There is power in contemplation!
A member of a certain mosque, who previously had started attending the
> mosque to perform his salaah, suddenly stopped attending. After a few
> weeks, the imam decided to visit him.
> It was a chilly evening. The imam found the man alone at home, sitting
> before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his imam's visit, the
> man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the
> fireplace...and waited.
> The imam made himself at home but said nothing. In the grave silence,
> he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs.
> After some minutes, the imam took the fire tongs, carefully picked up
> a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all
> alone, then he sat back in his chair, still silent.
> The host watched all this in quiet contemplation. As the one lone
> ember's flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow and
> then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and dead.
> Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. The imam
> glanced at his watch and realized it was time to leave. He slowly
> stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire.
> Immediately it began to glow, once more with the light and warmth of
> the burning coals around it.
> As the imam reached the door to leave, his host said with a tear
> running down his cheek, 'Shukran for your visit and especially for the firey sermon.
> I will be attending mosque again tomorrow starting with the fajr
> salaah, inshallah'.
> We live in a world today, which tries to say too much with too little.
> Consequently, few listen. Sometimes the best sermons are the ones
> left unspoken.
> In the name of ALLAH (SWA) ----- that's Powerful!
> The Beneficent, the Merciful ----- that's Kindness!
> Master of the day of judgment ---- that's Retribution!
> The alone do we worship ----- that's Omnipotent!
> and thee alone do we ask for help ---- that's Faithful!
> Show us the straight path -- that's Guidance!
> The path of those whom thou has favored - that's Love!
> Not the path of those who earn thine anger nor of those who go astray
> -- that's Testing!
> Face it, Allah loves you!
> I thought this was pretty special, just like YOU!
> What is most valuable is not what we have in our lives, but WHO we
> have in our lives.
> HAVE A BLESSED WEEK!!!