General

Analyses Pertaining to Specific Ahadith

Foundational ahadith agreed upon by Sunni & Shi'a (see citations)

mar 15 2012 ∞
jan 29 2013 +
mar 26 2012 ∞
jan 29 2013 +
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  • My God, though my stores for travelling to Thee are few, my confidence in Thee has given me a good opinion.
  • Though my sin has made me fear Thy punishment, my hope has let me feel secure from Thy vengeance.
  • Though my misdeed has exposed me to Thy penalty, my excellent trust has apprised me of Thy reward.
  • Though heedlessness has put to sleep my readiness to meet Thee, knowledge has awakened me to Thy generosity and boons.
  • Though excessive disobedience and rebellion have estranged me from Thee, the glad tidings of forgiveness and good pleasure have made me feel intimate with Thee.
  • I ask Thee by the splendours of Thy face and the lights of Thy holiness, and I implore Thee by the tenderness of Thy mercy and the gentleness of Thy goodness, to verify my opinion in expecting Thy great ge...
jul 11 2010 ∞
jun 3 2011 +
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  • My God, tongues fall short of attaining praise of Thee proper to Thy majesty, intellects are incapable of grasping the core of Thy beauty, eyes fail before gazing upon the glories of Thy face, and Thou hast assigned to Thy creatures no way to know Thee save incapacity to know Thee!
  • My God, place us among those within the gardens of whose breasts the trees of yearning for Thee have taken firm root and the assemblies of whose hearts have been seized by the ardour of Thy love!
    • They seek shelter in the nests of meditation, feed upon the gardens of nearness and disclosure, drink from the pools of love with the cup of gentle favour, and enter into the watering-places of warm affection.
    • The covering has been lifted from their eyes, the darkness of disquiet has been di...
jul 14 2010 ∞
jul 20 2020 +
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  • My God, who can have tasted the sweetness of Thy love, then wanted another in place of Thee?
  • Who can have become intimate with Thy nearness, then sought removal from Thee?
  • O God, place us among those whose habit is rejoicing in Thee and yearning for Thee, whose time is spent in sighing and moaning!
    • Their foreheads are bowed down before Thy mightiness, their eyes wakeful in Thy service, their tears flowing in dread of Thee, their hearts fixed upon Thy love, their cores shaken with awe of Thee.
  • O He the lights of whose holiness induce wonder in the eyes of His lovers, the glories of whose face arouse the longing of the hearts of His knowers!
  • O Furthest Wish of the hearts of the yearners!
jul 11 2010 ∞
jul 20 2020 +
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  • The time for praying Salatul-Layl is from midnight (midnight is reckoned as the time which is exactly half the time between sunset and the actual dawn) to the time of Adhan for Fajr prayers. However, it can be prayed at anytime after Isha prayers but it is better to pray during the last part of the night near to the time of Fajr prayers.
  • If it is not possible to pray after midnight or before Fajr, then it can be prayed in the morning or any part of the day with the niyyah (intention) of Qadha. If one has missed Namaz-e-Shab there is great merit in performing its Qaza.
  • Salatul-Layl is made up of eleven Rak’ats.
  • The first eight Rak’ats are prayed as normal in pairs of two Rak’ats each with the niyyah of Nawafilatul-Layl.
  • The next two Rak’ats are prayed with the Niyyah of Salatul Shaf’a.
  • The remaining one Rak’at is prayed with the Niyyah of Salatul Witr.
jul 27 2010 ∞
jul 27 2018 +
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  • "All our fears are lies."
  • "Believe more in Me than in the limitations of the world." (Two Listeners)
  • The greatest prayer is patience. (ttbha)
  • Practice Right Speech and Right Action. Live with honesty and integrity. Ask: Is what I am about to say or do beneficial to anyone? (ttbha)
  • Do everything with a mind that lets go. (ttbha)
  • "What other people think of you is none of your business."
  • Quaker meetings are completely silent, unless someone feels moved to express themselves, in speech or in song. Quakers believe that this silence helps them discover the "still, small voice" of their conscience or soul. (ttbha)
oct 17 2010 ∞
oct 18 2010 +

Qualities of Ideal Location

  • Beautiful scenery
  • Pleasant weather
  • Environmentally-friendly
  • Peaceful
  • Sustainability initiatives
  • Limited socioeconomic stratification
  • Decent/high ranking on Global Peace Index
  • Decent air quality
  • Moderate/friendly populace
  • Politically sound/relatively non-corrupt government
  • Steady population
  • Masajid nearby

Costa Rica

  • environmentally sustainable
  • clean air & energy
  • stunning scenery
  • extremely biodiverse
oct 13 2012 ∞
nov 17 2013 +

Louis Theroux

  • A Place for Pedophiles
  • The Most Hated Family in America
  • America's Most Hated Family in Crisis
  • Born Again Christians

Nat Geo

  • Life in a Day
  • Too Young to Wed

Vice

  • Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan
  • Inside North Korea

Other

  • Buddhist Monk Levitation
    • see also: African Shaman Performing Levitation
jun 24 2013 ∞
jul 7 2013 +
  • And so I leave this world, where the heart must either break or turn to lead. {Nicolas-Sebastien Chamfort, suicide note}
  • I must go in, the fog is rising. {Emily Dickinson}
  • I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark. {Thomas Hobbes}
  • Now comes the mystery. {Henry Ward Beecher}
  • I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have. {Leonardo Da Vinci}
  • I know you have come to kill me. Shoot coward, you are only going to kill a man. {Che Guevara to his assassin}
  • Go on, get out - last words are for fools who haven't said enough. -{Karl Marx to his housekeeper, who urged him to tell her his last words so she could write them down for posterity}
  • God will pardon me, that's his line of wo...
nov 5 2010 ∞
oct 1 2016 +
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Concentration of Media Ownership

Back in 1983, approximately 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the United States. Today, ownership of the news media has been concentrated in the hands of just six incredibly powerful media corporations.

Media consolidation infographic: http://static2.businessinsider.com/image...

Narcotizing Dysfunction

Narcotizing dysfunction is a theory that as mass media inundates people on a particular issue they become apathetic to it, substituting knowledge for action. It is suggested that the vast supply of communications Americans receive may elicit only a superficial concern with the problems of society, while importance of real action is neglected, and this superficiality may cover up mass apathy. Thus, it is termed "dysfunctional" as it assumed it is not in the best interests of the people who compose modern complex society to form a social mass that is politically apathetic and inert. The term narcotizin...

oct 15 2016 ∞
jul 27 2018 +

Imru' al-Qais Junduh bin Hujr al-Kindi (Arabic: ٱمْرُؤ ٱلْقَيْس جُنْدُح ٱبْن حُجْر ٱلْكِنْدِيّ‎) was an Arabic poet in the 6th century AD, and also the son of one of the last Kindite kings. He is sometimes considered the father of Arabic poetry. His qaṣīda, or long poem, "Let us stop and weep" (Arabic: قفا نبك qifā nabki) is one of the seven Mu'allaqat, poems prized as the best examples of pre-Islamic Arabian verse.

  • Imru' al-Qais was the originator of a great many things the Arabs considered beautiful, and which were adopted by other poets. These things include calling up his companions to halt, weeping over the ruins of abandoned campsites, describing his beloved with refinement and delicacy, and using language that was easy to understand. He was the first to compare women to gazelles and eggs, and to like horses to b...
may 7 2020 ∞
may 7 2020 +

30 Day Poetry Challenge:

  • Day 3- Find the nearest book (of any kind). Turn to page 8. Use the first ten full words on the page in a poem. You may use them in any order, anywhere in the poem.
  • Day 4- Write a haiku. They’re often about nature, but yours can be about anything.
  • Day 7- Take a walk until you find a tree you identify with, then write a poem using the tree as a metaphor for yourself or your life.
  • Day 13- Write a short poem that a child would like.
  • Day 27- Begin with the title “The Poem I’d Never Write.” Then, write that po...
oct 24 2011 ∞
aug 27 2018 +
  • Stoicism
  • Neo-Marxism
  • Anthropic principle
  • Fine-tuned Universe
  • Aesthetic realism
jan 29 2013 ∞
oct 1 2016 +
  • Dark Dining: you go to a restaurant that's completely dark, so you can't see your food or the people around you. This heightens the sensory experience of taste while also making people likelier to be vulnerable and open with complete strangers.
jul 13 2018 ∞
jul 13 2018 +
jan 28 2011 ∞
jul 20 2020 +