Absolutely Amazing Gems!!

August 13, 2011

Greatest Tragedy

December 23, 2010

The greatest tragedy is to have the experience, and miss the lesson.

 


Doing it right…

August 7, 2010

This is just awesome. I love it, and hope you enjoy it too.

The prophet peace and blessings be upon him said: “A believer is never stung from the same hole twice” (Bukhari).

AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN FIVE SHORT CHAPTERS

by Portia Nelson

I

I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I fall in.
I am lost … I am helpless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes me forever to find a way out.

II

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in the same place
but, it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

III

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in … it’s a habit.
my eyes are open
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

IV

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

V

I walk down another street.

Found it on I Am Sheba 🙂


Of summers and watermelons..

July 27, 2010

Why is it that we always crave watermelons at summer time? Is it the thirst? SubhanaAllah… That fruit is truly a blessing!

*crunching a cold watermelon*

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.

I stole the quote from my sister’s facebook status. I’ve heard it before, but this time, it had a different meaning to me.

SubhanaAllah, Allah azza wa jal teaches us many lessons, it’s up to us to apply them and benefit from them…

Yet we always want the fish from Allah…and forget the lessons He blessed us with…

Heck, we make duaa for the fish, we think of nothing but the fish, we look at all the people with fish, we wish we had fish, and more fish, and more fish… YET what we DO NOT DO, is work for the fish.

GO WORK FOR YOUR FISH. sigh.

On a different note, as I walked out of the hospital today at 9:30 p.m. wearing my jilbab, a man on a wheel chair said to me:

“Good night”

“You too”

“Are you a dental student?”

“Yeah!”

“Alright!” 🙂

You gotta love NYC randoms.

I think, if I could write my personal statement about why I want to enter dental school all over again, the primary reason would be: for da3wah purposes. That’s all. Oh, and to help the ummah. lol.

Alas, a 50% radiology midterm starts in about 12 hours from now. I shall retire to …um…not bed, but studying inshaAllah.


الوحدة لـ الشيخ علي الطنطاوي … من كتاب : من حديث النفس

July 24, 2010

ما آلمني شيء في الحياة ما آلمتني الوحدة ، كنت أشعر كلما انفردت بفراغ هائل في نفسي ، وأحس بأنها غريبة عني ، ثقيلة علي لا أطيق الإنفراد بها ، فإذا انفردت بها أحسست أن بيني وبين الحياة صحاري قاحلة ، ويبدأ مالها من آخر ، بل كنت أرى العالم في كثير من الأحيان وحشاً فاغراً فاه لابتلاعي ، فأحاول الفرار ، ولكن أين المفر من نفسي التي بين جنبي ، ودنياي التي أعيش فيها ؟

ان نفسي عميقة واسعة ، أو لعلي أراها عميقة واسعة لطول ما أحدق فيها ، وأتأمل جوانبها ، فتخيفني بسعتها وعمقها ، ويرمضني أنه لايملؤها شيء مهما كان كبيراً ـ ـ ـ وهذا العالم ضيق أو لعلي أراه ضيقاً لاشتغالي عنه بنفسي ، وشعوري بسعتها ، فأراه يخنقني بضيقه ـ ـ ـ

إني أجمع العالم كله في فكرة واحدة أرميها في زاوية من زوايا نفسي ، في نقطة صغيرة من هذا الفضاء الرحيب ، ثم أعيش في وحدة مرعبة أنظر ما يملأ هذا الفضاء ـ ـ ـ

إني كلما انفردت بنفسي ، فتجرأت على درسها ، والتغلل في أعماقها ، بدت لي أرحب وأعجب ، فما هذا المخلوق الذي يحويه جسم صغير ، لايشغل من الكون إلا فراغاً ضيقاً كالذي يشغله صندوق أو كرسي ـ ـ ـ ويحوي هو ــ المكان ــ كله ، ويشمل ــ الزمان ــ ، وينتقل من الأزل إلى الأبد في أقل من لحظة ، وينتظم ــ الوجود ــ كله بفكرة ، وتكاد الحياة نفسها تضل في أغواره ؟

من المستحيل أن نفهم هذا المخلوق الذي ندعوه ــ النفس ــ لذلك نخاف الوحدة ونفر منها ، إننا نخشى نفوسنا ، ولانستطيع أن ننفرد بها ، فنحب أن نشتغل عنها بصحبة صاحب ، أو حب حبيب ، أو عمل من الأعمال ـ ـ ـ ونخشى الحياة ، ونحب أن نقطعها بحديث تافه ، أو كتاب سخيف ، أو غير ذلك مما نملأ به أيامنا الفارغة ، وإذا نحن اضطررنا مرة إلى مواجهة الحياة ، ومقابلة الزمان خالياً من ألهية نلهو بها ، كما يكون في ساعة الإنتظار مللنا وتبرمنا بالحياة وأحسسنا بأن الفلك يدور على عواتقنا ، أفليس هذا سراً عجيباً من أسرار الحياة ، وهي أعز شيء عليه ، ويسعى لتبديدها واضاعتها ؟

عجزت عن احتمال هذه الوحدة ، وثقل علي هذا الفراغ الذي أحسه في نفسي ، فخالطت الناس ، واستكثرت من الصحابة ، فوجدت في ذلك أنساً لنفسي ، واجتماعاً لشملي ، فكنت أتحدث وأمرح وأمزح وأضحك وأضحك ، حتى ليظنني الرائي أسعد خلق الله وأطربهم ، بيد أني لم أكن أفارق أصحابي وأنفرد بنفسي ، حتى يعود هذا الفراغ الرهيب ، وترجع هذه الوحدة الموحشة

انغمست في الحياة لأملأ نفسي بمشاغل الحياة ، وأغرق وحدتي في لجة المجتمع ، واتصلت بالسياسة وخببت فيها ووضعت وكتبت وخطبت ، فكنت أحس وأنا على المنبر بأني لست منفرداً وإنما أنا مندمج في هذه الحشد الذي يصفق لي ويهتف ـ ـ ـ ولكني لاأخرج من الندى ويرفض الناس من حولي ، وانفرد في غرفتي حتى يعود هذا الفراغ أهول مما كان ، وترجع الوحدة أثقل ، فكأنها مانقصت هناك إلا لتزداد هنا ، كالماء تسد مخرجه فينقطع ، ولكنك لاترفع يدك حتى يتدفق ماكان قد اجتمع فيه ـ ـ ـ فماذا يفيدني أن أذكر في مئة مجلس أو يمر اسمي على ألف لساان ، وإأن يتناقش في الناس ويختصموا ، إذا كنت أنا في تلك الساعة منفرداً مستوحشاً متألماً ؟

وجدت الشهرة لاتفيد إلا اسمي ، ولكن اسمي ليس مني ، ولاهو ــ أنا ــ فأحببت أن أجد الأنس بالحب وأن أنجو به من وحدتي ، فلم أجد الحب الاء اسماً لغير شيء ، ليس له في الدنيا وجود ، وإنما فيها تقارب أشباح

أعانقها والنفس بعد مشوقة
إليها,وهل بعد العناق تدان؟
وألثم فاها كي تزول صبابتي
فيشتد ما ألقى من الهيمان
كأن فؤادي ليس يشفى غليله
سوى أن يرى الروحين تلتقيان

ولكن أن تلتقي الأرواح ؟ وأين هذا الحب الجارف القوي الخالص الذي يأكل الحبيبين كما تأكل النار المعدن ، ثم تخرجها جوهراً واحداً مصفى نقياً مافيه ــ أنا ــ ولا ــ أنت ــ ولكن فيه ــ نحن ــ ؟

فنفضت يدي من الحب ، ويئست من أن أرى عند الناس الإجتماع المظلق ، فعدت بطوعي أنشد الوحدة المظلقة

صرت أكره أن التقي بالناس ، وأنفر من المجتمعات ، لأني لم أجد في كل ذلك إلا اجتماعاً مزيفاً ، يتعانق الحبيبان ، ولو كشف لك عن نفسيهما لرأيت بينهما مثل مابين الأزل والأبد ، ويتناجى الصديقان ، ويتبادلان عبارات الود والأخاء ، ولو ظهر لك باطنهما لرأيت كلا منهما يلعن الآخر ، وترى الجمعية الوطنية ، أو الحزب الشعبي ، فلا تسمع إلا خطباً في التضحية والإخلاص ، ولا ترى إلا اجتماعاً واتفاقاً بين الأعضاء ولو دخلت في قلوبهم لما وجدت إلا الإخلاص للذات ، وحب النفس ، وتضحية كل شيء في سبيل لذة شخصية أو منفعة

وجدتني غريباً بين الناس فتركت الناس وانصرفت إلى نفسي أكشف عالمها ، وأجوب مافيها وأقطع بحارها ، وأدرس نواميسها وجعلت من أفكاري وعواطفي أصدقاء وأعداء ، وعشت بحب الأصدقاء وحرب الأعداء ـ ـ ـ

إن منن حاول معرفة نفسه عرضت له عقبات كأداء ، ومشقات جسام ، فإن هو صبر علبها ، بلغ الغاية ، ومالغاية التي تطمئن معها النفس إلى الوحدة ، وتأنس بالحياة ، وتدرك اللذة الكبرى ، مالغاية إلا معرفة الله

وسيظل الناس تحت أثقال العزلة المخيفة حتى يتصلوا بالله ويفكروا دائماً في أنه معهم ، وأنه يراهم ويسمعهم ، هنالك تصير الآلآم في الله لذة ، والجوع في الله شبعاً ، والمرض صحة ، والموت هو الحياة السرمدية الخالدة ، هنالك لايبالي الإنسان إلا يكون معه أحد ، لأنه يكون مع الله


Ilm Fest 2010 New Jersy – *priceless*

April 19, 2010

InshaAllah a post is in the works…


The Best Ten Minute Reminder

April 3, 2010

Life taught me…

April 26, 2009

adventure


My World.

April 5, 2009

Please watch them in the order below…

First, let’s realize the situation we are in…

Then, let’s see the effect of it…

And for the best FINALE ever…


Boredom

February 26, 2009

While I still attempt to study, and only wish I can be blogging instead, I leave you with this quote to ponder over:

“How could a Mu’min/Muslim be bored when he has to save himself from hellfire? A mu’min never gets bored. That word’s not in his dictionary. He knows he has enough to do for his akhirah to be bored in this dunya!” – Sheikh Yasir Qadhi

rope

Hang in there..for there’s a meeting planned in Paradise inshaAllah

Everyone’s invited…but not many accept the invitation…

Will you accept?

 

 

*This post is a reminder for myself before anyone else!


The Power of Dua’a!

February 22, 2009

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Sometimes we do things without thinking. Without considering the aftermath. Without any wisdom
Sometimes we just let go of our intellect and follow our emotions. Sometimes we forget our values and our very own statements and promises and run after our worldly desires.

These times, when we do all of the above mentioned, we’re really hurting none but ourselves. We’re only cheating our own selves out of what we know to be true.

Sometimes…all we want to do is stare into space and think and ponder over life. Over the little incidents here and there that never make sense…Over the coincidences that statistically seem out of this world…

“What are the chances?”, we may ask ourselves…
“Pretty good actually! Anything is possible…the one in a million is possible…with duaa!!“, my optimism replies 🙂

“Can dua’a heal my heart? What about my soul?”, we wonder many times…
“What are you waiting for! Start making duaa and find out for yourself!”, my thoughts respond…Besides, ألا بذكر الله تطمئن القلوب (Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest -13:28)

How can we protect ourselves from acting on impulse? From falling into holes our own faulty actions dug up for us?
One of the most amazing dua’as I’ve ever learned was: اللهم لا تكلني إلى نفسي طرفة عين
I have many more favorite dua’as but…if I started I fear I will never finish!

I’ve listened to Du’a: The Weapon of the Believer (by Sheikh Yasir Qadhi hafithahullah) many times before and it gets to me EVERY single time! I cannot count the times I sat quietly in the car, late at night in tears, and early in the morning with a smile, avoiding stepping outside into the world, attentively listening to the beauty and power of dua’a! “Just listen to a couple more minutes”, I always think to myself!! I love it mashaAllah!! I think its one of the most beneficial things I have ever stumbled upon walillahi alhamd!

If you would like to borrow the CDs from me, please let me know…
Note: it’s actually originally a book (which you can download from here) that Sheikh Yasir Qadhi wrote and later recorded, jazahu Allahu khairan!! 

You can also listen to it here: (If you’re running short on time, listen to part 9 first…surely, it will get you hooked for some more inshaAllah 😉 )

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9


The Disease of the Idiots

February 10, 2009

sick heart

I recently read this quote on this blog and I thought I would share it:

A South Asian scholar of the past said:

To cast lustful glances is the disease of idiots. You neither give, nor receive. All you do is put your own heart in turmoil. You can stare at a girl forever, but you will never get her. You will only get the person that Allah has decreed for you as halal. Since this is a matter which has already been decided by Allah, that is why this is the disease of idiots.

Therefore, let us remember next time we look at a girl (or at a boy if it is a sister looking) that we are indulging in the disease of the idiots.

Oh and remember, you’re using the blessing of eyesight which Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala blessed you with to disobey Him! If you’re gonna sin and disobey Him, then don’t use any of His blessings, don’t sin on His land, and do it without Him knowing of it. (If that didn’t make sense to you yet: You can’t do any of that! It’s IMPOSSIBLE! So just stop with that sin already and get to that next level you’ve been trying to reach forever!)

*A reminder for myself before anyone else*


…the end…

February 5, 2009

When we meet people, we tend to have a first impression. Whether it’s a “love at first sight” or an “I can’t stand being around them”, most people have experienced both scenarios.  Just as reading the pages of a book can change the first judgement from it’s cover, days pass by and prove people to be different from our first impressions. Either that, or they change with time. Flipping page after page, you get further into your book and you realize it’s not a bad one after all.  Dealing with people, especially on a daily basis, whether by choice or not, gives us a different perspective and a chance to change our original impressions. After all, it just takes time to get to know one another.. The lessons that we can derive from ahadeeth are many. Having spent a weekend learning about 4 or 5 of the Nawawi ahadeeth, their wisdom still echoes in my life. I have found the following hadeeth to have numerous lessons, one of which, I couldn’t resist talking about… Hadith 4 NawawiAbu ‘Abd al-Rahman ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud, radiyallahu ‘anhu, reported: The Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, the most truthful, the most trusted, told us:

“Verily the creation of any one of you takes place when he is assembled in his mother’s womb; for forty days he is as a drop of fluid, then it becomes a clot for a similar period. Thereafter, it is a lump looking like it has been chewed for a similar period. Then an angel is sent to him, who breathes the ruh(spirit) into him. This Angel is commanded to write Four decrees: that he writes down his provision (rizq), his life span, his deeds, and whether he will be among the wretched or the blessed.

I swear by Allah – there is no God but He – one of you may perform the deeds of the people of Paradise till there is naught but an arm’s length between him and it, when that which has been written will outstrip him so that he performs the deeds of the people of the Hell Fire; one of you may perform the deeds of the people of the Hell Fire, till there is naught but an arm’s length between him and it, when that which has been written will overtake him so that he performs the deeds of the people of Paradise and enters therein.”

[Al-Bukhari & Muslim]

How many times have we met people, thought of them the best, only to be disappointed later on? And how many times did we meet absolute “losers” only to see them carrying the torches and effecting those around them? Eventually, becoming leaders of their communities… No one knows how their life will end. We all know this as fact and it’s not something new people don’t know about. What is strikingly ironic though, is that we continuously need to be reminded about judging others. Let me scream the reminder once more: “If we cannot even guarantee our own end, how can we be so quick in judging others?”

*Sigh* I say this to myself first and foremost..

During Sacred Scrolls, Sheikh Al-Hejazy mentioned many stories, some of which, brought tears to my eyes…

Here’s one of them:

During the battle of Uhud, there was a man by the name of Al-Usayrim الأصيرم who came to the battle on the side of the mushrikeen ready to fight the muslims. SubhanaAllah, during the battle this man accepted islam and switched sides. He fought hard and was badly injured. His injury led to him to his death bed, upon which, his last wish was to “convey his salam and shahadah to the Prophet peace be upon him”. 

Another (you might have heard this one):

A man will be on his deathbed and he will tell his children around him to burn him and spread his ashes everywhere out of fear of Allah’s punishment if he is going to be resurrected. Allah will call upon this man and ask him why he told his sons to do that and he will reply, “out of fear of you Allah”, after which, Allah will forgive him. How merciful is Al-Rahman Al-Raheem! SubhanaAllah how one act, even while dying in a state of apparent kufur, can lead to forgiveness! Who are we to judge?!?!

And yet another: The story of the pious man who saw someone committing sins day after day. Eventually, he said that Allah will never forgive him and thought he had virtue over him because of his piety and religious level. Allah forgave the man and punished the pious one for saying that Allah will not forgive the sinful man!

I could go on and on forever…Another story that comes to mind is the one of the man who killed a 100 men and still sought forgiveness…And the woman who helped the dog…and the other who wasn’t kind to the cat… I’m sure we’ve all heard numerous stories, it just boils down to one thing, we just never know how our end will be. We have no idea what is in the hearts of others and how their end will be either. And even as we see the end of a pious man, we might be impressed, but only Allah knows what is inside the hearts. The same is for the sinful, we might harshly judge them and through comments here and there about them, not knowing that we are only harming ourselves while they’re being forgiven. 

So, what is one of the main causes of a bad end? Arrogance! May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala cure us from it! 

Make dua’a for a good ending to your life. Keep your mouth shut about others.

These are the best two lessons I’ve learned these past few days…


Sin vs. Mercy

January 22, 2009

” Do you think that you, and you alone, can be so sinful that Allah’s mercy cannot encompass you? That you have so much ‘power’ to commit sins that the infinite mercy of Allah is powerless when faced with it?!” – Sh. Yasir Qadhi


Too Precious To Sell..

January 14, 2009

“Your souls are precious, and can only be equal to the price of Paradise. Therefore, sell them only at that price.” -Ali ibn Abi Talib radi Allahu anh.