Delete

One attractive computer function is the delete button.
It is freeing to have the ability to delete what does not suit us.
 We might delete text as we edit a document, or delete information that is no longer necessary,
 or delete whole documents that may contain personal thoughts and feelings that we do not want shared.
 Once we click the delete button, it is as if a total erasure has occurred,
 and we have something clean and new before us.
 If only we could push a delete button on all the less than beautiful parts of our lives
 in the same way that we do on the computer.
 If all the painful memories, the hurtful remarks, the blatant betrayals,
 the sins of omission and commission, the lack of thoughtfulness and care,
if all of these could simply be erased, leaving no trace behind them,
our lives would be dappled with the dew of delight.
 
God did not wait for computers to make use of the concept of deletion.
 Whenever we recognize the reality of our own frailness and failings, and we pray to heaven to forgive,
 God pushes the holy delete button, and our failures and sins are blotted out.
 More than simply being cast into cyberspace, they are washed away like dirt on a newly sprayed sidewalk.
 The water clears the mud away until there is nothing left of the mess we so regretted.
 We do not need to struggle to ‘let go’ of what is less than beautiful in ourselves.
We do not need to wish we had a delete function in our lives.
We need only ask the love of heaven to drop holy water
on the mud of our lives until those lives run clean.
 
O God, let me feel the water of your love
 purifying me and making me whole.
 
-Renée Miller-

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Imam Ali’s Mathematical Brilliance

 DIVIDING INHERITANCE

Imam Ali (AS) was endowed with a quick, sharp, incisive, mathematical mind. Here are a few interesting stories in which Imam Ali’s mathematical brilliance revealed itself.
What is a wife’s share?
Imam Ali (AS) was once interrupted while he was delivering a sermon from the pulpit by someone who asked him how to distribute the inheritance of someone who had died leaving a wife, his parents and two daughters. The Imam instantly answered:
“The wife’s share becomes one ninth.”
How?
This answer is in fact the result of a long analysis with a number of steps. Ordinarily, we have to decide on the original share of each of these heirs, in the following way:
The wife takes one eighth, in view of the presence of an inheriting child. [Holy Quran 4:12]
The deceased’s father and mother take one sixth each. [Holy Quran 4:11]
The two daughters take two thirds of the inheritance. [Holy Quran 4:11]
So the total will be:
1/8 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 2/3 = 3/24 + 4/24 + 4/24 + 16/24 = 27/24
This means the share becomes less than 1/8 in view of the increase of the total of the shares which are so fixed and prescribed. So the one eighth, the original share due to the wife out of twenty-four total shares, has become three shares out of a total of twenty-seven, which is one ninth.
Imam Ali’s mind went through this complex mathematical process in a second!

Imam Ali’s Mathematical Brilliance: WHOLE NUMBER AND NOT A FRACTION
One Day a Jewish person came to Imam Ali (AS), thinking that since Imam Ali thinks he is too smart, I’ll ask him such a tough question that he won’t be able to answer it and I’ll have the chance to embarrass him in front of all the Arabs.
He asked “Imam Ali, tell me a number, that if we divide it by any number from 1-10 the answer will always come in the form of a whole number and not as a fraction.”
Imam Ali (AS) looked back at him and said, “Take the number of days in a year and multiply it with the number of days in a week and you will have your answer.”
The Jewish person got astonished but as he was a polytheist (Mushrik), he still didn’t believe Imam Ali (AS). He calculated the answer Imam Ali (AS) gave him.
To his amazement he came across the following results:
The number of Days in a Year = 360 (in Arab)
The Number of Days in a Week = 7
The product of the two numbers = 2520
Now…
2520 ÷ 1 = 2520
2520 ÷ 2 = 1260
2520 ÷ 3 = 840
2520 ÷ 4 = 630
2520 ÷ 5 = 504
2520 ÷ 6 = 420
2520 ÷ 7 = 360
2520 ÷ 8 = 315
2520 ÷ 9 = 280
2520 ÷ 10= 252

Imam Ali’s Mathematical Brilliance: DIVIDING 17 CAMELS
A person was about to die, and before dying he wrote his Will which went as follows:
“I have 17 Camels, and I have three sons. Divide my Camels in such a way that my eldest son gets half of them, the second one gets 1/3rd of the total and my youngest son gets 1/9th of the total number of Camels.”
After his death when the relatives read his will they got extremely perplexed and said to each other that how can we divide 17 camels like this.
So after a long hard thought they decided that there was only one man in Arabia who could help them: “Imam Ali (AS).”
So they all came to the door of Imam Ali (AS) and put forward their problem.
Imam Ali (AS) said, “Ok, I will divide the camels as per the man’s will.”
Imam Ali (AS) said, “I will lend one of my camels to the total which makes it 18 (17+1=18), now lets divide as per his will.”
The eldest son gets 1/2 of 18 = 9
The second one gets 1/3 of 18 = 6
The youngest gets 1/9 of 18 = 2
Now the total number of camels = 17 (9+6+2=17)

Then Imam Ali (AS) said, “Now I will take my Camel back.”

Imam Ali’s Mathematical Brilliance: THE FIVE LOAVES OF BREAD
Zarr Bin Hobeish relates this story: Two travelers sat together on the way to their destination to have a meal. One had five loaves of bread. The other had three. A third traveler was passing by and at the request of the two joined in the meal.
The travelers cut each of the loaf of bread in three equal parts. Each of the travelers ate eight broken pieces of the loaf.
At the time of leaving the third traveler took out eight dirhams and gave to the first two men who had offered him the meal, and went away. On receiving the money the two travelers started quarrelling as to who should have how much of the money.
The five-loaf-man demanded five dirhams. The three-loaf-man insisted on dividing the money in two equal parts.
The dispute was brought to Imam Ali (AS) (the Caliph of the time in Arabia) to be decided.
Imam Ali (AS) requested the three-loaf-man to accept three dirhams, because five-loaf-man has been more than fair to you. The three-loaf-man refused and said that he would take only four dirhams. At this Imam Ali (AS) replied, “You can have only one dirham.” You had eight loaves between yourselves. Each loaf was broken in three parts. Therefore, you had 24 equal parts. Your three loaves made nine parts out of which you have eaten eight portions, leaving just one to the third traveler. Your friend had five loaves which divided into three made fifteen pieces. He ate eight pieces and gave seven pieces to the guest. As such the guest shared one part from your loaves and seven from those of your friend. So you should get one dirham and your friend should receive seven dirhams

Three armlengths for me

Bohlool liked to visit the graveyards. “People here are good
friends,”he used to say. “They do not backbite.”
Once, he sat in a corner of a graveyard and with a long heavy
stick  started  probing   some  of the old  skulls  which lay
scattered about. Harun al-Rashid, the king, passed by and saw
him. Then he asked, “O Bohlool! What are you doing?”
“Oh, nothing very important(especial),” said Bohlool. “I am just
trying to  find out whether the skulls belong to king or paupers.
They are all the same.”
“And what is the stick for?” Harun asked.
“Well, I’m measuring the earth,” Bohlool replied.
“Measuring the earth? What are your findings?” Harun joked.
“It is equal and the same, O king,” Bohlool retorted.
“Three armlengths for me, in spite  of my poverty and
three armlengths for you, in spite of your pomp and wealth.”

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Sincerity – H.Musa (a.s)

One day Moses (Pbuh) watered the Prophet Jethro’s flocks of sheep and then in return Jethro (Pbuh) invited him to come home with him. Moses entered that great Prophet’s house where the table was already spread for dinner. Jethro requested the young man to sit down for dinner. Moses replied that he could not partake of the food, so Jethro asked Moses if he was hungry. Moses replied he was hungry, but was afraid that the dinner before him was in recompense for his previous good deed. He said we are of a family who will not even exchange a bit of our good deeds for the Hereafter, even an earth full of pure gold. Jethro said: “O, young man! I swear to God that this was not what I had in mind when inviting you to dinner. I didn’t intend to recompense your divine deed with food from my table. It is my father’s and my custom to entertain guests and serve them food. After this discussion, Moses sat down at the table to eat.

                                                                     [Bihar al-Anwar, v.13, p.21]
Really, it is very astonishing that Moses had left Egypt some time ago and been wandering around in the wilderness, but during that time was not able to find any suitable food. He had eaten the sweet plants of the desert and upon entering Jethro’s house he saw a prepared and pleasant table of food. Even though he was terribly hungry, he would not partake of the food because he thought that this deed only for God’s sake (watering the sheep) might possibly be lessened in the sight of Allah. However, when Jethro insured Moses that he also intended to please God and had sincere intentions in entertaining his guest, then Moses sat down to eat. Jethro’s sincerity was the reason why Moses became Jethro’s shepherd for the next eight years. And Moses sincerity was the reason why the Prophet Jethro (Pbuh) became Moses’s father-in-law.

We should seek lesson from the above story for doing good deeds with sincerity.

Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq (a), while explaining the utterance of God Almighty, “That He might try you (to see) which of you is fairest in works.” (67:2) said: “It does not mean one of you whose deeds are more numerous but one who is more rightful in his conduct, and this rightness is nothing but fear of God and sincerity of intention (niyyah) and fear.” Then he (a) added: “To persevere in an action until it becomes sincere is more difficult than (performing) the action itself, and sincerity of action lies in this that you should not desire anyone to praise you for it except God Almighty, and intention supersedes action. Lo, verily, intention is action itself.” Then he recited the Qur’anic verse, Say, everyone acts in accordance with his character (shakilatihi)”, (17:84) adding, “That shakilah means niyyah.”[Al‑Kulayni, al‑Kafi, vol. 2,  kitab al‑ iman wa al‑kufr, bab al‑’ikhlas, hadith # 4]

 

Imam al‑Baqir (a) said: “Perseverance in an action is more difficult than the act itself.” He was asked, “What is meant by perseverance in action?” He (a) replied, “A man does some kindness to a relative or expends something for the sake of God, Who is One and has no partner. Thereupon the reward of a good deed performed secretly is written for him. Later, he mentions it to someone and that which was written earlier is wiped out and instead the reward of a good deed performed openly is written for him. Later, when he makes a mention of it again, the vice of riya’ (showing off) is written for him (instead of the reward written earlier).”                            [Al‑Kulayni al‑Kafi, kitab al‑’iman wa al‑kufr, bab al‑riya, hadith # 16]

H.Isa (a.s.) & the Greedy Person

Prophet Isa (a.s.) had been travelling in the company of another person when, after having journeyed for a period, they were overcome by hunger. They reached a village where Isa ( a.s.) requested his companion to go and bring some bread, while he engaged himself in prayers.

The man returned with three loaves of bread and waited for Isa (a.s.) to join him, but since his prayers continued for a long time, the person quietly consumed one loaf of bread.

“Were there three loaves of bread?” Isa (a.s.) asked after completing his prayers.
“No, there were only two,” replied the man.

A short while after they had eaten their food, they set off again and on the way encountered a herd of deer. Isa (a.s.) summoned one of the deer towards him, sacrificed it, and both the men sat down to eat it.

When they had finished eating, Isa (a.s.) commanded: “O’ deer! Move by the permission of Allah!” The deer  immediately came to life and sprinted away.

Witnessing this, the man stood dumbfounded and uttered,
“Subhanallah (Glory be to Allah).”
“I put you under the oath of He, Who has manifested this sign of His power before you! Tell me what happened to the third loaf of bread?” Isa (a.s.) asked him.
“There were only two loaves of bread!” the man insisted.

They continued on their journey and soon reached the outskirts of a large village where they happened to see three gold bricks lying before them.

“There appears to be great wealth here!” the man remarked.
“Yes. One brick is for you, the second for me and I shall hand over the third to the person who ate the third loaf of bread,” said ˜Isa (a.s.).

The greedy man blurted out, “I ate the third loaf of bread.”

Isa (a.s.) parted company with him and handing him the bricks, said: “All three bricks are your property now.”
The man sat down beside the gold bricks and was lost in thought as to how he would carry them and put them to good use, when three persons passed by. When their eyes fell upon the gold bricks, they killed the man and took possession of the bricks. As they were hungry, they decided that one of them would go to the nearby village
and arrange to get some bread. The person who had gone to get the bread, thought to himself: “I shall poison the bread so that the other two are killed and then I shall have all the three bricks for myself.”

In the meantime, his other two friends had also conspired to kill him upon his return so that they could divide his share of the bricks between themselves. When he returned, they killed him as planned and with great satisfaction in their actions, began eating the bread.

Before long they too died as a result of the poison contained in the bread.

On his return, Isa (a.s.), observing four dead persons lying near the three gold bricks remarked: This is how the world conducts itself with those who covet it.

Reference:

  • Anecdotes For Reflection, Vol 3, Greed, Pg.87, 90.

BALANCE SHEET OF LIFE

Our Birth is our Opening Balance !

Our Death is our Closing Balance!

Our Prejudiced Views are our Liabilities

Our Creative Ideas are our Assets

Heart is our Current Asset

Soul is our Fixed Asset

Brain is our Fixed Deposit

Thinking is our Current Account

Achievements are our Capital

Character & Morals, our Stock-in-Trade

Friends are our General Reserves

Values & Behaviour are our Goodwill

Patience is our Interest Earned

Love is our Dividend

Children are our Bonus Issues

Education is Brands / Patents

Knowledge is our Investment

Experience is our Premium Account

The Aim is to Tally the Balance Sheet Accurately.

The Goal is to get the Best Presented Accounts Award.
Some very Good and Very bad things …

The most destructive habit………………….Worry

The greatest Joy………………………….Giving

The greatest loss…………….Loss of self-respect

The most satisfying work……………Helping others

The ugliest personality trait………….Selfishness

The most endangered species………Dedicated leaders

Our greatest natural resource……………Our youth

The greatest “shot in the arm”……….Encouragement

The greatest problem to overcome……………..Fear

The most effective sleeping pill……..Peace of mind

The most crippling failure disease…………Excuses

The most powerful force in life………………Love

The most dangerous pariah………………A gossiper

The world’s most incredible computer……..The brain

The worst thing to be without………………. Hope

The deadliest weapon…………………..The tongue

The two most power-filled words……………”I Can”

The greatest asset…………………………Faith

The most worthless emotion………………Self-pity

The most beautiful attire………………….SMILE!

The most prized possession…………….Integrity

The most powerful channel of communication…..Prayer

The most contagious spirit……………..Enthusiasm

The most important thing in life………………GOD

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