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I was reading the chapter of good manners in the sahih bukhari collection when i came across these sayings of the Prophet.

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 73, Number 38 :
Narrated by Abu Huraira
Allah’s Apostle said, “While a man was walking on a road. he became very thirsty. Then he came across a well, got down into it, drank (of its water) and then came out. Meanwhile he saw a dog panting and licking mud because of excessive thirst. The man said to himself “This dog is suffering from the same state of thirst as I did.” So he went down the well (again) and filled his shoe (with water) and held it in his mouth and watered the dog. Allah thanked him for that deed and forgave him.” The people asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! Is there a reward for us in serving the animals?” He said, “(Yes) There is a reward for serving any animate (living being).”


Sahih Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 73, Number 41 :
Narrated by Anas bin Malik
The Prophet said, “If any Muslim plants any plant and a human being or an animal eats of it, he will be rewarded as if he had given that much in charity.”


This person, his vision, mentality, hard work and contribution to humanity is very inspiring and heart touching. This video about him bought tears in my eyes. I wish to meet this person and to volunteer with him someday.


Check it out – A Five Year Old Gets It, We Don’t


I accepted a challenge at a blog that i visit sometimes – The challenge was to memorize 99 names of God in Ramadan. Though Ramadan got over and i am running a little late, i am very close to finishing them all.

For those who want to do this, this site  is what i used to learn. It also has the corresponding verse(s) from the Quran for each name. Good Luck!

I was reading the books of hadith, when i came across the fact that the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to drink a drink made by steeping dates or raisins. Being a student of culinary arts, it interested me, and inshallah, i am planning to give it a shot soon.

Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu’minin:

Safiyyah, daughter of Atiyyah, said: I entered upon Aisha with some women of AbdulQays, and asked her about mixing dried dates and raisins (for drink). She replied: I used to take a handful of dried dates and a handful or raisins and put them in a vessel, and then crush them (and soak in water). Then I would give it to the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) to drink.
(Abu Dawood, Book 26 (Book of Drinks), Number 3699)


Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu’minin:

Amrah said on the authority of Aisha that she would steep dates for the Apostle of God (peace be upon him) in the morning. When the evening came, he took his dinner and drank it after his dinner. If anything remained, she poured it out. She then would steep for him at night. When the morning came, he took his morning meal and drank it after his morning meal. She said: The skin vessel was washed in the morning and in the evening. My father (Hayyan) said to her: Twice a day? She said: Yes.
(Abu Dawood, Book 26 (Book of Drinks), Number 3703)

Ibn Abbas reported that raisins were steeped in water for the Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) and he would drink it on that day and on the next day and on the following day until the evening of the third day. He would then order it to be drunk by (other people) or to be thrown away.
(Sahih Muslim,Book 023 (Book of Drinks), Number 4973)


Note: It should not be steeped for so less time that there is no taste. It should not be steeped for too long that fermentation takes place and makes it an intoxicant :). I think few hours to  2-3 days should be good as we learn from the hadith.

Last week, i went to montreal for a few days to explore the city. The main difference that i saw apart from the primary language which is french there, was lots of old historic buildings (montreal is relatively old city with lots of history). Going from Toronto, another major change i felt was very less number of asians there. The only minorty was french speaking arabs, haitians, latinos.

The place where i lived was quite busy area sort of like downtown. There was a mosque at about 10mins walking distance which used to close after isha. I used to go there often. One night, I thought of going there for isha prayer and for some reason I thought I was late and the mosque would have been closed. So I went out but started walking in another direction because I thought the mosque would be closed. After sometime, I felt regretful for missing the prayer so I just thought of going to the masjid and I thought what If they didn’t close it? I will atleast pray myself. The whole area where I lived and the area around the mosque had a lot of bars. Since it was a weekend, that streets were very busy, with noise, drunk and weird people. Walking through all that crap to get to masjid was like walking through hell to reach paradise. As I reached the masjid, to my surprise, I found the people bowing in prayer. The prayer was still going on and I was not late! The happiness and peace of mind I felt there, I can’t describe in words. I was thinking about contrast between what was outside the mosque and what was inside, and how I had given up hope of catching the prayer but God made it happen. I rushed to make ablution and joined the prayer. After the prayer, I left the masjid again going through all the mess but with a smile on my face realizing how lucky I was to be among a few handful people who prayed.

I learnt that if your intentions are right, God, by his mercy can guide you make you do good even in the most contrary situations. And if your intentions are bad, then you could be in the holiest place and still be misguided.

Volunteering at Sandwich Run & Socks for the Homeless

I recently volunteered with a group (Project 417) i found at which distributes lunch bags and socks to the homeless. It was an amaazing experience! I have volunteered before in a similar event of distributing stuff to homeless people hosted by muslim welfare center which was great, but i wanted to get involved with non muslims too so i can show them that muslims care for everyone, and are open minded, not confined to our own community, portray a better image of islam and clear misconceptions (if any). Giving charities & Social work is not just a religious duty, but i feel a moral and social obligation as well, and a way to thank God for all the blessings we have that are taken for granted.

We walked in the streets of downtown toronto passing by homeless shelters and places where street people are seen. We handed sanwhiches and socks which we brought. The smile on peoples faces left our hearts with a feeling of happiness and satisfaction. I have spent alot of time shopping, buying and consuming but never did i find that satisfaction that i do in giving. It was strange to see 5 star hotels, high end restaurants, limousines, brand name clothing stores and homeless people on the same streets. I found this experience spiritually uplifting. At the end, we went to a tim hortons(for those not familiar, tim hortons is a coffee shop franchise in canada), had discussions on various topics & got to know everyone better. It was an amazing experience and i would recommend it to any one living in toronto. At the end of the day, i had made a difference in peoples lives as well as my own life!

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