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  1. Try this if you haven’t already.. Prophet Muhammad (A Young Adult's Guide to the Early History of Islam) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1790469651
  2. Imam Musa Al-Kathem AS, when sent to forced isolation in a random dungeon in Baghdad, was found thanking Allah for the seclusion so he could worship uninterrupted. Something to think about in these days of Covid-19 induced isolation !!! Lets’s renew our relationship with Allah, pickup a new habit in worshiping, abandon something that Allah dislikes..
  3. درود بر ميڈکس May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) protect the medics everywhere. They are at the forefront of this deadly Covid 19 outbreak. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) bless the souls of those who are lost in the line of duty at hospitals and other healthcare establishments.
  4. Associating the gender question in regard to Ruh is misplaced. It’s like wondering if Allah himself has a gender, which He obviously doesn’t has. When Ruh was inserted in humans, no gender was mentioned. فَإِذَا سَوَّيْتُهُ وَنَفَخْتُ فِيهِ مِن رُّوحِي فَقَعُوا لَهُ سَاجِدِينَ -الحجر٢٩ Besides this, in Qur’an, Ruh is also used for Qur’an itself, for revelation or Wahi to our Prophet, for a special creature other than angels which is called Ruh al Qads, for Light aka Noor, and for initiation of creation of Prophet Jesus. None of these presentation of Ruh has gender. There are over five presentations of Ruh in over 20 ayas in Qur’an. To me the most fascinating description of Ruh is here, which in my humble opinion is totally novel way of looking at Ruh. يَا بَنِيَّ اذْهَبُوا فَتَحَسَّسُوا مِن يُوسُفَ وَأَخِيهِ وَلَا تَيْأَسُوا مِن رَّوْحِ اللَّـهِ ۖ إِنَّهُ لَا يَيْأَسُ مِن رَّوْحِ اللَّـهِ إِلَّا الْقَوْمُ الْكَافِرُونَ- يوسف٨٧ But here’s what’s ordained for us normal humans regarding Ruh so I won’t waste my time on it. الْعِلْمِ إِلَّا قَلِيلًا
  5. My recent favorite. Made it twice in its proper way, and the second time was better than the first. Name: Punjabi Chana Daal (Google ‘chana daal’ to see what I’m talking about, people call it gram lentils but I doubt if it’s correct) Method: Step 1: Add half tsp turmeric and half tsp salt in two cups of Daal, and two cups of water. Put it in pressure cooker. Put it on medium high and wait till the pressure is built. Then count 12min. Then turn off the stove. Step 2: Add 1/4 cup oil in a deep pan, heat under medium high. Add freshly chopped one square inch ginger, three garlic cloves, and two green jalapeño in hot oil. Simmer for three minutes. This is enough for these to release their aroma. Add one thinly chopped onion in the pan, let it stir fry on medium high till the onion is slightly brown. Add 1/2 tsp red chilly powder, 1/4 tsp garam masala, 1/4tsp coriander powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric. Mix it in the onion and keep moving it around till the spices are sort of roasted. This whole procedure should take you about 15 min. By this time, the pressure cooker is done. Wait till the pressure is released. Open the lid and pour the stir fried paste into the Daal. Mix as Dall is remained at Medium High heat. Deviation: in original Punjabi recipe, the tomatoes are also stirred with the onions. This is not the sophisticated way, as I was told by a few UP cooks, so I skip it. Tomatoes take away that signature Daal color as well, so I see the point. Step 3: Take another frying pan. Heat 1/4 cup oil at medium high. Add cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Let them pop a bit without them being burned. Add methi leaves and bay leaves, enough in quantity that they could crush in your fist (maybe one ounce total) and sprinkle them in the oil. Let it fry for a few minutes. As soon as the aroma touches your nose, pick up the pan, and pour the oil in the stirring Daal. Step 4: Take a spoon full of Daal out, and taste it like a professional cook. It would boost your cook-ego. Add more salt in it if needed, and stir. DONE P.S. Serve with Naan (or any bread), Achar (the oil mango pickle). Or serve with boiled West Asian rice (not the East Asian tiny rice cousin). P.S.S. Turn the kitchen exhaust on at HIGH. Subcontinent foods aromas stay. P.S.S.S. I purchased a 6quart Instant Pot so I can turn on the exhaust all along (the stovetop flame goes all over if I turn the exhaust on during cooking), and I also get the benefit of automated pressure cooker. You should definitely purchase it if you don’t like babysitting the food.
  6. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/07/when-the-body-attacks-the-mind/485564/ Worth the read - “.....In some sense, the larger aim is to heal the long-standing rift between psychiatry and neurology—between the concepts of brain and mind. Too often, psychosis is seen as the disease itself, but psychosis is like a fever,- it’s a symptom of a lot of different illnesses.”
  7. ^This particular Salawat, God forbid if you get into a really sticky situation, recite it 530 times in one go, then make a Dua’ to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) by the intercession of Lady Fatima Zahra AS, and see how things get smooth out, InshAllah.
  8. Thank you for the nice words. Alhamdolillah this book has consistently been in the top 30 sales for both the Shia and Sunni Amazon categories for the past 12 months, and based on the emails I’ve received, has helped many people find the noor of Ahlul Bayt AS. InshAllah it’s accepted by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and His chosen ones!
  9. Salam brother - thanks for asking. I guess the only qualification I’ve is that I’m one of the humble servants of the nation of Rasool Allah saw. I’m not a schooled alim or anything, and my profession is nowhere near the academia or the literature. I do consider myself an avid hobby reader and a leisure writer, though. The main motivation for the book was this: When my teenager kid came to me asking a book about our Prophet saw, I had no book to refer to, other than our thick and heavy stuff like Hayat ul Quloob and likes. I searched on the web (Amazon and al-Islam) and couldn’t find anything that I could refer to for various reasons. Among major reasons I couldn’t refer those books were - most books had lengthy salutations which break the continuity of events - more of literature grade Arabic translations, others have multiple interpretations for one event, still many are written without considering some of the sayings of the Ahlul Bayt AS regarding these events, still yet, many revolve around everything and everybody else, in addition to being the biography of the Prophet saw, and then for every book that we have out there from the school of Ahlul Bayt as, there are ten more from other schools who don’t prefer Ahlul Bayt as their sole source of guidance; a perfect scenario where you could easily confuse or at least disinterest a young person from our Prophet saw. So I thought why not write a book about the Prophet saw which revolves around his Message and his Mission, and relate events through the angle that are most relevant to his Message (Qur’an) and the Mission (establishment of Justice on Earth)? This way the book and the events remained coherent around the necessity of the continuity of the guidance, till the Qa’em InshAllah. So I started writing it, and here it is Alhamdolillah. P.S. I realized how robot like I sounded above. Am still in the job-day mode, which tells you a bit about my profession. Kindly do remember to Review the book on Amazon if you can. You will have to login to your Amazon account, but it would let you post a comment anonymously. ma’salam ..
  10. .... and if you haven’t read it, most of the book is readable on Amazon Kindle for free, where you could read it and make a judgment call on it for your Amazon Review. I personally think this book should be in your personal library (my little Ad. pitch).... W’salam
  11. Salam All: Alhamdolillah my book linked below is nominated in the list of ‘Best Indy Nonfiction 2019’ by Amazon in four of it’s Kindle geographies (US, CA, UK, & India), both under the ‘Shi’ism Islam’ and the ‘Sunnism Islam’ categories. The 2019 final award would be based on multiple factors, one among those is the readers’ ratings and reviews. I humbly ask you, that if you have read it, and if you are a purchaser of anything on Amazon, you qualify to review the books on Amazon. Kindly go to the link below, scroll down, and click on 'review the book' button. Kindly give it (any) star ⭐️ rating, and if you prefer, also please write your comments. You could select an alias to review the book in case you want to hide your identity online. Prophet Muhammad (A Young Adult's Guide to the Early History of Islam) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1790469651
  12. No friends, no parents, no favourite celebrities, no Shafe’, no-one would bear the consequences on behalf of the “SELF”! ✥﷽✥ *۞فَمَنْ أَبْصَرَ فَلِنَفْسِهِ۞* 104 سورة الأنعام *۞مَّنْ عَمِلَ صَالِحًا فَلِنَفْسِهِ۞* 15 سورة الجاثية *۞وَمَنْ شَكَرَ فَإِنَّمَا يَشْكُرُ لِنَفْسِهِ۞* 12 سورة لقمان *۞وَمَن تَزَكَّىٰ فَإِنَّمَا يَتَزَكَّىٰ لِنَفْسِهِ۞* 18 سورة فاطر *۞وَمَنْ جَاهَدَ فَإِنَّمَا يُجَاهِدُ لِنَفْسِهِ۞* 6 سورة العنكبوت *۞مَّنِ اهْتَدَىٰ فَإِنَّمَا يَهْتَدِي لِنَفْسِهِ۞* 92 سورة النمل *۞وَمَن يَبْخَلْ فَإِنَّمَا يَبْخَلُ عَن نَّفْسِهِ۞* 38 سورة محمد *۞فَمَنْ نَكَثَ فَإِنَّمَا يَنْكُثُ عَلَى نَفْسِهِ۞* 10 سورة الفتح *۞وَمَن يَكْسِبْ إِثْمًا فَإِنَّمَا يَكْسِبُهُ عَلَىٰ نَفْسِهِ۞* 111 سورة النساء ‏
  13. One of the most respected Sunni scholars of Pakistan. His conclusion: Ayesha’s age was 16-19 yrs https://youtu.be/JoJHZKSwIdw
  14. Yesterday, the whole day, nothing but Qalaqand, with water, with coffee, tea, green tea, ginger ale. A lethal food in its own right, but you gotta try it.
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