SEE WITH YOUR HEART

Of Mistakes and Crimes

A mistake is one that is made by mistake (sic) and a crime is one that is done deliberately.A mistake must obviously be forgiven. A crime is culpable but can also be forgiven. This is the peculiarity of Islamic Law that even a crime as serious as murder can simply be...

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Grass Hills

The Anamallai Hills are a ridge that is between three thousand five hundred to six thousand feet high and goes like the backbone of an elephant right down the Western side of India to the tip of the subcontinent. Even though it is not called by this name all along...

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Respect earns respect

There are ocean people and others who are mountain people; and yet others who are city people. I, am of the forest people. Wildlife, open spaces, mountains and forests have always been a very significant influence in my life. There is an instant connection that I find...

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Forest days and nights

One of the greatest needs today is for us, human beings, to get back in touch with nature. It is not our evil intent but our indifference, ignorance and disconnect that is the root cause behind global warming, environmental destruction, wildlife extinction, pollution...

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Muhammadﷺ, example for all times

They say that reading biographies is perhaps the best way to learn real life lessons. That is because a biography is a record of practice. Of what worked and what didn’t. The life of Muhammadﷺ  is perhaps one of the most well documented in human history.Having said...

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Meet real people – not labels

Someone sent me the Amazon Prime Ad about the meeting between the priest and Imam which is here..https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=1JVf_rO8zREA dear friend asked me, 'How did we become like this?' ...meaning, 'How did we become so mechanical, bigoted, hatred driven?'...

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If tomorrow comes!

Tomorrow will be October 20, 2016. By the look of things today, I can say with reasonable certainty that it will come. Then why this title for this article? That is to remind myself that whether tomorrow comes or not matters only if I am still here. Only then can I...

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May our hearts come together

History of the events leading the Shahada of Sayyidina Hussain Ibn Ali (RA)The story, in a manner of speaking started a long time before this tragic event. It started during the Khilafa of Sayyidina Othman ibn Affan (RA) (644-56). He was a member of the Makkan clan of...

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The Hope Forum

Welcome to The Hope ForumImagine a desert. That is our world. A desert of hatred, suspicion, violence and despair. Imagine wandering in this desert, throat parched, fearing enemies all around, nearing the end of your strength and just as you think you can’t go any...

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Tiger, Tiger burning bright

There is a welcome awareness about the need to protect tigers in the wild and the wild places they live. Welcome even more because it comes now at a time when the tiger population in India (numbers are even more elusive and ephemeral than the tiger) has fallen from...

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Marriage Evils

Today it is tragic to see that Muslim weddings in our city seem to be devoid of any commitment to Islam. They have instead become famous for ostentation, vulgar display of wealth and wasteful expenditure. That too when we as a community are among the most economically...

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Wedding Khutba

All praise and thanks to Allahﷻ the Rabb of the universe. Salam on His Messengerﷺ and his family. To begin, Allahﷻ said:وَمِنْ آيَاتِهِ أَنْ خَلَقَ لَكُم مِّنْ أَنفُسِكُمْ أَزْوَاجًا لِّتَسْكُنُوا إِلَيْهَا وَجَعَلَ بَيْنَكُم مَّوَدَّةً وَرَحْمَةً إِنَّ فِي ذَلِكَ...

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Turkey – History in the making

Please read this whole article. David Herst is a man of courage. Here are some extracts:http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/how-iphone-defeated-tanks-turkey-1556177810To defeat the coup, the Turkish president used his iPhone. Mosques used their loudspeakers,...

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And proclaim the Grace of your Rabb

وَأَمَّا بِنِعْمَةِ رَبِّكَ فَحَدِّثْDuha: 93: 11. And proclaim the Grace of your RabbYesterday we (in Hyderabad, India) had a massive storm with a 100 mph gale and heavy rain. 67 electric transformers burst all over the city. Trees were uprooted and fell across...

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Cuthbert Suares Jr. whose memory is alive

There are some people who come into your life as a grace from AllahY. You can't imagine what you could have done to deserve someone like that. Yet it happens. Such a person comes into your life, touches you, and leaves. But the memory remains with you forever. For me,...

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Advice to those about to commit matrimony

Do you want to remain happily married?Then don't do 3 things and do 3 things:DON'T:COLLECT GARBAGE: Have a selective memory. Remember only good and forget all bad. Garbage always stinks and only you will smell it.TRY TO MOULD, CHANGE OR SCULPT: If you didn't like what...

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Corbett Park – Tourism, Incredible India

The India Tourism byline is - Incredible India.    I agree. I encountered it. Here is what happened. I decided to go to Corbett Tiger Reserve - being one of my favourite places on earth. I am a lifelong wildlife enthusiast and photographer and ensure that I spend at...

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When the hearts go blind

My dear brotherIt's not my intention to cause you pain by sending these things. Maybe I shouldn't share them with you. This is just my cry of anguish for the pain of...

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20. 10. 2015 – 60

Routine both enables and destroys the opportunity to make real gains. That depends on what you choose to include in your routine. You make the choices. The routine does the rest. For many people they get into a routine which they believe will enable them to live the...

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Old friend, here I come

The idea of meeting old friends after decades of having been out of touch is romantic indeed but one that is in reality fraught with danger. Old friends are a mirror in whom you see your own face and the experience is always moving, sometimes frightening. Old friends...

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