Monday, December 16, 2013

The good side of technology

Another vodafone song, which is pleasing and cute. It highlights the advantages of carrying technology with you via a smartphones. Love it.

Lyrics :

13 hours of bollywood on a very slow very old bus, 

my personal entertainment is certainly a plus... 

There's a sign at the crossroads but who knows what it means, 

a second opinion would be helpful thank goodness for machines... 

I think I am lost in translation and maybe lost in person, 

I better find a shortcut before the weather worsens... 

It gets lonely when there are no other humans, 

that is why I say to you there is nothing like reunions.

Smart people use smartphones smartly :-) 

Are you an open book?

I Guess My Life's An Open Book 
Anyone Can Take A Look 
No Secrets Here 2 Hide 
This Is Just Me! 
Holidays They Come Go 
Feelings Change people Grow 
All I Know Is I Like Being Free 
Da Da Da I Wil Be Fine 
This Is Me Now 
But I Could Chage Anytime !!!


Beautiful ads Vodafone has! Nice, sweet and emotional song!

But keeping the emotions aside from the song, let's look at this. This is true of so many people now.... everyone's life has become an open book! Thanks to Facebook. And other social networking sites.
You get trapped in the puzzle and there seems no way out. You are given information you never needed, you get to see posts you never wanted to see, your blood boils with some people's opinions. You want to scream, shout.... but there seems no way out. After 3 years or so with facebook, and trying to make it a mini blog, I closed the book of my life from public view! 

And now when I look back past 1-2 years, I was so hooked to it via net and via mobile, it seems so silly! Its such a waste of time and talent. And time is the biggest constraint. Now I've got time and yet too busy utilising every moment with new found goals and cause in life and running here and there. Not a moment to spare. I may not be visible anymore, but I am very much there! 

Now when I see people hooked to their phones even in public places, causing nuisance to others in crowded trains and stations, (thankfully I wasn't that hooked, I was alert at the same time) I feel this entire exercise is such a waste. Sometimes it all appears like a well thought plan of an enemy which wants to weaken the youth and future of nations and world as a whole, while a bigger plan is being worked out. An attack when people are non alert and numb in their virtual world. I see young girls so much into watsapp and other sites, busy typing away that they do not realise, they're being ogled at or even touched in a crowd!!! I know the war thought is an wild imagination (what if its true?), but it can be worked out that way! Because the people with a cause keep away from such addictions. But they addict and weaken others!

And all this data one shares on social networking sites is stored and used and who knows tomorrow might work against you!

It starts off with connecting with friends, then some of your office pests (for courtesy's sake!), your enemies through your friends, people you dislike and offensive messages from unknown strangers are the things you get as a package deal !!! You have to be careful, block, fear hackers! Your peace is devoid as things start affecting you and likewise you start affecting others too!!! Its just not worth it!

A portion of Halal eating

Video copyrights and ownership :

Hi friends,
Those who want to know about what the term 'Halal' meat means must watch this video. This term is quite common to see and good news for many Muslims. With KFC offering Halaal meat, now this term is not alien to non Muslims as it was once! I remember once asking 'Pizza Hut' guy if they served Halaal meat, and the person seemed startled and confused. This was some 6-7 years ago! A lot has changed since. 
Of course, this video just mentions the first part of Halaal, that is reciting God's name before the slaughter. This has a magical effect on the animal. The other portions are the exact vein to be cut, so that the animal experiences least pain and the entire blood oozes out from the animal. Of course this has its own benefits and the meat tastes better. But lets dedicate this post only to Part 1 of Halal. Cause this is what the video sticks to. Worth a watch. Before you start watching, halaal simply means 'permissible'.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

The Danger of a Single Story - Perceptions and stereotypes!

What a wonderful writer and narrator she is. I really enjoyed every bit of the writer's narration. I have my own bit to add. A single story or cliches or stereotypes, as we call it, are in abundance in society. Notions, perceptions, often incorrect or based on others' views about people, communities, religions, regions etc remain engraved in most minds. Because people believe what they hear and read or what they see around them and use it to measure the entire lot of similar people.

Often such wrong perceptions lead us to make wrong decisions about certain people, be unduly fair /unfair to them and in some cases result in hatred.

Perceptions can be of many types. Just like negative perceptions about good or normal things exists, so can incorrect good perceptions about wrong things can exist. We need to go a step beyond and learn and research the truth about a thing, people or events before we start to believe it blindly. Its like having a mind of your own. But people have no time to know and understand. Believing the first story that's doled out before one is the order of the day. We are connected by the web, community sites and the world's getting a small place. But our hearts are getting smaller as we are getting intolerant. Our minds are contracting as we often believe the negative stories. Our sadist brains enjoy them.

I have seen unjust people in oft termed 'unjustly treated societies'. I've seen unethical practices in so-called traditionally rich and pure cultures. And I've also seen happiness and love being spread by those who have got only hurt and hatred. Such are the paradoxes of the world we live in. If only we open our minds to see. Cause no longer is seeing believing. But feeling it with your heart is definitely believing.

I pray that we do not restrict ourselves to single stories alone. But look beyond such stories that we read or hear.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Gog and Magog and Dhul Qarnayn

I found this informative video which says more than words. A lot of data on Dhul Qarnayn, Dajjal (Anti Christ), the second coming of Jesus, Gog-Magog from Quran and Hadiths is summarised with a wonderful commentary and breathtaking visuals.

A must see for Muslims and even non Muslims who want to know what Quran states about things that will happen towards the end of the world. Maybe some things have already begun. Allah knows best.

Focused and back!

Hey friends, its nice to be back on apna Blog. And once again focused in life. And to have a purpose. A good one. No matter how lucrative and social forum Facebook appears, it has its 'Grey areas'. You have to add some friends as courtesy, be constantly monitored, have to bear with posts of friends you don't agree with. And if this was not enough, have your personal data monitored by international agencies. Its so much like spreading yourself thin. And if God forbid anything happens to you, the media would get into it and spread your life all over television! Your pics, your posts and speculate your thoughts! Scary!!!! Being on a networking site tempts you to keep uploading pics, mostly to show off! And they could be misused too!

You are constantly checking updates, wasting time, getting anxious/ excited over non issues! Then fuming over friends and acquaintances affiliations! Its like everyone is entering your personal space and demanding to know everything about you. What you're doing and where you're going. And so much wastage of time. If you want to connect with friends, pick up the phone and talk. Or message them. Though many find it funny that I am not on Watsapp, but the fact remains that as of now.

A blog has its own bright points, though networking sites have wider reach. Only people who want to read what you write for learning or for debating or like your writing skills read your articles. And the people who read blogs are usually smarter. ;-)

I hope to keep writing and posting. If God wills.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

RUQYAH -Healing and Cure from Evil Eye and Envy - Surah Falaq and Surah Naas

A lot has been said and heard about the effect of Black Magic, Evil Eye (Nazar) and Envy (Hasad) and its effect on human beings, so much so that people have been destroyed or weakened with its effect. This is not just hearsay or a false belief. It mention is there in Quran and the Hadiths. The verses pertaining to them will leave you stunned. I will make this very simple to understand and quote simple relevent verses from Quran and Hadith.

Allah informs us about magic in the Holy Quran as follows:

"And when there came to them a Messenger from Allah confirming what was with them, a party of those who were given the scripture threw away the book of Allah behind their backs as if they did not know. And they followed what the devils gave out falsely of magic of the reign of Solomon; for Solomon did not disbelieve but the devils disbelieved, teaching men magic and such things that came down at Babylon to the two angels Harut and Marut, but neither of these two (angles) taught anyone (such things) until they had said: we are only for trial, so don't disbelieve. And from them (magicians) people learn that through which they would cause separation between a person and his spouse, but they could not thus harm anyone except by Allah's leave; and they learn that which harms them rather than profits them. And indeed they knew that its practitioner would have no share in the Hereafter. And how bad indeed was that for which they sold their own selves if they but knew". (QURAN 2:101-2)

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be with him) said : 'The effect of the evil eye is true, if anything were to alter destiny, it would be the evil eye, and when you are told to bathe from the effect of an evil eye, you should do so'. - Hadith Sahih Muslim (Book of Healing)

For Islamic purposes, the use of specialized prayers (duaa) or Qur'anic verses are known as ruqyah. The Prophet, sallallahu alayhe wa sallam, and his companions used this method of healing, as evidenced by many ahadeeth in Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud, Tirmithi and others. Muslims are advised to provide ruqiyah for Muslims and even non-Muslims that are sick. The sick are also able to provide ruqiyah for themselves. Ruqyah is a valuable tool for treating a variety of disorders and diseases. This may include snake or scorpion bite, the evil eye (or envy), and psychological problems that Jinn may cause.

Hadrat Ayesha  (May Allah be pleased with her)  is reported to have said : Whenever The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be with him) suffered from an ailment, Angel Gabriel (peace be upon him) used to perform Ruqyah upon him, saying : 'In the name of Allah, He relieves you from every ailment, and from the evil of every envier when we envies and from the evil of every eye' -  Hadith Sahih Muslim (Book of Healing)

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be with him) used to seek refuge from the jinn as well as from the evil eye until Surah al Falaq and An Naas were revealed. When they were sent down, he utilised them and left other things. - Hadith Tirmidhi 

Hazrat Ayesha (May Allah be pleased with her) narrates:

"Whenever the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) would become ill, he would recite the Mu'awwizat (Surah al-Falaq and Surah an-Nas) and blow over himself. When his illness was aggravated, I used to recite these two Surahs and blow my breath over him and make him rub his body with his own hand, for its blessings." (Hadith Sahih al-Bukhari No. 4728)

Narrated Um Salama:
That the Prophet saw in her house a girl whose face had a black spot. He said. "She is under the effect of an evil eye; so treat her with a Ruqya." - Hadith Sahih Muslim

Surah Falaq and Surah Naas are mainly used for cure from Jinns and evil eye and magic. Both the Surah's are embedded for better understanding with meaning. Those who find Surah Falaq difficult to learn and recite, the simplest form of learning is embbeded from Utube here.

Apart from these Surahs, there are several Surahs which help in healing from Illness and other evils like Ayat- Al Kursi and Surah Fatiha.

Recite Ayat-ul-Kursi, Surah Fatiha, Surah Falaq and Surah Naas frequently (not in the form of wazeefa). This is the most important part. Recite these surahs sitting, standing, walking etc. They are the swords against magic, jinn possession and evil eye. Be very persistent in reciting them because if you are able to accomplish this, you WILL feel the difference. Ayat ul kursi is one of the most powerful verses of Quran. Jinns cannot perform any of their activites while the victim is busy reciting Ayat Al kursi. There comes a time when the jinns will give up and leave as the client due to his frequent recitation of Ayat-Al-kursi, will create a hurdle for their activites.

May The Almighty save us from all evil and harm. Remember that doing magic or casting evil on another is an unpardonable sin.