Sala’at!

May 26, 2007

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May 25, 2007

Importance of Praying 5x a Day

Audhibillahi Minahshaytani Rajeem, Bismillahir Rahmani Rahim: 

May Allah swt grant us all the strength and Iman in our everyday lives and may he give me the Towfiq and correctness to speak to you all about these very important topics. May He forgive me for the mistakes I make, and may you forgive me for the mistakes I make. I am doing this solely for the sake of Allah swt and nothing and noone else, and because we are all equal servants of him, no one higher than another, nobody better than another. All good that comes from me is from Allah swt and all bad that comes from me is from myself. 

Tonight, In Shaa Allah, I would like to begin with the basics of Islam- the Five Pillars, and most specifically, the Five Sala’ats. After we establish the Five prayers we can then move on to other specifics. The true Muslim/ah has enthusiasm for worshipping her Lord, and does so with meaning and motivation. She doesn’t make excuses or compromises for herself and tries her best to please her Lord. In this way, you can look at the Five Pillars of Islam as the 5 Pillars supporting a tent. If one of the pillars are not there, then the tent does not function properly, it does not stand up, proving that without completing one of the 5 Pillars, not only is your Imaan inefficient, but your Ita’at (obedience) is incomplete!  

For example, during the day a person must nourish his body with food by completing his 3 meals, everyday. The meals keep one going, motivated and awake during the day to accomplish everything one needs to do. If one misses either breakfast or lunch, those hours automatically become inefficient due to lack of energy. In this way, the Soul, the Ruh of the person needs prayer 5 times a day, every 2-3 hours or so, by obeying the Command of Al-lah, the Mind and Body are put to rest, nourishing the Ruh. And once all 3 are insync, they thrive to grow!  Imaam Ghazaali has said:“Prayer is the Pillar of religion- whoever establishes prayer establishes faith, and whoever neglects prayer, destroys the Faith.”  

This is the exact purpose behind prayer, to keep the Faith alive. Now everyone knows how easy it is to miss prayer, the world gets in the way, there are many, many distractions throughout your day, yes, Al-lah az Wa jaal knows that, He was the One who designed it so! However, you must understand that once you miss one prayer, Imaan itself starts diminishing, all on its’ own, without you even realizing it. You have to remember, Al-lah az Wa jaal is your TRUE purpose to life, and the world, the rest of the dunya is just here as a distraction. Al-lah the Almighty wants to see your strength exercised on His path, in His favour. He wants to see how true you are to Him by testing you with the dunya, by putting all these distractions in your way to see how strong you are, to see how high your Love and Fear reach! And when you beat those distractions, you have beaten Shaytan, and earned your Lord’s Love at its’ highest point…what better reward?  

Someone once asked the Prophet, Asalaatu Wasaalam, “What deed is most loved by Al-lah? The Prophet Asaalatu Wasalaam, answered: “To offer each prayer as soon as it is due.” The man asked him, Then what? He, Asaalatu Wasalaam replied, “Treating one’s parents with mercy and respect.” The man then asked him, Then what? He, Asaalatu Wasalaam relied, “Jihaad, struggling or fighting in the way of Al-lah az Wa jaal.” –Imaam Al-Baghawi. 

Prayer is the link between the slave and His Lord. It is the rich source which a person gets strength, steadfastness, mercy and happines, and it is a way of repenting, washing ourselves from our daily sins. One great Sheikh once proclaimed, the Salaat is the umbilical cord connecting the creation to its’ Creator, the only way of true nourishment, true Enlightenment! What a most beautiful way of putting it!

 Abu Hurayrah, Radiyillahu-anhu, a great Sahabah of the Prophet, Asaalatu Wasalaam once heard the Messenger of Al-lah saying: “What would you think if there were a river running by your house, and you bathed in it 5 times a day, everyday, would any trace of dirt be left on you? The people said: No, there would be no trace of dirt on him. The Prophet, Asalaatu Wasalaam said: “This is like the 5 daily prayers, through which Al-lah cleanses you from body to soul and washes your past sins away!”- Sharh Sunnah.

On an ending note, prayer not only brings success to you in this life, but it brings you rewards thousands of times over in the next life, in Eternity. When your Salaat is on time, your Wudhu is complete, and the Salaat is progressed with Khushuu (presense of Heart), what is awaiting the servant of Al-lah? Nothing but the only Janaat! However, if you delay prayer and incomplete your wudhu, Al-lah will have no problem delaying your acceptance to Jannat. Those who delay their Salaats intentionally, the Day of Qiyaamah will feel thousands of times longer than it does for those who were on time with their worship.  

It will be like this, as if you’ve almost fallen into the fires of Jahaanam before Al-lah saves you at the last moment. And if you ask your Almighty, why did you take so long to save me, I almost fell in and burned in those fires, He, az Wa jaal will answer, “then why did you always take so long to come before me in Salaat? If you put Me before everything else, I would have surely put you before everything and everyone else.” And then what will you say? Remember- your Creator hears and sees everything. If you walk to Him, He will come running, if you go a finger’s length to Him, He will come an arms length to you. He knows best, and you do not! 

I will stress it one last time, please sisters, do not miss your precious Salaats, those priceless 10-15 minutes of Divine presence is nothing like anything of this world. Missing it is like losing a part of yourself, a part of your soul. With each prayer missed you become more and more incomplete, your faith fading away drop by drop…

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Importance of Pleasing Allah Only. 

 Audhibillahi Mina-Shaytani Rajeem, Bismillahi Rahmani Rahim:

 Insh’Allah I would like to start a kitab (book) club on the blog under the category of Maktub from the book The Ideal Muslimah by Muhammad Ali Al-Hashimi. I think two chapters a week should suffice, Insh’Allah if you have any comments or questions please post them.  May Allah swt grant us all the strength and Iman in our everyday lives and may he give me the towfiq and correctness to speak to you all about these very important topics. May He forgive me for the mistakes I make, and may you forgive me for the mistakes I make. I am doing this solely for the sake of Allah swt and nothing and noone else, and because we are all equal servants of him, no one higher than another, nobody better than another. All good that comes from me is from Allah swt and all bad that comes from me is from myself.

We will begin every discussion from here forth with the basic concept of understanding human creation. You were created for 1 Ultimate purpose, and that purpose was to serve your Creator. This is because that Creator is all knowing and all wise, no one and nothing knows better than He and no one and nothing can help you but He. You must understand that everything you do He sees and everything you think He hears. From there on we will try to understand that everyday when you wake up you must remember your purpose, and remember your Creator in everything you do, from school to work to home. From talking to people, friends and family, we must remember Allah swt in everything and everyone we come across. 

Secondly,  once you believe in Allah swt, and have faith, that Imaan leads to submission to His will, which is submission to Islam. You cannot say you believe in Allah swt, without acting accordingly to His laws, to His religion. And we want to establish  through our weekly/monthly halaqas that this is not  a hard task to succeed at. Islam is  a very simple religion, with laws that will guide you to the BEST of this life, AND the best of the next life. So once you embrace Islam just remember you are now safe, everything you do will bring you success and nothing less. Basically this is how we should see it: first, Allah has created you, therefore you are only alive and breathing because of Him, second, in order to succeed at this life that He has given you, comply to His simple religion. And Allah swt knows best, and you do not.  

Now after establishing this introduction, we will go on to elaborate on the Muslim woman and how she seeks to earn the pleasure of Allah. Her first and foremost concern is pleasing her Lord, and pleasing Him the way He asks to be pleased, by acting accordingly to Islam. Whenever there is a conflict between what pleases Allah and what pleases the people, she will have no problem choosing Allah swt. She will have no hesitation, or argument, even if it will anger people around her. She does this because of her deep understanding of Islam and her own common sense that pleasing the people is a goal that can never be achieved, and it will only bring about the wrath of Allah swt.  

The Prophet Muhammad Asaalatu Wasalaam, said: Whoever seeks the pleasure of Allah at the risk of displeasing the people, Allah will take care of him and protect him from them. But whoever seeks the pleasure of the people at the risk of displeasing Allah, Allah will abandon him to the care of the people.  By following Islam, the straight path is shown to the Muslim woman, she will know what she is allowed to do and what she should avoid, and she must always remember, her end goal is to please her Lord.  There is 1 thing Muslim women should always remember: You are different from the Kufar women who reveal themselves however they please, and put themselves on display for the whole world to see. Islam sees women as diamonds put on a level higher than the rest of society, they should be protected, cherished and most of all hidden so the eyes of strangers do not see them. The hijaab is that which protects a woman from the gross desires of men who degrade women with their stares and comments. It puts a ‘pardah’ between the woman and the rest of the world, where she has her privacy and her freedom to do what she wants. The hijaab will be elaborated on in another discussion Insh’Allah.

Further, when a Muslimah accepts Islam as her religion, she must obey ALL laws of it, not just one or two and disobey the rest, but accept everything it has to offer. For Allah is perfect, and the way of life he has provided for you is perfect. If you accept one part of the life and not the other, the life is not perfect but is incomplete. Understood?  For example, there are women who can pray perfectly, fast perfectly, even hijaab perfectly, but in many instances follow their desires and go off the right path. In social gatherings they involved themselves in gossip, backbiting, criticising people, plotting against anybody they dislike, and putting words in their mouths so as to discredit them. These kind of Muslims are suffering from weakness of faith and failure to understand the perfection of their religion, how whole and complete Islam really is.  

Allah swt revealed this way of life so to guide mankind in every aspect of their life, from waking up, to going to the bathroom, to eating, to going out and talking to people, everything is written and completely explained  

Allah swt say in the Qur’an Sharif: “I have only created jinns and men, that they should worship Me alone.” – (Quran 51:56)

You shouldn’t waste your day on daily chores and school work, or on the enjoyment of good things of this world. Life should be a mission for you, that everyday you complete the mission little by little. By completing the mission all you have to do is make the intention to do everything for Allah swt, as long as your every action is for Allah swt, your day has been a success, and your life has been completed. Isn’t that easy enough?  For example, when you talk to your parents, for the sake of Allah, just have patience with them, if they say something you don’t like, it’s okay, just remember they’re saying it for the best of you, they would never say something to hurt you. If you don’t like it at the time, Allah promises, you will in the end be grateful for what your parents have asked you to do. So for the sake of Allah even if you don’t want to do it, just do it. Even if you don’t want to do it to please others, do it to please Allah. You will see that eventually, by doing things for Allah only, your life has become so much easier, your mind becomes at peace! Just try it..

In this way, by always making your intentions for the sake of Allah swt, imagine everyone of your actions will be an act of worship! So, imagine your whole day in worship without even knowing it! It’s so easy, just remember Allah swt before everything you do, and if you ever come across hardship just remember Allah swt can solve all problems, big or small, and your day will become easier, and at the same time, every one of your actions will be counted towards good deeds! For example, even if your having a problem with your school work, and you ask for Allah’s help in helping you understand that problem and work out a solution , just doing your homework can be considered praying to Allah swt. You see, Allah has made it so easy for us to earn His happiness, by the littles things you can make your Lord proud of you.  So long as your intentions are pure and clean, and just for the single reason of pleasing your Creator, everything you think and do is considered worship, and your whole day can be spent in worship without you even fully realizing it. See, Islam is easy. 

M’asalaam,  
 

Alchemy

May 20, 2007

cordobainta.jpg“I have had the same dream twice,” he said. “I dreamed that I was in a field with my sheep, when a child appeared and began to play with the animals. I don’t like people to do that, because the sheep are afraid of strangers. But children always seem to be able to play with them without frightening them. I don’t know why. I don’t know how animals know the age of human beings.”

“I’m just a man who wanders the desert and knows the stars,” said the alchemist. “I was simply acting as a guide for my friend here.” “Who is your friend?”“An alchemist,” said the alchemist. “He understands the forces of nature. And he wants to show you his extraordinary powers.”

J Enticed? Go ahead- do open it up and see what more his extraordinary powers could do for you…

http://books.google.com/books?id=h6QuJZffgHYC&dq=the+alchemist&pg=PP1&ots=-7KPoDbgFt&sig=9sVi4TEPc3-4W9MbF1PSyXsGO4c&prev=http://www.google.com/search%3Fhl%3Den%26q%3Dthe%2Balchemist&sa=X&oi=print&ct=result&cd=1#PPA146,M1

Hajj Monorail!

May 20, 2007

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After experiencing a completely different kind of heavy duty traffic traveling in between the holy sites of Islam, in between Makkah and Madinah to complete Hajj rites, all I could do as a student was think to write to the Hajj embassy. Write to suggest some ideas for advancing transportation systems for the purpose of completing the Hajj on time and efficiently for all Hajji‘s. The first idea being increasing efficiency at checkpoints, where a stop can take anywhere in between 5 minutes to 5 hours, and the second being creating a train system in between Makkah and Madinah. One train car which could transport a few hundred Hajji’s from one point to another within minutes, and hundreds of thousands over a few hours, getting everyone where they need to be, and ON TIME!! However, having just about become ready to write the letter, incredibly, I found this article on Sister Danya’s site…you could only imagine how amazed and happy I was!! Subhan’Allah… Plans are underway to connect Saudi Arabia’s holy sites by monorail to facilitate transportation for Hajj pilgrims, the Arab News reported today. The $1.9 billion project involves building monorails in Makkah, Mina, Muzdalifah and Arafat.

A monorail is a single rail, generally elevated, that is used as a track for passenger or freight vehicles. A key advantage is that monorails do not obstruct traffic on the ground, and they are environmentally-friendly.

The monorail proposed for the Makkah-area project would have four to eight carriages and can transport 20,000 passengers an hour – nearly 800,000 pilgrims during the Hajj. The project also includes parking facilities so that pilgrims can park their cars at the entrance of Makkah and then board the monorail.

The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), the Ministry of Transport and the Higher Commission for the Development of Makkah and Madinah have all reviewed a study of the project and welcome it. The study was prepared by the International Transport Projects Company, which is now contacting Saudi authorities to obtain the appropriate license to implement the project.

The Makkah-area monorail is expected to be completed in four years. A similar project is under consideration for Madinah.

http://www.saudiembassy.net/2007News/News/HajDetail.asp?cIndex=7046

Alhamdullillah, we as Muslims are reaching for higher accomplishments.

Ar-Rahman

May 20, 2007

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Translations of the Qur’an, Chapter 55:

AR-RAHMAN (THE BENEFICENT, THE MERCY GIVING)

Total Verses: 78
Revealed At: MAKKA
Maududi’s introduction

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

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YUSUFALI: (Allah) Most Gracious!
PICKTHAL: The Beneficent
SHAKIR: The Beneficent Allah,

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YUSUFALI: It is He Who has taught the Qur’an.
PICKTHAL: Hath made known the Qur’an.
SHAKIR: Taught the Quran.
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YUSUFALI: He has created man:
PICKTHAL: He hath created man.
SHAKIR: He created man,

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YUSUFALI: He has taught him speech (and intelligence).
PICKTHAL: He hath taught him utterance.
SHAKIR: Taught him the mode of expression.
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YUSUFALI: The sun and the moon follow courses (exactly) computed;
PICKTHAL: The sun and the moon are made punctual.
SHAKIR: The sun and the moon follow a reckoning.

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YUSUFALI: And the herbs and the trees – both (alike) prostrate in adoration.
PICKTHAL: The stars and the trees prostrate.
SHAKIR: And the herbs and the trees do prostrate (to Him).
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YUSUFALI: And the Firmament has He raised high, and He has set up the Balance (of Justice),
PICKTHAL: And the sky He hath uplifted; and He hath set the measure,
SHAKIR: And the heaven, He raised it high, and He made the balance

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YUSUFALI: In order that ye may not transgress (due) balance.
PICKTHAL: That ye exceed not the measure,
SHAKIR: That you may not be inordinate in respect of the measure.
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YUSUFALI: So establish weight with justice and fall not short in the balance.
PICKTHAL: But observe the measure strictly, nor fall short thereof.
SHAKIR: And keep up the balance with equity and do not make the measure deficient.

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YUSUFALI: It is He Who has spread out the earth for (His) creatures:
PICKTHAL: And the earth hath He appointed for (His) creatures,
SHAKIR: And the earth, He has set it for living creatures;
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YUSUFALI: Therein is fruit and date-palms, producing spathes (enclosing dates);
PICKTHAL: Wherein are fruit and sheathed palm-trees,
SHAKIR: Therein is fruit and palms having sheathed clusters,

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YUSUFALI: Also corn, with (its) leaves and stalk for fodder, and sweet-smelling plants.
PICKTHAL: Husked grain and scented herb.
SHAKIR: And the grain with (its) husk and fragrance.
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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?
PICKTHAL: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny?
SHAKIR: Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?

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YUSUFALI: He created man from sounding clay like unto pottery,
PICKTHAL: He created man of clay like the potter’s,
SHAKIR: He created man from dry clay like earthen vessels,
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YUSUFALI: And He created Jinns from fire free of smoke:
PICKTHAL: And the jinn did He create of smokeless fire.
SHAKIR: And He created the jinn of a flame of fire.

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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?
PICKTHAL: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny?
SHAKIR: Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?
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YUSUFALI: (He is) Lord of the two Easts and Lord of the two Wests:
PICKTHAL: Lord of the two Easts, and Lord of the two Wests!
SHAKIR: Lord of the East and Lord of the West.

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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?
PICKTHAL: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny?
SHAKIR: Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?
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YUSUFALI: He has let free the two bodies of flowing water, meeting together:
PICKTHAL: He hath loosed the two seas. They meet.
SHAKIR: He has made the two seas to flow freely (so that) they meet together:

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YUSUFALI: Between them is a Barrier which they do not transgress:
PICKTHAL: There is a barrier between them. They encroach not (one upon the other).
SHAKIR: Between them is a barrier which they cannot pass.
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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?
PICKTHAL: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny?
SHAKIR: Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?

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YUSUFALI: Out of them come Pearls and Coral:
PICKTHAL: There cometh forth from both of them the pearl and coral-stone.
SHAKIR: There come forth from them pearls, both large and small.
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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?
PICKTHAL: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny?
SHAKIR: Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?

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YUSUFALI: And His are the Ships sailing smoothly through the seas, lofty as mountains:
PICKTHAL: His are the ships displayed upon the sea, like banners.
SHAKIR: And His are the ships reared aloft in the sea like mountains.
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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?
PICKTHAL: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny?
SHAKIR: Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?

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YUSUFALI: All that is on earth will perish:
PICKTHAL: Everyone that is thereon will pass away;
SHAKIR: Everyone on it must pass away.
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YUSUFALI: But will abide (for ever) the Face of thy Lord,- full of Majesty, Bounty and Honour.
PICKTHAL: There remaineth but the Countenance of thy Lord of Might and Glory.
SHAKIR: And there will endure for ever the person of your Lord, the Lord of glory and honor.

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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?
PICKTHAL: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny?
SHAKIR: Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?
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YUSUFALI: Of Him seeks (its need) every creature in the heavens and on earth: every day in (new) Splendour doth He (shine)!
PICKTHAL: All that are in the heavens and the earth entreat Him. Every day He exerciseth (universal) power.
SHAKIR: All those who are in the heavens and the earth ask of Him; every moment He is in a state (of glory).

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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?
PICKTHAL: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny?
SHAKIR: Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?
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YUSUFALI: Soon shall We settle your affairs, O both ye worlds!
PICKTHAL: We shall dispose of you, O ye two dependents (man and jinn).
SHAKIR: Soon will We apply Ourselves to you, O you two armies.

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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?
PICKTHAL: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny?
SHAKIR: Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?
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YUSUFALI: O ye assembly of Jinns and men! If it be ye can pass beyond the zones of the heavens and the earth, pass ye! not without authority shall ye be able to pass!
PICKTHAL: O company of jinn and men, if ye have power to penetrate (all) regions of the heavens and the earth, then penetrate (them)! Ye will never penetrate them save with (Our) sanction.
SHAKIR: O assembly of the jinn and the men! If you are able to pass through the regions of the heavens and the earth, then pass through; you cannot pass through but with authority.

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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?
PICKTHAL: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny?
SHAKIR: Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?
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YUSUFALI: On you will be sent (O ye evil ones twain!) a flame of fire (to burn) and a smoke (to choke): no defence will ye have:
PICKTHAL: There will be sent, against you both, heat of fire and flash of brass, and ye will not escape.
SHAKIR: The flames of fire and smoke will be sent on you two, then you will not be able to defend yourselves.

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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?
PICKTHAL: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny?
SHAKIR: Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?
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YUSUFALI: When the sky is rent asunder, and it becomes red like ointment:
PICKTHAL: And when the heaven splitteth asunder and becometh rosy like red hide –
SHAKIR: And when the heaven is rent asunder, and then becomes red like red hide.

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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?
PICKTHAL: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny? –
SHAKIR: Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?
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YUSUFALI: On that Day no question will be asked of man or Jinn as to his sin.
PICKTHAL: On that day neither man nor jinni will be questioned of his sin.
SHAKIR: So on that day neither man nor jinni shall be asked about his sin.

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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?
PICKTHAL: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny?
SHAKIR: Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?
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YUSUFALI: (For) the sinners will be known by their marks: and they will be seized by their forelocks and their feet.
PICKTHAL: The guilty will be known by their marks, and will be taken by the forelocks and the feet.
SHAKIR: The guilty shall be recognized by their marks, so they shall be seized by the forelocks and the feet.

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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?
PICKTHAL: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny?
SHAKIR: Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?
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YUSUFALI: This is the Hell which the Sinners deny:
PICKTHAL: This is hell which the guilty deny.
SHAKIR: This is the hell which the guilty called a lie.

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YUSUFALI: In its midst and in the midst of boiling hot water will they wander round!
PICKTHAL: They go circling round between it and fierce, boiling water.
SHAKIR: Round about shall they go between it and hot, boiling water.
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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?
PICKTHAL: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny?
SHAKIR: Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?

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YUSUFALI: But for such as fear the time when they will stand before (the Judgment Seat of) their Lord, there will be two Gardens-
PICKTHAL: But for him who feareth the standing before his Lord there are two gardens.
SHAKIR: And for him who fears to stand before his Lord are two gardens.
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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?-
PICKTHAL: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny?
SHAKIR: Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?

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YUSUFALI: Containing all kinds (of trees and delights);-
PICKTHAL: Of spreading branches.
SHAKIR: Having in them various kinds.
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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?-
PICKTHAL: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny?
SHAKIR: Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?

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YUSUFALI: In them (each) will be two Springs flowing (free);
PICKTHAL: Wherein are two fountains flowing.
SHAKIR: In both of them are two fountains flowing.
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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?-
PICKTHAL: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny?
SHAKIR: Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?

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YUSUFALI: In them will be Fruits of every kind, two and two.
PICKTHAL: Wherein is every kind of fruit in pairs.
SHAKIR: In both of them are two pairs of every fruit.
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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?
PICKTHAL: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny?
SHAKIR: Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?

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YUSUFALI: They will recline on Carpets, whose inner linings will be of rich brocade: the Fruit of the Gardens will be near (and easy of reach).
PICKTHAL: Reclining upon couches lined with silk brocade, the fruit of both the gardens near to hand.
SHAKIR: Reclining on beds, the inner coverings of which are of silk brocade; and the fruits of the two gardens shall be within reach.
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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?
PICKTHAL: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny?
SHAKIR: Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?

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YUSUFALI: In them will be (Maidens), chaste, restraining their glances, whom no man or Jinn before them has touched;-
PICKTHAL: Therein are those of modest gaze, whom neither man nor jinni will have touched before them.
SHAKIR: In them shall be those who restrained their eyes; before them neither man nor jinni shall have touched them.
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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?-
PICKTHAL: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny?
SHAKIR: Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?

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YUSUFALI: Like unto Rubies and coral.
PICKTHAL: (In beauty) like the jacynth and the coral-stone.
SHAKIR: As though they were rubies and pearls.
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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?
PICKTHAL: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny?
SHAKIR: Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?

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YUSUFALI: Is there any Reward for Good – other than Good?
PICKTHAL: Is the reward of goodness aught save goodness?
SHAKIR: Is the reward of goodness aught but goodness?
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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?
PICKTHAL: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny?
SHAKIR: Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?

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YUSUFALI: And besides these two, there are two other Gardens,-
PICKTHAL: And beside them are two other gardens,
SHAKIR: And besides these two are two (other) gardens:
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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?-
PICKTHAL: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny?
SHAKIR: Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?

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YUSUFALI: Dark-green in colour (from plentiful watering).
PICKTHAL: Dark green with foliage.
SHAKIR: Both inclining to blackness.
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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?
PICKTHAL: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny?
SHAKIR: Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?

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YUSUFALI: In them (each) will be two Springs pouring forth water in continuous abundance:
PICKTHAL: Wherein are two abundant springs.
SHAKIR: In both of them are two springs gushing forth.
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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?
PICKTHAL: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny?
SHAKIR: Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?

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YUSUFALI: In them will be Fruits, and dates and pomegranates:
PICKTHAL: Wherein is fruit, the date-palm and pomegranate.
SHAKIR: In both are fruits and palms and pomegranates.
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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?
PICKTHAL: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny?
SHAKIR: Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?

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YUSUFALI: In them will be fair (Companions), good, beautiful;-
PICKTHAL: Wherein (are found) the good and beautiful –
SHAKIR: In them are goodly things, beautiful ones.
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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?-
PICKTHAL: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny? –
SHAKIR: Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?

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YUSUFALI: Companions restrained (as to their glances), in (goodly) pavilions;-
PICKTHAL: Fair ones, close-guarded in pavilions –
SHAKIR: Pure ones confined to the pavilions.
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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?-
PICKTHAL: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny? –
SHAKIR: Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?

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YUSUFALI: Whom no man or Jinn before them has touched;-
PICKTHAL: Whom neither man nor jinni will have touched before them –
SHAKIR: Man has not touched them before them nor jinni.
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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?-
PICKTHAL: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny?
SHAKIR: Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?

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YUSUFALI: Reclining on green Cushions and rich Carpets of beauty.
PICKTHAL: Reclining on green cushions and fair carpets.
SHAKIR: Reclining on green cushions and beautiful carpets.
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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?
PICKTHAL: Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny?
SHAKIR: Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?
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YUSUFALI: Blessed be the name of thy Lord, full of Majesty, Bounty and Honour.
PICKTHAL: Blessed be the name of thy Lord, Mighty and glorious!
SHAKIR: Blessed be the name of your Lord, the Lord of Glory and Honor!

Saturdays

May 6, 2007

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Heh- in honor of the newest addition to the family,

(Grandchild #30, Mash’Allah), 

~ Sayed Ahmed Khwaja

 I’m going to share a little picture of my beautiful family, and how Saturdays were made for us, as the end to our weeks, and a united gathering to begin a new one…Enjoy 🙂       

         Saturday’s at Grandma’s house have been at long last engrained as tradition in the family for the past few years. As I step in to the house at around noon, and breathe in the scent of Grandma’s heartwarming cooking, to the sound of the thousands of running hoof beats of children all over the house, I know, finally, that the weekend has come, and I can relax after a long week of term papers and various examinations. Saturday’s have become a sort of refuge from the rest of the world, a time where the whole family gets together to just eat, sit around, and talk about life as its passing by.

       As everyone starts arriving, all four of my uncles with their wives and children, and my three aunts and their families, the roar and ruckus of the house seems to grow louder and louder. The men drift to their zone on the family room couches, and the women to the kitchen to prepare for lunch. The kids are shooed away to the playrooms as they’re scorned time and time again to keep it quiet so Grandma and Grandpa don’t lose their minds before the day is over. My cousins and I just float around the kitchen waiting to be told what to do and what to set on the table, joking and teasing around, until everything is set and lunch is prepared for everyone.As it is, the family has grown so big that we all don’t fit onto one kitchen table anymore, so the men take over the dining room and the women around the kitchen table. It’s the one time during the day where everyone is actually sitting at the same time, long enough to get some food down and conversation going. Myself, not necessarily in either the adult group or the kids group, I see myself as getting the best of both worlds. Expected to take on responsibility for the kids from the adults, and at the same time getting to act like a child with the children, I begin to see my family as more and more perfect as time goes by. The size and enormity of us has grown to the extent where everyone has somebody, if not a group of people their age, with whom they can relate, talk and gossip with, joke around and tease one another. Saturdays have become more so an emblem for us, proof that we don’t need the rest of the world, we’re enough for each other, and no one else can come in between the powerful circle of faith and trust reenforced by the several generations within the family.   

      As lunch takes its final courses and everyone from young to old is fed, the table is cleaned and the endless process of clean up starts. The house roars back to life and all you hear is the yells above the kids laughter and screaming, and the next thing I know, the dishes have been washed and put away, Grandma’s yelling for some more tea and dessert. “It’s coming,” I say, but for her of course, never fast enough. Her children are her most treasured possessions, even above Grandpa, and when they’re over her house, everything must be in perfect setting and timing. So as her granddaughters are running around to satisfy her impatience, there comes a time where I just stand back and watch all of it in slow motion. How long I wonder. How long will these Saturday’s at Grandma’s last? Right now, it seems like forever, and God willing, it will be forever, but for now, all I can do is just enjoy today, Saturday, tomorrow doesn’t exist in today’s world.

Oneness

May 6, 2007

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5.6.07

 1:27 p.m

Sheikh Hamza Yusuf is quite simply the Nur of modern understanding and intellect. After just listening to a 30 minute lecture by him on my ipod, I feel as if I could climb mountains of Imaan and accomplish true levels of Ihsaan within myself. The topic he covered was implementing basic Aqidah into our lives. What is Aqidah?

Aqidah is known as basic fiqh or jurisprudence concerning the logical intellect of the human.

In order to understand Aqidah, or anything concerning jurisprudence, we must first grasp the concept of the human mind, body, and heart in respect to the completeness of the human being and their relation to each other.

First off, the human mind and body are powerless without the Heart. That must be established and understood before all else. The Heart is physically, spiritually and mentally the power base for the rest of the being. Without the Heart, we are dead. Hence, once the Heart is alive and thriving then the intellect of the mind and the nafs of the body come into unity working for this sole purpose of fulfilling the Heart. And what is the Heart fulfilling? The Heart is ultimately fulfilling its’ Divine Purpose to its’ Master, Al-lah.

Knowledge is useless without Action. There is only so much talk without the walk. We have heard these sayings all along through our coming of age intellect, however, I have finally realized the true extent and value of what they mean. Let me give you an example we can all understand; when a non-Muslim wants to learn about Islam, they have equal opportunity to do so, being Muslim or not. A Jew or a Christian can study Islam through and through until they know more about the religion than an average Muslim does, so what at that point is the difference between the believer and the non-believer? The Heart. If the non-believer’s heart is not open and willing to accept the logic, then of what use is that intellect and logic? If the knowledge is not implemented then it is a waste, useless. Therefore, the difference between the non-believing and believing is the condition of their hearts, the purity of their being.

Connecting all of this into the basics of Aqidah is quite simple. The purpose of Aqidah is the implementing of Human Logic and Intellect through Action. Action cannot solely be empowered by knowledge or the power of logic, because before long it will tire out if the heart is not there to keep pumping the life into it. Thus, once the Mind and Body are working in unison with the Heart, the actions of Aqidah are fulfilled, and the Human as a Being is complete.

Islam’s basic understandings concern such knowledge of the Mind, Body, and the Heart, because it is a complete religion. It does not enforce one without the other, but says you must know how each work in respect to the whole, ultimately working together as a Unity to form the complete human.

~ And of course, once all three are in unity, forming an Identity, that is the point the Soul is thriving  in complete Nourishment.

Wake up

May 4, 2007

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5.3.07

7:34 p.m

So I just finished watching this movie called Elizabethtown.. It was quite an interesting waste of two hours I would say, considering the story line was typical. There’s a death in the family, and all of a sudden everyone feels a need to wake up from their deep sleep of work and enjoy life before it’s over for them too. So as I’m sitting there watching it play out, I’m thinking, hmm, if death is such a slap of reality for people, I wonder how much of an awakening life after death might be for them. The fact that death doesn’t just come and go, but the dead keep experiencing it long after the funeral is over. As they lie in their graves, awaiting their moments of ultimate Judgement, of the accounting records of their deeds, and most gravely Gods wrath.

You see, if you don’t realize your purpose of life while your alive, you will only realize it after wards, at death; when it’s ultimately too late. When the husband dies, the wife goes on an energy spree, trying everything she ever wanted to learn and experience, knowing that there’s no time left for waiting,, no time left for rest. She is desperately trying to grasp the escaping reality of this world, and not until the end does she realize, it is of no use. She can do anything and everything, but if she doesn’t know why she is what she is, then what is the point of anything? What is the point of being?

This is the point the plotline settles that question, that question of hunger and anguish as simply as it can, by finding Love. True Love. For most this may mean finding love in one another, embracing friends and family, appreciating them, respecting them, and trying hard not to let go. However, for the few, this ultimately means, finding your True Love, in your Creator, in God. And nothing less. It’s not only about loving and living in this world, it’s about loving the foundation of it all, the founder of existence, and serving your purpose to Him. That’s the only way take grasp of the whole world, wrap it up in your hands, and still live in it quite grandly! Now, when I tell you this, you probably want to know how right? How could you possibly accomplish any of all of that anytime soon? Well, let me tell you a little secret, it’s quite simple actually……it’s called….Islam!

Islam is the tight, unbreakable rope between the creation and its’ Creator, between you and God. And once you get hold of it, be careful, don’t let go now, don’t loosen your grip either, just keep tightening it. As you climb higher and higher, nearing your Creator, not only does your time in this world keep weaning, but the time for your return to Him keeps coming closer and closer. Now this is the catch, listen closely, as this life is passing you by, the tears from your eyes turning into the waves of oceans, the oceans moving farther and farther from sight, only one thing is to be kept constant, that is called Faith. The higher you climb on that rope, the stronger your Faith becomes, the closer you become to God, the easier this life becomes. It’s not exactly all that complicated to understand. Just know what you wake up for in the morning, and go to sleep for at night, what your purpose is day in and day out, time will keep going, but as long as that purpose is being fulfilled, you’re not missing out on anything.

See, Islam is such a simple, beautiful concept, once truly understood. It not only helps the believer in their Ultimate purpose and servitude to God, but it provides them the best life as well. A life led easily, honestly and smoothly through the chaos and corruption of this world. Islam means worship through respecting your loved ones, Islam means serving God just by helping those less fortunate than you and reaping the benefits for yourself in this world and the next. Islam means seeking the greatness of existence and finding it within yourself, Islam means Loving, no matter how alone you might be.

It’s not about waking up one day to death and then learning all that you‘ve lost, no, it’s about looking to death all your life. Knowing that it might all one day end, all decease, and appreciating every last bit you have before you lose it. True understanding of what Love is before Fear intakes you, or what Happiness maybe before Sorrow takes its’ place, and what Laughter feels like before the Tears start weeping. And most importantly, in the midst of it all, it is about fulfilling your purpose, your promise, little by little with each passing moment. You’ll see, once you step on the path of fulfillment, of servitude to the true purpose, you won’t feel the need for this world, the need for anything, anything but that Rope.

So I guess it wasn’t a complete waste of my two hours afterall 😉

8: 59 p.m

5.1

May 2, 2007

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 5.1.07 10:39 p.m

Subhan’Allah, Alhamdulillah, Wa Laa Illaha Allahu Akbar… as the words pour forth rhythmically from my mouth, once, twice, thrice, my heart slowly feels their vibrating calm before my mind embraces their significance. They are what I would call therapy of the tongue, mind, and soul. Not only does my dhikr pull me out of the perenial chaos of my world, but drift me into an ocean of divine serenity, where I let the waves take complete control of my mind, and let my heart rest where it wishes. Out of all the forms of worship I put into daily practice, this is one I can achieve with the least effort, yet reap its rewards so generously. It’s what I would call the repitition of Love, of Mercy, of Greatness. The only way I can become close to my Beloved is by calling out His Names, over and over again, until I can feel Huu settling into my Soul, entirely into my essential being. Alhamdulillah for all He has provided me within such a short period of time, I went from nothing to more than I could ever be grateful for. Huu is the Provider, the Sustainer, and when Huu wants, Huu shall take whenever Huu pleases. Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim!

It is only due to Huu Allah az Wajaal that I have come SO incredibly far in such little time. Huu’s blessings and mercies are so beneficent and eternal I couldn’t count them had I tried for the next 1 thousand years… my Love has exceeded boundaries I never knew it had, and my understanding has targeted levels I never dreamed of… everything I could ask for, I have been granted, everything I wanted to understand, I not only know better now, but whats more amazing is, I’ve begun to guide other human understanding onto my own. Learning and appreciating day by day was apparently not sufficient, that as I began teaching and conveying, my light touching upon others so widely and endlessly, I only found myself in tears, inexpressibly lost in the Mercy of my Lord.

What have I done to earn such Generosity, such Love, such pure Light? I am at a loss of understanding, of comprehension. I have done nothing to earn such Mercy. It is only Huu’s unalterable, eternal understanding that has given me all I could ask for. Huu provided me with such that I never asked for, but needed oh so extremely.

For the past 5 months, I’ve come far on the Lighted Path of Understanding. Far on the path of Love and Fear, Trust and Hope. Starting with nothing, and finding the Only Greatness, I couldn’t’ve found my way more precisely. Essentially, finally, establishing my foundations as a Human Being, Creation of the Magnificent Creator, I have just begun to quench my thirst, Subhan’Allah !! Aiy, even writing this out, the Mercy and Bliss is beyond my imagination.

Thus, let’s begin on this foundational movement. In Thy Name, I found out Who Huu really was, and once tasting the intoxication, I couldn’t bring myself to ever become sober again. Forgeting who I was, I entrenched myself in Huu, swallowing up as much as I can in sips of sweetness, that will, Insh’Allah never run dry. And after becoming so overcome, I didn’t care for who I was any longer, but only wanted Huu. Once that longing overcame me, I began to look for how to bring myself closer and closer to my One and Only. This is when I learned to fulfill my purpose as Huu’s creation, created only to Serve. Everything, and anything came into my understanding only for Huu, only for Huu’s happiness. & Only for 1 reason, “I have created humans and jinns, only should they serve Me.” Grounding this verse as my rock, I built everything else on top of it. Afterall, the sayings of the Master are the only stability the slave could use. The Creator created the creation, connecting it to Huu, through the Full Command- Isla’am. Obedience, Peace, Love. So my journey of understanding started, through Isla’am, my way of life, way of survival.

Starting with the first stone of Ima’an, Only Serve One, and through Love and Fear. By bringing your Mind and Body into Unity through Ita’at, Taqwaa, and Ultimately Ihsa’an. That’s all, and your entire being will thus be in servitude, always. In between direct worship of reading and implementing the Qura’an and Sunnah, loving my Muslim Ummaat, striving for the Ultimate Knowledge, learning the essense and mental capicity of working hard for what I want, and learning all I can about the blessed creation, and lastly, not leastly, maintenance of my Home and physical Body, I have gained stability upon my first stone!

And then to go further and learn the spirit of all I’ve accomplished through the peaceful conjoining of my mind and body for my Ultimate Soul, I have gained quite an eyeful. The amazing Soul, having been for all of creation and its’ eternal continuance, it having known its’ purpose from the beginning, and living in the harmony of Huu’s Will, it plays with those like it in existence, the Souls of others. Of the obedient, of the blessed. Contrasting the dark, the Light will be with the Light.

Subhan’Allah, Alhamdulillah, Wa Laa Illaha Allahu Akbar!

Pink Sands..

May 1, 2007

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A zesty blend of cultures in a heavenly setting :))To all those who absotively Love the solitude and beauty of the likes of Fiji, and all places in the world that are just as exoteeq and lovely to think about. From Nadi to Rautouka to RakiRaki, Suva, Kadavu, Vanua Levu & Taveuni, this country consisting of 333 quite spectacular islands is considered just a dream for some, and a gorgeous reality for the lucky few!

This is a place you can always come to and instantly feel like youve stepped out of the harsh reality of your world and instantly relaxed by the blue green waters and wavering scents of palm trees in the sands beneath your feet, instantly. In a high kinda way 🙂 Nothing wrong with being high i tell you, nothing @ allll….Also, its here for you to feel free to talk about any other fantasies you might have in relation to mines, there are infinite numbers of islands like this particular one, some including..

***Abaco, Andros, Anegada, Antiqua, Anquilla
the Bimini’s, the Canaries, the Solomons, the Caico’s,
the St.’s, the Aleutians, Lipari’s, the Rhodes,& Galapagos…Palau, Saipan, Bali, Tahiti, Zanzibar, Funafuti, Madagascar, Bora Bora, Djibouti…from the Indians to the Caribbeans to the Pacifics…& oh SO so many more..***

They are infinite, they are estranged, they are Extrinsic!

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