Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The 3 Types of People

Bottle Tree, Qalansia Beach and Lagoon, Socotra Island, Yemen

Narrated Abu Umamah (May Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet of Allah (Peace be upon him) said:

I guarantee a house in the surroundings of Paradise for a man who avoids quarrelling even if he were in the right, a house in the middle of Paradise for a man who avoids lying even if he were joking, and a house in the upper part of Paradise for a man who made his character good.

(Abu Dawud 4782)

[Saheeh: Abu Daawood and al-Bayhaqee, authenticated by al-Albaanee in as-Saheehah]

Calm Waters, Bar Harbor, Maine

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Kalimatan - The Seal of al-Bukhari

Kalimatan - The Seal of al-Bukhari
--Talib al-Habib

Kalimatan habibatan ila ar-Rahman
Khafifatan `ala al-lisan, thaqilatan fi al-mizan
Subhanallahi wa bi hamdih, subhanallahi al-azim

Track Info.

Kalimatan – the Seal of al-Bukhari: (Bukhari) The album ends with the short but powerful hadith that Imam al-Bukhari chose to end his great work Sahih al-Bukhari. It is narrated here in full, and the translation is as follows: ‘there are two phrases which are beloved of the Most Merciful, light on the tongue, yet heavy on the scales (of reward): glory be to Allah and all praise to Him, glory be to Allah, the Mighty.’

Baby born with heart outside his chest

Baby born with heart outside his chest

Doctors released a photo of Naseem's heart at birth.
AP Photo/Holtz Children's Hospital University of Miami Jackson Memorial Medical Center

Friday, November 10, 2006

Something to Consider...

As Salaamu Alaikum

Woohoo! Exams are finally over! I feel so relieved with all that tension gone. But you know, a thought just hit me after I completed my last exam and was rejoicing. When it was over, I realized how excited and happy I was. And not only myself, but everyone around me was also going through the same thing. Obviously we just got rid of a whole lot of stress and pressure and we completed the last exam knowing that we, Alhamdulillah and InshaAllah, have done well and all.

But I thought to myself and remembered that this life is the same thing – a prolonged exam. It’s open-book and practical; you’ve got the Quran and Sunnah. Whatever you’ve learnt, you’re supposed to be expressing it throughout your life up until your examination period has ended and you get your final report.

Those who wanted to do extremely well for their future and come up with an excellent result in the end, studied real hard for their exam. Throughout the year or term, they did all their work. If they had an assignment, they did it as best as they could – always remembering to put effort and work hard. They tried their utmost not to deviate from their studies into useless things that would not help them later on. And not to mention the sleepless nights they went through just to study.*

What do you think the end result would be for such a person? That’s right. They’ll be enjoying a great reward. They get whatever they were working for simply because they put in all that effort and time and it eventually paid off. Whereas those who didn’t care, or who lagged behind thinking they had stupendous amount of time ahead of them, end up with nothing or very little.

This is similar to the examination of this life. If we work hard for the Hereafter, then InshaAllah we’ll be in the best of places enjoying the best of rewards. But if we lag behind and give this life’s purpose no attention, we’ll be sore losers. It’s that simple.

We’re extremely lucky that we’ve already got the answers to the exam. We don’t need to calculate anything, or draw it, or experiment with it. It’s simply laid down in the Quran and all we have to do is put it into practice. Not only that, but we’ve got the best example to follow and to show us how to put it into practice.

Those who attain a high status in the Hereafter will regret over wasting any time that would have helped them achieve something greater. If this is the case, what about those who are in the habit of wasting time and health?

I just wonder if on the Day of Judgement I have that same feeling of relief, excitement, and gratitude wash over me. InshaAllah we all will. But this was just something to ponder over. Are we really working hard for the Hereafter? Or are we just wasting time hoping to pass by a 50%?

*Note: Some of you might be thinking that it’s probably insane and not even possible for a person to completely dedicate their life and every second of it to secular education…but hey, you never know. Besides, this is just an analogy. Quit thinking so much about that and concentrate on the meaning behind it. :P

Wa Alaikumu Salaam

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


As salaamu alaikum

Tada! Look who's back......
Okay, stop shrugging and acting like you don't care. I know you're all ecstatic and practically jumping off your seats.......................ahem, yeah lets pretend atleast :)

Well, I only posted today because I didn't want any of you to leave thinking it wasn't going to be updated until Sumaiya comes back....otherwise I would have to change the name of this blog to "desertedness"....and then you'd all be coming to my funeral right after Sumaiya sees it. Let's hope she doesn't see this post either........hehe

Well..I've got midterms right now. Just had my bio exam today, having calculus and english tomorrow, and then chem on friday. Sigh. Please make dua for me and the rest of those who have exams. You might be going through it, or have been through it and know what it's please make dua we all pass with flying colours InshaAllah :) JazakAllahu Khair in advance :D

Alright, so that's all for today. Have a pleasant morning, evening, or afternoon depending on where you are in the world.....

Wa alaikumu salaam

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Home for the Weekend

So I’m home for the weekend. What a week! It was full of full of stress, nervousness, anxiety, happiness, hopelessness, uncertainty, etc, etc. Well, at least my test went great alhamdulillah, aaand I did forget Ml. Nazim’s homework at home, which really sucked but alhamdulillah I managed to somehow do it again and hand it in (but it wasn’t 100% at all). Surprisingly, I should say ALHAMDULILLAH all the girls came back and more new girls enrolled. So I think there are 46 girls now, not bad at all for the first class at JAS, huh?

Just a random note, when I got home, I was practially jumping off my seat when I saw Sunniforum back up. Yaaaaaaay it's BACK! O how I missed that forum...