SOMETHING DEEP FROM YOUR HEART

An old man lived alone in Minnesota. He wanted to spade his potato garden,
but it was very hard work.

His only son, who would have helped him, was in prison. The old man wrote a
letter to his son and mentioned his situation.

Dear Son, I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won’t be able to
plant  my potato garden this year.

I hate to miss doing the garden, because your mother always loved planting
time. I’m just getting too old to  be digging up a  garden plot.If you were
here, all my troubles would be over. I know you would dig the plot  for
me, if you weren’t in prison.

Love, Dad

………

Shortly, the old man received this telegram:

“For Heaven’s sake, Dad,don’t dig up the garden!! That’s where I buried
the GUNS!”    At  4a.m.

The next morning,

A dozen FBI agents and local police officers showed up and dug up the
entire garden without finding any guns.

Confused, the old man wrote another note to his son telling him what
happened, and asked him what to do next.

His son’s reply was: “Go ahead and plant your  potatoes, Dad. It’s the
best I could do for you from here.”

********

– Moral Of the Story

NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE IN THE WORLD,

IF YOU HAVE DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING DEEP FROM YOUR HEART, YOU CAN DO IT.

IT IS THE THOUGHT THAT MATTERS NOT WHERE YOU ARE OR WHERE THE PERSON IS.

Have you ever wondered…?

Why the universe with all its galaxies, the animal and plant kingdoms are so very meticulous and well-ordered?

It is because the Creator of this universe is capable of such perfection and wanted to make them signs for us to ponder on. 

Why the formation & the sequential development of the human embryo into a normal fetus is an amazing and mind boggling process?

It is because, the Creator found all that too easy & wanted to show us our nothingness and helplessness.

Why the human being has been endowed with multitudes of faculties, hand in hand with weaknesses?

It is because the Creator has planned to put the human being to a test, through both these – his faculties as well as weaknesses.

Why human life in this world is mixed with some happiness and a lot of imperfections and sorrow in the form of physical & mental agony, natural disasters or crippling diseases?

It is because the Creator wanted us to think about why we humans have been created at all and that we strive and grow to our potential in this world and achieve the fruits of our deeds in the Hereafter. 

Why there are so many different religions in today’s world and what is Islam’s place among them?

It is because man kept tampering with God’s revealed words, thereby perverting His message from time to time, producing salient differences in the religion. In fact, God’s revelation is a single continuation, from the first Prophet to the last, with the revelation finding its completion and perfection in the Holy Quran.

Why the human conscience pricks when the individual performs a sin?

It is because the Creator made the human conscience a foreteller of the life hereafter, wherein every soul will be put to question for each of its deeds, words and thoughts and aptly rewarded or punished.

Have you ever thought what could be the greatest sin?

The greatest sin as mentioned in the last revelation is ‘‘Join not in worship others with Allah. For joining others in worship with Allah is indeed the highest wrong doing.’’ (Holy Quran—31:13)

Why do Muslims hold the Holy Quran in great reverence?

It is because the Holy Quran is the last of God’s revelations, the only one unadulterated, remaining so forever and providing the unambiguous distinction between right & wrong. 

Why is Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) so dear to Muslims?

It is because, it was through this last Prophet of God Almighty, that the Holy Quran was revealed in stages and Islam was actually put into day to day practice. 

Why Islam is the fastest growing religion in today’s world?

It is mainly because of the sheer beauty & wisdom in its principles of unity of God, equality of mankind, morality, accountability for deeds and perfect justice in the Hereafter. Because of the infallible proof of Divinity of the Holy Quran. 

What is this ‘infallible proof’?

It is as follows:

I. ‘The Quran’ itself – repeatedly claims that it is from God Almighty (Holy Quran-32:2, 36:5, 26:192)

II. The concepts of God (Holy Quran- 112) , Judgment, Fate, Evil etc as explained by Islam are psychologically irresistible & at the same time most suited to the human mind.

III. Islamic moral laws with regard to the individual, familial, social and political issues of human life can be seen to be humanitarian, practicable and well balanced.

IV. The tablet of the Quran is unadulterated and will remain so forever. (Holy Quran-15:9)

V. The Quran has numerous challenges & falsification tests (Holy Quran 62:6, 7) for those who wish to question its divine origin. One of the most relevant among those in today’s world is to bring out a single contradiction in it (Holy Quran 4:82). Using the parameters of our world; its references & comments on science, history, literature, economics or law or anything else for that matter can be critically analyzed for this. (Holy Quran 69:38-43) 

For e.g.: How could an illiterate man like Prophet Mohamed use highly accurate & scientifically appropriate terminology to describe events like galactic motion of the sun/moon (Holy Quran 21:33,36:40) or intermingling of male & female gamates during procreation (Holy Quran 76:2);1400 years ago.

If we apply the Probability theory of Mathematics to the 1000 odd scientific facts found in the Quran ,in order to assess the probability of Mohammed, an illiterate person, to have got all these facts correct without a single error, merely by chance, we can realize objectively, that it was near impossible. Then, were from did he get all this wealth of information? From, None other than the creator, Himself.

VI. Confirmation of prophethood of Mohammed (SA) and other prophets before him.

Why then is Islam, the most criticized of all religions in the world, today?

It is because the enemies of Islam in the contemporary world, whose hearts are blinded to the truth and beauty of Islam, see its principles of individual, social, political and economic discipline as a threat to their material kingdoms and hence, propagate criticism of Islam; misinterpret the verses of the Holy Quran, and use the improperly guided Muslim youth themselves, to serve their vested interests. Thus Islam, whose word meaning itself is ‘peace’, is presented as a religion of terrorism and extremism.

What essentially is the message of Islam to mankind?

Allah says “It is not righteousness that ye turn your faces towards East or West; But it is righteousness to believe in Allah and the Last Day, and the Angels and the Book ,and the Messengers; To spend of your substance, out of love for Him, for your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the ransomed of slaves; to be steadfast in prayer, and give zakath to fulfill the contracts which ye have made; and to be firm and patient, in pain and adversity, and through all periods of panic. Such are the people of truth, the God fearing.”Holy Quran 2:177)

Frankly, Islam is a beautiful way of life. It speaks to the heart, debates with the intellect.

“Every soul shall taste death. You shall receive your full reward for everything you have striven for, on the Day of Resurrection. Whoever is spared from the fire and admitted into paradise will have attained the objective of this worldly life, for the life of this world is nothing but an illusory enjoyment.” (Holy Quran 3:185)

Reflect, before you regret. Accepting Islam as one’s religion is only the first step towards achieving salvation; Living by the ‘Quran’ is a mighty struggle in itself – a struggle to surrender to our Creator, a struggle to subdue our own base motives. We implore you to use your sense of good and bad, right and wrong, justice and injustice to analyze, open heartedly, the information that you have so far been provided, as it is the duty of those who knew the truth to spread the message of salvation among others.

Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) and Education

In the Name Of Allah the Beneficient The Merciful

The mosque of Medina was not only a place of worship. The believers assembled here to learn. When the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) was present they heard his words of wisdom, his elucidation on the verses of the Holy Quran and benefitted from his counsel. And when he (S.A.W.) was not present, other faithful companions taught what they had heard from the Prophet of Allah.

Once the Prophet (S.A.W.) entered the Mosque before the prayer time. He found two groups in the Mosque. One group was busy with its own act of worship, some were reading the Quran while the others were supplicating. The other group was in a corner busy learning. They learnt how to read and write and discussed the teachings of Islam and their application to their daily lives.

Looking at both, the Prophet (S.A.W.) said:

They are both engaged in useful pursuits. But I am a teacher. I shall join the group assembled to learn.”

And so he (S.A.W.) sat with the group of students.

Source : http://www.al-islam.org/masoom/wisdom/pow4.html

If you fail to plan, you can plan to fail

“If you fail to plan, you can plan to fail,” says I.

“We don’t have time to plan, we have to get started,” says he.

“Started on what?” says I.

“Started on the work,” says he.

“Which work?” says I.

“There’s a whole bunch of stuff we know we have to do,” says he.

“But with your lean and mean organization, you have more work than resources. Which stuff should they work on today?” says I.

“That’s OK. It all has to get done. Start whatever we can,” says he.

“But isn’t there some stuff that can’t be finished without other stuff,” says I.

“That’s OK, it can still get started. If not, people will be sitting idle. Can’t have that,” says he.

“But it’ll sit half-done, waiting for inputs that may not match what was done, probably leading to rework,” says I.

“That’s OK. We know how to be flexible. We have to be in this business,” says he.

“But rework will add time and effort,” says I.

“That’s OK. There’s always overtime if we need it,” says he.

“But even with OT, with all the false starts, un-clear goals, and people jumping willy-nilly from task to task, don’t you risk being late against your promises?” says I.

“That’s OK. We’re used to being late. That’s why we always have a fallback plan to deliver less that the full original promise,” says he.

“Plan?” says I. “Doh . . .” says I, Homeresquely, with the heel of my hand thumping my forehead..

Think about it . . .

Isn’t managing an organization to accomplish a strategy in support of a goal something worth planning? What’s your plan? What’s your strategy? What’s your goal?

What matters??

CHOOSE TO LIVE – A LIFE THAT MATTERS

 

Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.  There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.  

All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.  

Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
 
It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.  Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally disappear.
 So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists will expire.
 
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.  It won’t matter where you came from,

or on what side of the tracks you lived, at the end.  It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.
Even your gender and skin colour will be irrelevant.  

 

So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?


What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; not what you got, but what you gave.
What will matter is not your success, but your significance.  What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.
 
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched,

empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.  What will matter is not your competence, but your character.
 
What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone.
 What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you.
 What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.
 
Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident. It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice.
Choose to live a life that matters.

Objectives & Spirit of Fasting

The Objectives of Ramadan Fasting:

a) To get rid of bad habits: Ramadan Fasting demands the strict and solid resolution to submit oneself to a special diet which, often corrects habits, harmful to the health, that we may get into, during the running year, thus to comply with a severely regulated diet and some bad habits, as a self-willed sacrifice. This is why we notice that the Holy Quran mentions patience, tolerance, will, and perseverance as being synonyms of fasting.

b) To suffer hunger thus feel the difficult life of the poor: This endurance provokes in ourselves the feeling of association with their sorrows and deprivations. This feeling, so humane and compassionate, is much more expressive than a whole series of well-prepared speeches or well-organized public demonstrations. The rich people who never experience deprivation, discover, through fasting, the hardship imposed on needy people. Then, their hearts become more tractable, and their hands, will exercise generosity and charity towards the needy.

c) To Appreciate God’s beyond measure donations: The daylight is never enough estimated unless we endure the night darkness. Also we cannot know the real value of happiness until we lose it. So when we fast, we suffer hunger, thirst and deprivation of so many other leisure’s we used to enjoy before fasting. Then, we effectively evaluate the life comforts Mighty God has gifted us with.

d) To discover the sanitary advantages: Dr. Alexis Karlil, in his book… says: The exaggerated variety of our meals, their excessive quantities and assortments, make the alimentary regulating in the human life become ineffective. With the legislation of Fasting by all religions the humanity has known to attract notice to thousands, even millions of human beings who never know satiety. Moreover, fasting activates the blood circulation and purifies heart and soul. Besides, the modern medicine has proved that fasting is a remedy for diseases that affect the man of this century because of overeating and the variety of canned food. In this case, fasting is as being a treatment, and even a preventive at the same time.

e) Recalling of evident return to God: In fact, Ramadan fasting is a stage where the human being is the closest to God. The fasting period, Ramadan is a time when one submits to spiritual and social changes.

f) One acquires loyalty, honesty and sincerity to God, by fasting: Ramadan fasting is a confidential act which occurs between the human being and his Creator. This act must be impregnated with full sincerity and the deepest loyalty. Now in case fasting loses its honesty, it becomes a hypocrisy.

g) Regulating habit: By Ramadan fasting, we acquire the habit of punctuality. We breakfast at fixed time, and we abstain from eating and drinking at a strict and special time. Moreover, becoming accustomed to regulations leads to the respect of time, of word and promise, and so one becomes trustworthy, well estimated, able to carry out one’s responsibilities, and to fulfill one’s social duties.

h) Spreading assistance and mutual help in the society: Ramadan fasting inspires love and tightens links among the family members who live the whole fasting period in the same routine which approaches them to God. Habits change automatically during the period, and the family members meet in the evenings to say prayers appropriated to this holy occasion. The morals and fruitful consequences of fasting extend to the vast society, where collaboration between its members, and decent behavior are demonstrated. Charity and mutual help occupy a remarkable place, and brotherhood and equality triumph, which that is, the most human acts and the holiest purpose of the fasting.

Spirit of Ramadan Fasting:

“O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint.” Holy Quran (2:183)

Fast like a living thing, have a body and a soul. The required abstinence from food, water, sexual relations etc, is the body of the fast: “piety” is its soul. If we are not striving to refine our character by fast, our fast will be a body without soul. Fast cleanses our body from impurities. Likewise, it must purify our hearts and minds from all impure thoughts improper desires and undisciplined sensations.

Holy Prophet Muhammad (saww) saw a woman, who was fasting on that day (not in Ramadan), abusing her girl-servant. Holy Prophet Muhammad (saww) admonished her and told her to break her fast. The woman protested: “But I am fasting today”. Holy Prophet Muhammad (saww) said: “But was not your fast broken by the abuses you were hurling upon that poor girl?”

Imam Jafar Sadiq (as) has said, “Your fast day should not be like other ordinary days. When you fast, all your sense – eyes, ears, tongue, hands and feet – must fast with you.”

How?

Eyes: Keep your eyes off unlawful things and objects; spend this most precious gift of God in good cause and pious acts and read Holy Quran and Du’as.

Ears: Abstain from hearing unlawful gossip, lies, false statements, music and obscene topics. Pay your attention towards sermons and topics of learning etc.

Tongue: Do not tell lies or useless tales; do not spread rumours or, damaging gossips about other persons; keep aloof from falsity. Use the power of speech in spreading the word of God; in creating goodwill in the society.

Hand: Do not inflict injury upon others by your actions; instead strive to help them as far as you can.

Feet: Do not go towards forbidden places, like bars and cinemas. Do not run between people creating strife. Go towards those places, where God is remembered; and your movements should be to bring people together.

And above all, your heart and mind must be with you in fasting. Because fast in its real sense, will not be complete unless your thoughts, your emotions, your actions – in short, all aspects of our life – become pure, clean and free from blemish

For more refer: http://www.ezsoftech.com/ramadan/ramadan10.asp

NEED WASHING??

 

A little girl had been shopping with her Mom in Target. She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful red haired, freckle faced image of innocence. It was pouring outside. The kind of rain that gushes over the top of rain gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the earth it has no time to flow down the spout. We all stood there under the awning and just inside the door of the Target.

We waited, some patiently, others irritated because nature messed up their hurried day. I am always mesmerized by rainfall. I got lost in the sound and sight of the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world. Memories of running, splashing so carefree as a child came pouring in as a welcome reprieve from the worries of my day.

The little voice was so sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we were all caught in ‘Mom let’s run through the rain, she said
‘What?’ Mom asked.

‘Lets run through the rain!’ She repeated

‘No, honey. We’ll wait until it slows down a bit,’ Mom replied.

This young child waited about another minute and repeated: ‘Mom, let’s run through the rain,’

‘We’ll get soaked if we do,’ Mom said.

‘No, we won’t, Mom.. That’s not what you said this morning,’ the young girl said as she tugged at her Mom’s arm.

This morning? When did I say we could run through the rain and not get wet?
‘Don’t you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his cancer, you said , ‘If God can get us through this, he can get us through anything!’

The entire crowd stopped dead silent. I swear you couldn’t hear anything but the rain. We all stood silently. No one came or left in the next few minutes.
Mom paused and thought for a moment about what she would say. Now some would laugh it off and scold her for being silly. Some might even ignore what was said. But this was a moment of affirmation in a young child’s life. A time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will bloom into faith.

‘Honey, you are absolutely right. Let’s run through the rain. If GOD let’s us get wet, well maybe we just needed washing,’ Mom said.

Then off they ran. We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars and yes, through the puddles. They held their shopping bags over their heads just in case. They got soaked. But they were followed by a few who screamed and laughed like children all the way to their cars.

And yes, I did. I ran. I got wet. I needed washing.

Circumstances or people can take away your material possessions, they can take away your money, and they can take away your health. But no one can ever take away your precious memories…So, don’t forget to make time and take the opportunities to make memories everyday. To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.
I HOPE YOU STILL TAKE THE TIME TO RUN THROUGH THE RAIN.

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