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    Yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision, but today well lived
    makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.

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    42:38. Those who hearken to their Lord, and establish regular Prayer; who (conduct) their affairs by mutual Consultation; who spend out of what We bestow on them for Sustenance;


    Islahi states that the Islamic political and collective system is not based on egoism, arrogance, sectarianism or family superiority, albeit it has its basis in the mutual consultation of true believers. This contrasted with the system of government of the Quraish that was entirely based upon family and tribal distinction.

    Why has aqaamat i salah been mentioned with the system of mutual conultation?


    the real soul and heart of Islam's collective system ( Jamaati nizaam) is found in salah. The Muslims are told



    1. how for Allah's obediance one needs to stand in His presence with utmost humility.



    2. How one has to choose that person who is the most knowledgable and God fearing to be the Imam or leader.



    3. How to be obediant to the imam as long as he remains within the parameter and bounderies of Allah's religion.



    4.How the Imam is also duty bound that he does not command his subjects to do anything that is against the commandments of Allah or His messenger.



    5. How even an ordinary muqtadi has a right to correct the Imam if he makes any mistakes in the salah and the imam is duty bound to accept the correction if it is in accordance with the shariah.

    Thus the entire collective system is exemplified in namaz and our political system should be similarly replicated.

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    Life at its noblest leaves mere happiness far behind; and indeed cannot endure it. Happiness is not the object of life: life has no object: it is an end in itself; and courage consists in the readiness to sacrifice happiness for an
    intenser quality of life.

    -- George Bernard Shaw



    Wise men are not wise at all hours, and will speak five times from their taste
    or their humor, to once from their reason.

    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson


    A man, when he wishes, is the master of his fate.

    -- Jose Ferrer

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    A discussion should be a genuine attempt to explore a subject rather than a battle between competing egos

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    Logic bubble: When we see a person do something we do not agree with , it is easy to label them as ignorant or malevolent. However the person may be acting logically within his own logic bubble. That bubble is made up of perception, values, needs and experiences of that person.

    If you make a real effort to see inside that bubble and to see where that person is coming from; you will see the logic of that person's position.

    OPV stands for see the other person's point of view. a lot of issues can resolve simply by doing an OPV on each other i.e. understanding the logic bubble of the other party.


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    An elephant can lift in excess of a ton of weight with just
    its trunk. Still an elephant is conditioned to stay in one
    place with a weak rope and a stake. Only a small rope tied
    to its front leg holds an elephant. No chains, no cages. It
    is obvious that the elephant can, at anytime, break away
    from its bonds but for some reason, it does not. The reason
    is that, when the elephant is a baby and much smaller, it is
    tied to a strong chain and strong tree. The baby is weak but
    the chain and tree are strong. The baby is not used to being
    tied, so it keeps tugging and pulling the chain, in vain. A
    day comes when it realizes that all the tugging and pulling
    will not help and it gives up, thinking that it cannot break
    away from the bond. It stops and stands still.
    And when the baby elephant becomes the mighty giant
    elephant, he is tied with a weak rope and a small stake. The
    elephant could with one tug, walk away free, but it goes
    nowhere because it has been conditioned to believe that it
    cannot break away. It believes that the rope can still hold
    it, so it never tries to break free.
    REFLECTION: Like the elephants, we also go through life
    hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply
    because we failed at it once before. We are also being held
    back by old beliefs and avoid trying something new because
    of a limiting belief about ourselves. At times, we are also
    held back by someone else's limiting beliefs about
    ourselves. Whatever we can conceive and believe, we can
    achieve. .
    Clarity of mind, due application, adequate skills, focus on
    goal and lot of initiative are the means for accomplishing
    things.

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    Salam DocW

    Quote Originally Posted by DocW View Post
    An elephant can lift in excess of a ton of weight with just
    its trunk. Still an elephant is conditioned to stay in one
    place with a weak rope and a stake. Only a small rope tied
    to its front leg holds an elephant. No chains, no cages. It
    is obvious that the elephant can, at anytime, break away
    from its bonds but for some reason, it does not. The reason
    is that, when the elephant is a baby and much smaller, it is
    tied to a strong chain and strong tree. The baby is weak but
    the chain and tree are strong. The baby is not used to being
    tied, so it keeps tugging and pulling the chain, in vain. A
    day comes when it realizes that all the tugging and pulling
    will not help and it gives up, thinking that it cannot break
    away from the bond. It stops and stands still.
    And when the baby elephant becomes the mighty giant
    elephant, he is tied with a weak rope and a small stake. The
    elephant could with one tug, walk away free, but it goes
    nowhere because it has been conditioned to believe that it
    cannot break away. It believes that the rope can still hold
    it, so it never tries to break free.
    REFLECTION: Like the elephants, we also go through life
    hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply
    because we failed at it once before. We are also being held
    back by old beliefs and avoid trying something new because
    of a limiting belief about ourselves. At times, we are also
    held back by someone else's limiting beliefs about
    ourselves. Whatever we can conceive and believe, we can
    achieve. .
    Clarity of mind, due application, adequate skills, focus on
    goal and lot of initiative are the means for accomplishing
    things.
    That was nice Will ponder on that for sometime

    Salam

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    A life is like a tree -- if you don't make it straight when its young and green, you'll never do it when it's old and dry.


    As a Rose absorbs the nutrients it feeds on and as it thrives to see the sun as it must to survive...... the Rose becomes more beautiful and in turn will provide sunshine to those who can behold it's beauty. Fortunate is the Man who can see the Rose within a Woman. Blessed is the man who this Woman holds to be her nutrient, her sunshine.
    -- Art Denton

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    We can commit ourselves to having our lives be great! Promises, tailored to our own needs or interests, can expand our satisfaction, stretch us, and be our personal standard for living successfully. Keeping our commitments supports us to live as the designer instead of the victim of our lives.

    Not only can we generate renewed zest for life with promises, but we can also overcome anything that befalls us by committing ourselves to recovering from it. It's a funny thing about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the very best you will very often get it. [Tatelbaum, You Don't Have to Suffer]

    Food for Thought:
    I can forgive but I cannot forget, is only one way of saying, "I will not forgive." Forgiveness ought to be like a canceled note, torn into two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one. There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness. Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.

    If you are looking for a friend that is faultless, you will always be friendless. (Maulana Rumi)

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    At different stages in our lives, the signs of love may vary: dependence,
    attraction, contentment, worry, loyalty, grief, but at heart the source is
    always the same. Human beings have the rare capacity to connect with each other,
    against all odds
    -- Michael Dorris

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocW
    I can forgive but I cannot forget, is only one way of saying, "I will not forgive." Forgiveness ought to be like a canceled note, torn into two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one. There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness. Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.
    Two questions:

    1. I'm not sure of the quote attribution. Was that one Maulana's quote too, and that's why it's left without an attribution above a quote attributed to Rumi?

    2. Do you mind if I use this quote in an article I'm writing about why I reject Christianity's central doctrines?

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    Salaam Yahya bro

    1. No it was contributed by Mrs Iffat Hassan

    2. Of course not, so long it is attributed to its original source.

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    God gives and forgives

    Man gets and forgets

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    Every punishment from Him is pure justice and every blessing from Him is pure grace.

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    Mental pleasure are never cloy; unlike those of the body, they are increased by repetition, approved by reflection, and strengthened by enjoyment.

    -- Nathaniel Cotton

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