All through my life, There’s been one guiding light That showed me the way Through all the strife My faith It supported me when I was faltering It bolstered my confidence when it was shaky It lit up the path I needed to take in the dark Where would I be Without my faith, my guiding light?
My father was a great fan of Urdu poetry. He had collections of Mirza Ghalib, Allama Iqbal, and many other Urdu poets. There was a couplet he was very fond to reciting to us when we asked for something that was out of his purchasing power;
hazaron khwahishen aisi ke har khwahish pe dam nikle
buhat niklay mery arman lekin phir bhi kam niklay
Roughly translated/ paraphrased, it goes like this;
In life there are thousands of desires, each demanding a sacrifice
Many of my wishes were fulfilled, yet too many left unfulfilled
At first, he had to explain the meaning of these lines to us and later whenever we made an outrageous request, he would recite only the first line and we got the message.
All his life, he was in government service and had a lot of power during his tenure, but being scrupulously honest we had a very simple lifestyle. We never went without necessities but had very few luxuries. But he taught us that honesty was way more important than having material things.
Your prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “a phrase you grew up with.” Include in your post a phrase your mom/dad/grandparent/sibling used all the time when you were growing up, or just write whatever inspires you based on that phrase. Enjoy!
As one of the pillars of Islam, zakat is a form of obligatory charity that has the potential to ease the suffering of millions. Zakat is calculated on annual savings and 2.5% of which is given in charity.
“And establish prayer and give zakat, and whatever good you put forward for yourselves – you will find it with Allah.” (2:110, Qur’an)
With the literal meaning of the word being ‘to cleanse,’ Muslims believe that paying zakat purifies, increases and blesses the remainder of their wealth.
Zakat is also a spiritual connection to one’s maker – to purify your wealth for the will of Allah is to acknowledge that everything we own belongs to Him, and it is for Him that we strive to end poverty and help our brothers and sisters.
Zakat is paid to deserving people so that there is equitable distribution of wealth in the society. Ideally, a Muslim society should be free from poverty and Zakat helps us to achieve this target.
“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands.” ~ Milton Berle.
This weekend, partner GC and I give you the challenge word Mother.
When a woman becomes a mother She is blessed with unique attributes Her emotional strength outweighs The challenges that she faces Like a superhero she can tackle Every chore and task unflinchingly It’s hard to put it in mere words The appreciation and regard I feel For mothers all over the world In all times, past and present It suffices to just say Mothers are unique, loveliest of God’s creations