Check out this cool slideshow of this year's Hajj and Eid photos on Sakina's blog (Sakina is a QuranClub writer). There is also a link to many more photos.
In the above verse Allah (swt) is speaking of the average Muslim.كَلَّا بَلْ تُحِبُّونَ الْعَاجِلَةَ (20) وَتَذَرُونَ الْآَخِرَةَIndeed you (all) love the fleeting present, while you neglect the Hereafter! [Holy Quran, 75:20,21]
Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life.
Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article:
"'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation.
When I was in college, back in the late 60s and early 70s, a doctor diagnosed my dry, cracked skin and ongoing rashes as the result of too many showers. He recommended only one or two showers a week, with the qualification that any heavy exercise that produced sweating could probably be followed by a shower. I tried following his advice, and the problems cleared up. His explanation is that soap doesn't just clear away dirt and micro-organisms; it also removes surface skin cells and destroys oils, and this isn't too good for the skin.
My brother, do not look back
Your path has been covered in blood
And do not look here or there
And do not look except to the sky -Sayyid Qutb
I was with him once while he was ill (hospitalized), when one of the doctors (who was clean-shaven) entered (the room).
After giving the Shaykh his medication he hastened to leave, saying:
"Pray for me O Shaykh".
So the Shaykh (rahimahullaah) said:
"May Allaah beautify you with that which he has beautified man."
A man said to Hasan al-Basri (rahimahullah): ‘People sit around you so that they may find fault with you!’
He said, ‘...People are not pleased with their Creator even though He provides for them, so how can they be pleased with another creation like themselves?’
Deeds without sincerity are like a traveler who carries dirt in his water-jug. The carrying of it burdens him and it brings no benefit. -Ibn Al-Qayyim.
is that once you do, then they can ignore you. -Seth Godin
وَقَالَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لِلَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا لَوْ كَانَ خَيْرًا مَا سَبَقُونَا إِلَيْهِ
The ones who disbelieve tell the ones who believe: "If it [Islam] were any good, they would not have gotten to it before us."
Why do you test someone or something?
To know the worth of the object or person. What do you do with a car when you test drive it? You want to see it’s worth – how well it runs.
But Allah – the one testing you - already knows your worth, so why does He test?
To show others your worth. He, subhanahu wa ta’ala, knows. He wants to show everyone else your worth, subhanAllah. It’s like He’s saying this is My slave, and see how he/she fulfills My tests?
When you think of the people Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala tested, who were they? Prophets were tested the most. Then those under them in ranks like the Sahabah, and those under them, and so on.
Who are these people? People whom Allah loves...
قُلِ انْظُرُوا مَاذَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ
SAY [O Muhammad to mankind]: "Look at whatever [that exists] in Heaven and Earth." [Holy Quran, 10:101]
'Do ye wonder at this bird? Ye have taken its young, and it hath thrown itself down in merciful tenderness unto its young. Yet I swear by God, your Lord is more merciful unto you than is this bird unto its fledgling.'
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