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The Fish and I: Ponder on this!

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By a German Poet
The other day, I went to the sea And asked the fish,  "Do you know who made the ocean and you in it, and for what?" The fish gave me a puzzled look and said, “I don’t know and I don’t care as to who made the ocean And put me in it and for what. Ho ha! I don't like such questions. I have no time. Can’t you see how busy I am? I have to run for food continuously And watch myself day and night That no one catch me or eat me alive. Man! You can’t imagine how hard is life. No, no. I have no time for such questions. Why don’t you go and ask some man? Over there, you see that man? He does nothing but catch fish all day.  I bet he has time. And by the way, I have heard it said, Man has a mind with which to think. You see, I am just a fish, A poor animal.  I have no mind. So use your brain. Go ask the man and leave me alone.” I went to the man and asked him,   “Sir, do you know who made this world, The earth, the moon, the star, the sky above,  And the universe beyond …

An Interactive Session with my Quran teacher (Dr. Farhat Hashmi)

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It came as a pleasant and surprise Eid gift to me. Our teacher Dr Farhat Hashmi visited our Quran Institute today morning. We had an interactive session with her. A student recited the last verses from Suratul Hashr which touched the heart.  The translation is as follows: 

O you who have believed, fear Allah . And let every soul look to what it has put forth for tomorrow - and fear Allah . Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do.And be not like those who forgot Allah , so He made them forget themselves. Those are the defiantly disobedient.
Not equal are the companions of the Fire and the companions of Paradise. The companions of Paradise - they are the attainers [of success]
If We had sent down this Qur'an upon a mountain, you would have seen it humbled and coming apart from fear of Allah . And these examples We present to the people that perhaps they will give thought.
He is Allah , other than whom there is no deity, Knower of the unseen and the witnessed. He is the Entirely Mer…

The Big Question

The big question is why? Why in the whole world only one religion and its followers and its tenets are being targeted? Why every other ideology, religion and system is no threat to anybody but when it comes to Islam it is being presented in the most negative light by not just the media but even by other authorities? Why people readily listen to anything even if it is some meaningless rap but when they are told to listen to or read the Quran they feel offended? Why over the globe only the followers of Islam are being targeted, be it the issue of hijab, mosques, prayer call, beard or their struggle for their rights as citizens? Why no body questions the authenticity of the ideoligies presented by others as just theories? Why is there such blind following of non sense and no body bothering to look into that but such hurried opinions over issues that have complete authentication and historical and divine proofs?
Why doesn't anyone bother to challenge and raise the voices against the …

Prophet Moses (Musa alayhissalam)

In the light of Surah Al Qasas; Chapter 28 in the Noble Quran.

Musa or Moses (peace be upon him) is one of the mightiest Prophets of Islam. He is among the five great Prophets namely Abraham (Ibrahim), Noah (Nuh), Jesus (Isa), and Muhammad (Peace be upon them all). The reasons why Allah chose him to be a Prophet and the one whom He talked with can be found out when we read his story mentioned in the Quran. He is mentioned most frequently than any other Prophet in the Quran. In Chapter 28 of Al Quran called 'The Stories' or Al Qasas Allah mentions the story of Prophet Musa in good detail.
In verse 1 Allah says that He is relating the story of Musa in truth for those who are the believers.
Quran is the only living book since 1400 years which relates to us the past stories of the nations that have been wiped out from the face of the earth. But those who are the people of understanding and those who believe in the facts and the truth presented in history believe the words of Alla…

The Benefit of Belief

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I was lying down to take some rest but my mind was far from the resting mode. It was being constantly visited by ideas, thoughts and conceptions. Various images were being flashed in my mind and I could not resist thinking upon this topic- Belief.
In my mind I got the images of those who represent a certain belief system and of those who are too open to all kinds of ideologies. The latter do not mind taking up everything that comes their way and it is acceptable to them, they take it conveniently and stay merry on their own accord. Commonly such people are viewed as very open-minded, liberal, secular and are given many such labels. On the other hand, those who adopt a certain lifestyle and try to live by it are not seen as common and simple people. Mostly people think that they are extraordinary, fundamentalists, extremists and many such words are used to describe them.
Let us not see this only in the context of religion. We can find people following a particular lifestyle and believ…

No Problem

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It happens with each one of us. No one is spared from the problems and difficulties at some stage in life. One phase of life might pass like it was a bed of roses and suddenly something happens that changes the whole scenario. That same bed of roses is now packed with thorns and bushes. Difficulties and problems are difficult hence they are called so...at least when we are facing them they seem to be the hardest things in life to face. But as soon as we learn to live with them or when fortunately they are solved or passed we do not feel that burden on our minds. This is human nature. He gets overwhelmed with all the emotions as they come and easily forgets the pains that he goes through when that phase is gone. This is good for him. If the person lingers in the painful moments then it is extremely unhealthy for him. Sometimes people are not able to lift themselves up from the painful past events and keep them fresh in their minds. This causes them a constant pain, sorrow and grief an…

People, Rainbows and You

Back again after some gap since my last blogpost. Had been away on vacation, meeting people, doing things, understanding life and pondering over its events and changes.
Life is never still. If it were so we would have destroyed ourselves with boredom and monotony. Changes, ups and downs, incidents, surprises, disappointments are all part of life. Afterall it is life...it should be lively, right?

Travel has always been a great way to learn things. It lifts you up from one stationary position where similar things are happening almost each day and sets you free to explore the various possibilities in life. The journey is everything from exciting, adventurous, tiring, uncomfortable to relaxing, enlightening and educating.

When you step out from your usual setting in life and enter into the world of journeying and traveling, you realize that you have a great deal to learn at your disposal. You find new scenarios, you meet people different than your own culture, you find differences in foo…