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This is a story of a seeker of Truth, the story of Salman the Persian, gleaned, to begin with, from his own words:

I grew up in the town of Isfahan in Persia in the village of Jayyan. My father was the Dihqan or chief of the village. He was the richest person there and had the biggest house.

Since I was a child my father loved me, more than he loved any other. As time went by his love for me became so strong and overpowering that he feared to lose me or have anything happen to me. So he kept me at home, a veritable prisoner, in the same way that young girls were kept.

I became devoted to the Magian religion so much so that I attained the position of custodian of the fire which we worshipped. My duty was to see that the flames of the fire remained burning and that it did not go out for a single hour, day or night.

My father had a vast estate which yielded an abundant supply of crops. He himself looked after the estate and the harvest. One day he was very busy with his duties as dihqan in the village and he said to me:

“My son, as you see, I am too busy to go out to the estate now. Go and look after matters there for me today.”

On my way to the estate, I passed a Christian church and the voices at prayer attracted my attention. I did not know anything about Christianity or about the followers of any other religion throughout the time my father kept me in the house away from people. When I heard the voices of the Christians I entered the church to see what they were doing. I was impressed by their manner of praying and felt drawn to their religion. “By God,” I said, “this is better than ours. I shall not leave them until the sun sets.”

I asked and was told that the Christian religion originated in Ash-Sham (Greater Syria). I did not go to my father’s estate that day and at night, I returned home. My father met me and asked what I had done. I told him about my meeting with the Christians and how I was impressed by their religion. He was dismayed and said: Continue Reading »

I’d like to share with you one of the sermons of Hadrat Abu Bakr (RA), the first Khaleefah of the Muslim Ummah, which highlights his extreme eloquence as an orator and his effective leadership skills. This sermon was delivered three days after the death of Rasulallah (SAW), in a time when the Muslims were in disarray due to the threats from within posed by people apostatizing from Islam, and also due to the external threat posed by the Romans who viewed the Muslims as vulnerable at this critical junction of time. Continue Reading »

3, 2, 1… Ramadan!

In exactly 24 hours time (from the time of writing this post), we’ll know whether Ramadan will be starting on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 or Wednesday, September 3, 2008 in Pakistan. Now that’s really not a very long time, and not at all enough to do everything required to prepare for this blessed month- but it’s still enough to get to know the virtue of Ramadan, get in the right mindset to make the most of it, and set some goals to accomplish during this month Insha’Allah. Continue Reading »

This topic is one of the most misunderstood (in the subcontinent atleast), and a detailed insight into it can be found here. I found that this article covers it from a wide perspective and cleared my understanding of this night very much.

George Galloway on Sky

It’s quite an old video, but I just saw it recently- this guy (Scottish MP, for those who don’t know) knows how to talk quite forcefully, and talks clearly and concisely as well. There are lots of other videos on youtube, but this takes the cake!

The best part is when he says “What a silly person you are!” 😀

NaseehaMan! :D

The Blunderous Adventures of NaseehaMan!

Check out the adventures of the blunderous NaseehaMan here! The comics are well written and really creative. Unfortunately, the author (Zuhair Munshey) passed away, and hence they’ve been discontinued 😦

It would be nice if someone with a good sense of humor (unlike me) and a proper understanding of Islam could continue this, or come up with something like it.

Came across this nasheed while surfing around. Brilliant Wording!

If you want to be like a mole (or “beauty mark”) distinguished amongst the human race.

Then track the trails of a generation that planned and outlined for excellence.

The generation of Zaid and Osaid and Mu’ath and Al-Bara’.
(Zayd ibn Thabit – Usaid bin Hudhair – Mu’ath bin Jabal -Al-Bara’ ibn Malik)

They were like stars in the darkness and on the unjust they were falling comets.

They are clear full moons with no clouds to disrupt visibility.

They all were “Effort” and “Striving” in character.

They were needed rain (Help) that fell on all.

They divorced life and lived as torches of guidance on its aspects.

They filled earth with peace, science and virtues.

They guided every misguided one who is from the guidance of Islam have lost course.

So, O my people when will we rebuild…When?…When?

What we have by our own hands destroyed…When?…When?

Boasting about Khabib and Al-Muthana will gain us nothing. (Khabib bin Uday – ِAl-Muthna bin Harithah)

injustice will not be removed from us by saying “We were this…We where that”.