Friday, April 18, 2008

Another Jummah dawns...

As Salaamu Alaikum

Its Jummah again and I sit back and reflect where did the week go to?
It was Monday a few days ago and the week just flew by :(

Hmm time and tide waits for no one, how true this saying is!!!

Jummah Mubarak to you and your families on this Blessed Day!!The Prophet (SAW) is the best example of this. Look to his life, learn from it and live it. And, choose your companionship according to this lofty character, indeed, it will shape you too.Please make Dua'a for all of those going through hardships.
Verily, with every difficulty, there is ease. Truly, with every difficulty there is ease.
Kindly remember the Ummah of Nabi (saw), the sick and oppressed as well as my family & I in your Dua'as, likewise we will do the same, Jazakallah
Please do make me Maaf for anything I may have said or done be it intentionally or unintentionally...
Take care & have a blessed day, Inshallah

A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art.When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.About a month later, just before Eid-ul-Kareem, there was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands.He said, "Sir, you don't know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly. He often talked about you, and your love for art." The young man held out this package. "I know this isn't much. I'm not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this."The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture. "Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It's a gift."The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came to his home he took them to see the portrait of his son before he showed them any of the other great works he had collected.The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of his paintings Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection. On the platform sat the painting of the son. The auctioneer pounded his gavel. "We will start the bidding with this picture of the son. Who will bid for this picture?"There was silence.Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, "We want to see the famous paintings! Skip this one."But the auctioneer persisted. "Will somebody bid for this painting. Who will start the bidding? R100, R200?"Another voice angrily. "We didn't come to see this painting. We came to see the Van Goghs, the Rembrandts. Get on with the real bids!"But still the auctioneer continued. "The son! The son! Who'll take the son?"Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the longtime gardener of the man and his son. "I'll give R10 for the painting." Being a poor man, it was all he could afford."We have R10, who will bid R20?""Give it to him for R10. Let's see the masters..""R10 is the bid, won't someone bid R20?"The crowd was becoming angry. They didn't want the picture of the son.They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.The auctioneer pounded the gavel. "Going once, twice, SOLD for R10!"A man sitting on the second row shouted, "Now let's get on with the collection!"The auctioneer laid down his gavel. "I'm sorry, the auction is over.""What about the paintings?""I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will. I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings.The man who took the son gets everything!"Similarly Allah (swt) gave Nabi (Saw) the Qur-an one thousand four hundred of years ago to guide us Mankind...Much like the Auctioneer,
His message today is: "The Qur-an, the Qur-an, who'll take the Qur-an?"Because, you see, whoever takes the Qur-an gets everything.Glory be to Allah, Master of the Universe and All of Creation!!

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