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September 12, 2016, 03:17:09 am N. Truth Seeker: Wa salam sisters. So kind of u to remember. Alhumdulilah that Allah gave us another chance to live thru the blessed month of Zil Hajj.  Was a busy time for all of my family.
September 11, 2016, 08:26:43 am Zeynab: Wa'salaam my dear Sis Heba Smiley  Yes, Alhumdulilah, the 10 days of this blessed month went well by the Grace & Mercy of Allah. I wish the same for all.
September 11, 2016, 02:20:02 am Heba E. Husseyn: Salam my dear MV team and other sis and bros.  I pray the first 10 days of the bless month of Zil Hajj has passed well for all.  Hajj culminates in about 2 days. InshAllah.
August 22, 2016, 09:50:39 pm Zeynab: Wa'salam.  Thanks brother Smiley  Sis Heba helped me a lot too.
August 22, 2016, 09:33:50 pm N. Truth Seeker: Salam all.  MV Pinterest Boards are super, Alhumdulilah.
June 11, 2016, 06:35:43 am Zeynab: u r absolutely right sis Ruhi.
June 11, 2016, 06:32:29 am Ruhi_Rose: I came across a pinterest page on the Quran which says "The Quran is the central religious text of Islam."  Let me put it this way: Quran is the ONLYText of Islam. If u r following the Quran, u don't need anything else.
June 06, 2016, 06:20:53 am Zeynab: Ramadan Kareem to all.
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« on: April 22, 2011, 02:09:58 am »


Once upon a time a very strong woodcutter got himself a job with a timber merchant.  The pay was really good and so were the working conditions.  The woodcutter was determined to do his best.

His boss gave him an axe and showed him the place where he was to work. The first day, the woodcutter brought 18 trees.

"Congratulations," the boss said. "Go on that way!"  Very motivated by the boss' words, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but he brought only 15 trees. The third day he tried even harder but got 10. Day after day the number of trees he brought decreased.

"I must be losing my strength", the woodcutter thought. He went to the boss and apologized, saying he could not understand what was going on.

"When was the last time you sharpened your axe?" the boss asked. "Sharpened my axe? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy trying to cut trees," replied the woodcutter.

Our lives are like that. We sometimes get so busy that we don't take time to sharpen the "axe."  Without regularly sharpening the axe, we become dull and complacent.  We lose our sense of perception with plenty of limitations crowding our minds.  We get trapped in confusion.
In today's world, it seems that everyone is busier than ever but less happy than ever. Why is that?  Could it be that we have forgotten how to stay sharp?  Most likely, yes.  So, how do we stay sharp?

There's nothing wrong with activity and hard work. But God Almighty does not want us to get so busy with the mundane issues that we neglect the truly important things in life - taking time to pray and to read, understand and follow His Final Message.   We all need time to relax quietly, to think, to reflect, to learn and to grow .. and thus sharpen our wits and be able to recognize the truth and reject what's temporary and phoney. 
Dear folks, take time to read the most Glorious Quran and stay sharp.  It will be the only piece of ever-valuable wealth we will be carrying with ourselves on our final journey.  We will leave everything else behind, even our bodies.

"And a soul and Him Who perfected it
And inspired it (with conscience of) what is wrong for it and (what is) right for it.
He is indeed successful who causeth it to grow,
And he is indeed a failure who stunteth it."  (91:7-10) Surah Ash-Shams

Human conscience, if left to itself either tends to get apathetic or become a prey of misguidance and incorrect concepts.  Thus, it remains stunted without the foundation of the Monotheistic Faith.  To avoid such dreadful failures in life and to succeed, we need to work hard to enable our conscience to grow.  We can only enable it to grow with the help and support of Allah Almighty - reading the Glorious Quran as an inseparable part of our daily schedule with the utmost of concentration so that we grasp the direct and indirect references of every sentence we read and implement it into our lives correctly. 
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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2011, 03:16:29 am »

Lovely, lovely piece dear sis.  Thanks so much for this totally realistic and truthful write up.  I can hardly explain how much it helps to keep in touch with the Noble Quran permanently.  This is my very personal experience.  If you are reading the Quran everyday, you will observe every year that you have improved by understanding life better than you did the previous year.  This is an endless self-improvement that can come only through your sincerity and devotion to Allah and a desire to illuminate your mind with the Light of His Final Message.  And unlike striving for diplomas from those costly Islamic universities, knowledge from the Quran is elucidated to the heart of a sincere believer free of cost!

Very well said .. stay sharp.
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2011, 01:08:09 am »

A top-notch advise that needs to be seriously followed.  Thanks sister.  The analogy it contains is a very good one.  May Allah bring everyone to His path through His final Message. 

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