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27
Aug
2013

Life of this world

posted by bint Mohammed on 27th August 2013 - 1 comment
23
Aug
2013

The Choice is Yours - By Khalid Baig

posted by bint Mohammed on 23rd August 2013 - 0 comments
A recent article in the Detroit News contrasted the lives of two ordinary people from Palestinian refuge camps in Jordan. Two people joined by faith and circumstances, yet separated by choices of their lifestyles. One awakens at 4 a.m. every day and walks a mile to the mosque for the Fajr prayers. At that time, the other is often just getting to sleep, capping off another night of drinking and socializing at a bar that caters to tourists and wealthy Palestinians. One keeps abreast of the latest political developments in the Middle East to "ensure our future liberation from Israel." The other, "like many in his Heineken-drinking clique, is oblivious to the latest showdown between the United States and Iraq and the subsequent peace brokered by the United Nations. But … knows all the words to the latest music videos." One wears a beard. The other religiously shaves it before happy hour, "because the real hot girls like soft skin." One is concerned about moral decadence and the mortal danger it presents to "their country and their afterlife." The other asks, "Why shouldn't we enjoy ourselves? Come on, you only live once, right?" The article titled "Partying versus Praying", is pleasantly free of the propaganda overtones characteristic of the mainstream media reports about the Muslim world. In a typical piece, the first person would have been depicted as a "fundamentalist", a fanatic, a "bad guy" who is danger to himself and to the world. The second person, would, of course, be the "good guy"--- the friendly, "civilized" person who needs encouragement and support. In contrast, here is an objective observation about the clash of two currents. Its objectivity compels those it reports about, to reflect on their situation. In a way, the story captures the current state of the entire Ummah. For today, the Ummah is a big refuge camp: Robbed, wounded, tortured, expelled, dispossessed, and disenfranchised. And just like the refuge camp it has two powerful but exactly opposite currents: One represents awakening, turning to Allah, overcoming the base desires, and preparing for liberation from slavery, both physical and intellectual. The other represents falling asleep, turning away from Allah, and "enjoying" the slavery. This is a clash between piety and profanity, between light and darkness, between the path to Paradise and the way to Hell. It is born of the freedom of choice that has been given to every human being. Allah has created two possible destinations for all human beings, and there are two opposite paths leading to them.
13
Jan
2013

Just One A

posted by bint Mohammed on 13th January 2013 - 0 comments
Just one A By Abdur Rahmaan Umar It had been a long two weeks thought Taheera as she stole a moment to gulp down her now lukewarm tea. Yes, it had been two long weeks of covering books, sharpening pencils and struggling to make up sets of pencil colours from leftovers of last year. Getting the kids back to school had been no easy task and she had heard all the stories about school and about the learner who was adamant about working on the floor because her teacher insisted that they do their math without tables; and of the new teacher who marched into the classroom determined to establish his authority, and after banging his books on the desk demanded, “Will all the idiots in this class please stand up!” After a painfully long silence young Abdool stood up at the back of the class and the teacher said, “Yes young man! Tell us why you think you are an idiot!” The young man shifted his toppee(hat) nervously and in a near whisper replied, “I don’t think I am an idiot, Sir. But I felt bad that you were the only one standing”
7
Jan
2013

Change Yourself

posted by bint Mohammed on 7th January 2013 - 1 comment
If you don't like something, [b]change it.

If you can't change it, change your attitude, don't complain.

Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you will understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.[/center]
5
Jan
2013

Phones Fall vs Friends Fall

posted by bint Mohammed on 5th January 2013 - 0 comments
5
Jan
2013

Forgiveness

posted by bint Mohammed on 5th January 2013 - 0 comments
13
Dec
2012

Gratefulness

posted by bint Mohammed on 13th December 2012 - 0 comments

I fall, I rise,
I make mistakes,
I live, I learn,
I’ve been hurt but I’m alive.
I’m human, I’m not perfect

Shukr Alhumdolillah

13
Dec
2012

What we need to teach our daughters

posted by bint Mohammed on 13th December 2012 - 1 comment
We need to [b]teach our daughters to distinguish between: A man who flatters her and a man who compliments her, A man who spends money on her and a man who invests in her, A man who views her as property and a man who views her properly, A man who lusts after her and man who loves her,
13
Dec
2012

Wonderful Reminder of Allah

posted by bint Mohammed on 13th December 2012 - 0 comments
8
Dec
2012

The Other Doors

posted by bint Mohammed on 8th December 2012 - 1 comment
The Other Doors Our 4 year old son has some fairly serious health problems, so we are "frequent fliers" at the local children's hospital. Two weeks ago, our son was there for several days having surgery. As stressful as that was for us, my visits to that hospital almost always leave me feeling grateful. Why? Because of "the other doors." As I walk the corridors of that hospital, I pass doors leading to many different departments. I pass the department where surgeons reconstruct children's faces. I pass the department where specialists treat children who have been tragically burned. I pass the department where children with cancer spend their childhoods battling a disease that terrifies most adults. Every day, people walk through those doors. I keep walking. Occasionally, I walk through a ward, past the room of a dying child. I look in at the child, unconscious amid a mass of tubes and machines. I see the family, staring blankly into space, grieving for what is to come. I keep walking.
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