Bahlool and Shaykh Junayd

This one is bit long but is worthwhile! 

Bahlool and Shaykh Junayd Behlool simulated madness, though he was not mad. Junaid a scholar and Sufi of repute, knew him very well. One day as they met, Junaid requested him to give him some counsel and admonition. His students followed him. The Shaykh asked how Bahlool was. They answered, “He is a crazy person, what do you want from him?” 

Shaykh:”I am Junayd Baghdadi. Are you Abul Qasim?” Bahlool: “Yes! Are you Shaykh Baghdadi who gives people spiritual guidance?” 

Shaykh Junaid:”Yes!” He then requested him to give him some advice on life. Bahlool: “You do not need any advice. You are a well known scholar,”  

But Junaid insisted. Behlool gave in and said: “Well, I shall ask you three questions. If you answer them correctly, you will be advised.”   Shaykh Junaid agreed so Bahlool proceeded to ask: 

1)”Do you know the manner of talking?”  2)”Do you know the manners of eating?”  

3)”Do you know the manners of sleeping? Junaid found these easy & simple questions and replied:  

1)I know how to talk. I talk with a low voice, politely and to the point, so that the listeners are not at all offended.  2) I eat after having washed my hands, say Bismillah before I commence, and chew the food properly. When I finish, I thank Allah.  

3)Before I go to sleep, I do my Wudhu and retire to a clean, pak, bed. Then I bear witness to my faith and go to sleep.”  Bahlool stood up and started walking away saying: “I thought you were quite learned. Yet you do not know the most basic things of Islam. ”  

But Junaid would not let him go. “Please, guide me for the sake of Allah,” he enjoined.  “Well,” Bahlool said, Whatever you said was correct but a secondary virtues but if you do not know the principals of it then it is useless.  

1) “It is no use talking softly, politely and to the point, if it is a lie. When talking, one must ensure that one speaks the truth.  2) And when eating, remembering Allah over a food which is Haram, forbiden or usurped, has no meaning. You have to ensure that what you eat is Halal. That you are not misappropriating the funds of an orphan, a widow, a fellowman etc.  

3) And what is the use of sleeping with Wudhu and all the recitations if your heart is full of malice, jealousy and enemity towards you Mumin brother. He who sleeps with clean heart sleeps a religious man. Do you understand? These are the principals. The rest all are secondary virtues.” Hazrat Ali (a.s.) says :- A stupid man gives himself aways in three ways :

1) By speaking of things about which he is ignorant.

2) By answer before he has been asked

3) And by acting without deliberation

The House of 1000 Mirrors…

  

Our life is actually a reflection of our thoughts and actions.  

Long ago in a small, far away village, there was place known as the House of 1000 Mirrors. A small, happy little dog learned of this place and decided to visit.  

When he arrived, he bounced happily up the stairs to the doorway of the house.He looked through the doorway with his ears lifted high and his tail wagging as fast as it could. 

To his great surprise, he found himself staring at 1000 other happy little dogs with their tails wagging just as fast as his. He smiled a great smile, and was answered with 1000 great smiles just as warm and friendly.As he left the House, he thought to himself, ” This is a wonderful place. I will come back and visit it often .” 

In this same village, another little dog, who was not quite as happy as the first one, decided to visit the house. He slowly climbed the stairs and hung his head low as he looked into the door. When he saw the 1000 unfriendly looking dogs staring back at him, he growled at them and was horrified to see 1000 little dogs growling back at him. As he left, he thought to himself, ” That is a horrible place, and I will never go back there again .”  

ALL THE FACES IN THE WORLD ARE MIRRORS. JUST OBSERVE WHAT KIND OF REFLECTIONS DO YOU SEE IN THE FACES OF THE PEOPLE WE MEET?

Knowledge and Wealth

Knowledge and Wealth:It is related that once ten learned men approached Imam Ali (pbuh), and wanted to know how knowledge was better than wealth. They requested that each one of them be given a separate answer. Imam Ali (pbuh) answered them as follows:

01. Knowledge is the legacy of the Prophets; wealth is the inheritance of the Pharaohs. As the Prophets are superior to the Pharaohs, so knowledge is better than wealth.

02. You have to guard your wealth, but knowledge guards you. Therefore, knowledge is better than wealth.

03. When knowledge is distributed it increases. When wealth is distributed it decreases. As such knowledge is better than wealth.

04. A man of wealth has many enemies, while a man of knowledge has many friends. Therefore knowledge is better than wealth.

05. A learned man because of his wider outlook is apt to be generous while a rich man because of his love for money is apt to be miserly. As such knowledge is better than wealth.

06. Knowledge cannot be stolen, while wealth is constantly exposed to the danger of being stolen. Accordingly knowledge is better than wealth.

07. With the lapse of time, knowledge gains in depth and dimensions. Hoarded coins get rusty, or cease to be legal tender. Therefore knowledge is better than wealth.

08. You can keep account of wealth because it is limited, but you cannot keep account of knowledge because it is boundless. That is why knowledge is better than wealth.

09. Knowledge illuminates the mind, while wealth is apt to blacken it. Therefore knowledge is better than wealth.

10. Knowledge is better than wealth, because knowledge induced the humanity in the Holy Prophet to say to God “We worship Thee as we are Thine servants”, while wealth engendered in Pharaoh and Nimrod the vanity which made them claim Godhead.

DON’T MESS WITH MOM

 

My son came home from school one day,

with a smirk upon his face.

He decided he was smart enough,

to put me in my place.

“Guess what I learned in Civics Two,

that’s taught by Mr. Wright?

It’s all about the laws today,

The ‘Children’s Bill of Rights.’

It says I need not clean my room,

don’t have to cut my hair

No one can tell me what to think,

or speak, or what to wear.

I have freedom from religion,

and regardless what you say,

I don’t have to bow my head,

and I sure don’t have to pray.

I can wear earrings if I want,

and pierce my tongue & nose.

I can read & watch just what I like,

get tattoos from head to toe.

And if you ever spank me,

I’ll charge you with a crime.

I’ll back up all my charges,

with the marks on my behind.

Don’t you ever touch me,

my body’s only for my use,

not for your hugs and kisses,

that’s just more child abuse.

Don’t preach about your morals,

like your Mama did to you.

That’s nothing more than mind control,

And it’s illegal too!

Mom, I have these children’s rights,

so you can’t influence me,

or I’ll call Children’s Services Division,

better known as C.S.D.”

Of course my first instinct was

to toss him out the door.

But the chance to teach him a lesson

made me think a little more.

I mulled it over carefully,

I couldn’t let this go.

A smile crept upon my face,

he’s messing with a pro.

Next day I took him shopping

at the local Goodwill Store.

I told him, “Pick out all you want,

there’s shirts & pants galore.

I’ve called and checked with C.S.D.

who said they didn’t care

if I bought you K-Mart shoes

instead of those Nike Airs.

I’ve cancelled that appointment

to take your driver’s test.

The C.S.D. is unconcerned

so I’ll decide what’s best.”

I said “No time to stop and eat,

or pick up stuff to munch.

And tomorrow you can start to learn

to make your own sack lunch.

Just save the raging appetite,

and wait till dinner time.

We’re having liver and onions,

a favorite dish of mine.”

He asked “Can I please rent a movie,

to watch on my VCR?”

“Sorry, but I sold your TV,

for new tires on my car.

I also rented out your room,

you’ll take the couch instead.

The C.S.D. requires

just a roof over your head.

Your clothing won’t be trendy now,

I’ll choose what we eat.

That allowance that you used to get,

will buy me something neat.

I’m selling off your jet ski,

dirt-bike & roller blades.

Check out the ‘Parents Bill of Rights’,

It’s in effect today!

Hey hot shot, are you crying,

Why are you on your knees?

Are you asking God to help you out,

instead of C.S.D..?”

Send to all people that have teenagers or have already raised teenagers, or have children who will soon be teenagers or those who will be parents someday OR ANYONE WHO’D JUST GET A LAUGH …I love this One!!!

 

MOM (Mean Old Mother)

You go get your own dirt!

One day a group of scientists got together and decided that man had come a long way and no longer needed God. They picked one scientist to go and tell Him that they were done with Him. The scientist walked up to God and said, “God, we’ve decided that we no longer need you. We’re to the point that we can clone people and do many miraculous things, so why don’t you just leave us be.”

God listened patiently to the man and after the scientist was finished talking, God said, “Very well. How about this? Let’s have a man making contest.”

The scientist, with great arrogance said, “That would be fine.”

The Lord added, “Now, we are going to do this just like I did back in the old days with Adam.”

The scientist said, “Sure, no problem,” then bent down and grabbed a handful of dirt.

God said to the scientist, “No, no, no. You go get your own dirt!”

And certainly We created man of an extract of clay, Then We made him a small seed in a firm resting-place, Then We made the seed a clot, then We made the clot a lump of flesh, then We made (in) the lump of flesh bones, then We clothed the bones with flesh, then We caused it to grow into another creation, so blessed be Allah, the best of the creators. Then after that you will most surely die. Then surely on the day of resurrection you shall be raised. Holy Qur’an (23:12-16)Referring to the above verses in the Qur’an, Dr. Keith Moore of the University of Toronto says:

“This verse from the Koran states that God made you from a drop and then changed the drop into a leech-like structure which soon changed into a chewed like substance that then took the shape of bone and was clothed with flesh.”

To illustrate his point about the accuracy of the Qur’an, Dr. Moore lined up a picture of a leech and a picture of a human embryo at 24 days old to show the striking similarity between the two. Similarly, he compared the human embryo at 28 days with a plasticine model of the embryo with teeth marks deliberately impressed on it and found the two to be quite Similar.

Then did he become a leech-like clot; then did (GOD) make and fashion (him) in due proportion. Holy Qur’an (75:38)

And made his progeny from a quintessence of the nature of a fluid despised: Holy Qur’an (32:8)Dr. Moore then turns his attention to the mention in the Qur’an (75:38) that humans are created from a nutfa, a tiny drop of fluid, which gushed forth, and that God made the progeny of men from “an extraction of despised fluid (32:8).”

Five Great Lessons

Five Great Lessons——————————————————————————–

1 – First Important Lesson – Cleaning Lady.

During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one:

“What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?”

Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name?

I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.

“Absolutely,” said the professor. “In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello.”

I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.

2 – Second Important Lesson – Pickup in the Rain.

One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960s. The MN took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.

She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man’s door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note was attached..

It read: “Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband’s bedside just before he passed away… God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others.”

Sincerely,

Mrs. Nat King Cole.

3 – Third Important Lesson – Always remember those who serve.

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.

“How much is an ice cream sundae?” he asked. “Fifty cents,” replied the waitress. The little boy pulled is hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it.

“Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?” he inquired.

By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient.

“Thirty-five cents,” she brusquely replied

The little boy again counted his coins.

“I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies..

You see, he couldn’t have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.

4 – Fourth Important Lesson – The obstacle in Our Path.

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand!

Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

5 – Fifth Important Lesson – Giving When it Counts.

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister.

I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, “Yes I’ll do it, if it will save her.” As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheeks. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded.

He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away?”

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.

“Work like you don’t need the money, Love like you’ve never been hurt, and dance like you do when nobody’s watching.”

Big John doesn’t pay

One fine day, a bus driver went to the bus garage, started his bus, and drove off along the route. No problems for the first few stops – a few people got on, a few got off, and things went generally well.

At the next stop, however, a big hulk of a guy got on. Six feet eight,built like a wrestler, arms hanging down to the ground. He glared at the driver and said, “Big John doesn’t pay!” and sat down at the back.

Did I mention that the driver was five feet three, thin, and basically meek? Well, he was. Naturally, he didn’t argue with Big John, but he wasn’t happy about it. The next day the same thing happened – Big John got on again, made a show of refusing to pay, and sat down. And the next day, and the next.

This grated on the bus driver, who started losing sleep over the way Big John was taking advantage of him. Finally he could stand it no longer. He signed up for body building courses, karate, judo, and all that good stuff.

By the end of the summer, he had become quite strong; what’s more, he felt really good about himself. So on the next Monday, when Big John once again got on the bus and said, “Big John doesn’t pay!”

The driver stood up, glared back at the passenger, and screamed, “And why not?”

With a surprised look on his face, Big John replied, “Big John has a bus pass.”

Management Lesson: “Be sure there is a problem in the first place before working hard to solve one.”

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