So long as you are close to that which is not Allah, you will always be troubled and sorrowful, ascribing partners to Him, and unable to escape the burden of your sins.
‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani?
True humility is born of witnessing His greatness and the manifestation of His Names.
Ibn `Ata’ Allah al-Iskandari
Those who belittle and mock His servants do not know Allah. Those who love the Creator also love those formed by His artistry.
He is Allah—the Creator, the Maker , the Giver of Form. To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names. Everything in the heavens and Earth glorifies Him. He is the Almighty, the All-Wise. ( Surat al-Hashr, 59:24)
The universe is based upon equilibrium and harmony. As scientific developments reveal more of its mysteries, we learn more about this equilibrium and harmony. It is apparent that each system in the universe has been designed by a superior intelligence that created everything in an amazing way. For billions of years, this great harmony and order has existed among an infinite number of living and non-living beings.
When we examine life on Earth, we come across amazing details. Whether we recognize it or not, we are surrounded with countless signs of creation. For instance, the ratio of different gases in the atmosphere are ideal for the survival of all living beings. Human beings and animals inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. Although this process continues without interruption, the amount of oxygen never decreases and the amount of carbon dioxide never increases. Moreover, this amazing equilibrium is never disturbed, because contrary to human beings and animals, plants inhale carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen. Thus, the oxygen consumed by people and animals is replaced by plants, a process that preserves this equilibrium. Read more…
Speaking with awareness that the life of the world
Those who deify worldly things employ a way of speaking peculiar to themselves. It can be clearly discerned from their speech that they have made the life of this world the major object of their longing. Some speak with envy, some with covetousness of the fine things they see in the possession of others. These desires hidden in their hearts arise out of ignorance of the truth of this worldly life as well of the afterlife, while, in the Qur’an Allah tells us that the blessings of this world are to test people:
Know that your wealth and children are a trial and that there is an immense reward with Allah. (Surat al-Anfal: 28)
Because they are unaware of this, those who have no faith are partial to others who possess more in this world than they do, and adopt a fawning manner of speaking towards them. For example, when speaking of the car and the clothes of a person who is rich and famous, their profound jealousy, compounded by feelings of inferiority, captivates them. They exhibit this longing through such statements as “If only I were as rich as he,” “If only I were in his place right now,” and “What a fine car he has; if only it were mine.” In fact, those they look upon with envy are all—as they themselves are—weak and needy in the sight of Allah. Everything that people possess belongs ultimately to Allah. Everybody, for the whole period of his or her life, is being tested with the blessings which Allah proffers. Read more…
THE FORCE OF GRAVITY AND ORBITAL MOVEMENTS
No! I swear by the planets—that recede, that ride their course [and] hide themselves. (Qur’an, 81: 15-16)
The word “khunnas” in Surat at-Takwir 15 bears such meanings as shrinking and cowering, retracting and turning back. The Arabic expression translated as “hide themselves” in the 16th verse is “kunnas.” The word “kunnas” is the plural form of “kanis” and refers to a specific path: entering a nest, the home of a body in motion or things entering their homes and hiding there. Again in verse 16, the word “aljawari,” the plural form of the word “jariya” which means one that moves and flows, is translated as “that ride their course.” Bearing in mind the meaning of these words, it is very possible that these verses refer to the gravitational forces of the planets and their movements around their orbits. Read more…
The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities. – Sophocles
In such a world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners. – Albert Camus
Too many policemen, no liberty; Too many soldiers, no peace; Too many lawyers, no justice. Lin Yutang
Death is only an old door
Set in a garden wall;
On gentle hinges, it gives, at dusk
When the thrushes call.
Along the lintel are green leaves
Beyond the light lies still;
Very willing and weary feet
Go over that sill.
There is nothing to trouble any heart;
Nothing to hurt at all.
Death is only a quiet door
in an old wall.