple, it will not take long
It will take little time, it will take all your thought
It will take all your heart, it will take all your breath
It will be short, it will not be simple
It will touch through your ribs, it will take all your heart
It will not take long, it will occupy all your thought
As a city is occupied, as a bed is occupied
It will take your flesh, it will not be simple
You are coming into us who cannot withstand you
You are coming into us who never wanted to withstand you
You are taking parts of us into places never planned
You are going far away with pieces of our lives
It will be short, it will take all your breath
It will not be simple, it will become your will.
 
~Adrienne Rich


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: The_truth
Date Posted: 03 July 2009 at 12:49pm

al-'Asr
 

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

 
By (the Token of) Time (through the ages),
 Verily Man is in loss,
Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds,
and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth,
and of Patience and Constancy.

  
                          
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[T]he sun and moon and stars are subservient to His command. Both creation and command belong to Him. Blessed be Allah,
the Lord of all the worlds.
(Qur’an, 7:54)


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 03 July 2009 at 1:50pm
Jazakh Allah Khair Brother Truth...Al Asr from the Quran ...no words can do justice to the impact it leaves on the heart and mind ...
 
Thank you for posting it...May Allah swt make us all among the one's who gain His pleasure and save us from the losses we incur upon ourselves aameen
 
 
 
 
 

 
Truly, those who are faithful and do righteous deeds,
the Compassionate One will endow with Love.
- The Quran, (19:96
)
 
 


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Posted By: Bill2702
Date Posted: 03 July 2009 at 8:22pm
Do as you're told
Don't be so bold
You may think you're old
You can fight the cold
 


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 04 July 2009 at 1:59pm

Thank you Brother Bill...I'll try rhyming as well...

 
Whatever you hold
Will one day mold
Be gold...
Count yourself sold!
 
 
 
 
 

I.Kick at the rock, Sam Johnson, break your bones:
But cloudy, cloudy is the stuff of stones.

II.We milk the cow of the world, and as we do
We whisper in her ear, 'You are not true.'
 
~Richard Purdy Wilbur
 
 


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: Dolcy
Date Posted: 04 July 2009 at 6:32pm

"The three greatest influences in your life are the people you hang out with, the books you read and the movies you watch.  Pick them carefully because they determine you destiny. " Author Unknown



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Posted By: Bill2702
Date Posted: 05 July 2009 at 6:32am
Interesting Dolcy.
 
But until you have read the book you can't be sure you should have picked it.
 
 


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 05 July 2009 at 2:03pm
Thank you Brother Dolcy and Brother Bill
 
I agree with you Brother Dolcy....in a world full of books, movies and people each of us has a preference to select one or the other...the choices are in profusion and our time is finite and so we unconsciously make decisions to try or eliminate elements which go with or against our preference...picking up wrong books, wrong movies and even wrong people sometimes is still a decision of our whims....the real question is what is right or wrong then...what is the litmus test...how do we define this morality...which scale...whose standard???
Then only we can pick carefully ....the knowledge precedes the action...
 
 

 
 
A man was wandering the marketplace at noon with a candle in his hand, totally ecstatic.
"Hey," called a shopkeeper. "Is this a joke? Who are you looking for?" "Someone breathing Huuuuuu, the divine breath." "Well, there are plenty to choose from." "But I want one who can be in anger and desire and still a true human being in the same moment." "A rare thing! But maybe you're searching among the branches for what appears only in the roots."

There's a river that turns these millstones. Human will is an illusion. Those that are proud of deciding things and carrying out decisions are the rawest of the raw! Watch the thought-kettles boiling and then look down at the fire.
God said to Job, "You value your patience well. Consider now that I gave you that patience."

Don't be absorbed with the waterwheel's motion. Turn your head and gaze at the river. You say,"But I'm looking there already." There are several signs in eyes that see all the way to the ocean. Bewilderment is one. Those who study foam and flotsam near the edge have purposes, and they'll explain them at length!

Those who look out to sea become the sea, and they can't speak about that. On the beach there's desire-singing and rage-ranting, the elaborate language-dance of personality,but in the waves and underneath there's no volition, no hypocrisy, just love forming and unfolding.

 

~Maulana Jalal ud din Rumi (RA)


 
 


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Posted By: Bill2702
Date Posted: 05 July 2009 at 2:57pm
Action leads to knowledge. Trying something different is not necessarily a sin.

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Posted By: Dolcy
Date Posted: 05 July 2009 at 7:51pm
Originally posted by Bill2702

Interesting Dolcy.
 
But until you have read the book you can't be sure you should have picked it.
 
 
 
There is an old saying in the west that goes like this: "You can tell a book by its cover". That is often true. When it is not possible to tell by its cover, you usually don't have to read far before you know where the author is headed.
 
The same is true of a man, you usually don't have to talk to him long before his mouth will tell what kind of a man you are dealing with.
 
Have a Good nite.


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Posted By: Bill2702
Date Posted: 06 July 2009 at 12:12pm
Actually Dolcy the saying is "You can't tell a book by its cover."


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 06 July 2009 at 12:22pm
Thank You Brother Dolcy and Brother Bill...interesting outlooks...
Well we gain experience at the expense of time...trying something different is not necessarily a sin but losing energy and time in the process is sometimes detrimental and  risky...who knows how long one would live...after all,all this is just a stop over!
 
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wytT3oEc56I&feature=channel_page - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wytT3oEc56I&feature=channel_page
 
 
 
 
 


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Posted By: The_truth
Date Posted: 06 July 2009 at 1:56pm
/Life-Death-and-Hereafter/About-Life-and-hereafter/understand-islam-life-world-and-the-hereafter - The Life of this World and the Hereafter
 
Fair in the eyes of men is the love of things they covet: women and sons; heaped-up hoards of gold and silver; horses branded (for blood and excellence); and (wealth of) cattle and well-tilled land. Such are the possessions of this world's life; but in nearness to Allah is the best of the goals (to return to). (Surah Aali-'Imran: 14)
 
 
Know you (all), that the life of this world is but play and amusement, pomp and mutual boasting and multiplying (in rivalry) among yourselves, riches and children. Here is a similitude: how rain and the growth which it brings forth delight (the hearts of) the tillers; soon it withers; you will see it grow yellow; then it becomes dry and crumbles away. But in the Hereafter is a penalty severe (for the devotees of wrong). And forgiveness from Allah and (His) good pleasure (for the devotees of Allah). And what is the life of this world, but goods and chattels of deception? (Surat al-Hadid: 20)


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[T]he sun and moon and stars are subservient to His command. Both creation and command belong to Him. Blessed be Allah,
the Lord of all the worlds.
(Qur’an, 7:54)


Posted By: Bill2702
Date Posted: 06 July 2009 at 3:09pm
A ray of sunshine as usual the truth.
 


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Posted By: Dolcy
Date Posted: 07 July 2009 at 5:19am
Originally posted by Bill2702

Actually Dolcy the saying is "You can't tell a book by its cover."
 
My mistake.  Sorry Bill, you are correct.


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 07 July 2009 at 12:48pm

Thank you Brother Truth

 

I had tea yesterday with a great theologian,
and he asked me,

“What is your experience of God’s will?”

I liked that question –
for the distillation of thought hones thought in others.
Clarity, I know, is freedom.

What is my experience of God’s will?

Everyone is a traveler.
Most all need lodging, food,and clothes.

I let enter my mouth what will enrich me.
I wear what will make my eye content,
I sleep where I will wake with the strength
to deeply love
all my mind can hold.

What is God’s will for a wing?
Every bird knows that.
 
~St. Teresa of Avila


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: Dolcy
Date Posted: 07 July 2009 at 1:04pm

 
Words that changed my life:
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."  John 3:16-17
 
 

 


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"The heart of communication and understanding is kindness."
Eleanor Burne-Jones <>       Salvation Army Forum   November 10th, 2007


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 08 July 2009 at 11:40am
Thank You Brother Dolcy for sharing your inspiration with us...
 
 
 
 

It was said to one of the Salaf:

‘Does the heart prostrate?’

And he said: ‘Yes, by Allah. It prostrates such that it doesn’t lift its head until it meets Allah, `azza wa jall.’

Ibn al-Qayyim: ‘This points to the humbleness of the heart, its humility, repentance and closeness to Allah wherever it may be and it points to its constant regard (for Allah) in solitude and when with others.’

~ ‘Asrar al-Salat’ by Ibn al-Qayyim                           

- This is one interesting statement. Let’s dig deep…

The first sajdah of the heart is when it submits to its Lord and recognises His Lordship, subsequently entering into a state of complete Islam and Istislam (submission and surrender). Thereafter the heart continues to prostrate and this causes the limbs to follow suit – bringing one to physically perform sujood day and night in prayers.

What is the case then of the one who has been commanded to bow, but their heart refuses to bow? They’ve been ordered with sujood, but their forehead never touches the ground in ‘Ibadah? Such is the case of those who abandon the prayer (tarik al-salah), how can their limbs perform such a bold act of submission when their heart has yet to reach its comanded state, how can they bow in sujood when their heart has yet to fulfil its own sujood?

What then is left of their Islam and Istislam?

http://fajr.wordpress.com/2009/07/02/sujood-of-the-heart/ - http://fajr.wordpress.com/2009/07/02/sujood-of-the-heart/

 
 


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 09 July 2009 at 12:02pm

 

When the great Sufi mystic, Hasan, was dying, somebody asked "Hasan, who was your master?" He said, "I had thousands of masters. If I just relate their names it will take months, years and it is too late. But three masters I will certainly tell you about. One was a thief. Once I got lost in the desert, and when I reached a village it was very late, everything was closed. But at last I found one man who was trying to make a hole in the wall of a house. I asked him where I could stay and he said 'At this time of night it will be difficult, but you can stay with me - if you can stay with a thief' ...And each night he would say to me, 'Now I am going to my work. You rest, you pray.' When he came back I would ask 'Could you get anything?' He would say, 'Not tonight. But tomorrow I will try again, God willing.' He was never in a state of hopelessness, he was always happy. When I was meditating and meditating for years on end and nothing was happening, many times the moment came when I was so desperate, so hopeless, that I thought to stop all this nonsense. And suddenly I would remember the thief who would say every night, 'God willing, tomorrow it is going to happen.'
And my second master was a dog. I was going to the river, thirsty and a dog came. He was also thirsty. He looked into the river, he saw another dog there -- his own image -- and became afraid. He would bark and run away, but his thirst was so much that he would come back. Finally, despite his fear, he just jumped into the water, and the image disappeared. And I knew that a message had come to me from God: one has to jump in spite of all fears.
And the third master was a small child. I entered a town and a child was carrying a lit candle. He was going to the mosque to put the candle there.
Just joking, I asked the boy, 'Have you lit the candle yourself?' He said, 'Yes sir.' And I asked, 'There was a moment when the candle was unlit, then there was a moment when the candle was lit. Can you show me the source from which the light came?'
And the boy laughed, blew out the candle, and said, 'Now you have seen the light going. Where has it gone? You will tell me!'
My ego was shattered, my whole knowledge was shattered. And that moment I felt my own stupidity. Since then I dropped all my knowledgeability.
It is true that I had no master. That does not mean that I was not a disciple -- I accepted the whole existence as my master. My Disciplehood was a greater involvement than yours is. I trusted the clouds, the trees. I trusted existence as such. I had no master because I had millions of masters I learned from every possible source. To be a disciple is a must on the path. What does it mean to be a disciple? It means to be able to learn. to be available to learn and to be vulnerable to existence. With a master you start learning to learn.
The master is a swimming pool where you can learn how to swim. Once you have learned, all the oceans are yours."
 
~Idries Shah


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 10 July 2009 at 12:25pm

Cherchons plutôt hors de portée, ou par je ne sais quel geste,
quel bond ou quel oubli qui ne s’appelle plus
ni “chercher”, ni “trouver”

(Let us rather search out of our reach, or through some gesture,
some leap or some forgetfulness no longer called
“to seek”, nor “to find”)
 
~Philippe Jaccottet 


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 11 July 2009 at 11:15am

 

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!
 
~Rudyard Kipling


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 12 July 2009 at 1:15pm

A Short Course In Human Relations and Leadership

 
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGuVg54lo38&feature=channel_page - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGuVg54lo38&feature=channel_page


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 13 July 2009 at 1:09pm

A man and a nail had a conversation.
 
The nail said: "I have often wondered during my years sticking here in this panel, what my fate is to be."

The man said: "Latent in your situation may be a tearing out with pliers, a burning of wood, the rotting of the plank -- so many things."

Said the nail: "I should have known better than to ask such foolish questions! Nobody can foresee the future, let alone a variety of them, all so unlikely."

So the nail waited, until someone else came along, someone who would talk intelligently, and not threaten him.

 

So do we really want to know our fate, or even our present situation?
 
~Wisdom of the Idiots-Idries Shah


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: Dolcy
Date Posted: 14 July 2009 at 5:29am

"I'm not half as afraid of censorship as I am the garbage which pours unchecked from Hollywood, or that which comes from the pens of writers and TV Studios into the homes and schools of the nation. The garbage that makes illicit sex, the use of alcohol, the fighting and killing in the streets of our nation and the hate of one's fellow man an honourable and proper lifestyle for the young to follow.

I believe that every man ought to have the right to write and produce that which is morally correct, however when he fails to do so, he ought to feel the full potency of the legal law. What passes through the mind of an author to the pages of a book, or the movie screens of the nation, makes that author an accomplice in any immoral act which he has propagated in the minds of the young and which the young or their elders put into action."
 
Len Colp



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"The heart of communication and understanding is kindness."
Eleanor Burne-Jones <>       Salvation Army Forum   November 10th, 2007


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 14 July 2009 at 12:58pm
Thank you Brother Dolcy for posting this quote....a very relevant and true concern in today's time...people often underestimate the ripple effect of their actions and words...
 
 

Listening – in place of speaking.
Even – more important than vision,
than any vision (even – in imagination)….
pauses are the places of reverence before:
the Song.
 
~Gennady Aygi


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: Dolcy
Date Posted: 15 July 2009 at 5:00am

"A guilty conscience is pretty hard to live with. Thus Evolution becomes important in a world where we are sinners and wish to remain in our ungodly state."  Amisk



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"The heart of communication and understanding is kindness."
Eleanor Burne-Jones <>       Salvation Army Forum   November 10th, 2007


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 15 July 2009 at 1:08pm
Thank You Brother Dolcy...
 

Who knows what is going on on the other side of each hour?
How many times the sunrise was there, behind a mountain!
How many times the brilliant cloud piling up far off
was already a golden body full of thunder!
This rose was poison.
That sword gave life.
I was thinking of a flowery meadow at the end of a road,
and found myself in the slough.
I was thinking of the greatness of what was human,
and found myself in the divine.
 
~Juan Ramon Jimenez


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 17 July 2009 at 2:01pm

You probably seem to yourself to be a believer, even if you are a believer in disbelief.
But you cannot really believe in anything until you are aware of the process by which you arrived at your position.
Before you do this, you must be ready to postulate that all your beliefs may be wrong, that what you think to be belief may only be a variety of prejudice caused by your surroundings - including the bequest of your ancestors for whom you may have a sentiment.
True belief belongs to the realm of real knowledge.
Until you have knowledge, belief is mere coalesced opinions, however it may seem to you.
Coalesced opinions serve for ordinary living.

Real belief enables higher studies to be made.


~Attributed to Hazrat Ali ibn Talib (RA)

As quoted in "Way of the Sufi" by Idries Shah


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah



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