December 2, 2009
Have you heard of some people that lost some parts of their body because of a disease, an accident, or landmine explosion? Many people lost some parts of their body because doctors had to do amputation on them. Some others lost them because of accidents on street. And some others – particularly in conflict countries such as Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, and Afghanistan – lost them because of bomb blast or landmine explosion.
Those people certainly never hoped and imagined that they had to lose some parts of their body. But they had no other choice. They lost their hands, arms, feet, or legs. We know that some of them even have to live without any part of legs, because they lost all parts of them – from the foot toes to the thighs. Some others have to live without any part of arms. Even some others have to live without both legs and arms.
How can they stand that terrible condition? They are certainly strong people – those who don’t give up continuing their life despite that bad fate. We have to respect and be proud of their accepting the fate without any desperation. They don’t commit suicide. They even promise themselves to do their best. Yes, some of them even succeeded to make great things that normal people could not make them. This fact means that losing some parts of their body is not an obstacle at all for them to do their best. Read the rest of this entry »
December 1, 2009
In a western-style youngster-party, some guys and girls were enjoying their glasses of wine and bottles of whisky. They didn’t drink too much because they were warned by their parents not to get ‘wasted’. It’s just what they were used to doing on weekend: guys picked up their female friends – not always their girlfriends – and then those couples gathered and were ready for a party.
During the party, a guy approached an attractive girl. He hadn’t know her yet. But they were luckily being in the same place that night. After saying hello and having some introductory conversation, the guy asked: “Anyways, are you single?”
“Guess what?” replied the girl while she was smiling and slightly raising her shoulder.
I don’t want to continue telling you this imaginary story. But let me say that the guy certainly hoped that the girl was still single, and he would be disappointed to hear that she was not single. But don’t you know that ‘not single’ in their definition is not always ‘married’? Instead, they defined ‘not single’ as having special relationship to another person, that is not always marriage. Certainly, ‘not single’ can mean ‘married’, but they also would say that a girl is not single although she is unmarried, as long as she has a boyfriend. And, if a girl has just broke up with her boyfriend, she will be called ‘newly single’. Read the rest of this entry »
December 1, 2009
We are muslims. For this reason, we are unique. We have to pray at least five times a day. Non muslims would probably say: “That’s crazy.” Yes, they wouldn’t easily understand. We, muslims, believe that we are created to worship Allah. We devote our life to worship Him. Whatever we do in our life is only to make Him pleased with us.
Praying five times a day is not the only thing we do everyday. There are some other things we should do everyday. Let me call those things ‘daily what-to-do for muslims’. What are they? Let me mention them for you.
Reciting the Holy Qur’an
The Holy Qur’an is the most important to read by muslims. It is the words of God, revelated onto Prophet Muhammad pbuh, to be guidance for human being in order to pursue the real happiness.
A good muslim will recite it everyday. It is strongly suggested that a muslim recites at least one juz of it everyday. That way, he will recite all of its content within one month, because it consists of thirty juz. Read the rest of this entry »