Wednesday, June 29, 2011
On 27th Rajab the Holy Prophet (PBUH) made known
to the people his mission of Prophet hood.
The 27th is therefore, a highly blessed night.
Take a bath and put on clean clothes.
Give alms in the way of Allah.
Just before midnight pray 12 Rak-a’t Namaaz, in 6 sets of
2 Rak-a’t each. In every Rak-a’t recite Soorah Al Faatih’ah
and any other Soorah (any one soorah from Soorah Muhammad toAn Naas).After the salaam recite each of the following Soorahs
i. Al faatihah
ii. Al Ikhlaas
iii. Al Falaq
iv. An Naas
v. Al Kafiroon
vi. Al Qadr
vii. Aayatul Kursee
At the end recite the following dua’a:
“ALH’AMDU LILLAAHILLAD’EE LAM YATTAKHID’WALADAN
WA LAM YAKULLAHOO SHAREEKUN FIL MULKI WA LAM
YAKULLAHOO WALIYYUN MINAD’D’ULLI WA KABBIRHU
ALLAHUMMA INNEE AS-ALUKA BI-MA-A’AQIDI I’ZZIKA A’LAA
ARKAANI A’RSHIKA WA MUNTAHAR RAH’MATI MIN KITAABIKA
WA BISMIKAL AA’-Z’AMIL AA’-Z’AMIL AA’-Z’AM WA D’IKRIKAL
AA’-LAL AA’-LAL AA’-LAL WA BI-KALIMAATIKAT TAAMMAATIKAL
AN TUS’ALLIYA A’LAA MUH’AMMADI WA AALIHEE
WA AN TAF-A’LA BEEMAA ANTA AHLU
Recite Ziyarat of the Holy Prophet(PBUH)
Recite Ziyarat of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (AS)
1) Take a bath and put on clean clothes
2) Observe fast
3) Give Alms in the name of Allah
4) Recite Ziarath of Holy Prophet(PBUH)
5) Recite Ziarath of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (AS)
6) Recite Salawaat(Durood) as many times as possible.
7) Recite 12 Rak-a’t Namaz in 6 sets of 2 rak-a’t each
In every Rak-a’t recite Soorah Al Faathih’ah and any other Soorah.
After the Salaam recite each of the following Surah 4 times
i. Soorah Al Faatih’ah
ii. Soorah Al Ikhlass
iii. Soorah Al Kaafiroon
iv. Soorah An Naas
v. Soorah Al Falaq
vi. Aayaatul Kursee
vii. LAA ILAAHA ILLALLAAHU WALLAAHU AKBER WA
SUBH’AANALLAAHI WAL H’AMDU LILLAAHI WA LAA H’AWLA
WA LAA QUWWATA ILLAA BILLAAHIL A’LIYYIL A’ZEEM
viii. ALLAAHU ALLAAHU RABBEE LAA USHRIKI BIHEE SHAY-AA
ix. LAA USHRIKA BIRABBEE AH’ADAA
Observe fast on 28, 29 and 30
In the name of Allah, the beneficent the merciful.
On 27th Rajab, all the Muslim believers celebrate this as a
grand day of Meraj as "Grand Eid" and all the Muslims should
be proud to have such a prophet like Holy Prophet Muhammad,
peace and blessing be upon him and his progeny (Ahlul Bayt),
to whom Almighty Allah (swt) was also proud and had invited
him to visit and talked with very nearer distance as mentioned
in the Glorious Qur'an
(Qhaba Qhausain 53:9).
Also note that, the Meraj of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace
and blessing be upon him and his progeny has taken place more
than once. However, it should be mentioned that Meraj in which
the daily Salat was made incumbent, without doubt, occurred
before the death of Hazrat Abu Talib, who passed away in the
10th year of Besat. Unmistakably, from the Ahadith and books of
history, it is mentioned that on the night of Meraj, Allah (swt)
gave the order of the five daily Salat as being mandatory upon
the Islamic Nation.
The darkness of the night had spread across the horizon and
silence reigned over the face of nature. The time had arrived
when the living creatures take rest and sleep so that they might
recuperate from their activities of the previous day. Holy Prophet
Muhammad (saw), was also not an exception to this law of nature
and he wished to take rest after offering his prayers (Salat) in the
house of "Umm-e-Hani", the daughter of his uncle and sister of
Amir al-Mominin Ali (pbuh) in the blessed city of Makkah. However,
suddenly he heard a voice; it was the voice of the Archangel Jibreel
(pbuh) who said to him: "This night you have to perform a very
unique journey and I have been ordered to remain with you. You will
have to traverse different parts of the world mounted on an animal
Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessing be upon him and his
progeny began his historical night journey, along with the trusted
protector of the revelation, the Angel Jibreel (pbuh) from the house of
"Umm-e-Hani", with the aide of his steed al-Buraq.
"After some time, Angel Jibreel (pbuh) stopped Holy Prophet Muhammad
(saw) and said to perform the Salat. Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) dismounted from al-Buraq and performed Salat. Jibreel (pbuh) said,
'Do you know where you just prayed?' Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw)
replied to him in negative. Jibreel (pbuh) said, 'In Taibah (Madinah),
Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) got back onto al-Buraq and continued the journey."that place where your travelers will go.' After this,
"Once again, Angel Jibreel (pbuh) stopped Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw)
and said, 'Perform the Salat.' Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and
blessing be upon him and his progeny once again dismounted al-Buraq,
and performed Salat there. Jibreel (pbuh) asked Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw), 'Do you know where you just prayed?' It is the Mountain of Sinai -
the place where Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh) spoke to Allah (swt)."
"Once again, Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessing be upon him
and his progeny ascended al-Buraq and continued. Shortly afterwards,
Angel Jibreel (pbuh) said, 'Get down and perform the Salat.' Then again
Jibreel (pbuh) questioned, 'Do you know where you just prayed?'
Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) replied in negative, to which he answered,
In Bait al-Laham (Bethlehem) - the place which is near to Baitul Maqdis
and this is the place where Prophet Isa al-Masih (pbuh) was born."
Then they reached Baitul Maqdis, which is located in today's Zionist
occupied Jerusalem and is also known as Masjid al-Aqsa
(the Furthest Mosque) and Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw), proceeded
to tie the reins of al-Buraq to the same ring that the great Prophets
Masjid and it was here that he met Ibrahim, Musa, Isa and the rest
of the Prophets (pbut). They all gathered around him and they all
proceeded to get ready for Salat. Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and
blessing be upon him and his progeny had no doubt that the Salat
would be lead by Angel Jibreel (pbuh), however when the lines for
the Salat were being formed, Angel Jibreel (pbuh) placed his hand
on the shoulder of Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) and pushed forward.
Angel Jibreel (pbuh) also took part in the Salat behind him along with the various Prophets (pbut).
(before him) used to tie their animal to. After this Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessing be upon him and his progeny entered the
On the second part of his journey, he proceeded from this spot to
the skies (heavens). Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw), then observed
the stars and the systems of the world and conversed with the souls
of the previous prophets, and also with the angels of the heavens,
peace and blessing be upon them all. Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) saw
the centre of the tortures and the blessings (hell and heaven) and
became fully aware of the secrets of creation, the extent of the universe
and the signs of the Omnipotent Allah (swt).
Then Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessing be upon him and his progeny, continued his journey and reached Sidrat ul Muntaha (Beyond this point nobody has access including Angel Jibreel (pbuh)). There he found
it fully covered with splendor, magnificence and grandeur, and then he
returned back by the way he had traveled. Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw),
first came to Baitul Maqdis and then to Makkah. It was daybreak when he dismounted at the house of Umm-e-Hani from al-Buraq which had taken him into space. Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessing be upon him and
his progeny related this matter to Umm-e-Hani and the following night, he made it known to the assemblies of Quraysh as well. The word of his travels spread from mouth to mouth amongst all the groups, and now more than
ever, the Quraysh were upset (with him).
According to an old tradition, the Quraysh asked the account of its structure, and Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessing be upon him and his progeny, not only described the physical particularities of Baitul Maqdis, rather, he even informed them of the event that took place between Baitul Maqdis
and Makkah. Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) said to them that he met the caravan of such and such tribe who lost their camel and he asked them to give him water and Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) drank water from their container.
So they asked about the Quraysh caravan and he replied to them that he saw them at Taim. So Quraysh became very excited and it was not long after that the travelers (of that caravan) reported the exact events (as had occurred).
Proof of Isra and Miraj (Shab-e-Meraj, Lailat-ul-Miraj)
in the Glorious Qur'an:
The Heavenly Journey of Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessing
be upon him and his progeny has been straight forwardly explained in two Surahs of the Glorious Qur'an.
In the Surah al-Isra (Surah 17 - also known as Bani Isra'il), it is mentioned: Glory be to Him Who made His servant (Prophet Muhammad) to go on
a night from the Sacred Mosque (Masjid al-Haram) to the Farthest Mosque (Masjid al-Aqsa) of which We have blessed the precincts, so that
We may show to him some of Our signs; surely He is the Hearing,
the Seeing. (Glorious Qur'an, 17:1)
From this verse, we come to the conclusion that Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessing be upon him and his progeny traveled with his physical body (servant) through the worlds of Ascension. Further, by the greatness
of the Hidden Power, Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) was able to complete
this journey in a very short span of time.
Allah (swt) starts His speech with the phrase (Subhan) which denotes
the fact that Allah (swt) is free from all deficiencies - but He does not stop here. Rather, He makes the ascension the reason for His greatness by
saying 'made to travel' (Isra) so that others do not imagine that the means of this journey was through causes of the natural world and with normal,
ordinary means of transportation. This would have made his journey
something that could have been denied. Rather, this journey was
accomplished by relying upon the power of Allah (swt) and His specific and special blessings.
Although this verse states that the start of the journey was from
Masjid al-Haram and ended at Masjid al-Aqsa, this does not contradict
the fact that Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessing be upon him
and his progeny in addition to this trip, also had other trips towards
the higher world, since another part of the journey of Ascension of Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) is explained in verses of Surah an-Najm.
From the time Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessing be upon him
and his progeny told the Quraysh, 'I saw the angel of revelation
(when he received the first revelation) in his original and pure state,'
all the Quraysh raised up to mock him. Glorious Qur'an, in response to
the thoughts of the ignorant people replies: "Will you then argue with him about what he saw? He certainly saw him (Jibreel) during his other
ascent to the Lote-tree (in the seven heavens) near which is Paradise.
When the tree was covered with a covering, (Muhammad's) eyes did not deceive him, nor did they lead him to falsehood. He certainly saw
the greatest (signs) of the existence of his Lord."
(Glorious Qur'an, 53:12-18)
The object of this grand journey was to make known to Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessing be upon him and his progeny the various aspects of the existence of the great universe.
A person asked our 4th Imam, Imam Ali bin Hussain (as): "Is there
Imam Ali bin Hussain (as) replied: "no."a particular place for Allah
The man said: "Then why did He make his Holy Prophet Muhammad,
peace and blessing be upon him and his progeny, journey through
Imam Ali bin Hussain (as), replied: "He made him ascend so that he might become aware of the expanse of the universe and see and hear
wonderful things, the like of which had not been seen and heard by
the eyes and ears before."
Meraj (Night Ascension) or Miraj-un-Nabi and Modern Science:
It has been an on going discussion and debate for hundreds of years concerning the method of travel of Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessing be upon him and his progeny during the Meraj. Many thingshave been said regarding this journey and its being physical or
only spiritual even though from the Glorious Qur'an and the Ahadith
there is no doubt that it was a physical ascension.
However, one problem from the point of view of science prevented
some people in believing the reality and thus, the Meraj of Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) was recorded as being simply spiritual. Another group
went a step further and believed that this complete event was simply
a dream and that Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) experienced
the Meraj during his sleep!
The heavenly journey went against the scientific and natural laws of
today such as: the law of gravity of the earth; its speed of travel
of 25,000 miles per hour; the weightlessness of an object that is outside
of the airspace of earth; the fact that it is not possible to breathe the air
that is outside our atmosphere; the various cosmic rays; meteorites and air pressure; and the speed of light that goes at the speed of approximately 300,000 kilometers a second; and other such examples.
Fortunately however, it must be known that through scientific research and investigation, the space scientists of the Soviet Union successfully
launched Sputnik I. The world's first artificial satellite was about the
size of a basketball, weighed only 183 pounds, and took about 98 minutes
were able to demonstrate to mankind with ease, that they could overcome such problems as the gravitational pull, cosmic rays, problems with
breathing in space, and others, through various technologically designed and built equipment and instruments.
to orbit the Earth on its elliptical path, on October 4, 1957. They
Even today, the space science research is ever increasing and the scientists and researchers are confident that in a matter of time, they will be able to place life on one of the planets in our solar system; just as today, they have opened up the exploration to the moon and the planet Mars.
These scientific progresses and advancements in technology and industry
are a clear proof that such a celestial travel (that of Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessing be upon him and his progeny on the night of Meraj) is possible and can not be classified as something that was impossible. Meraj (Night Ascension)
Thursday, June 9, 2011
The happiest people in the world are not those
who have no problems, but those who learn to live
with things that are less than perfect.
In this picture, just look at their condition...
no place to sleep, still they have made some space
for the cat and the dog... water poring from the roof
but still each one of them have a peaceful smile on
their face... Simply amazing! Therefore:
Success is not the key to happiness.
Happiness is the key to success.
1. Mutual Trust:
Mutual Trust is a very important factor for all relationships.
When trust is broken, it is the end of the relationship.
Lack of trust leads to suspicion, suspicion generates anger,
anger causes enmity and enmity may result in separation.
A telephone operator told me that one day she received
a phone call. She answered, 'Public Utilities Board.'
There was silence. She repeated, 'PUB.' There was still
no answer. When she was going to cut off the line,
she heard a lady's voice, Oh, so this is PUB. Sorry,
I got the number from my Husband's pocket but I do not
know whose number it is.
Without mutual trust, just imagine what will happen to
the couple if the telephone operator answered with just
'Hello' instead of 'PUB.'
Imam Ali (as) says: "The best of belief is trustworthiness,
and the worst of manners is betrayal."
Imam Baqir (as) says: "There are three things that God
did not exempt anyone from doing. Returning the trusts
and keeping your pledges to the good and the evil-doers alike,
and being good and merciful towards parents regardless of
their being good of not."
Imam Sadiq (as) says: "Had the killer of Imam Ali kept a
trust with him he would have given it back."
Imam Ali (as) says: "Do not betray the one who trusts you
even if he betrays you. He also swore that the Messenger of God
told him an hour before he died: Return the trust, to the good
and the evil-doers, and whether it is trivial or big."
2. No Pointing Fingers:
A man asked his father-in-law, 'Many people praised you
for a successful marriage. Could you please share with me
The father-in-law answered in a smile, 'Never criticize
your wife for her shortcomings or when she does something wrong.
Always bear in mind that because of her shortcomings
and weaknesses, she could not find a better husband than you.'
We all look forward to being loved and respected.
Many people are afraid of losing face. Generally, when a
person makes a mistake, he would look around to find a
scapegoat to point the finger at. This is the start of a war.
We should always remember that when we point one finger
at a person, the other four fingers are pointing at ourselves.If we forgive the others, others will ignore our mistake too.
Imam Ali (as) says: "Ignore the shortcomings and forgive
the mistakes of others, just as you hope that God will forgive
your crimes and sins." "The best deed of a great man is to
forgive and forget."
3. Creating Perfect Relationships:
A person visited the matchmaker for marriage, and requested
'I am looking for a spouse. Please help me to find a
suitable one.' The matchmaker said, 'your requirements, please?'
'Oh, good looking, polite, humorous, sporty, knowledgeable,
nice talking. Willing to accompany me the whole day at
home during my leisure hour, if I don't go out. Telling me
interesting stories when I need companion for conversation
and be silent when I want to rest.' The matchmaker
listened carefully and replied, 'I understand you need
television not spouse.'
There is a saying that a perfect match can only be found
between a blind wife and a deaf husband, because
the blind wife cannot see the faults of the husband and
the deaf husband cannot hear the nagging of the wife.
Many couples are blind and deaf at the courting stage and
dream of perpetual perfect relationship. Unfortunately,
when the excitement of love wears off, they wake up and
discover that marriage is not a bed of roses.
The nightmare begins.
4. No Overpowering:
Many relationships fail because one party tries to
overpower another, or demands too much.
People in love tend to think that love will conquer all
and their spouses will change the bad habits after marriage.
Actually, this is not the case. There is a Chinese saying which
carries the meaning that "It is easier to reshape a mountain
or a river than a person's character."
It is not easy to change. Thus, having high expectation on
changing the spouse character will cause disappointment and
It would be less painful to change ourselves and lower our
Once upon a time, there was a king who ruled a
prosperous country. One day, he went for a trip to some
distant areas of his country. When he was back to his palace,
he complained that his feet were very painful, because
it was the first time that he went for such a long trip, and
the road that he went through was very rough and stony.
He then ordered his people to cover every road of the
entire country with leather.
Definitely, this would need thousands of cows' skin, and
would cost a huge amount of money.
Then one of his wise servants dared himself to tell the king,
"Why do you have to spend that unnecessary amount of money?
Why don't you just cut a little piece of leather to cover your feet?"
The king was surprised, but he later agreed to his suggestion,
to make a "shoe" for himself.
There is actually a valuable lesson of life in this story:
to make this world a happy place to live, you better change yourself -
your heart; and not the world.
5. Right Speech:
There is a Chinese saying which carries the meaning that
'a speech will either prosper or ruin a nation.' Many relationships
break off because of wrong speech. When a couple is too close
with each other, we always forget mutual respect and courtesy.
We may say anything without considering if it would hurt
the other party.
A women and her millionaire husband visited their construction site.
A worker who wore a helmet saw her and shouted, 'Hi, Emily!
Remember me? We were friends in the secondary school.'
On the way home, her millionaire husband teased her,
'Luckily you married me. Otherwise you will be the wife of
a construction worker.' She answered, 'You should appreciate
that you married me. Other wise, he will be the millionaire
and not you.'
A little girl asked her father, 'How did the human race appear?'
The father answered, 'Allah (SWT) made Adam and Eve and
they had children and so was all mankind made.' Two days later
the girl asked her mother the same question. The mother answered,
'Many years ago there were monkeys from which the human race evolved.'
The confused girl returned to her father and said, 'Daddy how is
it possible that you told me the human race was created by Allah (SWT),
and mother said they developed from monkeys?' The father answered,
'Well, dear, it is very simple. I told you about my side of the family
and your mother told you about hers.'
Frequently exchanging these remarks plants the seed for a
bad relationship. It's like a broken egg - cannot be reversed.
6. Personal Perception:
Different people have different perception. One man's meat
could be another man's poison.
Once Luqman (as), The Wise said to his son, "Oh son!
Do not tie your heart in seeking the pleasure of people.
You are not likely to succeed. Do not pay attention to
what people say. Instead tell yourself always to seek
the pleasure of Allah (SWT)."
Luqman (as), The Wise wanted this lesson to be always
remembered and never to be forgotten. He thought of a way.
So, he then told his son to ride a donkey and the son obeyed.
The father followed behind on foot. They traveled in this way
for some distance.
After some distance they came across a group of people.
Seeing the son on the donkey, one of them said,
"What an impolite and bad boy. The old father is walking on foot.
The young son is comfortably riding on the donkey.
This is no manner to show respect to one's father."
Father and son heard this. The son came down from the donkey.
Luqman (as), The Wise rode on the donkey.
After some distance they came across another group of people.
On seeing the father riding the donkey, the elder of the group said,
"Oh you old man! This is not the way to bring up a son.
You make him walk in the hot sun, while you sit comfortably
on the donkey."
Luqman (as), The Wise paid attention to what the people said.
He came down from the donkey. Both father and son walked on foot.
The donkey walked in front. They went a little further.
People seeing them, said, "How foolish you are? You walk
behind a donkey. Why don't you ride it?"
Luqman (as), The Wise and his son once again accepted
what the people said. They both rode the donkey and went further.
They came across a river. There was a bridge to be crossed.
Some people were sitting there. They saw Luqman (as),
The Wise and his son riding the donkey. One of them said,
"It is very unkind and cruel of you two to ride on the poor donkey.
The little animal can hardly take all your burden."
So taking this advice Luqman (as), The Wise and his son dismounted
from the donkey. They traveled a little distance further.
Looking very lovingly Luqman (as), The Wise said to his son,
"You have heard and seen what the people said. It must have
assured you, by now, that whatever you do or whichever way
you move, one is not able to please the people of the world."
You can never have everyone praise you, nor will everyone condemn you.
Never in the past, not at present, and never will be in the future.
Luqman (as), The Wise pointed at the flowing river and added,
"A person can build a wall across the river. It will stop the flow of
the water. But it is not possible to shut the mouth of the people
Very clearly, similar is the case in our world today. The tongue
has no bone. It can speak even without thought. There are as
many opinions as there are people in the world. It is very bad
to find fault with the other person, especially when he is doing
something good. A person can feel very hurt when he listens to
all the tongues that talk loose. To avoid getting hurt by loose talk,
a person can train himself. He can discipline himself to think.
By thinking he can know what is wrong and void. When a person is
sure that what he is doing will please his Master, Allah (SWT)
the Almighty, then he must never worry what others speak.
Thus, do not be too bothered by others words if your conscience
"We must do what we conceive to be the right thing and not
bother our heads or burden our souls with whether we will
be successful. Because if we don't do the right thing,
we will be doing the wrong thing and we will just be a part of
the disease and not a part of the cure." - E. F. Schumacher
7. Be Patient:
This is another story which happened in the States. A man came
out of his home to admire his new truck. To his puzzlement,
his three-year-old son was happily picked stone and scratched lines
on the side of the truck. In his anger, the man ran to his son,
knocked him away. And took the little boy's hands and hit it
many times as punishment, not realizing he was using a wrench.
When the father calmed down, he rushed his son to the hospital.
Although the doctor tried desperately to save the crushed bones,
he finally had to amputate the fingers from both the little boy's hands.
When the boy woke up from the surgery and saw his bandaged stubs,
he innocently said, "Daddy, I'm sorry about your truck." Then he asked,
"But when are my fingers going to grow back?" The father was so hurt.
He went back to truck and kicked it a lot of times. Sitting back he
looked at the scratches, little boy wrote "I LOVE YOU DAD."
Later then committed suicide.
Think about this story the next time someone steps on your feet or
you wish to take revenge. Think first before you lose your patience
with someone you love. Trucks can be repaired. Broken bones and
hurt feelings often can't. Too often we fail to recognize the
difference between the person and the performance.
We forget that forgiveness is greater than revenge.
People make mistakes. We are allowed to make mistakes,
because we human beings are not perfect. But the actions
we take while in a rage will haunt us forever.
It takes 72 muscles to frown - only 14 to smile! So keep smiling,In the word SMILE: After all, we only live once.
S stands for Sets you free
M stands for Makes you special
I stands for Increases your face value
L stands for Lifts up your spirits
E stands for Erases all your tensions
A Smile makes us look younger,
while Prayers make us feel stronger.
Think about how special a smile is. It costs nothing,
but has the power to enrich all, who receive it.
A smile is the light in your window that tells others that
there is a caring, sharing person inside.
Even a smile or a kind word is considered charity.
Good Life starts only when you stop wanting a better One.
So, Live like a Candle, which burns itself but give lights to others.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
An Angel was having a conversation with the Lord
One day and said, "Lord, I would like to know
The Lord sent the Angel to two doors. The Angel
opened one of the doors and looked in.
In the middle of the room was a large round table.
In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew
which smelled delicious and made the Angel's mouth water.
The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly.
They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons
with very long handles that were strapped to their arms
and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew
and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than
their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths.
The Angel shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering.
The Lord said, "You have seen Hell. Now go to the next door."
The Angel went to the next room and opened the door.
It was exactly the same as the first one. There was
the large round table with the large pot of stew which made
the Angel's mouth water. The people were equipped with
the same long handled spoons, but here the people were
well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.
The Angel said, "I don't understand.""It is simple" said the Lord,
"it requires but one skill. You see, they have learned to share
by feeding each other, while the greedy think only of themselves."
Moral of the story: Its people's attitude that makes our place of work,
a hell or heaven! 'Help and Seek Help' this makes all the difference
to each individual's life and makes our lives hell or heaven.
Success and happiness is all about effective team-work
make it a great place to work.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Every Friday afternoon, after the Jummah service at the Central Mosque,
the Imam and his eleven year old son would go out into their town and
hand out "Path to Paradise" and other Islamic literature.
This particular and fortunate Friday afternoon, as the time came for
the Imam and his eleven year old son to go to the streets with their
booklets, it was very cold outside, as well as pouring rain.
The boy bundled up in his warmest and driest clothes and said, 'OK, dad,
I am ready!' His 'Al Mualim' dad asked, 'Ready for what?'
'Dad, it's time we gather our tracts together and go out.'
Dad responds, 'Son, it's very cold outside and it's also pouring rain.'
The boy gives his dad a surprised look, asking, 'But Dad, are not people
still going to hell, even though it's raining?' Dad answers, 'Son,
I am not going out in this weather.'
Despondently, the boy asks, 'Dad, can I go? Please?' His father hesitated
for a moment then said, 'Son, you can go. Here are the booklets.
Be careful son.' 'Thanks, Dad!'
And with that, he was off and out into the rain. This eleven year old boy
walked the streets of the town going door to door and handing everybody
he met in the street a pamphlet or a booklet.
After two hours of walking in the rain, he was soaking, bone chilled wet
and down to his very last booklet. He stopped on a corner and looked
for someone to hand a booklet to, but the streets were totally deserted.
Then he turned toward the first home he saw and started up the sidewalk
to the front door and rang the door bell. He rang the bell, but nobody
answered. He rang it again and again, but still no one answered.
He waited but still no answer.
Finally, this eleven year old Dawah (Inviting to the way of submission and
surrender to Allah) expert turned to leave, but something stopped him.
Again, he turned to the door and rang the bell and knocked loudly on
the door with his fist. He waited, something holding him there on the front porch!
He rang again and this time the door slowly opened. Standing in the doorway
was a very sad looking elderly lady. She softly asked, 'What can I do for you, son?'
With radiant eyes and a smile that lit up her world, this little boy said,
"Ma'am, I am sorry if I disturbed you, but I just want to tell you that
'Allah really loves and cares for you' and I came to give you my very last booklet
which will tell you all about God, the real purpose of creation, and
how to achieve His pleasure."
With that, he handed her his last booklet and turned to leave.
She called to him as he departed. 'Thank you, son! And God Bless You!'
Well, the following Friday afternoon after Jummah service the Imam was giving
some lectures. As he concludes the lectures, he asked, 'Does anybody have
questions or want to say anything?'
Slowly, in the back row among the ladies, an elderly voice was heard over
the speaker. As the voice went on, a hint of glorious gaiety and contentment
was plainly evident in it even though she was not to be seen,
"No one in this gathering knows me. I have never been here before.
You see, before last Friday I was not a Muslim. My husband passed
on some time ago, leaving me totally alone in this world. Last Friday,
being a particularly cold and rainy day, it was even more so in my heart that
I came to the end of the line where I no longer had any hope or will to live.
So I took a rope and a chair and ascended the stairway into the attic of my home.
I fastened the rope securely to a rafter in the roof then stood on the chair and
fastened the other end of the rope around my neck. Standing on that chair,
so lonely and brokenhearted I was about to leap off, when suddenly the
loud ringing of my doorbell downstairs startled me. I thought, I will wait a minute
and whoever it is will go away.
I waited and waited, but the ringing doorbell seemed to get louder and
more insistent and then the person ringing also started knocking loudly.
I thought to myself again, 'Who on earth could this be? Nobody ever rings
my bell or comes to see me.' I loosened the rope from my neck and started
for the front door, all the while the bell rang louder and louder.
When I opened the door and looked I could hardly believe my eyes,
for there on my front porch was the most radiant and angelic little boy
I had ever seen in my life. His smile, oh, I could never describe it to you!
The words that came from his mouth caused my heart that had long
been dead to leap to life as he exclaimed with a cherub like voice,
'Ma'am, I just came to tell you that Allah really loves and cares for you!'
Then he gave me this booklet, 'Path to Paradise' that I now hold in my hand.
As the little angel disappeared back out into the cold and rain, I closed my door
and read slowly every word of this book. Then I went up to my attic to get my rope
and chair. I would not be needing them any more.
You see, I am now a happy vicegerent of the One True God. Since the address of
your congregation was stamped on the back of this booklet, I have come here
to personally say Thank You to God's little angel who came just in the nick of time
and by so doing, spared my soul from an eternity in hell.
There was not a dry eye in the mosque. And as shouts of Takbir! Allahu Akbar
(God is the greatest)! rented the air, even among the ladies.
The Imam (dad) descended from the pulpit to the front row where the
little angel was seated. He took his son in his arms and sobbed uncontrollably.
Probably no Jamaat (Assembly) has had a more glorious moment and probably
this universe has never seen a Papa that was more filled with love and
honor for his son, except for one, this very one.
You are the best community evolved for mankind; you enjoin the right conduct
and forbid indecency and you believe in Allah. Noble Qur'an (3:110)
Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching and
argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious. Noble Qur'an (16:125)