Sunday, 26 October 2008

Plan, but understand that we only live by Allah’s grace

Sometimes Allah breaks our spirit to save our soul.
Sometimes Allah breaks our heart to make us whole.
Sometimes Allah allows pain so we can be stronger.
Sometimes Allah sends us failure so we can be humble.
Sometimes Allah allows illness so we can take better care of ourselves.
Sometimes Allah takes away some things from us so we can learn the value of everything He gave us.
Plan, but understand that we only live by Allah’s grace.


Monday, 20 October 2008

Want to see a phone disappear?

Source : Dilbert

Coutesy: Saira A.K, for introducing the Dilbert comic to me =)

Monday, 13 October 2008

NYTimes: Girl Power at School, but Not at the Office


I was born in 1982 — about 20 years after the women’s rights movement began. Growing up in what many have called a post-feminist culture, I did not really experience institutional gender bias. “Girl power” was celebrated, and I felt that all doors were open to me.

When I was in college, the female students excelled academically, sometimes running laps around their male counterparts. Women easily ascended to school leadership positions and prestigious internships. In my graduating class (more than half of which was female) there was a feeling of camaraderie, a sense that we were helping each other succeed.

Then I left the egalitarianism of the classroom for the cubicle, and everything changed. The realization that the knowledge and skills acquired in school don’t always translate at the office is something that all college graduates, men and women, must face. But for women, I have found, the adjustment tends to be much harder. It was certainly hard for me — I lasted only nine months in my first job out of college.

Inspired by my own rocky entrance into the work world, I decided to interview other young women and discovered that many of them, like me, were facing a steep workplace learning curve. What was it, I wondered, that was making our first career steps so wobbly when we had been so accomplished and self-assured in school?

Read On

Saturday, 11 October 2008

mein ney pyaar kiya

Jaan jaati hai by Khany

jaan jaati hai par mein ney aitebaar kiya
jaan jaati hai magar mein ney iqrar kiya

terray aanay sey dil ko hosala-e-aitemaad mila
tujh sey pehlay mein ney abdan inkaar kiya

jeeta tha mein roz yeh tamanah lay ker
tujh sa koi hasseen merra sahaara hota

tu bichra bhi jo mujh sey tou yoon bichra zaalim
malamat bhi na ker sakaa, dil tou halka hota

phir bhi terra yeh karam tu ney merra naam liya
jaan tou jaani hii thi khushaa keh mein ney pyaar kiya


Editors note: The poem is originally titled Jaan jaati hai.

Friday, 10 October 2008

Islamica Magazine - The Loss of Mercy - And Where To Find It

Through the Prophet's character and behavior true gentleness and mercy can be seen manifest in action


Sectarian bloodbaths in Iraq ... suicide bombers blowing themselves up in parking lots of hotels, taking innocent lives...female madrassah students in Islamabad waving cane sticks at shopkeepers and vendors ... people being turned away from Islam from the harshness of many of those deemed "religious" ...

There is a loss of mercy and gentleness around. Yet we see anger and harshness abound, and one wonders what has gone wrong.

In reality, Divine guidance and Prophetic teachings are nothing but a manifestation of mercy-and any understanding of religion lacking in mercy is lacking in true understanding.

Our problem is that we fail to act on the implications of the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) having been, "sent only as a mercy to all creation." [Qur'an, 21.107] The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) himself emphasized that, "I was only sent as a gift of Mercy." [Bazzar and Tabarani, from Abu Hurayra; sound]

The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) explained, too, that, "The merciful are shown mercy by the All-Merciful. Be merciful to those on earth and the Lord of the Heavens will be merciful to you." [Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud, from Abd Allah ibn Amr; rigorously authentic] It is a sign of the way of traditional Islamic scholarship that this is the first hadith (Prophetic teaching) traditionally conveyed by a scholar to their students.

Learning to Love

Mercy relates to how one views others. A leading Kuwaiti scholar whom I met last summer advised that, "We have to teach people how to love God's creation, because this is central to the Prophetic example and teachings. This look of love and mercy is a condition of faith itself, for the Prophet cautioned us that, "None of you truly believes until they love for their brethren what they love for themselves." And the "brotherhood" mentioned here is the brotherhood of humanity, not merely that of Islam-as Imam Nawawi and other classical commentators have mentioned.

Dealing with Disagreements

In dealing with disagreements, Imam Razi mentions an important principle in his great Qur'anic exegesis: there is no contradiction between being firm on what one understands to be the truth and between being gentle. Rather, the way of the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) is to be firm, when firmness is called upon, but with mercy and gentleness-in both attitude and action.

When one differs with others, one must maintain the excellence of character and conduct that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said was the very purpose of Divine Guidance, when he explained that, "I was only sent to perfect noble character."

It is only with this gentleness and excellence that people, ultimately, listen to the call to guidance. It once happened that some non-Muslims greeted the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) with an insult. His wife, A'isha, insulted them back. But the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) did not. Rather, he simply replied, "And upon you," which is the standard reply to the greeting of, "Peace be upon you." Then, he said to his dear wife, "A'isha! Allah is gentle and loves gentleness in all matters." [Bukhari, from Ai'sha] And he also taught that, "Gentleness is not found in anything except that it makes it beautiful; and gentleness is not taken out of anything except that is makes it ugly." [Muslim and others, also from A'isha]

Imam Razi explains that the very purpose of Divine revelation is for messengers to convey the call to believe and submit to God. This purpose cannot be fulfilled unless people incline towards the message and are at ease with it. And this, in turn, cannot be fulfilled unless its bearers are merciful and generous; overlooking others' mistakes and forgiving their errors; and being respectful of them.

This is how the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) himself was. Allah commends him, saying, "It is from the Mercy of God that you were gentle with them. Were you harsh and hard-hearted they would indeed have fled from you." [Qur'an, 3.159]

The underlying respect of others, even those one differs or disagrees with, is affirmed in the Divine command in the second part of this very verse, "So overlook their errors, seek forgiveness for them, and consult them regarding matters."

The Fault in Fleeing

Harshness within communities leads to disunity and discord (fitna), as people "flee from each other," to use the Qur'anic metaphor above. The Prophetic example entails that we differ with respect for the other party. We should see the good in them; consider the points and issues of commonality, and not merely those of difference; and always assume that they, too, are sincerely seeking the truth.

And then when we act or speak in matters or situations where there is disagreement or difference-whatever it may be and whomever it may be with-we should stop and consider: how would the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) have acted in this situation? If we reflect on his example, we cannot possibly imagine him acting with other than excellence, mercy, and gentleness in any situation or with anyone.

Source: Islamica Magazine

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Hazrat Ali's comment on dua

"Jab meri Dua qabool ho tu khushi hoti hay ke is mey meri marzi hay or jab na ho to khushi or bhi barh jati hai ke is mein Allah(s.w.t)ke marzee hai"
~Hazrat Ali (R.A)

Courtesy SAK

Sunday, 5 October 2008