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|04/22/05 at 12:20:34|
It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcomings, who knows the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows in the end the high achievement of triumph and who, at worst, if he fails while daring greatly, knows his place shall never be with those timid and cold souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.
|04/22/05 at 12:21:11|
To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.
from Hamlet, by William Shakespeare[/color]
|04/22/05 at 12:21:33|
|04/22/05 at 12:22:08|
Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle.
The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.
|04/22/05 at 12:23:09|
Everything we see is but a mirror of what we are.
|04/22/05 at 12:31:54|
|04/22/05 at 12:47:33|
if you are a person who is satisfied with what you have
then you and the owner of all possessions are equal
|04/22/05 at 12:48:11|
anyone can steer the ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course
|04/22/05 at 12:48:53|
Do your duty, and leave the rest to heaven.[/color]
|04/22/05 at 20:30:28|
Lovin the quotes..any idea who said some of them?
|04/23/05 at 02:10:08|
Great quotes se7en.
1. Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many.
Not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some (Dickens).
2. Without divine assistance i cannot succeed, with it, i cannot fail (Abe Lincoln).
3. No affliction nor temptation
No guilt nor power of sin
No wounded spirit nor terrified conscience
Should induce us to despair
Of help and comfort from God.
(Thomas Scott, Scottish Novelist/Poet).
4. Passive faith but praises in the light
When sun doth shine.
Active faith will praise in the darkest night
Which faith is thine?
5. Not enjoyment, and not in sorrow
Is our destined end or way.
But to act that each tomorrow
Find us further than today.
6. Tomorrow's fate, though thou be wise
Thou canst not tell, nor sun rise.
Pass, therefore, not today in vain
For it will never come again.
|04/23/05 at 13:06:30|
|salaam kathy -- not sure where some of them are from, I just copy and paste when I find something good online :) I think the first is by teddy roosevelt.|
|04/23/05 at 13:06:54|
|04/23/05 at 13:07:57|
don't be a hard rock when you really are a gem
-- lauryn hill, 'that thing'
|04/23/05 at 13:11:57|
|Quotes of the righteous servants|
|04/23/05 at 14:47:21|
Al-Imaam Ibnul-Jawzi (rahimaahullah) said:
"I sat one day and found sitting around me more than ten thousand (10,000) persons (listening to my sermon) - all of whom had felt their heart soften (and hearken to the words of Allah) or their eyes overflowed with tears. I reflected upon this within myself and said to myself, "What would your condition be like if they attained salvation and you were destroyed (in the fire)?"
Within myself I cried out:
"O Allah! You are my Master! If you judge me fit for punishment in the morrow (hereafter) do not inform them (the audience) of my punishment. I pray this to honour You and not for my benefit, lest one of them say, `The One (Allah) he called us to (worship and obey) punished him.'"
Ibnul Jawzi in Sa-yyd al-Khaatir - Page 321.
"And what is the life of this world except an enjoyment of deception" (3:185).
|Quotes from the righteous|
|04/23/05 at 14:51:21|
Ibn Abee Haatim Rahimahullah- said: "I entered Damascus and came upon the students of hadeeth, and I passed by the circle of Qaasim al-Joo'ee . I found a group sitting around him and he was speaking. Their appearance amazed me; and I heard him saying: "Seize the benefit of five things from the people of your time: when you are present, you are not known; when you are absent, you are not missed; when you are seen, your advice is not sought; when you say something, your saying is not accepted; and when you have some knowledge, you are not given anything for it. I advise you with five matters: when you are treated unjustly, do not behave unjustly; when you are praised do not become happy; when you are criticised, do not become upset; when you are not believed, do not become angry; and if the people act deceitfully towards you, do not act deceitfully towards them." Ibn Abee Haatim said: So I took this as my benefit from Damascus"
Related by Ibn al-Jawzee (RH) in Sifatus-Safwaa (2/200)
|Quotes from the righteous|
|04/23/05 at 14:52:27|
Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: "When a person spends his entire day with no other concern but Allaah alone, Allaah, may He be glorified, will take care of all his needs and take care of all that is worrying him; He will empty his heart so that it will be filled only with love for Him, free his tongue so that it will speak only in remembrance of Him (dhikr) and cause all his faculties to work only in obedience to Him. But if a person spends his entire day with no other concern but this world, Allaah will make him bear its distress, anxiety and pain; He will leave him to sort himself out, and cause his heart to be distracted from the love of Allaah towards the love of some created being, cause his tongue to speak only in remembering people instead of remembering Allaah, and cause him to use his talents and energy in obeying and serving them. So he will strive hard, labouring like some work-animal, to serve something other than Allaah… Everyone who turns away from being a true slave of Allaah and obeying Him and loving Him will be burdened with servitude, love and obedience to some created being. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 'And whosoever turns away (blinds himself) from the remembrance of the Most Beneficent (Allaah), We appoint for him a shaytaan (devil) to be a qareen (intimate companion) to him.' [al-Zukhruf 43:36"] - Al-Fawaa'id, p. 159
|'Oh Great Creator'|
|04/25/05 at 00:16:06|
Oh Great Creator
Whose breath gives life to all the world
Hear me, I am small and weak...
I need your strength and wisdom...
Teach me the lessons you have hidden
Under every leaf and rock...
Give me the strength---Not to be greater
Than my brother...
But to fight my greatest enemy---Myself.
Let me walk in beauty and ever behold
The red and purple sunset...
And when the setting sun fades---
May I come to you with clean hands,
Unveiled eyes, and no shame!
(Chief Joseph, from the Nez-Perce Nation...Native American Indians).
|Soldier Hard2Hit once said…|
|04/28/05 at 08:47:21|
"Time and hijabis wait for none... time passes by, hijabis get married."
|04/28/05 at 15:06:15|
That is hilarious, bro Hard2Hit.
Might we be speaking from experience?? ;)
|04/29/05 at 01:31:20|
Pride is the greatest hinderance to the progress of the soul.
Moderation is the greatest virtue,
And wisdom is to speak the truth,
And not to act in accordance with nature,
While continuously attending to one's own self.
|04/29/05 at 23:17:00|
I really like this quote:
[i]"Why do they not teach you that time is a finger snap and an eye blink, and that you should not allow a moment to pass you by without taking joyous, ecstatic note of it, not wasting a single moment of its swift, breakneck circuit"[/i]
~Pat Conroy in [i]My Losing Season[/i][/color]
|*Seize the Opportunity*|
|04/30/05 at 00:42:38|
Seize the opportunity
as it opens up to thee.
swiftly as the lightnings dart.
Ah, the many things that I
might, have done, but let slip by.
and the Intervening years
brought me naught but bitter tears.
Whatsoever treasure thou
findest, pounce upon it now.
wait no Instant: swoop today
like a Falcon on thy Prey.
(Ibn Hazm: Andalusian Scholar, Philosopher and Poet).
In the dead of night, a sufi began to weep
he said, "this world Is like a closed coffin, In which
we are shut and in which, through our Ignorance,
we spend our lives in folly and desolation.
when death comes to open the lid of the coffin
each one who has wings will fly off to eternity,
but those without will remain locked in the coffin.
so, my friends, before the lid of this coffin is taken off
do all you can to become a bird of the way of God
do all you can to develop your wings and your feathers.
(Farid Ul-Deen Attar, Persian Poet).
Translation by: Andrew Harvey & Eryk Hanut.
|04/30/05 at 11:04:58|
"Time and hijabis wait for none... time passes by, hijabis get married." [/QUOTE]
omg thats wicked lol
"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
Author:Bonnie Jean Wasmund
|*A Masterpiece Unfolding*|
|05/01/05 at 13:49:13|
What would it be like
If you lived each day, each breath,
As a work of art In Progress?
Imagine that you are a masterpiece unfolding,
Every second of every day.
A work of art
Taking form with every breath.
|quotes, lots of quotes....|
|05/04/05 at 04:30:43|
|"If you have anything beneficial to say, then by all means enlighten us. Otherwise please shut up fi-sabilillah..." -Hard2Hit|
That is hilarious, bro Hard2Hit.
Might we be speaking from experience??
umm... no. I'm habbily enagaged to a hijabi++.
omg thats wicked lol
Wassup kid? Still rocking the Tariq masjid?
|05/04/05 at 04:32:08|
|05/05/05 at 03:27:08|
not enjoyment, and not in sorrow
Is our destined end or way.
but to act that each tomorrow
find us further than today.
|05/06/05 at 02:16:31|
|May Allah have mercy on ash-Shafi'i who said:|
When my heart is hard and my positions are constricted,
I make my hope a ladder to reach Your pardon.
My wrong actions seem immense to me. But in relation
to Your pardon, my Lord, Your pardon is far greater.
You continue to possess generosity, abundant favour and grace,
showing generosity, pardon and nobility.
Would that I knew whether I will go to the Garden and rejoice
or go the Hellfire, full of regret
|05/08/05 at 00:06:14|
between the stream and rock,
the stream always wins.
not through strength
but through persistence
|05/20/05 at 23:18:17|
What is the secret of finding the treasure?
There isn't one, the treasure is everywhere.
It is offered to us at every moment and wherever we find ourselves.
All creatures, friends or enemies, pour it out abundantly, and it courses through
every fiber of our body and soul until it reaches the very core of our being...
If we open our mouths they will be filled. God's activity runs through the
entire universe. It wells up around and penetrates every created being,
Wherever they are, it is there also. It runs ahead of them, it stays with them,
and it follows after them...
All they have to do is to allow it's waves to sweep them forward, fulfill the simple duties of their religion and status in life, accept cheerfully all the difficulties they meet, and Surrender To The Will of God in All they have to do...
This is authentic spirituality, and it is valid for all times and for everyone. We
could not choose to become good in a better, more miraculous, and yet easier way than by the simple use of the means offered us by God; the whole-hearted acceptance of everything that comes to us at every moment of our lives.
(Jean Pierre De Caussade, 1675-1751).
|05/25/05 at 23:41:37|
A few Verses Composed by the Fifth Righteously Guided Caliph, Omar Ibn Abdul-Aziz on the Prophet [saw]
I saw thee, O thou best of the human race,
Revealing the Qur'an which brought graceless, grace.
Thou showedst righteous road to many astray,
From night, when darkest wrong had taken it's place.
Thou with Islam didst light the gloomiest way
Quenching with proof live coals of frowardness:
I owe the Prophet Mohammed, my entire being
and our lives upon his Sunnah, we base.
Thou madest straight the path that crooked ran
where in ancient days foul growth, overgrew it's face.
Exalt be thou in joy's empyrean!
And Allah's Glory Ever Grow Opace!
|My Soul and Hers|
|05/30/05 at 03:26:22|
My soul and hers
were in love before our creation,
were in love in the womb,
were in love in the cradle,
and will be in love in the afterlife.
(Jameel, an Arab Romantic Knight-Umayyad Dynasty).
|06/01/05 at 00:23:30|
A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.
|06/01/05 at 00:57:17|
Some of the Companions once asked the Prophet (peace be upon him) to pray to Allah to invoke His curse upon the pagans. He replied: “I was not sent to curse people but as a blessing. [Sahîh Muslim]
Also, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “It is not fitting for a sincere lover of truth to invoke curses.” [Sahîh Muslim]
"Kijdness is not to be found in anything but that it adds to its beauty and it is not withdrawn from anything but it makes it defective." [Sahîh Muslim]
|06/01/05 at 19:16:35|
|The Almighty Allah judges you neither by your countenance nor your wealth, but by the purity of your hearts and your deeds.|
-The Prophet Muhammad [saw], as reported by Abu Hurairah
Live in this world like a stranger, a wayfarer, and deem yourselves as dwellers of the graves.
-The Prophet Muhammad [saw], as reported by Ibn Umar
Before He created life, the Almighty Allah declared, "My Mercy shall surpass My Wrath." Thus was it written.
-The Prophet Muhammad, as reported by Abu Hurairah
All knowledge is but a branch of worship and all worship is but a branch of abstinence, and all abstinence is but a branch of trust in God and trust in God has neither limit nor finite end.
[i]-Makki, "Qut al-qulub"[/i]
Although this reed pen is in fact sensible,
of a different substance than the writer,
yet it is an intimate friend.
Likewise, every tool of a craftsman, though lifeless,
is the familiar friend of the Human spirit.
[i]-Mathnawi [IV, 875-876][/i]
Within tears, find a hidden laughter;
seek treasure amid ruins, sincere one.
[i]-Mathnawi [VI, 1586][/i]
|~ Knowledge & Fortitude ~|
|06/04/05 at 03:55:54|
1. you don't have to burn books
to destroy a culture.
Just get people to
stop reading them.
2. First, they ignore you.
Then, they laugh at you.
Then, they fight you.
Then, you win.
|07/05/05 at 23:18:21|
Never take someone for granted. Hold every person close to your heart
because you might wake up one day and realize that you've lost a
diamond while you were too busy collecting stones.
|07/23/05 at 07:57:39|
Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
~Helen Keller -US blind & deaf educator (1880-1968)
The best & most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart.
|07/25/05 at 15:34:30|
1. The spouse of lot became a friend of wicked persons
his race of prophets became extinct.
the dog of the companions of the cave for some days
associated with good people and became a man.
2. He who desires succour in the day of calamity
say to him: 'be generous in times of prosperity.'
3. We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them.
(Titus Livius: 59BC - 17AD)
4. It is amazing what you can accomplish,
if you do not care who gets the credit.
(Harry S. truman)
5. Life is lighter than a feather, but duty is heavier than a mountain.
(Japanese Honor Code)
6. How far you go in life depends on your
being tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving,
and tolerant of the weak and strong.
Because someday in life you will have been
all of these.
(George Washington Carver)
|09/19/05 at 07:49:28|
"By the mercy of God Paradise has eight doors?
one of those is the door of repentance, child.
All the others are sometimes open, sometimes shut;
but the door of repentance is never closed.
Come seize the opportunity: the door is open;
carry your baggage there at once."
- Mathnawi [IV, 2506-2508]
|09/19/05 at 07:50:29|
|10/31/05 at 10:22:10|
|As Abdul Qadir Jilani said; |
Your heart is a polished mirror. Keep it clean by wiping out the dust which has gathered on it because it is destined to reflect the light of divine secrets. If only the lamp of divine secrets is kindled within your innerself then the rest will come. Then you will see the sun of inner knowledge rising from the horizon of divine reason. But in order to attain pure spirituality, we must empty our hearts first to receive God and make it a worth while place for Him to live. I offer this poem of mine...
|11/03/05 at 17:19:25|
|11/03/05 at 11:34:05|
|If you find fault in your brother or sister, the fault you see in them is within yourself. The true Sufi is like a mirror where you see your own image, for ‘The believer is a mirror of their fellow believers. ‘ Get rid of those faults in yourself, because what bothers you in them bothers you in yourself.' |
|11/03/05 at 11:38:30|
|11/03/05 at 11:35:12|
You've no idea how hard I've looked for a gift to bring You.
nothing seemed right.
What's the point of bringing gold to the gold mine, or water to the Ocean.
Everything I came up with was like taking spices to the Orient.
It's no good giving my heart and my soul because you already have these.
So, I've brought you a mirror.
Look at yourself and remember me.
- Jalaluddin Rumi
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