Beautiful Spring Morning…

30 04 2008

A beautiful breeze woke us up for fajar this morning at 5:20am. Since it was still so early, I tried to go back to sleep but, the sweet warmth of the sun with a cool breeze just wouldn’t let me sleep. After talk with my mom and breakfast , I went for a walk at the Palmer’s Park right next to our apartment. It was nice a quiet with few morning walkers at the park. It was just a beautiful spring day in Chicago. The grasses couldn’t be greener. The blades were so thin, shiny, and high uprooting towards the source of its energy. In between the grasses bloomed yellow dandelions through out the fields. It almost reminded me of back home fields full of mustard flowers. It was just breathtaking and so serene and soothing to the mind and body. The birds were flying from branch to branch and flower to flower to feed on. The squirrels (the are much thinner than UH squirrels) were sniffing and snickering away searching for their morning meal. All I could say is Subhanallah, as I enjoyed my walk. I think moving up north to the Midwest and experiencing bitter winters you start appreciating the rebirth of life around you in Spring and summer much more than living in the South. Right when I was about to cross the street to come home came trails of 2-3 year olds from the daycare near by with ropes around their waist following their teachers almost like a ducklings following the mother duck. They were so adorable and I thought that was an ingenious safety measure. You should have seen the kiddos when they got to the playground, they were running around everywhere full of giggles and laughs, Mashallah.

Since I get pooped a bit more than usual now I had to stop to take a rest. So, during that time I decided to read the book I had just picked up from the library called Reclaiming Our Health (Exploding the Medical Myth and Embracing the Source of True Healing) by John Robbins. Its a really good read so far I would highly recommend it for anyone living in the US and are so depended on the disease care system of ours that usually ends up cheating you in your health care with or without insurance. I ran into such alternative methods during my internship at UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s, Place of Wellness. Part of my research were on such methods and the services they provided were alternative medicine with regular treatment.

Nonetheless, I just had to share such a beautiful morning with everyone else. As one of the passerby said, “Have a Blessed DAY!” I hope all of you have a fabulous morning like me!

As’salamualikum

Sa`d bin Abu Waqqas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: We were with the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) when he asked, “Is anyone of you unable to earn a thousand good deeds?” One of those present asked: “How can one earn thousand good deeds in a day?” He (PBUH) replied, “By saying: Subhan Allah a hundred times, then one thousand good deeds will be recorded for him or one thousand sins will be blotted out from his record.”
[Muslim].

Inna lilahi wanil lahi rajioon. Sh. Bakr Abu Zayd Passed away. May Allah shower his mercy upon him, forgive him for his sin, and grant him jannahtul ferdos.

For full story: http://muslimmatters.org/2008/02/05/shaykh-bakr-abu-zayd-passes-away/

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Many are those who expected Morning, but didn’t live to see that day…

30 12 2007

One of my most favorite video. Worth every 4 minute and 38 seconds: http://youtube.com/watch?v=QQIRHTzTKAI&feature=PlayList&p=D4FBD0C74B5E4945&index=7

It reminds me of Surah 102, At-Takaathur:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

[أَلْهَـكُمُ التَّكَّاثُرُ – حَتَّى زُرْتُمُ الْمَقَابِرَ – كَلاَّ سَوْفَ تَعْلَمُونَ – ثُمَّ كَلاَّ سَوْفَ تَعْلَمُونَ – كَلاَّ لَوْ تَعْلَمُونَ عِلْمَ الْيَقِينِ – لَتَرَوُنَّ الْجَحِيمَ – ثُمَّ لَتَرَوُنَّهَا عَيْنَ الْيَقِينِ – ثُمَّ لَتُسْـَلُنَّ يَوْمَئِذٍ عَنِ النَّعِيمِ ]

(1. The mutual increase diverts you,) (2. Until you visit the graves.) (3. Nay! You shall come to know!) (4. Again nay! You shall come to know!) (4. Again nay! You shall come to know!) (5. Nay! If you knew with a sure knowledge.) (6. Verily, you shall see the blazing Fire!) (7. And again, you shall see it with certainty of sight!) (8. Then on that Day you shall be asked about the delights!)

Subhanallah…loss of words!


We all get preoccupied by the love of this world, its delight, and its adornment. This distracts us from seeking and desiring the Hereafter. Instead we have to fight our own desires and many times do things that we may not want to do but, that’s the RIGHT thing. Not be a slave of our own desires… Instead do what would please our Creator! But, how long will we do that for? That will too end soon. We have to be patient and give up temporary satisfaction for eternal satisfaction. Look to this world as a station we are just stopping at until our final abode…

Hadith:

The Son of Adam says, “My wealth, my wealth.” But do you get anything (of benefit) from your wealth except for that which you ate and you finished it, or that which you clothed yourself with and you wore it out, or that which you gave as charity and you have spent it)” Muslim, At-Tirmidhi and An-Nasa’i





Shrouds…

29 12 2007

By, Ashmin Chowdhury

© December 29, 2007

They wrapped me in my white cloak,

Everything aches…please be gentle,

Tears flow endlessly as it clouds my vision,

I hear cries around me,

I can’t tell one from the other.

Who is that…that touches my face so gently?

I lay in silence as years, moments, sadness,

happiness flashes by in a split second.

Is that all I’ve done?

What could have I done differently?

Have they all forgiven me?

Before I could think twice, I feel a shake,

They are moving me,

The crowd fades away to a few.

I see bushes and grassy meadows.

My velvety-luxury blanket has been replaced,

Replaced with muddy-dirt.

My fancy clothes have been torn to white shrouds.

I fall into darkness as they close my eyes shut…