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usmani790

PAKISTAN
Posted - Thursday, May 31, 2007  -  8:55 AM Reply with quote
Quote:-are we discussing religion alone here?

This is not an appropriate reply.I have only tried to show that if some one can mistake in the slection of the religion,so this fellow is not any way is a reliable fellow for learning the wisdom.He has already proved that his wisdom is 0 by rejecting the islam.Ofcourse we can learn worldily things from him if he is good in that.He could be our scince teacher,sports instructor and so on.

It never means that I am discussing the religion here my dear brother.
waseem

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Thursday, May 31, 2007  -  9:29 PM Reply with quote
According to the Qur’an, 2: 62
Indeed, those who have believed [in this Prophet] and those, who became Jews and the Nasaaraa and the Sabians, whoever [truly] believes in God and the Day of Judgment and does good deeds; they shall have their reward with their Lord and they shall neither have fear [for the future] nor any remorse [for the past].
waseem

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Saturday, June 02, 2007  -  3:08 AM Reply with quote
Our intellectual needs are never urgent, so it is easy to overlook them. When was the last time you said to yourself, "I urgently need to read a good book today"? It doesn't happen. Why? For one, our intellectual needs are not primary needs. If we neglect them we won't die. But mental vitality leads to physical, emotional, and spiritual vitality. To neglect our phenomenal abilities to think, reason, decide, imagine, and dream is to enormously limit our potential. Everything in our lives begins as a thought.

In the category of personal intellectual stimulation, we could read magazines about fashion, gardening, sports, finance, music, or any other area of interest. We will be entertained, but it is unlikely that we will be challenged to raise our standards and become the-best-version-of-ourselves. To really stretch ourselves, we must delve into the wisdom writings. Selections could include a variety of philosophical texts, the writings of countless spiritual leaders past and present. It is in these writings that the intellect comes face-to-face with the most profound questions and truths about the world, creation, God, humanity, and our individual journeys. Wisdom writings constantly hold before us a vision of the-best-version-of-ourselves. These writings seek not to entertain us, but to reveal to us who we are and why we are here. The wisdom writings gently call us out of our comfort zones and challenge us to improve, develop, grow, and live life to the fullest. [Kelly, The Rhythm of Life]

Food for Thought:
Only in winter can you tell which trees are truly green. Only when the winds of adversity blow can you tell whether an individual has courage or steadfastness. Nothing happens to anybody which he is not fitted by nature to bear. All problems become smaller if you don't dodge them but confront them.
waseem

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Saturday, June 02, 2007  -  3:10 AM Reply with quote
There are three things that harm human beings: to be intolerant and impatient with people around you; to be habituated to something you cannot leave; and to be controlled by your ego. [Shaykh Hazim al Qibrisi]

Guidance of the Day:
Ideas shape our lives. Ideas shape history. We all have a need for a constant flow of ideas that inspire us, challenge us, illumine our minds, teach us about ourselves and our world, show us what is possible, and encourage us to become the-best-version-of-ourselves. We need a diet of the mind just as much as we need a diet of the body. The ideas we feed our mind today tend to form our lives tomorrow.

We become the stories we listen to. It doesn't matter if we get those stories from movies, music, television, newspapers, magazines, politicians, friends, or books-----the stories we listen to form our lives. If you discover that the stories we are listening to have less meaning, contain more violence, and, rather than inspire us and raise our standards, appeal more and more to the lowest common denominator, you can be sure that in the future our lives will have less meaning, contain more violence, and be more focused on the lowest common denominator. [Kelly, The Rhythm of Life]

Food for Thought:
Live simply. Love generously.
Care deeply. Speak kindly.
Leave the rest to God.
usmani790

PAKISTAN
Posted - Saturday, June 02, 2007  -  12:31 PM Reply with quote
From Tafheem-ul-Quran,By Maudoodi Sahib

(2:62) Rest assured that whosoever from among the Muslims or the Jews or the Christians or the Sabaeans believes in Allah and the Last Day, and performs good deeds, he will have his reward with his Lord and he will have no cause for fear and grief.

The context of the verse makes it clear that it is not attempting to enumerate in detail all the articles of faith in which one should believe, or all the principles of conduct which one should follow in order to merit reward from God. These matters are mentioned elsewhere, in their appropriate places. The aim of the verse is merely to repudiate the illusion cherished by the Jews that, by virtue of their being Jews, they have a monopoly of salvation. They had long entertained the notion that a special and exclusive relationship existed between them and God. They thought, therefore, that all who belonged to their group were predestined to salvation regardless of their beliefs and actions,. whereas all non-Jews were predestined to serve as fodder for hell-fire.

To clarify this misgiving the Jews are told that what really matters in the sight of God is true faith and good deeds rather than formal affiliation with a certain religious community. Whoever has true faith and good deeds to his credit is bound to receive his reward, since God will judge people on the basis of merit rather than on the grounds that a man's name happens to be listed in the world as a member of one religious community or the other.
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We must spend time to read the Quran and Sunnah and to fully undersatnd the purpose of life here on the earth.An advice only to whom it may concern.
waseem

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Sunday, June 03, 2007  -  7:46 AM Reply with quote
Our intellectual needs are many and varied. Most of us have a need for a professional intellectual focus. We need different forms of entertaining intellectual stimulation. But we must challenge ourselves to move beyond these intellectual comfort zones and to embrace writings that challenge us to ponder the deeper questions, truths, and mysteries of our existence. As Mark twain wrote, "The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them."

Our bodies need regular exercise and a balanced diet, and so do our minds. You have a legitimate need to nourish your mind. If you choose the right diet of the mind, your life will be directed by ideas of excellence and greatness. If you allow the media and secular culture to select your intellectual diet, your life will be formed by distraction and mediocrity. Books change our lives. Begin your own Great Books collection. Choose books that will help you to achieve your essential purpose and become the-best-version-of-yourself. Make daily reading one of the defining habits of your life. [Kelly, The Rhythm of Life]

Food for Thought:
Life has taught me to forgive much, but to seek forgiveness still more. Life that ever needs forgiveness has for its first duty to forgive. They who forgive most, shall be most forgiven. "I can forgive, but I cannot forget," is only another way of saying, "I cannot forgive."

Wisdom and power follow endurance and patience. [al Hadith]
waseem

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Wednesday, June 06, 2007  -  1:46 PM Reply with quote
A cup of tea is made from a blend of ingrediants, boiling water, a tea bag, a drop of milk and a few grains of suager (for some); likewise success is achieved through combination of ability, hard work, attitude and motivation, in most cases.
waseem

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Wednesday, June 06, 2007  -  7:20 PM Reply with quote
Only in the area of spirituality do we come to understand most fully other legitimate needs--------physical, emotional, and intellectual--------and gain the insight to live a life that enriches, upholds, and protects our well-being in each of these areas. Our spiritual needs have a tendency to change as the seasons of our lives change. Each of us has a unique spiritual journey. In different stages of the journey, we have different needs. And yet, there are some needs that are unchanging and necessary in all seasons of our lives------silence, solitude, and simplicity. The way we seek to experience these habits of the soul may change, but all the same, they remain essential to our spiritual diet if we are to find lasting joy in this changing world.

The noise of the world is preventing us from hearing the gentle voice within that always counsels us to embrace the-best-version-of-ourselves. We will begin to hear this voice again only when we make a habit of withdrawing from the noise of the world and immersing ourselves in silence. We needn't spend hours in silence each day, but nothing brings priority to our days like a period of silence each day. [Kelly, The Rhythm of Life]

Food for Thought:
Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes to us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday.

Do not be ruled by lust; seek freedom by following the righteous. Mere claims of piety will not earn you inner freedom. Remain patient in adversity to attain peace, for adversity is the threshold to freedom. [Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani]
waseem

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Thursday, June 07, 2007  -  2:51 PM Reply with quote
Until you become a parent , you can't begin to discover your capacity for strength, love and fatigue

Peter Gallagher
waseem

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Thursday, June 07, 2007  -  2:52 PM Reply with quote
The ball doesn't know how old I am

Martina Navratilova
waseem

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Sunday, June 17, 2007  -  11:47 AM Reply with quote
Javed Ghamidhi said in reply to a question in the Dars.When asked as to what impressed him the most about the Holy Prophet's pbuh character, exemplary as he was in every aspect of his life, Javed Ghamidhi's reply was that it was the balance in the Prophet's personality and life which impressed him the most.There are many people who distinguish themselves in a single field and really stand out for something but there is nobody like him. People would come to him and say that they would like to devote their entire lives to worship and prayer, not get married etc. the Holy Prophet pbuh would say that I am married, I sleep, I Pray..........
usmani790

PAKISTAN
Posted - Wednesday, June 20, 2007  -  11:53 AM Reply with quote
Imam Ibn ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah

There are ten useless matters:

Knowledge that is not acted on

The deed that has neither sincerity nor is based on following the righteous examples of others

Money that is hoarded, as the owner neither enjoys it during this life nor obtains any reward for it in the Hereafter

The heart that is empty of love and longing for Allah, and of seeking closeness to Him

A body that does not obey and serve Allah

Loving Allah without following His orders or seeking His pleasure

Time that is not spent in expiating sins or seizing opportunities to do good

A mind that thinks about useless matters

Serving those who do not bring you close to Allah, nor benefit you in your life

Hoping and fearing whoever is under the authority of Allah and in His hand; while he cannot bring any benefit or harm to himself, nor death, nor life; nor can he resurrect himself.

However the greater of these matters are wasting the heart and wasting time. Wasting the heart is done by preferring this worldly life over the Hereafter, and wasting time is done by having incessant hope. Destruction occurs by following one's desires and having incessant hope, while all goodness is found in following the right path and preparing oneself to meet Allah.

How strange it is that when a servant of Allah has a [worldly] problem, he seeks help of Allah, but he never asks Allah to cure his heart before it dies of ignorance, neglect, fulfilling one's desires and being involved in innovations. Indeed, when the heart dies, he will never feel the significance or impact of his sins.
waseem

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Wednesday, June 20, 2007  -  7:30 PM Reply with quote
A pastor, preparing to speak to a women's group regarding submission, asked his wife of twenty years how it was that she was able to sweetly submit to his authority all these years. Her reply, "Every time that I thought that you were wrong in a decision, I prayed for you and trusted God for the results." The pastor then asked his wife, "How often did I change my decision?" The wife responded, "Everytime!" Through the years, the pastor realized that all the times that he thought he was changing his mind on his own, God was softening his heart.
sibtil

INDIA
Posted - Wednesday, June 27, 2007  -  2:19 PM Reply with quote
[39.18] Those who listen to the word, then follow the best of it; those are they whom Allah has guided, and those it is who are the men of understanding.

The verse explicitly allows us to listen everyone even Mahatma Ghandi or other nonmuslims, BUT to follow best of it.
usmani790

PAKISTAN
Posted - Thursday, June 28, 2007  -  3:25 PM Reply with quote
[39.18] Those who listen to the word, then follow the best of it; those are they whom Allah has guided, and those it is who are the men of understanding.


Ibn Kathir, maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi and Mufti Shafi has opted for following. According to this view the word (Al-qawl,what is said) used here means Quran the words of Allah,or its means the Quran inclusive of teaching of Prophet(pbuh) and all of it is but the best.Therefore the obvious dictate of the occasion was to say (who listen what to said then follow it.But that is not how it was said but instead the word (ahsan) was added which indicate that these people did not follow the Quran and the teaching of holy Prophet(pbuh) with the lack of discernment as is the way of some common people who hear some thing with some one and start following it without any inquiry ,deliberation or insight.In fact these are the believers who have followed the words of Allah and teaching of His Rasool after having found it true and the best.Another example of this appear in Quran it self when Hazat Musa (pbuh) is being addressed about the Torah in the following words.(So hold it firm and ask your people to hold onto the best things in it) 7:145.Here too the word (ahsan means the entire Torah and its injunctions. Similarly in the verse 39:18 (listening to the words means listening to the Quran and following the best means ‘following the entire Quran which has been referred as (ahsan al hadith,the best thing said).

The nonmuslims were said in Quran that they are blind,deaf and worst than animal.
waseem

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Saturday, June 30, 2007  -  12:56 PM Reply with quote
This really is profound, I am going to try and keep this in mind the next time I feel "stressed".....



A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.



Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups - porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the coffee.



When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: "If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups... And then you began eyeing each other's cups.



Now consider this:

Life is the coffee;

the jobs, money and position in society are the cups.

They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of life we live.

Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us."



God brews the coffee, not the cups.......... Enjoy your coffee!

"The happiest people don't have the best of everything.

They just make the best of everything.

" Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.

Leave the rest to God

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