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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

How to stay motivated?

How to stay motivated?

In the jungle which animal is the biggest?
* I heard you say, Elephant.
In the jungle which animal is the tallest?
* I heard you say, Giraffe.
In the jungle which animal is the wisest.
* I heard you say, Fox.
In the jungle which animal is the fastest?
* I heard you say, Cheetah.
Among all these wonderful qualities mentioned, where is the Lion in the picture?
And yet you say, the Lion is the KING of the jungle, even without ANY of these qualities!
The Lion is courageous.
The Lion is very bold.
The Lion is always ready to face any challenges; any barrier that crosses his path, no matter how big/bad they are!
The Lion walks with confidence.
The Lion dares anything & is never afraid.
The Lion believes he is unstoppable.
The Lion is a risk taker.
The Lion believes any animal is food for him. The Lion believes any opportunity is worth giving a try & never lets it slip from his hands. The Lion has charisma!
- What is it that we get to learn from the Lion?
• You don't need to be the fastest.
• You don't need to be the wisest.
• You don't need to be the smartest.
• You don't need to be the most brilliant.
• You don't need to be generally accepted to achieve your dreams & be great in life.!!
• All you need is "courage".
• All you need is "boldness".
• All you need is the "will to try".
• All you need is the faith to "believe it is possible".
• All you need is to "believe in yourself", that "you can" do it!
It's TIME to bring out the Lion in you!
Stay motivated.
"Face the terrible & face it boldly".

Think about it...
Col Sunil Brijkishan

Monday, 27 February 2017

The Quran & The Dog

In India it is widespread for Muslims to call dogs as Najis or Unclean, also we hear the mullahs telling that wherever there is a strand of dogs hair there shall be no Angels of Grace. Crap ...please read what my Lovely Quran says about the animal and refresh your thoughts. My request to one and All read your books properly before understanding and implying some one else's understanding, which may perhaps be wrong.

"And you would have imagined them to be awake as they slept on. And we would turn them from right side to left, as their dog spread its paws across the entrance. If only you had seen them, you would have turned and fled from them, filled with the terror of them."

"They shall say: ‘They were three in number, their dog a fourth.’ Others will say: ‘They were five in number, their dog a sixth’ – predicting the Unseen. Yet others will say: ’Seven, their dog an eighth.’

Say: ‘My Lord knows best what their number was, and none knows it but a few.’ So do not dispute this issue with them except in a superficial manner, and do not solicit the opinion of any of them concerning their number."

The Cave, Surah 18, verses 18 and 22.

In the Surah Al Kahf (The Cave), a faithful dog is mentioned, accompanying a group of youths in the story of People of the Cave, protecting them as they sleep for more than 300 years. They were concealed and saved from those who were after them.

As described in verse 18, whenever people passed by the cave, it looked as if the dog was just keeping watch at the entrance, making them afraid to look inside. Those who slept: "Were youths who believed in their Lord" (18:13) and were hiding from persecution for their belief in the oneness of Allah and rejection of worshipping many idols. They saw what their elders and majority of the people of their town refused to accept and embrace.

Scholars have drawn similarities between the story of "Ashab el Kahf" (the Sleepers of the Cave) to that in the Christian tradition known as Seven Sleepers of Ephesus, which refers to a group of Christian youths who hid inside a cave outside the city of Ephesus around 250 AD, to escape persecution by the Roman emperor Decius.

It is said that these verses were revealed to Prophet Mohammed to comfort and encourage persecuted Muslims and to show them how righteous people are protected and keep faith.

"And We strengthened their hearts when they rose up, saying ‘Our Lord, Lord of the heavens and earth! We shall call up no other god besides Him, else we utter a falsehood."(18:14)

In the same way when the Prophet and his companion Abu Bakr (the first Caliph) sought refuge in the Cave of Jabal Thawr in Mecca, those in pursuit from Qurayesh could not find them even though they passed right by their hiding spot.

Of that occasion, Surah 9, Repentence, verse 40, says of the Prophet: "If you do not rally to his support, God has already supported him when the unbelievers drove him out, one of two men in a cave.

"It was then that he said to his companion: ‘Do not grieve, for God is with us.’

"Then God made His serenity descend upon him and backed him with troops you did not see. Thus He abased the word of the unbelievers, and the Word of God was supreme. God is Almighty, All-Wise."

It is also widely told in Islam narrations that Allah sent a spider and two doves to conceal the Prophet. The spider spun a delicate web across the entrance to make it appear that no one had entered the cave in a long time.

A dove sat at the entrance nesting with her mate near.

Together, they made it appear that no one had passed through the spot.

Abu Bakr, who feared being discovered, understood from the Prophet’s words that the power of Allah can manifest in the least expected places and ways. A tiny, fragile spider spinning a web of concealment and a nesting dove together were mightier than an army.

It was the same case with the people of the cave and their dog, who was sent to conceal and be their guard for hundreds of years.

Islam’s reverence for the faithful dog is implied in the Quran through this story, and there is no reference to them as "najes" or unclean in the Quran.

"So eat what they catch and mention the name of God thereon, and fear God." (Surah Al Ma’idah (The Table, Surah 5, verse 5).

Every story in the Quran, including those of animals, has examples and lessons for its readers and believers.

(All English translations are taken from The Qur’an, a New Translation by Tarif Khalidi, the Sheikh Zayid Chair in Islamic and Arabic Studies at the American University of Beirut, published by Penguin Classics)

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Monday, 20 February 2017

The Fern & the Bamboo….

The Fern & the Bamboo….
One day I decided to quit....
I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality.....
I wanted to quit my life. 
I went to have one last talk with my mentor.
I said, "Can you give me one good reason not to quit?"
His answer surprised me. "Look around. What do you see?”
I saw a fern & bamboo seeds?
My mentor replied, "When the fern & the bamboo seeds were planted, I took very good care of them. I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly grew from the earth. It's brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo. In the second year, the fern grew more vibrant & plentiful. And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo. In the third year, there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit. In the fourth year, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit. Then in the fifth year, a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared to the fern it was seemingly small & insignificant. But just 6 months later, the bamboo rose to over 100 feet. It had spent the five years, growing roots. Those roots made it strong & gave it what it needed to survive. Life does not give anyone a challenge they can not handle. Did you know that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots? I did not quit on the bamboo. Never quit on yourself. Don't compare yourself to others. The bamboo had a different purpose than the fern; yet, they both make the forest beautiful. Your time will come. You will rise high! How high should you rise? How high will the bamboo rise? As high as it can. So you should rise as high as you can. Never regret a day in your life.”
• Good days give you Happiness.
• Bad days give you Experiences.
• Both are essential to Life.
• Happiness keeps you Sweet.
• Trials keep you Strong.
• Sorrows keep you Human.
• Failures keep you Humble.
• Success keeps You Glowing.
• But only your Faith keeps you Going!
Cheers folks...
Stay blessed... always.

Cited from Col. Sunil Brijkishan