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Hanz Ssekz
at Nov 19, 2014 10:14:44 AM
IKHLAAS IN SEEKING KNOWLEDGE [2/2]

- Do you know this Hadith that I just mentioned to you that we say and we take so casually (the ‘Aalim is the first to enter Hell), is the Hadith that made Abu Hurayrah radhiallahu ‘anhu fall unconscious in fear three times before he was able to say it!

- That Hadith about an ‘Aalim entering Hell, Abu Hurayrah tried to tell that to someone and he fell unconscious three times before he was able to say it, out of fear of his intention!

In Sunan at-Tirmidhi, Shafee al-Asbahi (he is a Tab’iee) said I went to the Masjid and I saw people gathering around a man. I said who is this man? He said Abu Hurayrah. I said that is Abu Hurayrah? He said I stood there until people left, when I was with him alone I said teach me a Hadith you fully comprehended from the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. He said:
نَشَغَ أَبُو هُرَيْرَةَ

What does Nashagha( نَشَغَ) mean? Nashagha means he took a deep sigh and he fainted unconscious. He was about to say the Hadith, he took a deep sigh and fell unconscious. He said I will tell you the Hadith, he fell unconscious. Then he awoke, he wiped his face and said I will tell you the Hadith. Then as he was about to say this Hadith:
نَشَغَ أَبُو هُرَيْرَةَ
He fell unconscious again. He took a deep sigh and he fell unconscious. He wipes his face a second time, and then he falls unconscious a third time.

- Then he awoke and he was finally able to mention this Hadith where a person who is of the Qur’an, a Mujaahid or he gives in charity are the first to enter Hell because of their lack of sincerity. Abu Hurayrah radhiallahu ‘anhu feared that Hadith? I ask you by Allah, what are we going to say today?

That is something to analyse and look at, that is why I told you we will devote a Halaqah today. Sincerity is not easy and it needs a lot of work on it. If Abu Hurayrah radhiallahu ‘anhu passed out three times fearing a Hadith that has sincerity in it, what should you say? You should be in a coma right now, Wallahi that is true.

مَنْ تَعِلَّمَ عِلْمًا مِمَا يَبْتَغَى بِهِ وَجْهُ اللهَ أَزَّ وَجَلَّ لَايَتَعَلَّمُهُ إِلَّا لِيُصِيبَ بِهِ عَرَضًا مِنْ الدُّنْيَا لَمْ يَجِدْ عَرْفَ الجَنَّة.
[رواه ابو داود]

Narrated by Abu Dawood. Whoever studies knowledge and does not do so except for worldly matters, will not get the ‘Arfal-Jannah( عَرْفَ الجَنَّة) I mentioned this Hadith before, ‘Arfal-Jannah is the smell of Heaven.

- We have to check our Ikhlaas day and night. Every detail of our path, every little, tiny deed that we do, fix the intention. When one commits a sin, they get a black dot on their hearts wal-‘Iyaathu Billah, unless they wash it off with repentance.

كَلَّا بَلْ رَانَ عَلَىٰ قُلُوبِهِم مَّا كَانُوا يَكْسِبُونَ Mutaffiffin:14

One who does not wash it off will have a darkened heart and when it is dark like that, it becomes upside down like a cup that is upside down. You try to put water in it, it rejects water. That is why you talk to some people, they are in one avenue and you are in one avenue.

Deficiency in Ikhlaas is very similar in that it starts small like those dots, the deficiency starts in little matters. It starts like tiny hair strings that make a rope, a little deficiency in Ikhlaas is like a hair string. If you do not get rid of that string by fixing your intention and clearing your intention, washing your intention and making it pure, you get another hair string like those dots, and another hair string. Before you know it, the heart is swaddled in a tight rope of complete insincerity!

- Once that rope swaddles, that is the point of no return or almost of no return. That is when seeking knowledge becomes for fame, teaching is for money, prestige and to impress the community.

- A Daa’iyah becomes known more for his personal life, wealth and hotels that he goes in and out of, than his Da’wah itself. So clean the heart from those hair strings before the rope swaddles your heart in insincerity.

- The heart in pertaining to Ikhlaas has one face, it has a face and it has a back. You can either face Allah with your heart of Ikhlaas, or face people in worldly matters. It is one or the other, you cannot do both, it has one face. If you face people in Ikhlaas, you gave Allah your back. If you face Allah in Ikhlaas, you gave people your back in Ikhlaas and that is where you want to be. That is where you want your heart to be. When one is in a noble task of learning and teaching, he is walking on a thin line. There is no room for play, when you are walking on a thin line suspended in air, do you sit around and play up there? Like they do in the circus, do they sit and play on the rope?

- You have to be walking on a thin line. One sees his followers, one sees people who get listening to him, he starts to win arguments and debates or begins to correct people, or even at times when someone is in the most noble duties he sees some Karamaat of victory. At that point, you cannot let your Ikhlaas relax and that is what happens a lot of the time. The tainting in Ikhlaas begins to seep in if one does not constantly wash it out.

Look at the flip side of it all, we said the higher rank in Jannah goes to certain people, those who held themselves to a higher standard. If the first three to enter Hell is an ‘Aalim, a reciter and a Mujaahid, then the opposite is true.

- We always said Allah holds you to a higher standard. The first to enter Jannah after the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam are the Messengers because they are the heads of the ‘Ulamaa, they are the heads of the ones who ordain the good and forbid the evil.

- That is why the ‘Ulamaa are called the inheritors of the Messengers, Warathatil-Anbiyaa’ ( ِ ءاَيِبْنَلأا ِ ةَثَ رَو ). The closer one is to them in his actions and deeds, the closer he will enter Jannah after and right behind them and near them. If you want that high rank and that honourable entry with the Messengers, you need to know that you are going to be held at a higher standard, a standard so high that if you mess up, you will be the first to enter Jahannam wal-‘Iyaathu Billah. Do you see how dangerous that is?

- Sometimes ‘Ilm or learning and teaching becomes a desire in itself for itself. It becomes like food, water, or even like sexual relationship. We do not have time but I can give you many examples where it becomes an addiction for itself.

Some people learn just to learn, it is an addiction and joy. That is not why we learn, we learn for the sake of Allah and that is another matter we need to purify our hearts from. Knowledge is joyful to learn but we learn for the sake of Allah, to fix ourselves and others.

- Our Messenger sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam taught Tawheed for thirteen years, Nooh taught them nine hundred and fifty years worth of Tawheed, Laa Ilaaha Illallah. They knew Allah subhaanahu wa ta’aala chose them for the task so they remained firm with Ikhlaas on that task.

It would not be an exaggeration to say the majority of the problems of this Ummah come from insincerity, especially of Talabat al-‘Ilm and ‘Ulamaa. If me and you learn for the sake of Allah, we go about and teach for the sake of Allah (the pure, unadulterated teaching) and it is all for the sake of Allah, can you tell me where the tyrants are going to find so called Shuyookh to give them the free open Fatwa?

Today some ‘Ulamaa give a blank paper to the tyrant rulers with the bottom of it signed and stamped, go ahead just write whatever you want on the top. The tyrants need ‘Ulamaa to back them to stay in power. Sisi needs it, other tyrants need it, that is why they always turn to them. Now if there was Ikhlaas, where would the rulers find these people? You need to ask why am I studying? Why am I teaching? So the people can point their finger at me? So I can get a good salary? Is it because at times today, an Imaam and a Daa’iyah makes better than a lawyer and a doctor? We spoke briefly on this before but we devote this class Inshaa Allah to Ikhlaas so we can work on our Ikhlaas. It is worthy of devoting not one class, many more classes.

Sufyaan ath-Thawri said:

مَا عَالِجَتُ شَيْئًا أَحشَدَّ أَلَيَّ مِنْ نِيَّتِي
There is nothing I struggled with more than my intention.
That is Sufyaan ath-Thawri speaking.

Ibn Wahib said I saw Sufyaan ath-Thawri make Sujood in the Masjid al-Haram after Maghrib, and he never raised his forehead from that first Sajdah until he heard the call for Ishaa’.

*One Sajdah was from Maghrib to Ishaa’ and he says the worst thing I struggled with was my intention.

- Abu Hurayrah falls unconscious from it.
- Ali Ibn Fudhayl said I walked around the Ka’bah seven times whilst Sufyaan ath-Thawri was still in one Sajdah.
-Ibn alMubaarak said I wrote from one thousand one hundred scholars, there was not one more knowledgeable than Sufyaan ath-Thawri. Sufyaan said I do not know anything better than seeking knowledge with sincerity.

All that and he says about himself, he struggles with Niyyah so much that it is the biggest matter he had to struggle and deal with.
If Sufyaan said that, may Allah have mercy on us.

-Abu Yusuf told his students, be sincere in your deeds. I never sat in a setting where I intended to be humble, except that Allah elevated and raised me. And I never sat in a setting where I wanted to be supreme over others, except that Allah lowered and humiliated me.

*Ikhlaas is the water to the heart that keeps your heart alive, deficiencies in Ikhlaas dry up that water and kill the heart. Finally, never say I am giving up, I guess this is too much, I would rather not study. We already hinted about that in previous classes. No, you want the high rank, the first row to enter in the eight gates, so your standard has got to be different.

- Habeeb Ibn Abi Thaabit said:
طَلَبُنَا هَاذَ الْعِلِمُ وَمَ لَنَا فِيْهِ نَيةِ ثُمّ جَاءَةَ النِيّيةَ وَالعَمَلُ بَعْدُ

We studied the knowledge and our intention had deficiency in it, or we had no intention, then Allah granted us with persistence, intention and on top of that action.

So you be persistent and you keep working on that, that is what you have to do. You work on the intention, you work on acting on the knowledge and you will achieve intention and Ikhlaas.

If you did not get out of this ‘Ilm in general and more specific the ‘Ilm of Tawheed, but to keep Tawheed fresh on your mind and your heart so you can say Laa Ilaaha Illallah at your deathbed, then that is a sufficient goal.
In shaa Allah, our next stop will be
"TAWHEED AND IKHLAAS"
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Prince Nesh
at Nov 19, 2014 10:12:47 AM
THEME: MAY UZZIAH R.I.P!!
Reading: Isa 6:1
"In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple."
For anybody to see God, something or someone must die.
In the old testament, if anybody wanted to see God intervene in their lives, at least, an animal had to die.
God told Moses, "No one can see me and continue living".
In the new testament, for mankind to see God, Jesus Christ had to die on the cross.
There is something that happens supernaturally when things or people die, more so when they die on our behalf.
Joseph's brothers killed one of their father's sheep, in their mind, they only thought it would serve to cover the eyes of their old father. But in the supernatural, the sheep died on behalf of Joseph! By the death of the lamb, Joseph's life was preserved.
That's why, though allegations of raping your master's wife as a slave would attract a death sentence, it only gave Joseph a jail term!
That's why, when you allow Jesus sacrifice on the cross to have been for your sake, you can die no more!
This is the power of a sacrifice!
When you give your offering to a servant of God, the offering dies on your behalf. It may be the last you had, but it will never be the last you have!
Just look at the widow of Zarephath, she only had her last meal, to eat with her son and wait to die. But instead of them dying, Elijah tells her, "let your last meal, die on your behalf", and she agreed, it was the last she had, but it was not the last to have!!
In the old testament and also in iron age, sometimes wars were solved by choosing one great champion from each warring side, to fight on behalf of their whole army.
A good example is the battle between, David and Goliath. What Goliath didn't know, was that some animals had died on behalf of David!
First, the horn that carried the oil that anointed him, an animal had to die for it to be gotten! And I won't have time to mention of his testimonies in the wilderness. David's life was secured with a sacrifice if not sacrifices! Therefore, if anybody was going to die that day, it was not David.
Whenever, Uzziah dies, Isaiahs get the ability to see God!
If you want to see God in your life, your family, your business, your job, your career, your dreams, you must let some Uzziah rest in peace.
You must make a sacrifice, if you want to become a great musician. Practice your vocals, get a good record label, do good videos, market or get marketers, manage well or get managers ... All these call for sacrifices; money-wise, time-wise, and all-other-wises, other wise, if Uzziah will not rest in peace, YOU WILL REST IN PIECES!
People who don't love to sacrifice never suffice!
It is your sacrifice that makes you suffice or adequate to your purpose.
Let king Uzziah die, and you will see the LORD and His glory. It is sacrifices that usher us into the next level. Spending time with God is a sacrifice ... And when you've been with God, you'll not need to keep reminding us you were with Him, it will be evident on your face.
If you have to keep reminding everybody that you are a pastor or an apostle or a prophet or a doctor, etc, most probably you are not!
If you have to keep reminding your boyfriend, girlfriend, friends and other close to you of how good, honest, faithful, etc, you are, then, most probably, you are not.
Just let Uzziah die!
This doesn't mean you're not walking with God! No! Isaiah gave very powerful prophecies from chapter one to five, but Uzziah was blocking his elevation to the next level.
If you can't sacrifice, the you can't ascribe!!
Do you have a last meal, which you're thinking of eating and wait to die? Let it die on your behalf! Are you a sinner, let Jesus' death, be on your behalf. When next you give an offering in church, or a gift to a man of God, give with this revelation, "This is dying on my behalf". I assure you, you'll be able to give, CHEERFULLY! Shalom and keep the Faith.
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Butchie B Albert Reighn Jr.
at Nov 19, 2014 10:12:36 AM
Hey I just want to say ill always keep your memories alive u touched so many lives ever since u were young I remember u were ways there with a quick joke or a pat on.the back or a warm hug and I remember u tellin lil mikey about your tat sayin its cuz I am no joke bro lol and I.also remember u were there for.me when times got really bad for me with my frist marriage and u always said bro someday u will find that one that wil love u right and I am thankful u got to see and meet her and u thankful gave her a hug and said butchie she is beautiful now let this one go so for now on ill hold the ones I love alil tighter and ill say I love u more cuz u just never know I also know u are up there and woody chillin and u can finally meet your nephew that u ans me talked about u always were my rock I just wish u could of reached out and id would of been there but that cqn not be bro and it hurts so deep that its like I cant breath ill never say goodbye just till we meet agian my lil bro and u are right life is no joke and ill always be here if any of our freinds or family needs me bro always its funny how u were the lil bro but looked out for the big bro and now I have another angel to look over me bro plz look in on us from time to time and like I said give our family hugs and give my son a hug and kiss and tell him how his daddy is and was plz bro and let him know that u are his uncle brian and also grab woody and hold him tight and let him know how many people love and miss him and u and also have a party bro cuz that was u the life of the party mr romeo lol aleays the ladies man and in.short bro dam cant belive u are gone and like I.said untill we meet agiqn lil bro ill have some captain and cokes for u brian love u riggins fly with the angels
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Billy Bragg
at Nov 19, 2014 10:12:21 AM
Since I posted my criticism of Taylor Swift’s decision to boycott Spotify yesterday, attention has been drawn to my connections with the Swedish streaming service. For the record, I'm not employed by Spotify, nor am I a spokesman for them.

I do make a monthly 'talking playlist' for which I record links on my home computer, which are then sent to Spotify. My reasons for doing this are twofold:

Firstly, when my record label asked me to compile playlists for Spotify as part of the promo for my last album, I thought it would be more interesting to talk about why I like the tunes I chose and give some context to them. One of my complaints about Spotify is that they give no information with the tracks. Who wrote the song? Who produced it? Where and when was it recorded? This is the stuff you used to be able to discern from the sleeve or the label of a physical recording.

I'd been trying to work out how to run a digital radio station from my personal website for a while, something that allowed me to recommend music I was listening to, and this seemed like an ideal way to do it. I suggested this to my label and they put the idea to Spotify who green lighted it. I compile a talking playlist once a month, but I get no fee for doing this from Spotify or anyone else.

Secondly, whether we like it or not, music streaming is becoming increasingly popular. It seems to be the way that people want to listen to music and, although there is controversy about the per stream royalty rates that artists receive from their record companies, the streaming services are at least paying royalties.

As artists, rather than resist them, I believe it is in our long-term interest to engage with the streaming services - which is what I am trying to do with my talking playlist. This approach has borne some fruit with Spotify - their royalty system is relatively transparent. They will let an artist see how many plays they have had and show them how much they have paid to their record company for those plays. The artist can then look at how much they have received from their label and do the math.

Compare this to the deal that the independent labels have just signed with You Tube Music Key - except you can't, because all deals and negotiations with Google are covered by non-disclosure agreements. We won't know how many plays we've had on Music Key, nor how much Google paid our labels for that use - we'll just have to take whatever we receive and be thankful.

I believe artists deserve better treatment than that. That's why I often find myself defending Spotify - for all their faults, they have set the bar high in terms of transparency and we should be demanding the same from other streaming services.
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Mamie Lee
at Nov 19, 2014 10:11:45 AM
My cover name is satan”, says Allah!

Revelation of God: Verily, prophet Mohammed was taken over, an instrument of satan/Allah!

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Published on Nov 13, 2014 by boughtwithHisBlood
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Hello, welcome! On November 11th, 2014, the following message was brought on, word for word, to end-time prophet Benjamin Cousijnsen by an angel of the Lord, on behalf of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Shalom! I greet you in the wonderful name of Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus Christ. Verily, my name is Suramich and I am the messenger angel of God. Verily, listen attentively!

The true gospel of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of all flesh and the God of Israel, cannot be eradicated.
Nothing and no one, or authority whatsoever, or attempts of the god of war doctrine – satan himself – is able to overcome the God of Israel and the Christians!

Verily, satan says:
“Oh, you who believe! Don’t take the Jews and Christians for friends. And whoever of you will take them for friends, is indeed one of them!”
Verily, satan says, “I am who I am, and my cover name is Allah!”

Verily, however, the only almighty and righteous God of love says to you in:

John 4, verse 22 You worship that which you don’t know. We worship that which we know; for salvation is from the Jews.
John 14 verse 6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.
John 3, verse 16 to 21 For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him. He who believes in him is not judged. He who doesn’t believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God. This is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their works were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the light, and doesn’t come to the light, lest his works would be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his works may be revealed, that they have been done in God.

Verily, prophet Benjamin Cousijnsen is God’s holy prophet.
But would he come with messages, in order to exterminate a people, to burn and behead and tear apart God’s creature, then this would mean that he would have been taken over, and that he may marry four women! Verily, prophet Mohammed was taken over, an instrument of satan/Allah. Listen also to the message, entitled: ‘The difference between Jesus Christ and Mohammed!’ and the message: ‘The angel Gabriël never appeared to Mohammed!’ Verily, you can look up the title in the Evangelical Endtime Machine in the bar ‘Search’.
Verily,

John 12, verse 37 to 41 But though he had done so many signs before them, yet they didn’t believe in him, that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke, “Lord, who has believed our report? To whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” For this cause they couldn’t believe, for Isaiah said again, “He has blinded their eyes and he hardened their heart, lest they should see with their eyes, and perceive with their heart, and would turn, and I would heal them.” Isaiah said these things when he saw his glory, and spoke of him.

Verily, this is the full truth!
The Quran is the book of Allah, the god of hatred, who wants to take over the world, as already has been revealed in 2012 to God’s true, beloved, simple end-time prophet, one of God’s witnesses: Benjamin Cousijnsen, who wrote down everything and brought it to light, in the name of Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach.

Revelation 20, verse 15 If anyone was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire.

I’m going now, Ruacha, Yeshu, Shalom! spoke the angel of the Lord, the messenger angel of God, and disappeared.

And also I say to you, Ruacha, Yeshu, Shalom! God bless

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Prince Nesh
at Nov 19, 2014 10:10:17 AM
THEME: MAY UZZIAH R.I.P!!
Reading: Isa 6:1
"In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple."
For anybody to see God, something or someone must die.
In the old testament, if anybody wanted to see God intervene in their lives, at least, an animal had to die.
God told Moses, "No one can see me and continue living".
In the new testament, for mankind to see God, Jesus Christ had to die on the cross.
There is something that happens supernaturally when things or people die, more so when they die on our behalf.
Joseph's brothers killed one of their father's sheep, in their mind, they only thought it would serve to cover the eyes of their old father. But in the supernatural, the sheep died on behalf of Joseph! By the death of the lamb, Joseph's life was preserved.
That's why, though allegations of raping your master's wife as a slave would attract a death sentence, it only gave Joseph a jail term!
That's why, when you allow Jesus sacrifice on the cross to have been for your sake, you can die no more!
This is the power of a sacrifice!
When you give your offering to a servant of God, the offering dies on your behalf. It may be the last you had, but it will never be the last you have!
Just look at the widow of Zarephath, she only had her last meal, to eat with her son and wait to die. But instead of them dying, Elijah tells her, "let your last meal, die on your behalf", and she agreed, it was the last she had, but it was not the last to have!!
In the old testament and also in iron age, sometimes wars were solved by choosing one great champion from each warring side, to fight on behalf of their whole army.
A good example is the battle between, David and Goliath. What Goliath didn't know, was that some animals had died on behalf of David!
First, the horn that carried the oil that anointed him, an animal had to die for it to be gotten! And I won't have time to mention of his testimonies in the wilderness. David's life was secured with a sacrifice if not sacrifices! Therefore, if anybody was going to die that day, it was not David.
Whenever, Uzziah dies, Isaiahs get the ability to see God!
If you want to see God in your life, your family, your business, your job, your career, your dreams, you must let some Uzziah rest in peace.
You must make a sacrifice, if you want to become a great musician. Practice your vocals, get a good record label, do good videos, market or get marketers, manage well or get managers ... All these call for sacrifices; money-wise, time-wise, and all-other-wises, other wise, if Uzziah will not rest in peace, YOU WILL REST IN PIECES!
People who don't love to sacrifice never suffice!
It is your sacrifice that makes you suffice or adequate to your purpose.
Let king Uzziah die, and you will see the LORD and His glory. It is sacrifices that usher us into the next level. Spending time with God is a sacrifice ... And when you've been with God, you'll not need to keep reminding us you were with Him, it will be evident on your face.
If you have to keep reminding everybody that you are a pastor or an apostle or a prophet or a doctor, etc, most probably you are not!
If you have to keep reminding your boyfriend, girlfriend, friends and other close to you of how good, honest, faithful, etc, you are, then, most probably, you are not.
Just let Uzziah die!
This doesn't mean you're not walking with God! No! Isaiah gave very powerful prophecies from chapter one to five, but Uzziah was blocking his elevation to the next level.
If you can't sacrifice, the you can't ascribe!!
Do you have a last meal, which you're thinking of eating and wait to die? Let it die on your behalf! Are you a sinner, let Jesus' death, be on your behalf. When next you give an offering in church, or a gift to a man of God, give with this revelation, "This is dying on my behalf". I assure you, you'll be able to give, CHEERFULLY! Shalom and keep the Faith.
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at Nov 19, 2014 10:09:26 AM
IKHLAAS IN SEEKING KNOWLEDGE [2/2]

- Do you know this Hadith that I just mentioned to you that we say and we take so casually (the ‘Aalim is the first to enter Hell), is the Hadith that made Abu Hurayrah radhiallahu ‘anhu fall unconscious in fear three times before he was able to say it!

- That Hadith about an ‘Aalim entering Hell, Abu Hurayrah tried to tell that to someone and he fell unconscious three times before he was able to say it, out of fear of his intention!

In Sunan at-Tirmidhi, Shafee al-Asbahi (he is a Tab’iee) said I went to the Masjid and I saw people gathering around a man. I said who is this man? He said Abu Hurayrah. I said that is Abu Hurayrah? He said I stood there until people left, when I was with him alone I said teach me a Hadith you fully comprehended from the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. He said:
نَشَغَ أَبُو هُرَيْرَةَ

What does Nashagha( نَشَغَ) mean? Nashagha means he took a deep sigh and he fainted unconscious. He was about to say the Hadith, he took a deep sigh and fell unconscious. He said I will tell you the Hadith, he fell unconscious. Then he awoke, he wiped his face and said I will tell you the Hadith. Then as he was about to say this Hadith:
نَشَغَ أَبُو هُرَيْرَةَ
He fell unconscious again. He took a deep sigh and he fell unconscious. He wipes his face a second time, and then he falls unconscious a third time.

- Then he awoke and he was finally able to mention this Hadith where a person who is of the Qur’an, a Mujaahid or he gives in charity are the first to enter Hell because of their lack of sincerity. Abu Hurayrah radhiallahu ‘anhu feared that Hadith? I ask you by Allah, what are we going to say today?

That is something to analyse and look at, that is why I told you we will devote a Halaqah today. Sincerity is not easy and it needs a lot of work on it. If Abu Hurayrah radhiallahu ‘anhu passed out three times fearing a Hadith that has sincerity in it, what should you say? You should be in a coma right now, Wallahi that is true.

مَنْ تَعِلَّمَ عِلْمًا مِمَا يَبْتَغَى بِهِ وَجْهُ اللهَ أَزَّ وَجَلَّ لَايَتَعَلَّمُهُ إِلَّا لِيُصِيبَ بِهِ عَرَضًا مِنْ الدُّنْيَا لَمْ يَجِدْ عَرْفَ الجَنَّة.
[رواه ابو داود]

Narrated by Abu Dawood. Whoever studies knowledge and does not do so except for worldly matters, will not get the ‘Arfal-Jannah( عَرْفَ الجَنَّة) I mentioned this Hadith before, ‘Arfal-Jannah is the smell of Heaven.

- We have to check our Ikhlaas day and night. Every detail of our path, every little, tiny deed that we do, fix the intention. When one commits a sin, they get a black dot on their hearts wal-‘Iyaathu Billah, unless they wash it off with repentance.

كَلَّا بَلْ رَانَ عَلَىٰ قُلُوبِهِم مَّا كَانُوا يَكْسِبُونَ Mutaffiffin:14

One who does not wash it off will have a darkened heart and when it is dark like that, it becomes upside down like a cup that is upside down. You try to put water in it, it rejects water. That is why you talk to some people, they are in one avenue and you are in one avenue.

Deficiency in Ikhlaas is very similar in that it starts small like those dots, the deficiency starts in little matters. It starts like tiny hair strings that make a rope, a little deficiency in Ikhlaas is like a hair string. If you do not get rid of that string by fixing your intention and clearing your intention, washing your intention and making it pure, you get another hair string like those dots, and another hair string. Before you know it, the heart is swaddled in a tight rope of complete insincerity!

- Once that rope swaddles, that is the point of no return or almost of no return. That is when seeking knowledge becomes for fame, teaching is for money, prestige and to impress the community.

- A Daa’iyah becomes known more for his personal life, wealth and hotels that he goes in and out of, than his Da’wah itself. So clean the heart from those hair strings before the rope swaddles your heart in insincerity.

- The heart in pertaining to Ikhlaas has one face, it has a face and it has a back. You can either face Allah with your heart of Ikhlaas, or face people in worldly matters. It is one or the other, you cannot do both, it has one face. If you face people in Ikhlaas, you gave Allah your back. If you face Allah in Ikhlaas, you gave people your back in Ikhlaas and that is where you want to be. That is where you want your heart to be. When one is in a noble task of learning and teaching, he is walking on a thin line. There is no room for play, when you are walking on a thin line suspended in air, do you sit around and play up there? Like they do in the circus, do they sit and play on the rope?

- You have to be walking on a thin line. One sees his followers, one sees people who get listening to him, he starts to win arguments and debates or begins to correct people, or even at times when someone is in the most noble duties he sees some Karamaat of victory. At that point, you cannot let your Ikhlaas relax and that is what happens a lot of the time. The tainting in Ikhlaas begins to seep in if one does not constantly wash it out.

Look at the flip side of it all, we said the higher rank in Jannah goes to certain people, those who held themselves to a higher standard. If the first three to enter Hell is an ‘Aalim, a reciter and a Mujaahid, then the opposite is true.

- We always said Allah holds you to a higher standard. The first to enter Jannah after the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam are the Messengers because they are the heads of the ‘Ulamaa, they are the heads of the ones who ordain the good and forbid the evil.

- That is why the ‘Ulamaa are called the inheritors of the Messengers, Warathatil-Anbiyaa’ ( ِ ءاَيِبْنَلأا ِ ةَثَ رَو ). The closer one is to them in his actions and deeds, the closer he will enter Jannah after and right behind them and near them. If you want that high rank and that honourable entry with the Messengers, you need to know that you are going to be held at a higher standard, a standard so high that if you mess up, you will be the first to enter Jahannam wal-‘Iyaathu Billah. Do you see how dangerous that is?

- Sometimes ‘Ilm or learning and teaching becomes a desire in itself for itself. It becomes like food, water, or even like sexual relationship. We do not have time but I can give you many examples where it becomes an addiction for itself.

Some people learn just to learn, it is an addiction and joy. That is not why we learn, we learn for the sake of Allah and that is another matter we need to purify our hearts from. Knowledge is joyful to learn but we learn for the sake of Allah, to fix ourselves and others.

- Our Messenger sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam taught Tawheed for thirteen years, Nooh taught them nine hundred and fifty years worth of Tawheed, Laa Ilaaha Illallah. They knew Allah subhaanahu wa ta’aala chose them for the task so they remained firm with Ikhlaas on that task.

It would not be an exaggeration to say the majority of the problems of this Ummah come from insincerity, especially of Talabat al-‘Ilm and ‘Ulamaa. If me and you learn for the sake of Allah, we go about and teach for the sake of Allah (the pure, unadulterated teaching) and it is all for the sake of Allah, can you tell me where the tyrants are going to find so called Shuyookh to give them the free open Fatwa?

Today some ‘Ulamaa give a blank paper to the tyrant rulers with the bottom of it signed and stamped, go ahead just write whatever you want on the top. The tyrants need ‘Ulamaa to back them to stay in power. Sisi needs it, other tyrants need it, that is why they always turn to them. Now if there was Ikhlaas, where would the rulers find these people? You need to ask why am I studying? Why am I teaching? So the people can point their finger at me? So I can get a good salary? Is it because at times today, an Imaam and a Daa’iyah makes better than a lawyer and a doctor? We spoke briefly on this before but we devote this class Inshaa Allah to Ikhlaas so we can work on our Ikhlaas. It is worthy of devoting not one class, many more classes.

Sufyaan ath-Thawri said:

مَا عَالِجَتُ شَيْئًا أَحشَدَّ أَلَيَّ مِنْ نِيَّتِي
There is nothing I struggled with more than my intention.
That is Sufyaan ath-Thawri speaking.

Ibn Wahib said I saw Sufyaan ath-Thawri make Sujood in the Masjid al-Haram after Maghrib, and he never raised his forehead from that first Sajdah until he heard the call for Ishaa’.

*One Sajdah was from Maghrib to Ishaa’ and he says the worst thing I struggled with was my intention.

- Abu Hurayrah falls unconscious from it.
- Ali Ibn Fudhayl said I walked around the Ka’bah seven times whilst Sufyaan ath-Thawri was still in one Sajdah.
-Ibn alMubaarak said I wrote from one thousand one hundred scholars, there was not one more knowledgeable than Sufyaan ath-Thawri. Sufyaan said I do not know anything better than seeking knowledge with sincerity.

All that and he says about himself, he struggles with Niyyah so much that it is the biggest matter he had to struggle and deal with.
If Sufyaan said that, may Allah have mercy on us.

-Abu Yusuf told his students, be sincere in your deeds. I never sat in a setting where I intended to be humble, except that Allah elevated and raised me. And I never sat in a setting where I wanted to be supreme over others, except that Allah lowered and humiliated me.

*Ikhlaas is the water to the heart that keeps your heart alive, deficiencies in Ikhlaas dry up that water and kill the heart. Finally, never say I am giving up, I guess this is too much, I would rather not study. We already hinted about that in previous classes. No, you want the high rank, the first row to enter in the eight gates, so your standard has got to be different.

- Habeeb Ibn Abi Thaabit said:
طَلَبُنَا هَاذَ الْعِلِمُ وَمَ لَنَا فِيْهِ نَيةِ ثُمّ جَاءَةَ النِيّيةَ وَالعَمَلُ بَعْدُ

We studied the knowledge and our intention had deficiency in it, or we had no intention, then Allah granted us with persistence, intention and on top of that action.

So you be persistent and you keep working on that, that is what you have to do. You work on the intention, you work on acting on the knowledge and you will achieve intention and Ikhlaas.

If you did not get out of this ‘Ilm in general and more specific the ‘Ilm of Tawheed, but to keep Tawheed fresh on your mind and your heart so you can say Laa Ilaaha Illallah at your deathbed, then that is a sufficient goal.
In shaa Allah, our next stop will be
"TAWHEED AND IKHLAAS"
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Story of Prophet Isa/Jesus (pbuh)

In many verses of the Glorious Qur'an Allah the Exalted denied the claim of the Christians that He has a son. A delegation from Nagran came to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). They began to talk about their claim about the Trinity, which is that Allah is three in one, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, with some disagreement among their sects. That is why Allah affirmed in many verses of the Qur'an that Jesus is a slave of Allah, whom He molded in the womb of his mother like any other of His creatures, and that He created him without a father, as He created Adam without a father or a mother.
Allah the Almighty said: Allah chose Adam, Noah, the family of Abraham and the family of Imran above the Alamin (mankind and jinns)(of their times). Offspring, one of theo other, and Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower.
Remember when the wife of Imran said: "O my Lord! I have vowed to You what (the child that) is in my womb to be dedicated for Your services (free from all worldly work; to serve Your Place of worship), so accept this, from me. Verily, You are the All-Hearer, the All Knowing."
Then when she delivered her (child Mary), she said: "O my Lord! I have delivered a female child," and Allah knew better what she delivered, - "and the male is not like the female, and I have named her Mary, and I seek refuge with You (Allah) for her and for her offspring from Satan, the outcast."
So her Lord (Allah) accepted her with goodly acceptance. He made her grow in a good manner and put her under the care of Zechariah. Every time he entered Al-Mihrab (a praying place or a private room), he found her supplied with sustenance.
He said: "O Mary! From where have you got this?"
She said: "From Allah. Verily, Allah provides sustenance to whom He wills, without limit." (Ch 3:33-37 Quran)
Allah declared that He had elected Adam (pbuh) and the elite of his offspring who obey Allah. Then He specified the family of Abraham (pbuh), which includes the sons of Ishmael (pbuh), and the family of Imran, the father of Mary.
Muhammad Ibn Ishaaq stated that he was Imran Ibn Bashim, Ibn Amun, Ibn Misha, Ibn Hosqia, Ibn Ahriq, Ibn Mutham, Ibn Azazia, Ibn Amisa, Ibn Yamish, Ibn Ahrihu, Ibn Yazem, Ibn Yahfashat, Ibn Eisha, Ibn Iyam, Ibn Rahba am, Ibn David (Dawud).
Prophet Zakariyah's (pbuh) wife's sister had a daughter named Hannah. She was married to Imran, a leader of the Israelites. For many years, the couple remained childless. Whenever Hannah saw another woman with a child, her longing for a baby increased. Although years had passed, she never lost hope. She believed that one day Allah would bless her with a child, on whom she would shower all her motherly love.
She turned to the Lord of the heavens and the earth and pleaded with Him for a child. She would offer the child in the service of Allah's house, in the temple of Jerusalem. Allah granted her request. When she learned that she was pregnant, she was the happiest woman alive, and thanked Allah for His gift. Her overjoyed husband Imran also thanked Allah for His mercy.
However, while she was pregnant her husband passed away. Hannah wept bitterly. Alas, Imran did not live to see their child for whom they had so longed. She gave birth to a girl, and again turned to Allah in prayer: "O my Lord, I have delivered a female child," and the male is not like the female, and I have named her Mary, and I seek refuge with You (Allah) for her and her offspring from Satan, the outcast." (Ch 3:36 Quran)
Hannah had a big problem in reference to her promise to Allah, for females were not accepted into the temple, and she was very worried. Her sister's husband Zakariyah, comforted her, saying that Allah knew best what she had delivered and appreciated fully what she had offered in His service. She wrapped the baby in a shawl and handed it over to the temple elders. As the baby was a girl, the question of her guardianship posed a problem for the elders. This was a child of their late and beloved leader, and everyone was eager to take care of her. Zakariyah said to the elders: "I am the husband of her maternal aunt and her nearest relation in the temple; therefore, I will be more mindful of her than all of you."
As it was their custom to draw lots to solve disagreements, they followed this course. Each one was given a reed to throw into the river. They had agreed that whoever's reed remained afloat would be granted guardianship of the girl. All the reeds sank to the bottom except Zakariyah's. With this sign, they all surrendered to the will of Allah and made him the guardian.
To ensure that no one had access to Mary, Zakariyah built a separate room for her in the temple. As she grew up, she spent her time in devotion to Allah. Zakariyah visited her daily to see to her needs, and so it continued for many years. One day, he was surprised to find fresh fruit, which was out of season in her room. As he was the only person who could enter her room, he asked her how the fruit got there. She replied that these provisions were from Allah, as He gives to whom He wills. Zakariyah understood by this that Allah had raised Mary's status above that of other women.
Thereafter, Zakariyah spent more time with her, teaching and guiding her. Mary grew to be a devotee of Allah, glorifying Him day and night.
Ali Ibn Abi Talib narrated that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: "The best of the world's women is Mary (in her lifetime), and the best of the world's women is Khadija (in her lifetime)." (Sahih Al-Bukhari)
Abu Musa Al-Ashari also narrated that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: "May among men attained perfection but among women none attained perfection except Mary the daughter of Imran, and Asiya the wife of Pharaoh, and the superiority of Aisha to other women is like the superiority of Tharid (an Arabic dish) to other meals."
While Mary was praying in her temple, an angel in the form of a man appeared before her. Filled with terror, she tried to flee, praying: "Verily! I seek refuge with the Most Beneficent (Allah) from you, if you do fear Allah."
The angel said: "I am only a Messenger from your Lord, (to announce) to you the gift of a righteous son."
She said: "How can I have a son, when no man has touched me, nor am I unchaste?"
He said: "So (it will be), your Lord said: "That is easy for me (Allah): And (We wish) to appoint him as a sign to mankind and a mercy from Us (Allah), and it is a matter (already) decreed, (by Allah).'" (Ch 19:18-21 Quran)
The angel's visit caused Mary great anxiety, which increased as the months went by. How could she face giving birth to a child without having a husband? Later, she felt life kicking inside her. With a heavy heart, she left the temple and went to Nazareth, the city in which she had been born where she settled in a simple farm house to avoid the public.
But fear and anxiety did not leave her. She was from a noble and pious family. Her father had not been an evil man nor was her mother an impure woman. How could she prevent tongues from wagging about her honor?
After some months, she could not bear the mental strain any longer. Burdened with a heavy womb, she left Nazareth, not knowing where to go to be away from this depressing atmosphere.
She had not gone far, when she was overtaken by the pains of childbirth. She saw down against a dry palm tree, and here she gave birth to a son. Looking at her beautiful baby, she was hurt that she had brought him into the world without a father. She exclaimed: "I wish I had died before this happened and had vanished into nothingness!"
Suddenly, she heard a voice nearby: "Grieve not, your Lord has placed a rivulet below, and shake the trunk of this tree, from which ripe dates will fall. So eat and drink and regain the strength you have lost; and be of good cheer, for what you see is the power of Allah, Who made the dry palm tree regain life, in order to provide food for you." For a while she was comforted by Allah's miracle, for it was a sure sign of her innocence and purity.
She decided to return to the city. However, her fears also returned. What was she going to tell the people? As if sharinhis mother's worry, the baby began to speak: "If you meet any person say: 'I have vowed to fast for The Beneficent and may not speak to any human today.'" With this miracle, Mary felt at ease.
As she had expected, her arrival in the city with a newborn baby in her arms aroused the curiosity of the people. They scolded her: "This is a terrible sin that you have committed." She put her finger to her lips and pointed to the child. They asked: "How can we speak to a newborn baby?" To their total amazement, the child began to speak clearly: "I am Allah's servant. Allah has given me the Book, and has made me a prophet, and has blessed me wherever I may be, and has enjoined on me prayers and alms-giving as long as I live. Allah has made me dutiful towards she who had borne me. He has not made me arrogant nor unblessed. Peace unto me the day I was born, the day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive."
Most of the people realized that the baby was unique, for it Allah wills something, He merely says "Be" and it happens. Of course, there were some who regarded the baby's speech as a strange trick, but at least Mary could now stay in Nazareth without being harassed.
Allah the Exalted revealed: And mention in the Book (the Qur'an, O Muhammad, the story of) Mary, when she withdrew in seclusion from her family to a place facing east. She placed a screen (to screen herself) from them; then We sent to her Our Ruh (angel Gabriel), and he appeared before her in the form of a man in all respects.
She said: "Verily! I seek refuge with the Most Beneficent (Allah) from you, if you do fear Allah."
The angel said: "I am only a Messenger from your Lord, (to announce) to you the gift of a righteous son."
She said: "How can I have a son, when no man has touched me, nor am I unchaste?" He said: "So (it will be), your Lord said: "That is easy for Me (Allah): and (We wish) to appoint him as a sign to mankind and a mercy from Us (Allah), and it is a matter (already) decreed, (by Allah).'"
So she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a far place (Bethlehem valley, about four to six miles from Jerusalem). And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm tree. She said: "Would that I had died before this, and had been forgotten and out of sight!"
Then (the babe "Jesus" or Gabriel) cried unto her from below her, saying: "Grieve not! Your Lord has provided you a water stream under you; and shake the trunk of palm tree towards you, it will let fall fresh ripe dates upon you. So eat and drink and be glad, and if you see any human being, say: 'Verily! I have vowed a fast unto the Most Beneficent (Allah) so I shall not speak to any human being this day.'"
Then she brought him (the baby) to her people, carrying him. They said: "O Mary! Indeed you have brought a thing Fariyya (an unheard mighty thing). O sister (the like) of Aaron (not the brother of Moses, but he was another pious man at the time of Mary)! Your father was not a man who used to commit adultery, nor was your mother an unchaste woman."

Then she pointed to him. They said: "How can we talk to one who is a child in the cradle?"

He (Jesus) said: "Verily! I am a slave of Allah. He has given me the Scripture and made me a Prophet; and He has made me blessed wheresoever I be, and has enjoined me prayer, and Zakat, as long as I live, and dutiful to my mother, and made me not arrogant, unblest. And Salam (peace) be upon me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive!"

Such is Jesus, son of Mary. (It is) a statement of truth, about which they doubt (or dispute). It befits not (the Majesty of) Allah that He should beget a son (this refers to the slander of Christians against Allah, by saying that Jesus is the son of Allah). Glorified (and Exalted be He above all that they associate with Him). When He decrees a thing, He only says to it, "Be!" - and it is.

Jesus said: "And verily Allah is my Lord and your Lord. So worship Him (Alone). That is the Straight Path. (Allah's Religion of Islamic Monotheism which He did ordain for all of His Prophets)."

Then the sects differed (the Christians about Jesus), so woe unto the disbeliveers (those who gave false witness saying that Jesus is the son of Allah) from the meeting of a great Day (the Day of Resurrection, when they will be thrown in the blazing Fire).

How clearly will they (polytheists and disbeliveers in the Oneness of Allah) see and hear, the Day when they will appear before Us! But the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers) today are in plain error. And warn them (O Muhammad) of the Day of grief and regrets, when the case has been decided, while now they are in a state of carelessness and they believe not. (Ch 19:16-39 Quran)

It was said that Joseph the Carpenter was greatly surprised when he knew the story, so he asked Mary: "Can a tree come to grow without a seed?" She said: "Yes, the one which Allah created for the first time." He asked her again: "Is it possible to bear a child without a male partner?" She said: "Yes, Allah, created Adam without male or female!"
It was also said that, while pregnant, Mary went one day to her aunt, who reported that she felt as if she was pregnant. Mary in turn, said that she, too, was feeling as if she was pregnant. Then her aunt said: "I can see what is in my womb prostrating to what is in your womb."
The Jewish priests felt this child Jesus was dangerous, for they felt that the people would turn their worship to Allah the Almighty Alone, displacing the existing Jewish tenets. Consequently, they would lose their authority over the people. Therefore, they kept the miracle of Jesus's speech in infancy as a secret and accused Mary of a great misdeed.
As Jesus (pbuh) grew, the signs of prophethood began to increase. He could tell his friends what kind of supper waited for them at home and what they had hidden and where. When he was twelve years old, he accompanied his mother to Jerusalem. There he wandered into the temple and joined a crowd listening to the lecture of the Rabbis (Jewish priests). The audience were all adults, but he was not afraid to sit with them. After listening intently, he asked questions and expressed his opinion. The learned rabbis were disturbed by the boy's boldness and puzzled by the questions he asked, for they were unable to answer him. They tried to silence him, but he ignored their attempts and continued to express his views. Jesus became so involved in this exchange that he forgot he as expected back home.
In the meantime, his mother went home, thinking that he might have gone back with relatives or friends. When she arrived, she discovered that he was not there, so she returned to the city to look for him. At last she found him in the temple, sitting among the learned, conversing with them. He appeared to be quite at east, as if he had been doing this all his life. Mary got angry with him for causing her worry. He tried to assure her that all the arguing and debating with the learned had made him forgot the time.
Jesus grew up to manhood. It was Sabbath, a day of complete rest: no fire could be lit or extinguished nor could females plait their hair. Moses (pbuh) had commanded that Saturday be dedicated to the worship of Allah. However, the wisdom behind the Sabbath and its spirit had gone, and only the letter remained in the Jews' hearts. Also, they thought that Sabbath was kept in heaven, and that the People of Israel had been chosen by Allah only to observe the Sabbath.
They made a hundred things unlawful on Saturday even self-defense or calling a doctor to save a patient who was in bad condition. This is how their life was branded by such hypocrisy. Although the Pharisees were guardians of the law, they were ready to sell it when their interests were involved so as to obtain personal gains. There was, for example, a rule which prohibited a journey of more than one thousand yards on the Sabbath day. What do we expect of the Pharisees in this case? The day before, they transferred their food and drink from their homes two thousand yards away and erected a temporary house so that from tthey could travel a further thousand yards on the Sabbath day.
Jesus was on his way to the temple. Although it was the Sabbath, he reached out his hand to pick two pieces of fruit to feed a hungry child. This was considered to be a violation of the Sabbath law. He made a fire for the old women to keep themselves warm from the freezing air. Another violation. He went to the temple and looked around. There were twenty thousand Jewish priests registered there who earned their living from the temple. The rooms of he temple were full of them.
Jesus observed that the visitors were much fewer than the priests. Yet the temple was full of sheep and doves which were sold to the people to be offered as sacrifices. Every step in the temple cost the visitor money. They worshipped nothing but money. In the temple, the Pharisees and Sadducees acted as if it were a market place, and these two groups always disagreed on everything. Jesus followed the scene with his eyes and observed that the poor people who could not afford the price of the sheep or dove were swept away like flies by the Pharisees and Saducees. Jesus was astonished. Why did the priests burn a lot of offerings inside the temple, while thousands of poor people were hungry outside it?
On this blessed night, the two noble prophets John (pbuh) and Zakariyah (pbuh) died, killed by the ruling authority. On the same night, the revelation descended upon Jesus (pbuh). Allah the Exalted commanded him to begin his call to the children of Israel. To Jesus, the life of ease was closed, and the page of worship and struggled was opened.
Like an opposing force, the message of Jesus came to denounce the practices of the Pharisees and to reinforce the Law of Moses. In the face of a materialistic age of luxury and worship of gold, Jesus called his people to a nobler life by word and deed. This exemplary life was the only way out of the wretchedness and diseases of his age. Jesus's call, from the beginning, was marked by its complete uprightness and piety. It appealed to the soul, the inner being, and not be a closed system of rules laid down by society.
Jesus continued inviting the people to Almighty Allah. His call was based on the principle that there is no mediation between the Creator and His creatures. However, Jesus was in conflict with the Jews' superficial interpretation of the Torah. He said that he did not come to abrogate the Torah, but to complete it by going to the spirit of its substance to arrive at its essence.
He made the Jews understand that the Ten Commandments have more value than they imagined. For instance, the fifth commandment does not only prohibit physical killing, but all forms of killing; physical, psychological, or spiritual. And the sixth commandment does not prohibit adultery only in the sense of unlawful physical contact between a man and a woman, but also prohibits all forms of unlawful relations or acts that might lead to adultery. The eye commits adultery when it looks at anything with passion.
Jesus was therefore in confrontation with the materialistic people. He told them to desist from hypocrisy, show and false praise. There was no need to hoard wealth in this life. They should not preoccupy themselves with the goods of this passing world; rather they must preoccupy themselves with the affairs of the coming world because it would be everlasting.
Jesus told them that caring for this world is a sin, not fit for pious worshippers. The disbeliveers care for it because they do not know a better way. As for the believers, they know that their sustenance is with Allah, so they trust in Him and scorn this world.
Jesus continued to invite people to worship the Only Lord, Who is without partner, just as he invited them to purify the heart and soul.
His teaching annoyed the priests, for every word of Jesus was a threat to them and their position, exposing their misdeeds.
The Roman occupiers had, at first, no intention of being involved in this religious discord of the Jews because it was an internal affair, and they saw that this dispute would distract the Jews from the question of the occupation.
However, the priests started to plot against Jesus. They wanted to embarrass him and to prove that he had come to destroy the Mosaic Law. The Mosaic Law provides that an adulteress be stoned to death. They brought him a Jewish adulteress and asked Jesus: "Does not the law stipulate the stoning of the adulteress?" Jesus answered: "Yes." They said: "This woman is an adulteress." Jesus looked at the woman and then at the priests. He knew that they were more sinful than she. They agreed that she should be killed according to Mosaic Law, and they understood that if he was going to apply Mosaic Law, he would be destroying his own rules of forgiveness and mercy.
Jesus understood their plan. He smiled and assented: "Whoever among you is sinless can stone her." His voice rose in the middle of the Temple, making a new law on adultery, for the sinless to judge sin. There was none eligible; no mortal can judge sin, only Allah the Most Merciful.
As Jesus left the temple, the woman followed him. She took out a bottle of perfume from her garments, knelt before his feet and washed them with perfume and tears, and then dried his feet with her hair. Jesus turned to the woman and told her to stand up, adding: "O Lord, forgive her sins." He let the priests understand that those who call people to Almighty Allah are not executioners. His call was based on mercy for the people, the aim of all divine calls.
Jesus continued to pray to Allah for mercy on his people and to teach his people to have mercy on one another and to believe in Allah.
Jesus continued his mission, aided by divine miracles. Some Qur'anic commentators said that Jesus brought four people back from the dead: a friend of his named Al-Azam, an old woman's son, and a woman's only daughter. These three had died during his lifetime. When the Jews saw this they said: "You only resurrect those who have died recently; perhaps they only fainted." They asked him to bring back to life Sam the Ibn Noah.
When he asked them to show him his grave, the people accompanied him there. Jesus invoked Allah the Exalted to bring him back to life and behold, Sam the Ibn Noah came out from the grave gray-haired. Jesus asked: "how did you get gray hair, when there was no aging in your time?" He answered: "O Spirit of Allah, I thought that the Day of Resurrection had come; from the fear of that day my hair turned gray."
Allah the Almighty said: Remember when Allah will say (on the Day of Resurrection): "O Jesus, son of Mary! Remember My Favor to you and to your mother when I supported you with Ruh-ul-Qudus (Gabriel) so that you spoke to the people in the cradle and in maturity; and when I taught you writing, Al Hikmah (the power of understanding), the Torah and the Gospel; and when you made out of the clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, by My Permission, and you breathed into it, and it became a bird by My Permission, and you healed those born blind, and the lepers by My Permission, and when you brought forth the dead by My Permission; and when I restrained the Children of Israel from you (when they resolved to kill you) since you came unto them with clear proofs, and the disbeliveers among them said: 'This is nothing but evident magic.'"
And when I (Allah) put in their hearts of the disciples (of Jesus) to believe in Me and My Messenger, they said: "We believe. And bear witness that we are Muslims." (Ch 5:110-111 Quran)
Almighty Allah also revealed: And He Allah will teach him (Jesus) the Book and Al Hikmah (the Sunna, the faultless speech of the Prophets, wisdom, etc.), (and) the Torah and the Gospel.
And will make him (Jesus) a Messenger to the Children of Israel (saying): "I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, that I design for you out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, and breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by Allah's Leave; and I heal him who was born blind, and the leper, and I bring the dead to life by Allah's leave. And I inform you of what you eat, and what you store in your houses. Surely, therein is a sign for you, if you believe. And I have come confirming that which was before me of the Torah, and to make lawful to you part of what was forbidden to you, and I have come to you with proof from your Lord. So fear Allah and obey me. Truly! Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him (Alone). This is the Straight Path."
Then when Jesus came to know of their disbelief, he said: "Who will be my helpers in Allah's Cause?" The disciples said: "We are the helpers of Allah; we believe in Allah, and bear witness that we are Muslims (we submit to Allah)."
Our Lord! We believe in what You have sent down, and we follow the Messenger (Jesus); so write us down among those who bear witness (to the truth, La ilaha ill Allah - none has the right to be worshipped but Allah).
And they (disbeliveers) plotted (to kill Jesus), and Allah planned too. And Allah is the Best of the planners. (Ch 3:48-54 Quran)
Jesus continued calling people to Almighty Allah and laying down for them what might be called "the law of the Spirit." Once when standing on a mountain surrounded by his disciples, Jesus saw that those who believed in him were from among the poor, the wretched, an the downtrodden, and their number was small. Some of the miracles which Jesus performed had been requested by his disciples, such as their wish for a "holy table" to be sent down from heaven.
Allah the Exalted said: Remember when the disciples said: "O Jesus, son of Mary! Can your Lord send down to us a table spread (with food) from heaven?" Jesus said: "Fear Allah, if you are indeed believers." They said: "We wish to eat thereof and to be stronger in Faith and to know that you have indeed told us the truth and that we ourselves be its witnesses."
Jesus, son of Mary, said: "O Allah, our Lord! Send us from heaven a table spread (with food) that there may be for us - for the first and the last of us - a festival and a sign from You; and provide us sustenance, for You are the best of sustainers." Allah said: "I am going to send it down unto you, but if any of you after that disbelieves, then I will punish him with a torment such as I have not inflicted on anyone among all the Alamin (mankind and jinn)." (Ch 5:112-115 Quran)
It was related that Jesus commanded his disciples to fast for thirty days; at the end of it, they asked Jesus to bring food from heaven to break their fast. Jesus prayed to Allah after his disciples had doubted Allah's power. The great table cam down between two clouds, one above and one below, while the people watched. Jesus said: "O Lord, make it a mercy and not a cause of distress." So it fell between Jesus's hands, covered with a napkin.
Jesus suddenly prostrated and his disciples with him. They sensed a fragrance, which they had never smelled before. Jesus said: "The one who is the most devout and most righteous may uncover the table, that we might eat of it to thank Allah for it." They said: "O Spirit of Allah, you are the most deserving."
Jesus stood up, then performed ablution and prayed before uncovering the table, and behold, there was a roasted fish. The disciples said: "O Spirit of Allah, is this the food of this world or of Paradise?" Jesus said to his disciples: "Did not Allah forbid you to ask questions? It is the divine power of Allah the Almighty Who said: 'Be,' and it was. It is a sign from Almighty Allah warning of great punishment for unbelieving mortals of the world. This is the kernel of the matter."
It is said that thousands of people partook of it, and yet they never exhausted it. A further miracle was that the blind and lepers were cured.
The Day of the Table became one of the holy days for the disciples and followers of Jesus. Later on, the disciples and followers forgot the real essence of the miracles, and so they worshipped Jesus as a god.
Almighty Allah asserted: And remember when Allah will say (on the Day of Resurrection): "O Jesus, son of Mary! Did you say unto men: 'Worship me and my mother as two gods besides Allah?'" He will say: "Glory be to You! It was not for me to say what I had no right to say. Had I said such a thing, You would surely have known it. You know what is in my inner self though I do not know what is in Yours, truly, You, only You, are the All Knower of all that is hidden and unseen. Never did I say to them aught except what You (Allah) did command me to say: 'Worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord', And I was a witness over them while I dwelt amongst them, but when You took me up, You were the Watcher over them, and You are a Witness to all things. (This is a great admonition and warning to the Christians of the whole world). If you punish them, they are Your slaves, and if You forgive them, Verily You, only You are the All Mighty, the All Wise."
Allah will say: "This is a Day on which the truthful will profit from their truth: theirs are Gardens under which rivers flow (in Paradise) - they shall abide therein forever. Allah is pleased with them and they with Him. That is the great success (Paradise). To Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and all that is therein, and He is Able to do all things." (Ch 5:116-120 Quran)
Jesus went on his mission until vice knew that its throne was threatening to fall. So the forces of evil accused him of magic, infringement of the Mosaic Law, allegiance with the devil; and when they saw that the poor people followed him, they began to scheme against him.
The Sanhedrin, the highest judicial and ecclesiastical council of the Jews, began to meet to plot against Jesus. The plan took a new turn. When the Jews failed to stop Jesus' s call, they decided to kill him. The chief priests held secret meetings to agree on the best way of getting rid of Jesus. While they were in such a meeting, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus, Judas Iscariot, went to them and asked: "What will you give me if I deliver him to you?" Judas bargained with them until they agreed to give him thirty pieces of silver known as shekels. The plot was laid for the capture and murder of Jesus.
It was said that the high priest of the Jews tore his garment at the meeting, claiming that Jesus had denied Judaism. The tearing of clothes at that time was a sign of disgust.
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY AS WRITTEN AT PRASANTHI NILAYAM TODAY - Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Women should look after their homes diligently and conduct themselves in a pleasing manner. Treat your guests in a cordial manner and to the extent possible. Empathise with those who are in difficulties, comfort and console them with soothing words. Those who talk harsh words are verily demons. If you hurt others’ feelings, you will be hurt twice as much and you cannot escape from the consequences of your actions. Embodiments of Love! These teachings are simple to practice in your daily life. But do not take them lightly - they can confer on you liberation! It is your good fortune (adrishtam) to know them! What is good fortune? A-drishtam is that which cannot be seen. You may not be able to see the results of your noble conduct and meritorious deeds, but they will confer on you all happiness and comforts in due course of time. (Divine Discourse, Nov 19 2002)

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POP-STYLE Fashion SNAP in Harajuku

It does not always have to be skirts- Colorful overalls with quirky prints look cute and innocent too - giving off a youthful vibe.
FASHION POINT: The Panda hat! It is separate from the shirt and can be taken off too.


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I must admit after ONLY seeing a small piece of the first video circulating, Sadly to say I'm guilty of judging....I thought there was a party in the house of the lord and everyone had lost their mind... However, after watching this video in its entirety from the beginning to the end, I understand the message and the concept and I thought it was great,,,#thoushallnotjudge #imstillaworkinprogress
The House of Hope ATL 138th Church Anniversary Generational Dance
The Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church "House of Hope ATL" celebrating our 138th year anniversary with a B.C. (before Christ) song and A.D. (after Christ)...
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MODI ACTION IS QUESTIONABLE SBI’S $1 BILLION LOAN TO ADANI DOESN’T MAKE SENSE

By : M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bangaluru: What are the priorities of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and RBI lending norms. But reportedly and Suddenly something wrong is happening which should not have been done by Modi Government. PM Modi need to immediately correct the mistakes if it has happened.State Bank of India must help Indian projects first not videshi projects .As BJP talks about swadeshi .Is hidden agenda of Modi is coming out one by one .Only time will tell.Why PM Narendra Modi interested to help his friend to set up a plant in Australia instead of India against the national policy of India to make it as manufacturing hub. India has more coal than Australia. Instead of deshi project why this videshi project is preferred by SBI to help PM friend. And it is one billion dollar loan and why one billion outgoing from India. Is SBI is at fault or PM Narendra Modi need to be explained. We need to file RTI Applications to all Government departments PMO and SBI to get to know before making any conclusions. Images of Narendra Modi climbing into a Adani company’s jet have prompted questions of propriety, with some suggesting the matter could be seen as a person elected to high office promoting a brand and now SBI is denting PM Narendra Modi image by sanctioning loan of $1 billion to Adani Enterprises giving go by to all banking norms and ECB guidelines . PM Narendra Modi “Inching towards new heights of crony capitalism,” The only possible explanation for this decision is the “so called” closeness of Gautam Adani, chairman of Adani Enterprises to Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India. When No Private Bank - ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, Yes Bank - give such Loan to Adani - it seems pretty clear that there is no commercial justification for this loan that is likely to be defaulted. Apparently Central Govt wants to favour Adani using Public Sector Bank - SBI - & Mrs Arundhati Bhattacharya Chairperson SBI has agreed to do so at the cost of SBI Shareholders. Adani May or May not get this loan but our PM showed over extra enthusiasm in supporting Adani, Why? Isn’t it because proximity more than ability? Isn’t this violates modi Make In India campaign? Or Make In Australia campaign? Dude money will be taken from India to Australia to build a bloody coal mine where meeting environment challenges are very difficult. Only Adani can benefit from this loan. Common and poor people of India will not get same treatment like Adani in SBI , They don't have a jet to share it with BJP. Earlier also very easy loan and land deals offered to Adani...My question is if a PM friend can be given so much benefit why not poor people at large ?. The Australian Project will have to tie up additional $4 to $5bn debt to reach Financial Close. The SBI loan will be reportedly disbursed only after financial close and along with other lenders who participate. If Adanis can't get other lenders, the Project won't move ahead and SBI won't disburse a penny. But Reportedly few people are suspecting that the black money instead of coming back to India will be invested in $4 to $5bn debt in Adani Australian Project as lenders and balance 1 billion will be given by SBI. The former CAG had said that important decisions are taken by PM and buck stops at Prime Minister Desk. Wherefore it is suspected that sanctioning of $1 billion to Adani group could have been taken with consent of PMO as such a decision could not have happened without the approval of PMO as SBI is government of India Enterprise .Why this largesse is shown to Adani group and not others by SBI. PM Narendra Modi could have given loan to several thousand SMES in India to make India as manufacturing hub of world . If Adani has raised $1 billion on its own strength outside India with foreign lenders without the help of SBI nobody would have questioned .The State Bank of India (SBI) has decided to lend up to $1 billion to Adani Mining, the Australian subsidiary of Adani Enterprises for the Carmichael mine in Queensland, Australia. The mine has massive blocks of untapped coal reserves. The company aims to build the project by end of 2017. "The MOU with SBI is a significant milestone in the development of our Carmichael mine," Adani said in a reported statement released to press.
The reported total debt of Adani : Let's take a look at how the reported numbers look. As on September 30, 2014, the long term debt of the company stood at Rs 55,364.94 crore. The short term debt stood at Rs 17,267.43 crore. Hence, the total debt of the company stood at Rs 72,632.37 crore.As on March 31, 2014, the total debt of the company stood at Rs 64,979.04 crore. Hence, the total debt of the company has shot up by Rs 7653.33 crore in a matter of six months.
Reported Ability of the company to service all the debt; The question we are trying to answer here is how good is the ability of the company to service all the debt that it has managed to accumulate. For that we use results of the last four quarters and calculate the interest coverage ratio. Interest coverage ratio is essentially the earnings before interest, taxes and exceptional items (or what is often termed as operating profit) of a company divided by its interest expense. It tells us whether the company is making enough money to pay the interest on its outstanding debt.
Reportedly its ability to meet interest expenses may be questionable: The total operating profit of the company over the last four quarters comes at Rs 8999.92 crore. The interest that the company has paid on its debt in the last four quarters amounts to Rs 5,733.77 crore. This means an interest coverage ratio of around 1.57.As www.investopedia.com points out “The lower the ratio, the more the company is burdened by debt expense. When a company's interest coverage ratio is 1.5 or lower, its ability to meet interest expenses may be questionable.”.While Adani Enterprises' interest coverage ratio is not lower than 1.5 it is clearly getting there. In fact, things get even more interesting once we start calculating the interest coverage ratio on the basis of quarterly data. The interesting coverage ratio for the period of three months ending March 31, 2014, stood at 2.67. It stood at 1.58, for the period of three months ending June 30, 2014. And for the period of three months ending September 30, 2014, it stood at 1.12.As we can see, the ability of the company to keep paying the interest that it needs to pay on its debt has come down dramatically during the course of this financial year. As www.investopedia.com points out “An interest coverage ratio below 1 indicates the company is not generating sufficient revenues to satisfy interest expenses.” Adani Enterprises is clearly moving towards this situation. Further, in a May 2014 report, Bank of America Merrill Lynch had estimated that the company would have an interest coverage ratio of 1.2 during the course of this financial year.What all this clearly tells us is that Adani Enterprises is in an over-leveraged situation and is getting to a situation where it will find it difficult to keep paying the interest on its debt. The thing with debt is that it can work both ways. When a company takes on a higher amount of debt it gives itself an opportunity to generate higher earnings vis a vis a situation where it hadn't taken on that debt at all.If this happens, then these increased earnings are spread among the same number of shareholders. But at the same time the company runs the risk of getting into a situation where the projected earnings simply don't come along and it finds it difficult to keep paying the interest on all the debt that it has taken on.
Reportedly Adani Enterprises runs the risk of getting precisely into this situation. Further as a Reuters news-report points out “Much bigger coal rivals, like BHP Billiton and Glencore, have also shelved coal developments in Queensland at a time when a third of Australia's coal output is making losses.”Also, coal prices have fallen over the last few years. As a recent report in The Hindu points out “Globally, coal prices have been on a downtrend in the last three years and are at the lowest levels since 2009. Prices of steam coal, a slightly lower grade that is used in power generation, have halved since 2011 to $62 per tonne now.”This fall in prices has happened because of the supply not shrinking along with demand. “For instance, demand from China — the largest consumer of coal accounting for half of the total global demand — has been slow. After growing at over 10 per cent annually during 2001-2011, the country’s demand has fallen — imports were down to 150 million tonnes (mt) in 2013, from 182 mt in 2011. And given the pollution-related issues, it is expected that the country may look at cleaner sources more actively, holding down demand. Goldman Sachs estimates that imports will fall to 75 mt by 2018,” The Hindu points out.Goldman Sachs expects the demand growth to be 15 million tonnes per year during 2013-2018, against 60 million tonnes per year it was at during 2008-2012. The supply of coal isn't likely to come down. In case of Australia the miners have entered into long term “take or pay” contracts which requires them to pay $20 per tonne of transport costs, irrespective of the fact whether or not they ship coal. Hence, Australian miners are likely to continue to ship coal.What this tells us is that coal is not the best business to be in right now. Reportedly Despite these reasons SBI has gone ahead and given a loan of up to $1 billion to Adani Enterprises. Reportedly This is not a logical decision which takes into account the facts as they prevail. The only possible explanation for this decision is the “so called” closeness of Gautam Adani, chairman of Adani Enterprises to Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India.
It is also reported that Adanis consolidated debt might not have relation to the debt serviceability of their Australian Project. Because this funding will be on a non recourse or limited recourse basis and before commenting upon sensibleness of SBI loan we might need to look at the Australian Project's cash flow projections about which no body know nothing at the moment. But one thing is clear Adanis will be helped by SBI to syndicate the loan of 5 billion dollar which is internally questinalble action of SBI.It is also reported that, about Adanis' consolidated debt, you need to see how much of that debt is linked to ongoing expansion projects (capital work in progress or CWIP will given an idea). The debt servicing for such part of debt will start after those projects go into commercial operations, so calculating global interest coverage ratios like you have done here is not very useful because you may be considering debt which doesn't have to be serviced from current cash flows.
Finally Insinuating that the SBI MoU is a result of Modi's proximity to Adani is not foolish as Adani is reportedly very close to PM Modi , as MoU mean it is commitment for disbursement subject to fulfilling certain conditions by both parties and SBI has been giving blockbuster loans to Adani for many years now for last 10 years or so, Adani's have a stellar record on debt servicing with all the banks does not mean that in future also it does the same .Basically, all alleged analysis are relevant and cannot be termed as misdirected and has e connection with debt servicing ability of the proposed MoU loan. State Bank of India must help Indian projects first not videshi projects .As BJP talks about swadeshai .Is hidden agenda of Modi is coming out one by one .Only time will tell.Why PM Narendra Modi interested to help his friend to set up a plant in Australia instead of India against the national policy of India to make it as manufacturing hub. India has more coal than Australia. Instead of deshi project why this videshi project is preferred by PM and it is one billion dollar loan and why one billion outgoing from India. Is SBI is at fault or PM Narendra Modi need to be explained.
Reortedly The State Bank of India was thus born with a new sense of social purpose aided by the 480 offices comprising branches, sub offices and three Local Head Offices inherited from the Imperial Bank. The concept of banking as mere repositories of the community's savings and lenders to creditworthy parties was soon to give way to the concept of purposeful banking subserving the growing and diversified financial needs of planned economic development. The State Bank of India was destined to act as the pacesetter in this respect and lead the Indian banking system into the exciting field of national development .In 1951, when the First Five Year Plan was launched, the development of rural India was given the highest priority. The commercial banks of the country including the Imperial Bank of India had till then confined their operations to the urban sector and were not equipped to respond to the emergent needs of economic regeneration of the rural areas. In order, therefore, to serve the economy in general and the rural sector in particular, the All India Rural Credit Survey Committee recommended the creation of a state-partnered and state-sponsored bank by taking over the Imperial Bank of India, and integrating with it, the former state-owned or state-associate banks. An act was accordingly passed in Parliament in May 1955 and the State Bank of India was constituted on 1 July 1955. More than a quarter of the resources of the Indian banking system thus passed under the direct control of the State. Later, the State Bank of India (Subsidiary Banks) Act was passed in 1959, enabling the State Bank of India to take over eight former State-associated banks as its subsidiaries (later named Associates).
Is SBI is at fault or PM Narendra Modi need to be explained. We need to file RTI Applications to all Government departments PMO and SBI to get to know before making any conclusions. An in-depth study on the subject need cto be carried by Banks and Industry Associations.

THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT, 2005 is an Act to provide for setting out the practical regime of right to information for citizens to secure access to information under the control of public authorities, in order to promote transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority.RTI Act provides transparency under Section 3 and 4(1) (a) (b) (c) and 2(f) of RTI Act 2005 and accountability under 4(1) (d) RTI Act 2005 as the PA will create information; or to interpret information; or to solve the problems raised by the applicants under the system and procedure as per listed Acts and rules regulations listed under 4(1) (a) (b) (c) every day and that can be cross cheeked by applicant by asking reasons under 4(1) (d) by the affected person and copy of the same can be given to any applicant under 2( f) of RTI Act .RTI is a total problem solving mechanism and not just record providing tool.RTI will provide transparency under 4(1) (a) (b) (c) and 2(f) of RTI Act 2005 every day and Accountability can be ensured under 4(1) (d) and this will reduces the corruption in every public authority .

RTI Act is an Act to provide for setting out the practical regime of right to information for citizens to secure access to information under the control of public authorities, in order to promote transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority. The information under RTI Act is defined in, Section 2(f) of the RTI Act, which defines "information" provides as follows:. Definitions.- In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,- .(f) "information" means any material in any form, including records, documents, memos, e- mails, opinions, advices, press releases, circulars, orders, logbooks, contracts, reports, papers, samples, models, data material held in any electronic form and information relating to any private body which can be accessed by a public authority under any other law for the time being in force;"The democracy requires an informed citizenry and transparency of information which are vital to its functioning and also to contain corruption and to hold Government and their instrumentalities accountable to the governed. Every public authority must understand that "information" is not created in “paraloka” or “swargaloka” or in “CIC “or “SIC “which will be given by PA under Section 2(f) of the RTI Act. It is PA which creates the information every day and the "information" in any form, including records, documents, memos, e- mails, opinions, advices, press releases, circulars, orders, logbooks, contracts, reports, papers, samples, models, data material held in any electronic form need to be created as per 4(1) (a) (b) (c) reasons under 4(1) (d) by the affected person and copy of the same can be given to any applicant under 2( f) of RTI Act . RTI, one of the few weapons the common man has in his fight against the high and mighty, citizens have unlimited powers under RTI Act 2005.CIC must understand that "information" is not created in “Paraloka” or “Swargaloka” or in “CIC “or “SIC “which will be given by PA under Section 2(f) of the RTI Act. It is PA which creates the information every day 4(1) (a) (b) (c) and the "information" in any form, including records, documents, memos, e- mails, opinions, advices, press releases, circulars, orders, logbooks, contracts, reports, papers, samples, models, data material held in any electronic form need to be created as per 4(1) (a) (b) (c) reasons under 4(1) (d) by the affected person and copy of the same can be given to any applicant under 2( f) of RTI Act .The PA should be forced to function and create information strictly as per under 4(1) (a) (b) (c) on the applications and request of public and provide it under 2(f) of RTI Act and information should not be incomplete misleading and false and public is free to check accountability under 4(1) (d) RTI Act 2005.The Right to Information (RTI) Act is one of the most important tools that can empower the common man, it had become imperative to fight against corruption for the effective functioning of the three pillars of democracy — legislature, executive and judiciary. The three pillars of democracy had been included in the ambit of the RTI Act and people should make use of the provisions of the Act to bring down corruption. There was a need to create awareness among people on the wide range of powers enshrined in the RTI Act. The educated sections of society must take active part in the fight against injustice and use the provisions of the RTI Act to protect the rights of the people.
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at Nov 19, 2014 9:56:01 AM
The Lotus Flower

It is my belief that all things 3D have a 5D symbolism and by contemplating the nature of something in the physical, we can see what it is trying to communicate to us in regards to the spiritual. Sometimes things can get lost in translation and what means something to one person may mean something else to another. Find the nuggets of truth in everything that you can, and let the rest go. If anything I say, or anyone else says, doesn’t resonate just let it go.

The lotus flower has become a topic of conversation in my reality more than once. John, my Twin Flame, explained the first moment of realizing his oneness with everything as having felt like a petal in a lotus flower… a dual part of a singular thing. This vision came to him after a very intense yoga workshop, his first even, in the blazing hot summer sun in the desert. After I heard his story, my attention had been brought to the lotus flower and it became something I have thought about often since then. Recently, I believe I found the answer for me in regards to what it represents. Of course, since he is my Twin Flame, I found that my truth of the lotus flower was not very far off from his.

I believe it is also important for me to explain, before I go on about the lotus flower, that it is my belief that we are all from Source and all returning to Source. Source is LOVE. It is pure and perfect and we are all in the process of working our way back there. When we decided to collectively experience duality and expand into our own ‘individual’ missions, that expansion and our own soul amnesia due to our human mind, created a sense of separateness. As everything, including ourselves, expanded into the ether we started to forget we are all one but, like a rubber band, the expansion is now turning into a contraction and this is why we are starting to wake up and remember who we are, how infinite we are and that we are in fact all one. It will take time for everyone to remember this, so we must be patient but, as we go through this process we must return to Source AS Source. That means we must allow ourselves to come further and further into a vibration of unconditional love, forgiveness, patience, compassion, understanding and all the other yummy things we started as that ultimately define what LOVE is. Those vibrations are contagious and eventually everyone will catch on. Be patient. We have an infinite amount of time, even beyond this lifetime, to allow it to happen through our co-creative efforts. I say that we must allow it because anything other than feeling THAT is simply a resistance to our nature. It takes more time and effort to be anything else to others which means that we are only resisting our nature of just being LOVE.

Back to the lotus flower.

What I saw was that each of us is in fact one half of one petal on the lotus flower, or the flower of life, overlapping with all the others in a not so dual reality, and yet our petal is only complete once we are in Union with our Twin Flame. Their half of the petal is just as important as there is no completion of us without them. Our close relationships with others (friendships, romances, children, etc.) are in the same soul family yet, the soul families also overlap. In our own lotus we tend to share common themes and struggles. We have common bonds and goals we came here to assist each other with and experience together. What we fail to realize is that anyone that holds our attention, even an adversarial foe, is our soul family as well. Their truth may simply lie on the opposite side of the flower and so while our goals may be the same, we come from a different angle. With that in mind, we face the harsh reality that people like the Bush family and the bin Laden family are in fact soul family, thus, their push and pull towards the same things that exploded into war.

Let me reiterate that even your enemies are your soul family, here to show you something, teach you something, help you along in your journey moving back to Source. Sometimes in Twin Flame relationships we forget this. Both the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine can have issues over close relationships their other half has with Soul Mates, especially if they are of the opposite sex. In situations where our Twin has a close relationship with another we can become jealous, forgetting that if this person is that close to our Twin, they must be close to us too. The closer they are, the more intimidated we might allow ourselves to become and this can turn into us responding with anger, jealousy, demands, control tactics, attempts to separate ourselves and a wide array of other negative (and still perfect) responses. What we forget is that all of the closest Soul Mates our Twin feels called to are also our Soul Mates, since we are all petals on the same flower. It may be that someone very close to your Twin Flame is simply touching their half of the petal the most so their relationship will seem closer and since we become caught up in duality, we tend to forget at times that we are also touching them because we are one with our Twin.

It also happens in relationships with our Soul Mates before we’ve reached Union with our Twin Flame. The truth is that it doesn’t matter whether or not they are your Twin because the work is the same. Whether it is your Twin Flame or a Soul Mate we are all infinitely connected and providing divine mirrors for each other showing each other places we still need to allow ourselves to heal. The ultimate goal is Union with our Twin. Your Soul Mates can help you to inch closer as they bring up issues for you surrounding your jealousies and insecurities, as well as a myriad of other potential areas we have allowed ourselves to become tainted in. This is when it’s important to remember what love without attachment means. What unconditional love really is. To remember that what hurts is not what they are doing but instead, the attachment and expectations we’ve been placing on them. Unconditional love has no conditions. That’s the point. The point is to reach a state of such gratitude in the NOW that there are no expectations of the other to even be there tomorrow. It can be hard to grasp this because of all the world has taught us about commitments, vows, promises and so forth. Unfortunately, we already know that all we’ve been taught is false and broken or else the world wouldn’t be in such a disarray and therefore we have to challenge all notions we know.
The rules we’ve been taught and the expectations we’ve been told to have of another are based in conditional love. This is what we seek to change.

We are also unaware of all the karmic debts we carry and how karma tends to work. Therefore, at times we misconstrue someone hurting us as karma THEY are now incurring for what they are doing, when in actuality, it may very well be karma we are paying for what we have already done in this life or another. Karma can be delivered by someone other than the one you owe it to. It can come lifetimes later or seconds after our ‘sin’. The truth is that it is our need to practice more unconditional love, forgiveness, patience, compassion, understanding and attempt to be grateful for every karmic debt we pay as one less we’ll owe later.

As we are moving back to Source, things are accelerating. As we burn off our karma and begin the process of awakening, enlightening and perfecting ourselves it can seem that the world is more and more harsh. We feel that because our hearts have become softer, we’ve become more intuitive and compassionate of others and our ego pushes us to take the easy way out that involves no personal responsibility. There is less pain involved in making our pain the responsibility of someone else because we then don’t have to face ourselves. It takes more work and more potential egoic struggle to face what we are actually doing to ourselves. You are never a victim. You’ve chosen the path that led to the moment of this pain. You chose the vibration and frequency that allowed events, circumstances and people in your life as they are. The payoff for taking ultimate responsibility for the situation now leads to a new sense of power, where you now have the choice of the new reality you will create. When that power comes in, peace comes in and we are officially allowing ourselves to flow back to Source without resistance.

Be mindful and seek gratitude for whatever it is that your Twin Flame or anyone else ‘is doing to you’. Your emotional responses and reactions are cues for more of your deepest truths. Whatever they bring out in you is a clue for you on your journey. Sometimes something that is really good for us can be painful or seem harsh, when it is just the nature of what is needed as a method of delivery. Most of us have had to undergo unpleasant medical procedures that were necessary for our own good and so they are the 3D symbol of how spiritual healing can be painful at times. The more it hurts the more healing is available, the more truth is being shown and the more opportunity there is for you to practice more of the yummy goodness that is our very essence of unconditional love, forgiveness, compassion, patience and whatever else we are forgetting in that moment that defines our essence of LOVE.

In my own experience I knew who my Twin Flame was, however, I also had a very close Soul Mate that was necessary to come in and show me parts of myself that I needed to realize and heal. Mine was a victim mentality and doubting my Twin. After a series of relationships and situations in my life that were easily interpreted in 3D as me having become a victim, the truth is that I was not. I chose it all. My deepest Soul Mate before my Twin Flame came in causing me no harm at all and was almost everything I would have hoped for in a friend or partner. Although we did not become romantically involved, we did become quite intimate and ‘in love’ with each other in non-sexual platonic ways. He truly is the second most important and valuable person in my life when it comes to my own self growth, while my Twin Flame, John, is the first. I had to be prepared for my Twin by being called to awareness of this pattern so that I would not become the runner that I am when the reflections came so glaringly from my Twin.

This Soul Mate called me into deeper truths that although he was fantastic, I was still finding situations outside of myself to look for evidence that I was nothing more than a victim. It could be anything that happened from the way someone would speak to me to financial situations and even a car accident that was my own fault and I still tried to blame others. I wasn’t ready to completely take responsibility for myself and therefore was comfortable and familiar with the idea of being a victim. If he had not pointed that out to me in ways that angered and enraged me at times I would not have been able to go as deep as I have with my Twin Flame. Why? Because when my Twin has done things that brought up feelings of hurt, fear or insecurity in me I could have easily blamed him for them and not looked at the deeper truths of where I needed to grow. From time to time I still fall into this pattern and after a short period of consideration I come to the realization that I am not a victim and need to take responsibility for my own reactions and responses which has led us to a place where, fortunately, we’ve been able to stay in Union and avoid what many refer to as ‘the separation period’. There’s nothing to run from and nowhere to run to because I would only be running from myself. I came to know before this Union because I loved this Soul Mate so much that I wanted to be a better person when I was with him and was reluctantly willing to listen to his feedback. I resisted at first but, there were plenty of times it was so obvious I knew I would just look like a fool by denying it. Without him I don’t know that I would have learned how to go in instead of pointing outside of me and finding a reason to run. During times when my Twin has had feelings of jealousy or competition, he can be easily reminded that it was for HIS benefit too because of this lesson and many others my attention was first brought to by my Soul Mate. I’m happy to report that the two of them are now very close friends and even challenge one another in ways I find ridiculously amusing these days!

Just like the lotus flower, the petals of our connection overlap and touch each other. His closest Soul Mate touches his half of the petal and her closest Soul Mate touches hers. Everyone around your Twin Flame is your soul family too and there is much to be gained from them. ‘Self-respect’ and ‘self-love’ are often brought up as questions in dramatic situations as excuses to run, control and demand changes that limit the other person’s free will. All this is doing is creating a false sense of security at the time and denying that YOU are completely responsible for all circumstances in your life and giving you a false justification to place conditional love on others. The truth is, unless someone is causing you immediate bodily harm, it is my belief that you should never run. Face it, because you’re only facing yourself and the sooner you face yourself the sooner you grow and the sooner you grow the less of these situations that become uncomfortable and painful for you will manifest. So when these moments come up, ask yourself:

• How am I manifesting this into my experience?
• What is this showing me about myself?
• What is the greatest opportunity in this moment?
• What question have I asked that this moment presents the answer to?

Ask questions and assume nothing. My closest Soul Mate believes that everyone around him is more enlightened than he is and each of them is playing their role perfectly to teach him something about himself. Although I falter at times, I do try to employ this theory in every moment. The world does revolve around you in your own reality because you individually perceive things and the world around you in a way that is unique to you. The only thing you truly have control over is yourself and what you project out to be reflected back to you. If you don’t like what you’re seeing, find it in you and change it. Watch how things unfold like magic the way you really want them to. If you remain lost, seek the counsel of someone who has successfully achieved what you wish to so achieve since they probably have clues that will help you. Take everything with a grain of salt and if it doesn’t resonate with you ask yourself why. There is truth in everything. I really do mean EVERYTHING. Even lies point to truths. What is your truth?

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Warren Holmes
at Nov 19, 2014 9:55:02 AM
"I'm a little uncomfortable behind the camera sometimes,' -- One of the run-o-the-mill problems with that piece of toast -- he doesn't know whether he is coming or going. Hey Mr. Brilliant!? If you were 'doing fashion' it should be 'IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA!'

Someone please tell me why the media seems to need to 'talk-up' a player (amongst other things) that the only reason he is playing Pro-Football is that Mike Brown doesn't cut people -- especially those with money remaining on their contract if they indeed DO get cut.

Just watch any ol' game and look to see how many time he makes idiotic mistakes. The penalties, the dropped balls that should have been interceptions. The getting burned, etc.

Quit 'talking' this guy up. There certainly is no reason to do so.

I guess that if one can 'talk-up' Reggie Nelson (Oh, there's another FANTASTIC (and yes, I do say this with sarcasm) player), it just falls right into line about this incompetent (Leon Hall), as well.
Is Leon Hall the Michael Jordan of the NFL?
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You've heard the perhaps-exaggerated story that Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team before becoming an NBA legend. But you havent' heard Leon Hall's story.
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at Nov 19, 2014 9:53:56 AM
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Lorna Harley
at Nov 19, 2014 9:53:34 AM
I'm actually embarrassed by the woman who find this offensive! I'm sure they never had a Callander of almost butt naked men hanging on their wall since they were in there teens or crowded round a colleagues computer to look at the newest young hottie. We have a diet coke advert dedicated to a man taking his shirt off etc

It's double standards it's political correctness gone mad and it makes you look like the nagging, self righteous women men hate.
I don't care if you landed a spacecraft on a comet, your shirt is sexist and ostracizing
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Prem Sagar Gupta
at Nov 19, 2014 9:51:16 AM
*Who have genuine faith in God as your personal Savior, you will find that the truth is a work set for him. Their faith is a working faith, and the faith operates by love and purifies the soul. The Lord Jesus paid the ransom for us; He gave his own life so that those who believe do not perish, but have eternal life. Those who accept the truth of faith will give testimony to the quality of faith exercised by them.

*If faith look to God and anxiety look at the circumstances, we must then accept the faith without shadows of doubt. Anxiety strengthens the circumstances and with this back problem or difficult it would be to be resolved as being a constant struggle being that doesn't actually exist what we think exist, in certain moments.

*"By faith the walls fell, being surrounded Is in the eye of faith that God is seen, the compass is your Word that won't let him be confused with the other gods who speak. The circumstances can aggravate the faith if the eyes are put in them, and there will be a conflict opened when it is not known to anyone looking, more faith is the vision that will bring victory.

*His greatness is not in sight of you. Is in your attitudes, thoughts and intentions. His greatness is in the size of the love with which you embrace the world itself, is the force that takes you beyond what you ever thought go. Its greatness resides in a place that looks small, but it helps to turn on the light of others.

*She lives in your heart. And even if the world says otherwise, don't believe it. Recognize their own light, tuck its wings and Moose the most beautiful flights. Good afternoon, dear friends/my heart! Angels of the Face it!!!

*It is madness to play outside every chance to be happy because an attempt didn't work. I hope that in your walk do not commit these Follies.
Remembering that there's always another chance, another friendship, another love, a new force. For every end there is a fresh start... "

*The happiest people don't have the best things, they bring the best of the opportunities that appear in their paths, affectionately warm hugs, beautiful from every one of you
will appreciate it
Who knows, loves and appreciates you,

*The life Hurt, but absence makes you haven't even seen you;
But you were there in my dreams, and I'm expecting you to.
man, between strangers, my heart, the solitude moved in.
As an in the Arctic cold, got used to the solitude, but not really killed my faith.
The other half of my heart is missing, which could be the whole of his life.
And now here you are, you will get my hands on, my dreams on .
Not only will you if you , although their hopes; no longer even when I have not found you, I didn't feel the delights of life without you.

The people most beautiful are those who, despite the defeat of the room, falls, who have had, you have learned the lesson, and they have gone ahead with more force than ever before, they have grown up and be better every day for such a way that they become your best version of...
The people most beautiful are those who have suffered, and they have come from the depths of the pain...Sometimes, we need to get bogged down in order to know who we are still lacking..
Sometimes, we need to escape to find out how to be worried about together-..
Sometimes, we need to go running to see who is willing to wish to be there.

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Adem Islam
at Nov 19, 2014 9:51:13 AM
Story of Prophet Isa/Jesus (pbuh)

In many verses of the Glorious Qur'an Allah the Exalted denied the claim of the Christians that He has a son. A delegation from Nagran came to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). They began to talk about their claim about the Trinity, which is that Allah is three in one, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, with some disagreement among their sects. That is why Allah affirmed in many verses of the Qur'an that Jesus is a slave of Allah, whom He molded in the womb of his mother like any other of His creatures, and that He created him without a father, as He created Adam without a father or a mother.
Allah the Almighty said: Allah chose Adam, Noah, the family of Abraham and the family of Imran above the Alamin (mankind and jinns)(of their times). Offspring, one of theo other, and Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower.
Remember when the wife of Imran said: "O my Lord! I have vowed to You what (the child that) is in my womb to be dedicated for Your services (free from all worldly work; to serve Your Place of worship), so accept this, from me. Verily, You are the All-Hearer, the All Knowing."
Then when she delivered her (child Mary), she said: "O my Lord! I have delivered a female child," and Allah knew better what she delivered, - "and the male is not like the female, and I have named her Mary, and I seek refuge with You (Allah) for her and for her offspring from Satan, the outcast."
So her Lord (Allah) accepted her with goodly acceptance. He made her grow in a good manner and put her under the care of Zechariah. Every time he entered Al-Mihrab (a praying place or a private room), he found her supplied with sustenance.
He said: "O Mary! From where have you got this?"
She said: "From Allah. Verily, Allah provides sustenance to whom He wills, without limit." (Ch 3:33-37 Quran)
Allah declared that He had elected Adam (pbuh) and the elite of his offspring who obey Allah. Then He specified the family of Abraham (pbuh), which includes the sons of Ishmael (pbuh), and the family of Imran, the father of Mary.
Muhammad Ibn Ishaaq stated that he was Imran Ibn Bashim, Ibn Amun, Ibn Misha, Ibn Hosqia, Ibn Ahriq, Ibn Mutham, Ibn Azazia, Ibn Amisa, Ibn Yamish, Ibn Ahrihu, Ibn Yazem, Ibn Yahfashat, Ibn Eisha, Ibn Iyam, Ibn Rahba am, Ibn David (Dawud).
Prophet Zakariyah's (pbuh) wife's sister had a daughter named Hannah. She was married to Imran, a leader of the Israelites. For many years, the couple remained childless. Whenever Hannah saw another woman with a child, her longing for a baby increased. Although years had passed, she never lost hope. She believed that one day Allah would bless her with a child, on whom she would shower all her motherly love.
She turned to the Lord of the heavens and the earth and pleaded with Him for a child. She would offer the child in the service of Allah's house, in the temple of Jerusalem. Allah granted her request. When she learned that she was pregnant, she was the happiest woman alive, and thanked Allah for His gift. Her overjoyed husband Imran also thanked Allah for His mercy.
However, while she was pregnant her husband passed away. Hannah wept bitterly. Alas, Imran did not live to see their child for whom they had so longed. She gave birth to a girl, and again turned to Allah in prayer: "O my Lord, I have delivered a female child," and the male is not like the female, and I have named her Mary, and I seek refuge with You (Allah) for her and her offspring from Satan, the outcast." (Ch 3:36 Quran)
Hannah had a big problem in reference to her promise to Allah, for females were not accepted into the temple, and she was very worried. Her sister's husband Zakariyah, comforted her, saying that Allah knew best what she had delivered and appreciated fully what she had offered in His service. She wrapped the baby in a shawl and handed it over to the temple elders. As the baby was a girl, the question of her guardianship posed a problem for the elders. This was a child of their late and beloved leader, and everyone was eager to take care of her. Zakariyah said to the elders: "I am the husband of her maternal aunt and her nearest relation in the temple; therefore, I will be more mindful of her than all of you."
As it was their custom to draw lots to solve disagreements, they followed this course. Each one was given a reed to throw into the river. They had agreed that whoever's reed remained afloat would be granted guardianship of the girl. All the reeds sank to the bottom except Zakariyah's. With this sign, they all surrendered to the will of Allah and made him the guardian.
To ensure that no one had access to Mary, Zakariyah built a separate room for her in the temple. As she grew up, she spent her time in devotion to Allah. Zakariyah visited her daily to see to her needs, and so it continued for many years. One day, he was surprised to find fresh fruit, which was out of season in her room. As he was the only person who could enter her room, he asked her how the fruit got there. She replied that these provisions were from Allah, as He gives to whom He wills. Zakariyah understood by this that Allah had raised Mary's status above that of other women.
Thereafter, Zakariyah spent more time with her, teaching and guiding her. Mary grew to be a devotee of Allah, glorifying Him day and night.
Ali Ibn Abi Talib narrated that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: "The best of the world's women is Mary (in her lifetime), and the best of the world's women is Khadija (in her lifetime)." (Sahih Al-Bukhari)
Abu Musa Al-Ashari also narrated that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: "May among men attained perfection but among women none attained perfection except Mary the daughter of Imran, and Asiya the wife of Pharaoh, and the superiority of Aisha to other women is like the superiority of Tharid (an Arabic dish) to other meals."
While Mary was praying in her temple, an angel in the form of a man appeared before her. Filled with terror, she tried to flee, praying: "Verily! I seek refuge with the Most Beneficent (Allah) from you, if you do fear Allah."
The angel said: "I am only a Messenger from your Lord, (to announce) to you the gift of a righteous son."
She said: "How can I have a son, when no man has touched me, nor am I unchaste?"
He said: "So (it will be), your Lord said: "That is easy for me (Allah): And (We wish) to appoint him as a sign to mankind and a mercy from Us (Allah), and it is a matter (already) decreed, (by Allah).'" (Ch 19:18-21 Quran)
The angel's visit caused Mary great anxiety, which increased as the months went by. How could she face giving birth to a child without having a husband? Later, she felt life kicking inside her. With a heavy heart, she left the temple and went to Nazareth, the city in which she had been born where she settled in a simple farm house to avoid the public.
But fear and anxiety did not leave her. She was from a noble and pious family. Her father had not been an evil man nor was her mother an impure woman. How could she prevent tongues from wagging about her honor?
After some months, she could not bear the mental strain any longer. Burdened with a heavy womb, she left Nazareth, not knowing where to go to be away from this depressing atmosphere.
She had not gone far, when she was overtaken by the pains of childbirth. She saw down against a dry palm tree, and here she gave birth to a son. Looking at her beautiful baby, she was hurt that she had brought him into the world without a father. She exclaimed: "I wish I had died before this happened and had vanished into nothingness!"
Suddenly, she heard a voice nearby: "Grieve not, your Lord has placed a rivulet below, and shake the trunk of this tree, from which ripe dates will fall. So eat and drink and regain the strength you have lost; and be of good cheer, for what you see is the power of Allah, Who made the dry palm tree regain life, in order to provide food for you." For a while she was comforted by Allah's miracle, for it was a sure sign of her innocence and purity.
She decided to return to the city. However, her fears also returned. What was she going to tell the people? As if sharinhis mother's worry, the baby began to speak: "If you meet any person say: 'I have vowed to fast for The Beneficent and may not speak to any human today.'" With this miracle, Mary felt at ease.
As she had expected, her arrival in the city with a newborn baby in her arms aroused the curiosity of the people. They scolded her: "This is a terrible sin that you have committed." She put her finger to her lips and pointed to the child. They asked: "How can we speak to a newborn baby?" To their total amazement, the child began to speak clearly: "I am Allah's servant. Allah has given me the Book, and has made me a prophet, and has blessed me wherever I may be, and has enjoined on me prayers and alms-giving as long as I live. Allah has made me dutiful towards she who had borne me. He has not made me arrogant nor unblessed. Peace unto me the day I was born, the day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive."
Most of the people realized that the baby was unique, for it Allah wills something, He merely says "Be" and it happens. Of course, there were some who regarded the baby's speech as a strange trick, but at least Mary could now stay in Nazareth without being harassed.
Allah the Exalted revealed: And mention in the Book (the Qur'an, O Muhammad, the story of) Mary, when she withdrew in seclusion from her family to a place facing east. She placed a screen (to screen herself) from them; then We sent to her Our Ruh (angel Gabriel), and he appeared before her in the form of a man in all respects.
She said: "Verily! I seek refuge with the Most Beneficent (Allah) from you, if you do fear Allah."
The angel said: "I am only a Messenger from your Lord, (to announce) to you the gift of a righteous son."
She said: "How can I have a son, when no man has touched me, nor am I unchaste?" He said: "So (it will be), your Lord said: "That is easy for Me (Allah): and (We wish) to appoint him as a sign to mankind and a mercy from Us (Allah), and it is a matter (already) decreed, (by Allah).'"
So she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a far place (Bethlehem valley, about four to six miles from Jerusalem). And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm tree. She said: "Would that I had died before this, and had been forgotten and out of sight!"
Then (the babe "Jesus" or Gabriel) cried unto her from below her, saying: "Grieve not! Your Lord has provided you a water stream under you; and shake the trunk of palm tree towards you, it will let fall fresh ripe dates upon you. So eat and drink and be glad, and if you see any human being, say: 'Verily! I have vowed a fast unto the Most Beneficent (Allah) so I shall not speak to any human being this day.'"
Then she brought him (the baby) to her people, carrying him. They said: "O Mary! Indeed you have brought a thing Fariyya (an unheard mighty thing). O sister (the like) of Aaron (not the brother of Moses, but he was another pious man at the time of Mary)! Your father was not a man who used to commit adultery, nor was your mother an unchaste woman."

Then she pointed to him. They said: "How can we talk to one who is a child in the cradle?"

He (Jesus) said: "Verily! I am a slave of Allah. He has given me the Scripture and made me a Prophet; and He has made me blessed wheresoever I be, and has enjoined me prayer, and Zakat, as long as I live, and dutiful to my mother, and made me not arrogant, unblest. And Salam (peace) be upon me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive!"

Such is Jesus, son of Mary. (It is) a statement of truth, about which they doubt (or dispute). It befits not (the Majesty of) Allah that He should beget a son (this refers to the slander of Christians against Allah, by saying that Jesus is the son of Allah). Glorified (and Exalted be He above all that they associate with Him). When He decrees a thing, He only says to it, "Be!" - and it is.

Jesus said: "And verily Allah is my Lord and your Lord. So worship Him (Alone). That is the Straight Path. (Allah's Religion of Islamic Monotheism which He did ordain for all of His Prophets)."

Then the sects differed (the Christians about Jesus), so woe unto the disbeliveers (those who gave false witness saying that Jesus is the son of Allah) from the meeting of a great Day (the Day of Resurrection, when they will be thrown in the blazing Fire).

How clearly will they (polytheists and disbeliveers in the Oneness of Allah) see and hear, the Day when they will appear before Us! But the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers) today are in plain error. And warn them (O Muhammad) of the Day of grief and regrets, when the case has been decided, while now they are in a state of carelessness and they believe not. (Ch 19:16-39 Quran)

It was said that Joseph the Carpenter was greatly surprised when he knew the story, so he asked Mary: "Can a tree come to grow without a seed?" She said: "Yes, the one which Allah created for the first time." He asked her again: "Is it possible to bear a child without a male partner?" She said: "Yes, Allah, created Adam without male or female!"
It was also said that, while pregnant, Mary went one day to her aunt, who reported that she felt as if she was pregnant. Mary in turn, said that she, too, was feeling as if she was pregnant. Then her aunt said: "I can see what is in my womb prostrating to what is in your womb."
The Jewish priests felt this child Jesus was dangerous, for they felt that the people would turn their worship to Allah the Almighty Alone, displacing the existing Jewish tenets. Consequently, they would lose their authority over the people. Therefore, they kept the miracle of Jesus's speech in infancy as a secret and accused Mary of a great misdeed.
As Jesus (pbuh) grew, the signs of prophethood began to increase. He could tell his friends what kind of supper waited for them at home and what they had hidden and where. When he was twelve years old, he accompanied his mother to Jerusalem. There he wandered into the temple and joined a crowd listening to the lecture of the Rabbis (Jewish priests). The audience were all adults, but he was not afraid to sit with them. After listening intently, he asked questions and expressed his opinion. The learned rabbis were disturbed by the boy's boldness and puzzled by the questions he asked, for they were unable to answer him. They tried to silence him, but he ignored their attempts and continued to express his views. Jesus became so involved in this exchange that he forgot he as expected back home.
In the meantime, his mother went home, thinking that he might have gone back with relatives or friends. When she arrived, she discovered that he was not there, so she returned to the city to look for him. At last she found him in the temple, sitting among the learned, conversing with them. He appeared to be quite at east, as if he had been doing this all his life. Mary got angry with him for causing her worry. He tried to assure her that all the arguing and debating with the learned had made him forgot the time.
Jesus grew up to manhood. It was Sabbath, a day of complete rest: no fire could be lit or extinguished nor could females plait their hair. Moses (pbuh) had commanded that Saturday be dedicated to the worship of Allah. However, the wisdom behind the Sabbath and its spirit had gone, and only the letter remained in the Jews' hearts. Also, they thought that Sabbath was kept in heaven, and that the People of Israel had been chosen by Allah only to observe the Sabbath.
They made a hundred things unlawful on Saturday even self-defense or calling a doctor to save a patient who was in bad condition. This is how their life was branded by such hypocrisy. Although the Pharisees were guardians of the law, they were ready to sell it when their interests were involved so as to obtain personal gains. There was, for example, a rule which prohibited a journey of more than one thousand yards on the Sabbath day. What do we expect of the Pharisees in this case? The day before, they transferred their food and drink from their homes two thousand yards away and erected a temporary house so that from tthey could travel a further thousand yards on the Sabbath day.
Jesus was on his way to the temple. Although it was the Sabbath, he reached out his hand to pick two pieces of fruit to feed a hungry child. This was considered to be a violation of the Sabbath law. He made a fire for the old women to keep themselves warm from the freezing air. Another violation. He went to the temple and looked around. There were twenty thousand Jewish priests registered there who earned their living from the temple. The rooms of he temple were full of them.
Jesus observed that the visitors were much fewer than the priests. Yet the temple was full of sheep and doves which were sold to the people to be offered as sacrifices. Every step in the temple cost the visitor money. They worshipped nothing but money. In the temple, the Pharisees and Sadducees acted as if it were a market place, and these two groups always disagreed on everything. Jesus followed the scene with his eyes and observed that the poor people who could not afford the price of the sheep or dove were swept away like flies by the Pharisees and Saducees. Jesus was astonished. Why did the priests burn a lot of offerings inside the temple, while thousands of poor people were hungry outside it?
On this blessed night, the two noble prophets John (pbuh) and Zakariyah (pbuh) died, killed by the ruling authority. On the same night, the revelation descended upon Jesus (pbuh). Allah the Exalted commanded him to begin his call to the children of Israel. To Jesus, the life of ease was closed, and the page of worship and struggled was opened.
Like an opposing force, the message of Jesus came to denounce the practices of the Pharisees and to reinforce the Law of Moses. In the face of a materialistic age of luxury and worship of gold, Jesus called his people to a nobler life by word and deed. This exemplary life was the only way out of the wretchedness and diseases of his age. Jesus's call, from the beginning, was marked by its complete uprightness and piety. It appealed to the soul, the inner being, and not be a closed system of rules laid down by society.
Jesus continued inviting the people to Almighty Allah. His call was based on the principle that there is no mediation between the Creator and His creatures. However, Jesus was in conflict with the Jews' superficial interpretation of the Torah. He said that he did not come to abrogate the Torah, but to complete it by going to the spirit of its substance to arrive at its essence.
He made the Jews understand that the Ten Commandments have more value than they imagined. For instance, the fifth commandment does not only prohibit physical killing, but all forms of killing; physical, psychological, or spiritual. And the sixth commandment does not prohibit adultery only in the sense of unlawful physical contact between a man and a woman, but also prohibits all forms of unlawful relations or acts that might lead to adultery. The eye commits adultery when it looks at anything with passion.
Jesus was therefore in confrontation with the materialistic people. He told them to desist from hypocrisy, show and false praise. There was no need to hoard wealth in this life. They should not preoccupy themselves with the goods of this passing world; rather they must preoccupy themselves with the affairs of the coming world because it would be everlasting.
Jesus told them that caring for this world is a sin, not fit for pious worshippers. The disbeliveers care for it because they do not know a better way. As for the believers, they know that their sustenance is with Allah, so they trust in Him and scorn this world.
Jesus continued to invite people to worship the Only Lord, Who is without partner, just as he invited them to purify the heart and soul.
His teaching annoyed the priests, for every word of Jesus was a threat to them and their position, exposing their misdeeds.
The Roman occupiers had, at first, no intention of being involved in this religious discord of the Jews because it was an internal affair, and they saw that this dispute would distract the Jews from the question of the occupation.
However, the priests started to plot against Jesus. They wanted to embarrass him and to prove that he had come to destroy the Mosaic Law. The Mosaic Law provides that an adulteress be stoned to death. They brought him a Jewish adulteress and asked Jesus: "Does not the law stipulate the stoning of the adulteress?" Jesus answered: "Yes." They said: "This woman is an adulteress." Jesus looked at the woman and then at the priests. He knew that they were more sinful than she. They agreed that she should be killed according to Mosaic Law, and they understood that if he was going to apply Mosaic Law, he would be destroying his own rules of forgiveness and mercy.
Jesus understood their plan. He smiled and assented: "Whoever among you is sinless can stone her." His voice rose in the middle of the Temple, making a new law on adultery, for the sinless to judge sin. There was none eligible; no mortal can judge sin, only Allah the Most Merciful.
As Jesus left the temple, the woman followed him. She took out a bottle of perfume from her garments, knelt before his feet and washed them with perfume and tears, and then dried his feet with her hair. Jesus turned to the woman and told her to stand up, adding: "O Lord, forgive her sins." He let the priests understand that those who call people to Almighty Allah are not executioners. His call was based on mercy for the people, the aim of all divine calls.
Jesus continued to pray to Allah for mercy on his people and to teach his people to have mercy on one another and to believe in Allah.
Jesus continued his mission, aided by divine miracles. Some Qur'anic commentators said that Jesus brought four people back from the dead: a friend of his named Al-Azam, an old woman's son, and a woman's only daughter. These three had died during his lifetime. When the Jews saw this they said: "You only resurrect those who have died recently; perhaps they only fainted." They asked him to bring back to life Sam the Ibn Noah.
When he asked them to show him his grave, the people accompanied him there. Jesus invoked Allah the Exalted to bring him back to life and behold, Sam the Ibn Noah came out from the grave gray-haired. Jesus asked: "how did you get gray hair, when there was no aging in your time?" He answered: "O Spirit of Allah, I thought that the Day of Resurrection had come; from the fear of that day my hair turned gray."
Allah the Almighty said: Remember when Allah will say (on the Day of Resurrection): "O Jesus, son of Mary! Remember My Favor to you and to your mother when I supported you with Ruh-ul-Qudus (Gabriel) so that you spoke to the people in the cradle and in maturity; and when I taught you writing, Al Hikmah (the power of understanding), the Torah and the Gospel; and when you made out of the clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, by My Permission, and you breathed into it, and it became a bird by My Permission, and you healed those born blind, and the lepers by My Permission, and when you brought forth the dead by My Permission; and when I restrained the Children of Israel from you (when they resolved to kill you) since you came unto them with clear proofs, and the disbeliveers among them said: 'This is nothing but evident magic.'"
And when I (Allah) put in their hearts of the disciples (of Jesus) to believe in Me and My Messenger, they said: "We believe. And bear witness that we are Muslims." (Ch 5:110-111 Quran)
Almighty Allah also revealed: And He Allah will teach him (Jesus) the Book and Al Hikmah (the Sunna, the faultless speech of the Prophets, wisdom, etc.), (and) the Torah and the Gospel.
And will make him (Jesus) a Messenger to the Children of Israel (saying): "I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, that I design for you out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, and breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by Allah's Leave; and I heal him who was born blind, and the leper, and I bring the dead to life by Allah's leave. And I inform you of what you eat, and what you store in your houses. Surely, therein is a sign for you, if you believe. And I have come confirming that which was before me of the Torah, and to make lawful to you part of what was forbidden to you, and I have come to you with proof from your Lord. So fear Allah and obey me. Truly! Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him (Alone). This is the Straight Path."
Then when Jesus came to know of their disbelief, he said: "Who will be my helpers in Allah's Cause?" The disciples said: "We are the helpers of Allah; we believe in Allah, and bear witness that we are Muslims (we submit to Allah)."
Our Lord! We believe in what You have sent down, and we follow the Messenger (Jesus); so write us down among those who bear witness (to the truth, La ilaha ill Allah - none has the right to be worshipped but Allah).
And they (disbeliveers) plotted (to kill Jesus), and Allah planned too. And Allah is the Best of the planners. (Ch 3:48-54 Quran)
Jesus continued calling people to Almighty Allah and laying down for them what might be called "the law of the Spirit." Once when standing on a mountain surrounded by his disciples, Jesus saw that those who believed in him were from among the poor, the wretched, an the downtrodden, and their number was small. Some of the miracles which Jesus performed had been requested by his disciples, such as their wish for a "holy table" to be sent down from heaven.
Allah the Exalted said: Remember when the disciples said: "O Jesus, son of Mary! Can your Lord send down to us a table spread (with food) from heaven?" Jesus said: "Fear Allah, if you are indeed believers." They said: "We wish to eat thereof and to be stronger in Faith and to know that you have indeed told us the truth and that we ourselves be its witnesses."
Jesus, son of Mary, said: "O Allah, our Lord! Send us from heaven a table spread (with food) that there may be for us - for the first and the last of us - a festival and a sign from You; and provide us sustenance, for You are the best of sustainers." Allah said: "I am going to send it down unto you, but if any of you after that disbelieves, then I will punish him with a torment such as I have not inflicted on anyone among all the Alamin (mankind and jinn)." (Ch 5:112-115 Quran)
It was related that Jesus commanded his disciples to fast for thirty days; at the end of it, they asked Jesus to bring food from heaven to break their fast. Jesus prayed to Allah after his disciples had doubted Allah's power. The great table cam down between two clouds, one above and one below, while the people watched. Jesus said: "O Lord, make it a mercy and not a cause of distress." So it fell between Jesus's hands, covered with a napkin.
Jesus suddenly prostrated and his disciples with him. They sensed a fragrance, which they had never smelled before. Jesus said: "The one who is the most devout and most righteous may uncover the table, that we might eat of it to thank Allah for it." They said: "O Spirit of Allah, you are the most deserving."
Jesus stood up, then performed ablution and prayed before uncovering the table, and behold, there was a roasted fish. The disciples said: "O Spirit of Allah, is this the food of this world or of Paradise?" Jesus said to his disciples: "Did not Allah forbid you to ask questions? It is the divine power of Allah the Almighty Who said: 'Be,' and it was. It is a sign from Almighty Allah warning of great punishment for unbelieving mortals of the world. This is the kernel of the matter."
It is said that thousands of people partook of it, and yet they never exhausted it. A further miracle was that the blind and lepers were cured.
The Day of the Table became one of the holy days for the disciples and followers of Jesus. Later on, the disciples and followers forgot the real essence of the miracles, and so they worshipped Jesus as a god.
Almighty Allah asserted: And remember when Allah will say (on the Day of Resurrection): "O Jesus, son of Mary! Did you say unto men: 'Worship me and my mother as two gods besides Allah?'" He will say: "Glory be to You! It was not for me to say what I had no right to say. Had I said such a thing, You would surely have known it. You know what is in my inner self though I do not know what is in Yours, truly, You, only You, are the All Knower of all that is hidden and unseen. Never did I say to them aught except what You (Allah) did command me to say: 'Worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord', And I was a witness over them while I dwelt amongst them, but when You took me up, You were the Watcher over them, and You are a Witness to all things. (This is a great admonition and warning to the Christians of the whole world). If you punish them, they are Your slaves, and if You forgive them, Verily You, only You are the All Mighty, the All Wise."
Allah will say: "This is a Day on which the truthful will profit from their truth: theirs are Gardens under which rivers flow (in Paradise) - they shall abide therein forever. Allah is pleased with them and they with Him. That is the great success (Paradise). To Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and all that is therein, and He is Able to do all things." (Ch 5:116-120 Quran)
Jesus went on his mission until vice knew that its throne was threatening to fall. So the forces of evil accused him of magic, infringement of the Mosaic Law, allegiance with the devil; and when they saw that the poor people followed him, they began to scheme against him.
The Sanhedrin, the highest judicial and ecclesiastical council of the Jews, began to meet to plot against Jesus. The plan took a new turn. When the Jews failed to stop Jesus' s call, they decided to kill him. The chief priests held secret meetings to agree on the best way of getting rid of Jesus. While they were in such a meeting, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus, Judas Iscariot, went to them and asked: "What will you give me if I deliver him to you?" Judas bargained with them until they agreed to give him thirty pieces of silver known as shekels. The plot was laid for the capture and murder of Jesus.
It was said that the high priest of the Jews tore his garment at the meeting, claiming that Jesus had denied Judaism. The tearing of clothes at that time was a sign of disgust.
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Beware of dogs, evil workers and false circumcision

Philippians 3:2,3 - Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the false circumcision. For we are the true circumcision, who worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

When we read today’s message if we go by the text it may shock people. Paul was a Man of God and we read he says ‘beware of dogs’ an animal loved my most people. We know of Muhammad who called himself a prophet and started a religion called Islam, he hated dogs. He illiterately stated that dogs were devils, especially black dogs. That is why you would never see a devote Muslim having dogs as pets. Was Paul like Muhammad? No. We know Paul was speaking of people and not of dogs.

Dogs are very loving creatures that need to be tamed and loved and they become mans ‘best friends’. We read stories of dogs putting their lives at risk for the sake of their masters. But at times we see even dogs have a breaking point or moods when they get out of control and can attack even their own masters.

The Greek word ‘blepo’ translated as beware actually means ‘to look’ but not in a casual way but to observe or take good note of or be watchful. So Paul is not telling us to be alarmed but is telling us to take good note of or be watchful of these 3 types of people.

Paul in this scripture was not talking of the canine but about humans that have the dog nature. He was speaking about worldly friends. Worldly friends are good but they do not replace family. A friend is a friend and a brethren is a brethren. A friend can at times become the worse foe, but a brethren in the Lord, even if he or she gets offended cannot turn against another brethren.

There are 2 scriptures which are very wrongly understood one where the Lord calls Abraham His 'friend' and one where Jesus calls us 'friends'. In the first one God does not call Abraham ‘friend’ but calls him ‘His love’. It is this scripture by which all who are in Abraham (by faith) become the Lord’s bride. In the case of Jesus the Greek word He used was Philo and it does not simply mean friend but many a times as a verb it is translated as ‘love’ [i.e. Matthew 6:5 / Matthew 23:6] and projects more towards association/good relationship/attachment/fellowship, it is only when one gets to the context of the sentence or topic one knows what kind of association it refers to. We also see other Greek words like para [of / from] [i.e. Mark 3:21] or sos [thy / thine] [i.e. Mark 5:19] also translated as friends in scriptures. So in short Paul tells us to be watchful /beware of people who are good to us but not in the Lord. If they know us and we are true Christians then they should know Christ in us and if they know Christ and do not accept Him then there is something that need to be watched about them.

The second type of people whom we should be watchful are those whom Paul calls as 'evil workers'. The Greek words translated as ‘evil workers’ actually means ‘bad nature laborer’. Paul is not talking of people of any worldly person who loves to do evil but about brethren or people who are laborers in the Lord’s Kingdom, who do God’s work but from within have not changed themselves and still hold worldly desires and lusts.

The third lot of whom Paul tells us to be watchful is those who promote ‘false circumcision’. The actual Greek word here is not one that means a different kind of circumcision but the Greek word ‘katatome’ means just mutilation / to cut up. The Lord did ask the Jews to do the ritual of circumcision [Greek word ‘peritome’] as a statute so that later they would understand its true meaning. But the Jews by rejecting Jesus Christ did not receive the Holy Spirit therefore did not understand the true meaning of circumcision.

We as Christians know the true circumcision is not cutting the foreskin of one’s reproductive organ but means to cut one’s worldly desires and to surrender to the Lord’s desires. It means to stop living as worldly person in carnal desires but to live as spiritual people who have overcome the desires of the world.

When Paul tells us to be watchful of people who promote mutilation he does not speak of keeping a watch on Jews or Muslims who promote physical circumcision or people of other religions that promote any other kind of mutilation. Paul is speaking about being watchful on people who call themselves Christians but do not understand the grace of God. He tells us to be watchful of people who promote penance or any kind of torturing of one’s self for the reason for one’s sins or to overcome one’s sinful nature.

We are people of true circumcision who fight all battles in the spirit and then the results of this battle manifests in the natural. Like our fasting is not about depriving our body food but more of guiding our minds and hearts to focus on God and His Kingdom. So if our fasting is just depriving our body of food then we should avoid it. Unless we are not focusing our selves wholly to God’s Kingdom them our fasting becomes a mutilation.

In short Paul tells us to beware of people who are friends of Christian but are not Christian themselves. He tells us to beware of those who are Christians by name but who do not live their lives Christ like. He also tells us to beware of Christians who do not live a life in the spirit, battling in the spirit but live in the flesh and battle in the flesh.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord, we thank You for your Word today. You God are Spirit and You desire we overcome our flesh and be your Sons led in the Spirit. We pray Father that we take caution of these 3 types of people who are working or connected to your Kingdom’s work here on earth. We pray that we be wise and discern all things...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
Isaiah 41:8 - But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend [ahab means love].

James 2:23 - And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend [Philo - love] of God.

John 15:14-15
14 Ye are my friends [Associates], if ye do whatsoever I command you.
15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends [Associates]; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

James 4:4 - Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship [love] of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend [love] of the world is the enemy of God.
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Ashley Nicole Maravilla
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love this song

blank space

Nice to meet you
Where you been?
I could show you incredible things
Magic, madness, heaven, sin
Saw you there and I thought oh my god
Look at that face, you look like my next mistake
Love's a game, wanna play
New money, suit and tie
I can read you like a magazine
Ain't it funny rumors fly
And I know you heard about me
So hey, let's be friends
I'm dying to see how this one ends
Grab your passport and my hand
I could make the bad guys good for a weekend

[Pre-Chorus]
So it's gonna be forever
Or it's gonna go down in flames
You can tell me when it's over
If the high was worth the pain
Got a long list of ex-lovers
They'll tell you I'm insane
Cause you know I love the players
And you love the game

[Chorus]
Cause we're young and we're reckless
We'll take this way too far
It'll leave you breathless
Or with a nasty scar
Got a long list of ex-lovers
They'll tell you I'm insane
But I got a blank space baby
And I'll write your name

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*Who have genuine faith in God as your personal Savior, you will find that the truth is a work set for him. Their faith is a working faith, and the faith operates by love and purifies the soul. The Lord Jesus paid the ransom for us; He gave his own life so that those who believe do not perish, but have eternal life. Those who accept the truth of faith will give testimony to the quality of faith exercised by them.

*If faith look to God and anxiety look at the circumstances, we must then accept the faith without shadows of doubt. Anxiety strengthens the circumstances and with this back problem or difficult it would be to be resolved as being a constant struggle being that doesn't actually exist what we think exist, in certain moments.

*"By faith the walls fell, being surrounded Is in the eye of faith that God is seen, the compass is your Word that won't let him be confused with the other gods who speak. The circumstances can aggravate the faith if the eyes are put in them, and there will be a conflict opened when it is not known to anyone looking, more faith is the vision that will bring victory.

*His greatness is not in sight of you. Is in your attitudes, thoughts and intentions. His greatness is in the size of the love with which you embrace the world itself, is the force that takes you beyond what you ever thought go. Its greatness resides in a place that looks small, but it helps to turn on the light of others.

*She lives in your heart. And even if the world says otherwise, don't believe it. Recognize their own light, tuck its wings and Moose the most beautiful flights. Good afternoon, dear friends/my heart! Angels of the Face it!!!

*It is madness to play outside every chance to be happy because an attempt didn't work. I hope that in your walk do not commit these Follies.
Remembering that there's always another chance, another friendship, another love, a new force. For every end there is a fresh start... "

*The happiest people don't have the best things, they bring the best of the opportunities that appear in their paths, affectionately warm hugs, beautiful from every one of you
will appreciate it
Who knows, loves and appreciates you,

*The life Hurt, but absence makes you haven't even seen you;
But you were there in my dreams, and I'm expecting you to.
man, between strangers, my heart, the solitude moved in.
As an in the Arctic cold, got used to the solitude, but not really killed my faith.
The other half of my heart is missing, which could be the whole of his life.
And now here you are, you will get my hands on, my dreams on .
Not only will you if you , although their hopes; no longer even when I have not found you, I didn't feel the delights of life without you.

The people most beautiful are those who, despite the defeat of the room, falls, who have had, you have learned the lesson, and they have gone ahead with more force than ever before, they have grown up and be better every day for such a way that they become your best version of...
The people most beautiful are those who have suffered, and they have come from the depths of the pain...Sometimes, we need to get bogged down in order to know who we are still lacking..
Sometimes, we need to escape to find out how to be worried about together-..
Sometimes, we need to go running to see who is willing to wish to be there.

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Agnes James
at Nov 19, 2014 9:45:00 AM
FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT KNOWS HOW TO ARGUE, I HOPE THIS WILL MAKE SENSE!
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For many years, Chioma has being suffering in the hand of the shadow man. Much time, the shadow man who is unknown to Chioma will come in the night, and will mess up with her. Chioma has being spending more than 7years in her husband house, yet she has not given birth to her own children, but whenever she is with these shadow man, in an unknown environment, she’s always with children who always call her mummy. Many times, Chioma will found herself with pregnant in the dream, and whenever she woke up from dream, she always feels the symptoms of pregnancy but yet, she’s not.
With much research and many test, she and her husband were medically confirmed ok, but yet, she has no child of her own. At times she will found herself giving birth to a child in the dream, such that whenever she woke up from the dream, her breast will be heavy and milk dropping from it, and yet she has never given birth to one physically before, she has fasted and pray but no solution, the shadow man keep telling her she belong to her, because Chioma invited him into her life (Let’s stop here)
Whenever God said don’t do this or that, I tried to investigate more on why we mustn’t do it
Many of our youth today are suffering from these same problems and they do not know the way out, many of them has engaged in marriage with an unknown being, while most of them have sexual intercourse with this unknown being as a result of their own foolishness, and they now suffer from the negative effects of their foolishness.
The Lord Jesus who asked us not to love the world or anything in the world, is not crazy neither does he want us to serve him under bondage, but he knew that the things of the world has being polluted, and it may looks right in eyes of men but the end is destruction.
Let me start with this. Many cloths and things we used today were demonic possessed, using them physically has no effect, but looks good, but seeing what you are using spiritually, you will faint and will not want to wake up. For examples, most of the perfume many people uses today, if God will open your spiritual nose to perceive the odor, you will die, because of the horrible odors, and if he open your spiritual eyes, you will faint because of the legion of maggots on you, but physically, these things looks good in eyes of men.
Many always love to dress in a modern way, they want to follow the world, the world is civilized, we don’t have to remain in bondage of old skull dressing, we need to move to where the world is moving to, forgotten that the world is moving towards destruction. Now listen to the secrete behind your dressings
Most of the time, whenever you put on these seductive cloths, do you think you are only seducing physical being, but you are also seducing demons at the same time? The more you catch the attention of men, so also you are catching the attention of unclean spirit, and indirecting you are inviting unclean spirit into your life.
Ladies let me ask you a question, dressing in a seductive way can only earn you a wrong man who will only want to take you in as a wife just because of your advert, after 1 or 2years, you will found out that you have gotten a wrong man, so also, it happen the same way in the spirit realm, the more you dress in a seductive ways, it attract spirit husband which is also same as wrong men. Verily verily I say to you, whenever you seduced three men per day, be very sure you have also seduced 33 unclean spirit, for your evil intention will grant you evil result. Or do you think unclean spirit cannot be seduced?
Gen6:2 The sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
These sons of God are not Angels of God but demons, they were destroyed by the flood of Noah, and that was what makes them lost their physical body, but still they still maintain their spirit form for their day of destruction is yet to come.
Thousands of the cloth our youth put on today was originally manufactured from the bottom of the sea, it may look mysterious but that is the fact. There is another real world under the sea, but can only be seeing with a spiritual eyes. Each time they send these products into the earth, terrible covenants follows it immediately, and the moment you uses these things, unclean spirits assigned against that products will comes in and defiles you.
Today you will found out that, many of our youth hate correction, even among the so called Born-again and Holiness preachers, they hate to be corrected, it was not so right from the beginning, but it occur as a result of the defiles materials they have used which have possessed them, because the spirit of Jezebel is behind many of these materials they used, and they enter into a covenant with Jezebel unknowingly. Like I’ve said in some of my write-ups, Jezebel is not a human being, but demon, who only came to setup immorality and false doctrines.
HOW JEZEBEL IS WORSHIPPED
Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, is just a priestess who came to introduce Jezebel, but the real Jezebel is a demon, not human. Now listen, whenever the people of Isreael want to worship in the temple of Baal, after their normal sacrifice, they began to worship Baal, trough adultery and fornication, sleeping with each other in that temple, and every one of them will be naked. This is the food offer to Baal for immorality is the system used in worshiping that god. that was why Jesus said in book of Rev2:20 that Jezebel teach and seduce my servants to commit fornication, and eat foods offers to idols
The people they will have to commit immorality with might not necessary be someone they know, but that is the system of worshiping that god, picking anyone they found in the temple and start committing immorality with him/her. This kind of doctrine looks good in eyes of Israel when Jezebel introduced it, and that was also the tactics Balak the son of Zippor / Balaam used against them. These same Jezebel is known as Venus worshiped by the Rome, those of you who have watch the Movies, Rome and Spartacus, you will found out that, this same goddess rule over the city of Rome, and they see adultery and fornication as nothing. It may looks like ordinary movies, but that is exactly what is going on in that country. Many time Paul talk so much about the Romans, such that they even applause those who do these immoral acts, for they see it as nothing. For it’s a normal ways of worshiping Venus / Diana This same goddess is also behind gays and Lesbians.( Rom1:26-27)
So how does these relate to our discussion?
Dressing like Jezebel, believe it or not, you are a follower of this same goddess called Jezebel, and either you like it or not, you must worship her trough immorality, fornication and adultery directly or indirectly.
Today, many youth cannot do without having sex in a day, they found it difficult to control their bodies, many of them cannot do without masturbating, many constantly have sexual intercourse in dream with an unknown Man/women at times with image of their wife, husband or boy/girl friend, not knowing they are demons, all these are foods offer to this same spirit. Jezebel, it’s not their own willing but it is a sacrifice they must offer because of the deep blood covenant they have entered into unknowingly with the spirit of jezebel and could not find a way out.
When the Lord said, love not the world nor anything in it, he has already seen what satan is doing and his plans ahead, that was why he said, do not love things that is in the world, because satan controls the things of the world, and taking it, will defiles you and the spirit of God will not dwell with you. Gen6:3 My spirit shall not always strive with man and in Ezk 7:22 My face will I turn also from them, and they shall pollute my secret place (your body): for the robbers (unclean spirit) shall enter into it (your body), and defile it .
Many has gotten initiated into the worshiping of Jezebel trough jewelries, eye pencil, perfumes, attachments, cloths, creams, relaxers, etc, many got initiated with this Jezebel spirit trough false religions like Catholics, the same Jezebel is refers to as mother of gods. Many got initiated trough white garment churches, many got initiated trough sex outside marriage, many got initiated trough movies and musics, I will explain on that, many got initiated trough birth, but majorly it’s trough make up’s and materials things.
Never you think satan will give you a gift and just turn back without any consequence, he gave you things to use to seduce your opposite sex, but let me tell you the fact, if you seduce 3 men, 33 demons too must be seduced, too and they will get you, for they are everywhere. Many want to dress fine, not caring of it consequence, there was a particular ladies cloth that came out some time ago SEX ME ON, do you know the meaning and it effect? Many also enter into a covenant with Jezebel with the help of Medusa, because they want to use attachments, don’t you know medusa was cursed because of her seduction and end up committing adultery even in the temple of her superior? Many men desire to have her and trough her immoral way of life, she became cursed, but I tell you, using his items, will not only make men desire you but also demons will desire to have you.
Why changing the colour of your skin, with a cream prepared by the marine spirit (queen of the coast)? Or don’t you know that she too work under Jezebel?
These are the genesis of your problems, that’s why you have a lot of kids in the marine kingdom but physically you have none, you are got pregnant in dream but physically, you have no children

WHY BORNAGAIN SUFFER IN THE HANDS OF THIS UNKNOWN MEN

Many think because they have become born-again, deliverance does not necessary, you have truly confess Jesus as your Lord and savior, but you must break the covenant between you and that spirit man/women, else, satan will still use it against you when you die. But before you can achieve that, you must be ready to do away with the things of the world and break all those covenant. Because, it became worse for some people after given their life to Christ, the spirit man that do comes once in a while before, will start to come 6 to 7 times in a week, then they start regretting of giving their life to Christ, but I tell you now, all you need is to break that covenant you have entered into during the time of ignorance, because the spirit being knew you have given your life to Christ and you are about to escape from them, so that when they oppress you more, you will renounce your faith. Remember, having intimate relationship with harlot makes you one, the same also apply to these spirit, being, you must break it with the blood of Jesus
MOVIES/MUSICS/ AND INTERNET.
Many youth spend much of their time in watching movies full of immoral things, many listen and sing any music’s they believe it’s nice in their ears, many of the Love music’s you listened to were sang by satanic agents, and it’s all directed to demons behind the music. Many men and youth of today spend much time in watching Nollywoods movies and Hollywood’s movies stars, full of immoralities. Watching the boobs of Angelina Jolie, Maria Carey, Jennifer Aniston, Ini-Edo, the bossom of Jakie Appia, the laps of Tonto dike, the Booms of Jenifer Lopez, and Shakira snake dance, they wish to be like Beyonce YOU ARE POSSESSED . don’t you know many of these movies stars were satanic agents? after watching them, then you found yourself kissing 2face in your dream, kissing Mercy Johnson in your dream, you think you were having itimate intercourse with 50-cent and D-Banj in your dream? You are in trouble.
When Rihana sang under my Umbrella, come into me come into me, do you know who she’s calling? also Celia cruz, who sang Baila Yemaya, many people never knew the meaning is satan come rule over me. People just sing things they knew nothing about, they dance like fish and snake like Shakira, do you think all Celine Dion music is directed to a man? 90% of it a song is to glorify satan, You invited these spirit into your life.
Many people, before having intimate relationship with their wife, they will first have to watch pornography movies, let me tell you some secretes, these pornography movies stars, many of them are not real human, but demons, you are having relationship with your wife with help of demons,
So, don’t think Jesus hate you and he want you to suffer, that was why he keeps denying you from all these make up, entertainments etc, but he’s only saving you from these trouble, and also form eternal damnation, he doesn’t want you to defiles yourself with the things of the world, for these make up of a things invite unclean spirit into people’s life
Before I conclude, I want you to know this, running from one pastors to another, will only put you into more bondage, you are the one to break those covenant yourself without the help of any men of God. you must first repent from your sins and give your life to Christ without allowing any worldly thing to snatch you from him again, after your salvation prayer, then destroy those blood covenant with the blood of Jesus, and you will never remain the same.
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Ho Seong Jang
at Nov 19, 2014 9:44:26 AM
Hero
Sung by Mariah Carey

(1절)
There's a hero
거기 영웅이 있어요.
If you look inside your heart
당신 마음속을 들여다보면
You don't have to be afraid
두려워하지 마세요.
Of what you are
당신이 누구인지
There's an answer
거기 해답이 있어요.
If you reach into your soul
당신의 영혼에 이르면
And the sorrow that you know
당신의 슬픔이
Will melt away
차츰 사라져버릴 거에요.

(후렴구)
And then a hero comes along
그러면 영웅이 나타나죠.
With the strength to carry on
계속 살아갈 힘을 갖고서
And you cast your fears aside
두려움을 떨쳐버리고
And you know you can survive
계속 살아갈 수 있게 되죠.
So when you feel like hope is gone
희망이 사라졌다고 느껴질 때면
Look inside you and be strong
당신 안을 들여다보고 강해지세요.
And you'll finally see the truth
그러면 (마침내) 진실이 보일 거예요.
That a hero lies in you
당신 안에 영웅이 존재한다는 걸

(2절)
It's a long road
머나먼 길이죠
When you face the world alone
당신 혼자 세상을 마주하게 되면
No one reaches out a hand
아무도 손을 내밀지 않죠.
For you to hold
당신이 매달릴 수 있는
You can find love
사랑을 찾을 수 있어요.
If you search within yourself
당신 안을 잘 들여다보면
And the emptiness you felt
당신이 느꼈던 공허함은
Will disappear
사라져 버릴 거에요.

(3절)
Lord knows
신은 알고 있어요.
Dreams are hard to follow
꿈을 좇는 일이 어렵다는 걸
But don't let anyone
하지만 그 누구든
Tear them away
꿈을 산산 조각내게 해선 안 돼요.
Hold on
견뎌 내세요.
There will be tomorrow
내일이 있으니까요.
In time
머지않아
You'll find the way
길을 찾게 될 거에요.
Mariah Carey - Hero
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Khwairakpam Gajananda
at Nov 19, 2014 9:43:04 AM
Hydrogen May Prove Fuel of the Future

November 18, 2014 |By Julia Pyper and ClimateWire: Scientific American

Humans have harnessed hydrogen for a variety of applications, from blasting rockets into space to making common household products like toothpaste. Now, after decades of development, hydrogen is about to find its way into the family car.

In June, Hyundai Motor Co. began leasing its Tucson Fuel Cell and has pledged to produce 1,000 units globally by 2015. Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. will start sales of their next-generation fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) next year. Yesterday, Toyota released a video showing the Mirai, its first commercial fuel cell car.

Several other automakers are aiming to release fuel cell cars in 2017.

One benefit is that FCVs bring tailpipe emissions down to zero, so tightening auto emission standards will be less of a problem for automakers. Another benefit is that while plug-in electric cars have range limits and time-consuming refueling, FCVs—which use hydrogen to make electricity—will be very familiar to car buyers.

They can be refueled in less than five minutes and boast a 300-mile driving range. For these reasons, several governments and car companies are betting on hydrogen as the clean transportation fuel of the future and one that will ultimately win consumers' favor.

The downside, at least for a while, is that although hydrogen is the most abundant molecule in the universe, hydrogen-dispensing pumps and the supply chains that feed them are still almost nonexistent.

Last year, California approved funding of up to $200 million to build at least 100 hydrogen fueling stations during the next decade. The state currently has 10 publicly accessible fueling stations and more than a dozen in construction.

There are several possible pathways for producing and distributing hydrogen to these sites, each of which has a different business case and could involve a different set of actors. Where the hydrogen supply comes from also determines the FCVs' net emissions because, while the cars themselves don't produce any, the most immediate sources of its hydrogen will probably come from natural gas, a fossil fuel.

For the FCVs market to truly take off and contribute to meeting climate goals, governments and its industry partners will need to establish a robust network of fueling stations with clean and affordable hydrogen.

Much work and investment still to come
During the next year, FCVs will start to roll out in California, where the state has set a target to put 1.5 million zero-emissions vehicles on the road by 2035. In May, the California Energy Commission (CEC) announced it is investing $46.6 million to build an additional 28 fueling sites (ClimateWire, May 8).

FirstElement Fuel, a California-based startup company formed last year, received a $27.6 million grant to build 19 stations as part of the CEC's $46 million funding announcement. Toyota is also backing the year-old startup with at least $7.2 million, according to Bloomberg. Last month, FirstElement Fuel signed a contract with Air Products and Chemicals Inc. to provide the equipment for the stations, all of which will be built out by the end of 2015.

"We're very much at the center of this whole infrastructure thing, and I would say almost the entire thing is riding on us right now in California," said Shane Stephens, chief development officer and principal at FirstElement Fuel.

New players such as FirstElement Fuel have stepped in to build out the "Hydrogen Highway" after established industries balked at the opportunity.

Such industrial gas companies as Air Products, Air Liquide and the Linde Group that already produce hydrogen in large volumes would seem like natural leaders of the hydrogen transportation fuel market. Several of these companies have drawn on their expertise to demonstrate the storage, compression and dispenser technologies needed to fuel cars. But, according to Stephens, industrial hydrogen producers would prefer to remain equipment and bulk gas providers than get into the risky fuel-retailing business.

Oil companies, the global leaders in supplying transportation fuel to distributed networks, could also have taken the lead. In 2011, Shell Oil Co. partnered with Toyota to launch a station in Newport, Calif. But, on the whole, oil companies are reluctant to embrace the new fuel, which will eventually compete with gasoline.

California originally crafted legislation that would require major oil importers and refiners to pay for the Hydrogen Highway. But when oil giants threatened to sue, the state designed a compromise that would shift the cost to consumers through vehicle registration fees. A.B. 8 was signed into law in September 2013.

Oil companies back away
The business case for building hydrogen infrastructure has been weak with few cars around to use it. Some also argue that oil companies have been resistant to backing hydrogen because they see it eating into their core petroleum business.

With gasoline-powered vehicles becoming more efficient, ongoing debates around increased biofuel blending and utilities getting the business from electric vehicle charging, adding hydrogen to the mix could eat away at oil companies' market share.

"Oil companies face the prospect of ultimately having to deal with competition that is going to overtake them," said Mary-Rose de Valladares, manager of the International Energy Administration Hydrogen Implementing Agreement, which is developing a comprehensive road map on the production and utilization of hydrogen.

"The Stone Age didn't end because we ran out of stones," she added.

The problem is that established companies often suffer from "innovators dilemma," according to de Valladares. These companies are too focused on customers' current needs to adapt their technology or business models to customers' future needs.

"Hydrogen runs contradictory to the oil companies' current infrastructure, which is all based around liquid fuel," Stephens said. "They're really looking more into the exploration and drilling side of it, so they're not really on the retailing or fuel transport side, or even the refining side.

"I think that's why you saw a lot of pushback from oil companies, they were afraid they'd somehow get forced to do hydrogen, and it's not really in their wheelhouse," he added.

Gil Castillo, Hyundai's senior manager for alternative vehicle strategy, said he sees oil companies getting on board further down the road once they see there's money to be made. "Right now, I think the oil industry is looking for a pathway toward profitability," he said.

Patchy fuel delivery system
Gas station owners, which are generally independent business operators as opposed to big oil producers, also have to see a business case for hosting a hydrogen pump on their property. In September, Reps. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.) and Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) introduced legislation to extend a federal tax credit of as much as $30,000 for installing zero-emissions fueling stations, which are set to expire at the end of the year.

According to an analysis by the University of California, Davis, the hydrogen infrastructure business will be self-sustaining once there's demand from 50,000-100,000 vehicles, which could happen by the end of the decade.

Though costs are dropping, filling stations today have a price tag upward of $1 million. The cost varies in part based on how the fuel is produced.

Today, the cheapest, most common way to make hydrogen is from natural gas steam reformation. The U.S. shale boom has further improved the economics of natural gas-derived hydrogen, which has been a major force in boosting support for hydrogen energy.

About 9 million metric tons of hydrogen is already produced in the United States each year, predominantly to refine petroleum, treat metals, process foods and make household products. Most hydrogen is produced and used on-site at industrial facilities. But a significant portion is produced regionally and delivered by truck or pipeline to more distant users.

"[Hydrogen] is used in so many things, and we're not aware of it," said Chris White, communications director at the California Fuel Cell Partnership, a public-private organization aimed at advancing the FCV market. "And we're not aware that there's an existing distribution system right now. You probably pass a hydrogen tanker on the road and don't even realize."

At the outset, the production and delivery of hydrogen transportation fuel is likely to piggyback on the industrial gas industry's existing supply chain. The vast majority of stations—including all 19 stations FirstElement Fuel is building—will use fuel that's produced at large, centralized plants and delivered by truck to the dispenser.

"We use traditional production methods that we know are reliable and cost-effective to start this market up because we don't want to penalize the market with high fuel costs," said Bob Oesterreich, director of hydrogen energy at Air Liquide, which recently received CEC funding to bring three fueling stations online in 2015. "We recognize we need to get this market going."

But as the market grows, burning diesel to transport hydrogen made from natural gas to a widespread network of fueling stations will make less economic and environmental sense.

Limits of natural gas
Building hydrogen infrastructure is challenging because the fuel doesn't exist in a distributed system, said Dean Frankel, energy storage analyst at Lux Research.

Existing hydrogen production takes place predominantly in California, Louisiana and Texas. There are only so many cars creating demand near these existing hydrogen-production sites, and establishing a network of new sites comes with a high price tag. In contrast, electric vehicles need only plug into the nearly ubiquitous U.S. electrical grid.

Also, using natural gas to make hydrogen is unsustainable long term, Frankel said. "It's going to be a terrible environmental solution if we emit water out of the tailpipe, but throughout the whole process emit natural gas."

Still, an FCV running on hydrogen from natural gas has less than half the CO2 emissions of a gasoline-powered car, measured by the emissions needed to make its hydrogen. But California's rules will eventually require further reductions to meet the state's targets.

California law requires that 33 percent of hydrogen fuel come from renewable sources. Companies are predominately meeting the mandate by adding biogas to their natural gas feedstock at plants where they use steam to extract the hydrogen from natural gas. New hydrogen production methods coming down the pipeline could nearly eliminate greenhouse gas emissions.

"Going to low-emissions vehicles is necessary, but not sufficient," to effectively address climate change, said Nick Nigro, senior manager of transportation initiatives at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. "You have to look all the way upstream and produce the fuel in a low-carbon way."

Tomorrow: Fuel from sewage and other homegrown sources.

Reprinted from Climatewire with permission from Environment & Energy Publishing, LLC. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/hydrogen-may-prove-fuel-of-the-future/?WT.mc_id=SA_Facebook
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Nefeli Progiopoulou
at Nov 19, 2014 9:41:59 AM
When I look into your eyes
I can see a love restrained
But darlin' when I hold you
Don't you know I feel the same
'Cause nothin' lasts forever
And we both know hearts can change
And it's hard to hold a candle
In the cold November rain
Guns N' Roses - November Rain
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Allan Campbell
at Nov 19, 2014 9:40:18 AM
Good morning to you all,

We continue to grow as time goes on but we're still not there yet. I know most of you will be in the same boat as me. You'll have signed up to numerous indy groups since September and keeping up with it all can become a little overwhelming. I'm not suggesting that you give VotH your full attention either though but I would like to ask that you all have another look through your friends list and invite fellow YESers. Post a link to us in your other indy groups and lets try and keep the numbers going up.

Now, just to quickly explain why I'm so eager to push our membership higher. This is not about ego, I'm not looking to sit high above all the other groups by holding the largest membership. None of that is what I'm doing this for. I created this group with a single vision and over its lifetime that goal hasn't changed. I wanted to create a centralized point for those who live and work in the Highlands. A place that we could all go to to discuss our views and opinions with like minded people in a safe and dignified manner. This platform would allow coordination of events amongst our membership and would allow us to mobilize quickly if required. That is still very much the case and we have one example active right now.

The event that we are hosting on December 20th is a chance for us to come together and show the rest of the nation that we are just as passionate and driven for independence as everywhere else. Our banner sits above the event which in turn serves as a feed into this group to. However, we are struggling at the moment! One of the busiest shopping days of the year and as things stand right now we have a little over 100 people who have agreed to attend. Realistically not every one of those people will actually be there on the day which translates to an optimistic 85% of that number. We need much much more attendees and I'm asking our members to try and help with that. Share the link I'm about to post amongst other indy groups, invite friends and family. Do whatever you possibly can to ensure we have a good turn out on the day. Without large numbers we will barely make a dent and it becomes harder to be taken seriously as a genuine political movement. I need your help...

https://www.facebook.com/events/369998436510359/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=1

That's the link to the event page. Copy and Paste it everywhere you can and lets see if we can increase those numbers!

Thank you to every single one of you.
Allan

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Roxzanne Amelia Mentoor
at Nov 19, 2014 9:39:58 AM
Smile by Angel Haze
On February 15th,
a day immediately after another you hate,
you told me "smiling doesn't get you anywhere in life."
I can’t explain the way my guts turned,
the way my thoughts burned with all of the memories.
All of the times I felt I could be ready to die
and you would look me right into my tear filled eyes and say: “Smile babe, don’t cry.”

And all I can wonder now is what changed that for you?
Is it the way that I loved you so roughly I tore you into pieces
that no longer believe in the beauty of a smile?
Was it life and all of its choices,
all of its choosing that removed the smile that was like a bruise upon your beautiful face?
Or did you let your sorrows erase you?

Was it your lack of freedom?
Was it the fact that people are idiots
who find gold mines inside of beautiful people like you and still don’t know how to treat them?
Have you been sucked dry?
Pretending the smile came from inside you every time I’ve ever seen it.
That mile long walk across the teeth that emerged from the midst of your lips when you felt it.
My God, you were my heaven.

You used to smile like the ends of your mouth could grow their own hands,
reach into the mirrors in your eyes and pull your soul out.
Like the sun was smiling back at you and the midst of your troubles
telling you the night you’ll only endure for a moment
but the light from my lips will return in the morning, I promise.

Like the moon lit your room with the light so perfect,
when we kiss you swear that heaven had birthed it.
Like there were angels in attendance that tore love from your appendage
and shoved it down my throat forcing me to swallow it whole.
Like the glow from your soul became the light in your eyes
I was so used to having guide me, having hide me from my darkness.

You used to smile and it would tear me apart but you are so, so different now.
I don’t know who you are, I can’t figure you out.
But if I retrace the steps in my mind
I can count all the times I’ve seen you hurt,
seen all the weight you’ve been forced to carry.
And maybe, in that moment I’d kneel before you.
Knees kissing the ground beneath me and ask you to place your burdens upon my shoulder.
And I would carry them for you for this lifetime and ten lifetimes over.
Just so the weight of your burdens wouldn’t become the pain in your smile,
just so the thought of a smile wouldn’t keep weighing you down,
just so you would believe that everyday of my life
I spend 15 seconds taking a glimpse into heaven when you smile.

You don’t know the beauty of it all.
I've seen the slowing of a heartbeat that is aged with its pain,
restart and beat with a rapidity that will make infinity shamed.
I’ve seen scars heal,
minds filled with positivity,
people brought together,
friendships mended,
soul mates found,
and all of this was just from a smile.

So the next time I see it,
I’ll run into your arms like the wives and children
of the soldiers whose souls were thought to be stolen by the lives that they’ve taken,
mistakes that they’ve made.
By the pieces of themselves they have thought they lost.
And you will show me the way back to myself and watch me become as new as I always do.

And maybe this love turn into one thing that birthed a thousand others that give you a reason to smile.
It may take a while but I’ve never seen anything more beautiful than what I see when you do.
And I don’t believe in anything like I believe in you.
So smile for me, even when this world tries to tear you into two.
Smile for me because, I love when you do.
I love when you do.
Smile by KazeLoon Records on BELVEDERE GARDENS By Kamikaze Loon, Angel Haze, K.D Aubert
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