The Call

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My heart was numb, nothing felt right,
I stayed awake all through the night.
My time flew, but I knew,
I am living a life that was not true.

My eyes were shut, my music loud;
I felt alone, even in a crowd.
I searched around, but could not find-
A moment in life to give me pride.

I sat one day staring at the wall;
Till I heard a call, just down the hall
Hayya Al As-Salah ; Hayya Al As-Salah
Hayya Al Al-Falah; Hayya Al Al-Falah

The words were pure, I could not ignore;
I bowed my head, down on the floor.
I found my soul; I thought I had no more.

I knew at once, this was right, my first step into the light
I found solace in my solitude; I made Sujood in gratitude.
Subhana Rabbi Al Aala………Subhana Rabbi Al Aala

Everything will end, let us not pretend;
So come to the Deen, oh my friend.

A Deliberate Choice – Hip Hop or the Word of Allah (swt)?

quran_musicAllergic reaction to a dead soul

No no no, his eyes were like scorching sun.

“Stop it! Just shut it up! I can’t take it!” said Huzaifa in an irritable tone to his mother.

“Sigh! All my life I sang lullabies for you to fall asleep. Your ears are now immune to the beat that the word of Allah (swt) can no longer enter your heart. It is only Satan who flees when the Quran is recited. What have I done to you my child? I have caused your heart to rust. It is now covered with a thick layer of melody and filthy words.”

Is it not horrifying? How can you tolerate it as a mother that your child- the apple of your eye- gets closer to the extreme torture of hell fire?

Unintentional impact- little things, weigh more!

The other day, I was going somewhere where an obnoxious filthy song struck my ears. Astaghfirullah slipped from my mouth the very moment, and I put fingers in my ears to block it. But to my surprise, the lyrics captivated my heart and tongue for a week or so. The moment we come across any beat- our fingers tap, legs and head move with the rhythm, waist twists and shakes to the beat. It is the trap of Satan that he glitters dirt, so it may appeal our eyes; thus, makes us closer to the wrath of Allah (swt).

Allah (swt) says in the Quran,

And of mankind is he who purchases idle talks (i.e. music, singing, etc.) to mislead (men) from the Path of Allah without knowledge, and takes it (the Path of Allah, the Verses of the Quran) by way of mockery. For such there will be a humiliating torment (in the Hell-fire).” (Luqman 31:6)

A painless hit

Laghw (vain words and actions) includes anything that is unnecessary and diverts mind from serious thinking and takes you far from the remembrance of Allah (swt). For instance, when you are endorsed in a romantic novel, you tend to forget everything around. Be it your five obligatory prayers. Is it acceptable?

Prophet Muhammad (sa)  mentioned fifteen things which when acquired by Ummah will lead to disaster. Singing and dancing is one of those fifteen habits.

Music and its repercussions

Music has horrific effects on its listeners. It is like passive smoking- causes a menace to the listener, and others to whom it is audible. Thus, it creates a chain of sinners from the producer, writer, singer, composer and listener. For those, who undermine the truth of this sin, and are addicted to songs and music- they cannot deny the unhealthy biological effects that it has on human body. It takes you closer to heedlessness, shamelessness; takes away humanity and makes you view woman as a sex object, a tissue paper that you use and throw.

Biological effects

Social effects

Music stimulates sympathetic nervous system.  Becomes unaware of surroundings.
It causes excitement and mental tension- which contribute to madness (mania- sudden laughter or non-sensical talks), ulcers, and heart diseases. Children get immune to suggestive moves and sex appealing lyrics.
It disturbs digestion and causes ulcers. Dale Carnegie said that violence, anger and mental tension cause ulcers. Gives rise to lust or illicit thoughts about the opposite gender.
Leads to abnormal secretion of hormones such as- adrenalin which causes blood clots that leads to a heart attack. It leads to adultery. The Holy Prophet (sa) said: “Singing is a ladder to adultery.”
Can cause rheumatisms- temporary/ permanent deafness. Supported by doctor Charles Lebo, of the Pacific Medical Centre. Causes crime rates to rise.
Mental stability is affected.
It may create insomnia (lack of sleep).

 

Music is to the soul, what words are to the mind

Singing gives rise to lust in man, which ultimately gives out bad consequences. Not only he who sings, but also, the one who listens attentively to it becomes negligent towards Allah (swt) and is ready for immoral deeds.(For more: Read the biological reactions of excited hormones, music is one of the causes- http://raymondinegypt.tripod.com/articles-04/love-chemistry.htm)

Music is an intoxicant- it makes one forget one’s surroundings; and one does not know what is happening to him or her. The following episode is a good example of the effect of music: Frank King is reported in ‘Reader’s Digest’ as saying:

“I returned home one evening and noticed a large red mark that looked like a burn on my wife’s right cheek. When I asked her what had happened she sheepishly told me the story. She set up the iron-board in the living room, so that she could watch a favourite television programme while doing the ironing. The telephone table was also near. As she was intently watching TV, the phone rang, and she reached out automatically and answered the iron.”

Music alters and tunes your thinking ability and cognition. It trains your mind to think and behave in a specific manner. They are spending millions and billions each year to promote filth, pollute minds and keep hearts away from the word of Allah (swt).

Moreover, some researches advocate that lyrics and tones have contributed to nefarious crimes such as rape and massacre. A known Indian singer YoYo Singh has been criticized on his lyrics as they depict molestation and fiendishness after the incident of December 2012 gang rape.

Check http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-22520583.

Play the moments, pause the memories, stop the pain

The above known quote explains why we opt for music. People choose music to nullify their pain and agony. What does it contain? It comprises of an unsuccessful lover and a lost love, description of a woman’s bodily parts, words that may easily unbalance your emotions and sexual desires. It has a tendency to alter your moods in a second. A sad song will land you in a state of sadness.  Highly motivated lyrics will make you live and die for the esteem of your country.

Silence will not protect you

Some people rigidly try not to nourish their souls by any such bash. Suppression and compression are their tools. They become silent when they encounter any musical gathering. Putting finger in your ears is not the solution. It is a slow poison that ruins our spiritual roots and character. Taming of Nafs is important on an individual level as well as communal level. It needs a whole white wash. You cannot pretend that you have controlled the extraneous factors that will dirty your soul. You may strictly ban music in your home. But, what about shopping malls, restaurants and wedding ceremonies? Will you do a social boycott? Will this influence the massive turnover generated from these instruments and songs? Might not!

A big win!

A mediocre way is to channelize the Nafs and not to tether it. Nafs is a stubborn horse- you need to train it, not leash it. It is like a rubber band- the more you stretch it, the stronger it will come back to you. This way it will hurt you harder. For instance, you might have witnessed a toddler moving along with the beat or any other rhythmic sound. It is very natural to feel angry on that. But, it would be wise to control and not to shout your head off. A better tactical approach is to distract the kids towards Islamic Nasheeds and Muslim rhymes which has no music (like Madinah Tunnabi, kids land Al-Huda). It is but natural to feel good listening to soft voices, chirping of birds or the melodious whistling of water. It is innate. It attracts you and it is a fact. Try to divert this craving to lawful things. We can opt for good Quran reciters who recite the verses and do not sing them.

Gift, not a Trouble

burdenHave you ever thought that you have come to the end of your tether? Or that you have suffered a lot? That everyone is against you? That people do not understand you and that the course of events always works against you?

You may be going through a difficult time, but the situation may not be as you imagine.

God deliberately creates all difficulties. They are like specially wrapped presents, tailor-made for each individual. Everyone has different flaws: some people are impatient, some are restless, some are distrusting, some are uneasy, some are prone to negativity and others are quick to anger.

God deliberately creates all difficulties. They are like specially wrapped presents, tailor-made for each individual

Troubles, sickness, losses and deficiencies are all blessings for one to overcome these flaws, beautify one’s soul and improve one’s moral values. Our Lord knows what every person needs, and He knows best how much they can stand. If there is something troubling you, it will not exceed your capacity to cope with it; as a matter of fact, if you are a believer, it will strengthen you.

Some people, who encounter times of trouble, may think there is no way out, that they have come to the end of the road and that their difficulties can never finish. Some people may even behave in a rebellious way; however, all of this is but apprehensions whispered to them by Satan.

God creates different events for everyone on Earth. The observances commanded by God, the difficulties He creates to test us and the responsibilities He places on us are all proportional to our strength.

Our Lord knows best what people can cope with and how much. God is infinitely Just and Forbearing toward His servants. Our Lord will never impose a greater burden than one can bear, nor a responsibility one’s conscience cannot accept; no one would ever be wronged. That is God’s promise. It is a manifestation of His being the Most Compassionate and the Most Merciful.

All sorts of tests, sicknesses, accidents, material and psychological difficulties and all the rest, are set out within the individual’s ability to cope with them and are events that God has ordained specially for them in their destiny;

“And We tax not any person except according to his capacity, and with Us is a Record which speaks the truth, and they will not be wronged.” (Al-Muminun 23:62)

Nothing is coincidence, there is wisdom behind everything

Everything in the life of this world is realistic and takes place as the result of causes. For that reason, some people think that the time allotted to them in this world will never end. The fact that everything gradually decays and that people grow old, even the existence of death, does not make them admit that irrefutable fact. They imagine that the life of this world is absolute and are reluctant to think about the Hereafter or even to consider a life after death.

The troubles and difficulties sent to such people, who fall into the error of thinking that they should constantly strive for worldly things, never end. For that reason, in order to see the goodness and wisdom in events and realize that ‘everything happens for the best’, one must first not forget that this world is only a transient place of trial.

A sincere believer must know the truth that no matter what befalls him; it will be something in the face of which he can exhibit moral virtue and fortitude. No matter what hardship befalls him, it will be something he has the strength to cope with and face with patience.

The joy of faith

Believers never lose their joy, if there is a decrease in their blessings, if they are sick or face some other affliction. On the contrary, they regard troubles as a gift. They have no need for special reasons to be happy. For them, faith itself is a source of joy and gratitude.

The joy of faith is a heartfelt, sincere happiness that people, who live without faith in their hearts, cannot replicate.

They trust that all troubles in life are created to test them and that they will receive a fine reward in the Presence of God for their fortitude in the face of troubles; that idea is their source of happiness. Since they act in the light of their conscience, they make comparisons and through comparison, better realize the value of blessings. That is the joy of faith.

The joy of faith is a heartfelt, sincere happiness that people, who live without faith in their hearts, cannot replicate. This is a fulfilment of the heart of the believer, who hopes for God’s approval, mercy and eternal Paradise, with joy from Him.

This joy-filled life that believers enjoy in this world will, by the mercy of God, continue increasingly without any interruptions in Paradise.

“Then as for those who believed (in the Oneness of Allah Islamic Monotheism) and did righteous good deeds, such shall be honoured and made to enjoy luxurious life (forever) in a Garden of delight (Paradise).” (Ar-Rum 30:15)

No matter what befalls you, do not forget that you are strong enough to cope, and that you can face it with fortitude and pleasantness.

A final reminder

When you are troubled or made uneasy by something, have a look at the situation of other people in the world and think about those, who are starving to death in war, those who are trying to survive by eating grass, those waking up to the sound of bombs and finding their homes crashing down around them. Think about those who cannot find water to drink.

Give thanks for all the good things in your life. Think of the people, who have never even dreamed of those shoes that you may have worn for years, no longer like and are planning to throw in the trash. Always remember to give thanks for what you have.

Give thanks to God for all the blessings He has bestowed on you. Make a resolution to see the goodness in everything by saying: “Alhamdulillah, thanks be to You, my God.”

Sunnah Living is Healthy Living – Gems

sunnah#Gems 1: Holistic food is a natural food which works in a natural manner.

#Gems 2: Human beings are holistic because they have a body, mind and soul.

#Gems 3: God has provided humans with holistic facilities in their surroundings for their survival.

#Gems 4: Natural foods, herbs, exercise and natural therapy can give holistic benefits.

#Gems 5: Religion and spirituality always heal holistically.

#Gems 6: What is a lifestyle modification?

  • Correct eating
  • 6-8 hours of night sleep
  • Stress management
  • Body-compatible exercise
  • Food supplements

#Gems 7: Objective of lifestyle modification -To connect internal environment with external environment or microcosmos (human body) with macrocosmos (universe).

#Gems 8: Health equation:

Food                50%

Sleep               20%

Exercise           20%

Genes              10%

#Gems 9: Fact – Your entire body rebuilds itself in less than 2 years! Every cell in your body eventually dies and is replaced by new cells.

#Gems 10: Everyday is a new opportunity to build a ‘new body’.

#Gems 11: You need to focus on food if:

  • food is not natural/ processed foods
  • mindless eating
  • no food timings
  • difficulty in controlling the food quantity
  • have food cravings
  • specific food addictions
  • indifferent to various food groups
  • you are struggling with your wt/ health issues
  • your disease is not under control
  • sleep less than 6 hours at night/ poor quality
  • suffer from hyperactive mind syndrome
  • mental aging
  • find peace in smoking, sedatives, sheesha or alcohol
  • not happy with life
  • have fears, guilt, insecurity or inferiority complex
  • no morality, can do negative deeds freely
  • behavioral disorders
  • faith confusions

#Gems 12: Healthy food becomes holistic

If the source of food and medium of cooking is natural, method of cooking is simple and is body-compatible, you are able to digest, assimilate, utilize and eliminate the holistic food fully.

#Gems 13: Good nutrition isn’t just about what goes into the body, it’s about everything that flows forth from heart and soul, and how we feed and nourish the world.

#Gems 14: What are junk foods?

– when we change the structure of a natural food, it becomes junk

– foods which are made with white flour and hydrogenated oil are called junk foods

#Gems 15: Processed or dead foods –

  • long shelf-life foods
  • fortified foods
  • junk foods
  • GMO foods
  • scientific foods

 

#Gems 16: 8 genetically engineered foods you should avoid* –

  1. Soy
  2. Corn
  3. Cottonseed (used in vegetable cooking oils)
  4. Hawaiian papaya
  5. Crookneck squash
  6. Some varieties of Zucchini
  7. Canola (canola oil)
  8. Sugar (from sugar beets)

*Eight foods you should almost never, ever eat by Dr. Joseph Mercola (May 5 2011)

#Gems 17: Junk foods – Cookies, crackers, baked goods, bread, chips, snack foods, fried foods, etc.

#Gems 18: Artificial manures lead inevitably to artificial nutrition, artificial food, artificial animals and finally to artificial men and women.

– Sir Albert Howard | English agronomist (1873-1947)

#Gems 19: Food for thought: How can science-designed artificial foods really benefit us over God-designed natural foods?

#Gems 20: Artificial foods/ diet can lead to animalistic behaviour and eventually to major crimes. Hence we find today, in the history of criminals that they had bad/ artificial diet in their past.

#Gems 21: SLP (Shagufta Liver Program) | 8 rules of diet correction –

  1. Selection of natural foods
  2. Food preference
  3. How much to eat
  4. Correct food timings
  5. Correct food combinations
  6. Food rotation
  7. Food temperature
  8. Correct water intake

#Gems 22: Placed within a spiritual context, the ultimate goal of any dietary philosophy is to take us fully into the body, and beyond the body.

#Gems 23: #FoodMyth – Excess water is good for skin and kidney.

#Gems 24: #FoodMyth – For weight loss, we have to eat less and follow low-calorie foods and heavy gym.

#Gems 25: What are the first steps?

  • replace white flour with whole wheat
  • replace packaged milk with organic
  • replace white sugar with ‘shakar’
  • eliminate cooking oil; use mustard oil, white butter or desi ghee
  • replace broiler chick/ eggs with organic
  • replace processed salt with natural
  • eliminate bottled water with fresh water

#Gems 26: Call a cease-fire on the war against your own body, your weight.

#Gems 27: Stop complaining. Appreciate your body and be happy – it is a creation of Allāh (subhānahu wa ta’āla)!

#Gems 28: Recommended book: Living as Nature Intended (by Dr. Shagufta Feroz).

#Gems 29: Good habits are as addictive as bad habits, but much more rewarding!

#Gems 30: Some tips to reduce radiation emission with cell phone use:

  1. Use a headset
  2. Use speaker mode
  3. Hold phone away from your body
  4. Text more, speak less
  5. Call only when signal is strong
  6. Limit children’s phone use
  7. Skip the ‘radiation shield’
  8. Use a special phone case like Pong
  9. Put your phone on ‘airplane mode’ when your children are around
  10. Keep your phone away from your room when you are asleep

#Gems 31: Do not turn on A/C immediately after entering your car.

#Gems 32: How to relax your eyes while studying or working on a computer?

Relaxing eyes is very important as it not only relaxes your eyes but also takes away other health problems such as headaches, eye strain, poor vision, migraines, etc. and hence it should not be underestimated.

  • Palming is a good relaxation technique. In palming you simply warm up your hands by rubbing them and cover your eyes for a few minutes everyday
  • Looking at a wide picture stress the eyes. Healthier option is if the eyes focus on a centralized portion of the picture
  • Look away every 2 minutes for 4-5 seconds and then get back to work
  • Get up every hour. Take a 5-minute break every hour.
  • Wash eyes with cold water frequently
  • Try to take Vitamin A and C
  • Blink your eyes every few seconds. It relaxes them by giving moisture to the eyes
  • Apply two moist cotton balls that are squeezed in milk to your eyes