Thursday, July 31, 2008

Music

Is all music bad? I haven't got an answer to that, but in my next post, I plan to write something about this. In a spiritual sense, it is believed that the Shaitan or Satan who was booted out of heaven and fell to earth is a trained musician and music today is a major influence in the world.
Music is used by the Shaitan to set people apart and to separate them over differences. One person's taste in music is another person finding it as crap. More on this later.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Anger, Frustration

Anger and frustration are a part of life. How do you control it? How do you face that moment
when it hits you? Is it a bad to be mad at something or vent your frustration? How do you deal with it? Do you live in an environment that somehow triggers this? It seems we live in a hectic, fast-paced world, instant gratification type of society. We don't like to wait. Let's find some quotes on anger.

Narrated by Abu Musa: "The Prophet was asked about things which he did not like, but when questionners insisted, the Prophet got angry. He then said to the people, 'Ask me anything you like.' A man asked, Who is my father? The Prophet replied, 'Your father is Hudhafa.' Then another man got up and said, 'Who is my father, o Allah's Apostle?' He replied, 'Your father is Salim, Maula (the freed slave) of Shaiba." So when Umar saw that (the anger) on the face of the Prophet he said, 'O Allah's Apostle, We repent to Allah (Our offending you). Shahi bukhari

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) got angry and so did Christ Jesus (SAW) when he threw the table of the moneychangers.

How do you control it? If someone has been angry at multiple times, a doctor or a counselor tells him that he needs to go an "Anger Management" class. If he has been angry many times before, he must have felt frustration. He gets all the bad luck. I wonder if there are any quotes on frustration.

No, many hadiths don't seem to have anything on that subject.

Let's go back to anger.

"O Allah, I seek refuge in Thy pleasure from Thine anger. And I seek refuge in Thy granting well being from Thy punishment. And I seek refuge in Thou from Thou. I cannot reckon Thy praise: Thou art as Thou hath praise Thine self." Witr prayer, Fiqh-us-Sunnah.

A prayer the Prophet (pbnh) has made to Allah. It is definitely written that Allah (SWT) got angry. Though, the outside world, the developed world especially, does not tolerate an angry person. But, what can they do when they are faced with an angry, omnipotent, all present God?
They cannot detain Him. Is it a sin to be angry or to be frustrated? A Hadith in Bukhari says that
"Muawiya got angry when he heard that there will be a king from the tribe Qahtan." What did he do? He "got up and praised Allah." If a person is angry, he can shape the anger to a more positive way in dealing with it.

There are so many hadiths on anger. I hope I've got the gender right referring to Muawiya. It sounds feminine, but I wasn't sure. So I used the pronoun "he."

So, if you get angry. Turn it around and praise God.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Funny Talmud

Quotes from the Talmud, or as claimed from it.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Things to do

Buy my father a walking cane.

Eat lunch.

Go back to work.

I have always taken care of the things I did do over the weekend.

I don't have nothing else to add right now.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

What's Going On

Here is the latest. My Aunt passed away Saturday night. Her name is Gladys. She was 90 years of age. When, I heard about it, I hated to hear it. My other aunt, Audrey, her sister, informed my father about it and he told me. Her funeral will be Tuesday. I only for prayer for her immediate family. She has been in ill health for a long time and her memory of people she knew were fading. It is a hard time many in the family, especially the Seligs. So, keep this in your prayers.

Also, the weather has been hot lately. It is that time of year when rain appears less and less and there is lots of sunshine, with hot and humid weather, giving away to hot and dry weather. Maybe this won't last too long.

"Narrated by Aisha: Abu Bakr came riding his horse from his dwelling place in As-Sunh. He got down from it, entered the Mosque and did not speak with anybody till he came to me and went direct to the Prophet, who was covered with a marked blanket. Abu uncovered his face. He knelt down and kissed him and then started weeping and said, 'My father and my mother be sacrificed for you, O Allah's Prophet! Allah will not combine two deaths on you. You have died the death which was written for you. "
Hadith 333. (Shahi Bukhari) Vol. 2, Book23, Funerals (Al-Janaa'iz)

"Narrated Abu Salama from Ibn Abbas: Abu Bakr came out and Umar, was addressing the people and Abu Bakr told him to sit down by Umar refused. Abu Bakr again told him to sit down but Umar again refused. Then Abu Bakr recited the Tashah-Hud (i.e. none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and Muhammad is Allah's Apostle) and the people attended to Abu Bakr and left Umar. Abu Bakr said, 'Amma ba'du, whoever amongst you worshipped Muhammad, then Muhammad is dead, but whoever worshipped Allah, Allah is alive and will never die. Allah said: 'Muhammad is no more than an Apostle and indeed (many) Apostles have passed away before him.. (up to the ) grateful.'" (3.144) (the narrator added, "By Allah it was as if the people never knew that Allah had revealed this verse before till Abu Bakr recited it and then whoever heard it, started reciting it."

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Miss Universe in Vietnam

Dude 1: "Do you know what the Vietnamese term for 'the Miss Universe Pageant' translates to?"

Dude 2: "Well, no, I don't have even the foggiest idea. What?"

Dude 1: "It's 'Me-So-Horny.'"

Monday, July 14, 2008

Back to Work

Vacation's over. I am due for another one next month if nothing comes up to interfere with it.
I don really want to go back to work. I don't like the situation I am facing at work. High seniority employees returning from volunteer lay-offs bumping people off jobs to end up in other, not-so-desirable jobs. What other company would allow this? If the economy gets a little better from what it is right now, I am moving on.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Update

I hope you're fourth went well. I have been off on vacation for a week this week and I decided to do nothing. I did clean up the house and threw away some useless, old magazine and put them in the recycle can. But, I did not do much. I rode my bicycle and that is good exercise. I recommend it. I did little errands, like buy stamps, buy a few items from Sam's Club, and send a letter. That's about all. I wasn't about to pay these ridiculous gas prices and go somewhere and then pay a high summer to stay somewhere. No, thanks. Maybe I will do that next month when I take one week off again. One of my college friend wants to make a get-together with another friend we both know. But he's not going to force me to plan this one out. He will have to himself. And make it where it helps him out and at the same time helps me out. That's all I have for now.