Posts Tagged ‘Religion and Spirituality’

Today before you think of saying an unkind word–
think of someone who can’t speak.

Before you complain about the taste of your food–
think of someone who has nothing to eat.

Before you complain about your husband or wife–
think of someone who is crying out to God for a companion.

Today before you complain about life–
think of someone who went too early to heaven.

Before you complain about your children–
think of someone who desires children but they’re barren.

Before you argue about your dirty house, someone didn’t clean or sweep–
think of the people who are living in the streets.

Before whining about the distance you drive–
think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet.

And when you are tired and complain about your job–
think of the unemployed, the disabled and those who wished they had your job.

But before you think of pointing the finger or condemning another–
remember that not one of us are without sin and we all answer to one maker.

And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down–
put a smile on your face and thank God you’re alive and still around.

Life is a gift – Live it, Enjoy it, Celebrate it, and Fulfill it.

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Imam Shafi’ said;

Four matters weaken the sight;

* Looking at filth (dirt, excrement etc.)
* Looking at crucified persons.
* Sitting while your back is towards the Qibla (direction of the prayer).

He also said;

Four matters strengthen the sight;

* Sitting next to the Ka’ba.
* Using Ithmid before going to sleep.
* Looking at green things (trees, grass etc.)
* Cleaning up the sitting area (at home, i.e. because it is where guests are welcomed).

The title of the book is The Trouble with Islam Today.

“I have to be honest with you. Islam is on very thin ice with me…. Through our screaming self-pity and our conspicuous silences, we Muslims are conspiring against ourselves. We’re in crisis and we’re dragging the rest of the world with us. If ever there was a moment for an Islamic reformation, it’s now. For the love of God, what are we doing about it?”
In this open letter, Irshad Manji unearths the troubling cornerstones of mainstream Islam today: tribal insularity, deep-seated anti-Semitism, and an uncritical acceptance of the Koran as the final, and therefore superior, manifesto of God’s will. But her message is ultimately positive. She offers a practical vision of how Islam can undergo a reformation that empowers women, promotes respect for religious minorities, and fosters a competition of ideas. Her vision revives “ijtihad,” Islam’s lost tradition of independent thinking. In that spirit, Irshad has a refreshing challenge for both Muslims and non-Muslims: Don’t silence yourselves. Ask questions—out loud. The Trouble with Islam Today is a clarion call for a fatwa-free future.