Imam Ali (a.s) and Candle

A candle burnt by his side, as he sat down meticulously recording all the revenue and the expenses of the treasury.

Just then Talha and Zubair appeared.

They aspired to some positions of authority in Ali’s (a.s.) rule and had come to strike a deal. If Ali (a.s.) gave them a place of distinction, they would in turn pledge their full support. Ali (a.s.) knew of this.

Just as they sat down, Ali (a.s.) put out the candle and lit another one.

Talha and Zubair exchanged a glance of surprise and then one of them said:

“O Ali, we have come on some important business. But why did you extinguish the first candle?”

Imam Ali (a.s.) replied: “That was a candle bought of Treasury funds. As long as I worked for the Treasury, I used it. Now you have come for some personal work, so I use the candle bought of my personal fund.”

Talha and Zubair left him without saying another word

LIVING HAPPILY

LIVING HAPPILY

 A man and his girlfriend were married. It was a large celebration. All of
their friends and family came to see the lovely ceremony and to partake of
the festivities and celebrations. A wonderful time was had by all.

The bride was gorgeous in her white wedding gown and the groom was very
dashing in his black tuxedo. Everyone could tell that the love they had for
each other was true.

A few months later, the wife comes to the husband with a proposal: “I read
in a magazine, a while ago, about how we can strengthen our marriage.” she
offered.

“Each of us will write a list of the things that we find a bit annoying with
the other person. Then, we can talk about how we can fix them together and
make our lives happier together.”

The husband agreed. So each of them went to a separate room in the house and
thought of the things that annoyed them about the other. They thought about
this question for the rest of the day and wrote down what they came up with.

The next morning, at the breakfast table, they decided that they would go
over their lists.

“I’ll start,” offered the wife. She took out her list. It had many items on
it. Enough to fill 3 pages, in fact. As she started reading the list of the
little annoyances, she noticed that tears were starting to appear in her
husbands eyes.

“What’s wrong?” she asked. “Nothing” the husband replied, “keep reading your
list.”

The wife continued to read until she had read all three pages to her
husband. She neatly placed her list on the table and folded her hands over
top of it.

“Now, you read your list and then we’ll talk about the things on both of our
lists.” She said happily.

Quietly the husband stated, “I don’t have anything on my list. I think that
you are perfect the way that you are. I don’t want you to change anything
for me. You are lovely and wonderful and I wouldn’t want to try and change
anything about you.”

The wife, touched by his honesty and the depth of his love for her and his
acceptance of her, turned her head and wept.

IN LIFE, there are enough times when we are disappointed, depressed and
annoyed. We don’t really have to go looking for them.

We have a wonderful world that is full of beauty, light and promise.

Why waste time in this world looking for the bad, disappointing or annoying
things when we can look around us, and see the wondrous things before us?

I believe that WE ARE HAPPIEST WHEN we see and praise the good and try our
best to forego the mistakes of our spouse Nobody’s perfect but we can find
perfection in them to change the way we see them. It is necessary to
understand the difficulties and be a helping hand to each other….THAT
BRIGHTENS THE RELATIONSHIP.
 No One Is Perfect except The Almighty Allah S.W.T.  


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Strength and Courage

It takes strength to be certain,
It takes courage to have doubts.

It takes strength to fit in,
It takes courage to stand out.

It takes strength to share a friend’s pain,
It takes courage to feel your own pain.

It takes strength to hide your own pain,
It takes courage to show it and deal with it.

It takes strength to stand guard,
It takes courage to let down your guard.

It takes strength to conquer,
It takes courage to surrender.

It takes strength to endure abuse,
It takes courage to stop it.

It takes strength to stand alone,
It takes courage to lean on a friend.

It takes strength to love,
It takes courage to beloved.

It takes strength to survive,
It takes courage to live.

“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice.”

“A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams”

“There are powers inside of you, which, if you could discover and use, would
make of you everything you ever dreamed or imagined you could become.”

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing
it at someone else; you are the one getting burnt.” -Imam Ali A.S.

Re-birth of the Eagle

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Do we Ponder !!!

If we see a beautiful picture painted on good canvas, do we not think that an artist produced it?

If we see an automatic machine, regularly manufacturing articles, are we not led to think that there is an engineer who made, designed and invented its system?

If we see a book written in any scientific field, surely we are aware that an author wrote it?

Surely the picture could not have been created without an artist!

Surely the machine could not work without an engineer!

Surely the book could not be written without an author!

Is it possible to say that this book in your hand was written by chance?

Would you believe it if someone told you that it happened that the paper was scattered by wind, and ink was spilt on it, and thus the book was written?

Basic human sense does not believe such a supposition but rather, makes fun of it. Thus everything needs a maker or a creator; nothing can come into existence without there being an originator: the creator.

Look at the sky and do you not wonder how the bright and beautiful sun sends down its light and heat to the people on earth? Look at the land upon which we live and ask how do plants grow on it?

Look at the water we drink, the air we breathe; the sun when it sets and the night when it comes; then, look at the beautiful stars which are impossible to count, and the light of the moon.

Look, and then think how these wonders were created and who then created them? Are they created by themselves or do they have a creator who made them?

They are as in need of a maker or a creator, as a house which needs a builder to be built; or a chair, on which we sit, needs a carpenter to be made; or a picture needs an artist in order to be painted, or a book needs an author to be written. And certainly Allah is their Creator and Maker Who created everything.

Let us ponder about ourselves and our bodies, and ask: Who created us in this unique way? Who gave us two eyes with which to see? And the tongue with which we talk? And two hands with which we work? And two legs with which we walk? And two ears with which we hear? Who created the food we eat and the water we drink?

Not the farmer who cultivated the crops or the plumber who connected the pipes. Without food and water, one will surely die.

Who gave us the air which we breathe? Without air, surely we will suffocate and die

Eight Things to Learn

Eight Things to Learn

One time a scholar asked one of his students, “You have spent a long time with me, what have you learned?
He said I learned eight things:

First, I looked to the creation. Everyone has a loved one. When he goes to the grave, he leaves his loved one. Therefore, I made my loved one my good deeds; that way, they will be with me in the grave.

Second, I looked to the verse, ‘But as for him who feared to stand before his Lord and restrained his soul from lust,’ and, therefore, I struggled against my desires so I could stay obeying Allah.

Third, I saw that if anyone has something with him that is worth something, he will protect it. Then I thought about the verse, ‘That which you have is wasted away; and that which is with Allah remains,’ therefore, everything worth something with me I devoted to Him so it would be with Him for me.

Fourth, I saw the people seeking wealth, honor and positions and it was not worth anything to me. Then I thought about Allah’s words, ‘Lo, the noblest of you in the sight of Allah is the most aware of Allah,’ so I did my best to become aware of Allah in order to nobility in his sight.

Fifth, I saw the people being jealous towards each other and I looked at the verse, ‘We have apportioned among them their livelihood in the life of the world,’ so I left jealousy.

Sixth, I saw the people having enmity and I thought about the verse, ‘Lo, the devil is an enemy for you, so take him as an enemy,’ so I left enmity and I took the Satan as my only enemy.

Seventh, I saw them debasing themselves in search of sustenance and I thought about the verse, ‘And there is not a beast in the earth but the sustenance thereof depends on Allah,’ so I kept myself busy with my responsibilities toward Him and I left my property with Him.

Eighth, I found them relying on their business, buildings and health and I thought about the verse, ‘And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, He will suffice him,’ therefore, I put my trust only on Allah

Does God Exist?

Once upon a time there was a King and he was a wise man too. In his kingdom used to live many other wise men. Now some of these would not agree to believe that God did exist, while others not only agreed but argued to the satisfaction of the King that there is ‘God’. The King, being a wise man, arranged for a discussion.

The date and time for discussion was fixed. The King held his court at the appointed time on the appointed date. The non-believers assembled in his presence but the believing wise man did not come at the appointed time.

The people waited and waited till they lost their patience and uttered the words: “He has no arguments to advance in support of his conviction, so he will not come. He has lost, we have won.”

At last, the wise man arrived and there was an uproar in the court of the King. The people cried: “Why are you late? You have lost”.

The King asked him to explain the cause of his delay. The believing wise man explained, saying: “I started from my home in time, but when I came by the side of the river which I had to cross before reaching here, I did not find a single boat, by which I could cross and reach the opposite bank”.

Upto this point the disbelieving men heard him patiently and did not say a single word. The believing man then continued:

“I waited and waited till at last I saw some planks of wood coming out of the river”.

And the unbelieving men began to shout “O, It is a lie. It is unbelievable. It is unthinkable”.

Continued the believing wise man: “Plank by plank came out of the river and then I saw the planks were cut to proper size and shape and joined to each other with nails by themselves until they formed a boat. And then I took my seat in it and came over to the other bank. I am late because of the delay in the availability of the boat”.

Amid a roar of the non-believing men, the believing wise man tried to convince them of the cause of the delay; but the opponents would not believe him. Then he said:

“You do not believe what I say. It appears the story of the boat forming by itself is something impossible for you to believe. Now in the name of justice, I ask you. Do you see the earth, the sun, the moon, the stars and the skies? Every thing is set according to a plan. But you say it came into existence without a Creator. In other words you deny the existence of God. How far is your statement reasonable and justified?

This silenced them all and there was no answer to this. So the non-believers lost and the believer won.

A Play about God !!

In the name of Allah, the Beneficient, the MercifulA Play about God



PART 1Two friends, one Muslim called Asgher and other an atheist called Joshua, have just returned home after work and Asgher tripped on the carpet and fell.

Asgher: Thank God! I did not hurt myself!
Joshua: Don’t thank God, thank me that I caught you on time.
Asgher: If God did not give you strength then you would have been unable to prevent me from falling.
Joshua: GOD! GOD! For you everything is God! I was born from my mother’s womb. I did a lot of exercise in my teens, that’s how I got my strength.
Asgher: And while doing these exercise, who do you think added a pound of meat in your shoulders and who do you think added vessels of flowing blood in that piece of meat so that you gained strength?
Joshua: Don’t act like philosopher!
Asgher: It is not philosophy! It is logic and common sense!
Joshua: How can you be so certain?
Asgher: Do you know what lies beneath the earth or what will happen tomorrow?
Joshua: No. I am only certain of 3 things, death, to pay taxes and uncertainty! Ha!
Asgher: If you are certain of death then do you know what will happen to you after your death?
Joshua: Nothing.
Asgher: Nothing! How can you say that! Tell me when you were born who gave you food and nourished you and payed for your education?
Joshua: My parents.
Asgher: If you parents who gave you birth and who were so concerned about your future and about you education, do you there is no one who is concerned about all of us? Do you think that we are born to die and then nothing? All we did in life for nothing? We just come to this world enjoy and then nothing? Just darkness and oblivion? God created us and Gave us all these abilities.
Joshua: All this talk made me thirsty! Lets have some coffee.

They both go in the kitchen where there is a coffee machine.

Asgher: STOP! Do not switch the machine!
Joshua: Why?
Asgher: It will start by itself.
Joshua: Are you mad! How can it go by itself without me switching it on?
Asgher: If a mere coffee machine cannot run by itself without your control. How do you think this whole universe works? Don’t you see the sun never gets in the way of the moon and the stars. All these stars and galaxies and this world never move from their specific positions and everyday they all come to their specific postions.What will happen if a planet or a the sun do not come to it’s position? Havoc! Chaos! Don’t you see that there is a great power behind which controls.
Joshua: That power is called Nature.
Asgher: If everything was controlled by nature then this coffee machine would have have started “naturally”!
Joshua: But if that power is God as you say then God should have switched on the machine!
Asgher: But God created you and me and gave us intelligence that we can make objects like coffee machine and He also gave us the strength in our hands that we can switch the machine.
Joshua: Okay, let us assume that there is God, then where is he? Or she?
Asgher: Because the term “masculinity” is used generally as one being powerful and because God is most powerful, we use a masculine term He. But He is without sex.
Joshua: How in the world did God became Jesus’ father if He does not have any sex?
Asgher: That is not my belief. How can something unimaginable to human mind be confined to a human mind in a male form and became a father! He just Has to command and any creation will be created. He is the Most Powerful!
Joshua: Drink your coffee before God makes it cold!

They both drink their coffee.

Asgher: I have to go, it’s time for my evening prayers.
Joshua: Whenever our discussion is at zenith, it’s time for your prayers. Relax and enjoy, pass me some sugar.
Asgher gives the bowl of sugar to Joshua.
Joshua: Thanks.
Asgher: I just gave you sugar and you thanked me. Just imagine God has given me so much how can I be ungrateful to Him? That’s why I pray, to thank Him.
Joshua: What has God given you that you have to thank Him so much?
Asgher: Eyes, ears, voice the most simple example is oxygen we breath. Go and buy a cylinder of oxygen and find how expensive it is! And God has given us free! Ask someone who is drowning how important this air. If only we thank Him for this air it will take a life time!
Joshua: Okay, okay. You better go and pray and thank Him from me as well!
Asgher: If you prayed then you could thank Him personally!

PART 2

Two days later, Joshua is sitting at his home, enters Asgher.

Asgher: How are you?
Joshua: Bad man, bad. I have lost the car keys, my mother is going to kill me!
Asgher: How is your mother?
Joshua: She is fine, recovering from her operation.
Asgher: Here they are, you forgot the keys at my place.
Joshua: Thank God, I got them!
Asgher: Ha! An atheist thanking god!
Joshua: Well it..
Asgher: You see, when you are in trouble and then suddenly your problem disappears you remember someone who has power to solve your problem. Unconsciously you believe in God but consciously you deny his existence, but when your problem was solved your unconscious mind reminded your conscious and that’s why you said “thank God”.
Joshua: Phew! What a lecture!
Asgher: True what God had revealed; that when man is in difficulty he remembers God then when God removes the problem, man runs away from God like he has never heard of Him!
Joshua: Than why does God puts us in difficulties?
Asgher: Because He wants to test us and see that we remember Him not only in trouble times but also in happiness.
Joshua: Then tell me where is He? How can we blind and follow something which we cannot see?
Asgher: Do you think I will follow a God whom I do not see? Eyes perceive Him not with the faculty of sight, but the heart sees Him through the realities of belief. One can see Him through His brilliant and perfect creations. Can you see in utter darkness?
Joshua: I guess not.
Asgher: And can you see when a powerful light is shone in you eyes?
Joshua: No.
Asgher: So one cannot see in darkness nor in extreme powerful light because one is blinded by it. God is so much light that we will became blind if we could have seen Him. We cannot see at the sun for a full minute how can we see the creator of the sun? Let me give you a simple example. A sculptor carves statues.
Joshua: Yeah!
Asgher: A sculptor carves a statue of a man, he has created a statue and then carves eyes in the same statue, do you think the statue which is the created by the sculptor can see its creator, the sculptor?
Joshua: Of course not!
Asgher: So you see no creation can see its creator.
Joshua: Where is He then?
Asgher: He is everywhere! All around us! He can not be perceived nor touched. Age cannot shorten Him nor time bring any changes to Him.
Joshua: Well if He created us then He must be also created.
Asgher: If He was created then He would not have been God but what had created Him would have been God. He was from the creation of “before” itself. And He is after every “after” without being after!
Joshua: Is there an end to God?
Asgher: He has no end nor is there any limit to his end. The concept of end does not apply to Him as all ends fall away before Him since He is the limit of all ends!
Joshua: Well if God does not have any end there is certainly an end to our discussion. I have to visit my mom in the hospital.
Asgher: See you later.

PART 3

The next day Joshua is sitting thinking, enters Asgher.

Asgher: Hi!
Joshua: Hi, do you know I have not slept the whole night thinking about what we talked about yesterday and why we have come to this world.
Asgher: We have come for a purpose.
Joshua: What?
Asgher: Why do you eat?
Joshua: What! Because I want to. I feel hungry!
Asgher: So you see you eat for a purpose, hunger. Everything has a purpose. Even a thief steals for a purpose. Do you think God created us and this huge universe without a purpose?
Joshua: But why did He create us?
Asgher: He created us so we can recognise and worship Him. Tell me is it not nice to be created? We have achieved so much, reached the moon, invented so many things, had fun in our lives..God has given us so much so in return He just wants us to obey Him and thank Him. That’s not too much to ask for, is it Josh?
Joshua: Then what? After we recognise and thank Him then what?
Asgher: Then peace, bliss, and happiness…
Joshua: Now you are really tempting me..
Asgher: But all this in the next world..
Joshua: What about this world?
Asgher: This earth is a farm where we have to take care of our crop so we can get a better crop in the next world.
The phone rings
Asgher: Hello! Who? Dr. Atkins.
Joshua: Give me the phone, it is my mom’s doc. Hello. What! Heart failure! How did it happen?
Asgher: Is everything okay?
Joshua: Oh! Asgher my mum just died!
Asgher: I am sorry!
Joshua: I have to go
They both depart.

PART 4

Three days later Asgher and Joshua are sitting, Joshua is crying

Asgher: Come on you can’t cry forever. Pull yourself together man! We have come from God and to Him we shall return.This is the definition of life which you will not find in the Oxford dictionary.
Joshua: Oh Asgher I am so sad. Yesterday I went to the cinema but could not watch then I went to disco but I felt so disgusted. I nearly ran outside and shouted God help me but felt too proud, I told myself I can take care of my life, I do not need God. But Asgher I don’t know..
Asgher: But you can’t handle yourself!
Joshua: No I can’t. Please help me..
Asgher: Then believe in one God who has no partners. He begets not nor is He begotten and none is like Him.
Joshua: I have neglected God for 21 years do you think He will answer my prayers?
Asgher: He is most kind and merciful. He gives us so many chances in life. He forgives us faster then the speed of light.
Joshua: Do you think so?
Asgher: I know so. His door is always open, it us that we are not knocking. He is always ready to answer. But instead we go to satan’s door.
Joshua: Will I feel peace if I believe in God?
Asgher: You will be happy that there is someone to look after you when everything else fails. You will feel spiritually happy in this world and the next.
Joshua: And physically happy?
Asgher: Of course. But more in the next world. This world is like a prison. You have to control over many things like disco.
Joshua: You mean I can’t go to disco!
Asgher: All these pleasure in this world look fine from far but are harmful.
Joshua: I only go to dance surely it can’t be harmful.
Asgher: You will drink then maybe drugs and if not drugs then a lot of drinks and dancing then sleeping around with other girls.. the next thing you know is that you are HIV positive! And then you ask yourself how did I get this sickness?
Joshua: O come on. Not everyone gets AIDS.
Asgher: You are right. But look around , many do get this sickness and then you are doomed.
Joshua: I will take precaution.
Asgher: Not when one has too many to drink. And these things are harmful not only to your body but also spiritually. When you are sick you go to a doctor and if you are sick spiritually then it is very hard to get cured. There are things which we think are good but truly harmful.
Joshua: If I go to a movie, how will that harm me?
Asgher: If you do not copy it. You must have control , for example , the way you comb hair, who did you see?
Joshua: I copied an actor from a movie.
Asgher: So you see even your hairstyle is copied.
Joshua: But that’s not harmful.
Asgher: No it is not, that’s why I am telling you must control. Today you copied hairstyle tomorrow you will copy something else and this may lead you to copy something bad. So it is wise to stay aloof from some things in order to prevent any harm.
Joshua: So this means that one should not enjoy at all.
Asgher: No. Enjoy, relax, have fun. No one is stopping you, but do something good.
Joshua: But how does God know what is good for me or not?
Asgher: He has created you, do you think He does not know what is good or bad for His creation?
Joshua: Well, I am beginning to think there might after all be a God..
Asgher: That is not enough but you must also pray to Him.
Joshua: Okay if you say so..
Asgher: It is not because I say so but because He is worthy of worship!

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