Saturday, April 23, 2005


**Almighty God**
[6:59] With Him are the keys to all secrets; none knows them except He. He knows everything on land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls without His knowledge. Nor is there a grain in the depths of the soil. Nor is there anything wet or dry, that is not recorded in a profound record.

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Friday, April 22, 2005

Heart, Self And Soul

Heart, Self And Soul
Robert Frager PhD
Comparison between traditional Western Psychology and Islamic/Sufic Psychology
Traditional psychology assumes that the Universe is completely material and without meaning or purpose. According to Sufi psychology, the Universe was created in accordance with GodÂ’s will and is permeated with GodÂ’s presence.
Traditional psychology assumes that the human being is nothing more than a physical body and a mind developed from the physical nervous system. An important element in Sufi psychology is the spiritual heart, which is the location of inner intuition, understanding and wisdom.
In traditional psychology, descriptions of human nature focus primarily on human limitations and neurotic tendencies (clinical psychology), or on innate goodness and our essentially positive nature (humanistic psychology). According to Sufi psychology, all human beings are located between the angels and the animals. We share both natures and have the potential to rise higher than the angels or to sink lower than the animals. Hence, the struggle is to counter and overcome the negative habits and tendencies.
According to traditional western psychology, our highest state of consciousness is the rational, waking state. Sufi psychologists point out that, for most people, this is actually a state of 'waking sleep.' Most people are habitually heedless and relatively unaware of themselves or the world around them. (ie: living out early childhood conditioned beliefs).
Western psychologists hold that self-esteem and a strong sense of ego identity are important; that loss of identity is pathological. In Sufism, the sense of separate identity is one of the veils between God and human being that distorts reality and prevents us from knowing our true divine nature. The goal is to recognize the difference between the self-centered, negative ego and the positive, healthy ego; and transcend beyond living a life through the ego.
Western psychologies assume that personality is a relatively unified structure. In Sufi psychology, the human being is seen as a diverse collection of traits and tendencies, many of which are related to different stages of evolutionary development.
Western psychology considers logical reasoning as the highest human skill and the way to knowledge and wisdom. In Sufi psychology, the abstract logical intellect is considered as the 'lower intellect' and there is a higher intellect that enables us to understand the meaning of life.
Western psychology believes that almost all significant knowledge can be transmitted using logically organized rational prose. Sufi psychology believes that the written word is limited. The highest states of spiritual development are beyond rational description, and to achieve them, the rational, separate ego must be dropped.
For Western psychologists, faith means believing in things that are not real or ideas that have no solid evidence. For Sufi psychologists, faith means belief in the truth behind the varied appearances of material creation.
The three central concepts in Islamic/Sufi Psychology are the heart, the self and the soul. Each of these technical terms has a different connotation than its common English usage and meaning. The origin and basis of these terms is Quranic and they have been expounded upon by centuries of Sufic commentaries.
In Sufic psychology the heart refers to the spiritual heart or qalb, not the physical organ. It is this spiritual heart that contains the deeper intelligence and wisdom. It holds the Divine spark or spirit within each one of us. It is the place of gnosis and deep spiritual knowledge. The Sufic goal is to develop a heart that is sincere, loving and compassionate, and to develop the heart's intelligence. This intelligence of the heart is deeper, and more grounded than the rational, abstract intelligence of the mind. It is said that when the 'eyes of the heart' open, one can see beyond the surface appearance of existence, and that when the 'ears of the heart' open, one can hear the reality of the truth behind the words.
The spiritual heart functions in a similar manner as the physical heart. Just as the physical heart supplies blood to the body, the spiritual heart nourishes the soul with wisdom and spiritual light, and it also purifies the gross personality traits. When the physical heart is diseased the body suffers, when the spiritual heart is diseased the soul suffers. According to Sufic psychology emotions are from the self or nafs, not from the heart.
The self, ego or nafs is the aspect of the psyche that can be viewed along a continuum, and has the potential of functioning from the grossest to the highest level. The self at its lowest level refers to our negative traits and tendencies. For most of us, the self is controlled by emotions, desires and its gratification.
Sufic psychology identifies seven levels of the nafs, and the process of growth depends on working through these levels. Each level has specific traits and disorders (dangers that mislead), as well as methods for healing and transformation. The seven levels have been identified in the Quran. The seven levels of the nafs are: tyrannical self, regretful self, inspired self, serene self, pleased self, pleasing self and the pure self.
The soul or ruh is directly connected with the Divine, even if one is unconscious of that connection. The soul has seven levels or facets of the complete soul. These levels are: mineral, vegetable, animal, personal, human, secret and secret of secret souls. Each level represents the stages of evolution, and the process that it goes through in its growth. The soul is wholistic, and extends to all aspects of the person, ie: the body, the mind and the spirit. Each level of the soul has valuable gifts and strengths, as well as weaknesses. The goal is to develop the strengths and to achieve a balance between these levels, not forgoing the lower ones to focus only on the higher ones.
Imbalance is viewed as a stuckness at different levels of the nafs or ruh.
Traditional psychologies address one or two aspects of the soul, not wholistically.

Ego psychology deals with the animal soul, outlining the main motivation for existence being that of seeking pleasure and avoiding pain.

Behavioral psychology focuses on the conditioned functioning of the vegetable and animal soul.

Cognitive psychology deals with the mental functions of the personal soul.

Humanistic psychology deals with the activities of the human soul.

Transpersonal psychology deals with ego-transcending consciousness of the secret soul and the secret of secret souls.
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TODAY---AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH-BY ALLAH MY SOUL, HEART, MIND, AND BODY ACHE… anyhow, this is a reminder to all of man-kind…today, we’ve planned to travel to Dubai around 11:00 a.m., which is nearly 1 hr & 15 mins away… Me, my dad, my MAMA, and my brother…my uncles and my grands as well…. And we kept on roaming around for hours doing this and that...and every time we plan to eat, something comes up and we don’t…however around 7:30 p.m. we planned to eat AGAIN. But my MOM WAS LIKE “I need to go to the washroom and INSHAALLAH IÂ’ll BE RIGHT BACK”.. when she came back she was like “hmmm feel like throwing up”.. as soon as she sat, she goes like
WE ALL SURROUNDED HER AND THEN…now I wanna let u know that she was DYING.. OR AT LEAST, THAT’S HOW IT SEEMED. Then one cried and freaked out, the other was seeking people’s help.. the other was motionless, etc… 2 mins later.. a young lady comes and says that she is a doc. And would love to help…she held her hand and was like….”ALMOST NO PULSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”... now, who freaked out, was freaking out more, etc… ….etc…
HOWEVER, gave her juice, and blablablablabla…




Thursday, April 21, 2005

It is better to give than to lend, and it costs about the same.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

I want to explore the woman as a concept, not just a body.

By Shannon Capezzali

Dim lights in the night sky
who am i?
Strong words on thin paper
who am i?
God and jinn, whispering in my ears
who am i?

I want to explore the woman hidden.
It is not just a veil. It is not hijab.
Sometimes it is a liberator. Sometimes it is an oppressor.
It is not the cloth that oppresses, it is the people around it.
But beyond that issue, who is the girl who is hidden?
Why is she hidden? From what? From who?
I want to explore the woman beautiful.
the woman ugly
the woman 'other'.
I want to explore turning your faces away.
I want to explore the image of piety
the image of faith.
What is faith, and whos is it?
I want to explore the woman hidden.
When she cannot be sexualized
When she cannot be objectified
When she cannot be terrorized by the gaze of others
by the judgment on her body
perfect or imperfect.

I want to explore the woman as a concept, not just a body.
Blood flowing in these veins
the womb that gives life
the hands that heal
the words that soothe
her thoughts...these thoughts that liberate
the woman.

Here is my face, oh God. That you have created me to be a woman. And have granted me to see and feel and be what a woman is. Have granted me the tears of a woman, and the laughter. The pains of a woman, the sympathy, the compassion. Have granted me the selfishness of this society, the fear, and anxiety of what sad or evil things I see around me.

Here is my face, oh God. How shall I honor what has been given to me? That I may save my heart for the one who will not break it. That I may cover my breasts and conceal what would ignite the fires of lust. That I may show that I am a submitter.

Here is my face, oh God. What you created from the earth, that I may be a comfort for the one who loves me. You know each strand of hair, each lock, each tightly braided band, each thought.

And here, to push aside the beauty of each strand, each face, each human, which will one day fade and weaken, and return to the earth an empty shell. To cast aside vanity, selfishness, greed and gluttony. To set aside ill will, and fear of this life, and desire for acceptance from anyone but God.

This is a ritual of purification, the act of wrapping and unwrapping. The act of hiding what has been molested and raped by the eyes, the thoughts, the actions, the will of the unthankful people and the ungodly societies.
Here oh God, i wrap the cloth around my hair.
In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

I tie the ends together, this is a prayer. This is a ritual. This is the woman, rejecting the impure gaze, the judgements inflicted by self and others. This is the woman saying, 'my beauty is deeper than what will grow old and die'.
Here oh God, I tie the ends together.
Praise be to God, Lord of the Universe.

Each fold is like a flower, wrapped around the stalk. The creases overlapping, gently resting on their hinges, lifting up to the warmth. Do you remember the day of our creation? The day the heavens exploded into a million stars? It is deep within us, every atom knows the way home.
Here oh God, I make the folds.
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

And now I bring the cloth around, to conceal what I do not wish to be seen, and to release the side of me which is hindered by onlookers. Each fold releases the knowing of Gods love. Each covering confirms that I am more than this limb and that limb. Each moment hidden in this way is freedom from others lust, from the sins that are expected of you in this country, from being the object they want you to be.
Here oh God, I bring the cloth around.
Master of the Day of Judgment.

Here God, is the face you made for me. The light which wakes it each morning. The signs within the sky and earth that show the way, these two eyes of mine, what they have seen, what they will see! Each knows the stars in the sky, and the seven universes and the water which is clear and which is salty. Each has seen the happiness and the sorrow. Of all the things these cannot be concealed.
Here oh God, I cover my hair.
You alone we worship. You alone we ask for help.

And now I bring it tightly round my head. It is like a parents safe embrace against the pounding winds on tiny faces. What do I conceal when I bring it near? And from which person, which entity do I hide this part of me? Or perhaps it is more than hiding. Perhaps it is the message. Perhaps, grant me my decency, my chastity, the parts of me which exist despite this body.
Here oh God, I bring it tightly round my head.
Guide us in the right path;

When all is tight, each end in place, dresses lengthened to the floor...
this is the putting on of cloth, the throwing off of sin,
the conceiling of skin, the revealing of...
what does this act reveal? It is the question
Who am I? What am I?
Here oh God, this is the great mystery.
The path of those whom you blessed;

Not of those who have deserved wrath, nor of the strayers.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2005


SURAH Al Qiyâmah
1. Nay! I swear by the day of resurrection.

2. Nay! I swear by the self-accusing soul.

3. Does man think that We shall not gather his bones?

4. Yea! We are able to make complete his very fingertips

S. Nay! man desires to give the lie to what is before him.

6. He asks: When is the day of resurrection?

7. So when the sight becomes dazed,

8. And the moon becomes dark,

9. And the sun and the moon are brought together,

10. Man shall say on that day: Whither to fly to?

11. By no means! there shall be no place of refuge!

12. With your Lord alone shall on be the place of rest.

13. Man shall on that day be informed of what he sent before and (what he) put off.

14. Nay! man is evidence against himself,

15. Though he puts forth his excuses.

16. Do not move your tongue with it to make haste with it,

17: Surely on Us (devolves) the collecting of it and the reciting of it.

18. Therefore when We have recited it, follow its recitation.
19. Again on Us (devolves) the explaining of it.

20. Nay! But you love the present life,

21. And neglect the hereafter.

22. (Some) faces on that day shall be bright,

23. Looking to their Lord.

24. And (other) faces on that day shall be gloomy,

25. Knowing that there will be made to befall them some great calamity.
26. Nay! When it comes up to the throat,

27. And it is said: Who will be a magician?

28. And he is sure that it is the (hour of) parting

29. And affliction is combined with affliction;

30. To your Lord on that day shall be the driving.

31. So he did not accept the truth, nor did he pray,

32. But called the truth a lie and turned back,

33. Then he went to his followers, walking away in haughtiness.

34. Nearer to you (is destruction) and nearer,

35. Again (consider how) nearer to you and nearer.

36. Does man think that he is to be left to wander without an aim?

37. Was he not a small seed in the seminal elements,

38. Then he was a clot of blood, so He created (him) then made (him) perfect.

39. Then He made of him two kinds, the male and the female.

40. Is not He able to give life to the dead?

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Monday, April 18, 2005


A companion asked: “O’ Messenger of Allah ?! Tell us about yourself.”
He e said, “Well! I am the call of my father Ibraaheem u, and the glad tidings of my brother Eesa u; when my mother was pregnant, light emitted out of her by which she saw the palaces of Syria; I was breast-fed in Banoo S’ad. While my foster brother and I were pasturing the goats behind our home, 2 white-clothed men came to me; they made me lie on the earth and split my chest; they extracted my heart and divided it into two parts; and took something like a black leech. They washed my heart and stomach with ice which they had in a golden basin, until it became purely clean. One of them said to the other, ‘Weigh him with ten person of his nation.”
He did; and I outweighed them.
He said, ‘Weigh him with a hundred person of his nation.’
He did; and I outbalanced them.
He said, ‘Weigh him with one thousand men.’
He did: and I overweighed them.
Then the other said to him: ‘Let him! By Allah ?, if you even weigh him with all of his nation, he will exceed them in weight and value.’

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Sunday, April 17, 2005

O ALLAH, you are my lord, there is no god but YOU. You created me, and I am your servant. I uphold your convenant and your promise to the best of my ability. I seek refuge in you from the faults of my own doings. I acknowledge the blessings you have showered upon me , and I acknowledge my shortcomings. So forgive me, for indeed, none forgives sins except you. Ameen.

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"When you drop a pebble into a pond, it makes a ripple. At first the ripple is only small,
but eventually it grows to cross the whole pond."

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"The Dunyaa is like salt-water; whenever you increase in drinking it, you will also increase in thirst!"

*DUNYAA = this life...

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Never keep something bad in your heart. Clean it every night before you go to sleep. as if you were actually washing a white garmet stained with the blackest dirt. You will feel peace and tranquility for all the forgiveing that you do.

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Saturday, April 16, 2005

MAY PEACE BE UNTO YOUR SOULS, HEARTS, MINDS, AND BODIES...WHY IS EVERYBODY CLOUDED WITH UNCERTAINTY???...Anyways, I looked it up (uncertainty), and found that uncertainty, doubt, dubiety, skepticism, suspicion,& mistrust are all nouns refering to the condition of being unsure about someone or something. MAY PEACE & LIGHTS OF GUIDANCE OVEWHELM EVERYBODY AND UNCETAINTY & SKEPTICISM VANISH....,AMEN.

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"FLUFFY" amazing word..."fluffy"

Rain by Design
Rain is indeed one of the most important factors for the permanence of life on earth. It is a prerequisite for the continuation of activity in a region. Rain, which carries great importance for all living things, including human beings, is mentioned in various verses of the Qur'an, where substantial information is given about the formation of rain, its proportion and effects. This information, which never could have been known by the people of the time, shows us that the Qur'an is the word of God. Now, let us examine the information given in the Qur'an about rain. The Proportion of Rain In the eleventh verse of Surat az-Zukhruf, rain is defined as water sent down in "due measure". The verse is as follows: He sends down (from time to time) water from the sky in due measure, and We raise to life therewith a land that is dead. Even so will you be raised (from the dead). (Surat az-Zukhruf, 11) This "measure" mentioned in the verse has to do with a couple of characteristics of rain. First of all, the amount of rain that falls on the earth is always the same. It is estimated, that in one second, 16 million tones of water evaporate from the earth. This number is equal to the amount of water that drops on the earth in one second. This means that water continuously circulates in a balanced cycle according to a "measure". Another measure related with rain is about its falling speed. The minimum altitude of rain clouds is 1,200 meters. When dropped from this height, an object having the same weight and size as a rain drop, would continuously accelerate and fall on the ground with a speed of 558 km/h. Certainly, any object that hits the ground with that speed would cause great damage. If rain happened to fall in the same way, all harvested lands would be destroyed, residential areas, houses, and cars would be damaged, and people would not be able to walk around without taking extra precautions. What is more, these calculations are made just for clouds at a height of 1,200 meters; there are also rain clouds at altitudes of 10,000 meters. A rain drop falling from such a height could normally reach a very destructive speed. But this is not how it works; no matter from what height they fall, the average speed of rain drops is only 8-10 km/h when they reach the ground. The reason for this is the special form they take. This special form increases the friction effect of the atmosphere and prevents acceleration when the rain drops reach a certain speed "limit". (Today parachutes are designed by using this technique.) This is not all about the "measures" of rain. For instance, in the atmospheric layers where it starts to rain, the temperature may fall as low as 400 C below zero. Despite this, rain drops never turn into ice particles. (This would certainly mean a fatal threat to the living things on the earth.) The reason is that the water in the atmosphere is pure water. As is well-known, pure water hardly freezes even at very low temperatures. The Formation of Rain How rain forms remained a great mystery for people for a long time. Only after weather radar was invented, was it possible to discover the stages by which rain is formed. The formation of rain takes place in three stages. First, the "raw material" of rain rises up into the air. Later clouds are formed. Finally, rain drops appear. These stages are clearly defined in the Qur'an centuries ago where precise information is given about the formation of rain: It is God Who sends the Winds, and they raise the Clouds: then does He spread them in the sky as He wills, and break them into fragments, until you see rain-drops issue from the midst thereof: then when He has made them reach such of his servants as He wills, behold, they do rejoice! (Surat ar-Room, 48) Now, let us look at the three stages mentioned in the verse; 1ST STAGE: "It is God Who sends the winds..." Countless air bubbles formed by the foaming in the oceans continuously burst and cause water particles to be ejected towards the sky. These particles, which are rich in salt, are then carried away by winds and move upwards in the atmosphere. These particles, which are called aerosols, form clouds by collecting around themselves the water vapor, which again ascends from the seas, as tiny drops by a mechanism called "water trap" 2ND STAGE: " ...and they raise the Clouds: then does He spread them in the sky as He wills, and break them into fragments..." The clouds form from the water vapor that condenses around the salt crystals or the dust particles in the air. Because the water drops in these are very small (with a diameter between 0.01 and 0.02 mm), the clouds are suspended in the air and they spread in the sky. Thus the sky is covered with clouds. 3RD STAGE: "...until you see rain-drops issue from the midst thereof." Water particles that surround salt crystals and dust particles thicken and form rain drops. So, the drops, which become heavier than air, depart from the clouds, and start to fall on the ground as rain. Every stage in the formation of rain is told in the verses of the Qur'an. Furthermore, these stages are explained in the right sequence. Just as with many other natural phenomena in the world, it is again the Qur'an that provides the most correct explanation about this phenomenon as well, and more, that has announced these facts to people centuries before they were discovered by science Life Given to a Dead Land In the Qur'an, many verses call our attention to a particular function of rain, which is "giving life to a dead land": We send down pure water from the sky. That with it We may give life to a dead land, and slake the thirst of many beings We have created, beasts as well as humans. (Surat al-Furqan, 48- 49) In addition to furnishing the earth with water, which is an inevitable need of living beings, rain also has a fertilization effect. Rain drops that reach the clouds after being evaporated from the seas, contain certain substances "that will give life" to a dead land. These "life-giving" drops are called "surface tension drops". Surface tension drops form on the top level of the sea surface which is called the "micro layer" by biologists. In this layer, which is thinner than one tenth of a millimeter, there are many organic leftovers caused by the pollution of microscopic algae and zooplankton. Some of these leftovers select and collect within themselves some elements which are very rare in sea water, such as phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and some heavy metals like copper, zinc, cobalt and lead. These "fertilizer"-laden drops are lifted up into the sky by the winds and after a while they drop on the ground inside the rain drops. Seeds and plants on the earth find numerous metallic salts and elements essential for their growth here in these rain drops. This event is revealed in another verse of the Qur'an: And We send down from the sky rain laden with blessing, and We produce therewith gardens and grain for harvests. (Surah Qaf, 9) Salts that fall with rain are small examples of certain elements (calcium, magnesium, potassium, etc.) used for increasing fertility. The heavy metals found in these types of aerosols are other elements that increase fertility in the development and production of plants. A barren land can be furnished with all the essential elements for plants in a 100-year period just with these fertilizers dropped with the rain. Forests also develop and are fed with the help of these sea-based aerosols. In this way, 150 million tons of fertilizer falls on the total land surface every year. If there were no natural fertilization like this, there would be very little vegetation on the earth, and the ecological balance would be impaired. What is more interesting is that this truth, which could only be discovered by modern science, was revealed by God in the Qur'an centuries ago.

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I do not know…just few words for utility not reality…born in Lebanon seventy years ago…went to schools and universities…married and divorced, worked in medias many times…went to Europe and than America and India and more…I studied macrobiotics with Michio Kushi and since then I am a student in the university of the universe…U.U. …you you is the only place, and space to live your choice, my choice is macrobiotics as a way of life not eating…I started many macrobiotic centers in America and Sama center was one of the best on the planet…few years ago I came to Lebanon to start a center in my country and my first step was the jazeera screen where my heart screamed to the world…wake up now and watch out what you are eating…since then I am on many TVs…now I have a daily show at N.T.V….the most powerful truth in the arab world to share with the viewers the secrets of our being…body, mind and soul… I love to read new age books…macrobiotics and alternative medicine…I studied N.D. naturapath doctor at Clayton University… in America… I am an American citizen but I declare myself as a citizen of the planet…I do not have a social life…all what I do is what I love to be …no matter what I say…silence is the only language to truth…Knowing yourself is the first step on this trip… Let's join hands and hearts and heal our Life and our mother Earth and may peace prevail on earth. I will end my saying with this quote: "People say I am brainwashing people. No, I am not brainwashing people. I am certainly washing their brains - and I believe in dry cleaning." Wassalam Alaykom…
Wake Up….
Be Alert
No More Medication
Only Meditation
Meditation is not Medication
You are here to know who you are….
You are here to hear your body and to be your being…
You are needed as you are…
Welcome to Meditation…
This is our action and our choice…
Thank you for being yourself

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By: Stephan Rechtschaffen

Summary: Warns that our emotions are taking a back seat to the rapid pace of our lives and suggests learning how to shift the way we perceive and use time. How we cram each moment so full of events we leave no time to actually experience them; 'Mind time' vs. 'emotional time'; Linear vs. circular time; A disorienting gap as we age; Developing a way of being that lives fully in the moment without anxiety about staying on schedule. INSETS: 'Time-shifting exercises'; 'Time-shift rituals'.

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Friday, April 15, 2005

crazy spots................

crazy spots by DAWUD WHARNSBY

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if we become aware of our inner spiritual five senses, use and depend on them more and more, then our physical five senses, will follow and become a reflection to more subtle and beautiful limitless senses. Then, when we leave our bodies, we are aware of our subtle spiritual senses, and we can continue to enjoy the sense of witnessing, hearing, touching, tasting and smelling in another formless non matter status. After resurrection, these non matter essences will dwell in our bodies, giving it an everlasting youth, beauty and health, and we will live in the Abode of Grace for Eternity, being able to witness Allah's Beautiful Face, hearing His speech, touching His Hand, tasting His fruits and smelling the essence of His Gardens.

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some ppl might see this pic as a very unorganized they might see that the rugs arent parrallel or supposed to be on top of each other in order or that they are very awkward..but i dont know why, i see it as a very emotional one..i think that the rug on the left side is kind of goin towards the one on the right, by not being straight,,,whilst the one on the right is also trying to reach out for the one on the left..just a vision to share...

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CRAIG DAVID SAYS IN A SONG,..U'VE GOT THE KEY TO MY HEART...and then ,..YOU'VE CLOSED THE DOOR ON ME...SUBHANALLAH..i mean, GOOOOOOOOOD..really no one has the true key and appreciates IT...most of the ppl get the key n then play around with it....THE HEART in arabic is called "QALB" 'cuz it "QULIBS " a lot.. in other words...QALB----MEANS TURNING OVER...i.e. it changes a lot..

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well, may peace be unto ur souls, hearts, minds, and bodies,....
FEAR OF ISLAM...well, to start with, ISLAM IS A VERB AND A NOUN

Islam is from Allah, The Creator and Sustainer of all that exists. Islam did not originate with the prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.
Since the time of Adam, peace be upon him, Almighty God has set forth Rights and Limits. The Creator and Sustainer of all that exists (Allah) has ordained for mankind a Way of Life.
The prophet Moses, peace be upon him, received the Commandments for his people that included legislation and laws for the tribes of Israel to follow. They even included dietary and health laws. Torah (Old Testament) means literaly "law." The first and highest Right of all is God's Right over His creation that they never worship any other god, besides Him. This is the first Commandment sent down on Mt. Siani to Moses and his followers. [Exodus 20]
As such, it is for Almight God, Himself to dictate by His Command and Direct His creation as He Determines is best and He Alone is responsible for what He will accept and what He will not accept. It is also for Him Alone to decree what is good and what is bad and He must be the One to show the right path in all things.
Jesus, peace be upon him, came to confirm this Way of Life and to enforce its Law for his followers. His early followers were called "People of the Way." [Acts 11] And this of course, this refers to the Way of Jesus, in submission to God's Law; meaning to keep the Commandments of God. Jesus, peace be upon him, taught that no one could enter the Paradise unless they love God Almighty with all of their heart, mind and soul and keep His Commandments. He even clarified this Way, by saying if anyone even broke the least of Commandments and taught this to others, they would be the least in the Next Life. Yet, whoever would keep the Commandments and teach this, they would be the highest in the Next Life. [Matt. 5:17, 19]
We can understand this Way of life in two very simple terms: Rights and Limitations.
Everything in the material existance of life must be dictated and clarified by the One who Created everything in the fist place. We understand from this that Islam must be a complete and total way of living, explaining everything in the life from beginning to end and from birth until death. of the creations of Allah, especially for those who have choices to make (us),
Islam came in its complete and final form over 1,400 years ago with the advent of the prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. The Quran of Allah and the teachings of Muhammad, peace be upon him, are careful to remind us that it not a mere man-made religion to be paid mere lip service; rather it is an all-encompassing Way of life that must be practiced continuously for it to be Islam.
There are other injunctions and commandments which concern virtually all facets of one's personal, family and civic life. These include such matters as diet, clothing, personal hygiene, interpersonal relations, business ethics, responsibilities towards parents, spouse and children, marriage, divorce and inheritance, civil and criminal law, fighting in defense of Islam, relations with non-Muslims, and so much more.
In conclusion, we are forced to realize that ISLAM is a complete Way of life for the human being. Everything is covered in Islam from birth to death to live in the complete submission to the Will of the One Who Created man in the first place.

Surrender - Submission - Obedience - Sincerity - Peace

1-Surrender: "Surely, the only religion Allah will accept is (surrender) to His Will."
[Holy Quran 3:19] This is understood from a verse in the Holy Quran where Allah says:
"And whoever desires any religion other than (Allah's Religion in Surrender to Him), Allah will never accept it, and in the Hereafter, they will be amongst the loosers."
[Holy Quran 3:85)
This submission requires a fully conscious and willing effort to submit to the one Almighty God.
2-Submission :"But no, by your Lord, they can have no Faith, until they make you (Muhammad, peace be upon him) as a judge in all disputes between them, and find no resistance against your decisions, and accept (the decisions) with full submission."
[Holy Quran 4:65]
Total submission is required after the surrender and some terms have to be set forth by Allah to be understood by the Muslim. There can be no option in the matter as Allah says in another verse;
"It is not fitting for the believing man nor for the believing woman, that whenever Allah and His Messenger have decided any matter, that they should have any other opinion."
[Holy Quran 33:36]
Whatever Allah and His Messenger have set out as being the Way of Islam is incumbent on the believer, man or woman to follow completely. One must consciously and conscientiously give oneself to the service of Allah.
3-Obedience:"And obey Allah and His Messenger."
[Holy Quran 3:132]
"O you who believe! Obey Allah and His Messenger and those of you who are in authority. If you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if you believe in Allah and in the Last Day. That is better and more suitable for final determination."
[Holy Quran 4:59]
"He who obeys the Messenger has indeed obeyed Allah, but he who turns away, then we have not sent you as a watcher over them."
[Holy Quran 4:80]
This means to act on what Allah enjoins all of us to do (in the Qur'an) and what His beloved Prophet, Muhammad (pbuh) encouraged us to do in his Sunnah (his lifestyle and sayings personifying the Qur'an).
After surrendering your free will to Allah and then ratifying the terms and conditions of the surrender, it is obligatory for the Muslim to live up to his terms of the bargain. It is his or her responsibility to do their best to obey the orders of Allah set forth in the Holy Quran and the teachings of the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him.
4-Sincerity & Purity of Intention:The heart must be clean and honest. Allah is Pure and He only accepts pure.
"Verily, deeds are rewarded by intention. And everyone will have the reward for that which he has intended."
[A saying of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him]
Sincere intention is the key to the success or failure of the Muslim. All that he or she does must be for the sake of Allah and not for the chance to show off or call attention to himself or herself. If there is even a speck of pride or showing off for the people instead of doing for Allah, then the whole of the matter will be rejected by Allah on the Day of Judgment. This is due to the fact that Allah wants purity of intention and purity in deed.
5-Peace:Between You & Allah
"Peace" is mentioned 58 times in the Holy Quran and it is certainly the most sought after condition for the life of every human on earth.
"Peace" is also one of the attributes which Allah has named Himself by in the Holy Quran:
"He is Allah beside Whom there is none worthy of worship, The King, The Holy, The Peace, The Watcher, The All Mighty, The Compeller, The Supreme. Glory be to Allah! He is above all that they try to associate with Him as partners."
[Holy Quran 59:23]
We are all striving to achieve some sort of peace and tranquility in our lives. And providing that the other four conditions have been met, then this is the inevitable result of the one who is truly seeking Allah.
So as soon as he or she has totally surrendered and submitted and obeyed Allah, in complete sincerity and as a result has achieved total and complete peace in this life and in the next.
It does not imply that they will not be tested however. And this must be quickly understood. The one whom Allah loves, He tests. The person who will be successful in this life and the Next Life will be tested as Allah has said:
"Do they think that they will be left alone on saying, 'We believe and that they will not be tested'? For sure we will test them as we have tested those who came before them, to show (them) the truthful of the honest and the liars in their falsehood."
[Quran 29:2-3]
Once we humble ourselves, rid ourselves of our egoism and submit totally to Allah, and to Him exclusively, in faith and in action, we will surely feel peace in our hearts. Establishing peace in our hearts will bring about peace in our external conduct as well.


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When God created human beings, He created many emotions and desires within him, which we call human instincts. These include positive qualities such as recognizing truth and expressing it, love and compassion, pure physiological desires such as being thirsty , hungry and in need of sex.

Then there are some negative qualities such as hate and anger, with resultant violence and dejection. The angels who were the witnesses to Adam's creation knew about some of the negative qualities of man and questioned the creation of this new being who was to create "'mischief on earth." (Quran 2:30)

However, at the same time, the Creator also instilled some protective mechanisms for fighting these negative instincts.

"Man was created weak," says the Quran. During the moment of weakness, we succumb to the designs of our enemy, that is, the devil, who "will attack us from front, from behind, from the side," in order to divert us from God consciousness and return to our true animistic nature. Thus anger by itself is not unnatural; it is the expression of anger which if done wrongfully, can lead to problems. The difference between the wild beasts and wild humans is the difference of free will.

When a lion or a wolf is angry, he does not think. When a man becomes angry as a result of provocation, he has a choice to control his anger or to respond to it as he has been taught by the teachings of prophets and saints, or forget all that and become a wild animal. Thus anger takes place when we are not in control of ourselves, but the devil is controlling us.

Anger is a de stabilizing thought. It is the most dividing emotion between friends; it takes away judgment, leads to depression, madness and wrong actions that we would repent later on when we are not angry. But why do we get angry to begin with? It is either an unexpected provocation or unexpected situation which leads to frustration and an angry response.

During anger, one can physically or verbally abuse a person that he or she loves, hurt another living being like an animal, or during the dejection phase of anger, one can even hurt him- or herself and even commit suicide.

When anger is directed toward a group of people, then it can manifest in terrorism, whether against people of other faiths or nations, or against even one's own government as is seen in the case of the Oklahoma City bombing. However, all anger is not of satanic origin. How can we blame Satan for a child who is angry because he does not get his toy or when he is hungry ?

The point I am making is that the natural fulfillment of normal desires, whether in terms of food or sex, is a prerequisite for prevention of anger. There are many chemicals and hormones which affect our moods and behavior. It is well known that hypoglycemia and hyperthyroidism precipitate irritability and anger. We must keep our hormones in balance in addition to facilitate our spiritual well-being.

Prophet Mohammed (Pbuh), who was sent to mankind to teach them good moral conduct, learned to control his anger toward the Unbelievers and teach them appropriate expressions. He constantly spoke against being angry. One companion asked him, Give me some short advice by virtue of which I hope for good in the life hereafter, and he said, "Don't be angry." Another person asked, what will save me from the wrath of God, and he said, "Do not express your anger." A third person asked three times, 0 Prophet of God, give me an order to do a short good deed, and he said, "Don't be angry." Once he asked a question of his companion, "Who among you do you consider a strong man?" They said, the one who can defeat so-and-so wrestler in a fight, and he said, that is not so. The one who is strong is the one who can control himself at the time of anger. He also said that anger is like fire, which destroys you from within, and it can also lead you to the fire of hell by your own expressions of anger unjustly.

Being angry is like being drunk. In both cases, we do not know what we are doing, hurting ourselves or someone else, and afterwards when the intoxication is over, we repent. Caliph Omar used to say, the one with all its goodn anger gets salvation. Shiekh Hassan Basri said that one of the signs of the Believers is that his anger will not prevail over him.

Anger should be distinguished between the natural response to wrongdoing and disbelief.

A person who has no feelings about oppression, wrongdoing and disbelief is, in fact, an impotent person emotionally. It has been said, "Evil flourishes when a few good people do not do anything to oppose it." Thus response to injustice and operation in a civilized way is the appropriate expression of anger. Being neutral to injustice is equal to contributing to injustice. Sometimes taking arms in order to fight the oppression and injustice, in defense or in off is the basis of "the just war." However, this "just war" is not justified on a personal level.

Caliph Ali was once fighting in a war imposed on Muslims, and the chief of the Unbelievers confronted him. During the fight, the Ali was able to overcome him, who fell down on the ground and Ali was about to kill him. This person, knowing his fate now, had no choice so he spit on the face of Ali. Ali immediately got up and left him alone. The man came running to him and asked, "You had a chance to kill me since I was defeated; how come you didn't use your sword?" Ali said, "I have no personal animosity toward you. I was fighting you because of your disbelief, on behalf of God. If I had killed you after you spat on my face, then it would have become my personal revenge which I do not wish to take." That Unbeliever chief became a Muslim immediately.

When Prophet Mohammed (Pbuh) became angry at someone else's wrong actions or disbeliefs, he never expressed it with his hand or tongue. His companions knew that he was angry by looking at his face, which would be red and with some sweat on his forehead, and he would keep quiet for a moment, trying to control himself.

What happens to us physiologically when we are angry? Our heart rate and blood pressure go up; this is a direct effect of excessive adrenalin in our system. Our physical strength increases although spiritual strength decreases. Our intellect or power to reason goes away, and things we would not justify in a normal state become acceptable. The organs of our body which are otherwise under our control, become out of control. Thus, our tongues become abusive, and we would say words which would hurt someone else. Our hands are out of control, and we will hit someone or sometimes ourselves. Our feet are out of control, and we might kick some one whether a human, an animal or sometimes a broken machine.

How do we control anger? Contrary to other teaching, I believe that to root out anger is impossible and unnatural, and may even be harmful. A person who does not control or redirect the expression of anger may have built up anger within himself, which may hurt him physically. Apart from being depressed and having a feeling of dejection, during the phase of unexpressed anger, his constant, rapid heart rate and high blood pressure may harm his heart and even lead to a heart attack over the long run. Apart from being violent, during the phase of anger since his mind does not work, he may make a wrong decision about his job or personal relationship which will affect his future.

Medicine for Anger

The first preventive medicine is to avoid being too sensitive to provocation and become "deaf, dumb and mute." It may be necessary for some people to engage in something else to divert themselves. For saints, it may be advisable to engage in remembrance of God or meditation, but for common folk, they need some worldly tools. A couple went to Prophet Mohammed and said, We have been fighting each other for many years. Each time she says something to hurt my feelings, I become angry, and then I fight back and this fight comes to such a degree that I am afraid that this verbal fight may,become physical, or we may end up divorced. So please advise how we can control our anger. He told the husband that when your wife provokes you and makes you angry, take a sip of your water in your mouth and do not swallow it or spit it out, but keep it there until she has calmed down. Well, he practiced that and a few months later, he reported back that it did work.

Since we believe that anger is an expression of satanic control, we must not let this control take over. The Prophet had advised us to say, "During anger, I seek refuge from lead to problemrotection of God." He also advised us that when angry, one should sit down or lie down as it is not easy to hit someone else in those positions. Obviously, the best remedy is to think about God and "ask yourself a question, "are you in control of yourself, or would you allow God to take control of you?" Think of God's anger and punishment. Is God's wrath less than your wrath? And what happens when He expresses His wrath? We humans who seek forgiveness from God must forgive others first. When one forgive someone else, it establishes peace and tranquility in one's heart, but at the same time, the matter of injustice or wrong actions which made one angry, become a dispute between him and God; and if one do not take revenge and forgive, God might act on ones behalf.

The first attribute of God/Allah that we Muslims are reminded (of) is Ar Rahman-Ar Rahim that is, Kind and Merciful. God Himself said, my mercy overtakes my wrath, and He told in one of the hadith qudsi , 'O son of Adam, when you get angry, remember Me." Thus, remembrance of God and meditation will keep us on the right track. One of the meditation words is ya Halim, which is one of the attributes of God, being the Mild One. One can also pray to God to take control of the situation and the person or the people who have caused His anger. We must also think that tone life so dear to us, is a temporary life, and we must not forget our death and destroy the life of eternity at the cost of this life. Washing one's face with cold water or taking a cold shower is also helpful.

Thus it is important for one to redirect the energy in engaging in something else. However, the height of sainthood is to do the opposite of the provoking person expects one to do. If he expects you to rebuke him or verbally abuse him back, then one should tell him, I love you, and mention his good qualities. If he expects one to physically attack him, then one embraces him and forgives him.

That is how the saying, "turn the other cheek" came about. One will become a calm person when he makes peace with himself, his Creator and his surroundings. Anger is a costly weed; it costs one his health, life in this world, and the life in the Hereafter. This weed must be rooted out to allow the healthy plant of righteousness, piety and service to God and His creation nurture and grow.


Dejection is a state of sad thought, depression and a feeling of being worthless. This could be a result of anger with self or someone else, unexpressed anger, failure and frustration. Dejection is a deadly disease which can harm the body acutely or on a chronic basis. and can irreversibly destroy one's relationships. It is during this state of dejection that people have suicidal thoughts and sometimes actions. During anger, however, a person tries to manifest his verbal and physical strengthening dejection, he completely gives up, thinking he is no good. Dejection slowly builds up while anger is a more acute manifestation, which is like a moth which slowly eats away the human spirit and body.

Dejection can be the result of losses, financial or of a dear one, or even failure in work, education and business. Many times terminally ill patients, without any hope of getting better, would also be dejected. Sometimes dejection or depression is due to a chemical imbalance just like anger, whether it is a psychotropic condition with depletion of brain amines, epinephrine, norepinephrine and dopamine, or hormonal imbalance like hypothyroidism and Addison's disease. Therefore, in all cases of depression, when a physician sees them, he does and he must evaluate them for a treatable organic cause.

The way to fight dejection again is a mind-control phenomenon. We must realize that we are not in control of our destiny. Certain failures and adversity have been designed to teach us certain lessons. We must know that someone else is in control of our past, present and future. This is what believer in God is what Caliph Ali once said, that "what makes me a believer in God is the fact that I realize that after doing everything humanly possible to make certain things go right, it goes wrong unexpectedly, making me believe that someone else was in control of that situation, not me."

When we give good advice to our teenaged children, encouraging them to do good and avoiding something wrong and they don't listen, as a result they get into trouble. It is human to be sad, but it is unnecessary to be dejected, thinking that I am not a good parent. We will be questioned for things we can do that we must do, but we will not be questioned on things that are beyond our control.

The remedy for dejection is hope. God made hopelessness unlawful by saying, "Do not despair of God's mercy." Thus, no matter at what level of despair, depression and frustration we are, whether loss of a loved one or a job, or as the result of anger from someone else, we must not give up hope as there is a ray of hope at the end of the tunnel. The greatest hope is mercy from God.

Thus, whoever has lost worldly possessions, expects and hopes that God will replace his losses in a better way. The.he person who has lost a dear one hopes to see that dear one in the life hereafter.

Hope is the medicine which keeps one alive and going, which is when we say, hang on, we mean hang onto the thread of hope. It is not unnatural to be sad over situations and events. Even Prophet Mohammed (Pbuh) used to be sad, looking at the plight of Unbelievers and their rejection of his message for oneness of God, and not becoming Muslims. And God reminded him by saying, "It is not your duty to make them Muslims, but just proclaim the truth, and God gives guidance to those whom He wishes."

During dejection, there is darkness, but in hope, there is light. Therefore, one must pray for this light to illuminate the heart so that we can see beyond what is causing the suffering today. If I knew that I would not see tomorrow, I might get depressed, but the fact that I hope I will see tomorrow with all its goodness, the love of my family, my friends, dear ones, the flowers, the music, that I go to sleep in peace, turning myself to God. We must pray for God's mercy and forgiveness so that we can love and forgive ourselves and God's other creations and have peace with ourselves, our Creator and our surroundings.

We Muslims believe that all our suffering, failures and adversities are nothing but a test from God, who has said that "You will not enter Paradise until you are tested. " He has also said, "Be sure we will test you with something of fear and hunger, a small loss in wealth and lives and the fruits (of your labors), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere, when afflicted with calamities, to God we belong and to Him shall we return."' (Chapter 2:15, 5-157).
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A little boy asked his mother, "Why are you crying?"
"Because I need to" she said.
"I don't understand," he said.
His Mom just hugged him and said, "And you never will."
Later the little boy asked his father, "Why does mother seem to cry for no reason?"
"All women cry for no reason," his dad answered carelessly
The little boy, still wondering why women cry, finally asked the old wise shaikh. "He surely knows the answer", he thought.
"Ya Shaikh! Why do women cry so easily?"
He answered: "When Allah made the woman she had to be made so special. He made her strong enough to carry the weight of the world, yet gentle enough to give comfort. He gave her an inner strength to endure childbirth and the rejection that comes from her children. He gave her a hardness that allows her to keep going when everyone else gives up, and take care of her family through sickness and fatigue without complaining. He gave her the sensitivity to love her children under any and all circumstances, even when her child hurts her very badly. He gave her strength to carry her husband through his faults and fashioned her from his rib to protect his heart. He gave her wisdom to know that a good husband never hurts is wife, but sometimes tests her strengths and her resolve to stand beside him unfalteringly. And lastly, He gave her a tear. This is hers and only hers exclusively to use whenever she needs it. She needs no reason, no explanation, its hers."
"You see my son, the beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the beauty of her face, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart - the place where love resides."
The little boy got the answer and never asked the question again.
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Our commitment to Islam must not only be life-long but also life-wide. MOREOVER, OUR COMMITMENT TO ANYTHING BENEFICIAL; SHOULD BE LIFE-WIDE.....
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"Being an honorable Muslim means that people are safe from your actions and words."
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Thursday, April 14, 2005

Our being able to wake up in the morning is a great miracle. Despite having lost consciousness entirely, in the morning we recover consciousness and our personalities. The heart beats, we are able to breathe, talk and see. In fact, when we go to sleep, there is no guarantee that these favours will be returned to us in the morning. Nor have we met any disasters during the night. For example, the absent-mindedness of a neighbour could cause a gas leakage and great explosion during the night could have woken us. A catastrophe could have occurred in the region where we lived and we could have lost our lives. Thinking on all of this, we thank Allah for His mercy and protection.

...My Lord, keep me thankful for the blessing You have bestowed on me and on my parents, and keep me acting rightly, pleasing You, and admit me, by Your mercy, among Your righteous slaves. (Surat an-Naml: 19)
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