Thursday, 24 December 2009

...turBo flow is One Year Old today!

...Subhan'Allah - a year already? - WOW!
Again, a thank you to you all - for visiting, reading, being inspired and commenting!
Lots more coming up in the next 12 months, God-Willing, more Friday Reminders, more weekly blogs, some inspirational ebooks - all for you all! :)
Besides the blog, I'm also working on alot of different projects, work, studies, so with all that I will keep you all posted - especially with my projects/businesses which I'm setting up (one is already in its 5th week - but more to come and get you all involved)...so Ive got a very, very busy 12 months coming up - please do keep me in your prayers! :)
I have to say that I didn't know how this blog was going to turn out - but seriously - I have truly been inspired by you all - across the globe - turBo flow truly has become global! :)
OK, its not all me blogging today - i actually have a gift for you all - actually two!
I have two ebooks for you all - one was written when I was at college (years ago!) and one slightly recent as well as another in the making (the two ebooks are for teens but trust me, whatever age you are, you will enjoy them!)
Its from me to you all - to say thank you! :)
But i can't upload them here - (yup, that was the aim - to upload them here, didn't work lol) so - if you would like these two ebooks, for yourselves or gifts for the teens in your life then please email me on nadi@2die4.com and in the subject line put 'ebooks' then I will send the ebooks to you all - promise! :)
So keep visiting, keep reading, keep commenting and please spread the word - if you have been inspired then invite all others to be inspired - truly I am inspired by the Divine to inspire you all - so email me asap to get your two free ebook gifts now! :)

Monday, 14 December 2009

The Conspiracy Theory...

...Are YOU a conspiracist? Do YOU believe in the conspiracy theory? Hmmm...

There are many 'Conspiracy Theories' out there today - from wars to movies to governments and even the media.
So much so that you think, 'hmmm - so like now is this in itself a conspiracy?'
Wiki on the web (bless it!) describes it as; "A conspiracy theory is a term that has come to refer to any tentative theory which explains a historical or current event as the result of a secret plot by usually powerful Machiavellian conspirators, such as a "secret team" or "shadow government" (There are other definitions also...)
Have YOU come across conspiracy theories? What do you think of them? Are they for real? Why are people so fascinated by this theory? Boredom? Or is our world really controlled by the 'Elite' whose plan is to take over each and every mind, being, country and nation? Do people really worship the devil and have 'sold their souls to the devils' If so, how can we protect ourselves? Do we need to Wise up and tread carefully - Big Brother could be watching, right? Or - is it a hoax? - to scare the living daylights out of us all - (because 'Big Brother' really is bored!)
Get interactive and let me know...

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Media and Mind Control!

...Now this is a very powerful medium! One which can easily control your thoughts, feelings and actions and you don't even realise what influenced you!
Media a medium for information or Mind Control?
A theme which is running through some of my blog posts is that everything in life has a plus and a minus - a positive and a negative - a good and a bad. They co-exist side by side - it wouldn't be called 'life' if we didn't have two opposites - a choice to make - which path shall we walk upon - what decision to make - what will lead to my success and what will lead to my failure. Now this is life and we all have to live it and right now you and I are living it.
So again with media there is the good and the bad. We believe that media can inform us - of events around us, educate us - open our minds and expand our thinking - but when we watch TV or listen to music how much of it is consciousness and how much subconsciousness.
What if we switched on the TV or popped on some music on the radio after a long time - would we fall straight back into it and be deeply engrossed in it or would we be aware of what we are watching and listening to and naturally questioning it? I think that once we stop listening to music or watching TV and go back to it after a long time we are more aware of what message it is giving us and therefore we automatically start questioning it.
But when something has been part of your life for like forever - since childhood - we become indoctrinated - and we don't question it no more.
The devil took a vow a long long time ago and he said that he would take people to the fire with him, those that listen and transgress their own souls and the divine Scriptures and message. He, the devil, said that he will attack them from their fronts, behinds, lefts, rights and forever be ready to whisper devilish thoughts to man (and woman!). To some he is known as Satan, to some Iblis or Shaytaan, to some Lucifer the fallen angel, to some Raven and I'm sure he has many other names - but he is one and he is the same - Devil!
Media has made an immense impact on our lives for decades now - and when as a child we are put infront of the TV then lo behold - the indoctrination begins. And we just simply say, 'there is no harm to it - its only a cartoon/children's program'. But how many programs are truly actually children's programs - Ive watched them, grew up on them and am sure you can all relate to them also.
There are also many who have 'sold their souls to the Devil' - in return for what??? Worldly goods? Which, when we die, remain behind? Well unless you believe in the whole mummification thing and want take Poodle your cute chiwawa with you - and so you write it in your will that when you die please ask the vets to give him the lethal injection so he can accompany you to the next world and be your BBF - best friend like forever since clearly you didn't have any friends on planet earth - then remember, once you leave this world - everything remains behind! Even Poodle!
But alas - there are some knit wits who have decided to 'worship' Satan and work for him - so hey where better to start to screw up your mind forever than when you're a baby - because by the time you reach your teens - its all 'natural' now and part of your lives - its not the same without.
Media is another one of those technological advancements which are here to aid us in our existence to do good. I'm on the radio, I'm writing this blog, I write short stories, I was an editor for a magazine back in the days (set it up at college from scratch and very successful alhamdullilah) so media, after Islam, writing and law is next in life for me - I fall into it naturally - but I use it to do good and spread good and also be aware of that which is negative and the message it is trying to send.
Some use media to advance their hatred towards others - whoever those others are across the globe - could be you and I. Others want us to grow up and become immoral, unethical and without principles. Our children are our future - when we were their age, we were the future - lets ask ourselves - what difference have we made? And has media shaped our thoughts, feelings and actions.
Mind-control is to control your thoughts and behaviour so you believe in a certain thing and act in a certain way. Just ask yourselves - what kind of individual you want to be? Why were you put here on earth or better still why were you created? And how can YOU make a difference in the world - or even your own world.
Don't let anyone control your mind - don't let the system control you - don't become robots - you are humans and geniuses - not machines!
Don't forget to watch 'The Arrivals' - if you haven't already (Ive watched it four times!) - if you live like a hermit (i like the hermit life) time to come out and see what is truly happening in the world.
The mind is a powerful tool which can bring out the genius in you and lead you to many developments - with the blessings and the will of the Divine - don't let the devil take it from you - its Yours!

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Cyber Attacks fast becoming Cyber Warfares!

Over the years and decades there have been many technological advancements and progressions. The Internet has quickly become number one in our lives. Almost everything now is done on the net - which is a little scary! Socialising and making friends? - On the net. Buying and selling? - On the net. Studying and learning? - On the net. Finding a life partner??? - On the net?!.
As discussed in one of the previous posts the Internet can be used for both good and bad - so I'm not going to blog about or lists all the good and bad - but will look at something which has been in the media a lot lately - so many of you will be aware of it and many wont (just depends if you keep up with the news and stuff).
Human beings have been immensely blessed by the Creator with so many skills and abilities - skills and abilities which help us further our existence - fulfil our goals and aims and make the most of our lives - well we only have one life on planet earth!
The Internet can help us study online to further our skills in a particular field and we can still work full time. So its a good thing - but many people across the globe are using their skills and abilities to cause harm to others. If one is suffering from psychological issues then I strongly suggest that one seeks medical assistance immediately - for you have to be a fool to be wasting your sills and abilities harming others - and not helping others! And what precisely is one achieving by doing wrong? A little fame? But for how long? Your harming yourselves as well as others and that is not the purpose of creation!
As the Internet is advancing so are people skills and abilities. Once upon a time you had hackers and they thought they were cool or 'geniuses' - but when your behind bars then well you're not a genius anymore are you, genius?!
The whole hacking business led to cyber attacks - on individuals, on corporations, educational institutions and governments . Alot of damage was done. They thought they were one step ahead and they would get away with it - but not for long.
And now what do we have?
Cyber Attacks has become Cyber Warfare! Forget the army training, battlefields and loss of life - we are talking about Warfare via invisible means (through the wires!).
Basically cyber warfare is using the Internet in conducting warfare in cyberspace. It is carried out by small individual groups to large groups - warfare on governments and nations.
From the securitypronews.com website on the 17th of November 2009 we have the following; "Dave DeWalt, the president and CEO of McAfee, said in a statement, "[S]everal nations around the world are actively engaged in cyberwar-like preparations and attacks." These include China, France, Israel, Russia, and the U.S., and it's no secret that the members of this group aren't all on great terms. What's more, cyberwarfare's barrier to entry is so low in comparison to traditional hostilities (a roomful of computers vs. thousands of men, tanks, and airplanes) that lots of other countries are almost sure to pursue the idea. Then, if and when the virtual bullets start flying, things could get really nasty. McAfee reported, "Attackers are not only building their cyberdefenses, but cyberoffenses, targeting infrastructure such as power grids, transportation, telecommunication, finance and water supplies, because damage can be done quickly and with little effort."
What happened to traditional ways of getting your point across? And its not individuals who are going to be harmed - masses - so the need? Personally I think this has gone too far - seriously, if you are reading this and are involved in it - then kindly leave my blog as its not for people like you! - and you're the fools here - you have to meet your Creator one day soon - so honestly I hope you have a speech ready to justify your actions - as it aint gona work!
Wasting precious time in life on something like cyberwar when you could be doing so much to help people - educate people, create job opportunities - yes we have issues with our governments, there's corruption, money-laundering, terrorism - but ultimately it leads to YOUR destruction. Come online and use the net for useful stuff - become useful in life - not engage in warfare - you have a point to make , situations to change - then get up, make an action plan and try to change the situation - many in our past have - they didn't resort to violence - they taught, the suffered, they worked hard and they persevered - and they achieved! For both you and I.
And for all those who weren't aware about this new warfare - then be vigilant and watch what you do (don't panic) but don't engage with dodgy people online - especially if you have never spoken to them before and if you want to change a situation wherever you are then make an action plan, put all your skills and abilities on the table and make the change - it will happen.
For those who engage in cyber criminality - then don't forget, your time will come - behind bars as well as the fire of hell! Hope you're prepared for that warfare! :)

Friday, 27 November 2009

Friday Reminder Series - Unity!

...And here is Friday Be Inspired Reminder 2! It's all about Unity! Enjoy :D (don't forget the feedback - now how else will I improve and make them better?) :)
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Wednesday, 25 November 2009

The Muslim Coach - another inspirational figure for the Ladies!

...Did you just read the title correctly? Yes you did! The Muslim Coach - and she exists! (she is a she!)


Sister Farzana Khundmir - a Muslim Coach - and she was on the Be Inspired show (my radio show on Unity FM) is here to help! Read on and visit her website insha'Allah! (yup, i totally recommend her!)
"Sister Farzana is the founder of the life coaching service, The Muslim Coach. She is a trained life coach and was trained by Sheikh Muhammad Alshareef (director of the Almaghrib Institute). She has a bachelor of science in Psychology from the world famous, University College London (UCL).

Sister Farzana has also trained with the Muslim Youth Helpline (MYH), and worked with them for a year. She has also received training from the Telephone Helpline Association.

She is a regular student at Almaghrib and Alkauthar seminars, and is also a student on the Alkauthar Student Guild Programme.

Recently The Muslim Coach has been doing a regular slot on UnityFM, on the radio show "Be Inspired".

The Muslim Coach has also hosted a number of free workshops and webinars and has conducted two "life coaching toolbox workshops" in 2009.

If you would like to know more about the instructor Sheikh Muhammad Alshareef then visit www.muhammadalshareef.co.uk"
Visit sister Farzana's website on: http://www.themuslimcoach.com/ for more info about all her services and products. She is here to help you so you can benefit and succeed in life. Contact her insha'Allah, join her webinar workshops and have one2one coaching.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

The Power of Passion - for Learning and Knowledge!

...Passion - can be for either good or bad - one of the deadly sins! But we're not talking about sinning here (no no, not on my blog! OK, maybe discuss issues on it - but we do not promote any form of sin rather the opposite!) :)

When someone is full of passion they will go to the extremes - and again, if it is the wrong type then, well, clearly it leads to their destruction. But on the flip side - the 'good' passion is where you use all your energy and abilities to achieve your goals and ultimately live a true and fulfilled life - on the path of Allah - the straight path - and yes you can live a life full of passion - to do good - and yes you will be happy!
Again, this passion will need to be controlled, grounded (work on it) - so for example, if you're starting up a business, or working on a project - you put all your passion into it (i.e energy, abilities etc) - but you don't go to the extreme where - if you're working as part of a team - you start to disrespect the team - treat then unfairly or unequally - just because you're project manager, you're passionate, you want to succeed in it and want to see it to the end - but control that passion - be passionate (I'm a very passionate being myself - I put my heart and soul into what I believe in) but I don't look down on others, or treat then unfairly - soooo far from it! I actually involve them in my projects - or if I need help - I seek it - just ask!
So you have to learn to control your passion and don't become a control freak (if you need help in getting yourselves organised learning to be moderate and balancing your emotions yet succeeding in your goals then insha'Allah drop me a email, comment, or skype me and I will help you out - that's what I'm here for!).
Be passionate about your work and give it 150% and ask Allah to put barakah in your time and work and projects and insha'Allah - you will succeed - guaranteed!
If passion can make one do all sorts - then why are we not passionate about learning and seeking knowledge? And if we are then howcome we are not using our abilities and talents and creativity to help others? *lets you all ponder...think, reflect - take 2 mins*...
Also, why is it that its the tiny little beings - our young ones - who are yearning to learn and climb a mountain at their precious little age - and us elders are like 'not motivated, can't be bothered, don't know what to do in life'? (again, I'm here to help out - so just hollah if you need to talk).
My cousin and I have set up a young girls club - it launched today - called 'Knowledge Seekers Club (c)' or KSC (Islamic Studies, activities and all things inspirational) - and its for girls aged 7 to 18 year old (we have two groups reflecting their ages). I actually started 'scouts' at home with my nieces back in 2001 (inspiration whilst coming out of itikaaf in Ramadhan) then got busy and stuff - (yup, that excuse!) - and restarted it this Ramadhan. I was inspired to take it further because the tiny little beings had questions such as 'Judgment Day', 'Death', 'Hereafter' etc - so i decided that they needed more - lets give them more! My cousin came and she also wanted be part of it and so I said - 'Bismillah' - and it launched today - Alhamdullilah.
Through advertising and marketing I came across alot of different people, ideas, thoughts - and I was amazed at some parents literally begging me to take on their 5/6 year old - and others - well they just don't care! Group one (7 to 12year old) fully booked - group two (13 to 18 year old) struggling to get the numbers - girls don't want to be in the club, attitude and generally miserable! All parents reading this - please times a billion - start at a very early age with your kids and help them learn, develop and just BE who they are - don't leave it too late - please - and if you're reading this and you can relate to the group two scenario - start interacting with your daughters, nieces, sisters - its vital - the world out there is seriously screwed up and it will do anything to take our daughters away from morality and innocence (they are at it big time - mind control blog post to come soon).
Bring back the passion into their lives - passion to exist and be whole - to learn and to grow - to believe and to achieve - there is still hope and all one needs is the right attitude and the passion to teach and help - and our daughters will be protected from the evil the media is feeding them.
Start reading (if you have stopped), start learning and be hungry and thirsty for knowledge - as knowledge is waiting for you. Keep the passion for knowledge and learning alive and don't underestimate its powers - it really can change one for the better as well as make positive changes to the world and those suffering and waiting for our help...
(I wrote some short stories - one for my English assessment many years ago and one recently and one I'm working on - you'll get those real soon as ebooks! For the younguns and for the elder ones - working on some inspirational short ebook for you) :)

Friday, 20 November 2009

Friday Reminder Series - Sacrifice

Welcome to the first in a series of Friday Reminders called 'Be Inspired'. OK, I know I'm a radio presenter and producer - BUT those are live shows - lol - and I prefer live shows over recorded ones - and infact Ive presented over 60 or 70 lives shows now - so this one was a lil difficult - and please a small request - don't upload it on YouTube - but come and listen to it here and enjoy! :)
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Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Guest Post (via email) - 82 year old woman becomes hafiza!‏

For all who wish to memorise the Book of Allah and implement it in our lives - here is some inspiration (you may have read this before - i just received it in my inbox and thought share with all!)
An Interview with Umm Saalih - A Grandmother Who Completed Memorizing the Qur'an at Eighty-Two Years Old - As Read by Dr. Saleh as Saleh
Al-Hamdulillaah (All-Praise is due to Allah), the One Who said (what means): "And in truth We have made the Qur'aan easy to remember; but is there any that remembers?" Surah 54: 32
Many all over the world memorize the Qur'aan, and it is not strange to see the youth memorizing the Noble Qur'aan and an early age. Al-Hamdulillaah, the One who made the Qur'aan easy for remembrance, had made it easy for Umm Saalih age 82. In an interview with Umm Saalih, she was asked the following questions:
Q1: "What was the reason that drove you to memorize the Qur'aan after so many years?"
She said, "I always hoped to memorize the Qur'aan from the time I was young. My father always used to invoke Allaah for me to become one of the memorizers of the Qur'aan, like himself and like the elder brothers of my family who memorized it. So I memorized in the beginning about three parts and then after I completed the age of thirteen, I got married and became busy with the household and the children. After I had seven children, my husband died. They (the children) were all young so I took the time to raise them and educate them, and then after they grew up and got married, I had more time for myself. Therefore, the first thing I directed myself to focus upon was the Qur'aan.
Q2: "Tell us about your journey with the Noble Qur'aan."
She said, "My younger daughter was going to high school and she was the closest of my children to me and the most beloved, because she stayed with me after her older sisters got married and got busy with their lives, and because she was a quiet girl, upright, loving, and good. In addition, she was interested in learning the Noble Qur'aan, and her teachers encouraged her.Furthermore, she was very enthusiastic and always told me of many women who were driven by this great motivation to memorize the Qur'aan, and this is where I started."
Q3: "Tell me about your way of memorization."
She said, "We assigned ten verses (meaning her and her daughter who was going to high school). So each day after Asr, we used to sit together. She reads and I repeat after her three times. Then she explains the meaning to me, and after a while, she repeats that three times. On the next morning, she repeats them to me before she goes to school. She recorded also the recitations of Ash Shaykh al Husary, Rahimuhullaah, repeating each verse three times and thus I continued to listen most of the time. Therefore, the next day we would go to the next ten verses if my memorization was good. Otherwise, we would postpone taking additional verses until the day after. Moreover, we assigned the day of Friday to review the memorizations of the entire week. And this was the journey from the beginning." Then she said, "Over four years and a half, I memorized twelve juz" according to the way I described to you. Then this young daughter got married. When her husband knew of our task concerning the memorization, he rented a house close to me, close to my house, so that he could allow the continuation of the memorization. In addition, he, May Allah reward him used to encourage us and sometimes sit with us listening, explaining and teaching. Then after three years of her marriage, my daughter got busy with the children and the household and our schedule was interrupted, but that did not make her give up. To the contrary, she sensed that my eagerness for the memorization was still established so she looked for a special good teacher to continue the journey under her supervision. So, I completed the memorization by the success of Allaah and my daughter is still working to finish the memorization of the Glorious Qur'aan. She has a little left, In Shaa Allaah Ta'aala.
Q4: "This motivation of yours, did it have an effect on other women around you?"
She said, "It really had a good strong effect. My daughters and stepdaughters were all encouraged and worked on learning and teaching the Qur'aan to their children and learning it themselves.
Q5: "After finishing the Noble Qur'aan, don't you think about working on memorizing hadith?"
She said, "Now I have memorized ninety hadith and In Shaa Allaah I will continue the journey. I depend, in my memorization, upon the tapes and upon the Qur'aan radio station. At the end of each week, my daughter comes and checks for me the memorization of three hadith, and I am trying now to memorize more.
Q6: "Over this period of memorization of the Qur'aan, did your life change? Was it affected in one way or another?"
She said, "Yes, I went through a major change and I tried always, all praise is due to Allaah, to obey Allaah before I started the memorization. However, after I started the task of memorization, I began to feel a self-comfort, a great self-comfort and all worries began to move away from me. I even reached the stage of freeing myself from all these excessive worries concerning fearing for the children and their affairs, and my morale was boosted. I had a noble objective to work for and this is a great Ni'mah (Favor) from Allaah . upon me, since we know that some women, when they get old and they do not have a husband, and their children got married, may be destroyed by the empty time, thoughts, worries, and so forth. But, AlHamdulillaah, I didn't go through this and I made myself busy with a great task and a great objective.
Q7: "Didn't you think at one point, to join one of the circles focusing on teaching the Noble Qur'aan?"
The answer was, "Yes, some of the women suggested this to me, but I am a woman who got used to staying at home, and I don't like to go out everyday, and Al Hamdulillaah, my daughter sufficed me from all difficulty and I was so happy while I was learning from her. My daughter had set an example in goodness and righteousness which we rarely find in our days. She started this task and journey with me while she was an adolescent and this is a critical age many people complain of. She used to pressure herself so that she could have spare time to teach me, and she used to teach me with kindness and wisdom. Her husband was a good help to her and he exerted a lot of effort. I ask Allaah . to give them success and to bring their children up on uprightness."
Q8: "What do you say to a woman of your age who wishes to learn and memorize the Qur'aan yet she is worried about it and feeling unable to?"
She said, "I say to her there their shall be no despair with the firm, sincere and truthful determination. Begin with sincerity, firm determination and dependence on Allaah at each time. And remember that at this age you should have the time for yourself. However, do not use your time to only go out or to sleep and so forth. Rather, busy yourself with righteous work.
Q9: "Now what would you say to a woman who is still young? What would you advise her?"
She, may Allaah preserve her, said: "Preserve Allaah and He will preserve you. Make use of the favor of Allaah bestowed upon you from health and ways and means of comfort. Use that to memorize the Book of Allaah. This is the light which enlivens your heart, your life and your grave after you die.
And if you have a mother then exert the effort to teach her, and there is no better favor upon a mother than one of her righteous children aiding her to be close to Allaah."
Presented on the 1st of Muharram 1426, Feb 10th 2005. Originally published in Ad-Da'wah Magazine, no.1552, 17th of Rabee' Al-Awwal 1417,corresponding to Aug 1, 1996.

Monday, 16 November 2009

Inspiration for ALL the Ladies...Zohra Sarwari...

"People will be what they think they are" - Zohra Sarwari.

Wow - powerful statement - so true - yet so overlooked and when you ponder on its meaning you realise how it can or has affected our lives - and what we have achieved by having such a mindset...

Zohra Sarwari is an established author, coach, entrepreneur, and speaker, sharing her inspiration and love of learning with those around her. As a public speaker and muslim life coach, Zohra focuses on helping people achieve their goals and working with individuals on resolving specific challenges within their lives.
I recently 'discovered' sister Zohra - and all I can say is that alhamdullilah - all praise is to Allah - that I discovered her. AND I had the privilege to actually speak to her and get acquainted! :D
Her passion for her deen, spreading peace, teaching and helping others is not only inspirational to any female (and many males) but also addictive - one wants to hear more and listen to her more and her sincerity is in her words and her work.
Don't think you can't achieve that goal - because YOU can - with the right attitude, tools and help your on your way to achieving your dreams.
I am amazed at her passion to help others and her 'can-do' attitude - and with that same attitude she has achieved and is helping many others achieve - their live goals, dreams and ambitions. You can dream again - because you are on your path to achieving that dream!
I am inspired and drawn towards passionate, inspirational and dedicated people. I've always been a people person - and I find myself in the 'helping others' situation on a daily - its a part of my life now. I'm on the radio presenting and producing the 'Be Inspired' show which has inspired me to make a weekly 5 minute Friday reminder for turBo blog (first one launching this Friday 20th Nov) and I am hoping to take the 'Be Inspired' show from radio to TV within the next year - God-Willing.
I have also decided to become a public speaker - to inspire women, youth and conduct workshops and help people reach their true potential in life - and I have to say after discovering sister Zohra and speaking to her I have made a firm resolve to see it through - God-Willing.
If you're having a downer, feeling low, lost, can't seem to find direction to your life, lacking inspiration and motivation and wonder what your goals are or simply what your purpose in life is (urm read the post below on this topic) then log on to www.zohrasarwari.com as well as her YouTube Vids.
I could give lots away - I should... BUT - I would like you all to click on the above link and read more about sister Zohra and embark on a new journey to change your life for better - and as I always say to my peeps - 'we only have one life to live - make the most of it - on the straight path'.
So check out sister Zohra, connect with her and sign up to her newsletters and lots of free stuff which will pop into your inbox - to keep you inspired and motivated!
*adds sisters Zohra's books to my wish list' :D

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Guest Post: VALUABLE INFORMATION (via email - author unknown)

Let's say it's 6.15 pm and you're going home (alone of course), after an unusually hard day on the job.
You're really tired, upset and frustrated. Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to adiate out into your arm and up into your jaw. You are only about five miles from the hospital nearest your home. Unfortunately you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far. You have been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.
HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE
Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.
However,these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest.
A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.
Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital.
Tell as many other people as possible about this. It could save their lives!!
A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this mail sends it to 10 people, you can bet that we'll save at least one life. Rather sending jokes please contribute by forwarding this mail which can save a person's life.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Umicom - A New Social Networking Site

Just when you thought you had signed up to all the social networking sites on the net and there couldn't be another one - not yet? We're still signing up to the others...

Well, in my previous blog we looked at the rise of Social Media - and how we can use the Internet to benefit us. In this blog entry I introduce you to 'Sammy Hegab' - the founder of Umicom.com - a new social networking site - and no its not like the others, it has something special - it has more! :)

Check out the following interview with Sammy Hegab as he tells us all about Umicom - and at the end of it don't forget to visit the site and sign up - yup you guessed right - I'm on there! ;)
Bismillah walhamdullilah wasalatu wasalamu ala Rasoolilah wa’ala alihi wa’sahbihi wa manwala, wa ba’ad - Assalaamu Alaykum Warahmatulahi Wabarakatuhu
Brother Sammy – Jazaakumullah Khair for this quick short snappy interview with turBo flow blog. To begin with;

1. A bit about yourself please:
I’m not a doctor or a scholar or an Engineer or anything of title or status. I am nothing more than a Servant, a servant of Allah and I am very ambitious. My only dream in life is to provide a service to Mankind. To provide a service that would benefit others. I have always been into programming since I was 13 years old, and I have always been interested in business, economics, religion and humanitarian projects which really makes me who I am now. I like to live life with a purpose. Worship is not only prayer and fasting, Worship can be everything we do as long as we do it for the sake of our creator and not for any other reason. One story which really inspired me was about a man who wanted to be great and the prophet told him to find a way to serve the MANY for service to Many Leads to GREATNESS.

2. Where and why did you come up with the idea of Umicom.com

I’ve always wanted to start my own community but I was motivated after I noticed facebook and other social communities do not have control over abusive attack on islam, I had previously setup the first Arabic social community called UmiCity.com which is now being replaced by Umicom.com which would be the ultimate social community which would integrate all social communities such as facebook, Myspace, Bebo, LinkedIn. Prior to this Umicom had been my dream since I was 17 years old, I always wanted to setup my own business not to make money but to create wealth for myself and others. A business which would one day fund causes, in short a Prepretual charity. I never liked when the mosque needed funding and they would go round asking for donations, rather I dreamed that one day I can setup a system to fund schools, education and help others setup businesses.. Umicom is the answer to this dream. The Word Umicom comes from the word Yamokum which means Your Day and when I was looking for a name I looked in the Quran for inspiration. It was then when I came across the word Yamokum 5 times which then I decided to name my company Umicom. Umicom, is not about Money, Umicom is not about Love, Umicom is all about a Day…and its your day too.
3. Why now – with Umicom?
Umicom is looking to expand rapidly across the world by developing strategic relationships with technology companies that would work with us to improving the services within the community. Umicom would provide a halal alternative to Social Community. Unlike facebook we are not funded by CIA nor owned by any government and therefor we are completely independent, Umicom is a community by the members for the members, Umicom was my dream now it is OUR Dream. The Future is in OUR hands.

4. What is the difference between Umicom and Facebook and other social networks?
The major difference is revenue sharing, 50% of all advertising revenue from the company is then shared out to the members whom qualify for shares. I am giving bonus shares for the first 100 members whom join before end of November’2009 The other big difference in Umicom you can start your own shop and sell direct to the members within the community and outside the community.

5. Who is it for and how can people join it?
Umicom.com is for everyone, whether they are a business owner or a student or someone with a dream to make a change in the world. Umicom is the place for Business Owners, Charity organisations, and Social users.

6. Any other projects you are working on or will work on in the near future
Yes, I have many projects in development and they will ultimately be integrated into Umicom.com one of the projects is called DailyMuslimNews.com which is the first global news portal gathers news from across the world on Muslims, Islam and lists them in one location. Works similar to a search engine except that it is constantly gathering the latest hot news and updates itself.

7. How can readers contact you for more info?
They can start by joining Umicom.com and adding me as a friend. I always reply when anyone sends a message on Umicom or chats to me on Umicom.com.

8. Any last thoughts for the turBo flow readers?

Pursue your dream and never give up. What ever you want to do in life always try to work in a group, Peace, Love and Unity in the Community.

Jazaakumullah Khair – I hope you’re site becomes very successful and hope all the readers join it! W’salaam

(Peeps don't forget to check it out and join! www.Umicom.com)

Monday, 9 November 2009

Social Media - The New Phenomenon!

A new phenomenon - taking over the world - the rise of Social Media!

What is Social Media? It is a way that you and I connect with the world - this blog, for instance, is also part of the social media phenomenon - as well as many social networking sites (yeah, I know you're joined on them - me too!) A new way in which we communicate with one another. And its not only adults who use it - young children are also using it to communicate with their friends.
As the Internet becomes wide spread and every home has a PC, laptop, palmtop, whatever else top they will make (surely they can't make a thumb top? or have they already? well, actually they can, but that's just too silly)...
Social Media is the #1 activity on the net - and it has become the new Revolution!
Below is a YouTube video which has been doing its rounds lately - it has been widely circulated - and it is definitely an eye opener - I mean I was like wooooooooooow!
Check it out and let me know your thoughts.
I would like to say that we have been blessed with alot of new technological advances - and we should use them for the good - these mediums can easily be abused and misused (as we know that alot of our youngsters can fall into the hands of pedophiles after chatting to them online). I would say use Social Media - use it to expand your studies, work, business, knowledge and even making new friends across the globe. I mean we have so many people to meet in life and such diverse cultures to experience - there really is no excuse - all we have to do is google and its at our fingertips (do be cautious as alot of information can also be incorrect - so carry out a thorough search).
If you're thinking of expanding on your talents online - then consider this Social Media phenomenon - and think about how you can benefit from it as well as how you can help to make it a success.
So check out the vid and let me know your thoughts.


Thursday, 5 November 2009

...But, I don’t have the Confidence…!

(this article was also (no 2) initially submitted to another online project which i was working on - and i have left that project to concentrate on my blog - so you may have read it there - Allah (swt) blessed me to write this article - its for all the ladies (gents you can read and be inspired too) so i believe that it should be forwarded to benefit all)...

Have you ever heard yourself or someone else say this? ...But, I don’t have the Confidence…! Maybe you used to say it, but now, Alhamdulillah; you have overcome your fears and are confident. Maybe you’re still lacking confidence – you just need that extra help to gain that confidence again (otherwise you know you can do it!).
Insha’Allah in today’s article we will look at this issue and try to find some solutions, so by the end of it we will be on the road to confidence – together.
Confidence is an important aspect to being Productive. Confidence can usually make or break someone – and somewhere in your lives you may have encountered this issue. When we are happy and positive we achieve so much – even if we have just one hour. But when those grey clouds are hanging over our heads – then lo behold – that one hour can seem longer than 24 hours! But as Muslims(ahs) it is vital that we have confidence so we can become productive and achieve so much more – fulfill our dreams and goals – Insha’Allah.
Sure there will be moments when you’re lacking confidence because it’s a new course your enrolling on, working on a new project, new team members etc. This is natural for all of us – we need to become familiar with new surroundings and then Insha’Allah we’re ok. But when we’re fighting a constant confidence battle – then that’s when we need to bring out the ‘positive army’ to help us on our way to confidence.
What is confidence? It is when we believe in ourselves, in our abilities – being certain and without a doubt. It is a psychological state which shapes our mood, personality, our behavior and attitude towards our life and those around us.
But we are humans and we do fall – for various reasons.
The NLP – Neuro-Linguistic Language Programming – have stated that positive and negative programming since childhood affects our personality and confidence. So lack of confidence (or constant negative behavior) is something which has been programmed into people since their childhood days. It is this behavior which eventually shapes our personality and confidence in adulthood. Lack of confidence is also negative thoughts which become habitual.
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words; watch your words, for they become actions; watch your actions, for they become habits; watch your habits, for they become character; watch your character, for it becomes your destiny." ~ Mahatma Ghandi”
How can we gain Confidence? Firstly, you need to remember that, with everything in life, it takes practice and patience – it isn’t something which can change overnight. It is the realization of it and then acting upon this realization and changing for the better. So, Insha’Allah – try the following – and please don’t give up after a day or two – you have to be determined and stick to it!
a) Focus on your achievements and not your failures and remember that we all need to fall to learn – those who haven’t fallen haven’t truly learnt!
b) Look at your own qualities and your uniqueness – we are all different and all have our own specialness – don’t compare with your friends or siblings
c) Focus on who you are and what you like about yourself (yes sisters (bros), you can do this!)
d) Work on any skills that you need to do what it is you want to do – so for instance – you want to work with the youth in the community – then volunteer at the local community centre – after school activities – and then top it up with some short courses and qualifications Insha’Allah
e) Golden Rule: you can never be over trained or over skilled for any challenge in life!
f) Check out this following article from Islamqa.com – very interesting! http://islamqa.com/en/ref/20872

What did our pious predecessors do? What was Islam like – in Medina? Spain? And what about our heroes and heroines in Islam – look at what they achieved and how they achieved it.
Remember little Fatimah (RA) defending her father? Wasn’t that confidence? And what about Asma (RA) when she went to give food to her father Abu Bakr and our beloved Prophet (PBUH) in the mountain of Thawr – now wasn’t that confidence? And what about those on the battlefield – nursing the wounded and fighting – confidence? And how did they achieve this? Unconditional faith and believe in Allah (SWT). Ponder upon the verses of the Qur’an, read and study the Seerah and the lives of the Great Past – and we too can be on that same path Insha’Allah.
So – my dear sisters (and bros) – you too can be productive – and many of you may already be productive or on your way to productivity – you need confidence. Don’t be afraid to fall – for when you do fall then be reassured that Allah (SWT) is there to pick you up again – well He (SWT) did create you right? Then why would He (SWT) leave you alone?
If you do have any confidence building tips then please comment and share – so all can be benefit Insha’Allah – and if you are lacking confidence – then make lots of dua (turBo is also making dua for you!) and try the above tips or tips fellow sisters and brothers may leave on the comment section – and don’t give up – try, try and keep trying!
Confidence and Productivity – Productivity and Confidence are two peas in a pod! One without another doesn’t work – properly. Remember Be Confident and Be Productive!

What's My Purpose?

(this article was initially submitted to another online project which i was working on - and i have left that project to concentrate on my blog - so you may have read it there - Allah (swt) blessed me to write this article - its for all the ladies (gents you can read and be inspired too) so i believe that it should be forwarded to benefit all...)

At least once in your life you must have asked this question, ‘What’s my purpose’? Maybe you were asking, ‘what is my purpose whilst working on such and such a project’, or maybe, just simply, ‘what’s my purpose in life’?
Life brings its ups and downs – no doubt – and with it brings this gloomy question, ‘what’s my purpose?!’ Today, insha’Allah, we will tackle this question and change it around – so you will leave today with a more productive phrase and tips on how to get there.
Firstly, let me point out that that the above question is not always negative – you can use it in a positive way – and I would encourage you to use it in the positive way – because we all need to reflect at some point in life – well actually if you read many spiritual, self-healing, confidence books (both Islamic and non-Islamic literature) they will tell you to spend at least half an hour to an hour a night reflecting upon your day – what you achieved, what you did, whether you were productive with your time and day (I still encourage you to do this insha’Allah). So it is good to reflect and use this question – but when you’re down in the dumps – then it’s a no no!
You have a very important role to play in this world, dear sister, and Allah (swt) created you with a purpose. I break this purpose down to two points – first is to worship Him alone and do all that is righteous and good and abstain from all that is evil (you’ll have a blessed life in this world and attain the lofty stations Jannah in the akhira insha’Allah) and secondly is to make most of your time, day, resources, abilities and all that He (swt) blessed you with. I mean, just for a second, imagine if one of your senses was taken away, or you lost a limb in an accident – could you possibly continue the same way? (insha’Allah, with the will of Allah you can) but life will be different right? So, we have these abilities that Allah (swt) has blessed us with and we are more than capable of using them to do good in His way.
Right, sisters – lets gets creative with our thinking and productive with our lives!…
To achieve our ultimate purpose in this life – bearing in mind what I’ve said above and the fact that we always, daily, make a dua to Allah asking….‘grant us good in this world and good in the hereafter’ (Surah Baqrah) – I’ve come up with an equation – which you’ll all need to write down and keep close by you and work on it daily – insha’Allah. Time to get interacrive...
· The Equation:

To achieve your purpose in life, follow this simple equation insha’Allah.

Purpose of Life = Inspiration + Goal x Productivity
Got it? Cool! Write it down now, and let me give you an explanation about this equation.

· Explanation:

a) Inspiration: read the Qur’an, the Seerah of our Prophet (pbuh), stories of all our pious predecessors as well as those throughout Islamic history (such as Spain, or scientists, jurists etc) and reflect upon their lives – why did they do what they did? How did they achieve it with such few resources? What was the secret of their productive lives? The more you read about them, the more closer you will feel towards them and it will also bring you closer to your Rab. This inspiration won’t go away after you put the book down – because you will reflect upon it and then you will scan your own life and then you will, insha’Allah, come to realize that if they achieved so much with so little – then subhan’Allah what you can achieve is so much more!
b) Goal: ok, so now you’ve been inspired by what you have read – don’t lose focus now – quickly grab that notebook (you should all have a small notebook for your eureka moments, if you haven’t – then first opportunity you get – buy it) and start writing! Have a good talk with yourself and see what goals you want to aim for or are already working on and how you can achieve them. I’ll give you three examples you can choose from (and sisters if you don’t find yourself in any of these examples – don’t worry, please use the goals you are working on/want to be working towards) these are; i) studies, ii) work, and iii) marriage. In each of these areas identify what you need to do to excel in them or achieve them. Ok, so studies – you’ve just finished a set of studies – do you need to or want to study further? At which institution? How will you contact these institutions? etc. Again, with marriage and work – you need to identify how to achieve these – I mean you have to job search to find a job, right and you need to let you family and friends know that you’re looking to get married to get the ball rolling. Find your goal; make them realistic – time you will need to achieve them etc.
c) Productivity: now it’s time to get productive. So you’re looking for a job – where are you going to apply? How will you use the resources you have – i.e. online job search, getting the newspaper, sending out emails to your family and friends. Each goal that you choose (and I suggest you work through one first, have that all planned out and then move on to your next goal) have a step-by-step guide for yourselves and each one of you knows how best you work – and work towards achieving your goals, and use all the necessary tools and resources available to you. You may fall on the way, or need to redefine your goal – but don’t worry – that’s natural and that’s the way we learn. But keep at it and work at it!
d) Purpose of Life: once you have followed this equation you will insha’Allah achieve your goal(s) and you will find the purpose to your lives. Keep at it and don’t give up – because we NEVER give up! (And trust me – I’ve been there, done that!)

Don’t forget that your first and foremost important goal in life is living by Allah’s will and doing good, worshipping Him and being pious Muslimah’s. Then, since you have been sent to this duniyah, you have to be productive in all areas of your life – the beauty of Islam – productive not only in your family lives, but work, studies, social, community, local and global.

I leave you with this – next time you’re feeling low, don’t ask yourselves ‘What’s my purpose?’, but rather say, ‘I Know My Purpose!’. Once you say this then you’re no longer in the low low, and your back up on the way to success!

BONUS: famous Dua (supplication) that the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) used to say at times of anxiety or sorrow. The dua is:

‘O Allaah, I take refuge in You from anxiety and sorrow, weakness and laziness, miserliness and cowardice, the burden of debts and from being over powered by men.’ And Allah (swt) is most Merciful!

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

...And Let Your Creative Juices Flow =D

Be Creative! Keep a 'thought-book' (and a pen)! Write down your thoughts, your ideas, your aims and your goals! Its yours!

Be Creative - think creative, live creative and spread creativity! Be Inspired and Inspire all those around you!

Recently i had a library day with my nieces. Whilst walking through the park, chasing the squirrels and kicking the colourful leaves as well as looking for some conkers - i discussed the concept and idea of creativity and how they could be creative and well basically how they can enjoy being themselves and kids. Today, kids are more than eager to become adults. They forget the fun they can have - the innocence. So i decided to sprinkle some creativity dust on them. I got them all inspired and told them that as long as they worship and believe in Allah - follow the right path in life - they can achieve their goals and they can become geniuses. Oh that sparkle in their eyes!
They didn't realise that i had a blog. So i told them how they can use their time more constructively and productively online - forget the online games - learn, learn and learn - you will grow and become geniuses. I inspired them to start their own blog! Its all new for them - but insha'Allah they will develop it further. I even told my elder niece to get her own blog. She loves reading - so i said put your writing talents to use and create a 'Review Blog' - where you give book reviews and get other kids to read. Check out their first blogging attempt: http://wwwkidszone.blogspot.com/ (it will improve insha'Allah).
Let your creative juices flow - don't be afraid to fall - as that is the only way you will learn. don't be afraid to try - how else will you know if you're good at it or not? Keep a 'thought-book' - write, think, write some more, draw sketches, ponder, reflect, look at the beauty around you, reflect on creation and its purpose - and be creative. As i always say - 'let your imagination run wild' - and ofcourse we all know right from wrong - we know good from bad - so no excuse on placing limitations on your imagination - as you will be inspired by the Divine and won't stray.
Inspire the young ones and get them creative. Be around creative people - positive people and come up with those ideas - things you want to do - achieve - projects you want to work on. If you want some tips on starting projects or creative thinking - then drop a comment - i will be more than happy to help.
Allah (swt) blessed me with creativity - and its crazy! I am using it on a daily - benefiting from it and making sure others benefit too. You're special with your very own uniqueness and creativeness - so accept the blessings from your Lord - use them to spread His deen and goodness in the world - and let your creative juices flow - for you never know...where you may go...

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Thank YOU Global Familia...

...just taking a moment to thank each and every one of you who have recently stopped bye on turBo flow blog and read the blogs, commented, enjoyed, learned, got inspired and came back for more...
From me to all of you - because you have all visited, not only from the UK, but from the East to the West and from the North to the South - thank you! :)
This blog started out as me being curious and entering the world of blogging (please see my very first post - 'I Have Entered A New World'). I love reading and writing - and have actually written a few short stories myself - its hard getting published - and takes a lot of time. So, what better way to get my thoughts across than start this blog!
As you have read - my blogs are not consistent on one topic - or written on a daily or weekly basis. My aim was just to start a blog - write what comes to my head and see where it goes...'not your average flow...'
Sometimes I do get a writers and thinkers block - as would any writer or thinker - but I blogged on topics which - well I felt were necessary to blog at the time of blogging. You will notice that it is quite different from other blogs - but...well...that makes me who I am, different :)
Continue to browse through the blogs - all good which may come from them and which you are inspired by - are truly from the blessings of the Divine - and any mistakes are strictly and only mine and from the evil of my own soul - 'to err is to human and to forgive Divine'...
I have added some unique touches to this blog. If you scroll down you will find an aquarium - with lots of fishes - don't forget to feed them! Just click on your mouse or laptop pad thing and watch the food appear...too childish? Not really - as many of you may have fish tanks at home and there is a reason why I have them there - symbolic. Did you know that even the fish in the deep seas make supplication for the righteous believers who teach good to others? Exactly! So every time I look at them, they remind me (and inspire me) that somewhere out there on our planet - there may be a fish or two supplicating for me - and that very supplication may be my ticket to Jannah! (...just maybe)...stop...reflect...ponder....deeeeeeeeep!
Immediately below the fishes are websites for you all to visit - some are projects i'm working on, some I have benefited from and some newcomers on to the scene (i'm promoting!)...do visit them - if I have benefited then insha'Allah you will to.
There's also an 'Astronomy picture' of the day - and I thought that was very cool - and plus I learnt a lot about our solar system from there. I will try and put up another little section for all your other feedback (you can always feedback on the blogs).
Do stop bye again and have a read - pass on to all your contacts and loved ones - if you have benefited from something - share it. Get all the teenagers on here as well - I think they will like the unique style of blogging!
Also - I wont promise that this blog will become daily - as really I am involved with alot of projects and study right now - but I will try my best. If you are hungry for me - then let me know - am here to blog for you!
Coming up in some of the blogs - besides my complete randomness - are some five to six topics on human rights - what its all about - some other topics linking to it - so you gotta keep it here! As I said, I won't be able to make it daily - the above topics are defo in the pipelines - and I guess the best way to stay informed is to subscribe and join - thank you to the four people who already have - i'm assuming that once a new blog is published you get an email alert - which is a good way to find out when the next new blog will be published - but until then - if you already haven't - then there's alot to read!
And once again - if you have landed here - however - via your very own custom made spaceship - then thank YOU for popping round to turBo flow - I am humbled by your arrival - my guest - my friend and my extended familia.
Enjoy your day or evening wherever you are across the globe and stay blessed and beautiful and keep me in your prayers!
oops..almost forgot - this blog is for all who want to be inspired - so no matter what your religion - come round and have a read - and if you like? then pass on to all your friends too! :)

Monday, 12 October 2009

ProductiveMuslimah

Salaam to All (sisters)
(and brothers please tell all your female contacts)
Have you heard of ProductiveMuslim? Do you know what one is - could be you right?
Check out: http://www.productivemuslim.com/ and as part of public demand....for all you sisters out there - across the universe - the entire Muslimah Ummah - ProductiveMuslim presents: ProductiveMuslimah!
She goes live on Monday 12th October and they are sending out a survey to all the muslimahs out there - across the globe. So please fill in this online survey - took me less than 5mins and click send.
Here it is:
Please tell all your contacts (brothers, let the ladies know!) A new era is about to begin - to hit the Universe - a New World Order - and it is called?
ProductiveMuslimah!
(This message has been blogged on behalf of the ProductiveMuslim team)

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Home Sweet Home...

...you've been away for work for a while, or maybe you're at university - living on campus - or maybe you've been on a holiday - abroad - and what is that one thing we all say when the plane lands, or the train stops at its destination, or you pull up at your drive way...'ahhh home sweet home'!

Such a beautiful and sweet feeling - no matter where you travel in the world - or have been to stay at your friends for the weekend - you come back to your 'home sweet home'.

Why do we say this? Because its our home and its where we feel at peace, comfort and protected, right?
But is a home always sweet?....No! Its not sweet for everyone - and in fact for many it may be very bitter and sour!
There are many reasons why a home becomes bitter and sour. Allah (swt) has laid down the law for us and the Prophet (pbuh) showed us how to implement it in our lives. But man by nature is forgetful - and sometimes this forgetfulness can lead us to sorrow - and broken homes.
We all want faithful partners, pious children and - a sweet home. But if all your dreams of a 'home sweet home' seem to be - well just dreams and not reality - you may be asking - 'what went wrong?' and 'how can i make things better?'
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Friday, 25 September 2009

Understanding the Prophet's Life - Cruel Jokes!

One day the Prophet, peace be upon him, was on a journey with his Companions. Each one of the Companions had with him his belongings including weapons, sleeping mats and food. They stopped over at a place and a man amongst them fell asleep. His friend turned to a rope he had and took it jokingly. When the man woke up and found the rope missing from his belongings, he was terrified and began looking for it. Thereupon the Prophet said, "It is not allowed for a Muslim to frighten another Muslim." (Abu Dawud)
Similar is the case with someone who jokes with you thinking that you will be happy, whereas in reality, he only harms you, or even worse, fills your heart with fright and anxiety. For instance, he notices that you have just parked your car outside a grocery with the engine running, so he comes and drives off in your car, causing you to think that your car has been stolen - obviously as a joke. The one on the receiving end of such jokes may respond courteously and may even laugh at the joke, but the fact remains that the joke was still cruel.
Compiled From:"Enjoy Your Life"- Muhammad 'Abd Al-Rahaman Al-"Arifi, pp. 399, 400

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Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Character Assassinations - Beware of these Assassins!!!

They are on the increase - you can find them almost anywhere - i mean anywhere! Just turn the corner, and there! ready to make their move! They are on the increase - i warn you! Across the globe this phenomenon is increasing - in masses - not like, you know, one or two - but a mass movement!

Beware of these Assassins!

OK, so who am i talking about and what is this new mass movement and should you be worried?! Well yes YOU should be worried! In fact we should all be alert - because anyone can fall victim to these assassins - I did!
Who are they? Usually someone know you - close friends, family and relatives. Could also be colleagues - could be YOU!
Listen Up! - Its not like your usual assassination - well i wasn't going to blog about politicians being assassinated - you have the media for that - I'm a blogger!
Character Assassination (and yes this term actually exists - google it) - is the act of tarnishing someones reputation through verbal abuse, slander, vicious and malicious lies. Sometimes it happens because of a misunderstanding - like gossip or heresay. But sometimes it happens because some people have evil intent - and they are feeding the evil of their own nafs (souls).
Judging someones character is wrong - morally and religiously (see any religious text) and if someone has a point to make then bring forth evidence. Also if we want to give nasiha to someone - advise - the best practise is to do it in private.
I am blogging about this because as i said above it is something i personally went through earlier this year (no I'm not looking for sympathy of any sort - far from it - I'm doing my duty in making you aware of certain evils out there) and its extremely painful - especially when it comes from someone very close to you.
If there has been a misunderstanding - then talk about it, discuss it, do it in a proper manner with proper etiquette's - not just jump in the deep end and start accusing and judging their character.
That is very wrong - the religion of Islam does not allow such assassinations - well in fact it doesn't allow assassinations full stop!
The tongue is a very powerful tool - it can make or break - and it can cut deep - leaving wounds which may never heal again.
Not everyone in this world has the support i have - i am truly blessed - not everyone is confident enough to shine through - pick oneself up, reflect and become stronger. We are all different. Just imagine - when we say 'you look beautiful today' - the smile on that persons face - they are instantly uplifted - and if we say 'you look so ugly' - it can instantly send someone straight to the dumps and yes those were just basic daily examples - you can think of your own (I'm sure you all have many examples to add).
Our mission on this planet is not to hurt anyone - we are created to worship the Creator - do good and spread good. Don't forget your biggest enemy - the one who has vowed to lead us astray - all he has to do is whisper - and we can slip...
Character Assassination - its on the increase! Please be aware of it and protect yourselves. And if you fall prey to these assassins then remember 'truly to Allah we belong and to Him we shall return' - these assassins will have to account for their actions and words. To tarnish someones reputation and slander them is a big sin - to hurt your brothers and sisters in Islam and humanity is a sin - you don't look cool and that! You look plain nasty!
If you have been a victim then fear not there is hope - you will get through it - you will be OK - call on your Lord and He is there for you!
If you're a character assassin and this has become your new full time job - then beware of the fire - whose fuel is men and stones - beware of the Day when you will also be judged and your character will be displayed in front of the whole mankind! (the Day when we all want our bad deeds to be hidden!) Change your ways - there is still time - don't become a blind follower of the devil - he's not your friend - his only mission is to lead you to the fire of hell...
Beware of these Assassins!....

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Ramadhan 09 Last 10 Inspiration & Eid ul Fitr 09 (1430 AH) Mabrook!

So like for the last 10 days of ramadhan i decided to update my facebook status with some inspiration - something for now and the year to come. I am posting those status updates here so you can all benefit from them insha'Allah!
Also Eid Mabrook - have a brilliant day and may Allah (swt) accept all our fasts, ibaadah duas and forgiveness and He (swt) blesses us all with another Month of Mercy insha'Allah - ameen!
Ramadhan 09 Last 10 Inspiration 1: The Power n Beauty of Dua! Make Dua For Yourself, Your Fams n The Entire Ummah n Then See n Feel The Results! (duas for me too!)
Ramadhan 09 Last 10 Inspiration 2: Become A Productive Muslim n Muslimah, Now n Beyond. Strive Hard n Work On Spreading Allah's Deen. At Home n In The Community!
Ramadhan 09 Last 10 Inspiration 3: 'IQRA - And Your Lord Is The Most Generous!' Qur'an - study, reflect n implement! (see previous blog post)
Ramadhan 09 Last 10 Inspiration 4: Dhikr - Remembrance! Keep The Tongue Moist With The Remembrance of Allah - Now n Beyond.
Ramadhan 09 Last 10 Inspiration 5: It'ikaaf - Seclusion With One's Beloved. If You Can't, Then Qiyam Ul Layl. Its Something Very Special Indeed...
Ramadhan 09 Last 10 Inspiration 6: Don't Forget Charity Donations To The Poor n Needy. Start Now n Continue This Throughout The Year. Even A Smile Is Charity!
Ramadhan 09 Last 10 Inspiration 7: PLAN For Your Duniya n Akhira. Work Hard For Your Plans, Implement Them n Make Them Succeed! But Allah Is The Best Of All Planners!
Ramadhan 09 Last 10 Inspiration 8: Don't Forget The Little Ones In Your Families. Get Them Involved - Start At A Young Age n Show Them The Straight Path n The Light.
Ramadhan 09 Last 10 Inspiration 9: Be In This World As Is You Are A Traveller. You Are Not Here Forever, You Are Just Passing Bye. N With Each Day Do Good n Good.
There would have been 10 - but this year the moon has been sighted on the 29th day of the month - so no 30 fasts but eid together (almost everyone around the globe started their fast together and are celebrating eid together - theirs still good in the Ummah!)
But hey! I've got a bonus inspiration random status update gem for you and it is...
Bonus Inspirational Gem: ...you need to be creative and ready to take risks! Believe in yourself, have faith and hope and put your trust in the Divine. If your intentions are pure, you will succeed!

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Listen Back to Be Inspired!

So finally we've got it - thanks to management and techs at Unity FM, you can now listen back to the Be Inspired show for ramadhan!

Go to Unity FM's homepage on http://www.unityfm.net/ on the front page, in the middle, third item along it will say Be Inspired - click and enjoy!

Send some feedback as tomorrow (Saturday 19th Sept 2k9 - Live: 12 til 2pm) will be the last show - will be taking a break, but if you want the team to return then just hollah!

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword!

A metonymic adage coined by English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839 for his play Richelieu; Or the Conspiracy. This proverb can have a different meaning to whomsoever reads it. It is a powerful proverb!
It has a lot of meaning for me - i came upon this proverb when i was very young (yes, I'm kinda old!) and has been with me since.
For me this proverb gives a lot of hope - hope for our world. A world which is plagued by wars, injustice and evil. Well, ofcourse, not everyone - but pick up a newspaper or switch on the news channel and what do you see? Exactly! Mostly its negative and depressing.
Many people across the globe have abandoned the power of the 'Word' - spoken and written and have resorted to violence - via means which kill - not just cause a few injuries - but actually kill!
However, many situations and issues in our world could have been and still can be resolved via written and spoken word - the Pen!
Allah (swt) says in the Qur'an in Surah Rahman verse 4 "He taught him eloquent speech". This eloquence is a blessing - a gift - and with it it can win many hearts - it can draw a heart closer to its Creator and give hope to those who have lost hope. This eloquence can also be transferred on to paper and invite people to good - explain situations to people - give examples and again ignite the light of hope in hearts which have become cold and dark.
The Prophet (pbuh) of Islam wrote letters to Kings and Rulers of different countries inviting them to the True Message and worship of One God. Although he was unlettered (could not read or write) he was inspired by the Divine in his speech and he had companions who were learned and could read and write. They wrote and his eloquence flowed on paper - and touched many a heart which was guided to the right - to their Lord.
Do not resort to violence - of any sort! That is what the proverb is saying to me. It is also saying that through the pen you can do so so much good. You can write inspiring articles, debates (with evidences) and discuss ideas. Honestly, where would we be without the pen? Its not just ink!
I love writing - online and offline. I love my pens and pencils and love buying them. I could use this blog to promote violence, hatred, evil and lewd talk (which is not me at all anyway!) and in return what would happen? Exactly - violence - which would be typed here. Or I could be a journalist and again people could write in - pen to paper - with their hatred - or if it was an inspiring piece then they could put pen to paper and write something positive.
Every action has a reaction and the pen can either make or break. It can either leave you inspired and pondering - or it can resort to violence.
Read through history books - and don't be fooled by wars of the past - read about their reasoning and when and where and how it was/is permissible to engage in 'war-fare' - not merrily 'such and such a community is violent or promotes violence'.
The Pen has proven its worth in the past and it still has a lot to write today and beyond - so use it and forget the sword - for once your dead - well your dead aren't you! Case closed!
Its not too late - pick up the pen and write! (good and positive that is!) :)
The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword!

Sunday, 13 September 2009

IQRA - And Your Lord Is The Most Generous!

The very first word of the Qur'an is 'READ'! It didn't start with anything else - like 'prayers', 'charity' or even 'family life' - which is what we are all preoccupied with in our lives today - but it was READ! And who was it revealed to? Not a great scholar of his time, not a scientist, not a king or ruler of his land - but to an unlettered man - who went on to become the greatest man to ever have walked on our planet - he was the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) the mercy to all of mankind, the Prophet of Islam.
READ! Its a powerful word! Just take a minute - (just one) and reflect on this word - deeply....
Done? Ok.
What are you all doing right now? Reading this blog entry. Who taught us to read and how did we learn to read? Seems like a lifetime ago right? - because it comes to us naturally. But, once upon a time we all went through a process - to learn to Read - and once we mastered it - we became whole - complete humans. We were able to pick up any book and just read it - the words flowed on the paper and we could understand them.
Where would you and I be today if we couldn't read - lost? Looking for answers? Wasting our lives and searching for the purpose of our lives?
Read! And Your Lord Is The Most Generous! (Surah Alaq 96: 3)
For truly Allah (swt) is the Most Generous! He created us and knew what we would need to survive and how to fulfil our aim and purpose in this world.
By reading men and women have contributed to society, to the world and made many discoveries and scientific/medical/social/political advances.
There is a purpose for everything - and surely there was a purpose to 'Read, and your Lord is the most Generous!'
Allah (swt) blessed us with the ability to read - so we can read His words, the Qur'an - understand them and implement its teachings in our lives.
But did you know that there are many many people in this world who can't read? Young children in developing countries who have never even seen a book?
So we ask ourselves - are we actually fulfilling our obligations? If READ was the first word - and Allah (swt) wanted us to become the best of people - to discover hidden treasures - to made medical, scientific advances - which help humanity - then what are we doing in return to help humanity? Just because you and I went to school - doesn't mean everyone is this world has this opportunity. If people can't read then how will they understand Allah's words and do as He commands?
IQRA - And Your Lord Is The Most Generous! We need to re-read this word, understand it and take action. We need to help those who can't read the Qur'an to read it - and help them understand Allah's words and His Beauty. We need to help the children around the world to read - and just before doing that - we need to help our own children in our own families - help them to read - to understand - to implement - to appreciate - and fulfil our duty at home - then we need to get-together - maybe all of us reading this and set up a national and international 'Reading Foundation' - where we travel up and down our countries to help children read and travel to developing countries and countries suffering from wars - to help those children to read.
Allah (swt) is the most Generous and He has blessed us with this gift - the gift of reading - so lets share this gift and give it to those less fortunate than ourselves. Islam is seen by some as barbaric, a terrorist religion, who oppresses its women and girls - and you know there are many who will use the name of Islam to oppress our women and children - but we need to teach them - teach them the first words which were taught to out Prophet (pbuh) - Read! And maybe we can change their hearts - maybe they can't read so don't realise the Beauty of Allah (swt) and His religion - so it is our collective duty to help people to Read.
The Month of Ramadhan is the Month of the Qur'an - we read it, reflect upon its meaning, study it, promise to implement its teachings in our lives.
Just imagine...you pick up your copy of the Qur'an - open it - start to Read it - and....you can't read no more...you just can't....you try....but the words are alien to you and meaningless...and those tears role down your cheeks...but you can't do nothing - because the gift of reading that was blessed upon you has...gone...taken back by...the rightful Owner...
Is this what we want?...
This is how children and people around the world feel - those who can't read...and guess what? We've been keeping this gift to ourselves and haven't shared it with others - who just like you and me - what to open their copy of the Qur'an and read the words of Allah - the Mot Gracious, the Most Merciful...
Ramadhan 09 is drawing to an end - after reading this blog entry - what will one of your goals be for the next year?
There's still hope! Lets give a gift to someone this ramadhan - a gift for a lifetime - the gift of reading the Qur'an...
IQRA - And Your Lord Is The Most Generous....