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GRATEFUL TO ALLAH

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Allah has created everything with a purpose; just like His blessings. Each one of these blessings—our life, faith, sustenance, health, eyes, and ears—is an endowment for mankind to be grateful to Allah.
Once we leave heedlessness and ignorance behind, and start to think and see with reasoning, we shall surely realize that everything around us is indeed a favor granted by our Creator Allah. All the food that we eat, the air that we breath, all the beauties around us, in particulars, our eyes that let us see all these things — everything is a blessing of Allah. These are so numerous that the Qur’an says: “If you would count up the favors of Allah, never would you be able to number them: for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Surat an-Nahl,16:18)
And, undoubtedly, all these favors are given for some reason. Nothing is created for us simply to use as we wish. On the contrary, the reason for all those favors – no matter what - is to instruct mankind towards Allah; because …

DISCOVER INTROVERTS

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Being an introvert in an extrovert world has a lot of challenges, the main one, being labeled as shy, unsociable or (the worst ones to me personally) arrogant, selfish or unfriendly. I am so NOT arrogant, selfish or unfriendly :(
I love people, so it hurts that I come across that way to people who don't know me.
I am not shy (ATLEAST I THINK SO :)). I like to be around my friends (the few I have mean the world to me) and you can throw me into the right crowd (a concert vs. a party) and see that I am far from unsocialable. Saying "NO" to social events doesn't mean I am too selfish to share my time, it means I need my time alone or I will literally not be able to function. My body will shut down and force me get the time I need to stay "whole". (I do admit I hate parties and social events at times, more on why later).

Only 20% of the population are true introverts, so being the minority often means being misunderstood. I am going to try to sh…

TO DO OR NOT TO DO

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“To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd.”




Here are some of the best lines from the Bard of Avon’s nib, Hamlet’s soliloquy. In the above context, Prince Hamlet is extremely unsure of himself and often wavers between the two extremes – life’ and ‘death’
But, I am neither going to talk about Shakespeare’s greatness nor glorify Hamlet’s decision here. In fact, after reading these lines more than once, I realized there dwells a fundamental actuality which almost everybody experiences in their everyday lives. This is the most confusing sort of fear which can empower your thoughts for more than you can ever imagine. Even though our minds may not necessarily osci…

WHEN YOU ARE ENOUGH :) :) :)

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As I always say that our life depends on us. If you feel empty, it's not because of someone else. It's you, you're the one who make it empty. You can always be surrounded by the cheerful people but if your heart and mind choose to feel the emptiness of your surrounding, them you will feel empty. What I'm trying to day is that for you to be able to enjoy life. I know talking is much easier than doing it but hey, we all want the best of our live, don't we? So maybe if you ever feel down, sad, lonely or anything else, just look into your heart and find those missing pieces, out it back on its place and just be happy. You are your own good company=) Nothing Big Required - You Are Enough

Most of us have the feeling that we are here to accomplish something big in our lives, and if we haven’t done something that fits the bill we may feel as if we are waiting. We may feel incomplete, or empty, as if our lives don’t yet make sense to us, because they don’t line …

ON KNOWING STEVE JOBS :)

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As I read one article after another, all paying their heart filled tribute to the man who revolutionized technology; I had tears in my eyes, especially after reading the Punk and the cheerful side of his. It said :
“Jobs was brash from an early age. When he was just 12 he discovered that he did not have a crucial part of a frequency counter that he was assembling and promptly telephoned William Hewlett after locating William Hewlett Packard co- founder’s number in a phone directory. Hewlett spoke with the boy for 20 minutes prepared a bag of parts for him to pick up and offered him a job as a summer intern.” ~Pg 7, Economic Times
And then I came across his Stanford Speech which he gave to the students in the year 2005 which I happened to listen every word of, on YouTube, few months back, and I have to say that it was indeed awe- inspiring. When I heard Jobs speak, I wondered “Why don’t we get such great speakers at our convocation ceremonies?”
But the fact is, that, peopl…

We Love Allah, Place Our Hopes in Him & Fear Him

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When we call people to righteousness, we should focus on Allah’s mercy and we should try to inspire in their hearts a great love for Allah that will make them hate to displease their Lord. At the same time, we should instill in them a hope for Allah’s reward in the Hereafter, as well as the understanding that all success in this world also comes from Allah alone. We should also teach people to fear Allah’s punishment.

The message of the Qur’an emphasizes all three of these characteristics and makes it clear that they are the praiseworthy attributes of those who believe, namely: to love Allah, fear Him, and place our hopes in Him.

The concept advanced by some Muslim mystics that we should only love Allah, and to be “pure” in our love we should do so without feeling any fear or hope, is misguided. Allah has ordered His servants to do the same as he ordered His prophets, that is: to obey Him and worship Him. Allah guided his Prophets to every possible form of righteousness…

NO TIME TO PRAY

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I knelt to pray but not for long, I had too much to do. I had to get hurry and get to work For bills would soon be due
So I knelt and said a hurried prayer, And jumped up off my knees, My Muslim duty was now done My soul could rest at ease.
All day long I had no time To spread a word of cheer. No time to speak of Allah to friends, They’d laugh at me I’d fear.
No time, no time, too much to do, That was my constant cry, No time to give to souls in need But at last the time, the time to die.
I went before the Lord, I came, I stood downcast eyes. For in his hand God held a book; It was the book of life,
God looked into his book and said Your name I cannot find. I once was going to write it down.. But never find the time.

THE EMPERORS SEED :)

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I'm reading a very inspirational book called "The key strategies that can make anyone a successful leader" by Zohra Sarwari, it is a collection of wonderful stories and poems and has chapters written by motivational and experienced writers. There is a beautiful story in here which I really want to share with all of you. We can all learn a lesson from this story. So here's what I'm going to do: I'm going to type up the whole thing (even the moral at the end) so you guys and gals can read it. Here goes:

The Emperor's Seed - Anonymous

An Emperor in the Far East was growing old and knew it was time to choose his successor. Instead of choosing one of his assistants or his children, he decided to do something different. He called young people in the kingdom together one day. He said, "It is time for me to step down and choose the next emperor. I have decided to choose one of you." The kids were shocked! But the Emperor continued. "I …

LONELINESS

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All said and done :) Life does move on, but it makes you lonely in ways you never quite could have expected.
It isn't the loneliness you know off. Nothing changes in your life and yet it isn't your life any more.
Loneliness is knowing that the metro doors will not open to reveal a face familiar and loved. Or even known, for that matter. It is the daily reminder that your favorite coffee shop no longer is the first choice to spend a leisurely afternoon at. Being lonely is not being able to walk right into the homes you considered almost your own, especially when you need them the most. It is the cold fact that there isn't someone a phone call away who'll stay up till 3 a.m. just because you told them to.
Loneliness is not having reason to celebrate even when you have every single reason to. When you are greeted warmly by a stranger when you get good news instead of people who would have wished most fervently for your happiness. It is quietly smiling to yourself …

LIKE A DUCK :)

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You ever notice a duck in a pond? How it floats so peacefully on top of the body of water… almost gliding along without any real effort.  The perfect picture of calm. The epitome of relaxation and composure.  No splashing. No disturbing the surface. No violent ripples left behind.  You could easily think that ducks just move, well without any effort at all. Almost as if that is the nature of a duck. To move, to glide, to flow smoothly from point A to point B.  To the naked eye, from up above the water it is all nice and tranquil… But if you were to look below the surface, the truth would be apparent. In reality the duck is really working hard.  Its feet paddle vigorously to push and propel the weight of its body through the water. Its tail works as a rudder, fighting against the current so as to keep the duck soundly on its intended path.  The whooshing water forms little whirlpools, the ducky’s leg muscles strain against gallons of water, and its heart pumps feverishly …

WORDS REDEFINED :)

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CIGARETTE:
A pinch of tobacco
rolled in paper
with fire at one end
and a fool at the other!  
LECTURE:
An art of transmitting Information
from the notes of the lecturer
to the notes of students
without passing through the minds
of either 
CONFERENCE:
The confusion of one man
multiplied by the
number present 

COMPROMISE:
The art of dividing
a cake in such a way that
everybody believes
he got the biggest piece 
TEARS:
The hydraulic force by which
masculine will power is
defeated by feminine water-power!


CONFERENCE ROOM:
A place where everybody talks,
nobody listens
and everybody disagrees later on

ECSTASY:
A feeling when you feel
you are going to feel
a feeling
you have never felt before 
CLASSIC:
A book
which people praise,
but never read 
SMILE:
A curve
that can set
a lot of things straight!