Well, certainly grave dangers lie ahead. But there is also light at the end of the tunnel. And it is towards that light we are ultimately headed. To find that light we must look beyond the many crises now facing us and investigate their underlying cause. Why does humanity continue to behave in ways that are clearly not in its best interest? Is there something wrong with us?
-- Alexander Papaderosby
"No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it."
-- Albert Einstein
Friday, December 30, 2005
The word "art" derives from the Latin ars, which can be translated "to arrange". Taking the broadest view, art is a generic term for the product of creative human activity. Whenever a person makes something primarily for aesthetic reasons, he or she is certainly creating a work of art. Another definition of art is anything made for the purpose of being experienced as art. There are many other uses of the word art, but all are related to its Latin root.
"YOU'RE WHY CAVEMEN CHISELED ON WALLS. "
I'M HOME ALONE RIGHT NOW..I DUNNO WETHER I'M BEING SENSIBLE OR HARD; BUT THE "LONELINESS" I FEEL RIGHT NOW IS NOTHING COMPARED TO THE "LONELINESS" I FEEL WHEN I'M OUT!
IT'S SPOOKY OUT THERE! AS A MATTER OF FACT, IT GIVES ME THE CHILLS SEEING THE REAL WORLD...
I AM TRUELY SCARED AND HAVE A LOT OF FEARS...
JUST WANNA HOLD ON TO MY TEDDY, AND PRAY THAT TOMMORROW WOULD BE A BETTER ONE.
"I know what I have to do now. I have to keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?"
Thursday, December 29, 2005
The time for Fajr prayer lasts from the beginning of the pre-sunrise twilight so long as the sun has not yet started to rise...Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said,"There are angels who take turns in visiting you by night and by day, and they all assemble at the dawn (Fajr) and the afternoon (`Asr) prayers. Those who have spent the night with you, ascend to the heaven and their Rubb, Who knows better about them, asks: `In what condition did you leave My slaves?' They reply: `We left them while they were performing Salat and we went to them while they were performing Salat.'''
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
[89:1] By the dawn.
[89:2] And the ten nights.
[89:3] By the even and the odd.
[89:4] By the night as it passes.
[89:5] A profound oath, for one who possesses intelligence.
[89:6] Have you noted what your Lord did to `Aad?
[89:7] Erum; the town with tall buildings.
[89:8] There was nothing like it anywhere.
[89:9] Also Thamoud, who carved the rocks in their valley.
[89:10] And Pharaoh who possessed might.
[89:11] They all transgressed in the land.
[89:12] They spread evil throughout.
[89:13] Consequently, your Lord poured upon them a whipping retribution.
[89:14] Your Lord is ever watchful.
[89:15] When the human being is tested by his Lord, through blessings and joy, he says, "My Lord is generous towards me."
[89:16] But if He tests him through reduction in provisions, he says, "My Lord is humiliating me!"
[89:17] Wrong! It is you who brought it on yourselves by not regarding the orphan.
[89:18] And not advocating charity towards the poor.
[89:19] And consuming the inheritance of helpless orphans.
[89:20] And loving the money too much.
[89:21] Indeed, when the earth is crushed, utterly crushed.
[89:22] And your Lord comes, together with the angels in row after row.
[89:23] On that day, Gehenna will be brought forth. On that day, the human being will remember - but what a remembrance - it will be too late.
[89:24] He will say, "Oh, I wish I prepared for my (eternal) life."
[89:25] On that day, no retribution could be worse than His retribution.
[89:26] And no confinement is as effective as His confinement.
[89:27] As for you, O content soul.
[89:28] Return to your Lord, pleased and pleasing.
[89:29] Welcome into My servants.
[89:30] Welcome into My Paradise.
It's the sense of touch. In any real city, you walk, you know? You brush past people, people bump into you (not literally). NOWADAYS, nobody touches you. We're always behind this metal and glass. I think we miss that touch so much, that we crash into each other, just so we can feel something.
“IF THERE BE A VISION...”
“We must break the bonds of our fear, master our impulse to see things only in black and white, recapture our critical spirit, the sense of complexity, and our ability to listen. We must reconcile ourselves with our own intelligence and that of our neighbors. We must once more become “subjects”: that and nothing else. And yet, to do so seems so difficult.Our very conception of man and life are at stake. Far more than simple politics, this new ideology-and the challenge of our times-raises issues of conviction, faith, understanding, ethics and behavior. If there be a vision that must emerge, as a response to the ideology of fear, it must be one of self-liberation. This “act of self-liberation” is located precisely at the core of spiritual experience: when the emotions urge us to let ourselves go, spirituality requires of us that we educate ourselves...”
“EVERY LIVING CREATURE IS BORN WITH A RIGHTEOUS NATURE”
I taught kids from ages 6-12 in a school for the past year (but quitted for some good reasons!)… & there was this one kid “LAMA”, who brought joy and tenderness to my heart whenever I saw her. I taught her arts…Her folks used to wait outside until the bell rings to thank me every week! They used to tell me how much she loved me, and woke up early every Monday ‘cuz she has arts… Back then she was 6 and was a grade one student and 1C precisely!1 week ago, a close friend of mine, (who happens to be a teacher there) told me that Lama had a severe chicken pox that affected her lungs and back…It’s funny how we always think that kids aren’t exposed to any harm… I mean, we expect anything but not BELIEVE that anything might happen…
MAY ALLAH SAVE US FROM THE EVIL OF THIS WORLD, AND MAKE US ALL CAPABLE OF BEING PATIENT AND EVEN IF WE DON’T SEE THE WISDOM BEHIND THINGS TAKING PLACE... AMEN.
ANYHOW, when Lama heard my voice in the other end of the phone, she GOT BETTER!YEP BETTER!I’m not trying to tell you here how amazing I am, ALL I’M TRYING TO SAY, IS THAT THOSE KIDS DO KNOW HOW TO TRULY LOVE!SHE GOT BETTER AND TOLD ME THAT AS SOON AS SHE GETS BETTER, WE’LL GO OUT TOGETHER…SHE LITERALLY ASKED ME OUT ;)I wish grown ups would learn how to love, love till no end, love with no reason…
THIS IS A LINK TO SOME CRAZY LOVE ;)http://soulheartmindbody.blogspot.com/2005/03/sweet-and-sour-incident.html#comments
"- How big is the universe?
Saturday, December 24, 2005
“Allah would make the burden light for you, for the human being was created weak.”
[Sûrah al-Nisâ’: 28]
In a state of weakness we were first created, and in a state of weakness we end our lives.
I FEEL SOOO Weak, Frail, Trivial, Little, Fragile...
I NEED YOUR PRAYERS SISTERS AND BROTHERS...
I might not post for a while...
Shine a light up, Brothers and Sisters, go get brighter
Friday, December 23, 2005
Who among human beings can affirm within the depths of his soul not to sometimes know violence, aggression, hatred, the excitation of a destructive instinct, or anger? Self control, serenity, respect of the Other, and tenderness are not natural but are acquired and exact a price of permanent personal effort. Such is the toil of men: they approach the shores of humanity through long and hard, thoughtful and measured work on one’s self. Each individual knows this, each heart feels it.
All literature, since the dawn of time, reflects this tension which at times quiets down, at times agitates, sometimes tears the intimacy of men. From the Bhagavad Gita to the Torah to the Gospels, from Dostoyevsky to Baudelaire, the human horizon remains the same. The Qu’ran confirms this everyday experience:
Perhaps you, sisters and brothers, are preparing yourselves to engage in this life experience of marriage, known as "half of your faith". Or perhaps you have already started sharing your life with someone. In this, your expectations, thank God, were more than met but sometimes doubts have emerged. This... is not what you had expected.
Where to? Where to then? Towards Him, towards you, close to Him in you.
Before your eyes is a child ... life, dependence, fragility and innocence.
Pride is to affirm outward independence by maintaining the illusion of liberty at the heart of one’s being. Humility is to rediscover the breath of the primordial need of Him at the heart of our being, in order to live in total outward independence.
The deep need to belong
BELONGINGNESS It's amazing to see how my li'l cousin (who's 1 year and 9 months old) speaking her Egyptian language and really belonging to it! I mean how wonderful this is?!
Seeing a li'l girl putting sounds together and belonging to the very same language of her tribe. Eating their very same food!
Even those li'l creatures BELONG!
It makes me sick seeing grown ups trying to belong, and not even knowing how to!!! Just faking it!
Belongingness is a gift that one should appreciate. and I mean belonging to what's true, real and upright, and clinging to it.
Thursday, December 22, 2005
"O people, if you have any doubt about resurrection, (remember that) we created you from dust, and subsequently from a tiny drop, which turns into a hanging (embryo), then it becomes a fetus that is given life or deemed lifeless. We thus clarify things for you. We settle in the wombs whatever we will for a predetermined period.* We then bring you out as infants, then you reach maturity. While some of you die young, others live to the worst age, only to find out that no more knowledge can be attained beyond a certain limit. Also, you look at a land that is dead, then as soon as we shower it with water, it vibrates with life and grows all kinds of beautiful plants."
REACHING INFINITY WITH OUR EYES...
Describe infinity? There's not enough time.
Not enough space, not enough rhyme.
If you try to stop it, it gives you the slip.
You'll never reach it, just enjoy the trip.
How could you count up all the nebula number all the stars,
order all the grains of sand on beaches near and far...
I FEEL FOUND !
One of the reasons I enjoy researching word histories is the regular discovery that some things I take for granted just aren't so. Like the connection between pens and pencils. After all, the words sound similar, the objects themselves look about the same, and they are used for roughly the same purpose. Common sense suggests that they have the same linguistic roots, and that they're just two slightly different versions of the same thing... Strike one for common sense.
Well, I always disliked pens... never longed to have them, and in the 5th grade I remember kids getting all those different coulored pens... and it didn't fascinate me at all...And I remember having a bad handwriting while using them,,, even up untill now...I guess this has to do with my "freaking out" syndrome ! ; )I'm serious... I've always had this "in-complete" illnesssssss !OK... let me elaborate more...whenever I park the car for instance, I feel like I forgot something, and have to look back thru its glass to be sure I didnt forget anythin' !!!!Whenever I read a book, I can't complete it... I get tooooooo attached that I don't want to finish reading it !!!!!A-N-Y-H-O-W,,,THANK GOD FOR CREATING THE MAN WHO INVENTED PENCILS ;)
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
lovely shot, I KNOW I KNOW, THANX ; )
Water to me is like... dunno how to describe it... "I haven't made eyes" at anything like it.. Don't even know wether to say it or them ! (ie. precious water molecules)I don't have the "percision of words" talent to describe its delicacy & power...IT JUST HELPS ME TO KEEP MY CHIN UP SOMEHOW...AND I DON'T MEAN HERE WATER WE DRINK. (unfortunately, I don't drink water as much as I am supposed to)
WATER ON OUR SKIN !
Every water molecule has its own unmistakable identity...
Water is in a constant state of flowing; it moves continuously as long as it is able to.
Water Purification, Elegance = Simplicity
Bright water, Dark clouds
WHILE SITTING IN THE BALCONY ...
The distant sounds, of equally distant waves
The fading face, of a fading wanderman
Walking through the days
Striking down the waves
Catching - catching the sun's rays
Distant - distant wandering eyes
Searching for a careless dream
Speaking in whispers
Discovering the truth
Within that cove, treasures behold
With those held hands
Seeking - seeking far lands
Eyes that lower to the rising sun
Run - run with falling feet
Over the red sands
Dreaming of this distant feeling
Speaking with fading words
Wandering into the distance
Like a shadow that passes through time
Caress - caress a sweet dream
Speak with soft words
Be - be all you have to be
In this world where nothing is as it seems
The distant sounds, of equally distant waves
The fading face, of a fading dream
Sometimes the human being regrets a sin that he/she perpetrated, not because of sincere shyness and regret in front of the divine gaze, but more so because of what people would say if they found out... i.e., the person in question repents to Allah out of the fear of others, and not out of fear and concern for ones own relationship with Allah Himself. It is as if he/she is afraid that if they don't repent, Allah may expose their faults to others, either in this life, or in the next (which would be faaaaar worse, of course)...
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
"From soil we take our sustenance, to soil we return. Soil is an entire world below our feet."
A Line from Here to Eternity
Monday, December 19, 2005
"WITH EYES WIDE-OPEN"
"WITH HEARTS WIDE-OPEN"
"KHAMADOLIS" is a south african word, that means a place in the middle of no where...
"KAPELLA" is a south african word, that means different sides of the river...
LETS LEAVE THE KHAMADOLIS WE'VE PUT OURSELVES IN AND NOT SPREAD ON DIFFERENT KAPELLAS....... JUST HOLD ON TOGETHER... TOGETHER.......AND STAND TOGETHER.
YEAH THATS THE WORD...BUT BEFORE THAT FIND OURSELVES........ IN ORDER TO FIND OTHERS AND TRUELY SEE AND FEEL THEM...
A BROTHER SAID THIS DESCRIBING HIMSELF:
"Born in Egypt and lived in Egypt, I travelled a lot and lived in other places, everywhere I’ve been I saw the very same faces. Colours change, people get richer or poorer, they may as well talk different and act funny, but still one “thing” remains the same. This “thing” is very hard to articulate, yet we know it. We know what we can’t “yet” articulate. This blog is for all intelligent carbon life forms in pursue of a perfect framing and articulation of “THE THING"
Sunday, December 18, 2005
ANY GIVEN TIME
Outlandish, 'Closer than Veins'
2. Any Given Time
3. Look Into My Eyes
4. Just Me
5. Kom Igen - feat. U$O, ADL & Salah Edin
6. Nothing Left To Do
7. Beyond Words - feat. Burhan G
8. Words Stuck To Heart
9. Reggada - feat. Taibi & Dany Raï
10. Callin’ U
12. I’ve Seen - feat. Sami Yusuf
13. Una Palabra - feat. Majid
14. I Only Ask of God
Friday, December 09, 2005
WELL, NO NO, NOT THAAAAAAT WELL,...
ANYHOW, I WAS EATING THE OTHER DAY, AND BY MISTAKE, INSTEAD OF EATING THE NEXT BITE FROM MY FOOD, I BIT MY FINGER TIP... AND THAT WAS REALLY PAINFUL... TRUELY...
AND THEN I THOUGHT TO MYSELF "IS THIS HOW HARSH WE ARE ON THE FOOD WE EAT?!"
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
About that wheel… wohooooooooooooooooooow… it’s a big deal…ill try to make it short…
2 months ago, my granny took off (she stays here, and in Egypt sometimes) to go to my uncle’s place, who lives in another city here in U.A.E. to stay with him for only a couple of days… and there she tripped over a tiny winy stair in their flat, and broke her ankle, it turned out to be three fractions and she needed a big surgery to walk on it again.
WALLAHI, BY ALLAH, WE DON'T KNOW WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN THE NEXT MOMENT, REALLY....OOOOOOOOOOOHH, WE REALLY DUNNO...I MEAN, THERE WAS THIS THING... IN THE VERY SAME ROOM THAT MY GRANNY STAYED IN... THERE WAS THIS LITTLE 12 YEAR OLD BOY, WHO WAS ADMITTED IN THE HOSPITAL, AND GUESS WHY, 'CUZ WHEM HIS MOM WOKE HIME UP, SHE FOUND THAT HE WAS PARALYZED!!!!!!!!!!!!AND THE DOCTORS SAID THAT THERE WAS NO VIVID REASON.... PRAISE THE LORD... PRAISE THE LORD OF THE WORLDS...
I'M OVER-WHELMED & SOOOOOOO EMOTIONAL AND FELT LIKE WRITING ALLL THIS... HOPE YOU GET ME...SORRY FOR THE LENGTH...AND LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST, KEEP ON PRAYING FOR YOUR MIND TO ALWAYS BE THERE ... AND DOING AAAAAAALLLLL THAT IS RIGHT...AND MAY ALL YOUR CELLS BE IN TOTAL PEACE AND NATIVE TRANQUILITY THAT ONLY GOD INSTILLS.......LOVE PEOPLE AND THINGS FOR WHAT YHEY REALLY ARE...AND YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH UP AND UP AND MAY WE ALWAYS BE ALWAYS GOING UP AND NEVER GET DOWN.... ESPECIALLY WHEN WE DIE (God Willing after a life full of fruitful aims and missions) KEEP ON ELEVATING TO THE HIGHEST HEAVEN, WITH ALL THOSE WE LOVE....
THIS SMALL WHEEL !!!!
ITS THIS SMALL WHEEL... JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT SOMETHING BEING SMALL, DOESN'T MEAN ITS OF LESS IMPORTANCE...JUST BECAUSE OF THAT WHEEL, WE SUFFERED FOR A WHILE UNTIL WE FOUND ANOTHER ONE WITH THE SAME SIZE... 'CUZ SIMPLY WE HAD TO MOVE HER WITH THE COMPUTER'S CHAIR, (AS IT HAS WHEELS) WHICH GAVE OUR BACKS A VERY HARD TIME !
HOW AMAZING THE 23rd-29th OF DECEMBER FOR THOSE WHO'LL BE IN TORONTO THEN ........... ITS THE 4TH RIS Convention/Concert/... (http://www.revivingtheislamicspirit.com/)
WATCH THE TRAILER HERE:
Shaykh Abdallah Bin Bayyah (Mauritania) -------------------
Dr. Tareq Suwaidan (Kuwait) -------------------------------
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf (USA) ------------------------------------
Ms. Atalla Shabazz (USA) -----------------------------
Dr. Omar Abdel Kafi (Egypt) ----------------------------------
Dr. Zakir Naik (India) ------------------------------
Dr. Tariq Ramadan (Switzerland) -------------------
Imam Zaid Shakir (USA) ----------------------------------
Mr. Eric Margolis ------------------------------
Shaykh Mohammad Jebril (Egypt) ----------------------
Shaykh Riyadh Ul Haq (UK) ----------------
Shaykh Sulaiman Mulla (South Africa) --------------------
Imam Suhaib Webb (USA) -----------------------------
Shaykh Abdullah Adhami (Syria) ----------
Dr. Jamal Badawi (Canada) --------------------
Dr. Ingrid Mattson (USA) --------------------------------
Shaykh Muhammed AlShareef (Canada) -----------------
ARE ALL GOING TO BE THERE INSHAA'ALLAH...
1 Can Tomatoes and Green Chills (14.5 oz can)1 Can Whole Peeled Tomatoes (14.5 oz can, plus the juice)1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. Jalapenos (canned,diced, not pickled)1/4 C. Yellow Onion (diced)1/2 - 3/4 tsp. Garlic Salt1/2 tsp. Cumin1/4 tsp. Sugar
In food processor place jalapenos and onions. Process for just a few seconds. Add both cans of tomatoes, salt, sugar, and cumin. Process all ingredients until well blended but do not puree. Place in covered container and chill. A couple of hours of chilling will help blend and enrich the flavor.Serve with your favorite thin corn tortilla chips.
BUT THAT'S NOT THE THING... WHAT'S FUNNY IS HOW SUGAR AND GARLIC SALT BLEND TOGETHER AND MAKE THIS DELICIOUS OUTCOME...
THE "SPECIAL SENSE" IS EXCLUSIVELY HUMAN, VITAL FOR CARRYING ON HUMAN ACTIVITY. WITHOUT THIS "SPECIAL SENSE" ALL HUMAN PROGRESS WOULD CEASE.'HUMAN IMAGINATION' HAS ALLOWED MANKIND TO DISCOVER SOME OF THE MYSTERIES OF NATURE - TO BEHOLD THE WONDERS OF THE UNIVERSE. IT WAS A TOTALLY NEW DIMENSION FOR LIFE ON EARTH! IT CREATED THE "MIND" OF MANKIND - THE VAST NETWORK OF HUMAN MINDS THAT CAN COMMUNICATE ACROSS TIME AND DISTANCE.
SWEET AND SOUR ; )
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Most Magnificent Lord and Creator:
Yet, You are still here for me, Lord. In fact, You have always been there for me, Lord. When I was ...
Lord, I love You with all my heart, all my mind, all my soul.
Lord, I ask for Your Love for me. My Most Holy Creator, on the Day when we all will meet You, let me into Your Magnificent and Holy Presence. Let me be with Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Let me be his neighbor in Paradise. Let me be able to talk to him there, tell him about my life, and listen to him about his. Lord God, let me see Your Glorious Face in the highest of Gardens. Let me into Your Presence by Your Wonderful, Gentle, and Soothing Grace. Lord God, I thank you for all You have given me, and I ask You to forgive me for never being a fully grateful servant. In Your Most Holy Name, O Lord, I ask all of these things. Amen.