Mislead by Traditions and Ignorance.

It was in the blessed month of Ramadhan, that the Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed. (Peace and blessings be upon him)

The first word uttered was ” Iqra ” ~ meaning “READ” or RECITE.

Read: to understand the meaning of written symbols
Recite: to verbally repeat from memory (read aloud)

Muslims, young and old, have been encouraged to seek knowledge ~ to broaden their horizons with reference to this beautiful deen of Islam.

Sadly, muslims, are too preoccupied in hoarding worldly knowledge so as to attain higher degrees in science, maths and engineering, so as to attain better salaries and fulfill their worldly desires  ~   while totally neglecting to seek knowledge of the one book, that will eventually, be the ONLY source of “respite” and intervention for him/her in his/her grave !!!!

Because, parents have been idly following traditions, they prefer their offspring to continue doing so. The Asian upbringing is not the best, to say the least. We demand our children, not question, any traditional values ~  Centuries of misinformed people, who never once tried to “understand” and “apply” what the Quran preached ~ what the hadiths enlightened us with, never reached so many more of us. We have been swimming in a tide of bidaah and we fiercely support them !! We are a naïve lot and what’s worse is that we are an arrogant lot, at that .

The one who guides us to the righteous path, has to be lamented, his motives, questioned and his image, tarnished.

This is how low we have stooped. We, the ummah of Rasool Allah, sallallahi wa sallam 😦

Here is an example of a ‘top notch’ bidaah.

23 rakaahs of Taraveeh in 7 minutes !!!!!!

Now that we are aware of how the situation is over there, Can I request ANY aalim in this country/state/city to please reach out to our brothers and sisters and guide them in the right ways. I am sure, these people have good intentions but have NEVER researched their own religion. Instead they have accepted age-old traditional practices.

May Allah swt give them hidayah and guidance. Ameen

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Missing plane ~ tension between US and Russia ~ whats next ?

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Over the years, this policy has been proven pretty accurate ~ Distract the common man with some kind of strange explosion !

Today is the 11th day into the disappearance of Malyasian Airlines flight MH 370. A lot of theories and speculations are floating on all news channels and the internet is flooded with vague pictures.

Everyone seems to paranoid ! Especially the US !!

Every tiny nook and cranny of explanation and possibilities has been worked on ~ all including “alien abduction” ~ all but that of a mighty power reigning thru heaven on this entire universe.

In my own tiny brain frame, I was wondering, why are we humans so week in heart and soul ? I wouldn’t want to jump on the band wagon and start coming up with theories too (we have too many people busy doing exactly that already ) But I was just wondering, why do we have so little faith in the Creator ?

We are so rattled by explanations and logic ~ Almost all the Prophets were granted some form of Miracles to gather followership ~ but isn’t it strange that today, if Dajjal came forth and started throwing his magical “miracles” ~ would we really try to use logic (as we should) or would we be so mersmerised by his charming tricks that we would blindly obey him (astaghfirullah) ? Just a thought !

One cannot even imagine just how devastated the relatives, near and dear ones of the passengers, must feel.  They need a closure and at the moment, that is one thing that no -one can provide for them.

May Allah swt bless them with patience and strength to bear whatever the outcome of this episode, may be. Ameen.

 

Faith gives you wings !

This is such an inspirational quote.  I know, so many of you who visit my blog on a regular basis could find some respite in reading this quote if your disillusioned or going thru some trauma (May Allah forbid) ~  I know alot of these quotes sound soothing but it takes REAL FAITH to get you going thru those deliemmas ~ when they do appear.  For me, in my heart, all I believe is that Allah swt is always carrying me.  And I am ALWAYS thanking and praising him for that. To be honest, “Thats” enough for me to believe.

I have had my share of troubles and confusions and even when there was NOT ONE SINGLE SOUL who could guide me, share with me, support me ~ there was Allah swt ALWAYS. Knowing that ~ believing in that ~ made everything so much more “liveable” for me otherwise, I cant imagine what my state would have been then ! 

Everyday, we struggle.  Everyday, we are made to make choices. Everyday, we walk the thin line between haram and halal in small matters and sometimes big ones ~ but truth of the matter is that if you keep Allah swt in the center of all your decisions, you just cant go wrong. Question is “do you before it gets too late ? or Do you when its already too late ?

This world is a wild place and a few wrong steps, a few misplaced trusts can be  “near fatal”.   I know I took the leap knowing very well in my heart that “HE” would teach me how to fly ~ 18 years and counting, I am saying exactly how I felt then and now. Faith gives you wings !

An incredible pregnancy & birth story-part-1

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I think the  toughtest trial that I had in our marriage was when I was carrying Eman five months.  I was diagnosed with a complication termed Placenta Previa.  Its the worst situation a pregnant mother can be in.  I had Bilal who was just 3yrs old,  Sawaab was barely 5-6 months old and already I had been admitted twice to the hospital due to excessive bleeding.

Bilal attended Nursery school in Mankool and we managed to keep Sawaab at Matilda’s house at Gold souk for the day. She obligded because she knew we had a difficult condition at our hands but … I was restless,  in agony. My precious little baby of 5 months was left at the mercy of someone we barely knew but surely trusted,  strange how that sounds !!

I remember while I was in the hospital, I worried and worried about Sawaab and Bilal endlessly. I was prescribed complete bed rest and occasionally when I’d stroll past the ward and briefly meet the other patients.  It would be a ritual to ask the new comer why they were there and what was wrong.  I met a pakistani female who had very high blood sugar and had lost a previous baby who was a still birth. These are times that we realize that the world is also full of couples who cant conceive inspite of their best efforts and treatment. This girl religiously followed her diet and probably had a sugar count more accurately monitored by herself than the nurses.

 Compared to her, I was a wreck. I’ve always been a junk food freak and never really concerned too much with my appearance or what that food did when processed inside me. Her heart fell off when I told her my medical condition and she quized why I was so bothered about the children at home and not at all worried about the life inside me. I remember telling her very promptly that the children outside were my responsibiity becos Allah swt had already got them in this world thru me, but the one inside was Allah swt’s problem.  If “HE’ willed, my feotus would survive and if it was in my best interest, he would’nt. My faith amazed her. At that point, it wasn’t really my faith, thinking back, I feel it was simply a maternal instinct  to be with her young ones.

 That time, was a time, I also understood, where my relatives and friends stood and what their limitations were. It took me many years to forgive them and perhaps one day, I might even forget it. But for now, it is still fresh.

Sam used to visit me briefly becoz he used to keep both my little precious darlings waiting ‘alone’ at the entrance of the hospital with only the security guard who would casually look after them.  He had made it very clear that babysitting was not his responsiblitiy which I completely agree with.

I urged the doctors to release me but they were very adamant that it would be a suicidal mission to let me go. I persisted but in vain.  The doctors know best and they knew that in my condition, resting was the best precaution. the damage was already done and all they could do was to keep me going till the baby was ready to come…. but I did’nt realize that … or perhaps I was in denial.  The idea was to keep me in the hospital till the baby arrived …. for 3 onths in the hospital !!!!! I missed the boys so much. I felt quilty. I felt anguish. I felt some how I was being punished. And most of all I felt helpless. I was caged and all those whom I cared for the most were suffering becoz of me. 

Finally the last straw, on the 5th day, early morning, sam arrived in the morning and as much as he did’nt want to tell me, he said that Sawaab was very sick .. I must have been sitting on hot lava. I protested with the doctors that I needed release.  The senior consultant came for round in the afternoon and when I told him my end of the story, although he was compassionate, and tried his best to convince me, then persuade me to stay back, finally he gave in but not before knocking some fear and sense in my head. He told me with a stern face in a voice I’ll never forget

” If we let you go now, the next time ONLY your body will be coming back to us”

I remember feeling some amount of realization for the first time. He was serious ~ My condition was serious although I walked and talked and felt absolutely no pain.  My uterus was a time bomb. I had a previous scar  in my uterus and my placenta was edging it.  Only when we have fever, we seek medication. If we have a headache or some body part ache, a paracetemol, tylenol or panadol is all we look out for.  When we hear ‘Cancer’ we are terrified and seek urgent attention. My doctor had tried to convince me that I was making a mistake but I was a determined mother who had immense faith in Allah. No physician came before that faith, but the physician came after the faith.

I was asked to sign a form which stated clearly that my situation was explained and clarified and in the event that if anything should happen to me, the health officials would not be held responsible. Little did I know …. I was signing my suicide note……

Reading the Quran – Desktop !

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Please refer to this site of :

          
http://www.quranflash.com/en/quranflash.html

 This software is amazing and free download. It has English and Arabic traslations. It can be placed as desktop too. Not to mention the numerous benefits of reading and listening to the Holy Quran. Immense effort has been put forward to make this software and it is clearly visible. Please spread this to all your Muslim friends and relatives and neigbours too.

May we all follow the righteous path of our beloved Prophet (May peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) . Ameen

 

Earth’s fill of Gold

Allah (swt) says in the Qur’an:
Indeed, those who disbelieve and die while they are disbelievers – never  would the [whole] capacity of the earth in gold be accepted from one of  them if he would [seek to] ransom himself with it. For those there will be  a painful punishment, and they will have no helpers. [Ale Imran: 91]

The word used for the capacity of the earth in this ayah is Mil al-Ard.
Mil‘ is used for the quantity that a vessel holds when it is filled; hence Mil al Ard refers to the quantity/volume/mass/fill of the earth.

Those who die while they are disbelievers, shall have no good deed ever accepted from them, even if they spent the earth’s fill of gold as ransom. How much gold would that amount to? The earth’s fill.

Volume of the earth:
1,083,206,246,123,080,894,852 m3

In words: 1 Septillion, 83 Sextillion, 206 quintillion, 246 trillion, 123 billion,
80 million, 894 thousand, 852 m3

Mass of the Earth = 5.98 x 10^24 kg 
(After 98, you would add 24 more zeros)

Price of one Ounce of Gold = $802.70 USD

Therefore, mass of the earth in Gold is worth = $1.65 x 10^29 USD (27 zeros after 65)

With this money, you could buy yourself:

–   100 Ferrari’s ($168,000 each)
–   The most expensive house in the world ($155 million)
–   A Boeing A380 – huge double decker plane ($300 million)
–   The millennium star diamond (over a $100 million)
–   The international space station ($100 billion)
–   Trip to the moon ($100 million)
And now, you could do this for every single person of the six billion people on earth as well and have spent only 0.000000366 % of your money.

You could have done all this a million times over and still have 97 % of your money left over.

It’s like winning a $200 billion lottery for every second of your life for 65 years.

An absolutely unfathomable amount of money. Does anyone on this planet have this much gold? Can anyone earn this much?

If the disbeliever gave the earth’s fill of gold as ransom, it will not be accepted  from him.

[Lesson]
The weight of Imaan is more than Mil al Ard. It’s more valuable. It’s priceless.