Will they not ponder the Quran?

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
(In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful)

The word ‘Human Being’ is mentioned in the Quran 65 times, the sum of man’s creation amounts to the same number.

Word                                           Number of  times in Quran

Turab (Soil)                                               17
Nutfah(Drop of Semen)                         12
‘Alaq(Embryo)                                         06
Mudgah(lump of flesh)                          03
Idham(Bone)                                            15
Lahm(Flesh)                                             12

Total                                                        65

The number of times the words “man” and “woman” are repeated in the Quran is the same as the chromosomes from the egg and sperm in the formation of the human embryo.

                                                    23 times

The total number of human chromosomes is 46; 23 each from the mother and father.

 أَفَلاَ يَتَدَبَّرُونَ الْقُرْءَانَ وَلَوْ كَانَ مِنْ عِندِ غَيْرِ

اللَّهِ لَوَجَدُواْ فِيهِ اخْتِلَـفاً كَثِيراً

Do they not then consider the Qur’an carefully Had it been from other than Allah, they would surely, have found therein contradictions in abundance. (Nisa:82)

Reading the Quran improved my IQ, makes me think , ponder, discover, research, inspired……
What do you feel when you read the Quran?

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بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
(In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful)

“And those who do not witness falsehood, and if they pass by some evil play or evil talk, they pass it by with dignity” [al-Furqaan 25:72 – interpretation of the  meaning]. The scholars interpreted this aayah was referring to the festivals of the mushrikeen. It is not permissible to give any of them cards for their festivals, or to sell them cards or any of the other things they need for their festivals such as lights, trees or food – including turkey, candy canes, etc.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” (Reported by Abu Dawood and Ahmad).

Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyah said in his book Iqtidaa’ al-siraat al-mustaqeem mukhaalifat ashaab al-jaheem: “Imitating them in some of their festivals implies that one is pleased with their false beliefs and practices, and gives them the hope that they may have the opportunity to humiliate and mislead the weak.” Whoever does anything of this sort is a sinner, whether he does it out of politeness or to be friendly, or because he is too shy to refuse, or for whatever other reason, because this is hypocrisy in Islaam, and because it makes the kuffaar feel proud of their religion. Allaah is the One Whom we ask to make the Muslims feel proud of their religion, to help them adhere steadfastly to it, and to make them victorious over their enemies, for He is the Strong and Omnipotent.

Majmoo’ah Fataawa wa Rasaa’il al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 3/369)


Jazakillahu Khair Sis T. Taqabbal Allahu minna wa minkum



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The small thin girl and the leaf

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
(In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful)

 She was a small thin girl with a mole on her face. But what she told our seventh standard class many years ago still bothers me.

The moral science teacher had given us homework. We had been asked to pen an essay on happiness. We all thought it would be easy. But when we started writing we realized our limitations. Some of us wrote about the happy moments, surroundings, birthdays… Some spoke of the emotional highs on getting a first in class, others remembers dolls and movies and whoops of joy. But the small thin girl saw nothing in the events that had exited us.  Nothing at all.  She was uninterested.

Yes, she was an oddity. She was often lost in her own thoughts though she appeared calm, she asked too many questions, and she answered them all by herself. She seemed to be searching for a friend and found one in herself.

Her essay on happiness was strange-at least it appeared so at that time. I did not know how to respond to it. Here’s what I can recollect from her singular essay;

“I do not know what happiness is. I can’t define it. Is it a mood?  Is it a thought? Is it about innocence? It’s difficult. But I did feel happy last Wednesday when I opened my window. The atmosphere was right, there was a light breeze. Just across the window was a cashew tree, it was swaying gently. Something was building within me. And  then, a bright yellow leaf started falling. It circled and circled and fell. I don’t know what happened, but I felt nice. It was a positive feeling. I smiled. Yes, you could say I felt happy. I had never felt like that before”

The class of 1992 was certainly dazed. Happiess?? Leaf?? Small, thin girl with an attitude? If there were any doubts about the eccentricity of the small thin girl, the essay had put t hem to rest.

Years have gone by and I still think about the falling leaf and my classmate.

Are we taking our lives for granted? Do our lives have a purpose?

Do we see magic in the ordinary?

Or are we wasting our time chasing the extra ordinary?

Are we searching for something that is right in our midst, in our sleeves? Have we found it?

Just imagine what the lovely leaf has set off.

      الَّذِي خَلَقَ الْمَوْتَ وَالْحَيَاةَ لِيَبْلُوَكُمْ أَيُّكُمْ

أَحْسَنُ عَمَلًا ۚ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْغَفُورُ

[He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed – and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving. [Quran, 67:2]

” It is a symbol of life itself”, a friend of mine tells me.
Another says it is her “childlike innocence”
The falling leaf, like life, is serendipity says another friend,” Its everything and nothing”

Indeed the small thin girl was explaining cosmic serendipity in her own way.

But, life has NOT happened as an accident and let’s view it as such.

What is the matter with you that you expect not wisdom and staidness from Allah? While He has created you in different forms and ever varying states? [Quran 71:14-15]

That you shall assuredly pass on from one stage to another. [Quran  84:20]

… He created him (Adam) out of dust (turab)… [Quran 3:60]

… He created you from clay (humid or moist earth)… [Quran 6:3]

He created man from dry ringing clay like pieces of pottery. [Quran 55:15]

Let living itself be a moment of happiness, however small or large that instant is.

At the end of the seventh standard term, I had numerous meeting with the small thin girl. One day she was franker than ever:” I have often wondered what it is to experience a world without life. I have tried it and found it to be extremely disturbing. Even as there is a moment of happiness, in seeing a leaf, there is sadness in experiencing a world without a leaf. And I am just beginning to understand it. Reasoning, intelligence, wisdom, experience, imagination are fine, but they will never help you experience a falling leaf. It has to do with awareness,” the girl said.

I realize now that in her own concept she was referring to – Consciousness.

One of the interesting things that we find in the Quran is that there is repetition of concepts, which in reality is a way of emphasizing the significance of any given concept. And the more likely it is for us to forget about that concept, the more frequently Allah (SWT) has mentioned it in the Quran.

In Islam, Taqwa is the Concept of God-Consciousness / Fear of God.

الم – ذَلِكَ الْكِتَابُ لاَ رَيْبَ فِيهِ هُدًى لِّلْمُتَّقِينَ  

 This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah (2:02)

A person once asked the Messenger of Allah (SAW), Ya Rasulullahi ooseeni (O Messenger of Allah! Give me some advice.) The Prophet (SAW) replied, Ooseeka bi taqwa Allah fainnahu ra’sul amri kullihi  (I advise you to fear Allah because it is the head of everything.)

Omar ibn Al-Khattab once asked Ubay ibn Ka’ab: How would you describe Taqwa? In reply Ubay asked, “Have you ever had to traverse a thorny path?” Omar replied in the affirmative and Ubay then continued, “How do you do so?” Omar said that he would carefully walk through after first having collected all loose and flowing clothing in his hands so nothing gets caught in the thorn. Ubay said: “This is the definition of Taqwa.”

It was an inner voyage that the small, thin girl had undertaken at a very young age. She had realized that a leaf is not just a leaf, it was LIFE….. ….She tried to understand what’s beyond the leaf.

As long as the leaf was attached to the tree, there exited life in it and the moment it left the tree it was dead.

We too must understand ourselves to understand what’s beyond us, that awareness delimits our mind, and that awareness unlike memory is self-effacing…

Many years later, I still  remember that one cosmic individual and a falling leaf …….





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Open Talent Drawing Competition

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
(In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful)

Alkalaam – Open  Talent Drawing Competition

 Topic : ” I am a Global Leader”
with a one line motto to describe your drawing

Prize: Cash 1st Prize of Rs 1000/- and iLeader Certificate
 Last Date of Submission: 12 September 2015
Submit Online or at Office

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Fear of the Lord

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
(In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful)

 لَوْ أَنْزَلْنَا هَٰذَا الْقُرْآنَ عَلَىٰ جَبَلٍ لَرَأَيْتَهُ خَاشِعًا مُتَصَدِّعًا مِنْ خَشْيَةِ اللَّهِ ۚ وَتِلْكَ الْأَمْثَالُ نَضْرِبُهَا لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ  

If We had sent down this Qur’an upon a mountain, you would have seen it humbled and coming apart from fear of Allah . And these examples We present to the people that perhaps they will give thought.(Al- Hashr:21)


Ironically every single word read from the speech of  “The President  or Minister“ of a country grasps our attention. We glue our eyes to him and our ears are propped up. The heart pumps faster and our minds are constantly analyzing, working and contemplating .

Unlike the rest of the creation, the Quran, is the word of ALLAH swt. However many of us consider it to be the creation of Allah.

When ALLAH swt talks to us through the Quran, sadly nothing of the above happens. Man being the best of ALLAHS creation has free will power and multiple Intelligence, despite this fact he still cannot understand the word of ALLAH .

The reasons might be :-

  1. Man does not understand the communication language ie ARABIC
  2. He does understand the language, but he actually does not know who ALLAH is.(ALLAH’s power, his majesty)
  3. His head understands the language, the heart knows who ALLAH is, but his hand(body) is not aligned with his head and heart.

With reference to the above ayah what then could be the reason, that if the word of Allah (ie the Quran) were sent down upon a mountain, you would have seen it humbled and coming apart from fear of Allah although it does not have a mind, heart and soul?

And further in the Ayah Allah says “And these parables/examples we present to the people that perhaps they will give thought”

The parable means that if a huge creation like a mountain had the sense and knowledge that it had been made responsible and accountable, like man, before Allah Almighty, for its deeds, it would have trembled from the fear of it. But how heedless, senseless and thoughtless is the man, who understands the Qur’an, and has known the whole truth through it, yet he is neither seized by any fear nor feels worried as to what answer he would make to his Lord about the responsibilities that have been placed on him.

There is a Hadith of the Mutawatir grade that states that the Messenger of Allah had someone make him a Minbar(a short flight of steps used as a platform by a preacher in a mosque) before that, he used to stand next to a tree trunk in the Masjid to deliver speeches. So, when the Minbar was made and placed in the Masjid, the Prophet came to deliver a speech and passed the tree trunk, headed towards the Minbar, the tree trunk started weeping, just like an infant. The tree trunk missed hearing the remembrance of Allah and the revelation that were being recited next to it.

In one of the narrations for this Hadith, Al-Hasan Al-Basri said after narrating the Hadith, “You – mankind — are more worthy to miss the Messenger of Allah than the tree trunk!”

Subhan Allah, apart from mankind the rest of Allahs creation, some with no heart, some with no mind and some without a  soul are moved to tears, humble themselves , tears themselves apart…….

I am amazed and wonder how a similar impact could be replicated on the supposedly best of ALLAHS creation?

Contemplating over, I’ve mentioned a few and would love to hear the rest from you:-

1.Nourishment of the head and hand via heart – Knowledge of the Quran(especially Tafseer) will soften the heart just like rain softens the hard ground, this softened heart will send blood to the head/brain, and this softened blooded brain will send signals to all parts of our body(hands)-

2.The head, heart and hands are aligned in a single direction. Our physical world is a manifestation of our Internal world -Curing ourselves from the diseases and blackness of the heart, fixing that internal flesh.
Real external change happens because of changes in the internal world of thoughts, emotions, beliefs and dreams.

اِلَّا مَنْ اَتَى اللّٰهَ بِقَلْبٍ سَلِيْم                   
Except him who brings to Allah a clean heart [clean from Shirk (polytheism) and Nifq (hypocrisy)] (Surah Ash-Shuara – Verse 89)


And SO!!!!!!  I question myself, “Where am I on that Head-Heart- Hand continuity and am I content with that? “ Today?   In general?
Is the heart lying in ambush or perhaps the head in a coma?  Or is the Heart passionately leading a pointless, and destructive crusade, and the head is either silent, or shouting pointlessly ‘wake up!

And my response to that is وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَيُعَلِّمُكُمُ اللَّهُ
                               “And have Taqwa/Fear of Allah; and Allah shall teach you” [2:282]

And where are you, dear reader?  I’d love to hear from you.


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Itehad (Unity)

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
(In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful)

 وَاعْتَصِمُواْ بِحَبْلِ اللَّهِ جَمِيعاً وَلاَ تَفَرَّقُواْ وَاذْكُرُواْ نِعْمَةَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ إِذْ كُنتُم أَعْدَآءً فَأَلَّفَ بَيْنَ قُلُوبِكُمْ فَأَصْبَحْتُم بِنِعْمَتِهِ إِخْوَاناً وَكُنتُمْ عَلَى شَفَا حُفْرَةٍ مِّنَ النَّارِ فَأَنقَذَكُمْ مِّنْهَا كَذلِكَ يُبَيِّنُ اللَّهُ لَكُمْ ءَايَـتِهِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَهْتَدُونَ

And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allah, and be not divided among yourselves, and remember Allah’s favor on you, for you were enemies of one another but He joined your hearts together, so that, by His grace, you became brethren, and you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus Allah makes His Ayat clear to you, that you may be guided (Ale Imran-103)

The story of the farmer and his quarreling sons is well known to everybody. The sons could easily break each stick separately. But when the sticks were tied into a bundle, nobody could break the bundle. From such an example, they learnt the lesson, that union is strength.

Before I actually understood the meaning of Itehad(Unity), I was made to step behind to understand  Inzemaam.

Inzemaam to understand in simple terms is to dissolve sugar in water, the resultant is a  sherbet(juice). The original property of neither the sugar nor water exists, rather a new product is formed.

Itehad on the other hand is you mix together different substances  like cement ,Iron, Sand and  they become one but holding onto their original properties.

We are Ummat e Wahida (One Nation), irrespective of our differences in  race, color, country, the way we raise our hands in Salah(prayer) et al we are one in the  belief that  “La ilaha illallah Muhammadur Rasulullah” There is no GOD but ALLAH and Prophet Mohammed(sws) is the messenger of ALLAH”

The many social, political differences arising today amidst us  is because we have considered this world to be a garden  but have forgotten that this garden is for painful strains, Neither for enjoying the roses nor for making a nest.

Am I still sleeping?


The alarm is on, it’s a wake up call for the UMMAH.

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The Amazing Camel and its Creator

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
(In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful)

If you ever doubted that God exists,

Meet the Very Technical, Highly Engineered

Dromedary Camel.

When I’m hungry, I’ll eat almost anything

A leather bridle, a piece of rope, my master’s tent,

Or a pair of shoes.

My mouth is so tough a thorny cactus doesn’t bother it.

I love to chow down grass and other plants

That grow here on the Arabian desert

I’m a dromedary camel, the one-hump kind

That lives on hot deserts in the Middle East.

My hump, all eighty pounds of it,

Is filled with fat-my body fuel-not water as some people believe.

My Mighty Maker gave it to me because

He knew I wouldn’t always be able to find food

As I travel across the hot sands.

When I don’t find any chow, my body automatically

Takes fat from the hump, feeds my system,

And keeps me going strong.

This is my emergency food supply.

If I can’t find any plants to munch, my body uses up my hump.

When the hump gets smaller, it starts to tip to one side.

But when I get to a nice oasis and begin to eat again,

My hump soon builds back to normal.

I’ve been known to drink twenty-seven gallons of water in ten minutes.

My Master Designer made me in such a fantastic way that

In a matter of minutes all the water I’ve swallowed

Travels to the billions of microscopic cells that make up my flesh.

Naturally, the water I swallow first goes into my stomach.

Their thirsty blood vessels absorb and carry it to every part of my body.

Scientists have tested my stomach and found it empty

Ten minutes after I’ve drunk twenty gallons.

In an eight-hour day, I can carry a four hundred pound load

A hundred miles across a hot, dry desert

And not stop once for a drink or something to eat.

In fact, I’ve been known to go eight days without a drink,

But then I look a wreck.

I lose 227 pounds, my ribs show through my skin,

And I look terribly skinny.

But I feel great!

I look thin because the billions of cells lose their water.

They’re no longer fat. They’re flat.

Normally my blood contains 94 percent water, just like yours.

But when I can’t find any water to drink,

The heat of the sun gradually robs a little water out of my blood.

Scientists have found that my blood can lose up to

40 percent of its water, and I’m still healthy.

Doctor’s say human blood has to stay very close to 94 percent water.

If you lose 5 percent of it, you can’t see anymore; 10 percent, you can’t

Hear and you go insane; 12 percent, your blood is as thick as molasses

And your heart can’t pump the thick stuff. It stops, and you’re dead.

But that’s not true with me.


Scientists say my blood is different.

My red cells are elongated. Yours are round.

Maybe that’s what makes the difference

This proves I’m designed for the desert,

Or the desert is designed for me.

Did you ever hear of a design without a Designer?

After I find a water hole,

I’ll drink for about ten minutes

And my skinny body starts to change almost immediately.

In that short time my body fills out nicely, I don’t look skinny anymore,

And I gain back the 227 pounds I lost.

Even though I lose a lot of water on the desert,

My body conserves it too.

Way in the beginning when my intelligent Engineer made me,

He gave me a specially designed nose that saves water.

When I exhale, I don’t lose much.

My nose traps that warm, moist air from my lungs

And absorbs it in my nasal membranes.

Tiny blood vessels in those membranes take that back into my blood.

How’s that for a recycling system? Pretty cool, isn’t it.

It works because my nose is cool.

My cool nose changes that warm moisture in the air

From my lungs into water.

But how does my nose get cool?

I breath in hot dry desert air,

And it goes through my wet nasal passages.

This produces a cooling effect, and my nose stays as much as

18 degrees cooler than the rest of my body.

I love to travel the beautiful sand dunes.

It’s really quite easy, because

My Creator gave me specially engineered sand shoes for feet.

My hooves are wide, and they get even wider when I step on them.

Each foot has two long, bony toes with tough, leathery skin

between my soles, are a little like webbed feet.

They won’t let me sink into the soft, drifting sand.

This is good, because often my master wants me to carry him

one hundred miles across the desert in just one day.

(I troop about ten miles per hour.)

Sometimes a big windstorm comes out of nowhere,

bringing flying sand with it.

My Master Designer put special muscles in my nostrils

that close the openings, keeping sand out of my nose

but still allowing me enough air to breathe.

My eyelashes arch down over my eyes like screens,

keeping the sand and sun out but still letting me see clearly.

If a grain of sand slips through and gets in my eye,

the Creator took care of that too.

He gave me an inner eyelid that automatically

wipes the sand off my eyeball just like a windshield wiper.

Some people think I’m conceited because I always walk around

with my head held high and my nose in the air.

But that’s just because of the way I’m made.

My eyebrows are so thick and bushy

I have to hold my head high to peek out from underneath them.

I’m glad I have them though.

They shade my eyes from the bright sun.

Desert people depend on me for many things.

Not only am I their best form of transportation,

but I’m also their grocery store.

Mrs. Camel gives very rich milk

that people make into butter and cheese.

I shed my thick fur coat once a year,

and that can be woven into cloth.

A few young camels are used for beef,

but I don’t like to talk about that.

For a long time we camels have been called

the “ships of the desert” because of the way

we sway from side to side when we trot.

Some of our riders get seasick.

I sway from side to side because of the way my legs work.

Both legs on one side move forward at the same time,

elevating that side.

My “left, right left, right” motion makes my rider feel like

he is in a rocking chair going sideways.

When I was six months old,

special knee pads started to grow on my front legs.

The intelligent Creator knew I had to have them.

They help me lower my 1000 pounds to the ground.

If I didn’t have them,

my knees would soon become sore and infected,

and I could never lie down.

I’d die of exhaustion.

By the way,

I don’t get thick knee pads because I fall on my knees.

I fall on my knees because I already have these tough pads.

Someone very great thought of me and knew I needed them.

He designed them into my genes.

It’s real difficult for me to understand

how some people say I evolved into what I now am.

I’m very technical, highly engineered dromedary camel.

Things like me don’t just happen.

They’re planned on a drawing board

by Someone very brilliant,

Someone very logical.

(Extract taken from  Moody Press)


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