Monday, September 27, 2010

On Morals and Modesty

Some sources of the prophet's sayings are mentioned in older posts in Arabic.

"You will not enter paradise until you believe,
and you will not believe until you love one another."

“Modesty and faith are twins. One who gives up one has to lose the other too.”

"Every faith has an innate character. The character of Islam is modesty."

"God has revealed to me that you have to be humble, so that no one boasts over another and no one oppresses another."

The prophet was traveling with his friends once, when he ordered for a cow to be ready for their meal, a man said "I will skin it" and another said "I will cook it", The prophet said "And I will gather the firewood". His companions said "We can get the wood for you, O prophet of God"
The prophet replied "I know that you can gather for me, but I wouldn't like to put myself in a degree higher than you, Allah verily hates to see someone who discriminates himself above his companions"

"He wouldn't enter paradise, he who has an atom weight of arrogance in his heart"

“There is a reward for kindness to every living thing.”

“Cleanliness is part of faith…”

"There's nothing heavier in one's scale on the day of judgement than the good morals"

"The best of the believers is their best in morals"

"The ones that I love the most, and the closest to me in the day of judgement are your best in morals"

Imam Ali was sitting with his son Mohammad, when Mohammad asked him " O father, who was the best of muslims after the prophet?" "Abu Bakr" Ali replied. "Then Who?" Mohammad asked. "Then Omar" Ali said. Mohammad says "I thought he would say Othman if I repeated, so I asked: Then You?
Imam Ali replied "O son, I'm just a man among the muslim men"

‘Religion is sincerity’

“Don’t bear aversion against one another and don’t be jealous of one another and be servants of Allah.”

“There are three signs of a hypocrite: when he speaks he speaks lies, when he makes a promise he breaks it, and when he is trusted he betrays his trust.”

“He who eats his fill while his neighbor goes without food is not a true believer.“

“Shall I not inform you of a better act than fasting, alms and prayers? Making peace between one another: Enmity and malice tear up heavenly rewards by the roots.”

The prophet said to Abdullah Ibn Abbas:
O young man! Let me teach you a few principles: Observe the rights of God so that God will protect you. Observe His rights in order to find Him always with you. When you ask something, ask it from God. When you seek help, seek it from God. Know that if all people gathered together to benefit you, they would not be able to do so other than by that which God already preordained for you. If, by contrast, they came together to do you harm, they would not be able to do so other than by that which God already preordained against you. The Pen of Destiny was lifted and everything was already ordained

"Seven (groups) of people: God will shade them under His shade on the Day when there will be no shade except His: the just ruler; the young man who has grown up in worship of God; the man greatly attached to mosques; two persons who love each other for God's sake, and meet and then leave each other because of this love; the man who refuses the invitation of a beautiful woman of rank, saying, ‘I fear God’; the man who spends in the way of God so secretly that when he gives in charity to the one on his left, the one on the right does not see it; and the man whose eyes fill with tears when he mentions God in seclusion."

“God has no mercy on one who has no mercy for others.”

“God is most compassionate to those of His servants who are themselves compassionate.”

“The search of knowledge is an obligation laid on every Muslim.”

“He who goes out in search of knowledge is in God’s path till he returns.”

For more Hadiths in English

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Snowy Road

(This is the English translation of the first post in this blog, and the first short story I have ever written:) )

Alone walking down the road ….surrounded by the snow from both sides, filled with both fear and courage…..fear from the unknown and my courage as I know that there is no way to go back …Long way it is.. but…what else can I do ??

Dragged by my heavy feet, and feeling that things definitely won’t be that bad, many sons of my village have taken this way before me….It’s true that I haven’t heard from them, but still it’s enough that they didn't die here.

The taste of the white snow in my mouth, my eyes can’t see anything but the snow along the horizons…as if there is no color but the white…patience, the way is getting close to its end…..I remember the past few hours, my memory goes back to a day before
Sitting watching my hair falling in front of me…..I have never experienced
anything like this before so forgive my fear, my few years in life didn’t give me many experiences as you know. I walk out of the barber’s and the sight of the sharp
razor is still sparkling in front of my eyes, and I see her………..over there next to the
cypress tree as she always did ..feeling shy I get closer to her -I wonder what does
she think of my bald head?- I can see now the tears sparkling in her eyes “Won’t I
see you after today?” …

My mother says there is no way back, only few seconds and my tears will fall down
from my eyes…..I don’t want to cry. maybe I won’t see her after today “I can’t forget
you “.
I run towards the house before I surrender to my weakness, I remember how many
nights we spent throwing snowballs in front of her house with our friends…how can I
forget her…or her tearful eyes, like the waves of the sea.
I walk through the door with trembling steps. I see my mother preparing supper “you
have to sleep early tonight” .but I want to spend more time with my little siblings …..I
will miss you all so much ….but my tongue refuses to move ….If I said a word. all my
hidden tears would flow down from my eyes……I put my head on the pillow and don’t feel anything after that. I drown in a deep sleep, to wake up on my mother’s tremors with the lights of the newly born morning …..”It’s time to go away”. I won’t resist my tears anymore ……she takes me into her warm hug……she knows that this is the last time “I will go to get some milk by myself, mom” she knows I want to go to say goodbye to my pet….I have always taken care of him even before he could stand on his legs I will set him free before I go ….Now go wherever you want to go ,I take what my mother have prepared for me in a small bag.. Not to disturb my smaller body during movement.

Starting the journey and last night’s memories don’t leave me….I will never see her
again . I take a look over her small window as I walk through her street…maybe now you are in a world of your dreams, maybe I'm with you in it, throwing some snowballs with you….then on my long way from the village to the mountain, I have always planned to explore you with my friends, mountain… but it never came up to my mind that I will walk through your meanders alone one day…
I wake up from my thoughts to see the yellow copper door…..So high you are, door
that I can barely see the drawings on your upper side…..I knock on the door with my
small fingers, it gets opened for me by a monk who's just as bald headed as me,
very eminent are his bones…..maybe he opened the same door to all my fellows who
went before me ….I will see them today for sure ….I look back to have a final look on
the outer world….wait!…..this Lama over there….His face is really familiar……how did he walk behind me all this way from home and I didn’t notice?.. He’s hitting the rock by his hoofs to scatter the ice around it ….this is his farewell to me “Farewell Nan Chou……send my farewells to my mother, and to her” .

Saturday, September 18, 2010

My Old School

Today is the first day of schools in Egypt, I don't know why I felt like walking down the street to my old school, and I've had the same feelings like the first time, 15 years ago!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Turn in repentance

"If you don't sin, Allah (SWT) will replace you with people who sin, so that they turn to him in repentance, And He forgives them" the prophet said.

Let's all turn in repentance in this holy month.