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  • Jawaad Ahmad Khan 3:08 am on September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Muhammad Chowdhury   

    Quick Gem: Desks in a room… 

    Muhammad Chowdhury (from Chicago, Illinois)

    A small anecdotal gem from a small talk I’d heard tonight at the masjid. The brother was visiting from an Islamic institute in Chicago, but unfortunately he didn’t mention the name.

    Imagine a large and wide room. It’s filled with a whole set of desks. And sitting at each of those desks are students. And in front of those students are papers. And in each of their hands, are pencils. And they are writing on the paper with a great fury and focus. They are all taking a test. This test is of such a great magnitude that it will determine each of their futures and the rest of their lives.

    Now imagine yourself as one of those students. And all that you can muster to write down is your name. After that, you can’t understand any of the questions at all. And you’re stuck, alone.
    And all of a sudden, you feel a hand on your shoulder, and you hear the voice of a person who says that they will help you. They will not only help you, but they will give you the correct answers. Not only that but this person says they’ll make sure that you will succeed even after this test. Would you refuse this person’s help?

    Many ‘Ulamah classify this test as, the Dunyah (world). And the person coming to your aid is none other than the Nabi (prophet) of Allah, salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam (peace and blessings be upon him). He has received the answers straight from Allah and provides it to you with his sunnah. Will you refuse this answer key to life? Will you neglect it and fail your test? Allahu ‘Alam.

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  • Arif Kabir 7:18 am on September 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Safi Khan   

    Don’t Kill The Dream 

    Perhaps the most profound visionary that I have ever met has to be Shaykh Safi Khan of Dar-us-Salaam (which incidentally happens to be my Masjid:). He has such a profound vision for the future of Islam that one can’t help but be awed. Over the years, he’s had multiple quotes dealing with the whole idea of dreaming and having a vision, and I thought I would share a couple:

    Don’t Kill The Dream, Just Execute it“.

    Kill and execute are synonymous – At the end of the day, do either one of these, and the guy dies (lol). But in this context, it means something else; killing a dream means doing away with it. Executing it means putting it into practice as soon as possible.

    Just how to ‘execute’ the dream?

    “Goals are nothing more than dreams with deadlines”

    Shaykh Safi had mentioned this at a meeting with all the staff and teachers of Al-Huda School, Maryland. One of the reasons that he was mentioning this was because he was encouraging everyone to have a special project of their own that doesn’t necessarily have to do with work – just something that you really enjoy and are willing to put quality time into making it successful. These special projects should however have goals because they are merely dreams with deadlines – To really get things moving, you should have goals so that you can see tangible results and will be more inspired to move on with that special dream.

    What is your special dream that you want to benefit the Muslim Ummah with?

     
  • Arif Kabir 10:36 pm on July 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Abdur Rahman Chao   

    Double E: Eman & Energy 

    Abdur Rahman Chao

    Video can be found at here at HalalTube.com (Please be sure to watch it)

    During the Olympics (this lecture happened during that time), one sees that before they do the ‘clean jerk’, they start screaming and barking. Right before tennis players serve, they start skipping around the court. The reason they do this is to enhance and increase their level of alertness and activeness in them.

    Surah Nahl

    Allah also talks about this energy we have. He talks about the day and night in Surah Nahl:

    Faalikul Isbaah – Allah describes this as the sunrise that is totally removing the darkness – when you see the sun rays coming out, all of the darkness just leaves, as if the night was split asunder with a ray of sunlight.

    Wa ja’alal laila sakana – And Allah created the night as a time for rest.

    Wash shamsa wal qamara husbana – The sun and the moon are two things that are used to measure time.

    …so why did Allah create the day and night in separate proportions? If a person does not sleep at night and use it for rest and reinvigoration, you will find this person very lazy the next morning and is very much against the physical nature when one stays up all night and sleeps during the day because we are not nocturnal creatures. Day is for work, and night is for rest. We are not talking about people with night shifts, but people who just choose to stay up at night. (More …)

     
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