WHO IS YOUR SPECIAL GUEST AT IFTAR?

The Holy Month of Ramadan: A Month When Allah’s Servants are Invited to be His Special Guests. The Holy Prophet (s) is reported to have said:  “…It is a month in which you have been called to the banquet of Allah…” (al-Iqbal, vol. 1, pg. 26). Diyafah in the Arabic context as translated in the above narration refers to the invitation commonly known and highly encouraged in Islam.  Islam traditions are replete with emphasis on inviting the believers and feeding them in the way of Allah (swt). In fact a…

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RISING TIDES – Poem

RISING TIDES The Rising tides took me high. Rose my pen head whiles my ink drops Dripping on my sheets of epics. The salty foamy hearts float thereon. The tides of love sails us with joy The winds of love carries me, It carries me alone the loving waves. Surfing on the tides with my skaty heart. My trust in tides of love brought me to His shores Plashing me to the Morning moon, the glow. May the coolest moon feel the tidy breezes. The coasts brought forth the lovers…

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TRUST IN GOD

“And put thy trust in God; and enough is God as a disposer of affairs”. (Qur’an 4 :81) The word used in Qur’an is “Tawakkal”, which is derived from “Tawakkul”. This is not an excuse for idleness. “Tawakkul means that you should bind the camel with its rope, then say that you have trust in God that He will protect your camel. You should not have confidence in the rope only, because many a camel has been stolen together with its rope; and, likewise, you should not neglect the rope,…

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GOD – MINDEDNESS

“In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful”.  This phrase occurs at the beginning of every Chapter of the Qur’an, except one. It is used by Muslims before starting every work – before reading, before eating, before starting their work, before sleeping. Islam teaches man to start every good effort with the Holy name of God Who is beneficent and merciful, invoking His mercy to bless his efforts with success. The goal of Islam is to make a man “God -minded”; it wants him to realize that he, himself,…

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KNOW THE SOUL

“Soon will We show them our signs in the (furthest) regions and in their own souls……..” (Qur’an 41:53). There is one tested method of knowing Allah; and that is “through His creation” – the Worlds and the Man. Let us begin with our self. We do not know the nature of soul. Still we have to admit that there is something which is the source of “life” In the same way, though we cannot ‘know’ the Creator, we have to admit that there is a God who has created the…

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DIVINE BLESSINGS

Because Allah favors His servants, God the Blessed and Supreme gave them intellect, He gave them the power to refine and purify themselves, He sent the prophets and awliya (the friends of God, saints, holy men) to guide people and to help them to reform themselves so that they do not fall into the severe chastisement of hell. If these preventatives do not cause the awareness and refinement of man, God, the Merciful, will make him aware through other means: by various difficulties, afflictions, poverty, and illness. Like an expert…

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I Will Persist Until I Succeed

If I persist, if I continue to try, If I continue to change forward, I will succeed. I will persist until I succeed. I was not delivered into this world in defeat, Nor does failure course in my veins. I will persist until I succeed. The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning; and it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal.

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