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Insight! Understanding! Action!

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This world is similar to a stage. We all are performers. We all have been allotted roles. Our life is our script and whatever we choose to speak is our dialogue. There is freedom to some extent. The performers can choose to act with their insights and understanding of the situation they are in. But they are not permanent performers. There is a limited time for this stage performance. Once the time limit is over some performers leave the stage forever, never given another chance to perform.  Each one of us is being judged according to our performance on the stage. One day we all will be called on a Final Day where a big gathering will be present. Then the Master of this stage will judge us. We will be applauded, appreciated and rewarded for our performance if it is worth anything. Our scripts then will be in the form of books, handed over to us in our right or left hands. Those who will receive their books in the right hands will be rewarded abundantly. They will be very happy as they …

I care to share...the knowledge.

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My Golden Days of Hajj 2010 Last Part

The sharp sunlight could not bring down the high spirits that the pilgrims had to make the most of the great day of Arafat. They wanted to make all the supplications they could. We stood under the bright sun and made dua to our Lord.
The pilgrims can stay in Arafat till maghrib time only so they want to make the most of these hours.
As the time passed we made our supplications more and more and the spirits soared higher. Most of us ask for forgiveness so that our Hajj is accepted and we return as newborn babies with no sin! We also prayed for strong faith, health, a good life and death. We all aspire for the final destination Jannah or Paradise so most of the pilgrims pray for it during Arafat Day. All of us pray for the loved ones who had passed away. To sum up, we all pray for happiness in the world and the hereafter for ourselves and others.
In Arafat we prayed Dhuhr and Asr prayers as shortened and combined. Then again we all got busy in supplications. Just around Maghrib time we set…

My Golden Days of Hajj 2010 Part 2

We had to travel to Arafat by 'Mashair al Muqaddasa' Metro train service. We had been given the boarding passes earlier when we took our bus to Mina from Jeddah.
The Metro Train Service was launched for the pilgrims that year itself and it was the first experience for many.
We walked till the railway station on foot. Hundreds of people followed one man in a group who had a board in his hand held high on a long pole.
Every group leader had the board with the name of his group and camp and the members of that group were walking behind him. This made the long and crowded walk easy to track and manage Alhamdulillah.
Everyone was reciting the Talbiyah 'labbaik Allahumma labbaik...' Here I am O my Lord, here I am...
After a little waiting on the station we were signaled to move toward our platform numbers so that we can board the coming train for Arafat.
It seemed like a flood of people of all types, nationalities, colors and regions...the one thing was common to all...they were a…

My Golden Days of Hajj 2010 Part 1

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In the Name of Allah Most Gracious Most Merciful

It is a great Blessing and Grace of Allah subhanahu wa ta'aala that we completed the Obligatory Hajj in the year 2010 (1431 Hijri).
My husband and I could perform the Hajj with all its rituals properly only with the help of Allah.
On the eve of 7th Dhul Hijjah 1431 which is 13th November 2010 we set our for Mina after Isha by bus. We were in Ihram and saying Talbiah when we started out from our home. We were doing Hajj al Ifrad in which the sacrificial animal is not necessary and one can directly wear the Ihram clothes for Hajj.
We had to go directly to Mina and perform the five obligatory prayers.
Our bus crossed the check point and headed towards Mina. We could see a lot of Hajis going toward Mina on foot from Jeddah. I could not believe that Allah had called me for this Great act of Hajj...I felt that a sinful and disobedient servant of Allah like me was given a chance to purify myself through this great duty toward Allah.
The bus was …

'Belief' or not!

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One day...

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The Ripple Effect...and the drop.

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What we do, say, like or dislike is not limited to us alone. When each one of us acts in a particular manner it has its effects. It starts from us. Each of us has his or her own influence on the world around. We are like small drop of water which falls into the pond of still water from above it, or like a small pebble which someone throws into it. We can cause ripples. We can give life to the otherwise silent pond or can make it turbulent by our not so responsible and continuous drops of undesirable behavior.  Supposing the world as a pond. Each person has the ability to cause ripples in this pond. With us around the pond can not remain still or silent. The thing is to cause beautiful, rhythmic and coordinated effects. Ripples going in all directions without harmony are not ripples they are tribulations. 
Ripples look beautiful but tribulations are disturbing. The need, therefore, is to cause such harmonious ripples which add to the beauty and harmony of the world. Each of us can act as a …