Friday, May 24, 2013

Book Review

The Mirage
By Matt Ruff

Set in an alternate universe during the summer of 2009, Arab Homeland Security agent Mustafa al Baghdadi is plunged into an international conspiracy involving Saddam Hussein a gangster who is the head of the Iraqi Mafia; Osama Bin Laden who heads Al-qaeda an elite security agency, and the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee when a captured suicide bomber claims that the world in which they live is a mirage. 

A great fun read.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mothers Day


 The Prophet Muhammad said, may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him: Your Heaven lies under the feet of your mother (Ahmad, Nasai).

 A man came to the Prophet and said, ‘O Messenger of God! Who among the people is the most worthy of my good companionship? The Prophet said: Your mother. The man said, ‘Then who?' The Prophet said: Then your mother. The man further asked, ‘Then who?' The Prophet said: Then your mother. The man asked again, ‘Then who?' The Prophet said: Then your father. (Bukhari, Muslim).

 Abu Usaid Saidi said: We were once sitting with Rasulullah when a man from the tribe of Salmah came and said to him: O Messenger of Allah! do my parents have rights over me even after they have died? And Rasulullah said: Yes. You must pray to Allah to bless them with His Forgiveness and Mercy, fulfill the promises they made to anyone, and respect their relations and their friends (Abu Dawud and Ibn Majah).

 It is narrated by Asma bint Abu Bakr that during the treaty of Hudaibiyah, her mother, who was then pagan, came to see her from Makkah. Asma informed the Messenger of Allah of her arrival and also that she needed help. He said: Be good to your mother (Bukhari, Muslim).