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Article 1  

Holy Qur'an 
Hud -- the Prophet
(Sura 11 of Quran)
The English translation by M.H. Shakir

Article 2
How did Islam spread?
By Professor Shahul Hameed
      It is a striking fact of history that within three centuries, after Prophet Muhammad started preaching Islam in Mecca, Islam spread over the area of three continents; Asia, Africa and Europe. There are many reasons why people have been, from past to the present embracing Islam. Muhammad Asad, a Jewish convert to Islam, says:
Article 3  
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
When I was a little girl, I had the privilege of meeting Eleanor Roosevelt,
who was visiting Rancho Lilac, in Valley Center, California, where I lived as the daughter of the ranch cook. Interestingly, Colonel Irving Solomon, who owned the ranch and had served with Roosevelt at the UN, had apparently told her that there was a little girl who wanted very much to meet her.
Article 4
"I wish you enough"
At an airport I overheard a father and daughter in their last moments together. They had announced her plane's departure and standing near the door, he said to his daughter, "I love you, I wish you enough". She said,
Article 5
The Signs of Happiness
      There was a young couple living in Denmark who led a very happy life
together. The only thing that they worried about was, whether their
happiness would last forever or would they too would have to face problems.
Article 6
       Setting Bad Examples for Children
"Tell them I'm not here," we yell to our spouse or children as the telephone
rings. Although we might not have noticed it, we have just set an example of lying for our children. When they see us lying, they may say to themselves that it's okay to lie. Dad and mom do it.


by Rumi

(Translated version by Nasir Shamsi)

The worldly goods and body are mortal like melting snow yet Allah buys them
it is said Allah has purchased.*
(Yet) you prefer the melting snow to Allah's offer, it's because you are in doubt (shakk) and lack conviction (yaqeen).
You think you have a great idea in you !
but it won't fly to that garden of certainty.
Oh son ! Every idea craves for conviction
flapping its wings in its pursuit.
When it attains knowledge (ilm)
the wings turn into feet, and the knowledge adds its fragrance to the garden.
In a certain way, knowledge is inferior to certainty but it's above idea.
Know that knowledge is a seeker of certainty (yaqeen), and certainty is a seeker of vision and intuition.

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Mâl o tan barfand rizân-e fanâ
Haqq kharidâresh keh Allâha-shtarâ*
Barf-hâ ze ân az saman-e avvalistet
keh hayi dar shakk yaqini nistet
Vin `ajab zannast dar to ay mohin
keh na-mi parad be-bostân-e yaqin
Har gomân teshneh-ye yaqin ast ay pesar
mi zanad andar tazâyod bâl o par
Chon resad dar `elm pas par pâ shavad
mar yaqin-râ `elm-e u buya shavad
Zânke hast andar Tariq-e moftatan
`elm kamtar az yaqin va fawq-e zann
`Elm juyâ-ye yaqin bâshad be-dân
vân yaqin juyâ-ye didast va `iyân

* sura Taubah, 111
-- Mathnawi III: 4115-4121, Version by Nasir Shamsi (Persian transliteration
courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)


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From heedlessness to Him
 by Rumi
      God said, "It is not because he is despicable that I delay My gift to him:  That very delay is an aid.
      His need brought him from heedlessness to Me,
pulling him by the hair to My lane.
     Were I to satisfy his need, he would go back
and immerse himself in that game.
     Although he laments to the bottom of his soul:
'Oh Thou whose protection is sought!' - let him weep with
broken heart and wounded breast.
      For I am pleased by his voice, his saying, 'Oh God!' and his secret prayers. . . ."
     People cage parrots and nightingales to hear the sound of their sweet songs.
     But how should they put crows and owls into cages?  Who indeed has heard tale of that? . . .
     Know for certain that this is the  reason the believers suffer disappointment in good and evil.

           -- Mathnawi, VI: 4222-26, 28-29, 37
               Translation by  William C. Chittick
               The Sufi Path of Love -



Article 7
R E S P E C T   Y O U R   

M O T H E R:

For those of you who still have your mothers with you, this  is  something to ponder upon and to witness as your life unfolds. For those  of  you who no longer have your mothers with you, this may  be  something  that sparks some memory within you. For those of you who are mothers  yourselves, this is something to think about as you move through life with your children.

Article 8
The Passenger
      The passengers on the bus watched sympathetically as the young woman with the white cane made her way carefully up the steps. She paid the driver and, using her hands to feel the location of the seats, walked down the aisle and found the seat he'd told her was empty. Then she settled in, placed her briefcase on her lap and rested her cane against her leg.
Article 9
Five Miracles of Quran
     The 1st Miracle Man We did create from acquiescence (of clay); then We placed him as a drop of sperm in a place of rest, firmly fixed. Then we made the sperm into a clot of congealed blood or (leech like); then of that clot we made a fetus lump; then we made out of that lump bones and clothed the bones with flesh; then we developed out of it another  Creature. So blessed Allah (God), the Best to create}. [23:12-14]. Holy Qur'an
Article 10
Before I Go
by Tahera Kassam
When my life has reached its very end, And I take that final breath;
I want to know I've left behind,
Some "good" before my death.

I hope that in my final hour,
In all honesty I can say:
That somewhere in my lifetime,
I have brightened someone's day
Article 11

3 things which make the memory weak.....

3 things which make the memory strong.....

Article 12
Monotheism & Trinity
By Shakiel Humayun

"We have sent to every nation a messenger saying, ‘Worship Allâh and avoid all false deities’" [Qurân]

Mankind, repeatedly throughout history, has swerved from their innate nature (to worship one deity). Thus, Allâh sent them, throughout time, many prophets and messengers to direct them back to their innate nature, i.e. to worship One God without any act of worship being directed to a second entity.




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