Thursday, February 23, 2012

Wisdom Corner - Points To Ponder : Apparent Vs Real

From the diary of Muhammad Haris

        • Apparent loss may be real gain.
        • Apparent cruelty may be real mercy.
        • Returning good for evil may really be justice not generosity.
        • Apparent failure may be real gain.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Thought of the week - Love Is In The Air

“Love is in the air…” since it’s the Valentine’s Day. Youngsters anxiously wait for this day to let their sweethearts know how much they care.
But The Divine being doesn’t wait for any special day for the manifestation of His Love and bounty. We must understand how sacred love is. It isn’t something that can be bought off the shelf and distributed. Love is also not something reserved for just a “sweetheart”.
Expression of love should also not be reserved for one special day. We shouldn’t wait to tell those special people in our lives how much we care. Love needs expression, at every moment, every day. Your loved ones deserve it not only on one particular day. And who has seen tomorrow. So be generous; it’s never too late. Give your love away; it only multiplies.
Let’s celebrate love and leave your mark on the lives you touch!

Wisdom Corner - Love: The Mystic Way

By: Muhammad Haris

Love in the words of Ghazali (R.A) is the dynamic force of direct contemplation of Divine attributes manifest under the aspect of limitations in the universe – the phenomenal world of multi forms and colours. Love can prove an incentive for kindling the fire in the soul in order that the Divine Endowments are released within, igniting the power, the ability and passion to understand, affirm, and appreciate the Beauty of Good Work.
Rumi speaks about ardent Love, quoting Hassan of Basra (728 AD) regarding God: 

When My servant devotes himself to praise and recollection of ME and takes delight in it, he loves Me and I love him” 

[Ashikani (he loves me) wa (and) ashiktuhu (I love him)].

Soul's Reflections - Love

By: Shazia Yousuf

Love is, when a father gets angry at his daughter for forgetting to tell him that she’ll be late from work. He is not angry because she did not inform him, but because he is concerned for her out of love.
Love is, when a wife is upset with the husband when he forgets to take the lunch to work, that was so lovingly prepared for him in the morning. Not because she had to get up and go through the pains of preparing it, but because she is concerned about the health and the well being.

Love is, when a poor maid beats up her daughter for not working as hard as she does because she loves her and wants her to learn to earn her own living and not depend on anyone once she’s gone.

Love is, when a mother takes away a toy from the kids fighting over it. She’s doing it not to punish them, but out of love for both the children. She wants them to learn to share and care and to grow up learning to compromise.
I felt loved whenever I got that sweet reminder to have “a cup of milk” whenever I had that appetite loss.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Tears - A Divine Gift

By: Shazia Yousuf

I prayed. I prayed even harder as the days passed. Day and night I kept asking Him, pleading my case, beckoning Him to bestow His mercy and make things happen for me. I was sure what I was asking for, was what I definitely wanted. So I went on with my prayer, each night, each day.

Days passed, The Divine Being didn’t seem to pay heed to my humble requests. And then I started having doubts. Was I being too demanding? I wondered if I really deserved what I desired. Was I worthy of less or was I worthy of more, or did I deserve this or did I deserve that? I was now extremely confused.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Last Sermon of Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h)

By: Shazia Yousuf

The last sermon by Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) was the final message for the entire mankind. It was a beautiful and a very comprehensive farewell speech that summarized the duties and obligations of a good Muslim and a good human being. This sermon needs to be recalled over and over again.

The Last Sermon of Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h)
[A summary read by Cat Stevens]

Today, we seem to have digressed from the essence of The Divine Message. This has lead to the misfortune and adversity that we are facing. We must remember the essence of this message and make it a part of our lives.