Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012

I am deeply saddened by news I heard today about a local young man, Tawab Ebadi, who passed away last night/early this morning in a fatal car crash.  It's always a dose of reality when you hear of another young person passing away.  Although nothing in life is expected, especially the moment we take our last breath, sometimes in the back of our minds is a comforting, pacifying notion that we will all live until we are old.  This is far from true, but it's something we assure ourselves of. This news invoked so many thoughts--far beyond what I expected.  That's usually how something shocking works though, eh?

You can read about the news here: NBC Washington.com Local Crash

One can't help to reflect on how whenever we meet people or look at our friends, family, or our own reflections in the mirror--we never know what tomorrow brings.  We should always remind those around us how much we love them or appreciate them and never sever ties.  Life is too precious to be wasted.

My own beloved cousin, Masood Omar died from a fatal car crash and the news today brought back memories of him more than ever.  He is greatly missed.

I pray Tawab's loved ones are granted ease and comfort at a time like this and that the Most Merciful grants us support to be appreciative and mindful of our present.  Ameen.


إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ

Inna lilLahi wa inna ilayhi raji`oon.

Verily, unto God do we belong and, verily, unto Him we shall return.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Nightingales are put in cages because their songs give pleasure.
Whoever heard of keeping a crow?
-Rumi
If you are seeking closeness to the Beloved,
love everyone.
Whether in their presence or absence,
see only their good.
If you want to be as clear and refreshing as
the breath of the morning breeze,
like the sun, have nothing but warmth and light
for everyone.

-Shaikh Abu-Saeed Abil-Kheir - 'Nobody, Son of Nobody'
Think you've got it really bad, huh?

(2 little Afghan girls sharing a Pomegranate in a slum)

Some people would give anything for the lives we have, yet we take it for granted and still complain rather than being the best we can be and helping those who are less fortunate.



Looking at this picture, I can't help but think about the times we eat until our stomachs hurt, throw away food, fantasize about what fancy foods to make or buy, the money we throw away on useless things, the stinginess of those who don't give to charity, hiding from the truth of what goes on around us to pacify ourselves with comfort and luxuries and not giving enough of a damn.  Shame on us.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Beauty in Islam - Importance of Cleanliness and Appearance (both inner and outer)

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:
 إِنَّ اللَّهَ جَمِيلٌ يُحِبُّ الْجَمَالَ
Indeed, Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty.
[Sahih Muslim, Book 1, Number 0164]

Our faith in Allah’s beauty should also encourage us to concern ourselves with our appearance, dress, and decorum, as well as with the beauty of our words and deeds. This is something that Allah wants from us. Someone once approached the Prophet (pbuh) and asked, “What if someone likes that his clothing and his shoes are beautiful?” The Prophet (pbuh) replied:

 إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبَّ أَنْ يُرَى أَثَرُ نِعْمَتِهِ عَلَى عَبْدِهِ
Indeed, Allah loves to see the effects of His blessings upon His servant.
[Sunan At-Tirmidhi, Book 41, Number 2819]

The Prophet’s (pbuh) Companions, following the example that the Prophet (pbuh) set for them, took care of their appearance. When the Prophet (pbuh) said, “Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty,” this means that Allah blesses us for the beauty that we bring about through our good efforts. He loves beauty in us, just as He loves us to be possessed knowledge, generosity, clemency and purity

(source Hadith Allah Beauty)

Some more on this subject: (from other various sources)

A Muslim takes good care of his clothes, so you will see him presenting a pleasant appearance, without being extravagant. He is pleasant to look at and to meet, and does not annoy people with his careless, disheveled appearance. He always checks himself before he goes out to meet people, and he makes himself look good, in moderation, for the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) used to make himself look good in front of his Companions, as well as in front of his family.

The Prophet (pbuh) who was the epitome of asceticism and humility, used to dress in decent clothes and present a pleasant appearance to his family and his companions. He regarded dressing well and looking good as a demonstration of the blessings of Allah.

“Those who, when they spend, are not extravagant and not niggardly, but hold a just “balance” between those “extremes”.” (Qur’an 25:67)

The Prophet (pbuh) would immediately warn any of his companions who were unkempt or failed to care for their appearance.

"I saw the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) ask for a new garment. He put it on, and when it reached his knees he said, 'Praise be to Allah, Who has given me clothes with which to cover myself and make myself look beautiful in this life.'" -Sayyidina Umar (RA)
“To completely trust in God is to be like a child who knows deeply that even if he does not call for the mother, the mother is totally aware of his condition and is looking after him.”
          ~ Imam al-Ghazzali
"Do not be too hard, lest you be broken; do not be too soft, lest you be squeezed."
-Sayyidina Ali (RA)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Namedaanam Chi Manzil Bood - by Amir Khusro

I love this song. The lyrics are beautiful. And for those who take things so literally, put your thinking caps on. This goes deeper than what you read so don't misinterpret or jump to conclusions. :)


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Nami danam chi manzil bood shab jaay ki man boodam;
Baharsu raqs-e bismil bood shab jaay ki man boodam.
Pari paikar nigaar-e sarw qadde laala rukhsare;
Sarapa aafat-e dil bood shab jaay ki man boodam.
Khuda khud meer-e majlis bood andar laamakan Khusrau;
Muhammad shamm-e mehfil bood shab jaay ki man boodam.


English Translation:
I wonder what was the place where I was last night,
All around me were half-slaughtered victims of love,
tossing about in agony.
There was a nymph-like beloved with cypress-like form
and tulip-like face,
Ruthlessly playing havoc with the hearts of the lovers.
God himself was the master of ceremonies in that heavenly court,
oh Khusrau, where (the face of) the Prophet too was shedding light
like a candle.
      (lyrics and info from allpoetry)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Al-Haqqani (QS) Quotes


Pride is the greatest obstacle standing between us and our Destination.

The love of the believers, of the saints, of the prophets, comes from the Love of God.  At first, God Loves them, then His Servants Love them.  When does this Love comes to us?  When we begin to obey.  When you dig, you find the water.  It is the same with obedience; it is like digging in the Heart.

All praise, whatever its source, goes to Allah.  When I praise you, I praise your Creator.  For there is nothing praiseworthy about you, unless it comes from your Creator.

HEAL

A beautiful, sad and deep movie, please watch. It's worth your time.

Especially in this blessed month, it ties in to everything Ramadan reflects.



HEAL from Mian Adnan Ahmad on Vimeo.