Be the Wick!

Olive oil is full of energy. It almost lights on its own. Dipping a little tiny worthless thread in it, surrounding the thread with pure glass, and putting the final product in a niche will produce real light. The oil won’t light on its own although it almost does. The glass protects the burning thread from being extinguished by a little blow of air. It will make sure the light spreads beautifully and uniformly. Putting the glass on the floor may cause light to be blocked by obstacles or the lamp to be broken by people kicking it. Putting it in the niche allows its light to bypass obstacles and protects it from damage. The Qur’an (olive oil) is full of guidance. It almost guides people on its own. When we (threads) dip ourselves in it we will light. If we let this light go out through our character (glass), it will help people see this light and benefit from it. We need to take shield by some little rules and guidelines even if tough and tight (niche). We will hereby protect the product (the lamp) and hence the light. Without that, the Qur’an will continue to be full of light and will continue to ‘almost’ guide. We will continue to be worthless tiny threads. Most unfortunately, the world will continue to be waiting for light.

Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The parable of His Light is as if there were a Niche and within it a Lamp: the Lamp enclosed in Glass; the glass as it were a brilliant star: lit from a blessed Tree, an Olive, neither of the East nor of the West, whose Oil is well-nigh luminous, though fire scarce touched it: Light upon Light! Allah doth guide whom He will to His Light: Allah doth set forth Parables for men: and Allah doth know all things. (Lit is such a light) in houses, which Allah hath permitted to be raised to honour; for the celebration, in them, of His name: in them is He glorified in the mornings and in the evenings, (again and again) By men whom neither traffic nor merchandise can divert from the Remembrance of Allah, nor from regular Prayer, nor from the practice of regular Charity: their (only) fear is for the Day when hearts and eyes will be transformed (in a world wholly new) [24:35-27]

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Silence People: Block the Mercy of God

This post is inspired by a post written by my friend AB and I can’t find the link to post

In one of the very famous chapters in the Qur’an, Ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful), Allah starts the chapter by a few short versus. The First one says, “Ar-Rahman!” The verses to follow, though short and fast, describe the manifestation of this mercy. Here: “The most merciful * [It is He who] Taught the Qur’an * [He has] Created man * [He] taught him speech.” The word “Bayan,” translated here as “speech” is more comprehensive than just speech. It is about giving man the ability to express himself, share his ideas, explain what his thoughts, etc.

What is very important to know is that not only is this a right people have but also some kind of “mercy” from Allah upon his creation. When this piece of mercy is taken away from people, they will suffer. They will look for it; they will miss it; their life will be a difficult life. It is similar to taking away from people water, food, air, or shelter. The only difference is that taking away these materialistic needs has an instant apparent effect on them. Taking from people their ability to express themselves has a similar effect but on the their souls, and it will lead eventually to death, but that of the soul.

Oppressive governments do so, and hence the amount of frustration and lack of quality life. But more importantly, we, sometimes, deprive people around us from a good environment where they can “consume” this type of mercy Allah gives them. Here is a few examples to demonstrate how we do that, knowingly or unknowingly: Continue reading

What the Whole world Knows about you, and you need to know about yourself!!!

Written By: Mohammad abbasi

edited by: Bayan Abbasi

I am talking about you playing “Victim” all the time; just like bad breath or smelly sweat on a humid day; most often, people sense it while you don’t …And now,

there is a way to know if you have this debilitating disease called “Victimides”.
Of course there is no disease called Victimides in the medical journals.. I made up this label to describe this near fatal condition.

So, how do you know if you’re one of those that play “Victim”? For starters, let me ask a few questions: Continue reading

Mega EVERYTHING – the 17 years old and the 50 years old in dispute

By WAEL HAMZA Dramatized from the authentic hadith narrated by al-Hakim*

A SMALL FRICTION

Rbi3ah ibn Ka3b al-Aslami, a 17 year old young man, a servant of the Messenger (pbuh). He was the one mentioned in my early post, Mega aspiration. He relates a very small but interesting story that happened between him and the great man, Abu Bakr, the one who outweighed the whole community of believers as reflected upon in my other post, number 2 person in the whole community, the very dear and close companion to the prophet, and the first caliph to succeed the Messenger (pbuh). Rabi3ah tells us the story … Abu Bakr and I got into a little dispute about the ownership of an amount of dates: I said it is mine and he said its his. He, then, told me a word that I did not like and he regretted saying it. And this dialog took place … Abu Bakr [regretful for the word he said]: Say it back Rabi3ah so you take your right from me! I said: No, I swear by Allah, I will not say to you except that which is good Abu Bakr: Say it, or otherwise I will take the issue to the Messenger (pbuh) I said: No, I swear by Allah, I will not say to you except that which is good

GETTING THE PROPHET INVOLVED

Abu Bakr left the meeting very determined to take the case to the prophet. Continue reading

Where is the Love?

By Zainab Ghwari

I still remember my first usra. Though I had no idea it was an usra (halaqa + class x sisterhood=usra, which literally translates to ‘family’ in Arabic), I was so comfortable and satisfied with every week’s gathering. Some say the warm, thick, & cheesy pizza kept them coming, but for me, something beside cheese stuffed my crust. (Actually, the crust was unstuffed; Pizza Hut introduced the good stuff later).

Our usra leader was a 17 year old at a time when Continue reading

Do you have a friend whom you love? Well, here …

Dramatized by: Wael Hamza

Scene #1 A little plot

Umair Ibn Wahb, one of the of people of Mecca, sitting next to al-Ka3ba very sad and angry after Mecca has been badly defeated in the Battle of Badr. In one thousand soldiers, prepared to their best, Mecca got defeated by the Prophet (PBUH) and his 313 companions in the first serious battle between the two parties. It was a huge shame and a big loss of people and money from Mecca’s side. “If it weren’t for my kids and a debt I have, I would have traveled to Yathreb and killed Muhammad!” Said Umair to his life-long friend Safwan Ibn Ummayah. Safwan, with the very bitter experience of his father being killed in the very same battle, found an opportunity to finish this man (Muhammad) and avenge for his father, “Your kids are like mine and consider your debt paid! Just go and kill Muhammad.” “But how are you going to get there?” Safwan added. Umair answered, “You forgot that my son is a captive there. They have captured him during the battle of Badr. I will pretend that I am there to free him and then kill Muhammad! But please, do not tell anyone about this.”

Umair sent his sword to be sharped and then he gave it to people to cover it with poison and headed to Medina to finish his plot.

Scene #2 Umair arrives to Medina

In Medina, a few of the companions of the Prophet (pbuh) were sitting in front of the masjid chatting about the great victory they had in Badr while a camel arrived and parked in front of the masjid. Omar, quickly and seriously said, “That is Umair, the enemy of Allah, came with his sword. I am sure he came for evil.” Running quickly to the masjid and giving heads up to the Prophet (pbuh), “O Messenger of Allah, here he came, the enemy of Allah, Umair Ibn Wahb, with his sword. He looks like he wants evil!” “Let him in Omar.” Said the Prophet (pbuh). Continue reading