Saturday, May 24, 2008

The Triple filter Test

The Triple filter Test

In ancient Greece , Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said,

"Do you know what I just heard about your friend?"

"Hold on a minute," Socrates replied. "Before telling me anything, I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test."

"Triple filter?"

"That's right," Socrates continued. "Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and filter what you're going to say. That's why I call it the triple filter test."

"The first filter is TRUTH. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?"

"No," the man said, "actually I just heard about it and..."

'All right," said Socrates. "So you don't really know if it's true or not. Now let's try the second filter, the filter of GOODNESS. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?"

"No, on the contrary..."

"So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him, but you're not certain it's true. You may still pass the test though, because there's one filter left: the filter of USEFULNESS. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?"

"No, not really."

Replied Socrates

"Well," "if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?"


Advice from our beloved prophet (peace be upon him) to mankind…..

Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him said. ‘Do you know what is backbiting?’

They (the Companions) said: ‘Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him) know best.

Thereupon he (the Prophet (peace be upon him)) said: ‘Backbiting implies your talking about your brother (behind his back) in a manner which he does not like.’

It was said to him: ‘What is your opinion about this that if I actually find (that failing) in my brother which I made a mention of?’

He (peace be upon him) said: ‘If (that failing) is actually found (in him) what you assert, you in fact backbited him, and if that is not in him it is a slander!.’

Sahih Muslim HadithHadith 6265 Narrated by Abu Hurayrah

Love Story of Ralph and Edna

Love Story of Ralph and Edna
Ralph and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital.
One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Ralph suddenly jumped into the deep end. He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there. Edna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled him out.
When the Head Nurse Director became aware of Edna's heroic act she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital as she now considered her to be mentally stable. When she went to tell Edna the news she said, 'Edna, I have good news and bad news. The good news is you're being discharged, since you were able to rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of the  person you love. I have concluded that your act displays sound mindedness.
The bad news is, Ralph hung himself in the bathroom with his bathrobe belt right after you saved him. I am so sorry, but he's dead.'
Edna replied, 'He didn't hang himself, I put him there to dry. How soon can I go home?'
Happy Mental Health day!
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said,
By Him in Whose Hand Muhammad's (peace be upon him) soul is, if you know that which I know, you would weep much and laugh little."
(Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 8.632  Narrated by Abu Huraira)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Something to  ponder upon .........
Man has been created for a serious mission &  he must realizes the importance of the purpose of life why Allah swt has created him...One would really weep rather than laugh.
The perfect  way of life - Islam guides the believers to use their allocation of time in this world to strive utmost & sincerely work hard to attain The Pleasure of Allah (swt) and keep fearing the severe and inevitable day of Judgement where he will not have the time to laugh but weep for the acounting of the deeds he had done in this transit life.

Purdah/Veil and the Status of Women in ISLAM - Al-Maududi's Masterpiece Book

Yes! This is the same "Veil/Purdah" which Europe loathes and detests, and the very vision of which weighs heavily on the Western conscience, and which is regarded as a mark of oppression, narrow mindedness and barbarism. Yes, this is the same thing that is mentioned first of all in pointing out the ignorance and backwardness of an Eastern nation. So much so that when a person has to describe the cultural and social advancement of an Eastern nation, the first thing that he mentions with great satisfaction is that it has discarded the "Purdah/Veil". Now if the Muslim so feels, let him hang his head with shame. For it is not something that was devised and adopted later it was indeed devised by the Qur ' an itself and established by the Holy Prophet himself as a social custom...

Indeed, all the disputes about the veil spring from this hypocrisy. People have tried their very best to prove that the present form ofPurdah/Veil was a custom of the pre-Islamic communities, and that Muslims adopted this custom of ignorance long after the time of the Holy Prophet.

If one carefully considers these injunctions for Purdah/Veil, one will find that the Islamic Purdah/Veil is not a custom of ignorance, but it is a rational law. A custom of ignorance is something rigid: it does not permit modification or change under any circumstances. If it covers a thing, it covers it forever, and it cannot be uncovered whatever may happen. In contrast to this, a rational law is flexible. It permits strictness and laxity according to the circumstances ' ; it permits exceptions in its rules according to the time and occasion.

"O Prophet, enjoin your wives and daughters and the women of the Muslims to draw their outer-garments close round them; it isexpected that they will be recognized, and thus not molested..."  (33:59)

"Every religion has a morality, and the morality of Islam is Haya (Shyness)".

The word "Purdah/Veil" is used as a title for the set of injunctions, which constitute the most important part of the Islamic system of community life. If these injunctions are viewed in their right perspective against the structure of this system, every person who has not wholly lost his powers of discernment will readily admit this to be the only balanced and just view in regard to man ' s social life.

TIME TO KNOW THE MORALITY IN ISLAM

TIME TO KNOW THE STATUS OF VEIL IN ISLAM

AND TO CLEAR THE MISCONCEPTIONS.

Please read

Purdah/Veil and the Status of Women in ISLAM

Sayyid A. A. Maududi

For anyone looking for comprehensive & deeper information about the long debated issue of Purdah/Veil and the Status of Women inISLAM, this book will help you to a better understanding of the topic. The roles and rights of Muslim women have been the subject of hot debate amongst Muslims and non-Muslims for centuries.  Adequate Quranic references on the topic of Hijab, Purdah and the Muslim Woman ' s dress code as appointed by Allah Almighty and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

In this landmark book, Sayyid Maududi, one of the leading Islamic Scholar of our time shatters stereotypes and clearly presents the topics with the historical & logical approach. It covers the following areas: Nature of the Problem, Status of Woman in Different Ages Greece,Rome, Christian Europe, Modern Europe, Three Doctrines of Western Society, Miserable Failure of Human Intellect, Western Concepts of Morality, Tragic Consequences - I & II, The Decisive Question, Social System of Islam -I,II & III, Commandments of Purdah/Veil and Divine Laws for the Movements of Women.

This is one of the author ' s MASTERPIECE book and this package of material is appropriate for Muslims and for Non-Muslimswishing to gain a deeper understanding of the Purdah/Veil and the Status of Women in ISLAM.

FREE Available on

www.al-islamforall. org

(A unique & comprehensive FREE e-Library in Multiple Languages)

Many more books are available in Multiple Languages

*** *** ***

The purpose of the web site is to provide wide range, authentic & comprehensive information about all the teachings of Islam at one place with a unique FREE download facility.

We will highly appreciate if you introduce among your friends in the best possible manner.

Peace

Please send all comments, suggestions to: info@quranforall.org

Join our mailing list

Please send an e-mail to us: ADD ME

al-islamforall-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Monday, May 19, 2008

Show gratitude to Me and to thy parents

Show gratitude to Me and to thy parents

A son tells how his booking an air ticket for his father, his
First flight, brought emotions and made him realize that how much we all take for granted when it comes to our parents.

My parents left for our native place on Thursday and we went to the Airport to see them off. In fact, my father had never traveled by air before, so I just took this opportunity to make him experience the same.
In spite of being asked to book tickets by train, I got them tickets to fly by air.
The moment I handed over the tickets to him, he was surprised to see That I had booked them by air.
The excitement was very apparent on his Face, waiting for the time of travel. Just like a school boy, he was Preparing himself on that day and we all went to the airport, right from Using the trolley for his luggage, the baggage check-in and asking for
Window seat and waiting restlessly for the security check-in to happen.

He was thoroughly enjoying himself and I, too, was overcome with joy Watching him experience all these things.

As they were about to go in for the security check-in, he walked up to Me with tears in his eyes and thanked me. He became very emotional and It was not as if I had done something great but the fact that this meant A great deal to him.
When he said thanks, I told him there was no need to thank me.
But later, thinking about the entire incident, I looked back at my life.
As a child how many dreams our parents have made come true. Without Understanding the financial situation, we ask for football, dresses, Toys, outings, etc. Irrespective of their affordability, they have Satisfied all our needs.
Did we ever think about the sacrifices they had To make to accommodate many of our wishes?
Did we ever say thanks for all that they have done for us?
Same way, today when it comes to our children, we always think that we Should put them in a good school.
Regardless of the amount of donation, We will  ensure that we will have to give the child the best, theme Parks, toys, etc. But we tend to forget that our parents have sacrificed A lot for our sake to see us happy, so it is our responsibility to Ensure that their dreams are realized and what they failed to see when
They were young, it is our responsibility to ensure  that they
Experience all those and their life is complete.

Many times, when my parents had asked me some questions, I have actually Answered back without patience.. When my daughter asks me something, I Have been very polite in answering. Now I realize how they would have Felt at those moments.

Let us realize that old age is a second childhood and just as we take Care of our children, the same attention and same care need to be given To our parents and elders.

Rather than my dad saying thank you to me, I would want to say sorry for Making him wait so long for this small dream.. I do realize how much he Has sacrificed for my sake and I will do my best to give the best Possible attention to all their wishes. Just because they are old does Not mean that they will have to give up everything and keep sacrificing For their grandchildren also. They have wishes, too..
Allah says:       And We have enjoined on man (to be good) to his parents: in travail upon travail did his mother bear him and in years twain was his weaning: (hear the command) "Show gratitude to Me and to thy parents: to Me is (thy final) Goal. Holy Quran Chapter 31 Surah Luqman verse 14

Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him said.
‘Let him be humbled into dust!  Let him be humbled into dust!’ It was said: ‘O Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him), who is he?’  He (peace be upon him) said: ‘He who sees either of his parents during their old age or he sees both of them, but he does not enter Paradise (through his deeds of service towards them)!’ Sahih Muslim Hadith  6189          Narrated by Abu Hurayrah

Saturday, May 17, 2008

ISLAM - Unity of matter and spirit

A feature of Islam is that it does not divide life into watertight compartments of matter and spirit. It stands not for denial of life but for the fulfillment of life. Islam does not believe in asceticism. It does not ask man to avoid material things.
It holds that spiritual elevation is to be achieved by living piously in the rough and tumble of life, not by renouncing the world. The Qur'an advises us to pray as follows: "…Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good and in the hereafter that which is good …" (Qur'an, 2:201)
But in making use of life's luxuries, Islam advises man to be moderate and keep away from extravagance. Allah says: "…and eat and drink but waste not by extravagance, certainly He (Allah) likes not (those who waste by extravagance)." (Qur'an, 7:31)
On this aspect of moderation, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Observe fasting and break it (at the proper time) and stand in prayer and devotion (in the night) and have sleep, for your body has its right over you, and your eyes have rights over you, and your wife has a claim upon you."
Thus, Islam does not admit any separation between material and moral, mundane and spiritual life, and enjoins man to devote all of his energies to the reconstruction of life on healthy moral foundations.
It teaches him that moral and material powers must be welded together and that spiritual salvation can be achieved by using material resources for the good of man in the service of just ends and not by living a life of asceticism or by running away from the challenges of life. Islam seeks to establish equilibrium between the two aspects of life – the material and the spiritual.
It says that everything in the world is for man, but man was created to serve a higher purpose: the establishment of a moral and just order that will fulfill the will of Allah. Its teachings cater for the spiritual as well as the temporal needs of man. Islam enjoins man to purify his soul and to reform his daily life – both individual and collective – and to establish the supremacy of right over might and of virtue over vice. Thus Islam stands for the middle path and the goal of producing a moral man in the service of a just society.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

In ISLAM Every Day is Mother's Day - An Excellent Books & Audios

One day a man came to see the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. It seemed that he was trying to solve something but couldn't quite work it out. So he asked the Prophet. ''Tell me, O Prophet!'' I have many relatives and many friends whom I love, and whom I wish to care for and help. But I often find it difficult to decide which of them has the greatest claim upon me? Which of them should come first?'' The Prophet replied immediately, ''Your mother should come first and before all others.''
The man was very pleased to have this clear guidance from the Prophet. But of course there were all his other relatives and his friends, so he asked ''and after my mother, who has the greatest claim upon me?'' The Prophet's reply this second time surprised him. ''Your mother!'' he said again.
The man wondered why the Prophet was repeating himself. Perhaps he had not spoken clearly, the man thought, so he asked the question again, ''What I want to know is, after my mother, who has the greatest claim upon me? Again the Prophet said ''your mother!''

Your mother, your mother, your mother!
The Prophet had now said it three times. Slowly, the man realized why he had done so. ''The Prophet means that my mother is extremely important, so much so that my duty to her must be stressed over and over again. Even so, the man's thoughts ran on, ''what about all the others I love and wish to care for?'' Still uncertain and wanting to know more, he once again turned to the Prophet and said, ''and after my mother, who comes after her? Is there anyone besides her?'' The Prophet then replied ''after your mother, your father.'' ''And then?'' asked the man. ''Then people who are nearest to you,'' said the Prophet. Allah's peace and blessings be upon the Prophet.
An Excellent BOOKS, Please Read
The Great Mothers
Hadrath Khadija (R.A)
Hadrath Ayesha bint-e-Abu Bakar (R.A)
Hadrath Hafsa bint-e-Omer Farooq (R.A)
The Great Mothers (in Urdu)
Audios Lectures
MOST PRECIOUS GEMS (WOMEN)  Yusuf Estes12 MB
WOMEN IN ISLAM-MOST COMMON QUESTIONS CONCERNING WOMEN IN ISLAM. HOW DOES CHRISTIANITY VIEW? Yusuf Estes 10 MB
POSITION OF WOMEN IN ISLAM - SPRITUAL ASPECT  Dr. Jamal Badawi3.5 MB
POSITION OF WOMEN IN ISLAM - SOCIAL ASPECT  Dr. Jamal Badawi3.4 MB

HADRITH AYESHA R.A. (IN URDU)        3.2MB
HADRATH FATIMA RA (IN URDU)           3.5MB
FREE Available on
www.al-islamforall.org
(A unique & comprehensive FREE e-Library in Multiple Languages)
Many more books are available in Multiple Languages
*** *** ***
The purpose of the web site is to provide wide range, authentic & comprehensive information about all the teachings of Islam at one place with a unique FREE download facility.
We will highly appreciate if you introduce among your friends in the best possible manner.
Peace/Jazakumullah khair
~~~~~~~~~~~~ *  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ *  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Please send all comments, suggestions to:  info@quranforall.org 
Join our mailing list
Please send an e-mail to us:  ADD ME
al-islamforall-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Excellence amongst people...

Who is the most excellent amongst people?
He (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim) replied:
Everyone whose heart is Makhmum and tongue is truthful.
The Sahabah (Radhiyallahu anhum) asked:
We understand whose tongue is truthful, but what does a
Makhmum heart mean?
He (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim) replied:
The one who is a Muttaqi (fearful of Allah) is pure of heart,
free of his sins and without injustice, hatred or jealousy for any one.
(Ibne Majah)

All Good in the Good deeds and All Evil in the Bad deeds

All Good in the Good deeds and All Evil in the Bad deeds
Sheikh Ali Al-Hudhaifi, Imam and Khateeb of the Prophet's Mosque in Madina said there is all good in the good deeds and all evil in the bad deeds.
In his Friday sermon at the Prophet's Mosque in Madina, he said good deeds are a cause for good in this world and the Hereafter.
He called upon Muslims not to be miserly in doing good deeds at any time for the believer does not know which good deed will tip the scales. He said doing little good deeds but quite often turns them into big and blessed deeds. He asked: "Then how about the big good deeds?"
He said if a Muslim carries out his obligations and has given something in charity, he is on the way to being saved from the Hellfire and on the way to Paradise. He said that there are many ways of doing good deeds and being charitable. Al-Hudhaifi stressed that a Muslim should be keen to do good deeds even if they are few and keep away from sins.
Sheikh Al-Hudhaifi said virtuous deeds are of three kinds. First are the deeds that benefit the person himself, like prayer (salat), Dhikr (remembrance of Allah), fasting, etc. Second are the virtuous deeds that benefit others like being kind to yourself and others.
Third is keeping away from doing evil to others or harming them by word or deed.

Our Goal in Life

Our Goal in Life
All Praise is for Allah, and peace and blessings of Allah be upon His beloved Messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
We are grateful to Allah subhana wa ta'ala for giving us the opportunity to sit in His remembrance. For truly it is a great favour indeed that despite all worldly distractions He has brought us to His House (mosque). Then sat us in His dhikr. And by sitting in His dhikr Allah subhana wa ta'ala helps us to get closer to Him and for every Muslim the true goal in life is to attain the pleasure of Allah subhana wa ta'ala.
Apart from that we all have a common interest, that we would all like to love Allah subhana wa ta'ala and we ourselves would like to be loved by our Lord Most High.
Now is it not strange that a person has a certain desire or goal in life but doesn't make any effort to achieve it?
Surely it is a basic rule in this world that when a person has a particular interest or hobby, he does not waste any time. He spends most of his time in an activity that will help him achieve his goal. For example if a person wants to be good at a particular sport, he would play that sport very regularly and often spend a lot of money and time on trying to achieve his objective.
So truly if our objective in life is to be loved by Allah, and we also know that this can happen through doing His dhikr in abundance, then why is it that we not make ourselves busy in His remembrance?
The formula for achieving this is straightforward, Allah subhana wa ta'ala has stated in the Qur'an 'Fadhkurooni adhkurkum' (Remember Me and I will remember you). It is stated in a Hadeeth that Allah remembers His servant as soon as he remembers Allah.
Subhanallah, can you imagine the Lord Most High, The creator of the Heavens and the Earth remembering you? Indeed that is great thing. And this method for achieving our objective is so easy that it almost defies belief.
In a Hadeeth transmitted by Bukhari it is stated that Abu Hurayrah radhiallah anhu narrated that Allah's Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said "Allah Almighty says, 'I am towards My servant as he is towards Me. I am with him when he remembers Me. If he remembers Me alone, I remember him alone. If he remembers Me in a gathering, I remember him in a gathering better than it."

The Status of Women in Islam by Dr Jamal A. Badawi

Today people think that women are liberated in the West and that the women’s liberation movement began in the 20th century. Actually, the women’s liberation movement was not begun by women but was revealed by God to a man in the seventh century by the name of Muhammad (peace be upon him), who is known as the last Prophet of Islam. The Qur'an and the Traditions of the Prophet (Hadith or Sunnah) are the sources from which every Muslim woman derives her rights and duties.
Her position in early Islam was really an exemplary one, one that should be studied and known by every woman as well as every liberationist in the twentieth century--- in America as well as in the Muslim World.  The Muslim woman, if she is true to the principles of her religion, has lessons in equality to teach the Westerner, and her descendants in the East have to learn anew the role demanded of them by their religion.  Orientalists and Orientals zealous for modernization should cease to put the blame on Islam, a blame which instead deserves to fall on their own ignorance of the faith and on the political and social decline which their nations suffered in the past.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:
The most perfect believers are the best in conduct and best of you are those who are best to their wives.
For anyone looking for precise information about the long debated issue of The Status of Women in ISLAM, this book will help you to a better understanding of the topic. The roles and rights of Muslim women have been the subject of hot debate amongst Muslims and non-Muslims for centuries.  In this short book, Dr. Badawi shatters stereotypes and clearly presents the topics. It includes:
With all of the misinformation surrounding the true status of women in Islam, this package of material is a necessary antidote to the ignorance and misunderstanding about this topic.
~~~~~~~~~~ oOo ~~~~~~~~~~~
The Muslim Woman's Dress
Islam is flexible and quite easy to implement, while still allowing room for individualism and expression through dress. There are no prohibitions for women's dress on color, cloth, or style so long as they fit basic requirements. Those requirements are:
THE FIRST REQUIREMENT: Extent of Covering
THE SECOND REQUIREMENT: Looseness
THE THIRD REQUIREMENT: Thickness
THE FOURTH REQUIREMENT: Overall Appearance
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH): "In later (generations) of my ummah there will be women who will be dressed but naked. On top of their heads (what looks) like camel, humps. Curse them for they are truly cursed." ln another version he added that they "will not enter into paradise or (even) get a smell of it." (13)
This essay provides adequate Quranic references on the topic of Hijab, Purdah and the Muslim Woman’s dress code as appointed by Allah Almighty and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
Author Biography:  Dr. Jamal Badawi was born in Egypt where he completed his undergraduate education. He completed his Ph.D from the Indiana University and subsequently joined the faculty of Saint Mary’s University in Halifax , Canada .
In addition to teaching in his formal field of education (Management), he has been teaching a course on “Islamic Religious Tradition” which is part of the offerings of the Religious Studies department at the same university.
Dr. Badawi has also taught a course on Islam at Stanford University (USA) and gave a series of lectures on the Quran at Oxford University (UK).
Dr. Badawi is the author of several works on Islam, He also researched, designed and presented 352 half hour TV programs on Islam broadcasted from several Local cable stations and radio stations in the US and Canada, in addition to their use in several countries overseas.
TIME to know the status of Women in Islam.
The Status of Woman in ISLAM
Dr. Jamal A. Badawi
FREE Available on
www.al-islamforall. org
(A unique & comprehensive FREE e-Library in Multiple Languages)
Many more books are available in Multiple Languages
*** *** ***
The purpose of the web site is to provide wide range, authentic & comprehensive information about all the teachings of Islam at one place with a unique FREE download facility.
We will highly appreciate if you introduce among your friends in the best possible manner.
Peace
~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~
Please send all comments, suggestions to: info@quranforall.org
Join our mailing list
Please send an e-mail to us:  ADD ME
al-islamforall-subscribe@yahoogroups.com 

Friday, May 02, 2008

Islam - Social and Political Peace

Islam-Social and Political Peace
Islam brings social and political peace because submission to Allah requires that a society totally rejects corruption, wrong-doing, deviant and harmful behaviors. Commitment to peace with God and His creation leads to unity, love, harmony, dialogue and respect for others. An ideal society is what human beings have been dreaming of since even before Plato's 'Republic' or Augustine's 'Eternal City of God'. With Muhammad (S), the ideal society was constituted of faithful followers called the Sahaaba or the companions, who submitted to the Message in obedience to God and His Prophet and Messenger (S).
The organization of that society started from basic requirements such as the brotherhood between all Muslims. Peace was declared verbally in every daily encounter of two individuals or more. Salutation (!السلام عليكم) – As-Salaamu Alaikum!- in its verbal form means "Peace be upon you!" Allah says in the Qur'an:
"Salute each other a greeting of blessing and purity as from Allah" (Q 24:61).
And He also says:
"When a courteous greeting is offered to you, meet it with a greeting still more courteous, or at least of equal courtesy. Allah takes careful account of all things." (Q 4:86).
The Prophet (S) was once asked:
"Which is the best Islam?" He (S) replied: "You feed the hungry and you say Salaam to those you know and those you don't know." (Related by al-Bukhari and Muslim).
He (S) also said:
"You won't enter Paradise unless you believe, and you won't believe unless you love each other. Do you want me to show you something that if you do it you will love each other? Say Salaam to each other- Send messages of peace to each other-" (Related by Muslim).
Even Prophet Ibrahim (S) who declared himself a monotheist, a Muslim, used to say "Salaam". Allah says about Ibrahim:
"When they entered his place they said 'Peace' and he said 'Peace'" (Q 11:69).
Thus, expressing peace verbally is very important in Islam because it unifies people and makes them feel totally secure among themselves. This enactment of salutation in Islam on a daily basis and in every encounter of two people or more is indeed a renewal of commitment to peacefulness and a reminder of one another of the rights and duties implied by the statement: "As-Salaamu alaikum!" meaning " Peace be upon you!"
That is why peace is translated into physical actions, which cannot be achieved unless there is sincere submission and commitment – Islamic faith is the combination of belief and conviction in the heart, verbal declaration with the tongue, and action. A true Muslim, or submitter, is the one who promotes peace rather than enmity, violence, disrespect and hatred. The Prophet Muhammad (S) said:
"The Muslim is the one who avoids harming others with his hand and his tongue" (al-Bukhari and Muslim)5. In another narration6, the Prophet (S) added, "and the believer is the one that people are safe from him in regards of their lives and properties" (at-Tirmidhi, an-Nassa'i, and Ahmad).
This means that any verbal or physical action, which results in harm, offense, and violence, is contradictory to true submission, unless it is a matter of a necessary self-defense in reaction against an outside aggression, as it will be elucidated later.
Peace is the general principle even in war. Allah says in the Qur'an:
"But, if the enemy inclines towards peace, you have to incline towards peace and trust in Allah, for Allah is the One who hears and knows" (Q 8:61).
The Qur'an teaches while Muslims must always be ready to fight intellectually or even physically for a just cause if it is forced upon them, even in the midst of the fight they must always be ready for peace if there is any inclination towards peace by the other side. There is no merit merely in a fight by itself. It should be a goal not for itself, but to establish the reign of peace, justice, and righteousness.
The Prophet (S) always taught his disciples that peace and justice are the principles every Muslim should live by. He (S) stressed that principles should at all times take precedence over the personal interests whether dealing with Muslims or non-Muslims. During his life - before and after Islam was established - he constantly praised the "Confederacy of the Fudul." It was the decision of the leaders of the tribe of Quraysh in Makkah during the Pre-Islamic times to assemble in one house and to make a covenant binding themselves by a solemn agreement that if they found anyone, whether a Makkan or an outsider had been wronged, they would take his side against the aggressor and make sure that the stolen property was restored to him, or her. Prophet Muhammad (S) once said, "I witnessed in the house of Abdullah ibn Jud'aan a covenant, which I would not exchange for any number of fine camels: If I were invited to take part in it during Islam I should do so."
To spread the message of peace is the role and mission of every Muslim. Even when Muslims won wars and battles, they didn't execute and torture the captives, nor rape their women and molest their children, as happened after the establishment of Islam and that which continues to happen today during wars. Muslims were required to be peaceful towards prisoners of war and treat them in a humanitarian manner, granting them rights ordained in the Islamic law. History witnesses that Muslims under genuine Islamic leadership always treated their prisoners and captive kindlys resulting in the continued presence of other religious groups throughout Muslim lands. Thousands of years before the famous Geneva Convention act was established in 1949, Allah said in the Qur'an,
"O Prophet! Say to those who are captives in your hands: "If Allah finds any good in your hearts, He will give you something better than what has been taken from you, and He will forgive you, for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful" (Q 8:70).
Thus, the purpose of Muslims, or true submitters, is to invite people to God's Grace and Mercy not to exterminate them for the sake of revenge. Any creation of God is not exterminable in Islamic teachings. Muslims must honor all living creatures therefore human life too is sacred. Every human being deserves dignity, respect, and the right to live in God's world. No one deserves to be killed unjustly. All human beings are equal in terms of their rights and obligations that are related to their necessities of life. Indeed if we follow the righteous path of peace, then we will indeed live a peaceful life.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

busy...

>>>>>>>>>>forwarded e-mail <<<<<<<
May I never get too busy in my own Affairs

*It was a bitter, cold evening. The old man's beard was glazed by winter's
frost while he waited for a ride across the river. The wait seemed endless.
His body became numb and stiff from the frigid north wind. He heard the
faint, steady rhythm of approaching hooves galloping along the frozen path.*

**

*Anxiously, he watched as several horsemen rounded the bend. He let the
first one pass by without an effort to get his attention. Then another
passed by... and another. Finally, the last rider neared the spot where the
old man sat like a snow statue.*

**

*As this one drew near, the old man caught the rider's eye and said, "Sir,
would you mind giving an old man a ride to the other side? There doesn't
appear to be a passageway by foot."*

**

*Reining his horse, the rider replied, "Sure thing. Hop aboard."*

**

*Seeing the old man was unable to lift his half-frozen body from the ground,
the horseman dismounted and helped the old man onto the horse. The horseman
took the old man not just across the river, but to his destination, which
was just a few miles away.*

**

*As they neared the tiny but cozy cottage, the horseman's curiosity caused
him to inquire, "Sir, I notice that you let several other riders pass by
without making an effort to secure a ride. Then I came up and you
immediately asked me for a ride. I'm curious why, on such a bitter winter
night; you would wait and ask the last rider. What if I had refused and left
you there?"*

**

*The old man lowered himself slowly down from the horse, looked the rider
straight in the eyes, and replied, "I've been around here for some time. I
reckon I know people pretty good."*

**

*The old-timer continued, "I looked into the eyes of the other riders and
immediately saw there was no concern for my situation. It would have been
useless even to ask them for a ride. *

**

*But when I looked into your eyes, kindness and compassion were evident. I
knew, then and there, that your gentle spirit would welcome the opportunity
to give me assistance in my time of need."*

*Those heartwarming comments touched the horseman deeply.*

Our beloved Prophet (pbuh) said: ‘There are one hundred (parts of the) Mercy of Allah and He has sent down out of this (hundred), only one part of Mercy upon all the Jinn, and human beings, and the creatures…. and it is because of this (one part of the Mercy of the Lord) that they love one another, show kindness to one another and even the beast treats its young one with affection! ….and Allah has reserved ninety-nine parts of Mercy with which He would treat His servants on the Day of Resurrection. (Sahih Muslim Hadith 6631     Narrated by Abu Hurayrah)

Words of wisdom from the Prophet SAW

Words of Wisdom from Prophet Mohammad
1.. "Acquire knowledge, it enables its professor to distinguish right from wrong; it lights the way to heaven. It is our friend in the desert, our company in solitude and companion when friendless. It guides us to happiness, it sustains us in misery, it is an ornament amongst friends and an armour against enemies." (widely attributed to the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh))
2.. "A Muslim who plants a tree or sows a field, from which man, birds and animals can eat, is committing an act of charity." (Muslim)
3.. "There is a polish for everything that takes away rust; and the polish for the heart is the remembrance of Allah." (Bukhari)
4.. "What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of human beings, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the sufferings of the injured." (Bukhari)
5.. "The most excellent Jihad is that for the conquest of self." (Bukhari)
6.. "If you put your whole trust in Allah, as you ought, He most certainly will satisfy your needs, as He satisfies those of the birds. They come out hungry in the morning, but return full to their nests." (Tirmidhi)
7.. "When Allah created his creatures He wrote above His throne: 'Verily, my Compassion overcomes my wrath." (Bukhari & Muslim)
8.. "Allah will not give mercy to anyone, except those who give mercy to other creatures." (Abdullah b. Amr: Abu Daud & Tirmidhi)
9.. " 'Son, if you are able, keep your heart from morning till night and from night till morning free from malice towards anyone.' Then the Prophet said: 'O my son! This is one of my laws, and he, who loves my laws verily loves me.' " (Bukhari)
10.. "Say what is true, although it may be bitter and displeasing to people." (Baihaqi)
11.. "Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever is not kind has no faith." (Muslim)
12.. "When you see a person who has been given more than you in money and beauty, look to those, who have been given less." (Muslim)
13.. "If you do not feel ashamed of anything, then you can do whatever you like." (Abu-Masud: Bukhari)
14.. "O Lord, grant me your love, grant me that I love those who love you; grant me, that I might do the deeds that win your love. Make your love dearer to me than the love of myself, my family and wealth." (Tirmidhi)
15.. "It is better to sit alone than in company with the bad; and it is better still to sit with the good than alone. It is better to speak to a seeker of knowledge than to remain silent; but silence is better than idle words." (Bukhari)
16.. "Verily, a man teaching his child manners is better than giving one bushel of grain in alms." (Muslim)
17.. "Whoever is kind, Allah will be kind to him; therefore be kind to man on the earth. He Who is in heaven will show mercy on you."(Abu Daud: Tirmidhi)
18.. "It is difficult for a man laden with riches to climb the steep path, that leads to bliss." (Muslim)
19.. "Once a man, who was passing through a road, found a branch of a tree with torns obstructing it. The man removed the thorns from the way. Allah thanked him and forgave his sins." (Bukhari)
20.. "Who are the learned? Those who practice what they know." (Bukhari)
21.. "Allah has revealed to me, that you must be humble. No one should boast over one another, and no one should oppress another." (Iyad b. Hinar al-Mujashi: Muslim)
22.. "Who is the most favoured of Allah? He, from whom the greatest good comes to His creatures." (Bukhari)
23.. "A true Muslim is thankful to Allah in prosperity, and resigned to His will in adversity." (Muslim)
24.. "A Muslim who meets with others and shares their burdens is better than one who lives a life of seclusion and contemplation." (Muslim)
25.. "Serve Allah, as you would if you could see Him; although you cannot see Him, He can see you. (Umar: Muslim)
26.. "Allah does not look at your appearance or your possessions; but He looks at your heart and your deeds." (Abu Huraira: Muslim)
27.. "The best richness is the richness of the soul." (at the field ofTabuk, Syria, Rajab 9 A.H.: Bukhari)
28.. "Keep yourselves far from envy; because it eats up and takes away good actions, like a fire eats up and burns wood." (Abu Daud)
29.. "Much silence and a good disposition, there are no two things better than these." (Bukhari)
30.. "Verily, Allah is mild and is fond of mildness, and He gives to the mild what He does not give to the harsh." (Muslim)
31.. "Whoever loves to meet Allah, Allah loves to meet him." (Bukhari)
32.. "Once the Prophet was asked:'Tell us, which action is dearest to Allah?' He answered:'To say your prayer at its proper time.' Again he was asked: 'What comes next?' Mohammed said: 'To show kindness to parents.' 'Then what?' he was asked, 'To strive for the cause of Allah!' " (Ibn Masad: Bukhari)
33.. "When two persons are together, two of them must no whisper to each other, without letting the third hear; because it would hurt him." (Bukhari & Muslim)
34.. "Verily, it is one of the respects to Allah to honor an old man." (Bukhari)
35.. "All Muslims are like a foundation, each strengthening the other; in such a way they do support each other." (Abu Musa: Bukhari & Muslim)
36.. "Strive always to excel in virtue and truth." (Bukhari)
37.. "You will not enter paradise until you have faith; and you will not complete your faith till you love one another." (Muslim)
38.. "He, who wishes to enter paradise at the best gate, must please his father and mother." (Bukhari & Muslim)
39.. "I am leaving two things among you, and if you cling to them firmly you will never go astray; one is the Book of Allah and the other is my way of life." (Farewell Pilgrimage: Muatta)
40.. "Allah is One and likes Unity." (Muslim)
41.. "The best of alms is that, which the right hand gives and the left hand knows not of." (Bukhari)
42.. "The perfect Muslim is not a perfect Muslim, who eats till he is full and leaves his neighbors hungry." (Ibn Abbas: Baihaqi)
43.. "He is not of us who is not affectionate to the little ones, and does not respect the old; and he is not of us, who does not order which is lawful, and prohibits that which is unlawful." (Ibn Abbas: Tirmidhi)
44.. "No man is a true believer unless he desires for his brother that, what he desires for himself." (Abu Hamza Anas: Bukhari & Muslim)
45.. "To strive for the cause of Allah from daybreak to noon and sunset is better than the goods and enjoyment of the whole worldly life." (Bukhari)
46.. "Be not like the hypocrite who, when he talks, tells lies; when he gives a promise, he breaks it; and when he is trusted, he proves dishonest." (Bukhari & Muslim)
47.. "The proof of a Muslim's sincerity is, that he pays no heed to that, which is not his business." (Abu Hureira: Tirmidhi)
48.. "Do you know what is better than charity and fasting and prayer? It is keeping peace and good relations between people, as quarrels and bad feelings destroy mankind." (Muslims & Bukhari)
49.. "Conduct yourself in this world, as if you are here to stay forever; prepare for eternity as if you have to die tomorrow." (Bukhari)
50.. "The worldly comforts are not for me. I am like a traveller, who takes a rest under a tree in the shade and then goes on his way." (Tirmidhi)
________________________________________________________________
Jazak Allah to Dr.Shahid Athar

Quran is the most tolerant as well as Universal Book in the world

Quran on Jews: Quran is the ONLY non-Jewish scripture in the world where Jews have been honored and protected in so many verses [2:40, 2:47, 10:47, 2:122, 10:93, 20:47, 20:80, 44:30-32, 45:16, 5:44, etc.], good Jews have been praised with respect [3:113-115, 5:65-66, etc.], and they have also been offered salvation if they follow their own scriptures [5:69, 5:65-66, 3:113-115, 2:62, etc.].

Quran on Christians: Quran is the ONLY non-Christian scripture in the world where Jesus Christ and Mary have been honored with very high regard [3:42, 5:46, Chapter 3, Chapter 19 on Mary, etc.], good Christians have been praised with respect [3:113-115, 5:65-66, 5:82, etc.], and they have also been offered salvation if they follow their own scriptures [5:69, 5:65-66, 3:113-115, 2:62, etc.].

Quran on idolaters and polytheists: Unlike Bible that prescribes death penalty for idolatry and polytheism [Deuteronomy 17:3-5, 13:6-15; 2 Chronicles 15:13, etc.], there is no punishment for idolatry or polytheism in the Quran [22:17, 6:107-8, 22:67, 17:84, 49:11, etc.]. Moreover, unlike Bible that prescribes stoning to death for apostasy, blasphemy and disbelief [Leviticus 24:16, etc.], Quran offers freedom of faith and freedom of religion in so many verses [109:6, 2:256, 6:104, 10:108, 11:108, 18:29, 17:15, 10:99, 76:3, 42:48, 12:104, 39:41, 11:121, 34:25, 6:107-8, 10:41, 2:139, 2:272, 42:6, 73:19, 43:88-89, etc.].

Note-1: The verses 5:51 and 3:28 refer to terrorist/intolerant Jews and Christians, not ALL. Please see the verses 5:57-59 and 60:7-9 for clarification.

Note-2: The verses 2:65 and 7:165 refer to a group of bad Jews who transgressed in the matter of the Sabbath and other prohibitions [see 2:63-66 and 7:164-166 for clarification], who have even been condemned to death in the Bible for the same [Exodus 31:14]!!!

Note-3: Vedas and Gita condemn idolatry and polytheism [Yajurveda 40:8-9; Svetasvatara Upanishad 4:19-20, 6:9; Gita 7:20, 7:23, 9:25, etc.]. Gita also vehemently condemns atheists and materialists who do not worship Krishna [Gita 4:40, 16:6-20, 7:15, 17:28, 18:27-28, 9:25, etc.].

Note-4: Majority Christians do not follow the true teaching of Jesus. For example: Jesus himself never claimed to be God (the Creator of the Universe); He never preached irrational doctrine like original sin and trinity; He never told his followers to worship him; In fact, he used to pray to God the way Muslims do [Matthew 26:39, 14:23]; and so on.  

Honest and unbiased readers are now requested to go through the above quoted verses from different scriptures and see what anti-Muslim propagandists are preaching against Islam to create enmity and hatred between Muslim and non-Muslim communities is true or not. They are definitely ashamed of the above Quranic verses!!!

Finding a partner...

In Islam: Finding a partner

We know that marriage has a special place in Islam and we are encouraged by our Prophet (saws) to marry at the right age and not delay it for the want of money for pursuing further education.

But before we marry we have to find a partner, a suitable one who meets our needs for compatibility, religion and status. While some of us are fortunate to have survived the process and got married, some of us are still struggling to find the right person and we all know that this process costs us time and confidence. Yes the constant stream of no’s and rejection calls are taking a toll on our self confidence and we are left wondering what we are doing wrong. Also there is none to give us advice on this critical aspect of the marriage process.

Its not that our religion gives us all the time in the world to discover the other person before deciding on marriage. Girls are to meet potential partners only in the presence of a mehram male. So it is critical that we evaluate carefully and critically in the first instance. When evaluating a potential life partner one has to remember a few things when we prepare ourselves for marriage. For this will not only affect our final choice but also our marital relationship. There are certain principles we should follow while we choose a partner.

1.     Always evaluate his/her family background. If he/she comes from a good family chances are that she will carry forward the same values. Then evaluate the person.
2.     Make a list of what is important to you and compare with his/her list and see if there is a match. Don’t just give out all your priorities but question the other person to ensure that the other person is not bluffing.
3.     Check on religious aspects in detail so as not to get a surprise after marriage
4.     Relationships aren't about winning and losing - they're about growing
and learning. So if you get rejected don’t think that you are not good enough. Use each interaction as a way of figuring out where you are going wrong and learning how to say the right things.
5.     Don’t go for looks. Looks don’t last a lifetime but compatibility does. Don’t reject anybody because they are ordinary looking.
6.     Don’t give up. How many ever rejections or bad experiences. Never lose hope. Remember Rasulallah (saws) said, one who is not in nikah is not from me. For the sake of Allah’s pleasure and the pleasure of our Prophet (saws) we have to do jehad to find the right mate. Sometimes the process is short and for some it is long but we cannot give up this jehad.

May Allah make this process easy and peaceful for all who strive in His path. Ameen.

Relationship between Parent and Child in Islam...

Relationship Between Parent and Child In Islam
THE relationship between parents and their children is one of the sacred human relationships to which Islam gives due attention. This relationship should be based on respect, giving, tenderness and mercy.


The Holy Qur'an mentions this relationship in many Surahs (chapters), usually after mentioning Tawheed (Monotheism) as if Allah wants to inform people that being kind to one's parents is the second important thing after believing in Allah: "Your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him, and that you be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them, but address them in terms of honor. And, out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility, and say: "My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy even as they did bring me up when I was young." (17:23-24)


You find a lot of parents in the West living in retirement homes who are only accompanied by their pets because their sons and daughters have totally forgotten them. You rarely find such cases in the Muslim world because Muslims do follow what the Holy Qur'an says regarding being grateful to one's parents throughout their lives.


When one of the Companions asked Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), about the person who is entitled more to his companionship in this life to which Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), answered; "Your mother." The man again said "Who else?" and the Prophet (peace be upon him) again said "Your mother." The man asked, "And then who?" The Prophet (peace be upon him), said, "Your mother." The man then asked, "Then who?" to which the Prophet said "Your father." Muslim scholars said that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), preferred the mother three times to the father because she is distinguished by three roles: pregnancy, delivery and breast-feeding.


The Qur'an mentions a lot of positive examples of parent-child relationships such as the one between Prophet Yahya parents and this is clear when Allah praises Yahya in Surah Mariam, Mary: "And piety (for all creatures) as from Us, and purity: He was devout. And kind to his parents, and he was not overbearing or rebellious."

(Qur'an, 19:13-14) And in the same Surah, Prophet Isa, Jesus (peace be upon him says): "He has made me kind to my mother, and not overbearing or miserable.' (Qur'an, 19:32) In other words, the Holy Qur'an aims at instilling in the reader's or listener's mind the fact that being grateful and kind to one's parents is the shortest way to win Allah's approval.

Compiled from various sources.
  Permission is granted to circulate among private individuals and groups, to post on Internet sites and to publish in full text and subject title in not-for-profit publications.

Poems...

The Principles of Islam

I

Know, child, that God is only one, 
And has no Partner or Son; 
He has made us and everything, 
All beasts, all fowls, all birds that sing, 
The Sun, the Moon, the Starry Sky, 
The land, the sea, the mountains high. 
He knows whate'er we think or act, 
By Him is seen the real fact. 
And only He does what He wills, 
He makes, He keeps. He saves, He kills. 
Fore'er the same, no age, no youth, 
He is Perfection, He is Truth. 
Almighty, All-seeing, Wise, 
He hath not form or shape or size. 
But Self-existing is our Lord, 
And is always to be adored. 

II


Our God is Just, and loves the right, 
The wrong is hateful to His sight. 
To all His creatures He is Kind, 
He gave us reason that we might 
Know good from bad wrong from right. 
This is the first to light our path, 
To gain His grace and shun His wrath. 
But gift of reason varies far, 
Some wise and others foolish are. 
The eyes of mind our passion dims, 
And reason oft is quenched by whims. 
For second guide we have the men 
Of larger mind and wider ken, 
Who could from God a message get,
His Law before the people set. 
We call them Prophets, know you well, 
Coming events they could foretell.
No nation was without such guide, 
To warn them and from sins to chide. 
Each Prophet taught in his own sphere, 
To worship God and Him to fear. 
But thousands of such Prophets came, 
Of whom we know not the name, 
Of some well-known I mention make, 
The Lord God bless us for their sake! 
Job, Jacob, Joseph, Abraham, 
Elias, David, Solomon, 
Lot, Moses, Aaron, Ishmael, 
Hud, Noah, Jesus, Daniel; 
With Adam first and Muhammad last, 
Between the two all others pass. 
Their minds were brighter than our own, 
But otherwise all flesh and bone; 
God did not in them incorporate. 
They were but men and separate. 
IV
The Books of God, a third guide form, 
And us of His Commands inform, 
God sent them through His Prophets Great, 
Repealing Older by the Late; 
The Qur'an now the Law in force, 
The other Books have run their course. 
V
In all these Books 'tis plainly said, 
The graves will once give up their dead; 
A new life God will give to men. 
Who made us once will quicken again. 
That day we shall, to judgement brought, 
Be called to answer what we wrought, 
And shall be judged by Faith we had, 
And work we did good or bad. 
The good shall get a festive treat - 
Everlasting bliss and heavenly seat, 
Where such the pleasure, such the mirth, 
We've never dreamt of on this earth. 
The bad shall go to hell and fire, 
And suffer pains and torture dire. 
But sense of guilt to conscious mind 
Is more than all the pains combined 
While sense of having pleased our Lord 
Is greatest bliss and highest reward.
VI
The Qur'an teaches us to pray 
Our Lord God five times a day; 
To fast the days of Ramadan lent, 
To give alms to the indigent; 
To visit Mecca once in life,
And to make for God every strife. 
Find here the Muslim Laws in brief, 
May God guide all to this belief.
- Sayyed Mohammed.

The Prophet of Islam
The crown of creation set with richest gems, 
Diamonds and rubies in value beyond ken, 
Unequalled in brilliance, unique of kind, 
Art thou, O Great Prophet! to all mankind. 
Truthful by nature and of most saintly mien, 
All called thee the Trusty, the Al-Ameen. 
Most loving to children, courteous to all, 
To animals, tender, alike to great and small; 
Never on earth a nobler soul has trod, 
Never had another shewed a true way to God. 
O sweetest flower that ever on earth did bloom, 
Matchless alike in divine beauty and perfume, 
O whitest lily that human eyes have seen, 
O loveliest rose that in the world has been, 
All nature join, in homage, all men adore 
Thee who brought light to a darksome world; 
Thee whose teachings are as a necklace of pearls, 
Which when worn does radiant beauty impart, 
Adding lustre to body, to soul and to heart. 
Ya Rasool-Allah! our dearest friend and guide, 
May God's eternal blessings with thee abide. 
From the Arabian deserts thou sounded thy call 
To the worship of God, the Lord of all, 
From the Arabian deserts thou taught mankind,
How the truest knowledge of God to find. 
Thy words flew as lightning the whole world around, 
Of Truth and Light they did fully abound, 
And nations, acknowledging the pow'r of their sway, 
Did find and follow the most truthful way. 
In the wake of thy words true piety did spring, 
And great knowledge and virtue did truly bring. 
Never on earth a better soul was born, 
Never the world did a purer soul adorn.
Man was fast sinking in idolatry and sin 
When thou the great mission did first begin. 
Then in place of darkness thou Light did give, 
And taught mankind the noblest way to live;
And reformed the world as never before, 
And unique blessings on it did bestow. 
Praise be to Allah for this favour divine 
In sending thee the wicked world to refine. 
Search the world though we may from pole to pole 
While the great ocean of time doth onward roll, 
A more perfect Prophet never can we find, 
Than thee who, thank God, gave Islam to mankind. 
Ya Rasool-Allah! my homage I make to thee, 
Ya Nabi-Allah! my love I tender thee, 
My life, my all, for thee I gladly give, 
Thy divine messages shall with me for ever live. 
My love for thee no bounds doth know, 
In my heart thy mem'ry shall for ever glow. 
May Allah shower His choicest blessings on thee, 
May Allah grant thee peace for all eternity. 
- M. J. Majid, 
Joint Secretary, 
The Ceylon Muslim Missionary Society, 
Colombo. 

http://www.iupui.edu/~msaiupui/elementary.html

Sadaqah :)

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
عن جابر بن عبدالله رضي الله عنهما ، عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: (( كل معروف صدقة )) رواه البخاري
-------------------------------------
Narrated Jabir bin Abdullah , may Allah be pleased with him: The Prophet (may peace be upon him) said: ‘’ Enjoining , all that is Al-Ma’ruf (i.e., Islamic Monotheism and all that islam orders one to do ) is a Sadaqa

Sahih Al-Bukhari