Archive for February, 2012

February 27, 2012

Just like that

by Khanum

How amazing it is,

that a heart that has cared

a heart that has loved

a heart that has dreamed

a heart that has lived

a heart that have had sorrows

and survived through all the black holes

one day ceases to exist

just like that ?

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February 24, 2012

The Thorn’s Repentance !

by Khanum

A response to The devotion of rose by Khanum.

“It’s you, my thorn – I was a pure white rose , not a single emotion known but just  serenity. You made me mad sometimes and I turned amber flush … then you began to rest in my heart and I became pink. A moment ago just a hint of confession of love from you had me turned red and it’s a blush that alone you cause …. but look at me now. My petals are turning blue … because I thought your devotion was true.”

The rose cried; her blue petals, enshrouded in despair, slowly crumbled away with the gathering wind; thorn scoffing at this spectacle, resolutely turned his back to the fading rose.

The rose dwindled; as each petal, slowly, eventually tore apart from the stalk – it seemed that she mourned; the fragments of her existence nothing but tears of rejection. She dug her carpal in the stalk and attempted to linger, to change her inevitable destiny; all she needed was a few moments – few moments to reason with the thorn, to convince him of her devotion, to behold his devoted smile that she so cherished.

But, no, he did not turn and with a lasting wail, the rose ebbed into non-existence.

The wail was impregnated with so much grievous emotion, that it startled thorn and he turned to face her: but all that greeted him was an empty stalk; a stalk where once the regal flower had twirled her petals and beguiled him.

The thorn choked and tears spluttered down his face; yet again, what he had dreaded, had happened.

Every season it was the same; the thorn would longingly wait for the bud to sprout; then crave for her to blossom; then love her with all his heart once she had bloomed to perfection and then at the very end, when she confessed her love, he would turn his back and scoff. It was the same.

He never learned.Yet his devotion never ceased nor his love ever faded away.

And, so he began to wait for her again.

And, waited.

And, waited until she bloomed again.

written by fellow blogger Anas Shafqat!

February 10, 2012

Greek Rice Ring, Pakoras & Salad!

by Khanum

Quick easy food if you’re fasting , have less ingredients and an empty stomach! *Yeah I like to decorate food*

February 10, 2012

For a Friend. For every Woman. For every Man.

by Khanum

For my Dearest Friend, Ladoo!

What is a woman?

A creature you cannot explain well. Don’t worry I am not even going to attempt it. I just wish to mention a feeling of her heart.  :  )

A Feeling so gentle and noble almost a smile if you wanna imagine.

Many girls when young dream of getting married. I used to have a class mate who whenever was asked ‘what’s your dream your life goal?’ she’ll give a dentonic smile, and say ‘SHADI!!!”

Once married, a woman’s ultimate dream is her husband. And then the love takes you to this budding desire, to have a baby. To give the man you belong to something of yourself. A part of you a part of him. An offspring in your arms. Apki omer ka Hasil. It’s a epitome of their love. It truly is a sheer source of joy for a woman. Absolutely nothing compares to motherhood. No jewel offered to the mother can make her compromise on this desire of hers. And why should she? : ) Isn’t it Allah’s blessing upon a woman to give birth, to be responsible for a life in this world.

Almost every couple wants a child immediately after marriage. Yes, trust me. Few men actually like the idea of being a dad. While others simply refuse to grow up but in the end even they have this desire and yearning for fatherhood. But the thing is, sometimes the plan a couple has made to have a child doesn’t go according to their dreams. Men may not feel this as much as women do and therefore, I want to say to my friend, it’s alright to be worried but Prayer is always around the corner. Its not even that far. It’s right here in your heart and hands. Trust Allah and let me help you supplicate to Allah well for a prince or a princess child.

I was going through the translation of Surah Maryam. And I noticed rather had a spiritual peace when I actually could grasp the crux of the ayahs. The beauty of the Quran is that you can immediately relate your worries with the events mentioned in Quran and the dua’s mentioned in verses supplicated by Prophets help you out. How? Cos they are not there for no reason. Allah swt mentioned it knowing you’ll read it someday here in this world at some point of your life and it will be your guiding light.

1. Kaf- Ha-Ya-‘Ain-Sad.

[These letters are one of the miracles of the Qur’an, and none but Allah (Alone) knows their meanings].

2. (This is) a mention of the mercy of your Lord to His slave Zakariya (Zachariah).

3. When he called out his Lord (Allah) a call in secret,

4. Saying: “My Lord! Indeed my bones have grown feeble, and grey hair has spread on my head, And I have never been unblest in my invocation to You, O my Lord!

5. “And Verily! I fear my relatives after me, since my wife is barren. So give me from Yourself an heir,

6. “Who shall inherit me, and inherit (also) the posterity of Ya’qub (Jacob) (inheritance of the religious knowledge and Prophethood, not the wealth, etc.). And make him, my Lord, one with whom You are Well-pleased!”.

7. (Allah said) “O Zakariya (Zachariah)! Verily, We give you the glad tidings of a son, His name will be Yahya (John). We have given that name to none before (him).”

8. He said: “My Lord! How can I have a son, when my wife is barren, and I have reached the extreme old age.”

9. He said: “So (it will be). Your Lord says; It is easy for Me. Certainly I have created you before, when you had been nothing!”

10. [Zakariya (Zachariah)] said: “My Lord! Appoint for me a sign.” He said: “Your sign is that you shall not speak unto mankind for three nights, though having no bodily defect.”

11. Then he came out to his people from Al-Mihrab (a praying place or a private room, etc.), he told them by signs to glorify Allah’s Praises in the morning and in the afternoon.

12. (It was said to his son): “O Yahya (John)! Hold fast the Scripture [the Taurat (Torah)].” And We gave him wisdom while yet a child.

13. And (made him) sympathetic to men as a mercy (or a grant) from Us, and pure from sins [i.e. Yahya (John)] and he was righteous,

14. And dutiful towards his parents, and he was neither an arrogant nor disobedient (to Allah or to his parents).

15. And Salamun (peace) be on him the day he was born, the day he dies, and the day he will be raised up to life (again)!

Look at the wording, the beauty , the strength and the wisdom behind the prayer of Hazrat Zakariyyah A.S. Spend few minutes reading it with your heart and teh Imaan behind it. You’ll find a miracle of Allah guiding your way.

1- The importance and power of Dua

2- The need to mention to Allah what you want why you want despite of your status in this world.

3- Allah gives. He is The All Power ful One!

The beauty of this prayer came before me twice.. Frist time I read it in Quran myself and later on I was watching this Islamic movie on Hazrat Maryam a.s. in which they beautifully described and presented this portion of the prayer. Once you understand it, you will realise that Hazrat Zakariya had no hope no scientific guarantee with him no doctor nothing but just Allah and kamil emaan in Allah’s power and love. Second point to be noted is the ultimate faith of Hazrat Zakariya in prayer. Look at the way Allah swt is speaking to us in Quran via His prophet that look he had the knowledge  I am old and my wife is barren. But yet he came to Me.

If you read the context of this prayer you’ll see Hazrat Zaakariya even though a prophet whose heart desires and wishes are known to Allah well, even he at this point after spending all his life finally realised that how come he had not made this dua before. How could he not mention this desire before to Him? and once he realised it. He prayed the most beautiful dua that if a non believer hears He’ll say look, he’s old plus his wife is barren but look he dares pray that give me a child Allah. People had laughed at Prophet zakariya even at that time and even today those who do not believe are likely to laugh. But does it matter? : ) Allah gave His Miracle. So pray. Couple whose reports are even okay and their age is even okay and everything is okay but just a child is not ready to come. Invoke Allah ! He’s waiting to give another miracle . He never runs out of it.

Do not despair and have firm faith. Have patience and take it as a test from Allah. What is a probability for us humans is a POSSIBILITY for Allah kareem. He’s GOD u know!! so make wudu and pray like it’s going to be answered right now. : ) May your child be a blessed one. Ameen.

P.S. When you recieve a miracle dear ladoo, dont forget to show him/her this post written by Khala Pervisha !  I love your child already.

I DONUT own the picture.

February 8, 2012

Dear Mama…

by Khanum

“You’re my Paradise…!” 

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February 7, 2012

A Different Kind of Love Story – By Faraz Omer

by Khanum

The exceptional characteristics some people display are quite dumbfounding really, particularly when you put yourself in their shoes. This story published in today’s Saudi Gazette is one such.Unfortunately, the Gazette didn’t publish it online, but one can find it in the Feb. 18 print edition on Page 3. Let me type the story up for you:

JEDDAH — The love between an Islamic preacher with special needs and a Holy Qur’an teacher has turned into marriage.

The touching story began when Abdullah Banimah, who is completely paralyzed appeared on a satellite television program talking about spreading the message of Islam in several countries in the world.

When his future wife saw the program she immediately told her father about her desire to marry him because she admired him for courageously facing up to his disability and for dedicating his life to Islamic preaching.

Their dream turned true Tuesday when their friends queued along the road leading to the Al-Salam Wedding Hall in Jeddah to wish the couple a happy married life.

Abdullah had almost drowned in a swimming pool at a sports club in Jeddah. He had remained underwater for 15 minutes. This caused a great deal of damage to his brain which resulted in his paralysis.The incident made him change his life completely by dedicating it to Islamic work.

Dhaiffallah bin Saad Al-Ghamadi, the bride’s father, said: “My daughter, who works as teacher for one of the Holy Qur’an memorization schools in Jeddah, chose Abdullah on her own. After insisting she wanted to get married to him, I bowed to her will.”Dhaifallah said the reason for marrying Abdullah is for them to work hand-in-hand in the way of Allah.

Omar Banamh, the groom’s father, said: “I have nothing to say but to pray to Allah to crown this marriage by blessing them with pious offspring.” He said he hoped Abdullah will see his children grow up with no disability.

Abdullah was ecstatic about his marriage.
“In the beginning I could not believe this was her desire. She really surprised me. I will never ever forget her noble stand and insistence on accepting me as her husband. I pray to Allah day and night to enable me to make her happy for the rest of my life.”
He said he will never forget, for the rest of his days, the many people who had gathered to wish him a happy marriage.”

Whew! What a story. Number of points there.

1. There do exist such people Masha Allah. The daughter, her father, her family should all be praised. Imagine yourself in that situation. Would you do that? Or would you allow your daughter to marry a crippled man? What about the extended family? She belongs to Al-Ghamdi family, which means she comes from the so-called “high society”. How difficult would it be for people to disregard social honor and societal pressure?.
This is why these people are special, masha Allah. May Allah increase their guidance and bless them with good in this life and the hereafter. These are the role models of a society. They deserve coverage in the media. People need good examples.

2. Look at the zeal they have for Islam. Look at how this man’s life changed after a tragedy. So the tragedy was the beginning really. A beginning of a journey insha Allah to achieve the eternal.

3. Despite all difficulties, if Allah wants to bless someone with something, it will come to you.Who would have thought a paralyzed man would get married in the first place? He not only got married, but got a wife who is Insha Allah better than many women.

4. Look at the noble way in which the woman approached the issue of marriage. She fell in love — a genuine liking for the man and wanted to marry him. She spoke to her father and her father approached the man’s family. This is so noble. It’s the pure path Islam has facilitated for men and women — marriage. At stark contrast is the lewd path, where men or women express their feelings to each other and fall into Haraam and illicit relationships. A slippery slope that pulls people down the pit of lust. There’s no love, purity or chastity — there’s only pain, selfishness and desires that turn human beings into animals.

February 7, 2012

Some Fav. Nasheed Tracks!

by Khanum

How can You deny the Oneness of Allah

 Allah knows

Zawjati

Tala al badu alyna

Muhammad Nabeena

Moulaya (PTV version all time fav)

The Teacher

In every Tear, He is there

Ya Ummi

Alhamdulillah

For the rest of my Life

Never forget to say

Ya Nabi by Maher Zain

Zamilooni 

Although it is best to avoid music while taking Allah’s name. But these Tracks are the best option as compared to other music available in the market. I do listen to these tracks time to time.

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