Diamonds, Pearls and a woman’s body.

Diamonds And Pearls

The following incident took place when Muhammed Ali’s daughters arrived at his home wearing clothes that are not modest. Here is the story as told in detail by one of his daughters:

When we finally arrived, the chauffer escorted my youngest sister, Laila, and me to my father’s suite. As usual, he was hiding behind the door waiting to scare us. We exchanged hugs and kisses as we could possibly give in one day. My father took a good look at us. Then he sent me down in his lap and said something I will never forget. He looked me straight in the eyes and said,

 “Hana, everything that God made valuable in the world covered and hard to get to. Where do you find diamonds? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected. Where do you find pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell. Where do you find gold? Way down and in the mine, covered over with layers and layers of rock. You’ve got to work hard to get them.” He looked at me with serious eyes. “Your body is sacred. You’re far more precious than diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too.”

Inspirational Moms and Dads ~ carrots, eggs or coffee ?

Last night, I was surfing for some information on a certain something, one thing lead to another and somehow I reached a blog which really touched me.

 God gives us that which he knows we can handle .. .. but reading these stories left me speechless.  Often I have heard, that a marriage can barely make it out intact after death or trauma of a child and yet I am so glad and astonished at how these parents have stood their ground together thru such a tragedy. Remarkable and amazing ! Indeed their faith has kept them together.

I will leave the links in the end for all of you’ll, meanwhile here is a small yet very inspiring story :

An Analogy – A carrot, an egg and a cup of coffee…

You may never look at a cup of coffee the same way again……..A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as though just as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil.

In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil, without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me what you see.”

Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did, and noted that they were soft.

The mother then asked the daughter to take the egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee.

The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma.

The daughter then asked, “What does it mean, mother?”

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently.

The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.

The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

Which are you?” she asked her daughter.

“When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?”

Think of this: Which am I?

Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, … but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you.

When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity?

Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can’t go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

You might want to send this message to those people who mean something to you;  to those who have touched your life in one way or another; to those who make you smile when you really need it; to those who make you see the brighter side of things when you are really down; to those whose friendship you appreciate; to those who are so meaningful in your life.

It’s easier to build a child than to repair an adult…When Allah swt wishes to test his children’s faith, He usually tests them with Children or wealth. Some how in most  cases, money follows child issues.  Imagine a couple who has two disabled children, or a couple who knows one of his child has already been living on grace period out of very chronic severe disease, the pain anguish and helplessness, is something, I cannot even fathom, let aside feel. Here are the two stories I had mentioned in the begining. Please pray for the children as much for the parents. They need all the prayers.

  http://allaccesspasstojack.blogspot.com/2009/11/god-is-good-even-when-breathing-is.html

http://becca-boo-baby-boo.blogspot.com/

http://busiestmommyinamerica.blogspot.com/

These are no doubt special moms and dads and what makes them special is that inspite of being just like you and me, flesh bones and emotions, they had the choice of accepting defeat in adversity and giving up, yet they kept fighting .. taking each day at a time. Remarkable stories of real life heros ~ moms and dads, just like you and me.

Profound thoughts and Bilal.

children in all their innocence can sometimes say such remarkably true and adult like philosphical things. I had such a moment yesterday, when I was hanging the washed linen. Naturally Pepper and Keiki were keeping me company, when Bilal came over in the courtyard. After a few minutes of play time with Pepper, he said, astonished

“Hey Mama, look at this plant growing from that crack ”

It didnt really drive my attention until he said

” Mama, so that proves, Life can grow from a single crack (in the floor too) isnt it ? ”

I am dumbfounded. How true ! Although we discussed how the seeds from the bird feeder must have somehow blown into the crack, the gardener must’ave watered the nearby plants and ofcourse our friend the sun did his job and naturally mother nature did hers.

But on a more profound thought, It is true that every life is a miracle.

It does start from exactly such a state, a small crack and Mother nature at work.

No matter how slim the chances of survival, if Allah wills who can interviene ?  

On adifferent note. : Its a lesson for us, no matter how slim the chances of survival, one must take the plunge and believe in success.  how impossible it may seem for a plant to grow from that very tiny crack, but that did’nt stop it from growing … it believed … … …

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A very relaible link to excellent islamic websites.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Deen.

If you are searching for reliable Islamic sites, please check out this link, which will show you a huge list of excellent sites for authentic information and hadeeths about Islam.  Please remember, the internet is an excellent tool for us to do dawaa in, but there are also some very unhealthy elements who have fabricated information on certain websites to misguide us. May Allah protect us from these elements.

Please check out this site,

http://sites.google.com/site/esistersae/links-of-reliable-islamic-websites

Inshallah, forward these links to your friends and relatives too. The more the merrier and more jazza for us.

I am sure we all will benefit immensely from going thru these sites and applying the sunnahs in our lives. Inshallah.

I found this link in sister Sarah Asfur’s notes on facebook, one must give credit where credit is due. May Allah Bless her.

Salam Alai kum.

Naush 

 

 

 

Friday a blessed Day.

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The BEST DAY on which the sun has risen is FRIDAY; on it Adam was created, on it he was made to enter Paradise, on it he. was expelled from it.

(Sahih Muslim Book #004, Hadith #1856)

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Messenger (p.b.u.h) talked about friday and said, “There is AN HOUR (opportune time) on friday and if a Muslim gets it while praying and asks something from Allah, then Allah will definitely meet his demand.” And he (the Prophet) pointed out the shortness of that time with his hands.

(Sahih Al Bukhari Book #13, Hadith #57)

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Messenger (p.b.u.h) said, “Any person who takes a BATH on friday like the bath of Janaba and then goes for the PRAYER (in the first hour i.e. early), it is as if he had sacrificed a camel (in Allah’s cause); and whoever goes in the second hour it is as if he had sacrificed a cow; and whoever goes in the third hour, then it is as if he had sacrificed a horned ram; and if one goes in the fourth hour, then it is as if he had sacrificed a hen; and whoever goes in the fifth hour then it is as if he had offered an egg. When the Imam comes out (i.e. starts delivering the Khutba), the ANGELS present themselves to listen to the Khutba.”

(Sahih Al Bukhari Book #13, Hadith #6)

Narrated Salman-Al-Farsi: The Prophet (p.b.u.h) said, “Whoever takes a bath on friday, purifies himself as much as he can, then uses his (hair) oil or perfumes himself with the scent of his house, then proceeds (for the Jumua prayer) and does NOT SEPARATE TWO PERSONS SITTING TOGETHER (in the mosque), then prays as much as (Allah has) written for him and then REMAINS SILENT WHILE the Imam is delivering the KHUTBA, his sins in-between the present and the last friday would be forgiven.”

(Sahih Al Bukhari Book #13, Hadith #8)

Narrated Abu Huraira: I heard Allah’s Messenger (p.b.u.h) saying, “We (Muslims) are the last (to come) but (will be) the foremost on the Day of Resurrection though the former nations were given the Holy Scriptures before us. And this was their day (friday) the celebration of which was made compulsory for them but they differed about it. So Allah gave us the guidance for it (friday) and all the other people are behind us in this respect: the Jews’ (holy day is) tomorrow (i.e. Saturday) and the Christians’ (is) the day after tomorrow (i.e. Sunday).”

(Sahih Al Bukhari Book #13, Hadith

where is the world going ? where is our ummah going ?

a guy is supposed to be wearing his garment above his ankles, the tragedy is that a girl is doing that..

a person who smokes/drinks/dopes is supposed to be the coolest of the group, and the one who stops them form doing so is an orthodox/backward…

a deceiver is considered smart and a honest is considered a fool…

the person who makes fun of others is the stud of the group, and those who keep silent are the sad ones of the group…

going to a movie/disco, one doesnt think of money..however when it comes to charity, a thought of becoming poor crosses our mind…

when we go for drives/walks, we dont think of the distance… however when it comes to going for islamic talks/or for salaah we think its too far..

teasing other’s mothers/sisters is considered a part and parcel of life.. however considered haram/hated when some one does it to their own mothers/sisters…

flirting with other people’s mother/sister is ok.. however when same thing is done by their mother/sister its haram..

we are humble with strangers..and equally arrogant with our loved ones…

revealer of others secrets is considered a well wisher and an eye opener…however considered a betrayer of trust when being on the recieving end…

the less clothes a girl wears the more ‘INN’/rich/famous/modest shes considered…however if she covers herself shes considered backward/immodest…

the more girlfriends, a guy has, the more he becomes a source of admiration and inspiration and is like another nail in his board…

a guy with a goatie/french/shaved is considered a dude however a guy with beard is considered a terrorist..

we sleep in an hour lecture on Islam however we see a 3 hours movie with time passing by…

The Words of Allah , Most High:

” Verily, you will not guide everyone whom you love, but Allah guides whom He wills and He knows best those who Will guided” (Qur’an 28:56)

ponder over some of these statements … you’ll be amazed.

Here’s for a laugh .. ..

A man is walking in a park when he gets to the psychic’s tent. Thinking this might be fun, he enters and sits down.

– Looking at her crystal ball, she says “I see you have two children sir”.

-Haha, that’s what you think, I have three kids.

– Haha, that’s what you think.

The perfect man

5 secrets for the perfect relationship:

 You must find a man that makes you laugh a lot.

An independent man.

A man that is responsible and sincere.

 You must find a man that loves to make love.

And most important of all:

 You must find a way for these four men to never meet each other.

 

The new soldiers were having a lesson of “what to do if your parachute doesn’t open”. They were discussing about the emergency parachute, when one of them raised his hand and asked:

-Sir, if the first parachute doesn’t open, how much time do we have to open the emergency one?

The instructor looked him in the eye and said:

– The rest of your life.

 

Smarty Pants !! Did you know …… ?

  Did you know……… some interesting factsboy_reading3_100

  • A zebra is white with black stripes.

  • All the planets in our solar system rotate anticlockwise, except Venus. It is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

  • Hummingbirds are the only animal that can also fly backwards.

  • Insects do not make noises with their voices. The noise of bees, mosquitoes and other buzzing insects is caused by rapidly moving their wings.freebee1

  • The cockroach is the fastest animal on 6 legs  covering a meter a second.

  • The word “listen” contains the same letters as the word “silent”.

  • The only 2 animals that can see behind itself without turning it’s head are the rabbit and the parrot.

  • A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

  • India invented the Number System. Zero was invented by Aryabhatta.

  • The whip makes a cracking sound because its tip moves faster than the speed of sound.

  • A hippopotamus can run faster than a man.CCHippio

  • ‘Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia’ is the fear of long words.

  • Didaskaleinophobia is the fear of going to school.

  • Phobatrivaphobia is a fear of trivia about phobias !!

  • It is impossible to lick your elbow. ( We know you gonna try this !!! )

  • A snail can sleep for 3 years. ( wow, lucky chap eh ? )

  • The names of the continents all end with the same letter with which they start

  • In 1883 the explosion of the volcano Krakatoa put so much dust into the earth’s atmosphere that sunsets appeared green and the moon appeared blue around the world for almost two years.

  • “Almost” is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.

  • Twenty-Four-Karat Gold is not pure gold since there is a small amount of copper in it. Absolutely pure gold is so soft that it can be molded with the hands.

  • Electricity doesn’t move through a wire but through a field around the wire.

  • Do you know the names of the three wise monkeys? They are: Mizaru (See no evil), Mikazaru (Hear no evil), and Mazaru (Say  no evil ).

  • 55 per cent of people yawn within 5 minutes of seeing someone else yawn. Reading about yawning makes most people yawn.      hello, zzzzz zzzz ?

The power of words.

Froggies

A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took
heed to what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He fell down and died.The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, “Did you not hear us?” The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.

This story teaches two lessons:

1. There is power of life and death in the tongue. An encouraging word to someone who is down can lift them up and help them make it through the day.

2. A destructive word to someone who is down can be what it takes to kill them.

Be careful of what you say. Speak life to those who cross your path. The power of words… it is sometimes hard to understand that an encouraging word can go such a long way.

 Anyone can speak words that tend to rob another of the spirit to continue in difficult times. Special is the individual who will take the time to encourage another.

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