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God extends His hand at night so that He may accept repentance

of those who indulge in wickedness during the day

God extends His hand during the day so that He may accept  repentance

of those who indulge in wickedness during the night.

This will continue till the sun rises in the west

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O’ God, I, seek divine guidance so that

I may remain steadfast in what is just.

I seek divine guidance in order to be

firm in righteousness.

I seek divine guidance in the manner that I express

my gratitude for Your favors and worship with devotion.

I seek from You a tongue that speaks the truth

and a heart which is pure and clean–amen

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There was a man who used to give loans to poor people. When his assistant used to go to them to recover the loans, the master would urge him to be forgiving to those who were not able to pay back his loans with ease, believing that, in that way, perhaps God would show him forgiveness.

When the man came face to face with the Almighty, He forgave him.

Hadith of Al-Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of Abu Hurayrah

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Today I was watching a morning cooking show. The chef  Saadut Siddiqui kept me glued to the channel. What he shared was worth pondering. I wouldn’t expect a chef to talk about such important eye opener points.

It’s his concern and caring attitude that he tried to create awareness in things we don’t give any importance to.

He said that our garbage, litter and waste matter give complete info about us to those who are in search of it e.g. robbers, other opponents, our enemies, relatives, friends who are actually our not our well wishers but they try to sneak to find out how much we have in bank account, what did we shop, who did we pay loan and how much or if we bought gold or any other valuables etc.

Hence we should be very careful about our utility bills, shopping receipts, check books. Before throwing the receipts, bills or any paper having detail about our personal belongings or data, we must tear away our name and the amount, address, so no one can get our personal information of any kind.

I never thought on these lines before. He said that some companies collect such data from the waste trash. Black mailing, robbery, ransom threats all can be easily avoided if taken these safety measures

I am very grateful to that chef Saadut Siddiqui he is a handsome guy with a French white beard.

Alhamdolillah our chefs not only teach show, entertain with their cooking delicious food but also give us important tips for better and healthy life. Heartfelt Blessings for them all

reflections

Your love has made me restless,

Include me among those who love you

Tell me how long will I be in darkness?

Let me be alone by myself for a time

I was drawn in, into love affairs before

Now love has broken me completely

Tell me the promises you made and broke

When you belittle me for my own betrayal

How come enmity measured as a skill?

Enemies have given unlimited gifts to me

She betrayed me with such confidence

That I enjoyed being betrayed always

See the level of confidence I have in her

I am peaceful due to the trust I have in her

If you wish to be engrossed in universe

Let me first sever the ego within me

I sometimes need to be taken care of

Let me not be a victim of loneliness

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It was September 1965. I had cleared my 10th grade with flying colors. We lived in Peshawar then. Our house was so big that if one called from end the voice could not be heard. The house was in the middle and lawns and fields surrounding it. It was built of mud. Walls were as thick as one meter if I’m not wrong. The rooms were huge with high ceilings. The doors were as big and wide that elephant could easily pass. The ventilator in every room was so big that two men could easily sit there.

I’m not at all exaggerating. It is said that Prime Minister of India Mr. Jawaharlal Nehru also lived there before partition of India, Pakistan. My brother had bought that house. And after he sold it the Excavators found many items of ancient time. Peshawar is one of the oldest cities of the world.

My brother was in Air Force. His family was in Karachi then. I lived there with my mother.

The war was going on between born rivals, India and Pakistan. Lahore was most raided city. So a family of 11 members came to Peshawar to run away from death. They had come to stay with their relatives. That bungalow was as big as ours, just across the road. Two families lived in that house. One was Air Force officer Squadron Leader, Musa and his family and the civilian family.

One day my brother called me from Rawal Pindi as he was on war duty. He asked me to come immediately there with mother. We did the same. My brother always said that in war, dusk and dawn time and full moon night is best to raid and bombard. It was full moon that night.

The airport was not far from our house. We lived on Mall Road. India bombed the airport but missed its target so the bomb hit that house where the family had come all the way from Lahore to escape death.

All members of that house died except one mentally retarded brother of theirs. But surprisingly everything was saved like furniture and all household things. But Musa’s family survived as they ran to trenches hearing the alarming siren. Surprisingly every bit of their household broke smashed and finished, but their lives were safe. As they ran without slippers and in their sleeping dresses so the neighbors provided them with everything. But the unfortunate family couldn’t save their life from death.

One should not fear death. It is fact of life and every breathing soul has to pass away

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Islam does not oppose family planning at all, rather directs to devise a strategy and planning in this field too like all other fields. God has made a code of conduct for the smooth running of this world. Thus all the works, accordingly get accomplished in two ways.

The first way is beyond the capacity of human beings as in the matters of rains, storms, floods, earthquakes, changing of seasons, and the natural calamities etc.

The second way has the partial involvement of the human being’s will and action. In all of the matters which a human being considers to be in his capacity, God has directed him to undertake them with knowledge, rational thinking, intellect, wisdom and proper strategy.

Childbirth is one of the selective matters where God lets the free will of the human beings exercise. Though a child is born as per the order of God, yet the parents and other human beings are the source for that. It is just as a farmer cultivates his land and grows the crop. The Quran affirms it at so many occasions that the cultivation of land and growing of crop by man is certainly done at the will of God. The farmer is no doubt the source. Thus the same intellect employed by man for the cultivation of his land should be applied while cultivating his generation too. Both these matters have been yoked together in Al-Waqia’ah:

“Behold the semen you emit: did you create it, or did we? (….) Consider the seeds you grow. Is it you that give them growth or we?” (Al-Waqi’ah 56: 63-64)

“(O Prophet) Give good news to my servants, who listen to my words and follow the best interpretation of it

During the time of the Holy Prophet some of his companions used to adopt certain preventive measures for birth control. The Holy Prophet knew it and allowed to continue with that. Thus it can be concluded that all methods for birth control are valid in Islam.

In all such matters where man has free will whatever the decision he makes and whatever the line of action he opts becomes the decision of God, if it is not against the larger interest of the whole of the humankind.

Thus man has to plan for that, otherwise he would not get it enough. Hence one must plan the size of one’s family, the time for the birth of a child and the proper care of every child. This is what we call family planning.

He must take proper care of the health of this wife. He must plan for a new child when his wife is able to give birth to a child in all respects. He has to look after her during her pregnancy. He must give proper respite between the births of two children. He can only be called a wise and a responsible husband if he Thus man continues proceeding on the highway of knowledge, rational thinking and science through this way. God has declared this principle in clear terms in the Quran that He never let any man’s Action go waste


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