Archive | May 2012

Barrier between two bodies of water

Bismillah Hirahaman Niraheem

“He has let free the two bodies of flowing water, meeting together: Between them is a Barrier which they do not transgress.” [Al-Qur’an Rahman 55:19-20]

In the Arabic text the word ‘barzakh’ means a barrier or a partition. This barrier, however, is not a physical partition. The Arabic word ‘maraja’ literally means ‘they both meet and mix with each other’. Early commentators of the Qur’an were unable to explain the two opposite meanings for the two bodies of water, i.e. they meet and mix, and at the same time there is a barrier between them. Modern Science has discovered that in the places where two different seas meet, there is a barrier between them. This barrier divides the two seas so that each sea has its own temperature, salinity and density. Oceanologists are now in a better position to explain this verse. There is a slanted unseen water barrier between the two seas through which water from one sea passes to the other.
But when the water from one sea enters the other sea, it loses its distinctive characteristic and becomes homogenized with the other water. In a way this barrier serves as a transitional homogenizing area for the two waters.

This phenomenon is also mentioned in the following verse of the Qur’an:

“And made a separating bar between the two bodies of flowing water?” [Al-Qur’an Naml 27:61]

This phenomenon occurs in several places, including the divider between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean at Gibralter. A white bar can also be clearly seen at Cape Point, Cape Peninsula, South Africa where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean.
But when the Qur’an speaks about the divider between fresh and salt water, it mentions the existence of “a forbidding partition” with the barrier.

“It is He Who has let free the two bodies of flowing water: one palatable and sweet, and the other salty and bitter; yet has He made a barrier between them, to be passed. [Al-Qur’an Furkan 25:53]

Modern science has discovered that in estuaries, where fresh (sweet) and salt water meet, the situation is somewhat different from that found in places where two salt water seas meet. It has been discovered that what distinguishes fresh water from salt water in estuaries is a “pycnocline zone with a marked density discontinuity separating the two layers.”
This partition (zone of separation) has a salinity different from both the fresh water and the salt water.
This phenomenon occurs in several places, including Egypt, where the river Nile flows into the Mediterranean Sea. These scientific phenomena mentioned in the Qur’an was also confirmed by Dr. William Hay, a well-known marine scientist and Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado, U.S.A.

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Think again…

Bismillah Hirahaman Niraheem

While in college, I have always found a vast difference in my depth of understanding subjects which are taught by someone and those which I learnt on my own.  Also the food cooked by asking some experienced cook is more delicious than the one cooked by looking its recipe over the internet. That is why while learning we look for a reputed college with good staff and while cooking we rather ask our mother than learn every recipe through the internet.

Then why is it we don’t apply this to gain Islamic knowledge and are content with learning religion through some books or through the internet. Why don’t we really look for someone to guide us, one who is experienced and more knowledgeable in matters of deen and diseases of the heart.

Whoever gives up something for Allah, HE will substitute with something better

Bismillah Hirahman Niraheem

1.Whoever leaves begging people, asking them humiliatingly, and attaches his expectations to Allah alone, Allah will compensate him by better than that he has abandoned. He will bestow upon him freedom of heart, self-respect and dispensing with people ” he who seeks chastity, Allah will help him to be, and chaste he who seeks patience Allah will bestow patience upon him”

2.Whoever abstains from objecting to what Allah decreed, and acknowledges to his Lord in all his affairs, Allah will bestow upon him satisfaction and tranquility. He will show him good consequences, which may never come to his mind.

3.Whoever desists resorting to foretellers and sorcerers Allah will give him patience, and true commitment to Allah. He will get awareness with Allah’s oneness.

4.Whoever ceases to crave for the world’s benefits, Allah will recompose his affairs, make his richness in his heart, and the world will seek him forcedly.

5.Whoever stops fearing others than Allah, and singles Allah alone with apprehension, he will be protected from illusions, and Allah will provide him with security against any dangers, so his worries will be turned into safety, coolness and peace.

6.Whoever stops lying, and stick to truth in whatever he gets or leaves, he will be guided to Al-birr (piety, righteousness and each and every act of obedience to Allah) and he will be before Allah one of the Siddiqûn (those followers of the Prophets who were first and foremost to believe in them, like Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (may Allah be pleased with him). He will be blessed with the tongue of truth among people, so they would confer honor and supremacy upon him and will lend hearing to what he says.

7.Whoever leaves argument, even though he is right, he is guaranteed a house in the middle of paradise. He will be saved from the bad effects of importunity and antagonism. He will maintain the serenity of his heart, and be safeguarded from exposing his defects.

8.That he who leaves fraud in sale and purchase shall increasingly enjoy public confidence and his merchandise shall be in great demand.

9.That he who leaves usury and gaining bad money, Allah will bless his living and open before him doors of all that is good and blessings.

10.That he who abandons looking at the forbidden; Allah will compensate him with true discernment, light and clarity, and a joy that he finds in his heart.

11.That he who desists avarice, and prefers openhandedness and generosity, people will love him. He will become nearer to Allah and to paradise, and will be safeguarded from worries, gloominess and depression. He will grow increasingly in ranks of perfection and virtuousness {And whosoever is saved from his own covetousness, such are they who will be the successful.} [Surat Al-Hashr: 9]

12.Anyone who gives up arrogance and stick to humbleness will increase in dominance, prestige, and importance. The Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, as narrated by Muslim in his Sahih: “and who humbly submits himself to Allah, Allah will elevate him.”

13.That whosoever deserts the warmth and pleasure of sleeping and gets up to pray to Allah glorified and Exalted, Allah will compensate him with joyfulness, vitality and intimacy.

14.That whosoever gives up smoking, and all other intoxicants: alcoholic drinks and drugs, Allah will aid him and will provide him with His graces. Allah will compensate him with health and true happiness rather than that fake and transient happiness.

15.That whosoever leaves revenge and wreaking, despite his capacity to do so, Allah will bounty him with cheerfulness and ease in his heart, as forgiveness include tranquility, and self-honor, characteristics which are absent from revenge. The prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said: “the slave of Allah who forgives, Allah elevates him in the estimation (of the people)”, [Reported by Muslim]

16.That whosoever gets rid of bad companions whom he thinks that in accompanying them he will attain his utmost intimacy and pleasure, Allah will reward him with righteous companions, with them he will find pleasure and benefits, and by keeping their companion and association he will gain the best of this worldly life and the Hereafter.

17.Anyone who stops consuming much food will be saved from gluttony and other various diseases, because he who too eats much, drinks too much; hence he sleeps too much, the result is that he will lose a lot.

18.Whosoever quits procrastination in paying his debts Allah will help him paying them off. In fact he is really entitled to invoke Allah’s help.

19.That whosoever manages his anger will preserve his pride and dignity; and will keep away from the humiliation of apology and the consequences of remorse. He will enter in the company of the righteous {who repress anger} [Surat Al-‘Imrân: 134]

20.Whosoever abstains from backbiting and slandering people and looking for their flaws will be compensated with safety from their evils and is provided with insight into himself.

21.Whoever desists from imitating the fools, and turns away from the foolish will safeguard his honor, spare himself their trouble, and be saved from hearing what hurts him {Show forgiveness, enjoin what is good, and turn away from the foolish (i.e. don’t punish them).} [Surat Al-A’râf: 199]

22.Whosoever leaves envy will be saved from its various harms. Envy is incurable disease, a lethal poison, an outrageous behavior and an evil moral. It is found in inferior relatives, peers, comrades, acquaintance, and friends.

23.Whosoever is protected from having miss-suspicion of people will be saved from heart confusion and mind distraction. Miss-suspicion spoils affection, and brings about worry and embarrassment, therefore Allah Glorified and Exalted tells us to beware of suspicion: {O you who believe! Avoid much suspicion; indeed some suspicions are sins.} [Surat Al-Hujurât: 13].

24.Whosoever discards laziness and embarks upon hard work, his ambition will soar up, and his time will be blessed; thus he will gain a lot of good in such a short time. And he who deserts pleasures will get his expectations, and who is addicted to them will regret.

25.Who abandons seeking fame and exhibitionism, Allah will uplift him and fame will come to him dragging its wake.

26.Who avoids being undutiful to his parents and becomes filial obedient, Allah will be pleased with him and will provide him with children, and He will let him enter paradise in the Hereafter. Likewise, the one who avoids breaking off relations with his relatives, and maintain close and friendly relations with them, Allah will increase the means of his subsistence, and will extend his traces, and he is still supported by Allah as long as he continues keeping his relations with them.

27.Who abandons passionate love, and avoids the reasons leading to it; who bears the pangs and torment of the desertion and remoteness of the beloved, and turns wholly to Allah will be provided with consolation and comfort, self-dignity, he will be saved from the anguish, humiliation, and captivity of passionate love. His heart will be filled with freedom, and love of Allah Glorified and Exalted, a love that composes his heart and satisfies its hunger. As the heart is only pleased and content; it enjoys tranquility and serenity but with the worship and the love of its Lord and by returning to Him.

28.That one who quits frowning and sullenness, and is characterized with cheerfulness and smiling, becomes flexible and complaisant; and gains much loving friends and his enemies decrease.The Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said: “smiling at the face of your fellow Muslim brother is an act of charity”. [Narrated by At-Tirmizi]

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