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THE POWER OF FLOW

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To enter the power of flow we need to believe, trust, and surrender to the will of Allah.“Allah is in the midst of me, and Allah believes in me” This is the first premise for us all, most particularly when we feel troubled, burdened and confused.  There is but one mind, one force, one power above all else, and that is Allah, the Creator, the Nourisher and Sustainer. Each one of us is a unique expression of the Divine mind, placed on the Earth to fulfill a divine purpose.  As long as we are aware of this, there is nothing we need, or need to know, that is beyond our immediate recognition.Everything we need is already in our subconscious, which is consciousness of the Supreme.  The very fact that it is a thoughtmeans it already exists.   The infinite intelligence in our subconscious is Allah.

Allah knows our needs even before we ask.  To believe truly means to be conscious of Allah at all times. Allah says “I am closer than your jugular vein”. Often we focus on the problem and not on the presence of the Divine.  Learn to be still, ask the question, and listen for the answer.  When you are still, the intellectual {conscious} mind becomes quiet and the spiritual {subconscious) will unfold and soar.  Your consciousness of the Divine within you will be activated and you will be infused with a sense of peaceful well being.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO MANNERS

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I was travelling in a bus one day; it was crowded with school children on their way home. As I tried to tune out the chattering of shrill young voices, I looked around and felt that there was something wrong. Then I noticed that the seats were occupied by children, some as young as six or seven, while adults battled to keep steady standing in the aisle. This prompted me to google ‘Manners’ on the Internet, and I came across an article entitled “Where are our manners?” This is what the writer, Rebecca Brown has to say: “As I crammed myself onto a crowded train this morning, I noticed there was a very pregnant woman standing near me, jammed in tightly and hanging on fordear life. I looked at the passengers sitting in the seats that are supposed to be surrendered to the elderly, physically challenged, and other people who need to sit, and all of them were listening to iPods, texting or reviewing email, reading or watching movies on a laptop. Nobody even noticed the pregnant passenger.
Many of us have forgotten some the old school manners that our parents, grandparents, and teachers taught us. This is of course the key, manners or good conduct is instilled in us by our parents. After all, a child learns by watching, seeing and hearing what those

BOYS DON’T CRY

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MV OCTOBER, 2009
Three young women were talking, suddenly there was a scream, and a little girl came running to her mother, crying bitterly. Her mother takes her on her lap and tries to comfort her as she wails that her cousin had hit her. The mother of the culprit desperately tries to justify her daughter’s action, saying she had only pushed her. In the midst of all this, the third woman, who is the mother of three boys, says: “One has to be so careful with the feelings of girls, with boys you just ignore them and they sort it out by themselves”.

I was stunned, I could not believe that in this 21st century,something like that could still be said, or believed. Traditionally boys have always been raised to be stoic, not to cry when they get hurt. In fact, ‘boys don’t cry ‘has been the refrain through the ages. Boys are actually raised not to show emotion, and when they do, very often they are labelled as a ‘girly boy’.  Parents talk less about feelings

GRATITUDE

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Published Muslim Views May, 2009

As Muslims, one of the phrases that we are taught from babyhood is “Alhamdulillah”.

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In fact, so ingrained is it in us that sometimes we say it without conscious thought.  So, is this a good thing, or is it a bad thing? Well, it is certainly good to constantly thanking Allah for whatever bounties bestowed upon us, be it health, wealth or any number of other things. It is however not so good, when the word comes out without us being conscious of what we a re saying, or feeling. When it in fact becomes like rote learning, or a stock response to any query about our health, work or family.

 

. When we say “Alhamdulillah”, we are simultaneously praising and thanking Allah. For this to be truly effective, we have to be conscious of what we are feeling and doing. When we are conscious, in the present moment, what we feel is gratitude. Muslims are perfectly poised to be constantly grateful for whatever we have,

WHAT IF?

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Somewhere in a home for the aged, a lady sits, lonely and lamenting the fact that while he was still alive, her husband sold their family home to their son. After he passed away, the young couple started renovating the house, to the extent that the mother no longer recognised the place she had moved into as a young bride.  She complained and soon thereafter, she was placed into an Old Age Home; there was no place for her in the house, or in the life of her son.
What if this couple had explained to the mother that the house is now their home and they want to change to suit them? What if they had said, “Mom, we understand howyou feel, but wont you give it a chance? It is still your home because we are a family”.

A young girl reverts to Islam, gets married and finds her new husband is a drug addict. She stays with him, raises two daughters, and receives no financial or any other kind of support from her husband. New to the Deen, she desperately looks for help, but none is forthcoming. Instead, her husband’s family blames her for her husband’s addiction and up till today, refuses to acknowledge her, or her daughters, and still refers to her by her original name.

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