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    The subjects covered affect us all on a daily basis:

    They're written by Andy Rooney , a man who has the gift of saying so much with so few words. Enjoy.......

    I've learned.... That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

    I've learned.... That when you're in love, it shows.

    I've learned.... That just one person saying to me, 'You've made my day!' makes my day.

    I've learned.... That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

    I've learned.... That being kind is more important than being right.

    I've learned.... That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

    I've learned.... That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in some other way.

    I've learned .... That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

    I've learned.... That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

    I've learned.... That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

    I've learned.... That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

    I've learned.... That we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.

    I've learned.... That money doesn't buy class.

    I've learned.... That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.


    I've learned... That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

    I've learned.... That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

    I 've learned.... That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

    I've learned.... That love, not time, heals all wounds.

    I've learned .... That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

    I've learned.... That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.

    I've learned.... That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

    I've learned... That life is tough, but I'm tougher.

    I've learned.... That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.

    I've learned.... That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

    I've learned.... That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.

    I've learned.... That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

    I've learned.... That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

    I've learned.... That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.

    I've learned.... That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

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    The Book of Life

    Qur'an
    Waheed Uddin Khan
    (Tr. by:Tariq Haashmi)



    The book of life is constantly turning its leaves. Every morning opens a new page. It adds to the leaves turned and lessens the remaining ones. The day is not far when you will be enjoying the last moments of your life. The book then will be closed and all your entries saved.

    Have you ever thought what you are adding to this book? What changes do you make in its contents each day? Aware or unaware be you, this work of yours is progressing. You are on it with all your might. You write all that you think, see, hear, desire, perform and achieve. You and only you can make additions to it. Nobody else can make the slightest change in its contents.

    You are the sole writer of this work and are constantly working on it. Stop and think for a while. One day you will find the same book in you hands and your Lord will be saying to you:

    Read this thy record! Sufficient is your own self today to make out your account. (17:14)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocW View Post
    The subjects covered affect us all on a daily basis:

    They're written by Andy Rooney , a man who has the gift of saying so much with so few words. Enjoy.......
    I don't mean to be horrible but... threads like this always bring the cynic out of me.

    Hasn't this man ever heard of the phrase "Be cruel to be kind"?
    The image-obsessed, bloodthirsty, sensationalistic world outside your window is the real madhouse.

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    Do not let your difficulties fill you with anxiety, after all, it is only in the darkest nights that the stars shine most brilliantly. [Ali radi Allah anhu]

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    Guidance of the Day:
    What, then, is marriage all about? What makes some marriages successful, and others fail? How do we know if our intended marriage will work? How can we save a marriage that is not working? Why is the divorce rate so high? These are questions that many of us have wrestled with, questions which have too often been answered through pain and hardship.

    We might say that our motivation for entering into marriage or a relationship can be distilled to two basic dynamic attitudes: "I am going to get something from this person," or "I am going to share with this person." The first attitude leads only to pain; the second, to joy. The first is seeking to get; the second, to expand. Sharing works, taking doesn't. A house built upon sand cannot stand. The divorce rate affirms this parable. If the relationship is inaugurated on the foundation of celebration and overflow, we will receive many of the things that others marry in order to get, but they come as gifts, and joys, and not as a payoff. [Cohen, The Dragon Doesn't Live Here Anymore]

    Food for Thought:
    If the individual is to be happy, healthy, and prosperous, he must change from the Laws of the Mind (negative) to the Laws of the Soul (positive).
    Laws of the Mind are: fear, worry, selfishness, vanity, anger, criticism, envy, greed, hypocrisy, prejudice, jealousy, and hate.
    Laws of the Soul are: faith, hope, generosity, aspiration, patience, sympathy, goodness, kindness, courage, duty, and love.

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    اللَّهُمَّ بِعِلْمِكَ الْغَيْبَ وَقُدْرَتِكَ عَلَى الْخَلْقِ أَحْيِنِي مَا عَلِمْتَ الْحَيَاةَ خَيْرًا لِي وَتَوَفَّنِي إِذَا عَلِمْتَ الْوَفَاةَ خَيْرًا لِي وَأَسْأَلُكَ خَشْيَتَكَ فِي الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ وَكَلِمَةَ الْإِخْلَاصِ فِي الرِّضَا وَالْغَضَبِ وَأَسْأَلُكَ نَعِيمًا لَا يَنْفَدُ وَقُرَّةَ عَيْنٍ لَا تَنْقَطِعُ وَأَسْأَلُكَ الرِّضَاءَ بِالْقَضَاءِ وَبَرْدَ الْعَيْشِ بَعْدَ الْمَوْتِ وَلَذَّةَ النَّظَرِ إِلَى وَجْهِكَ وَالشَّوْقَ إِلَى لِقَائِكَ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ ضَرَّاءَ مُضِرَّةٍ وَفِتْنَةٍ مُضِلَّةٍ اللَّهُمَّ زَيِّنَّا بِزِينَةِ الْإِيمَانِ وَاجْعَلْنَا هُدَاةً مُهْتَدِينَ

    O God! Because of Your knowledge of the unseen and because of Your power over Your creation, grant me with life till the time You think that living is best for me and take me away from this world when You think that taking me away is best for me. O God! I seek humility from You in public and in private and in happiness and in sorrow want You to guide me to the truth and request You with what is between affluence and poverty and ask from You a favour that will never end and the coolness of the eye which will never cease. I seek from You the strength to be content on Your decisions and seek the blessings of life after death and the fervour to meet You and the bliss to see You such that I neither remain in the calamity that is burdensome nor trials which may mislead me. O God! Grant us the embellishment of faith and make us such that we are rightly guided and are able to guide others as well.

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    Pardon me , sir

    I did enjoy reading your thoughts , and was indeed gratified to see you quoting Saiduna ALI Radia Allahu Anh . I never thought that such knowledge was available to you in English . Jazakum Allah Kairan .

    But I do wonder , if you would allow me , what is the "provoking" ?? Personally I do not see something provoking . Would you kindly set me right ??!

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    Letter by Abraham Lincoln to his sons teacher on his first day at school


    My son starts school today. It is all going to be strange and new to him for a while and I wish you would treat him gently. It is an adventure that might take him across continents. All adventures that probably include wars, tragedy and sorrow. To live this life will require faith, love and courage.

    So dear Teacher, will you please take him by his hand and teach him things he will have to know, teaching him - but gently, if you can. Teach him that for every enemy, there is a friend. He will have to know that all men are not just, that all men are not true. But teach him also that for every scoundrel there is a hero, that for every crooked politician, there is a dedicated leader.

    Teach him if you can that 10 cents earned is of far more value than a dollar found. In school, teacher, it is far more honorable to fail than to cheat. Teach him to learn how to gracefully lose, and enjoy winning when he does win.

    Teach him to be gentle with people, tough with tough people. Steer him away from envy if you can and teach him the secret of quiet laughter. Teach him if you can - how to laugh when he is sad, teach him there is no shame in tears. Teach him there can be glory in failure and despair in success. Teach him to scoff at cynics.

    Teach him if you can the wonders of books, but also give time to ponder the extreme mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun and flowers on a green hill. Teach him to have faith in his own ideas, even if every one tell him they are wrong.

    Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd when everyone else is doing it. Teach him to listen to every one, but teach him also to filters all that he hears on a screen of truth and take only the good that comes through.

    Teach him to sell his talents and brains to the highest bidder but never to put a price tag on his heart and soul. Let him have the courage to be impatient, let him have the patient to be brave. Teach him to have sublime faith in himself, because then he will always have sublime faith in mankind, in God.

    This is the order, teacher but see what best you can do. He is such a nice little boy and he is my son.

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    [QUOTE=خادمة الإسلام;121812][I][FONT="Book Antiqua"][COLOR="RoyalBlue"][SIZE="4"][B]Pardon me , sir

    I did enjoy reading your thoughts , and was indeed gratified to see you quoting Saiduna ALI Radia Allahu Anh . I never thought that such knowledge was available to you in English . Jazakum Allah Kairan .

    But I do wonder , if you would allow me , what is the "provoking" ?? Personally I do not see something provoking . Would you kindly set me right ??!

    Salam sister

    Thought provoking is meant to make you think and deliberate about something. The idea behind it is to read something which is inspirational and motivational and pass it on if you feel it has the potential of touching other people's hearts and minds and make them approach life differently. Naturally , it can be anything and any body and not necessarily from our own religion.

    I try to share what I find inspirational, whether it fulfils the criteria only participants can decide

    kind regards

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    Love him who tells you your faults in private.
    ~Hebrew Proverb~

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    Footprints on the Sands of Time
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    Shehzad Saleem

    In our society everything is given patronage except learning and research. Praises are showered on worthless ideas, meaningless concepts are applauded and sensless thoughts extoled but, sadly enough, true knowledge is forsaken and condemned. Ignorance is garlanded with an ignorance profound. Scholarly research in religious issues, in particular, is considered high treason and inevitably rewarded with bricks and battons.

    In this regard, the greatest malady is Taqlid1. Every opinion which has once been adopted is never thought over again. Every idea which has once been formed is regarded with a sanctity which renders it eternal. Every view which has remained undisputed in the past has become no less than the Word of God. Emotional attachment to traditional concepts and conventional thoughts, however foolish they may be and however much they might distort the truth, has given rise to prejudice and intolerance. Sincere words of criticism are anticipated with fire and fury from these quarters. A person who does so is degraded and disgraced in the society, even if his arguments are based on the Qur’ān and Sunnah.

    But then, this attitude is not even worth complaining. Irrespective of all consequences, a person should always uphold the voice of his conscience. He should remain steadfast in the cause of truth and face every adverse current of the society with grit and endurance. Any increase in the intensity of opposition should only increase his patience. The more the going gets tough, the tougher he should become---for expending even the last drop of blood in the cause of truth will make this path easier for others to tread. Like a lighthouse all his struggles and sacrifices will gleam as a source of guidance for humanity. He would then redifine the meaning of courage. He would then extend the frontiers of valor. He would then add new dimensions to dare and defiance. In the heavens, the angels will pray for his success and upon the earth success itself would yearn to waylay him.

    He should, also, never forget that since the earliest stroke of his intellectual voyage, he has remained the most besought target of traditionalists---the worst enemies of true knowledge. They have always challenged the torrent of his intellectual advancement. In all times of known history they have obstructed his progress, but then, with no avail. Everytime that their claws have closed on the champions of truth, a new episode of man's loftiness has been scribed by the historians pen. Ibni-Taimiyiah and Ibni-Hazm, Abu-Hanifa and Maalik, Socrates and Copernicus all have written with their own blood, stories of man's resolve against oppression and persecution. They did die fighting but with their death the torch of truth shone even more brightly and is held high to this day by the successors of these giants, by no means any less in stature.

    These legends, perhaps, have a message for us:



    Lives of great men all remind us

    We can make our lives sublime

    And, departing, leave behind us

    Footprints on the sands of time

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    We can control the amount of happiness in our lives, simply by training our minds to focus on that which is good, beautiful, and true. We do not need to fight or curse that which is not good. All we need to do is to accentuate the positive, and the negative will shrivel up and waste away from lack of attention.

    God made each of us with the intention to bless the world through us. We can make a supremely valuable contribution to the universe simply by appreciating our holiness and seeing all as blessed. The more we bless life, the more life will bless us. As we sanctify our lives through our own gratefulness, the illusion of lack vanishes like the morning mist, and our cup runs over with thanksgiving enough to share a million times over.

    Food for Thought:
    To change yourself, you must start on the inside-------changing from the inside out. Fake it till you make it, to be the person you want to be. When you become different inside, it will reflect on the outside, and all will know and recognize the new you. What changes would you like to make? Decide how you want to be, work on those changes, and act as if you are already there.

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    Once a king called upon all of his wise men and asked them, ” Is there a mantra or suggestion which works in every situation, in every circumstances, in every place and in every time. In every joy, every sorrow, every defeat and every victory? One answer for all questions? Something which can help me when none of you is available to advise me? Tell me is there any mantra?”

    All the wise men were puzzled by the King’s question. They thought and thought. After a lengthy discussion, an old man suggested something which appealed to all of them. They went to the king and gave him something written on paper, with a condition that the king was not to see it out of curiosity. Only in extreme danger, when the King finds himself alone and there seems to be no way, only then he can see it. The King put the papers under his Diamond ring.

    Some time later, the neighbors attacked the Kingdom. King and his army fought bravely but lost the battle. The King had to flee on his horse. The enemies were following him. getting closer and closer. Suddenly the King found himself standing at the end of the road - that road was not going anywhere. Underneath there was a rocky valley thousand feet deep. If he jumped into it, he would be finished…and he could not return because it was a small road…the sound of enemy’s horses was approaching fast. The King became restless. There seemed to be no way.

    Then suddenly he saw the Diamond in his ring shining in the sun, and he remembered the message hidden in the ring. He opened the diamond and read the message. The message was - ” THIS TOO SHALL PASS”

    The King read it . Again read it. Suddenly something struck him- Yes ! This too will pass. Only a few days ago, I was enjoying my kingdom. I was the mightiest of all the Kings. Yet today, the Kingdom and all his pleasure have gone. I am here trying to escape from enemies.

    Like those days of luxuries have gone, this day of danger too will pass. A calm came on his face. He kept standing there. The place where he was standing was full of natural beauty. He had never known that such a beautiful place was also a part of his Kingdom.

    The revelation of the message had a great effect on him. He relaxed and forgot about those following him. After a few minutes he realized that the noise of the horses and the enemy coming was receding. They moved into some other part of the mountains and were near him.

    The King was very brave. He reorganized his army and fought again. He defeated the enemy and regained his empire. When he returned to his empire after victory, he was received with much fanfare. The whole capital was rejoicing in the victory. Everyone was in festive mood.
    Flowers were being showered on King from every house, from every corner. People were dancing and singing. For a moment King said to himself,” I am one of the bravest and greatest King. It is not easy to defeat me. With all the reception and celebration he saw an ego emerging in him.

    Suddenly the Diamond of his ring flashed in the sunlight and reminded him of the message. He open it and read it again: “THIS TOO SHALL PASS”.

    He became silent. His face went through a total change -from the egoist he moved to a state of utter humbleness. If this too is going to pass, it is not yours. The defeat was not yours, the victory is not yours. You are just a watcher. Everything passes by. We are witnesses of all this. We are the perceivers. Life comes and goes. Happiness comes and goes. Sorrow comes and goes.

    Now as you have read this story, just sit silently and evaluate your own life. This too will pass. Think of the moments of joy and victory in your life. Think of the moment of Sorrow and defeat. Are they permanent? They all come and pass away.

    Life just passes away. There is nothing permanent in this world. Every thing changes except the law of change. Think over it from your own perspective. You have seen all the changes. You have survived all setbacks, all defeats and all sorrows. All have passed away. The problems in the present, they too will pass away. Because nothing remains forever. Joy and sorrow are the two faces of the same coin. They both will pass away.

    You are just a witness of change. Experience it, understand it, and enjoy the present moment -
    this too shall pass!

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    "What you bring forth out of yourself from the inside will save you. What you do not bring forth out of yourself from the inside will destroy you."
    -- Gospel of Thomas

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    "Letting go of our suffering is the hardest work we will ever do. It is also the most fruitful. To heal means to meet ourselves in a new way -- in the newness of each moment where all is possible and nothing is limited to the old."
    -- Stephen Levine

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