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Unread post by canadian » Sun Mar 02, 2014 11:30 am

From an email I received. Sorry, I do not know who the author is:



When we observe riots, wars and battles that take place in the name of religion, it makes us to ask, do we need something called religion at all?
Many raise this question with pain, concern and an element of doubt.
‘All destructive arsenal such as nuclear bomb, hydrogen bomb, biological warfare, are the result of scientific developments!’ Aren’t they?
Diseases are many because doctors are plenty.
Like the manifestation of truth in the above statements, there is also truth in practice of religion.
The house is in darkness. Out of anger, if one enters it, one is bound to tumble on various items of furniture. Getting annoyed, throwing the furniture out the house….are not solutions. The reason for the fall is not the furniture, but the darkness. So what has to be thrown out is not the furniture. Once we light the lamp, darkness will disappear and so too will the problem.
Religion was not created to cause riots and confusion. It was created to provide peace. Religion was not meant to divide human beings. It was created to unite human beings.
In Sufi literature, there is a story.
There was a noble tailor, who has transformed into a great sage. The king came to pay his obeisance. The king gifted him golden scissors, encrusted with diamonds. But the sage refused to accept it.
The king was worried that he was not able to help the sage. So he asked him, ‘What can I give you that would be of use to you?’
The sage replied, ‘Give me a needle!’
The king at once arranged for a needle and presented it to the sage. Humbly he waited for the sage’s response. The sage said, ‘The reason why I refused your gift of scissors is it cuts and divides. Our minds are like scissors that cut and divide. But the needle would stitch, it would join and unite! Our hearts are like needles which join and unite.’
Today humanity is in need of a needle and not scissors!
At this juncture an incident that took place in the life of Mahatma Gandhi needs a mention.
It was during the partition of India. Hindus and Muslims were killing each other in Bengal. It was horrifying sight to see blood flowing like a stream on the streets.
A middle aged man came and fell at the feet of Mahatma Gandhi and began to cry. ‘I am a sinner. I have killed many with my own hands. I will surely go to hell!!’ he sobbed, uncontrollably.
What happened was; this man’s son was cut into pieces in the religious riot. He was so enraged. With revenge on his mind, he set out to destroy many of the other religion. He killed many in the process, out of sheer rage and hatred. Only after a youth of his own community fell down and died in his presence did he realise the magnitude of his sinful deed. Filled with a tremendous sense of guilt, he fell at the feet of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhiji lifted him from the ground and said, ‘Nothing is lost yet! There is still one chance for you to atone and go to heaven!’
‘What? Can I really go to heaven?’ asked the man, with a disturbed mind. Gandhiji looked into his eyes and said compassionately, ‘Do adopt an orphaned child from the community you hate. Treat him as your own. Bring him up, educate him and develop him into a great person. This is the way to make amends for your sin, the way for you to reach heaven!’
We should understand something profound from this incident. We should not misunderstand what Gandhiji meant. By killing many people of a particular community we hate, then adopting an orphaned child of that community, we will not be absolved of the cruelty inflicted on humanity. There can be no pardon for taking someone’s life intentionally.
On the other hand, if a person sincerely regrets his gory acts and reforms himself, he would surely accept the other religion with love. He may even practice that religion.
All religions say this loud and clear: one must love and respect others. The message is found in Gita, Koran, Bible, and all scriptures from the various religions of the world. Only the wordings are different.
The little we can do is to take an oath:
‘Whichever religion one belongs to, one shall love and respect all human beings,’
Then, there would be no chaos and conflict, not only on the basis of religion, but also on caste, creed, race….



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Unread post by Conscíous » Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:18 am

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#243

Unread post by Conscíous » Sun Mar 16, 2014 10:19 am

"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." ~Benjamin Franklin



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#244

Unread post by ghulam muhammed » Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:47 pm

Kill one man and you're a murderer, kill a million and you're a conqueror.

~ Jean Rostand.


When the white missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.

~ Desmond Tutu



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#245

Unread post by ghulam muhammed » Sat Apr 26, 2014 5:47 pm

Someone asked Life:
Why are you so difficult...????!!!
Life Smiled and said "You people never appreciate easy things"...


Unbelievable fact --
Our body is full of water but wherever it hurts, blood comes out
Our heart is full of Blood but whenever it hurts, TEARS come out.


"if we sleep on flowers, it’s called our first night"*
"if flowers sleep on us, it’s called our last night"*
Reality of life....*




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#246

Unread post by ghulam muhammed » Sun Apr 27, 2014 5:25 pm

What is Politics?

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes
from the poor and campaign funds from the rich,
by promising to protect each from the other.
~Oscar Am ringer, "the Mark Twain of American Socialism."

I offered my opponents a deal:
"if they stop telling lies about me,
I will stop telling the truth about them".

~Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952..

A politician is a fellow who will lay down
your life for his country.

~Texas Guinan. 19th century American businessman

I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious
a matter to be left to the politicians.

~Charles de Gaulle, French general politician

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city,
it might be better to change the locks.
~Doug Larson (English middle-distance runner who won gold medals at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, 1902-1981)

We hang petty thieves and appoint the bigger thieves to public office.
~Aesop, Greek slave fable author

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
~Plato, ancient Greek Philosopher

Politicians are the same all over.
They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.

~Nikita Khrushchev, Russian Soviet politician

Politicians are people who,
when they see light at the end of the tunnel,
go out and buy some more tunnel.
~John Quinton, American actor/writer

What happens if a politician drowns in a river?
That is pollution.
What happens if all of them drown?
That is a solution .....!!!





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#249

Unread post by Ummul Bani » Sun May 04, 2014 2:18 pm

Assalam Alekum,
Some of the exceptional quotes that I have known...

Note : All quotes are originally from "Sayings of Imam Ali Ibn Abu-Talib A.S."

1. "Man is a wonderful creature; he sees through the layers of fat (eyes), hears through a bone (ears) and speaks through a lump of flesh (tongue)."
2. "Live amongst people in such a manner that if you die they weep over you and if you are alive they crave for your company."
3. "A fool's mind is at the mercy of his tongue and a wise man's tongue is under the control of his mind."
4. "Do not feel ashamed if the amount of charity is small because to refuse the needy is an act of greater shame."
5. "Every breath you take is a step towards death."
6. "I appreciate an old man's cautious opinion more than the valor of a young man."
7. "A friend cannot be considered a friend unless he is tested on three occasions: in time of need, behind your back and after your death."
8. "When the world pushes you to your knees, you're in the perfect position to pray."
9. “A wise man always has something to say, whereas a fool always needs to say something.”

10."How strange is man.. he loses his health to gain wealth, then to get the same health he loses wealth, he lives like he is never to die, and dies as though he never lived."


Regards,
Ummul Bani



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#250

Unread post by Habeel » Mon May 05, 2014 10:15 pm

Absolutely!! Maula Ali's words are so distinct , powerful, logical and the light for the seeker.

Rumi always have amazed me. His haiku are so powerful that you feel wind in it. Sharing some.

What you seek is seeking you.

Everything in the universe is within you.
Ask all from yourself.

Knock, And He'll open the door
Vanish, And He'll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He'll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He'll turn you into everything.

Don't hide.
The sight of your face is a Blessing.

There is a voice that doesn’t use words,
Listen!

When soul rises
Into lips
You feel the kiss
You have wanted



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#251

Unread post by Ummul Bani » Tue May 06, 2014 4:04 pm

So I read this somewhere and found it really impressive..

Allah Subhana Wa Ta'ala Ordain

You have your desire,
I have my desire,
My desire shall reign supreme.
But If you surrender yourself;
Into my desire,
I shall bestow you also
Your desire.
But if you go against
What I desire,
Then I shall tire you of
Fulfilling your desire
And ultimately what is to happen
Will be of my desire.

Regards,
Ummul.



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#252

Unread post by ghulam muhammed » Tue May 06, 2014 6:04 pm

@ Ummul bani,

The above is the crux of the famous shayri "Khudi ko kar buland itna ke har taqder se pehle Khuda bande se ye poche bata teri raza kia hai" by Alama Iqbal.



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#253

Unread post by adna_mumin » Thu May 08, 2014 11:38 am

Read these powerful words elsewhere in the forum:


I have principle and no power
You have power and no principle
You being you
And I being I
Compromise is out of the question
So let the battle begin...



I have truth and no force
You have force and no truth
You being you
And I being I
Compromise is out of the question
So let the battle begin...



You may club my skull
I will fight

You may crush my bones
I will fight

You may bury me alive
I will fight

With truth running through me
I will fight

With every ounce of my strength
I will fight

With my last dying breath

I will fight till the
Castle that you built with your lies
Comes tumbling down
Till the devil you worshipped with your lies
Kneels down before my angel of truth.



http://dawoodi-bohras.com/forum/viewtop ... 127#p84127




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#255

Unread post by adna_mumin » Thu May 29, 2014 10:27 am

From the poem 'Still I rise' by
Maya Angelou (4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.



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#256

Unread post by ghulam muhammed » Fri May 30, 2014 4:24 pm

Every Artist gives his own name to his work.
But there is no artist like a "MOTHER",
who gives birth to a child,
But gives Father's name !!!


Someone asked Life:
Why are you so difficult...????!!!
Life Smiled and said "You people never appreciate easy things"...



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#257

Unread post by Ummul Bani » Fri Jun 06, 2014 5:19 pm

Some beautiful quotes by Paulo Coelho, one of the most distinguished authors of today..


"The way you see yourself will often determine how people see you."

"You have two choices in life; find a way or make one."

"The more you love your decisions, the less you will need others to love them."

"Your enemies are not the adversaries who were put there to test your courage, they are the cowards who were put there to test your weakness."

"You may not be winning, but that doesn't mean you are losing."

"Reputation is only a candle. You still need matches to make it worth."

"It is useless to be unhappy about things you can't change, as much as it is useless to be unhappy about things that we can."

"There are two kinds of idiots- those who don't take action because they have received a threat and those who think they are taking action because they have issued a threat."

"The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion."

"If it's still on your mind, it is worth taking the risk."

"When you say "yes" to others, make sure you are not saying "no" to yourself."

"When you are going through difficult times, remember, you may have lost some major battles, but you survived and are still here."



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Unread post by ghulam muhammed » Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:47 pm

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Unread post by adna_mumin » Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:43 am

A beautiful sher by Wasim Barelvi


Usoolon pe jahan aanch aaye takraana zaroori hai,
jo zinda ho toh phir zinda nazar aana zaroori hai.



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#261

Unread post by fiate2000 » Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:09 am

And I do not eat with them praying I only pray twice a year behind them Lailatul Qadr and Ashura BTW EVEN MOULA ALI PRAYED BEHIND THE KHALIFAS ON WHOM YOU SAY LAANATS
DID YOU VISIT THE NEEDY MUMINEEN OF AHMEDABAD YET[/quote]

Dear Bro SBM
Imam Ali prayed behind the Caliphas perhaps because he deemed them to be right. Imam Ali would never do anything he thought was not haq, I am sure it was not out of fear or compulsion that Imam Ali prayed behind the three Caliphas. However you r praying behind your dai despite of the fact you think they are wrong. Do you believe your prayers of such auspicious nights will be accepted. Only Allah knows and he knows the best. ALso some of the things that you are doing is against the oath of allegiance (misak) that you have taken. In the misak it clearly states that whoever says ill against his/her dai will burn in hell and you said, 'NAAM'.



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Unread post by ghulam muhammed » Thu Jul 03, 2014 6:27 pm

The excessive importance Muslims give to rituals reminds one of a powerful poem by Allama Iqbal titled *Farmaan-e-Khuda - Farishton se* (God's instruction to His Angels).

1. Utho Meri duniya ke ghareebon ko jagaado! Kaakh-e-umara ke dar-o-deewar hilaado!

2. Garmaao ghulaamon ka lahu soz-e-yaqeen se Kunjishk-e-faromaaya ko Shaheen se ladaado!

3. Sultaani-e-jamhoor ka aata hai zamaana Jo naqsh-e-kuhan jo tumko nazar aaye, mitaado!

4. Jis kheth se dehqaan ko mayassar nahin rozi Us kheth ke har khosha-e-gandum ko jalaado!

5. Kyun Khaliq-o-maqlookh mein haayal rahen parde Peeraan-e-Kaleesa ko Kaleesa se uthaado!

6. Haqraa ba-sajoode, sanamaara ba-tawaafe Behtar hai charaagh-e-Haram-o-dair bujhaado!

7. Main naakhush-o-bezaar hoon marmar ke silon se Mere liye mitti ka Haram aur banaado!

8. Tehzeeh-e-navi kaargah-e-sheesha garaan hai Adaab-e-junoon shaayir-e-mashriq ko sikhaado!

Translation

1. Rise! Awaken the poor of my world Shake the foundations of the mansions of the rich

2. Warm the blood of the enslaved with the passion of conviction. Provoke the feeble sparrow to take on the mighty eagle!

3. The time for democratic rule is approaching. Obliterate every outdated system that you come across!

4. The field that cannot not provide the farmer his daily bread. Set every sheaf of wheat of that field on fire!

5. Why should there be a veil between the Creator and the created? Expel the priests from the House of God!

6. When idols are circumbulated and God worship reduced to ritualistic prostration. It is better to extinguish the light from places where God is contemplated.

7. I am unhappy and disenchanted with marble slabs. Build another House of God for me out of mud

8. This new kind of culture is like a glass making factory. Teach the Poet of East the mores of madness (to destroy this factory)



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#263

Unread post by ghulam muhammed » Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:33 pm

“Religion is like a pair of shoes.....Find one that fits for you, but don't make me wear your yours.”

--George Carlin



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Unread post by ghulam muhammed » Sat Aug 23, 2014 3:17 pm

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

-- Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher



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#266

Unread post by ghulam muhammed » Wed Sep 03, 2014 5:54 pm

“If we can not love the person whom we see, how can we love God whom we can not see?"

- Mother Teresa



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Unread post by ghulam muhammed » Mon Sep 15, 2014 4:15 pm

"Difference between School and Life : School teaches you Lessons and then gives you a Test....... Life gives you a Test and you learn Lessons"



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Unread post by ghulam muhammed » Thu Oct 09, 2014 6:38 pm

WHILE YOU REMEMBERED MY NAME!

BY MRS.ABDUR RAHEEM GULNAR
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Remorse and guilt mercilessly hounding me,
A troubled conscience bent on choking me,
One more chance is all I ask of you mother;
Just one more turn to serve you better;
With a sabbatical from your Elysian abode
Re-live with me once to relieve me,
And save me from this tormenting agony;
Permit me to give back a minuscule fraction at least
Of what you have all your life been heaping on me,
And what I have gone on receiving unilaterally,
As if it’s yours to give, and mine to receive, e’en upto infinity!

Huddled safely as I was in my evergreen spring,
Cosy and carefree, in an impenetrable abandon,
And a blissful oblivion, little could I think
that Time was pushing you up the ladder of age,
Taking away your faculties, stage by stage,
While your youth bade you an irreversible adieu.
Shattered by your progressive dementia and frailty,
Totally unprepared for your illnesses and infirmity,
With eyes open I failed to understand
Your heart rending geriatric demands.

By the time I realized my duty to you,
That it was my turn to take care of you,
You had gone too far away, out of reach, from me.
Ah if only I had held you in a tight embrace
While yet you recognized my face!
If only I had whispered a simple deep thanks
While still you remembered my name!



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Unread post by Conscíous » Sat Nov 01, 2014 3:24 pm

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."~Reinhold Niebuhr