Archive for October, 2011

Hajj start next week

Posted: October 28, 2011 in Hajj
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Muslims the world over are making their way to Makkah, we will soon once again witness the single largest gathering of humans from all corners of the earth. Their goal? To follow the journey, struggle and example of Abraham, the patriarch of the monothestic religions.

Malcolm X was asked what about Hajj had impressed him the most. He said: “The people of all races, colors, from all over the world coming together as one!” And it was on Mount Arafat, during Hajj, that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) declared the equality of all humankind.”

I truly believe that a proper understanding of Islam and the universal values that link it to all the divine branches of faiths and peoples is vital to helping achieve a healthier and more spiritually tolerant world, allowing us all to share and strengthen the things we all hold in common.

Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens)

Productivity Future Vision (2011)

Posted: October 28, 2011 in Microsoft
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Miracle of The Prophet

Posted: October 26, 2011 in Islam, Prophet
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All the miracles, which were given to all the prophets, were time related. They cannot be seen by the present generation. For instance Moses was given the miracle of splitting the sea and transforming the stick into snake. During the period of Moses, magicians were the most powerful in their society, and Allah gave the miracle to Moses that overpowered the magicians of that period. Similarly, during the period of Jesus the physicians were
powerful in the society, but they had no cure for blindness, leprosy and death. Jesus was given the miracle to cure the blind and the lepers and revive the dead and overpowered the physicians of his time. These are mentioned in the Quran and we do believe in them, yet we cannot see them happening now.

The Prophet peace be upon him was born at a time when literature was at a very high standard in the Arabian Society. Yet those poets and people well versed in the Arabic language who keenly tried their very best, could not produce a single verse as
compared to the Quran that was revealed through the tongue of an illiterate person. This Quran is now in our hands and until today the challenge, to produce a single verse like it still remains unanswered.

When reading the Quran in Arabic, the feeling one has is different than reading it in any other language. As such the translation is not sufficient enough to convey the noble and lofty meanings of the Quran as it would in Arabic. Thus, the non-Arabic speakers will find it little bit difficult to appreciate and savor the linguistic miracle of the Quran. Yet, even today we find men moved to tears when listening to the verses of the Holy Quran in any language especially after they understand the meanings of the verses.

The linguistic Miracles of the Quran: We have mentioned previously that at the time the Quran was revealed Arabs were a nation with a pure language of high linguistic skill. They love to listen to poets as well as literature and prose. Among them were poets and eloquent speakers attesting that communication skill is part of their culture. The Quran was revealed in an exceptional form of fluency that overpowered those people, and it challenged
them to produce one chapter equivalent to that of its content.
The poets not only failed to meet the challenge, they could not
even produce a single verse. This challenge will stay till the day of
judgement. It is worth mentioning here that even though some of
the Arabs did not believe that it was revealed from Allah, they
still admitted that it was a unique book.

We can say that the eloquence of the Quran appears in the following areas:

  • Articulations of its words. Every word was situated in its proper place in such a way that no other word can be substituted instead.
  • Perfect, beautiful, and exquisite composition of the sentences.
  • Perfectly composed beautiful wordings consisting of correct and great meanings, prescribing the essential guidance to the human beings, inviting them to the worship of Allah and to be obedient to His commandments. They clarify the way of worship, Halal from Haraam, good morals against bad manners, information on decades of history, warning of the day of judgement etc.

A person who reads the Quran will never be bored in spite of reading it repeatedly. Every piece of literature without exceptional eloquence has a limit in enjoyment for the reader in terms of the number of times he reads it. A person can memorize the Quran when young or read it in his old age. Yet every time he reads it, he feels that he is reading it for the first time in his life, as the Quran gives out more meanings and explanations every time a person reads it. This is true whether a person reads it in its original form, which means in Arabic or in its translation.

The Quran gathers wide meaning in one single, short summarized form.
Verily Allah enjoins Al-adl (i.e. Justice and worshipping none but Allah alone Islamic monotheism) and Al-Ihsan (i.e. to be patient in performing your duties to Allah, totally for Allahs sake and in accordance with the Sunnah of the Prophet peace be upon him in a perfect manner), and giving (help) to kith and kin; and forbids Al-Fahsga (i.e. all evil deeds) and al-Munker (i.e. all that is prohibited by Islamic law) and al-Baghy (i.e. all kinds of oppression). He admonishes you, that you may take heed.
[Qur’an 16:90]
See how Allahs commands are given in this single verse, giving moral teachings prohibiting bad morals.
The other is when Allah said about Moses, commanding the mother of Moses to throw away the child in the water and the assurance that Allah will bring him back as the prophet to the people of Pharaoh.
So we sent this inspiration to the mother of Moses: suckle him (Moses), but when you fear for him, then cast him into the river and fear not, nor grieve. Verily, We shall bring him back to you, and shall make him one of (Our) Messengers.
[Qur’an 28:7]
This sentence contains two glad tidings, two commandments and assurances.
The Quran has wonderful and marvelous spiritual effect on everyone who hears it. The non-believers felt the fear and warnings seeping when they heard it recited unto them.

While reading the Quran, you will feel deep inside you that whoever said these verses has knowledge of what is in the heavens and what is in the earth, and knows about the previous nations, clearly describing what is in your soul. You will feel that He is the creator of this universe and He is talking to you. Should He, who created not know, and He is the most kind and courteous? You will feel that these words you are reading are very close to your nature signifying that such words cannot be man made.
Taking into account all the previous points, you realize that Allah has revealed His words to Muhammad peace be upon him who is an illiterate person. “Read” [Qur’an 29:48]. It is a sign of his Prophethood that he is an illiterate person. The knowledge he preached to his people, is not the kind of knowledge disseminated through reading and research. It is a knowledge that can only come from the creator of the universe.

These days we read a lot of books found in libraries around the world, talking about the Quran being revealed to this illiterate person.

If we deeply look into all these things together, we reach the conclusion that putting together all these things and arranging them in the proper order is beyond the reach of a human being. For this reason, those who reject the Quran said, that it is plain poetry. Some said it was magic and some said it was all about fables and legends, yet they could not even produce a single sentence as appearing in the Quran.

Source : http://muhamad.at/

A Simple Man

Posted: October 24, 2011 in Islam, Prophet
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Despite his position as a leader, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
never behaved as if he was greater or better than other people. He never made
people feel small, unwanted or embarrassed. He urged his followers to live
kindly and humbly, releasing slaves whenever they could and giving in charity,
especially to very poor people, orphans and prisoners, without any thought or
reward.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) himself was never greedy. He ate very little
and only simple foods. He preferred never to fill his stomach. Sometimes, for
days on end, he would eat nothing but raw food. He slept on a very simple
mattress on the floor and had almost nothing in the way of home comforts or
decorations. One day Hafsah, his wife, tried to make him more comfortable at
night by folding his reed mat double – without telling him – to make it softer for
him. That night he slept peacefully, but he overslept and missed the pre-dawn
prayers. He was so distressed when he found out that he never slept like that
again.

Simple living and contentment were the key teachings in the Prophet’s (peace
be upon him) life: “When you see a person who has been given more money and
beauty than you, look then to those who have been given less.” In so doing, we
will thank Allah for his blessings, rather than feeling deprived.

People used to ask his wife, ‘Aishah, the daughter of the first and most loyal
companion Abu Bakr, how he lived at home. “Like an ordinary man,” she would
answer. “He would sweep the house, stitch his own clothes, mend his own
sandals, water the camels, milk the goats, help the servants at their work, and eat
his meals with them; and he would go to fetch what we need from the market.”
He seldom had more than one set of clothes, which he washed himself.

He was a home-loving, peace-loving human-being. “When you enter a house,
ask God to bless it,” he would say. He greeted others with the phrase: As-salamu
alaykum – which means: “May peace be upon you” – for peace is the most
wonderful thing on earth.

He was a firm believer in good manners, always greeting people kindly, and
showing respect to elders. He once said: “The dearest of you to me are those who have good manners.”

All his recorded words and actions reveal him as a man of great gentleness,
kindness, humility, good humour and excellent common sense, who had a great
love of animals and for all people especially his family. Above all, he was a man
who practiced what he preached. His life, both private and public, was a perfect
model for his followers.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) did not have many children. His two sons by
Khadija died when they were very small, and another baby boy, whom he had
later on, also died. However, he had four daughters, all of whom married and had
children. Of them, the most famous, was his youngest daughter, Fatimah, who
married his nephew ‘Ali and gave him two grandsons, Hasan and Husayn, and
two granddaughters, Zaynab and Umm Kulthum.

Source : http://muhamad.at/

 

Malcolm X talks about Islam

Posted: October 24, 2011 in Islam, USA
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Dennis Ritchie, father of Unix and C

Posted: October 19, 2011 in Unix
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   Dennis Ritchie the creator of C and the Unix operating system had died at age of 70.
A lot of us don’t know that the cell phones, operating systems, and even Mac computers owe thanks to C and Unix. And, to Dennis Ritchie.

Dennis Ritchie had more to do with where we are as technological society than even Steve Jobs. Really? Since Jobs’ death a week ago, that’s all the world can talk about.
Without Ritchie’s advances in technology, your iPhone might be completely different (or not exist at all.)
So why is the world mourning Jobs and not Ritchie?

The answer is clear .. “Ritchie was just a creator, not an entrepreneur.”

And that’s the difference. Steve Jobs built a company and created a brand. He created a community of die hard Mac lovers. He was a walking sound bite and enough of a character that people who don’t even use a Mac or like computers knew his name. He had a platform. And he used it very well.
Ritchie was a creator. He did not have a platform. He did not build a brand around himself and his creation. He did not step into the lime light. He was the quiet to Steve Jobs flamboyant. He created things…things that will affect billions of people.

And that my friends is the clearest example in recent memory of what a platform is. What a brand is. And what the difference is between branding yourself (and becoming well known because of that brand) and simply, quietly creating something great.

…  Source : http://catauniversity.com/