Month: March 2011

Feel like a loser?

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Sometimes you may be frustrated with your mediocre life and you might tell yourself, I just want to achieve something in this world. I don’t want to be a loser, an underachiever…I want to be extraordinary.

The problem with us is that we define success in terms of all kinds of materialistic things, so a successful person may drive a certain kind of car, keep a certain standard of living, etc… etc…etc….but there’s a cheap way to make that your life is worthwhile without having to take the conventional route.

Make a difference in someone’s life. Most probably a person who can never pay you back. Think about it. Make it sincere for Allah’s sake. Select this person, decide to help them in any way possible, then forget about it and never look back. How many of us have grown up believing that the idea of charity starts and ends in signing a cheque or giving out money. but how many of us actually think of giving out time for some sort of cause. Help a kid do their homework. Visit an old woman in the family just for a chat. Make tea for your mom. Think simple.

The other day one of my brothers said that when they get really stressed out before an exam or something, they go to the mini-mart, buy a bag of sweets/chocolates, and distributes them to random people around campus. So maybe his grades are not exactly the best, but he does win a lot of friends this way. I guess, that’s my say for today.

Quote of the Day;

Quote from Pay It Forward: “You see, I do something real good for three people. And then when they ask how they can pay it back, I say they have to Pay It Forward. To three more people. Each. So nine people get helped. Then those people have to do twenty-seven.” He turned on the calculator, punched in a few numbers. “Then it sort of spreads out, see. To eighty-one. Then two hundred forty-three. Then seven hundred twenty-nine. Then two thousand, one hundred eighty-seven. See how big it gets?”

Hadeeth of the day:

عن ابي هريره رضي الله عنه قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم:
(سبعه يظلهم الله في ظله
يوم لا ظل الا ظله,امام عادل , وشاب نشأ في عباده الله عز وجل , ورجل قلبه معلق بالمسجد ,
ورجلان تحابا في الله اجتمعا عليه وتفرقا عليه , ورجل ذكر الله خالياً ففاضت عيناه , ورجل
دعته امرأه ذات منصب وجمال فقال إني اخاف الله , دعته امرأه ذات منصب وجمال فقال إني
اخاف الله , ورجل تصدق بصدقه فأخفاها حتى لاتعلم شماله ما تنفق يمينه ) .
متفق عليه.

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The Prophet said:

There are seven whom Allaah will shade in His Shade on the Day when there is no shade except His Shade: a just ruler; a youth who grew up in the worship of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic; a man whose heart is attached to the mosques; two men who love each other for Allaah’s sake, meeting for that and parting upon that; a man who is called by a woman of beauty and position [for illegal intercourse], but be says: ‘I fear Allaah’, a man who gives in charity and hides it, such that his left hand does not know what his right hand gives in charity; and a man who remembered Allaah in private and so his eyes shed tears.’ Narrated by Abu Hurairah & collected in Saheeh al-Bukhari (english trans.) vol.1, p.356, no.629 & Saheeh Muslim (english trans.) vol.2, p.493, no.2248 [2]

Arabic quote of the day

من اراد زاداً فالتقوى تكفيه

من اراد عزاً فالاسلام يكفيه
من اراد عدلاً فحكم الله يكفيه
من اراد انيساً فذكر الله يكفيه
من اراد جليساً فالقران يكفيه
من اراد واعظاً فالموت يكفيه
من اراد غنى فالقناعه تكفيه
من اراد زينه فالعلم يكفيه
من اراد جمالاً فالاخلاق تكفيه
من اراد راحه فالاخره تكفيه
من لم يكفيه كل هذا
فالنار تكفيه……

[1] http://www.al-wfa.com/vb/t8352.html

[2] http://www.jannah.org/articles/intheshade.html

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Violence- As Seen On TV

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So the other day I sat watching a documentary on Columbine High School shooting that happened in 1999. The documentary had reconstruction of the actual event, and the acting was so realistic and horrifying (It was definitely not a good idea to watch it at midnight). The teens were heavily armed, and they targeted their victims with such accuracy that made people question; how did they learn to shoot with such accuracy?

One guess could be; video games.

The thing is, pictures of violence nowadays has become so common as we are bombarded daily with videos and images on the news – let alone movies and other sources of ‘entertainment.’ So I sat thinking that maybe those disturbed kids who decided to shoot up the school where living in a sorta of messed up reality where they thought that life was nothing but a big screen TV movie and they can go and shoot up people to become celebrities.

I was also thinking that maybe those kids were innocent children one day who played with building blocks once upon a time. They must have had adorable smiles like any kid at the age of three, and might have had the non-contained energy of toddlers whose definition of fun is playing in the mud, so when did they turn into these monsters who instead played in blood.

The other day my brothers and I entered these discussions on whether to allow children to play GTA (Grand Theft Auto) – because it will subconsciously teach them to steal cars….what do you think?

Allahumma adem 3aleina ne3mat al-amn and i7fath shabab wa banat al muslimeen.

Quote of the day; Martin Luther King, Jr. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

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A Non-Shopping Trip

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So the other day one of my mom’s friend wanted me to go shopping with her daughter. It turned out to be a nice (non-)shopping experience (for me, of course). The girl – about 16 years of age – never asked me to go with her again.

First thing we went to a clothes store, and she picked up this top and started screaming excitedly about how cool it was. Needless to say the whole point of the shopping trip was to get a bag, but that aside…The top had a bow-like thing at the neck. I said, “Yeah, it looks perfect. Only thing missing would be green hair and painted face, have it colored a bit and you’ll look like a clown.”

Needless to say, she put it back.

Then we went to this other store where she picked up a bag. “What do you think?”

“I don’t know why you would pay for that. If you really wanted a potato sack, you could get one from the vegetables store. It comes complete with potatoes…or would an onion sack be perfect?” (The bag did look like a potato sack by the way). Back it went.

We went to another store, and she picked up a bag. This one was genuinely nice except for, “The color. It looks as though it was white once upon a time and then it got dirtied due to too much use….”

The result of the trip; she bought nothing.

Upon relating the story to my brother he said her mom should love me for making her daughter not buy anything. He also suggested that I offer my non-shopping-assistance services to parents with annoying adolescents who end up buying things they don’t need. In that case I would charge a 100 dirhams per hour (you get a complete refund if the person buys something).

That’s today’s scoop.

AH


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My Green Books

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So I just discovered with much horror, that I have something in common with Muammar Al Qaddafi. Not only do I have a green book that gives me company. I have more than one!

My duaa book
My Personal Diary

Even my post-it notes are green!

Post-It Notes

*Scream*

Quote of the day:

If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

Hadeeth of the Day:
The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “Verily your Lord is Shy and Generous. He is Shy that the servant would stretch out his hands (in du’a) to Him and He would return them empty.” (Abu Dawood and Ibn Maajah from Salmaan. Graded Hasan by Albaanee in Saheeh ul-Jaami’, 2070)
يقول المصطفى عليه الصلاة والسلام : ((إن الله حيي كريم يستحي من عبده، إذا رفع يديه إليه أن يردهما صفرا))(رواه أبو داوود

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