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  1. I really love this revert story it is one of my favorites please read you will get something out of it even if you are a muslim From Deep Within: My Quest for Truth, Power, & Purpose By Jeewan Chanicka 29/11/2004 “A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born.â€? - Antoine de Saint-Exupery Have you ever walked out into a summer’s night where there are no lights and just stared into the heavens? You see millions of stars piercing the sky, and you realize your insignificance in the universe. Then you stop and think that each star on its own may be significant, each one has shone on a lifeâ€â€Âin fact, on many lives. Some of them do so for numerous years, and others die after only a short length of time. But the truth of the matter is that they shone. They left their print on the universe, and they changed the way that someone saw the world around them. At such a time, you realize the power that emanates when each one fulfills its purpose. In Search Ever since I can remember, I have been searching for the meaning of life itself. Why am I here? What is my purpose? Constantly reflecting on these questions made me different from other children: I was introspective and inquisitive; I asked questions all the timeâ€â€Âmy favorite one was, “Why?â€? It seemed that my grandfather’s words often echoed in my ears, “God does not create people just to fill up space on the earth.â€? It was only recently that I understood the impact this statement had on me. I needed to understand; if no one was here to “take up spaceâ€? then why was I here? This longing for purpose ignited within me the desire to find my place and my purpose in the universeâ€â€Âthe bigger picture. I remember actively surveying the world around me and desperately trying to understand why the world was the way it was; why people believed what they did, and what made them do the things that they did. I started my search from within, and slowly began to explore the answers of those around me. Perhaps someone I knew had the answer. While a family who cared surrounded me, there were others who scared me and hurt me with their words and actions. Sometimes, people do not realize that words are as powerful as weapons, especially in the life of a child. From my perspective, I had many daggers that pierced my heart; some of which healed and others which simply faded away, blocked off by a mind that sought protection from the evils of reality. In many ways I became a victim, but in many other ways I became a survivor. There was always one thing that I was sure of, that I never wanted it to happen to anyone else. I never really became angry, but I did get frustrated. My circumstances motivated me even more to understand why people did the things that they did. As I continued to observe people’s words and actions, my overwhelming confusion about people propelled me to embark upon a spiritual journey at a very young age. I was ten at the time, and my quest for purpose continued. Can purpose be drawn from a single source? I believe so, but when it comes from other people, a cause, a feeling, it may not always last. Take for example the person who invests in a cause because of a loved one, or because of a desire, or because of a need to feel good, or because of something they see. Purpose then, can be relative, and can waiver with circumstances and environmental factors, changing feelings, or even upon being challenged by others. However, I have found that purpose drawn from a divine source, within clearly defined parameters and with a clear understanding of personal accountability to the Creator outlasts the lives of the very people themselves. Having been brought up in a Hindu-Christian family, I was exposed to more ways of seeing the world than the average child. I went to a Hindu elementary school and a Catholic secondary school. As I navigated the turbulent waters of religion and various ways of looking at the world, I felt that I had finally found a key, an answer; one that showed me why I was here on this earth, while providing me with the necessary energy and a framework to fulfill my purpose. The framework explained that the aspects of my daily life were worship, and it was all based on an independent relationship with God. The framework was one that called for personal accountability, of knowing that God wanted us to be leaders, of knowing that anything done other than for the sake of God would be useless to us. Acts done for fame, recognition, or even to feel good, would never really last. They may bring benefits to us in this life, but would have no worth in the next. Instead, as I understood it, God was calling us to elevate ourselves, to know that our actions would be judged, not by the results but by our intentions, and that even when people don’t see, God always does. At the age of 11, I became a Muslim. At the time, it was not an easy choice as I feared my family’s reaction. They would have accepted a lot from me, but not Islam. I was “smartâ€? and a shining example. I had all the potential, and I would be wasting it all in their eyes if I became a Muslim. As many parents worry today, my mother was scared that I would become some type of militant who would kill people in the name of Allah. It took seven years of silent struggle to eventually let them know I had made this choice. It was a hard pill for them to swallow, but they eventually did. As I reflect on it now, I realize that it is more difficult to be a Muslim today, it has become worse: Being a Muslim today is like wearing a label that says “enemy.â€? But every time I stop to think about why I made this choice, it only allows me to become stronger and more convinced that I have truly understood why I was created and what my purpose is. It has strengthened my resolve to “live and dieâ€? for the sake of Godâ€â€ÂAllah. The Holistic Picture What I understood then as my purpose, I have only come to fully understand today. My purpose in this life is to worship the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth. Yet worship in this sense does not apply to rituals alone. Worship applies to a holistic desire to live in a way pleasing to the One Who created us, to understand that if we expect His mercy, then we should show mercy. To realize that as we give love to others, so too shall love come to us, and as we pray for others, the angels themselves will pray for us. I believe, in a very real sense, that God put me on this earth to fulfill a divine mission: To stand up for truth and justice for all people, regardless superficial differences, whether they are Muslim or Jews, black or white, rich or poor; to be a beacon of light and compassion to the poor and disenfranchised; to be a pillar of hope and empowerment to those who have lost hope and have lost their way on this journey we call life. It is one of compassion and hope, not one of pretentiousness and judgment: A purpose where I am not fooled by illusions of grandeur, praise or flattery, nor an existence in which I am in need of my work to be recognized. What I have found is a special and intimate relationship with God, which lays out a holistic way to live my life. It tells me that I am to strive to be the best of creation by looking after all of creation, by enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong. This means that I must always stand up and speak the truth, regardless of the consequences. It also means that to be the best that I am able to be, I must protect life and ensure that people are not being oppressed in any way. It means that I must be an ambassador of mercy, as this is the hallmark of Islam. I know that all of my actions are done solely for the pleasure of Allah. I committed my life to him (my living) and if I die while I am walking along this path, then I die for His sake (not as sensationally portrayed in the media today). But knowing this to be my mission was not enough. I studied the example of Muhammad, Prophet of Islam. I read of a man who led a group of people who changed humanity for all time. He was illiterate, and although he was a powerful leader, he never once slept at night if he had money left in his possession: He would go out immediately and distribute it to the poor. I saw a man who, despite being a leader, slept on leaves on a mud floor, refusing to let the distractions of the world compete for his attention. He remained committed to his purpose. I saw someone who conquered a city in a war but spilled not even a drop of blood, and then forgave the very enemies who had tormented him for years. Then I continued to look at other prophets of Islamâ€â€ÂJesus, Moses, Abrahamâ€â€Âand a significant number of people spoken of with high regard of the Qur’an. I looked at Asiya (wife of Pharaoh), Mary (mother of Jesus), and then I looked at contemporary leaders from whom I draw inspirationâ€â€ÂMalcolm X, Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Zaynab al-Ghazali, and many others. Looking at their lives, I understood that they were all special individuals who understood something about living. It was not simply about service, but rather it was about change. It was about transforming the world that they lived in. Each person stood up for the truth. They held the reigns of peace in troubled waters and they worked to achieve a moral victory in the world. I spent many years thereafter, struggling to understand what I was supposed to do with my life. Realizing My Purpose in Life I tried my best to fulfill this purpose by being involved in my surrounding community; I became actively involved in social services and youth work, looking after many of the disenfranchised. I was sure that I wanted to help people and I was not going to sit idly by and allow anyone to hurt anyone else. I still very painfully remembered the wounds of the battles I faced, and I did not want others to suffer a similar fate. Then one day, after much thought and a few gentle pushes from friends who saw in me more than I saw at the time, I realized one of the best ways to achieve my purpose. How could I enjoin the right, forbid the wrong, be a beacon of mercy, stand up for truth and justice, push myself even more to make a change and transform our world? How could l leave my impact on the world, like the stars that shine brightly? It was as if a veil had been lifted. A new realization was born in my heartâ€â€ÂI had to become a teacher. It was a natural extension of what I had embraced as my purpose, and its impact would be immeasurable. In Islam it is called sadaqah jariyahâ€â€Âan act of charity that continues to bring you benefit after your death. The Youth JJeewan Chanika on Youth Camp This would be the way I could transform the worldâ€â€Âone life at a time. Each child that I taught would carry a flame from my candle and use it to light torches elsewhere. As I realized this, I knew that I did not want to work teaching just any kids. I wanted to go to specific areas and target the kids who did not have the same advantages as others, kids who were seen as being “tough,â€? the children who would be labeled “at risk.â€? I wanted them to know that despite all the obstacles that life had meted out to them, there was someone in their corner. I would be the one who could look past their images and reputations and look into their eyes, see their hearts, and know the true inner personâ€â€Âthe one that exists beneath all the layers. I was the one who would push them to be all that they could be and the one who was willing to walk the extra mile to help them see it in themselves. I wanted to give them the tools that would empower them to be successful, by challenging them and encouraging them to become critical thinkers and to learn how to advocate for themselves. I committed myself to finding ways to empower our children by creating an equitable and inclusive environment. On the last day of my first practicum class, my students surprised me by recording a version of “Lean on Me,â€? a song that I had been trying to teach them. The school was in one of the “tougherâ€? neighborhoods of Toronto, characterized by poverty and crime. I had been teaching the song to illustrate how music could be a form of resistance and had talked about the civil rights movement in North America. That day, they also gave me a book of poetry they had written for me. As we spent our last minutes together, the tears flowed from my eyes and from theirs, and I knew that I had found my vocation. In my heart, I knew it was my “calling,â€? this was my purpose as defined by God, and it was set out within the framework of education. Knowing and understanding this was empowering. It forced me to look back on my own education and reflect on what made it beneficialâ€â€Âthe teachers who cared, and what was difficultâ€â€Âand on the times I felt marginalized from everyone else. It forced me to continue to focus on equity and helping students to see their lives reflected in the curriculum they were studying. Regardless of their background and whatever their belief system, they belonged, their voices mattered, and their teacher cared. I continued to learn and studied the types of programming and strategies that would benefit such children. Reflection As I looked to my “adoptedâ€? Islamic heritage, I found that whenever Muslims focused on what God wanted to do, it impacted positively on all people. This happened regardless of where or who they were, what they believed or where they came from. They were all protected and given freedom. I never wanted any of my students to feel alienated; it was something that I had experienced and I did not want another child to feel this way. It was also firmly rooted in my faith, so I went about developing a clear and detailed philosophy about what it meant to be a teacher. I refer to it always; I continue to revisit it with the hope of staying true to my purpose and vocation. So, today I sit as a teacher, committed to partially transforming the world through the students whom I teach and who teach me. Ours is a relationship of reciprocity; I assist them in knowing themselves as well as knowing me. Together, we work to understand ourselves, our community, and the world we live in, and to fulfill that purpose through our actions. Their struggles are just as challenging as mine. Because I am a Muslim, every time I hear hateful words echoed in the media or from some passerby, the more love I know I have to give in return. Fear is often generated by the unknown, and so when my students know me, they know I am not the “bogey manâ€? cooked-up by the media. They know that the day the planes flew through the twin towers, my heart ached and I cried, just as I cried after the bombs started falling on Afghanistan and Iraq; that when I see a homeless person, I think of the comfort I enjoy at home and try to do something that will, even for a moment, alter the way that person has to live; that terrorism has no color or creed, so we should not all be tarred with the same brush. I don’t need to be apologetic anymore. I don’t need to hide away, because now my students see me for who I am, as an individual, as a Muslim, as a teacher, as a friend, as a father, and as someone who cares. The more I think of Islam, the more I understand my purpose, and the more I think of teaching as fulfilling that purpose. With God’s help, I can and I will make a difference. Passing on the Torch This year, I taught my students about the importance of being active global citizens in our global village. Within two weeks, they raised over two thousand pounds of food and clothing and sent it to orphans and families under occupation in Iraq. In two days, they raised over $1,400 for their school. Several of them have won awards for writing, mathematics, anti-racist art, and student leadership, amongst other things. They have also received recognition and awards as a class for their outstanding work and initiative. We spent the entire year working on them developing a philosophy and an understanding of what their purpose and potential to change the world is. When they leave my class at the end of the year, they will all know, above all else, that regardless of where they end up, they too have a purpose, and they can use that to transform the world both individually and collectively. Watch out worldâ€â€Âhere we come. The Power of Purpose Parker Palmer, in his The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life, stated that “we teach who we are,â€? and this literally and figuratively applies to me. My purpose empowers me to empower my students. Having been marginalized at various times in my life, including today, my life has taught me the importance of validating my students and their lives, cultures, and perspectives. Together, we create a shared narrative, one that sees us as individual agents of change, one that values humanity, one that understands equality and equity, one that cares for our environment and one that can appreciate the intrinsic good that exists in all people. Within the four walls of my classroom, I am changing the world, because that is my purpose. When I die, if even one candle is lit that brings light, even for one moment, or my star guides a lost ship, even if one life benefited by my presence, then I will have had a successful life, and that is the power of purpose. With certainty, every single one of us will taste death, however, not all of us will experience living, or living with a purpose
  2. We need to know about our brothers/sisters in israel. This article struck me and I would like to imagine if you were the Mother or Father. The children in israel need your DUAs (supplications). Be righteous so Allah can accept your Dua because as the Prophet sws said "The only act that can change Qadar (predistination) is dua". They need our dua and do them with sincereity READ ARTICLE to open your eyes "you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.islamonline(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/English/News/2004-12/13/article03.shtml"]Suffering needs to stop[/url]
  3. Submission

    I would like to ask a question to this fellow. Do you want to gain knowledge or are you here to argue. We can explain your questions in detail but what is your purpose? For more unbiased knowledge go to this site. It is time to learn about the fastest growing religion and why priests/bishops/preachers are coming to Islam "you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.islamtomorrow(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/default.asp"]Ex Priest[/url] "you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.islamtomorrow(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/definition.asp"]Islam basics[/url]
  4. Hadith

    That is correct I would just like to add a couple of more things We must submit our will to Allah swt and obey Him and his beloved messenger. That is part of the action of a true believer. "Total submission is required after the surrender and some terms have to be set forth by Allah to be understood by the Muslim. There can be no option in the matter as Allah says in another verse" (Sheikh Yusuf Estes) Allah swt says: "But no, by your Lord, they can have no Faith, until they make you (Muhammad, peace be upon him) as a judge in all disputes between them, and find no resistance against your decisions, and accept (the decisions) with full submission." [Quran 4:65] "It is not fitting for the believing man nor for the believing woman, that whenever Allah and His Messenger have decided any matter, that they should have any other opinion." [Quran 33:36] Check out this site please Bro. "you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.islamonline(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/fatwa/english/FatwaDisplay.asp?hFatwaID=7792"]Why do we have to follow sunnah (way) of the Prophet[/url]
  5. This is good lecture to use for non practicing muslims...jakallah khair
  6. Viewpoint Tool bar spyware

    How do you get this viewpoint toolbar out of my computer for free. I thought I had spyware protection.
  7. Dr. Sheikh Abdullah Yusuf Azzam

    What a Great Revivor of Islam. May Allah grant him Paradise amongst the Prophets. JazakAllah khair for sharing that with us.
  8. Jihad related

    There is more verses than that. About 20 that speaks about Jihad fisibillah. And about 12 that talk about Jihad nafs. I will try to compile them give me some time
  9. Surah Yaasen

    Oh and the guys who discovered the DNA structure Watson/Creek were atheists but when they found the structure of DNA they said there has to be a God. So they believed in God... But I do not think they are muslims, unfortunately.
  10. Surah Yaasen

    Yes JazakAllaha khair again for you insight 1) We should speak about the book of Allah but I tell myself to be careful because I am not a scholar nor a Sheikh...not even close. I am hesitant to comment on the words of Allah with the little knowledge I have. ... So the things I say is elementary. 2)Tanzilal Aziz Raheem If you look at the 3 verses before it. They are talking about the Quran and the messenger. A scholar confirmed this with me that it speaking about Rasoulilah sws. Definitely it is speaking about Quran. Tanzilal means sent down as a whole. There is another word means it was sent down in parts to mankind. Sorry I am beginner in Arabic the word is not coming to me now. 3) ÅöThou warnest only him who followeth the Reminder and feareth the Beneficent in secret. To him bear tidings of forgiveness and a rich reward. This verse is an amazing verse indeed it has the word Khasia (to be humble and fearful before Allah swt).Before the verse is Allah swt telling the reader about truth proving against their falsehood and they still will not believe, then Allah swt speaks about putting yokes and bars and they still will not believe. Basically they are being put further into disbelieve because they do not want take the truth. There is another verse in sura Baqara that Allah swt says that "Prayer is hard except for the Khashioon". A Shiekh told me that in this verse the Khashioon means to have a presence of heart. So what I got from these two is that the only people that will believe and listen to the truth is those whose hearts are alive and humble before Allah. When I tell muslims to start praying they have no Khasioo and just wave it off. When I give dawah to non muslims the ones that listen really want to hear the truth and they yearn for the truth. The ones that their hearts are dead really could care less about Allah. Interesting thing I saw in the Sura is that the order of Belief First Allah Talks about Himself in verse 11 and gives a story about Messenger and obeying them. Then gives you verse about Day of Judgement. 4) I find this very compact but filled with info. That could be one reason why it is the heart of the Quran. This particular sura speaks about a whole range of topics but focuses on strengthing our Aqeedah. This sura talks about Allah, rejection of messengers or Allah, consequenes- heaven/hell, how disbelievers think, how believers think, what the Quran is, Day of Judgement and the events, shaytan as an clear enemy, who to worship and why, who to obey and why, who is going to hell (majority of people), signs of Allah, science, blaming ourselves about the poor not Allah, returning to Allah, parable and proof that we will be raised back up on day of judgement, basically clears any doubts...I probably missed something so I would just say and more...... What more could you want in heaven....You will see and hear peace from the most peaceful (one of the names of Allah) ...Subhanallah 5) What do you think about these two verses "we created similar vessels for them in which they ride" "If it been our will we could have drowned them then there will be no helper (to hear their cry) nor could they be delivered. "Except by a mercy from us......" I feel like Allah swt telling me that he is protecting me when I step into my car. I feel like car crash might happen on the road but with Allah's mercy I am safe. There is a lot of people who step into their cars and it is their last vessel they ride in. There is a lot of people who step into their cars and get into huge accidents (heard plenty of stories) no one could help them except Allah's mercy. Of course that is my feeling not a commentary. 6) I think and am pretty sure that verse "Glory be to Allah, Who created in pairs ALL things that the earth produces, as well as their own (human) kind and other things of which they have no knowledge." This is of course talking about male/female, good/bad, dirty/clean, happy/sad....etc But I think this is also talking about DNA. The verse says from things that they do not have knowledge, from things that earth produces. Every living thing has a DNA structure. If you seen DNA it is DOUBLE helix and it is matched by pairs never alone. A to T. and G to C. It is amazing the struture of DNA. Funny thing is that they are called DNA base PAIRS that is the scientific term for it. If you do not believe me look at this website or if you want to look at DNA struture. "you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_users.rcn(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/jkimball.ma.ultranet/BiologyPages/B/BasePairing.html"]Base Pairing[/url] "you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_users.rcn(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/jkimball.ma.ultranet/BiologyPages/D/DoubleHelix.html"]DNA double helix[/url] This miracle book was given to the Prophet sws 1400 yrs ago. Asalaam alaykum wr wb.
  11. Diary of a Foreign Mujahid

    Jazakallah Khair bro.... May Allah give you more knowledge and ability to help the mujahideens in any way... Asalaam alaykum wr wb
  12. mujhideen in action get ur video clips!

    Allahu Akhbar!! I do not want to sign on for that terrorism(contact admin if its a beneficial link) group do you have any direct downloads? Please brother pray for our brothers for victory SOON..... asalaam alaykum wr wb
  13. A Techie gets drafted

    I hear crickets on this one bro I like the Pregnant lady one
  14. Kids!!!

    LMAO....LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLL LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL That was really funny....Subhanallah I got to share that one.
  15. Weak Imaan/faith

    The Prophet sws prescribed two things for weakness in Iman. He said sws that your iman will weaken just like metal rusts if left in the rain. The campanions asked so how can we strengthen our iman he said to recitation the Quran and make remember death much. I suggest reading Imam Ghazali's book Ihya Ulm Id Deen volume 3 and 4 is good for weakness in iman. Well take the action because Allah does not change people who do not change themselves. asalam alaykum wr wb
  16. Mood swings and depressed

    Brother, we must look at life in a more detached and reasonable way. No event in the life of a human being represents the end of the road, except his own death. Allah takes care of us and we should entrust ourselves to His will. When we are true believers, we view every development in our life as good. We can easily submit to it, as it represents Allah's will. A prayer that helps overcome such depression should be addressed to the causes of depression themselves.. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) taught us that we should pray according to the situation we find ourselves in. There are, in addition, prayers which the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) himself used. One of these, which is relevant here, is this: Allahumma innee a`udhu bika mina al-hamm wal hazan wa a`udhu bika mina al-`ajzi wa al-kasal wa al-jubun wa al-bukhl wa ghalabati al-dayni wa qahri al-rrijaal (O Allah, I seek refuge in You from worry, depression, helplessness, sloth, cowardice, niggardliness, and the burden of debts and domineering men.) Furthermore, you should bear in mind that reading the Glorious Qur'an, making dhikr, observing your religious duties, steering clear of what is prohibited, and doing good help one get rid of depression and anxiety. In his response to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states: “You should seek professional help to find out whether you are suffering from some form of depression or psychosomatic disease. Often times, people go through some form of depression without realizing it. Consult your family doctor. He or she may refer you to some experts in the field. At the same time, you should, do the following on a regular basis: 1. If you are involved in any acts that are sinful or displeasing to Allah, shun them. 2. If you are not consistent and punctual in your salah (prayer), try to be consistent. Remember that salah is our only link with Allah. We cannot protect ourselves against Satan unless we align ourselves with Allah, our Creator and Sustainer. 3. Who are you befriending and keeping company with? Try to get some friends who are conscious of Allah, who might inspire you with good thoughts. 4. Be persistent in asking forgiveness of Allah, especially whenever such bad thoughts occur to you. 5. Read the following supplications on a regular basis, in the morning and evening: Allahumma, anta rabbee, laa ilaaha illaa anta; khalaqtanee, wa ana `abduka wa ana `alaa `ahdika wa wa`dika ma istata`tu; a`udhu bika min sharri maa sana`tu; abu’u laka bi ni`matika `alayya wa abu’u bi dhanbee; fa ighfir lee fa innahu laa yaghfiru al-dhunuba illaa anta (O Allah, You are my Lord, there is no other god but You; You have created me, I am Your servant; I stand by Your covenant with me according to the best of my ability; I seek refuge and protection in You from my evil deeds; I acknowledge Your favors upon me and I confess my sins before You; so forgive me, for no one can forgive sins but You). Rabbi innee a`udhu bika min hamazaati al-shshayaateeni wa a`udhu bika rabbi an yahdhuruni (my Lord, I seek refuge and protection in You from the whisperings of devils; I seek refuge and protection in You from their presence around me). Allahumma innee a`udhu bika minmaa ajidu wa uhaadhiru (O Allah, I seek refuge and protection in You from what I feel and fear from). Laa ilaaha illa Allahu al-`azeemu al-haleem, laa ilaaha illa Allahu rabbu al-`arshi al-`azeem, laa ilaaha illa Allahu rabbu al-ssamaawaati wa al-ardi wa rabbu al-`arshi al-kareem (There is no god but Allah, the Great, the Clement; there is no god but Allah, Lord of the Mighty Throne; there is no god but Allah, Lord of the heavens and earth and the Lord of the Noble Throne). (Excerpted, with slight "you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.ibplanet(contact admin if its a beneficial link)"]modifications[/url], from: Islam.ca)
  17. Surah Noooh

    Well, sister that is good observation of his struggles. I think the most important point of his story is patience and having trust in Allah. Subhanallah 950 yrs of dawah in a few followers... It makes me sad that those people did not listen to his dawah. I like how you think that Allah is talking to you in verse number one. I feel the same way in some verses. That is a one miracle of Quran the reader feels like Allah is speaking to them.
  18. Surah Yaasen

    Absolutely sister I would love to hear all the thoughts of the suras you contemplated on that is why I gave you my email...lol... I knew in the begining it was somehow related but I could not link the verses together and you did that for me. Well as for what I observed. I really did not write them down as I should have. I will use the Arabic words and english too if you do not mind. As you know the Arabic is so much better. Allah says Tanzillal Aziza Raheem (It is a revelation sent down by (Him) exalted in Might and merciful)). Just three words is incredible to me. This verse is talking about the Allah swt, Prophet sws, and the Quran at the same time. Also explained the Allah swt, the Quran and the Prophet sws at the same time. The Prophet sws was sent as mercy to mankind (rahmatil alameen) and his greatest miracle was the Quran. You can safely say that Quran is Aziz (Powerful) but not Al Aziz (THE All Mighty). Al Aziz is Allah swt. The Quran is a powerful tool against the gafailoon (heedless people). It is the most powerful tool for guidance. With the Prophet being Aziz in my opinion you can say that he is powerful because he himself described himself as "A prophet of Mercy and a Prophet of war". No other person was as powerful as he was. Next verse what is telling the reader to whom this Hikmah (wisdom) sent to. Verse 2 it says (Wal Quran Hakeem). It goes on to say those people who are gafiloon (heedless). You can safely say that is the majority people are in a state of heedlessness. People ask why am I here what does Allah want from me. Then Allah explains the reasoning of those kind of people. It is kind of funny to me. You tell them the truth but the truth they do not believe and Proves against their truth so they fall further into heedlessness. This reminds me when I try to tell other non practicing muslims about the ayat and hadiths they still will not believe what I say, and argue with me. They have their own opinion even though I gave them clear evidence and proof (ayat). Some people you give them all the ayats in the world they still will not believe like Pharoh. He was given 12 physical ayats (signs) from Allah and he still did not believe. That is why in the same sura Allah swt says "Not sign comes to them from among the signs of their Lord except they turn away from them". This can also mean the Quran as well because every verse is a sign. So Kafirs and some muslims are rejecting over 6,000 signs (ayats) of Allah. Allah swt speaks about every messenger being mocked and ridiculed. The sad and ironic part is that it is exactly what is going on right now everywhere. This is not just an ancient book it is explaining lives of people who are currenlty living. Not only kafirs rejecting Prophets you have muslims saying we do not believe in Hadith but we believe in Quran. So next verses explain both the mind of the kafirs and 'muslims'. I have more to say but I only wrote a portion. Inshallah it made sense to you and you did not get bored.
  19. I heard in one lecture given by Shiekh Yusuf Estes that the campanions of the Prophet sws came asked them what does Allah mean by this verse. The Prophet showed how you have to beat your wife. He took a miswak and tapped it on the campanion. In this example the Prophet is showing what is meant by this verse and his job was to present the Quran to us and explain. Anytime we have a problem of understanding a verse go to what the Prophet said and scholars do not use your own reasoning. Good point to contemplate on is when the Prophet sws said "How does anyone of you beat his wife as he beats the stallion camel and then he may embrace (sleep with) her?... " So true how can you beat her/ oppress her than sleep with her. The Prophet sws said "Do not beat the female servants of Allah;" "Some (women) visited my family complaining about their husbands (beating them). These (husbands) are not the best of you;" and"[it is not a shame that] one of you beats his wife like [an unscrupulous person] beats a slave and maybe he sleeps with her at the end of the day." quotes taken from "you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_64.233.161.104/search?q=cache:LGDtEMbIBvAJ:themoernreligion(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/women/w_abuse_badawi.htm+tap+with+miwak+beat+wife&hl=en"]Wife beatings by Jamal Badawi[/url]
  20. Surah Yaasen

    Well Sister [sorry for calling you bro] you are right it is beautiful and I will do the same thing and make dua and keep reading other suras to get a greater meaning out of it. I see how you did it you made the effort and asked continous dua. I was missing the dua part so thanks for the secret..hehe.... Only people who have already tried to contemplate on the sura has a whole can really appreciate your thoughts and your amazing post....alhumdulilah....Keep up the good work and ask Allah to give you more knowledge [and me too]....hehe
  21. I personally think Malcolm X ramtallAllah alay is a shaheed (martyr in way of Allah).... I love him a lot and hope that one day a man like that can stand up again in states and speak for the truth/justice.
  22. Comparative Study Brought Me To Islam

    Asalaam alaykum Masallah!! Great stories. The first one made me sad and made me laugh. And most importantly increased my faith... These two stories are good for dawah and we should use them and for dawah.
  23. A 10 year old captured

    Ameen to all the posted duas Oh Allah acceptor of all duas please help the captured brother and bring him back to his family safely in one piece. Oh Allah he is in need of your help and you have power to do all things so help him and make things easy for him. Please brother give us the news of his situation I am very concerned.
  24. Surah Yaasen

    Subhanallah This is great tafsir explaining Yasin using Surat Yasin. JazakAllahum khair. I have been reading and contemplating on Sura Yasin to get more meanings but never realized the things you found. The Sura is truly amazing. May Allah increase you in knowledge. If you find anyting else like that please email me at presenceofheart[at]gmail.com. I emailed your post to myself...
  25. Here is a link to memorize the Quran...It comes on CD to buy for $15 but it is free Online "you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.reciter(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/"]recitor[/url]