Saturday, 21 February 2009

17, Ashraf's Blessings of Marriage

Title: Ashraf's Blessings of Marriage
Editor: Haafiz Aslam Patel
Hardback: 396 pages
Publisher: Amaanah Studio (Fourth Edition, 2008)
Language: English

A must-have book for all... whether married or not. A comprehensive guide for every step of the way - from first thinking about getting married through to raising children. Beautiful collection of advices.

Sunday, 8 February 2009

16, Saviours of Islamic Spirit

Title: Saviours of Islamic Spirit
Speaker: Abdur-Rahman Ibn Yusuf
Language: English
Running Time: 10 hours (10 CDs)
Producer: White Thread Press

Really impressive series picking out and drawing upon the lives of key figures that came to pass after the passing of the Companions of the Final Messenger Muhammad (SAWS). The series progresses in choronological order and plays on the Hadith that in every century a reviver will be sent to restore the religion. The series identifies the challenges that faced the Muslim world with the passage of time and sheds light on how these selected individuals were influential in overcoming their respective challenges.

The series is narrated in a very invigorating yet controlled manner, maa sha Allah. One of those rare lecture series' where every word seems to count, walhamdulillah.

Listening to this makes you realise, you know what, our situation ain't that bad! In a sudden unforeseeable, unimaginable switch all can turn on its head. Hearts are like that, our days are like that and that is not difficult for Allah, the Most Glorified and Exalted.

Deep. Like 6 foot deep.

"Dust is my bed
embracing me,
and is my cover.

The sands are around me,
engulfing me from all directions.

And the tomb recounts [the story of]
the darkness of my calamity.

And the light has destined that my pleasure is
in meeting [Allah]..."


(Source: Farsy at-Turab, by Mishari al-Arada)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfJJMwO5B6o

I had been listening to this Nasheed (song) for years. Never knew what it meant. Just thought it sounded deep (and soothing). The subtitles here confirm. The video ain't too bad either. Watch it. All of it. Be patient.

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Life is Education, Pupil is Teacher

"All of life is education and everybody is a teacher and everybody is forever a pupil."

(Source: Abraham Maslow, quote found on back cover of 'Great Minds, Education's most influential philosophers, A TES Essential Guide')

An observed good: inculcate, appreciate. An observed bad: shed, correct. Whatever the source.