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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Signs for a people who are wise

Signs for a people who are wise

“Behold, in the creation of the heavens and the earth;

In the alternation of the night and day;

In the sailing of the ships through the ocean for the profit of humankind;

In the rain which Allah sends down from the skies and the life which he gives
Therewith to an earth that is dead;

In the beasts that he scatters through the earth;

In the change of the winds and the clouds which they trail like their slaves
Between the sky and the earth;

Here indeed are signs for a people who are wise. Quran 2:164

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Rumi quotes

Some quotes from my favorite Islamic mystic and philosopher, Mevlana Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī. 

Rumi quotes 

Rumi quote 

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Bird photography

Bird photography 

Just random bird photographs taken over the last couple of weeks. Recently, I have been inundated by a flock of Red billed Quelea's that have taken residence close to my home. They are really interesting to watch as they are extremely gregarious by nature and are constantly jostling and bickering  with each other. Also, the variety of colors they come in are amazing, red headed breeding males, pink headed juveniles and drab brown females. 

Most images were taken with my Canon SL1 (100D).

Things that bring about happiness

Things that bring about happiness

1. Good deeds:
" Whoever works righteousness, whether male or female, while he [or
she] is a true believer [of Islamic Monotheism] verily, to him We will
give a good life [in this world with respect, contentment and lawful
provision]...} (Qur'an 16: 97)

2. A pious wife:
 'Our Lord! Bestow on us from our wives and our offspring who will
be the comfort of our eyes... $ (Quran 25: 74)

3. A spacious house:
 The Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him)
said: "O' Allah, make my house spacious for me."

4. Sustenance that is derived and earned through honest means:
 The Messenger of Allah (bpuh) said:"Verily, Allah is Tayyib (good and pure), and He does
not accept other than what is good and pure."

5. Good manners and a spirit of fellowship with people:
'And He has made me blessed wheresoever I be... " (Quran 19: 31)

6. Being debt-free and not being a profligate spender:
"And those, who, when they spend, are neither extravagant nor
niggardly...^ (Quran 25: 67)

"And let not your hand be tied [like a miser] to your neck, nor stretch
it forth to its utmost reach [like a spendthrift]..^ (Qur'an 17: 29)

Aaidh ibn Abdullah al-Qarni - Dont be Sad