Sunday, August 31, 2008

Pure Charity

The parable of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah, is that of a grain that sprouts into seven ears, each bearing one hundred grains.

Allah gives manifold increase to whom he wishes. He wishes. Allah has boundless knowledge. Those who spend their wealth in the cause of Allah and do not follow their charity with reminders of their generosity or injure the feeling of the recipient shall get their reward from their Rabb; they shall have nothing to fear or to grieve.

Kind words and forgiveness are better than charity followed by injury.
Allah is Self-sufficient, Forbearing.

~Al-Baqarah, 2: 261-263~

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The One

“The One remains, the many change and pass,
Heaven’s light for ever shines, earth‘s shadow fly.
Life, like a dome of many colored glass,
Stains the white radiance of Eternity,
Until death crushes it to fragments”


Monday, August 11, 2008

Living Creatively

Living creatively means being sensitive to seeds of dissatisfaction, and willing to nurture with patient interest and attention

~Guy Claxton & Bill Lucas, The Creative Thinking Plan~

Monday, August 04, 2008

Mechanism of Understanding

Every understanding requires pre-understanding. The understanding develop by extracting the meaning from society. It is what we call as 'structural meaning' or 'meaning system'. Family is the starting point of 'structural meaning'. Everyone might have same 'structural meaning', but not identical. The meaning is various, based on our 'situated' in society. To understand better, we must have flexible 'structural meaning'. If the structural meaning is rigid, we cannot get better understanding.

~Yedullah Kazmi~

*notes on Avanced History and Philosophy of Islamic Education, Dr. Yedullah Kazmi, UIAM