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Want/Need

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What is courage in the face of what’s ahead?
“Come and join the race,” says the rat.
Tempting, it’s a well-trodden path;
A finish line that’s never on the horizon.

There are the less-travelled paths,
Tempting, and there’s more than a few.
But where most steer clear of,
And only the unafraid few dare to walk.

In this intersection,
A person calls into question values
He has always held dear to himself.
“I’ll think with my heart,” he says.

Yet here is the person closing the door to a familiar room.
A room where there’s so many windows open.
When a door closes, another one opens, they say.
For all he knows, the next room might just have nicer windows.

“But perhaps you hate a thing,
And it is good for you,
And perhaps you love a thing,
And it is bad for you,” He says.

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May 30, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Human Beings Being Humane

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Assalamualaikum. Two years since I last posted but here‘s something worth sharing:

His secretary read a letter from a woman from Mauritania requesting Shaykh Ibn Baz to continue his financial support to her son who was studying in college. She said that if his financial support stops, then her son might neesd to quit studying and start working to provide for the family. She wrote, “The only one I could think of after Allāh is you, Ibn Baz, to help.” Her son had only 2 years left to finish his studies. The shaykh asked his secretary to give her the financial support for the next two years. His secretary responded saying, “The donation fund is empty.” Ibn Baz then ordered him to give from the zakah fund, but the answer was the same! Shaykh Ibn Baz said, “Give her from my personal account” only to find the response was the same: “You have no money left for this month, O Shaykh. You have given it all in similar cases.” I later learned that the Shaykh had a dedicated portion of his monthly salary that went to cases of charity, and by the middle of the month, that portion was completely depleted. Then the Shaykh said, “Take a loan in my name, send the money to the woman and I hope I would be able to pay that loan back soon.” The mufti of Saudi Arabia, a man with a million possible excuses to offer, taking a loan for a woman in Mauritania that he would never benefit from at all in this world – I simply could not believe what I was seeing!

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May 16, 2013 at 8:45 AM

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Al-Nakba

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May 14th, 1948: Israel’s Declaration of Independence
May 15th, 1948: Nakba Day

Today, Israel celebrates 63 years of Palestine’s illegal occupation. 63 years of destroying villages and homes, 63 years of massacring children, 63 years of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, 63 years of humiliation and subjugation, 63 years of oppression, 63 years of genocide, 63 years of imprisonment, 63 years of injustice, 63 years of terrorism – 63 years of crime. Have a great celebration.

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May 15, 2011 at 11:46 AM

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Heads or Tails

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A 45-mins Al-Jazeera special on Osama bin Laden and people who knew him:

After having watched the video, the late Osama doesn’t seem as bad to me now as he did before; he seemed a lot like a man of the people. I don’t think that he was ever involved with 9/11 but I’ve never agreed with everything that he did (the bombings that Al-Qaeda took responsibility for). I think that he was a good man equipped with the wrong set of ideologies.

Anyway, something I came across:

I will mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” MLK Jr.
– Jessica Dovey

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May 11, 2011 at 4:29 PM

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Brothers & Sisters

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Do not be envious of one another; do not artificially inflate prices against one another; do not hate one another; do not shun one another; and do not undercut one another in business transactions; and be as fellow-brothers and servants of Allah. A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim. He neither oppresses him nor humiliates him nor looks down upon him. Piety is here – and he pointed to his chest three times. It is evil enough for a Muslim to hold his brother Muslim in contempt. All things of a Muslim are inviolable for another Muslim: his blood, his property and his honour. (Muslim)

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May 10, 2011 at 9:32 PM

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The Intelligent Heart II

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Again, from something I read: a single heart cell placed in a laboratory slide (observed under a microscope) keeps beating but shortly loses its rhythm and dies. Two heart cells placed at a distance also results in the same observations; but when placed close together (but not necessarily touching each other), they “start beating in synchrony (with the same rhythm) and they do not die.”

The same phenomenon occurs on a larger scale in the case of a complete heart. All the heart cells beat in synchrony (with the same rhythm in unity), which makes the heart such a powerful organ. (Gohar Mushtaq, 2006)

This phenomenon is called ‘entrainment’ and is a result of matching electromagnetic waves pulsated by each of the tiny heart cells. Thus, “the heart produces waves of electromagnetic energy” and “can be measured using megnetometers from as far as three feet away from the body.” Therefore:

When people are in close proximity in a room, their hearts start to beat with the same rhythm. Even their breathing pattern synchronises in such instances. (Gohar Mushtaq, 2006)

United we stand, divided we fall?

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May 8, 2011 at 5:07 PM

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The Intelligent Heart

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From something I read: the heart apparently has neurons in it; the “same type of cells that are also present in the human brain”:

An understanding of the complex anatomy and function of the heart’s nervous system contributes an additional dimension to the newly emerging view of the heart as a sophisticated information processing centre, functioning not only in concert with the brain but also independent of it. (Armour, J. Andrew, M.D., Ph.D., 2003)

So I guess thinking with the heart isn’t just a figure of speech anymore.

One last thing:

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.

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May 8, 2011 at 12:30 AM

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