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Islam is the light which shone from the dawn of humanity. To bring humanity into the right guidance. To know what is right and what is wrong - Yusuf Islam          The Muslims Have got Islam as a legacy; hence they fail to recognize its value - Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall          We need spirited, energetic and strong young people whose hearts are filled with life, enthusiasm, zeal and dynamism; whose souls are full of ambition, aspiration and vigour and have great goals, rising and aspiring to reach them until they eventually arrive at their destination - Hasan al-Banna          Love cannot fully express itself without hatred for its enemy and our hatred of falsehood must be proportionate to our love for the truth - Maryam Jameelah           We must begin looking at each other as brothers and sisters…..and not walking brochures. We must see each other’s strengths and encourage those strengths…..We must see each other’s weaknesses and be patient with those weaknesses…..sometimes even look beyond what we see as weaknesses and move on with compassion and love and respect. That takes true faith - Dawud Wharnsby Ali          Those who know they do not know, know that, to know is to know what they do not know - Ibn Sina          Education is our Passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today - Malcolm X          I looked at all friends, but did not find a better friend than safeguarding the tongue. I thought about all dresses, but did not find a better dress than piety. I thought of all types of wealth, but did not find a better wealth than contentment in little. I thought of all types of good deeds, but did not find a better deed than offering good advice. I looked at all types of sustenance, but did not find a better sustenance than patience - Umar bin Khattab (R)        

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Monday, October 16, 2006

Letter from a Christian woman to her Muslim sisters

Assalamu alaikum microcosmists!!!
Gotta admit - even thought I still feel like an intruder, I missed the acitivity in this blog.
Anyways, I recieved the following letter in an email from a friend of mine. It's a letter addressed to Muslim sisters from a Christian woman. I've pasted the letter as well the web address because sometimes websites get deleted or become inaccessible.
So here it is before it has a chance to disappear...


To My Muslim Sisters

Between the Israeli assault on Lebanon and the Zionist “war on terror,” the Muslim world is now center stage in every American home. I see the carnage, death and destruction that have befallen Lebanon, but I also see something else: I see you. I can’t help but notice that almost every woman I see is carrying a baby or has children around her. I see that though they are dressed modestly, their beauty still shines through. But it’s not just outer beauty that I notice. I also notice that I feel something strange inside me: I feel envy. I feel terrible for the horrible experiences and war crimes that the Lebanese people have suffered, being targeted by our common enemy. But I can’t help but admire your strength, your beauty, your modesty, and most of all, your happiness. Yes, it’s strange, but it occurred to me that even under constant bombardment, you still seemed happier than we are, because you were still living the natural lives of women. The way women have always lived since the beginning of time. It used to be that way in the West until the 1960s, when we were bombarded by the same enemy. Only we were not bombarded with actual munitions, but with subtle trickery and moral corruption.

They bombarded us Americans from Hollywood, instead of from fighter jets or with our own American-made tanks. They would like to bomb you in this way too, after they’ve finished bombing the infrastructure of your countries. I do not want this to happen to you. You will feel degraded, just like we do. You can avoid this kind of bombing if you will kindly listen to those of us who have already suffered serious casualties from their evil influence. Because everything you see coming out of Hollywood is a pack of lies, a distortion of reality, smoke and mirrors. They present casual sex as harmless recreation because they aim to destroy the moral fabric of the societies into which they beam their poisonous programming. I beg you not to drink their poison. There is no antidote for it once you have consumed it. You may recover partially, but you will never be the same. Better to avoid the poison altogether than to try to heal from the damage it causes.

They will try to tempt you with their titillating movies and music videos, falsely portraying us American women as happy and satisfied, proud of dressing like prostitutes, and content without families. Most of us are not happy, trust me. Millions of us are on anti-depressant medication, hate our jobs, and cry at night over the men who told us they loved us, then greedily used us and walked away. They would like to destroy your families and convince you to have fewer children. They do this by presenting marriage as a form of slavery, motherhood as a curse, and being modest and pure as old-fashioned. They want you to cheapen yourself and lose your faith. They are like the Serpent tempting Eve with the apple. Don’t bite.

I see you as precious gems, pure gold, or the “pearl of great value” spoken of in the Bible (Matthew 13: 45). All women are pearls of great value, but some of us have been deceived into doubting the value of our purity. Jesus said: “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you” (Matthew 7: 6). Our pearls are priceless, but they convince us that they’re cheap. But trust me; there is no substitute for being able to look in the mirror and seeing purity, innocence and self-respect staring back at you. The fashions coming out of the Western sewer are designed to make you believe that your most valuable asset is your sexuality. But your beautiful dresses and veils are actually sexier than any Western fashion, because they cloak you in mystery and show self-respect and confidence. A woman’s sexuality should be guarded from unworthy eyes, since it should be your gift to the man who loves and respects you enough to marry you. And since your men are still manly warriors, they deserve no less than your best. Our men don’t even want purity anymore. They don’t recognize the pearl of great value, opting for the flashy rhinestone instead. Only to leave her too.

Your most valuable assets are your inner beauty, your innocence, and everything that makes you who you are. But I notice that some Muslim women push the limit and try to be as Western as possible, even while wearing a veil (with some of their hair showing). Why imitate women who already regret, or will soon regret, their lost virtue? There is no compensation for that loss. You are flawless diamonds. Don’t let them trick you into becoming rhinestones. Because everything you see in the fashion magazines and on Western television is a lie. It is Satan’s trap. It is fool’s gold.

I’ll let you in on a little secret, just in case you’re curious: pre-marital sex is not even that great. We gave our bodies to the men we were in love with, believing that that was the way to make them love us and want to marry us. Just as we had seen on television growing up. But without the security of marriage and the sure knowledge that he will always stay with us, it’s not even enjoyable! That’s the irony. It was just a waste. It leaves you in tears. Speaking as one woman to another, I believe that you understand that already. Because only a woman can truly understand what’s in another woman’s heart. We really are all alike. Our race, religion or nationalities do not matter. A woman’s heart is the same everywhere. We love. That’s what we do best. We nurture our families and give comfort and strength to the men we love. But we American women have been fooled into believing that we are happiest having careers, our own homes in which to live alone, and freedom to give our love away to whomever we choose. That is not freedom. And that is not love. Only in the safe haven of marriage can a woman’s body and heart be safe to love. Don’t settle for anything less. It’s not worth it. You won’t even like it and you’ll like yourself even less afterwards. Then he’ll leave you.

Sin never pays. It always cheats you. Even though I have reclaimed my honor, there’s still no substitute for having never been dishonored in the first place. We Western women have been brainwashed into thinking that you Muslim women are oppressed. But truly, we are the ones who are oppressed; slaves to fashions that degrade us, obsessed with our weight, begging for love from men who do not want to grow up. Deep down inside, we know that we have been cheated. We secretly admire and envy you, although some of us will not admit it. Please do not look down on us or think that we like things the way they are. It’s not our fault. Most of us did not have fathers to protect us when we were young because our families have been destroyed. You know who is behind this plot. Don’t be fooled, my sisters. Don’t let them get you too. Stay innocent and pure. We Christian women need to see what life is really supposed to be like for women. We need you to set the example for us, because we are lost. Hold onto your purity. Remember: you can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube. So guard your “toothpaste” carefully!


I hope you receive this advice in the spirit in which it is intended: the spirit of friendship, respect, and admiration. From your Christian sister – with love.

© 2006+ Joanna Francis

http://joannafrancis.wordpress.com

Friday, October 06, 2006

NEW LOOK NEEDED!

HEY EVERYONE I THINK IT'S ABOUT TIME OUR BLOG HAS A MAKEOVER. WHAT DO YOU ALL THINK? I'D BE HAPPY TO DO THE HONOURS!

The Story of my Car

Well, it's been about 3 months since I bought my beautiful SEAT GLX Cordoba. Well, its metallic purple could certainly shines from far anyway. Since than I had to live the mockery of not having a driving licence but owning a car, paying insurance, NRMA fees, transfer of authority fees and not to mention weekly petrol costs. The only consolation is that Zakia has had her licence on my car, so that was a major use. However, the saddest thing is that the car had a minor accident caused by abbu but attributed to me by all since I'm the owner. The abbu had another accident, bigger this time and guess what little Shahir and Sameer said. "
Mrs Amin, you had an accident!"
Anyway, my poor little car is now written of since it'll cost about the same to repair it, was was the purchase price. So, I still didn't get my licence. I don't know how many times I postponed my driving test because of all the hassle with the car and now I have no car anymore. So, we're back to square one.......looking at Carsales.com and Belomore Motor Auction to see if there's anything for me!
Poor abbu feels aweful that he wrecked my first car! As I'm writing this post, he is trying his laymen's best to push the engine back because it's tilted in stupidly awkward position. Though it's most likely never to get well, those of you who saw it could perhaps spare it and me some kind 'get well' wishes :P

Friday, September 29, 2006

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Monday, September 25, 2006

RAMADAN MUBARAK!


Assalamu Alaikum everyone. Yes, this blog has been neglected for too long and I admit that I am a culprit. Well, the only thing I can say for myself is that working as a casual teacher is so exhausting that half the time I don't know tat I'm alive. But Ramadan is here now. we gotta make the most of this blessed month no matter how busy we are. So I would like to wish everycody Ramadan Mubarak! I sent out some eCards out but don't know if you received it. Pls let me know!
10 great goals to set for this Ramadan
  1. Eat, drink and be moderate
    Almost all of us do it - once Iftar time hits, we just keep plowing food and drink into our mouths till it's hard to move afterwards. And those of us who do it know this is totally contrary to the spirit of Ramadan, through which we're supposed to learn self-control not self-indulgence. Let's try to stick to the Prophetic rule on eating: fill our stomachs with one-third food, one-third water and one-third breathing space, even in Ramadan.
  2. Give a dollar a day in charity...or five or ten
    The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, was always generous but even more so in Ramadan. Let's open our hearts and dig a little deeper in our wallets this year. Even less than a dollar a day adds up. Whatever you can give, it's the intention that counts.
  3. Memorize 4 new Surahs
    Memorizing the Quran often seems like a daunting task. But the key is doing it in small bites. Since there are four weeks in Ramadan, try to memorize one new Surah a week. Start off with a short, easy one. Once you've started, you'll build momentum and may even want to memorize a longer one the following week.
  4. Go to Tarawih prayers
    Post-Iftar, the first urge is to sleep after an exhausting day. But try your best to head out to the mosque for Tarawih prayers. Praying alone is wonderful, but doing it in congregation is fantastic. The community spirit is part of Ramadan's blessings. Don't miss it this year. If going every day is not possible, try going at least one week.
  5. Attend the Tarawih prayer in which the recitation of the Quran will be finished
    Call the local mosque and find out which day the Imam will be finishing the recitation of the Quran in prayer. Attend to not only hear part of the Quran's recitation in prayer, but also participate in the heart-rending Duas that follow it.
  6. Stop swearing and/or backbiting – with a special box
    It's hard not to shoot our mouths off when someone's upset us. Whether we utter those four-letter words or backbite about someone to our family and friends, we know this isn't the God-approved way of letting off steam. In Ramadan, when we want to build our spirituality, we've got to wage Jihad against our bad habits.
    Try this: get a box and every time you catch yourself swearing or backbiting put some money in it. It could be a buck or less. The point is to choose an amount that makes it feel like punishment.
    At the end of the month send the money to a charity or buy a gift for the person whom you've backbitten the most against.
  7. Call/email your relatives
    You'd think that given the easy access to email, competitive long-distance calling rates, phone cards, etc. these days, we'd keep in touch with family and friends more often. But the opposite seems to be the case, as we get caught up in life's "busyness."
    Strengthening ties with family members and keeping in touch with friends is part of our way of life and an act Allah is very pleased with. This Ramadan, call family and friends or at least email them a
    Ramadan card and ask them how their fasting is going.
  8. Go on a technology diet
    Even if you work in the IT industry, you can do this. Avoid checking personal email and surfing the web during your fast. After Iftar, instead of plopping yourself in front of the screen, go to Tarawih. The same goes for the television. The point is to try to give our full attention to spiritual elevation this month.
  9. Read 5 minutes of Quran a day...just five, not more, not less
    Even if you feel you've got absolutely no time, set a timer or the alarm on your cell phone and find a relatively quiet place. You can read the first page of the Quran you open or follow a sequence. The choice is yours. The point is simply to connect with God through His revelation in the month of the Quran.
  10. Forgive everyone who has hurt you
    Still got a festering wound from the fight with your friend last year? Still upset about something your spouse said during a heated argument? Or are you still bitter about the way your parents sometimes treated you as a kid? Let go of the anger and pain this Ramadan and forgive those who have hurt you. Forgiving someone is not only good for the body, but it's also great for the soul. And in Ramadan, ten days of which are devoted to Allah's forgiveness, shouldn't we lesser beings forgive too? If you find it very difficult to forgive everyone, forgive at least three people.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Google rocks!

Salam peoples,

Havent posted here in probably more than a year! How is everybody??? Insha Allah i will keep writing here since i have not much to do. Actually i do have stuff to do but keno jani korte icha kore na.

Guess what I discovered? Google search engine diye u can find out a lot about people. If u type in my name, my place in the distinguished achievers list for the HSC comes up. Likewise, i typed in many of my friends names and found them on the net too in various things, for example i just found out that a friend of mine from uni went to a protest when she was 15 and was interviewed by a local newspaper. But scariest of all is when u come across a person who is living a double life, like I have. I was quite disappointed cos i always thought this person was good, but anyways, it's not my fault because once you put something up on the net, it's free for the world to see (unless you make your sites private, which this person did not). Anyways, thought thats some interesting info u all might wanna no...

Monday, May 29, 2006

aww poor blog!

aww our poor blog....it's getting hacked by some weird ppl...lol. everyone's soo bz with their own blogs, no one has posted for about a yr!!!! its soo sad...i dunno y i came bak, but i just decided to check out some blogs, and it reminded me of the good ol' dayz when we posted like atleast once a day!!! well i have nothing else to say....just thought i would b the first to rite in about a yr....alrite...salamz!!!