Category Archives: Class 9

THE BRICK

by Ton Pascal

How many times have you asked yourself, ‘why is this happening to me?’ or ‘why is God punishing me?’ Whatever word you give to your problem and choose to search on the net for an answer or explanation, you will find thousands of places that claim to be able to free you from all of your tribulations.

You name it, there is a book, a site, and a ‘guide’ over there that will give the answers you desperately need. Some of them are sincere, and are honestly done to inspire hope and to support you in achieving a positive life and self-esteem. What they all have in common is that ‘you hold the answer to all your questions, and the solution to all of your troubles.’
Maybe you don’t even believe in God but nevertheless when something bad hits you over the head you question ‘who, or what, is the power that threw me that punch?’ Have you ever thought about first asking yourself the answer to that thorny question? Remember that little voice that is constantly nudging you? Well, that voice can be your best friend and advisor, or your worst enemy. If you believe in God or a force that connect and guides our dimensions you will pray and try to find comfort in your beliefs. If not, the road will be long, wide and hard. As one of these believers I pass to you this simple advice, if God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.

What I call spirituality is not going to church every Sunday or joining any mystic group. Spirituality is being responsible for all of your thoughts and actions. The forces of the universe will take care to coordinate these thoughts and actions and transform your life and the world. As opposed to advising you on how to live your life, I will entertain you with this short story I heard a long time ago. Especially now at this difficult period of global uncertainty, when we are exposed to so much suffering, misunderstanding and pain, it has an even more poignant feel.

A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something. As his car passed, no children appeared but instead, a brick smashed into the Jag’s side door! He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown.

The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the kid he saw standing by and pushed him up against a parked car shouting, ‘What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing? That’s a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?’

The young boy was apologetic. ‘Please, mister….please, I’m sorry but I didn’t know what else to do,’ He pleaded. ‘I threw the brick because no one else would stop…’ With tears dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car. ‘It’s my brother, ‘ he said, “He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can’t lift him up.”

Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, ‘Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He’s hurt and he’s too heavy for me.’

Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took out a linen handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts. A quick look told him everything was going to be okay.

“Thank you and may God bless you,” the grateful child told the stranger. Too shook up for words, the man simply watched the boy push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home.

It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door. He kept the dent there to remind him of this message: ‘Don’t go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!’

God whispers in our souls and speaks to our hearts. Sometimes when we don’t have time to listen, He has to throw a brick at us. It’s our choice to listen or not. He didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but God did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.

Let this thought sink in… If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it. Have a great journey.

Ton Pascal

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ton Pascal is a self-thought, self help advocate and author. “The difficult times we are facing in our world require a more spiritual approach to our everyday lives.” Check his site http://www.dreamyourlifepositively.com/ or the book Dream Your Life Positively on Amazon.com

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Divine Revelation, Human Reason and Science

this is an article by Ayatullah `Abdullah Jawadi Amuli
Translated from Persian by Shahyar Sa’adat

http://www.al-islam.org/al-tawhid/default.asp?url=reason/revelation.htm

Knowledge and Action

Man is a thinking creature whose action is guided by his thought. It is neither possible to deprive him of thought nor to suspend his faculty of action and turn him into an inert, inactive object. It is also impossible to ignore the relationship which exists between human action and thought. Therefore, human existence is a mixture of knowledge and action, in which action is based on and guided by knowledge. That is, besides the fact that man is an active and aware `being, his knowledge and awareness demarcate the outlines of his activity, and his work benefits from his vision. His knowledge finds concrete expression in his activity and his activity stimulates his knowledge. This is a vital fact of human life. If knowledge does not manifest itself in action and action is not guided by knowledge, and if there is no fusion between the two, life, which is the result of a fusion and harmony between them, will cease to exist. In other words, a “living” being is an active intelligence in which the leadership of knowledge and the obedience of action are fully realized.

Khums Resources

Salaam un alaikum,

I am sure you are expecting pictures from the picnic – sorry I dont really have any… But if anyone of you have any please upload them here or send them to me and I will upload them… 🙂

So coming back to our previous class here are the resources we talked about:

1 – Book of Islamic Laws – Ayatullah Sistani and Imam Khamenei – choose Practical Laws of Islam on the left.
2 – Khums (The Islamic Tax) by Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi : Islamic economy, Khums in Qur’an and history, laws of paying khums, and distribution of khums.

Resources for Sincerity

Salaam un alaikum,

Something that you might want to read for the chapter we covered last week:

Sufi Comics Good Intentions and Hard Work

– A chapter on Sincerity from the Lantern of the Path on al-islam.org
– An article on Islamic Insight called – Fairest in Works

Was salaam,
Muslim

PS. Dont forget to write on: How are you helping our Ghaib Imam in his Mission?

Akhlaq Project – Movie Review

Write a review of any Media that you have interacted with like a movie, video game etc. A few things that you could consider:
– What is the story? Does the movie carry an obvious message? What is it?
– Is there a passive message? What?
– What is the moral standing of the main characters? Are there some particular indecencies that they get involved with?
– Was it a box office hit? What was its claim to success?

Description Check
– Summary of the story line
-Reason for success
– Analysis of the cast / storyline / surrounding plot / gameplay
– Islamic Perspective
– What could be done differently to improve the effect on the viewers?
– Is your review interesting to read?

Date of completion: 31st Jan 2010

Form of Submission: Blog / Email / Written Papers / Chart

Namaaz e Tahajjud (Namaaz e Layl)

Here is a book about Namaaz e Tahajjud
http://www.al-islam.org/salatullayl/

Part 1
Introduction

Part 2
Holy Qur’an on Salatul Layl

Part 3
Hadith on Salatul Layl

Part 4
Salatul Layl

Part 5
Basic Du’as

Dua before beginning Salatul Layl
Du’a after 8 raka’ats of Nafilah of Layl
Dua after Salat al-Shaf’a
Du’a after Salatul Witr

Part 6
Additional Du’as

Du’a before Salatul Layl
Du’a for Qunut of Salatul Layl
Du’a after every 2 raka’ats of Nafilah of Layl
Du’a for Qunut of Salatul Witr
Du’a at the end of Qunut of Salatul Witr
Du’a after rising from ruku’ of Salatul Witr

Part 7
Bibliography

Speed of Trust

In the chapter on keeping secrets we mention about the importance and the advantages of building and maintaining trust between people.

Here you can see the contents of a book titled “Speed of Trust”.

Speed of Trust Amazon, Press Look Inside to see some pages from the book.