Friday, November 30, 2007

Satan got after me today

Alhumdulillah Rabbiealalmin Bismillah Arrahman Arraheem

Satan got after me today. It was not my boss. It was Satan using a man to get after me, threaten to fire me and kick me out the door. And I am doing my job delivering freezer liners. It was whoever that was taking liners off the cart to the line that was not there doing the job. But, I get blamed for it. Satan threatened to fire me, but Allah, the Lord of the Worlds stopped him from doing that and I still have my job. Masha'Allah! This man was an arrogant fellow. I don't know who he is and he wasn't my boss. He was somebody else's boss. He was a man who felt that he has as much power as the Lord Almighty, but that's the way Shaitan operates. He wants to kick God or Allah out and replaces him as The One and Only, and there's no way it was going to happen. If I were fired, my company would have lost a good employee who never was late for work, always showed up 20 to 30 minutes early, never called in sick, never was absent, has a near perfect attendance record, has won many awards for perfect attendance, and always got the job done. With that kind of record, maybe I should write some résumés. because if this company does not want me around, there will be an employer out there who will want hire me. You can tell that I had a bad day, but it could have worse. And I thank Allah, Subhan Allah, that it was only a bad day, a slip up and that I can still return to work early Monday morning.

Insha'Allah. Assalaam Alaykum.

The Life of Malcolm X

The Life of Malcolm X, an excellent documentary.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Concept of Creation in Quran

Allah created us, though we end up as disputants.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Tragedy of the Slave of Worldly Desire

Gambling is a sin, a worldly desire. It's one of many worldly desire. This is a video by Bilal Philips. I hope you enjoy. Assalaam Alaykum.

Bismillah

Bismillah Arrahman Arraheem

The holiday is over and I am back to my usual routine. I am back to work and my next holiday break will be Christmas and New Year's Day. I did have a booklet called "Is Christmas Christian?" but now I no longer have it. I gave it away, and what I have left in shoe boxes in my closet are past copies of "Freedom Daily", cassette tapes of various kinds, videocassettes of past TV programs and movies. Things I may need to give away to Goodwill, because I am not using these things anymore. I imagine I will need to depend upon the Net to find what I need on this subject since the season is upon us with all of its glitter and shopping days. Rush, rush, rush. Well, I guess that's all for now.

"Ah, woe, that Day, to the Rejectors of Truth." Those Sent Forth, Sura 77:15, 19, 24, 28, 34, 37, 40, 45, 47, 49.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Is Thanksgiving only just a Christian thing?

Bismillah Arrahman Arraheem

This is the question I pose. Is Thanksgiving only just a Christian thing? Is it uniquely so?
Is it only a Christian duty? A Christian deed? A dynamic and a distinctive in Christianity especially in America?

Just look up "thanks" in the Quranic software and in the Hadith software and I come up with plenty of search results.

"Al-Mulk" The Dominion 67:23 - "Say: 'It is He Who created you (and made you grow), and made you the faculties of hearing, seeing, feeling, and understanding: little thanks it is ye give."

Isn't that the truth? Many folks don't pray and thank God that they can see and that you can hear, feel, and have understanding. I pray and thanked God for these attributes and that's because many don't and they end up losing their ability to hear or see, or lose feeling and become apathetic and lose understanding, never realizing they need to thank God in prayer.

"Abu Sa'eed Khudari Radiyallahu 'Anhu says: "After eating Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam read this du'aa:

"Alhamdulillaahil-ladhi at-amanaa wa-saqaa-naa wa-ja-a-lanaa muslimeen."

Translation: "Praise be to Allah who fed us, and gave us drink and made us muslims."
(Shamaa-il Tirmidhi)

The Prophet (SAW) gives thanks to God. Now is thanksgiving just a Christian idea? No.

Commentary from this Hadith:
"It is evident that after eating we must thank Allah and as stated in the Quran: '...if you give THANKS to Me I will increase for you. - Sura Ibrahim, 7."

"This is an opportunity for giving THANKS. The word 'made us muslims' is included because together with worldly favours, Allah has granted us spiritual favours by making us Muslims (one totally submitted to God). Or because in reality the offering of THANKS for eating and drinking (no alcohol) and also praising and thanking of Allah is the result of Islam. Therefore this too has been included."

It is also a Muslim thing as well.

Another one from Shamaa-il Tirmidhi.

"Abu Sa'eed Khudari (R.A.) says, "When Rasulullah (SAW) put on a new garment, he would in happiness mention that garment's name. For example, "Allah Ta'aala gave me this qamis (thowb, kurtah), 'amaanah (turban) sheet, etc.' Then recited this du'aa:

"Allahumma lakal hamdu kama kasauw-tanihi, as-aluka khayrahu wa-khayra ma-suni'a lahu wa-a'u-dhu bika min sharrihi wa sharri ma-suni'a lahu."

Translation:
"Oh Allah, all praise and THANKS to you for clothing me with this garment. I ask You for the good of it and the good of what it's made for, and I ask Your protection from the evil of it and the evil of what it is made for."

Folks, we are never thankful for the clothes we wear that protects from the cold or from heat.
"..what little thanks ye give." Sura 67:23.

"O our Lord! I have made some of my offspring to dwell in a valley without cultivation, by Thy Sacred House; in order, O our Lord, that they may establish regular Prayer: so fill the hearts of some among men with love towards them, and feed them with fruits: so that they may give THANKS." Sura 14, Abraham (Ibrahim) 37. Emphasis mine.

My point is throughout is that Thanksgiving is not necessarily an exclusively Christian and an American holiday. Canadians observe it, too, just a month early. There is that possibility of 1.5 billion people from around the globe give thanks to God every chance they do. It would be a sight if we all pray and give thanks on Thanksgiving Day.

"We always thank God...." Colossians 1:3.
"Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful." Colossians 4:2.
"Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known among the nations what he has done." Psalm 105:1.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Update

Bismillah Arrahman Arraheem

Well, I fixed my computer. It seems to be running well, although it doesn't seem to know where the D and E drives are at, but as long as goes to the main hard drive, that's all that matters. Thanksgiving is coming up a week after this week. I plan to go to Havana to have Thanksgiving there with my brother's in-laws, his wife's relatives. It should be an enjoyable occassion as it always is with plenty of good food. All Halal. I have a lot to be thankful for. I have my health. I work at a good job. I don't take medicine, unless I'm sick. I see real well. I can still hear. In other words, I have a lot to thank God for.

"All praises and thanks be to Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth, and originated the darkness and the light, yet those who disbelieve hold others as equal with their Lord." Sura 6, The Cattle, 1.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

DLL problems

There's not much to alhumdulillah about when it comes to computer problems. Missing dll files are what is important if you want to run some programs from the control panel. There's no way out of it since what I am using is an old, outdated computer. I have fixed this computer several times before. I can try to do it again. But, I believe it's time to purchase a new one. This computer is a desktop. I beleive I am going to go get myself a laptop. Right now, without a computer, I can still receive email. Just be phone.
I can download music without one. My MP3 player has a radio built and with an FM transmitter, I can record my own music through a radio signal. I can remember life without one. I did just fine. I used to read more, it seems. I never missed some of my favorite TV shows. I hung around friends I knew in school and in college. I spend time with family. My college courses I have taken did not involve a computer. My own work was my own writing. No doubt about that. My world wide web was the shortwave radio and I still have one of those radio or two. They all work, but the computer does not. The worst inventions man can ever make, according to my oldest brother, are computers and cell phones. And don't get me started with cell phones. I wish more people would turn those things off and quit using while driving down the road!!!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Doctors, Prescription drugs

Bismillah Arrahman Arraheem

"Doctors, no good doctors to be found. Can't trust those 'furin' ones. Can't understand what they would be telling me if there is something wrong. Gotta go all the way, clean across the country to Rochester to see a good doctor."

It may not be the doctors' fault regardless if they may be foreign or domestic. Many of them are afraid of getting sued to circuit court for malpractice.

Prescription drugs. I have heard somewhere that they don't really work. Many of contain too many side effects. I was told by a church friend of mine that most of these drugs are manufactured both in China and in India. Many people I know are having to have to take them daily from now on. I don't take them and I feel fine. They take them and they feel bad. Something is fishy here. And most doctors these days are pill pushers. Spend a day of your life in America and this is about all you will hear. "I'm sick and I can't seem to get better." I went to see my doctor today and....." "My wife has got a virus and now I've got it." These phrases are not coming from elderly people, but from the middle-aged and from some of the young adults. Toys from China that contain lead paint, making children sick. A whole society of people forever taking prescription drugs throughout their lives. This friend of mine believes we should pray for the country when it comes to health issues. This writer plans to do so.

I guess that's all for now.

Narrated by Aisha: "I never saw anybody suffering so much sickness as Allah's Apostle." Vol. 7, Book 70, Patients, Hadith 549 (Shahi Bukhari)

Thursday, November 1, 2007

November already

Alhumdulillah Rabbiealamin. Now that Halloween is over with all the candy and the trick-or-treating, all the stores now will be pushing the 'Ho,ho,ho' of Christmas. It seems so redundant because we go through this every year. Whoever has heard of a Thanksgiving sale? So, Christmas is big and the stores want people to come in and shop until they drop. It is known to be the birthday of Jesus, but when anyone goes shopping, he/she wouldn't know it and recognize as his birthday. There is a booklet I have in my library called, "Is Christmas Christian?" I may share this booklet in this blog with you in a later time.

I have been praying for my niece's husband and for the health of my brother who is the father of my niece. So far, I believe the prayers have been answered because I have not heard anything about the situation, which has brought me almost to depression. But, prayer and continuing to prostrate and pray had relieved me of the stress and the depression. Also, I have my own health to consider. I worked at a fast-paced job full-time and it sometimes put a strain on my back. I take over-the-counter pain pills to relieve the pain and I get back to tackling my job. So much trouble goes into building a refrigerator. You would be amazed what it all involves.
I guess that's all for now.

"It is He Who has sent His Messenger with Guidance and the Religion of Truth, to proclaim it over all religion, and enough is Allah for a Witness. Muhammad is the apostle of Allah, and those who are with him are strong against the Unbelievers, (but) compassionate amongst each other. Thou wilt see them bow and prostrate themselves (in prayer) seeking grace from Allah and (His) Good Pleasure. On their faces are their marks, (being) the traces of their prostration. This is their similitude in the Taurat; and their similitude in the Gospel is: like a seed which sends forth its blade, then makes it strong; it then becomes thick, and it stands on its own stem, (filling) the sowers with wonder and delight. As a result, it fills the Unbelievers with rage in them. Allah has promised those among them who believe and do righteous deeds forgiveness, and a Great Reward." Sura 48, The Victory, 28-29.