Say, “Whether you conceal what is in your breasts or reveal it, Allah knows it. And He knows that which is in the heavens and that which is on the earth. And Allah is over all things competent.
The Day every soul will find what it has done of good present [before it] and what it has done of evil, it will wish that between itself and that [evil] was a great distance. And Allah warns you of Himself, and Allah is Kind to [His] servants.”
There is pervasive evil loose upon the surface of this world. Not one sin in its portfolio is necessary.
Muhammad Bin Salman kidnaps and publicly executes children. Take him from his bed now and shoot him in the head. And shame on you for waiting this long.
Donald Trump and his fuck buddies in the Republican Party and Evangelican Christian community have raped the planet, stolen children from their parents, murdered tens of thousands more. Kamala Harris and Joe Biden, instead of loading their guns and heading to the White House exchange barbs with them.
What about Syria? We can’t expect King Abdullah to do it all can we? Is it right and fair to ask the Kingdom of Jordan to always fix what is wrong with us?
I’m glad it’s not your or I that befell the fate of others. The ones that no one cared about and let the diabolics murder and break the hearts of the rest.
“I’m here to see the apartment of course. Are there any move in specials I should know about?”
Thermostats are devices that keep temperature at the desired level. They are used in refrigerators, dishwashers, electric ovens, water heaters, washing machines, and central heating. Without a properly functioning thermostat, the devices or machines are likely to break down.
Did you know that there is also a thermostat in our body that comes with a lifelong guarantee? How about the fact that each is customized for each body? The thermostat in our body is so durable and dependable that it continues to regulate our body temperature for a life time, through illness and health, and good and bad weather.
Hypothermia and hyperthermia
When you are alive and kicking, your thermostat works within a temperature range of one degree (36.5 °C–37.5 °C). If your body temperature taken in your mouth is above or below this range, it means that your body is signaling certain problems. Temperatures below 35°C lead to hypothermia, while those above 39°C cause an opposite problem called hyperthermia.
Hypothermia is a drop in body temperature, generally due to such factors as rain, wind, snow, or cold water. Prolonged hypothermia first causes shivering and blackout, then death. People who fall into water in shipwrecks die more of hypothermia than of drowning.
Hyperthermia, on the other hand, is a condition in which the body temperature rises to high levels because of factors such as inflammatory diseases and prolonged exposure to sunlight. If it continues for long, hyperthermia causes fatigue, dizziness, nausea and problems in blood pressure. It may lead to seizures or death, especially in children, unless immediate aid is provided.
Where is our thermostat?
Whether you inhabit Siberian taigas or African deserts, your body temperature is kept within the normal range. Our thermostat, called the thermoregulation center, takes up a small place in the hypothalamus of our brain. Assigned the task of balancing our body temperature, the center activates the system to decrease the temperature when it rises and to increase it when it drops. The center is composed of two parts, one in the front of the hypothalamus and the other in the middle. The former is in charge of decreasing our temperature, while the latter of increasing it.
It is the receptors beneath our skin that activate the center. The receptors have two types of heat sensors, one for warmth and the other for cold. A change in temperature, even in an extremity like the toes, is immediately reported to the center, which switches the system on. If the body temperature needs to fall, then the perspiration mechanism is switched on. To do this, the temperature inside the body is first transferred to the skin. The most important process at this point is the expansion of blood vessels, which induces a heat transfer. If the body temperature needs to be raised, the vessels are contracted and shivering is induced.
Adjusted for all conditions
Our thermostat is programmed to make maximum use of our body temperature and make adjustments depending on our age, whether we are asleep, hungry, ill, and according to weather. The required amount of energy is different for babies, children, teenagers, and the elderly. The human body needs energy less during sleep and more during an illness.
No one’s body temperature remains at the same level at all times. Our body temperature is unique to us, just like our fingerprints, and it can be measured through precise measurements. The factors that affect our body temperature may be as diverse as what we eat, what we do, what we wear, our mood, our hormones, and the environment. The increase in an adult’s body temperature due to activity is less than that of babies and children.
Our body has a temperature cycle which changes throughout the day. When we wake up in the morning, for example, our body temperature is 0.5 degrees lower than it is during the day. It is at its lowest in the second half of the night. It is highest between 16:00-18:00. We have greater heat exchange in cold weather than in hot weather. The heat regulation center adjusts temperature in response to all these changes, and thus saves energy.
Our temperature changes according to our gender, too. Body temperatures obtained from mouth measurements have shown that they may change by ±1.4 degrees in women and by ±1.2 in men. Hormones also play a role in this difference. For example, women have unique body temperatures during their period and pregnancy.
The temperature of the organs
Some parts of our body and some of our organs require different temperatures. The warmest organs are at the inside: the liver is 41.3 degrees on average, for example. Our skin is 33 degrees, and the parts near the skin have relatively lower temperatures. The temperature of the inside of our mouth, for example, is lower than that of our skin. The temperatures in the armpit and in the ears are likewise different. The thermoregulation center also has an impact on the rates of the chemical reactions taking place at the cellular level, as it keeps every one of the organs working at optimum temperatures.
There is incredible wisdom in how our body is heated (or not). Body parts that interact with the outside world have lower temperatures. One of the advantages of this is that it maintains optimum energy consumption. The higher the temperature difference between two objects, the easier the heat exchange. If our skin were as warm as our average temperature, i.e. 37°C, we would lose more heat at higher rates.
Furthermore, our eyes are granted a very special mechanism. The eyes, almost 90% of which are water and whose surface must be kept moist, are in constant contact with the outside world. However, the eyes of people who live in cold climates, where the temperature can reach -50°C, do not freeze because the eyes are placed in a protective shelter and wrapped in muscles, lipid layers, and eyelids. What’s more, capillaries, which are extensions of the ophthalmic arteries that encircle the eyes like a web, carry warm blood to the eyes regularly. Additionally, the fact that tears are salty lowers their freezing point.
Temperature balance in other living things
Animals also have body temperatures ideally programmed for their functions. The hedgehog, for example, has a body temperature of 36°C, but it is dropped to 6°C during hibernation. The body temperatures of most mammals are kept at about 37°C.
Animals are similarly endowed with systems of temperature cycles as required by the climatic and environmental conditions in which they live. For example, the body temperature of the oryx, an African antelope, can rise to 45°C when it is on the run. It can withstand such a deadly temperature thanks to the perfect system that protects its brain. The oryx has a peculiar network of vessels at the lower side of the brain which decreases the body temperature due to heat loss caused by evaporation. The carotid artery separates into smaller veins in the sinus cavity before it carries the blood to the brain, which causes the blood to lose heat. When the blood reaches the brain, it is already cool enough for the brain to function properly.
The creation of such systems certainly are miraculous, and yet we never think about them. All of our needs are met without our knowing about it.
Kuch baatein kehne ki nahi;
Sehne ki hoti hain
There is no Islam without Unity, no Unity without Leadership, and no Leadership without Obedience.
—Umar Ibn Al-Khatab
Next follows an anecdote of Bilkis, Queen of Sheba, whose reason was enlightened by the counsels of the Hoopoo sent to her by King Solomon. Outward sense is as opposed to true reason as Abu Jahl was to Muhammad; and when the outward senses are replaced by the true inner reason, man sees that the body is only foam, and the heart the limitless ocean. Afterwards comes an anecdote of a philosopher who was struck blind for cavilling at the verse, “What think ye? If at early morn your waters shall have sunk away, who will then give you clear running water?” 1 This is succeeded by the story of Moses and the shepherd. Moses once heard a shepherd praying as follows: “O God, show me where thou art, that I may become. Thy servant. I will clean Thy shoes and comb Thy hair, and sew Thy clothes, and fetch Thee milk.” When Moses heard him praying in this senseless manner, he rebuked him, saying, “O foolish one, though your father was a Mosalman, you have become an infidel. God is a Spirit, and needs not such gross ministrations as, in your ignorance, you suppose.” The shepherd was abashed at his rebuke, and tore his clothes and fled away into the desert. Then a voice from heaven was heard, saying, “O Moses, wherefore have you driven away my servant? Your office is to reconcile my people with me, not to drive them away from me. I have given to each race different usages and forms of praising and adoring me. I have no need of their praises, being exalted above all such needs. I regard not the words that are spoken, but the heart that offers them. I do not require fine words, but a burning heart. Men’s ways of showing devotion to me are various, but so long as the devotions are genuine, they are accepted.”
Religious forms indifferent.
A voice came from God to Moses,
“Why hast thou sent my servant away?
Thou hast come to draw men to union with me,
Not to drive them far away from me.
So far as possible, engage not in dissevering;
‘The thing most repugnant to me is divorce.’ 2
To each person have I allotted peculiar forms,
To each have I given particular usages.
What is praiseworthy in thee is blameable in him,
What is poison for thee is honey for him.
What is good in him is bad in thee,
What is fair in him is repulsive in thee.
I am exempt from all purity and impurity,
I need not the laziness or alacrity of my people.
I created not men to gain a profit from them,
But to shower my beneficence upon them.
In the men of Hind the usages of Hind are praiseworthy,
In the men of Sind those of Sind.
I am not purified by their praises,
'Tis they who become pure and shining thereby.
I regard not the outside and the words,
I regard the inside and the state of heart.
I look at the heart if it be humble,
Though the words may be the reverse of humble.
Because the heart is substance, and words accidents,
Accidents are only a means, substance is the final cause.
How long wilt thou dwell on words and superficialities?
A burning heart is what I want; consort with burning!
Kindle in thy heart the flame of love,
And burn up utterly thoughts and fine expressions.
O Moses! the lovers of fair rites are one class,
They whose hearts and souls burn with love are another.
Lovers must burn every moment,
As tax and tithe are levied on a ruined village.
If they speak amiss, call them not sinners;
If a martyr be stained with blood, wash it not away.
Blood is better than water for martyrs,
This fault is better than a thousand correct forms.
No need to turn to the Ka'ba when one is in it,
And divers have no need of shoes.
One does not take a drunken man as a guide on the way,
Nor speak of darns to torn garments.
The sect of lovers is distinct from all others,
Lovers have a religion and a faith of their own.
Though the ruby has no stamp, what matters it?
Love is fearless in the midst of the sea of fear.
Beware, if thou offerest praises or thanksgivings,
And know them to be even as the babble of that shepherd;
Though thy praises be better compared with his,
Yet in regard to God they are full of defects.
How long wilt thou say, 'They obscure the truth,
For it is not such as they fancy’?
Thy own prayers are accepted only through mercy,
They are suffered as the prayers of an impure woman.
If her prayers are made impure by the flow of blood,
Thine are stained with metaphors and similitudes.
Blood is impure, yet its stain is removed by water;
But that impurity of ignorance is more lasting,
Seeing that without the blessed water of God
It is not banished from the man who is subject to it.
O that thou wouldst turn thy face to thy own prayers,
And become cognizant of the meaning of thy ejaculations,
And say, 'Ah! my prayers are as defective as my being;
O requite me good for evil!’”
Moses questions God as to the reason of
the flourishing state of the wicked.
Moses said, “O beneficent Creator,
With whom a moment’s remembrance is as long ages,
I see Thy plan distorted in this world of earth and water;
My heart, like the angel’s, feels a difficulty thereat.
With what object hast thou framed this plan,
And sowed therein the seeds of evil?
Why hast Thou kindled the fire of violence and wrong?
Why burnt up mosques and them who worship therein?
Paradise is attached to requirements unpleasant to us,
Hell is attached to things flattering our lusts.
The branch full of sap is the main fuel of thy fire.
'They that are burnt with fire are near to Kausar.’ 3
Whoso is in prison and acquainted with troubles,
That is in requital for his gluttony and lusts.
Whoso is in a palace and enjoying wealth,
That is in reward for toils and troubles.
Whoso is seen enjoying uncounted gold and silver,
Know that he strove patiently to acquire it.
He, whose soul is exempt from natural conditions,
And who possesses the power of overriding causes,
Can see without causes, like eyes that pierce night;
But thou, who art dependent on sense attend to causes.
Having left Jesus, thou cherishest an ass (lust),
And art perforce excluded, like an ass;
The portion of Jesus is knowledge and wisdom,
Not so the portion of an ass, O asinine one!
Thou pitiest thine ass when it complains;
So art thou ignorant, thy ass makes thee asinine.
Keep thy pity for Jesus, not for the ass,
Make not thy lust to vanquish thy reason.
Leave thy natural lusts to whine and howl,
Tear thee from them, escape that snare of the soul!
1. Koran lxvii. 30.
2. A tradition.
3. A saying of the Prophet.
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Here Are Three Ways to Overcome Your Desires
Ramadan is a time devoted to overcoming our base desires, by abstaining from food and drink during the daylight hours. Here are some tips to help us in this month, and to carry on the practice after it is over.
In today’s world, we are faced with an onslaught of temptation and desire each and every day. The challenge of staying connected to the religion of Allah has never been more difficult, and yet it is still open.
One of the great scholars of our history, Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah, was influential in our approaches to contemplation and spiritual psychology. He identified a number of different Prophetic and Qur’anic approaches to controlling our minds and our hearts in order to help us on our journey to Allah.
In his book ‘Iddat as-Sabireen, he put forth a number of strategies for reminding ourselves of the knowledge and beliefs that we hold, particularly in the face of temptation and desire. He referred to this as Tadhakkur, in reference to the verse of the Qur’an in which Allah says:
‘Certainly, those who are righteous, when a party of Shaytaan touches them, they immediately remember (Him i.e Allah SWT), then they gain insight’
(Surah A’raaf: 201).”
To achieve this, he recommended those struggling to bring to mind different thoughts to their conscious awareness, three of which we will mention here:
Remember Allah’s countless blessings upon you and that your disobedience will erect a barrier between you and them.
Remember that through your fulfilling desires and attainment of temporary pleasure you will lose out on goodness both in this world and in the next. Faith, Providence, and wealth all decrease as a consequence.
Remember that Allah has promised to replace what you leave for His sake with something much better. It is worth the struggle.
May Allah give us the ability to act in a way which is pleasing to Him and to make use of the scholars of our present, past and future.
Embroidering meaningless things is to mislead simple minds.
~Bediuzzaman Said Nursi (r.a.)~
Abu Hurairah reported The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) as saying When a woman gives something her husband has earned without being commanded by him to do so, she has half his reward.
SUNAN abi DAWUD : Zakat (Kitab Al-Zakat): Book of Zakat Hadith 132/145
Dua and remembrance to be said at any time #18
اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِي خَطِيئَتِي وَجَهْلِي، وَإِسْرَافِي فِي أَمْرِي، وَمَا أَنْتَ أَعْلَمُ بِهِ مِنِّي.
اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِي هَزْلِي وَجِدِّي وَخَطَايَايَ وَعَمْدِي، وَكُلُّ ذَلِكَ عِنْدِي
O Allah, forgive my sin, my ignorance, my excessiveness in my affairs, and whatever You are better aware (of my affairs) than myself.
O Allah, grant me forgiveness [of the faults which I committed] jestingly or in earnest, and which I committed inadvertently and deliberately; and indeed, all of these [failings] are in me.
Allaahumma-ghfir lee khaṭee’a-tee wa jah-lee, wa israafee fee amree, wa maa anta a‛lamu bi-hi min-nee.
Allaahumma-ghfir lee hazlee wa jid-dee wa khaṭaa-yaai wa ‛amdee, wa kul-la dhaalika ‛indee
Sources: Bukhari No# 6398, 6399
Además, tal como la civilización de hoy está derrotada ante la sabiduría del milagroso Corán con respecto a la sabiduría y a las acciones, lo mismo aplica a la literatura y a la retórica.
La comparación de la literatura y la retórica de la civilización y del Corán es como el dolor oscuro y la queja desesperanzada de un huérfano sin madre y la canción baja y tumultuosa de un borracho, y la pena anhelante y esperanzada de un amante elevado que surge de una separación temporaria y las canciones patrióticas exhortando a la victoria o a la guerra o al sacrificio. Porque en relación a los efectos de sus estilos, la literatura y la retórica producen ya sea pena o felicidad. Y la tristeza es de dos tipos.
Es ya sea una pena oscura que surge de la falta de amigos, es decir, no tener amigos ni dueño, que es la pena producida por la literatura de la civilización, que está manchada por el desvío, enamorada de la naturaleza, contaminada con descuido, o es la segunda pena. Esta surge de la separación de los amigos, es decir, los amigos existen, pero su separación provoca un pesar anhelante.
Es la pena que da la guía y que esparce la luz que el Corán produce. La felicidad también es de dos tipos. Uno estimula los deseos del alma maligna. Es la marca de la literatura de la civilización en los campos del teatro, el cine y las novelas.
Mientras que la otra felicidad silencia al alma maligna, y es sutil y cortés, incitando inocentemente al espíritu, al corazón, a la mente y a las facultades sutiles para alcanzar asuntos sublimes, hacia su hogar original y morada eterna, y sus compañeros del Más Allá; es la felicidad que produce el Corán de Milagrosa Exposición. Llena al ser humano con entusiasmo por el Paraíso y la felicidad eterna y la visión de la belleza de Allah.
Así, el significado vasto y la verdad poderosa que la aleya:
قُلْ لَئِنِ اجْتَمَعَتِ الْاِنْسُ وَالْجِنُّ ﱭ اَنْ يَأْتُوا بِمِثْلِ هٰذَا الْقُرْاٰنِ لَا يَأْتُونَ بِمِثْلِه۪
وَلَوْ كَانَ بَعْضُهُمْ لِبَعْضٍ ظَه۪ـيرﭲا
expresa, aquellos de inteligencia escasa creen que es una suposición imposible con los objetivos de decir una obra exagerada de elocuencia. ¡Allah no lo permita! No es una exageración, ni es una suposición imposible; es una obra de la retórica absolutamente veraz, posible y real.
Un aspecto de ser de esta forma es este: si todas las palabras delicadas de los seres humanos y de los genios que no surgen del Corán y no pertenecen a él se unieran, no podrían imitar al Corán. Y no han podido imitarlo, porque no han podido demostrar que han podido.
El segundo aspecto es este: la civilización, y la ciencia y la filosofía y la literatura europea, que son los productos del pensamiento y de los esfuerzos de la humanidad y los genios e incluso los demonios, permanecen en los pozos de la impotencia ante los decretos, la sabiduría y la elocuencia del Corán. Tal como mostramos en los ejemplos.
Fourth Example: As is testified to by Hulûsi Bey’s piece in the Twenty-
Seventh Letter, he found in the light-filled Words, which interpret the mysteries of the
Qur’an, assistance and succour, effulgence and light greater than in the Naqshi way,
which is the most important and influential Sufi order.
Fifth Example: My brother Abdülmecid suffered terribly at the death of Abdurrahman (May God have mercy on him) and at other grievous events. He also awaited from me assistance and influence I was unable to give. I was not corresponding with him. Suddenly I sent him some of the main parts of the Words. After studying them, he wrote to me and said: “Praise be to God, I have been saved! I would have gone mad. Each of those Words has become like a spiritual guide for me. I had parted from one guide, but I suddenly found lots of them all at once, and was saved!” I realized that truly Abdülmecid had embarked on a good way and had been saved from his previous difficulties.
There are numerous examples like these five which show that if the sciences of belief are experienced directly as cures from the mysteries of the All-Wise Qur’an in consequence of need and as healing for wounds, those sciences and spiritual cures are sufficient for those who perceive their need and make use of them with earnest sincerity. Whatever the chemist and herald is like who sells and announces them – be he commonplace, or bankrupt, or rich, or a person of rank, or a servant – it does not make much difference. There is no need to have recourse to candlelight while the sun shines. Since I am showing the sun, it is meaningless and unnecessary to seek candlelight from me, especially since I have none. Others should rather assist me with prayers, spiritual assistance, and even saintly influence. It is my right to seek help and assistance from them, while it is incumbent on them to be content with the effulgence they receive from the lights of the Risale-i Nur.
Glory be unto You! We have no knowledge save that which You have taught us; indeed, You are All-Knowing, All-Wise!(2:32)
O God, grant blessings to our master Muhammad that will be pleasing to You and fulfilment of his truth, and to his Family and Companions, and grant them peace.
• Feridüddin Attar rahimehullah
Sunan an Nasa’i:16 The Book of Eclipses
It was narrated from Ibn Shihab rom ‘Urwah bin Az-Zubair, that Aishah said:
“The sun was eclipsed during the lifetime of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). He stood and said the takbir, and the people formed rows behind him. The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) recited for a long time, then he said the takbir and bowed for a long time, then he raised his head and said: Sami Allahu liman hamidah, Rabbana wa lakal-hamd. Then he stood and recited for a long time, but it was a shorter recitation than the first recitation, then he said the takbir and bowed but it was shorter than the first bowing. Then he said: Sami Allahu liman hamidah, then he prostrated. In this manner, he bowed four times, and the eclipse ended before he had finished. Then he stood and addressed the people. He praised and glorified Allah (SWT), the Mighty and Sublime, as He deserves, then he said: The sun and moon are two of the signs of Allah (SWT), Most High. They do not become eclipsed for the death or birth of anyone. If you see that (eclipsed) then pray until it ends. And the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: While I was standing just now I saw everything you have been promised. When you saw me moving forward, I wanted to take a cluster of fruit from Paradise. And I saw Hell; parts of it were consuming other parts when you saw me step backward. And I saw therein Ibn Luhayy, who was the first one to establish the Sa'ibah.’”
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