Friday, March 29, 2013

Listen carefully! O My heart please know your status !!!

Let me start my conversation with what my heart is murmuring at this moment:
Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Yeh
Kahan Shuru Kahan Khatam
Yeh Manzile Hai Kaunsi
Na Voh Samajh Sake Na Hum

Thought generally refers to any mental or intellectual activity involving an individual's subjective consciousness. It can refer either to the act of thinking or the resulting ideas or arrangements of ideas. Similar concepts include cognition, sentience, consciousness, and imagination. Because thought underlies almost all human actions and interactions, understanding its physical and metaphysical origins, processes, and effects has been a longstanding goal of many academic disciplines including, among others, biology, philosophy, psychology, and sociology.  [Wikipedia]

Thinking allows beings to make sense of or model the world in different ways, and to represent or interpret it in ways that are significant to them, or which accord with their needs, attachments, objectives, plans, commitments, ends and desires. Thought is that which enables a person to grasp concepts dealing with one's environment.

On a funny note: Thought for some is only a “Qayaal” of “Tum ko dekha to ye qayaal aaya”.  Or “Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Me Qayaal aata hai”.

From the above things mentioned I wanted to convince my heart that, “Thought / Qayaal, Samajh / Understanding” are related to Heart rather than the Mind, which is also evident in Quran.

“Heart” in Arabic is commonly referred “Qalb”, without going into deep Quranic knowledge where it also referred as “Al-Fuad”, “Sadr”, “Al-Lubb” etc with different instances.

Imam al-Raghib in his Mufradaat says that “qalb” literally means to turn something around on its face, or to flip something over, such as the turning over of a cloth, or the turning of a person when they turn away from the direction they were going in to another direction. Hence, its derivatives all express some form of this flipping or turning over, so inqilaab as a verb can be used in the Qur’an for “turning on their heels”, or changing your direction to retreat and flee from battle, or as a noun to mean the act of overthrowing someone, where a sense of a flip in power or revolution (literally) is expressed. It is also used in its passive sense to express being turned, rather re-turned, to Allah, Most High, after death. [Taken from]
Now you see, you are something which turns. [To The Heart]

Don't think that your heart is 'strong'. The heart is a vulnerable fool. It turns easily. That's why it's called ‘qalb’ (that which turns). – Yasmin Mogahed

In their hearts is a disease; and Allah has increased their disease and grievous is the penalty they (incur) because they are false (to themselves).(2:10)

Our beloved Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam also warned:
“Listen carefully! there is a piece of flesh in man’s body, if it is healthy then the whole being is healthy and if it is corrupted then the whole being is corrupted. Beware! That piece of flesh is the heart.”(Bukhari)

But there is one important question that is “Do you know what kind of Heart Allah wants?”

“The Day whereon neither wealth nor sons will avail, But only he (will prosper) that brings to Allah a sound heart.” Quran (26:89)

"Who feared (Allah) Most Gracious unseen and brought a heart turned in devotion (to Him). (50:33)

"Those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah, for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction.'' (13.28)

Yes, Allah wants a heart – which is sound, an Allah fearing, which turned in devotion to him, which is always in remembrance of Allah.

How to do we get that?

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala says:
‘He sent down water on you from heaven, to purify you thereby and to put away from you the defilement of Satan, and to strengthen your hearts and to confirm your feet.’ (8: 11)

This ayah is about Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala strengthening the hearts of Sahaba, in the battle of badr. Badr, for which Allah himself says as distinguishing days, he only strengthened the hearts.

Similarly,  Ambiya(a.s)  made dua for their heart as follows:
"Our Lord!" (They say) "Let not our hearts deviate now after Thou hast guided us but grant us mercy from Thine own Presence; for Thou art the Grantor of bounties without measure. (3:8)

Our beloved Prophet also has taught dua’s practically:
Narrated by Umm Salamah (Radia Allahu ‘Anha) that, The Prophet Muhammad (Salla-Allahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) made this Du’a the most:
”Allah Humma, Ya Muqallib Al-Quloob, Thabbit Qalbi ‘Alaa Deenik,”
“O Turner of the hearts, make my heart firm upon Your Religion.”

The Prophet Muhammad (Salla-Allahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) said:
“Verily, the hearts of all the sons of Adam are between the two fingers out of the fingers of the Compassionate Lord as one heart. He turns that to any (direction) He likes.

Then The Prophet Muhammad (Salla-Allahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) said:
Allāhumma Musarrif Al-Qulūbi Sarrif Qulūbana ‘Alā Tā’atika
“O Allah, Turner of the hearts, direct our hearts to your obedience”    - Saheeh Muslim

MUSARRIF/SARRIF: Both of these words are from the same root which has many meanings. Of those meanings are, to turn, to divert, to turn from another direction, to avert, and to change. The meaning of this word in this du’a is to turn or direct. How is this word different from “Muqallib Al-Qulūb?” There are a few differences linguistically, but the essence of both supplications is the same. Qallaba, just likeSarrafa, means to change and turn the direction of something. The linguistic difference is that Qallaba points more to constant moving and turning about, while Sarrafa points to changing of the direction. When we make this Du’a, we are asking Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta ‘ala) to Sarrif, turn and direct our hearts to His Obedience, while in the other du’a, we are asking Allah to Thabbit, make our hearts firm on Islam, and not qallib because the heart is constantly changing about and turning directions.
QULŪB: Qulūb is plural of Qalb which means the heart. Qalb is the general word for heart. It comes from the root which means something that turns around and about and upside down, as mentioned above. It is the nature of hearts that they are constantly changing.
TĀ’ATIKATā’ah means to obey and to submit. The beauty of this word is that it not only means to submit one’s self, it specifically means to submit willingly, voluntarily and on one’s own free will. We are asking Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta ‘ala) to direct our hearts to willingly submit and obey Him.

"Keep praying for what you are seeking. Impossibility and possibility are merely concepts of your mind, to Allah nothing is impossible."

Baarak-Allaahu Feekum - Wa SallAllaahu Wa-sallam 'alaa Nabiyyinaa Muhammad, Was-Salaam 'alaykum wa-Rahmatullaahi wa-Barakaatuhu. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ideas are a Dime a Dozen. People Who Implement Them are Priceless

“Ideas are a dime a dozen. People who implement them are priceless.” What a great quote by Mary Kay Ash, and so true! The world is full of incredible ideas that never go anywhere because great ideas are useless without someone full of passion to implement them.

I realize that implementing an idea can be intimidating, but taking that first step forward is the most important thing you can do to get your idea off the ground. Analyzing an idea is an important pre-step, but one of the biggest stumbling blocks people face is the temptation to over-analyze in an attempt to solve for every potential problem they might face, even if it only has a .03 percent likelihood of ever happening. Recognize that in the beginning stage of your idea there is no possible way to truly predict exactly what the future will hold because it is impossible to have every future fact you need to know. In the process of moving toward implementing your idea, variables around you will begin to change, and as they do, new facts will always be coming to light, which will help you to pivot your ideas in the right direction. Go into it knowing that your idea is going to morph and change drastically before it reaches its true fulfillment. All great ideas do, and that is what you want.

Years ago I went to meet with several large customers to see how our products were performing for them. Each shared their satisfaction with our services, but went on to share other problems they were facing, hoping that I might have a solution for them. As I met with each client and listened to their struggles, my mind began to formulate additions to our system design that were far broader in scope than my original ideas had ever been. The next thing I knew, voila, my original idea had morphed and become bigger and better than ever before. Had I not taken steps forward to implement my original idea, I would never have gotten to that moment when the original idea morphed into something genius!
As you get going, never be afraid to share your ideas with others to get feedback. As an angel investor when I ask people what feedback they have gotten from their peers on their ideas, I often get the response, “I haven’t shared it with them yet because I am too afraid someone might steal my idea.” My answer to that statement is always the same, “As an entrepreneur I always felt that if someone else out there had the initiative to take my idea and get it implemented first, then more power to them!” The reality is that most people may get excited about your idea, but very few of them would actually be willing to do all the work it would take to implement it.
Great ideas are born by the minute. At some point you have to decide to stop talking about your ideas and take the first step with enough confidence to carry you through to the next step. With each step forward new doors will open and your idea will expand. Keep your eyes and ears open and never be afraid to share your idea with others to get feedback. Ideas grow best when they are exposed to a lot of other people’s ideas and input on a regular basis. Never forget to stay passionate about your ideas. It’s that passion that will carry you through the difficult times that inevitably come along the path of implementation. Your passion will be contagious and it will draw others to you that can help you on your journey to becoming one of those priceless few who don’t just talk about it, they do it!
This article was shared by one of my friend, so true. Priceless(great) ideas can be implemented by priceless(great) people only.  Some thoughts wandered on my mind while reading this, wordings of  our Sheikh Ibraheem Devla "Khush Kismat hain woh log jinhe Allah khair ke kaamon ke liye istamaal kare, isliye Allah se hamesha maango ke 'Aye Allah hame khair ke phailne/phailaane ka baayis bana'" then he continued "Bad kismat hain woh log jinko Allah gumrahi aur badi ke kaamon me mubtila karde, isliye hamesha maango ke 'Aye Allah hame badi ke phailne ka baayis na banaa, hame gumrahon me se na banaa'". That is 'Those  are very fortunate people whom Allah makes to do good and uses for good, and those are very unfortunate people whom Allah makes to do bad and uses for bad, so every time ask Allah subhanahu wa ta'aala that 'O Allah, please give me taufeek(ordain or allow or make oneself) to do good and become zariya(way or getting used) of good things (making, happening), O Allah, please don't make me do bad things and get involved in bad things, or getting used(zariya) by to spread bad things'.
             Another thing is “Man jadda wajada” it means whoever seriously /sincerely (do things) he/she will get it or simple whoever sincerely does will get. “Man Jadda Wajada” is an arabian motto “…Someone who are really serious and persistent about his/her dreams, will succeed….”.

May Allah subhanahu wa ta'aala give us everything that is required to fulfill our valid dreams. Ameen.

Baarak-Allaahu Feekum - Wa SallAllaahu Wa-sallam 'alaa Nabiyyinaa Muhammad, Was-Salaam 'alaykum wa-Rahmatullaahi wa-Barakaatuhu.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

True story of Zayeefa

Likha hai Ek ZAIFA Thi, ke jo MAKKAH mein rehti thi
Wo in batoon ko sunti thi, magar khamoosh rehti thi

Wo sunti thi MUHAMMED(SAW) hai, koi HASHIM Gharane me
Wo kehta hai KHUDA bas EK hai, saare zamaane mein

Wo sunti thi 'HUBUL ki 'LAAT' ki tazleel karta hai
Wo apne haq ke farmane ki youn tameel karta hai

Wo sunti thi jo uske saath hai wo hai ghulaam uska
Musalman ho hi jaata hai jo sunta hai kalaam uska

Likha hai wo zaifa ek din KA'BA mein ja pahunchi
HUBUL ke paaon par sar rakh ke usne ye dua mangi
Mein tujhko poojti hoon aur khuda bhi tujhko kehti hoon
Bada Afsos hai jo aaj kal mein ranj sehti hoon
Wo gham ye hai MUHAMMED(SAW) hai koi Hashim Gharane mein
Wo kehta hai KHUDA bas EK hai saare zamane mein
Mita do uski hasti ko mile tujko inaam uska
Jigar chalni hua jata hai sun sun kar kalaam uska

Dua kar ke uthi sajde se aur wo apne ghar aayi
Samjhti thi ye dil me ab meri ummeed bar aayi

Zaifa ko khushi thi ab HUBUL bijli gira dega
MUHAMMED(SAW) to MUHAMMED(SAW) sathiyon ko bhi mita dega

Magar kuch din guzarne par na jab ummed bar aayi
Dua kar ke hubul se apne dil mein khoob pachtai

Gharaz tarkeeb usne sochli ye khud hi ghar aa kar
Ke chodongi ye basti mein rahongi aur kaheen ja kar

Gharaz ek din subah ko usne apne ek gathri li
Nikal kar ghar se apne aur darwaze pe aa baithi

Zaifa sochti thi ab koi mazdoor milta hai
Usey ye kya khabar thi ek khuda ka NOOR milta hai

Fariza subeh ka karke ada sarkare do aalam
Chale jate the KA'BA ki taraf wo rehmat e aalam

Jalu mein aap ke shams o khamar maloom hote the
paye tasleem sajde mein shajar maloom hote the

Zaifa muntazir mazdoor ki baithi thi ghabrai
Yaka yak samne se chand si surat nazar aayi
Zaifa ne kaha, "baita yahan aana bata kya naam hai tera."
Kaha, "mazdoor hoon amman bata kya kaam hai tera."
Kaha, "mazdoor hai gar tu, to chal gathri meri lekar,
Mein khush kardongi aye mazdoor mazdoori teri dekar."

Ye sunkar aapne gathri utha kar apne sar par li
Zaifon ki madad karna ye aadat thi paighambar(Prophet) ki

Gharaz gathri ko lekar manzil e maqsood par aayi
Kaha dil se ke aye dil ab teri ummed bar aayi
Kaha, "beta jo thi dil me tamanna ho gayi puri
MUHAMMED(SAW) to MUHAMMED(SAW) saathiyon se hogayi duri."

Lagi dene jo mazdoori Zaifa aapko us dam
Toh farmane lage us dam huzur e sarware aalam,
"Ye koi kaam hai amman mein lon ab jiski mazdoori.
Koi gar aur qidmat ho to wo bhi mein karon puri."

Ye farmate hoye ki aapne jane ki tayyari
Zaifa se ijazat chahte the rehmat e baari

Zaifa ne kaha, "baita zara thairo chale jana.
Mujhe ek baat kehni hai zara sunkar chale jana.
Yaqeen jano ke ab makkah mein jhagda hone wala hai.
Mein samjhati hoon tujhko isliye to bhola bhala hai.
Wo Makkeh mein, khabeela HASHIMI naam o laqab wale.
Wohi beta jo hain SARDAR ABDUL MUTALLIB wale.

Unheen mein ek jawan hain jo suna jata hai saher hai.
Ke is fan mein magar beta wo apne khoob maheer hai.

Wo sar hota hai jiske sukh mein ulfat bo ke rehta hai.
Jo sunta hai kalaam uska wo uska ho ke rehta hai.
Hamesha bach ke chalna usse bole koi naam uska.
Nasihat hai yahi meri na sunna tu kalaam uska."

NABI budhiya ke dil mein noor e wahdat bharne wale the
Nasihat sun rahe the jo nasihat karne wale the

Zaifa ne kaha, "baita bhala kya naam hai tera?
Tera aaghaz kya hai aur kya anjaam hai tera?

Kaha Hazrat ne budhiya se, "tujhe kya naam batlaaon!
Mein kya kaam batlaon, mein kya anjaam batlaon!
Main banda hoon khuda ka, aur mujassam NOOR EZAD hoon.
Kaha gardan jhuka kar aapne mein he MUHAMMED(SAW) hoon.
Main hoon masoom duniya mein mera dushman zamana hai.
KHUDA WAHID hai aalam mein, mujhe bas ye batana hai.
Ye sunna tha ke bas aankhon se aansu ho gaye jaari
NABI ke ishq ki ek chot(ZAKHM) si dil par lagi kaari
Zaifa ne kaha, "beta karo mushkil meri aasaan,
Main aisi JEET ke sadqe mein aisi haar ki qurbaan."
Hua phir haal bar uske jo fazle deezane bari
Zaifa ki zubaan se khud ba khud kalma hua jari... ___La iLaha iLLal-lahu. Muhammadur Rasoolullah____