Monday, February 28, 2011

Do you believe in magic?


When we were young, we lived in our good world…A world where fairytales, unicorns, talking animals & great kingdoms were undeniable.

Bit by bit & as the years passed, the real world began to unfold, & our fairly lands became distorted, only to be remembered as good old childhood memories…

Magic!!
Do you still believe in it?

I personally do.
I do believe that we can always bring it back to life if we wish...
I believe that magic is the energy conveyed in the air between two lovers. It’s the warmth of a hug from someone dear. It’s in the ability to heal some one’s pain, or ease their sorrow, to make some one smile, or laugh from their heart till they shine.
It’s the unconditional giving without waiting for the return.

And the ultimate one of all is being so close to Him, so near to your creator that everything else seems so small. It’s when you finally find the peace you’ve always been looking for… peace…security… and serenity.

It’s magic…
Do you believe you can make your own?



Monday, August 30, 2010

And the winner is...



Her fierce looks & sharp face wouldn't let me stop staring at her. Her whole body was almost flying in one direction. Her head did not even turn for a moment to look around. It seemed that the air she was grasping was not her only fuel. Something was burning inside...
A few seconds later, she was almost there. Her face turned fiercer as her arms struggled harder with the air. Her legs sharpened from spinning & her feet barely hit the ground...until they reached the finish line.

I was flipping through some TV channels when I saw this girl. I admired her determination to win the running Olympics....and she did win FIRST place.

In a few hours, our marathon will start...
It lasts for ten days & comes only once per year.

Maybe we have wasted some precious days of Ramadan. Maybe we were not ready for its sudden arrival during summer, or maybe we have some other reasons.
We regret what has gone, but does this mean the game is over??!!

NEVER.

In fact, we're blessed with Allah who cares...
He is Al Rahim who's the most Merciful & who's always eager to give us another chance.
He is Al Ghafur who forgives our shameful deeds.
And Al Wadud who's always near to fill our hearts with love.

His paradise doors are wide opened for all of us. ِ
Didn't He say??

قل يا عبادي الذين أسرفوا على أنفسهم لا تقنطوا من رحمة الله" (الزمر_53)53 "

Say, "O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah . Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful." [39:53]

Lets join the marathon this year.....
TO WIN
To insert some light in our life book.
To do something we have never done in any of our past Ramadans.
Lets break our own records..

We have already stayed up all night to watch our favourite TV show's rerun, to chat with friends, to reach a higher level in a computer or video game, to wait for someone we love at the airport, to watch the sunrise, or even hangout with friends at Alex or sa7el.


Don't we deserve to give ourselves a treat, an armor from the unknown, a good-deeds bank account with our creator...

One night...If we aim to shoot, new horizons will open for us.
Lailat Al Qadr...One night better than 1000 months
& 1000 months=30,000 days=83 years!!!
If you have wasted your whole life, this night is worth an entire lifetime.

Ready...Steady...

Lets break a record.

(و في ذلك فليتنافس المتنافسون" (المطففين_26


"So for this let the competitors compete." [83:26]

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The magic word

Allahu Akbar!!

Do you feel it?

Allaaaahu Akbar...

He's gretaer than everyone & above everything. He's the greatest of all.

He's my priority today, tomorrow & every remaining day in my short life.

It's beautiful to grasp its glory...Say it slowly..."Allaaaahu Akbar!"


Allahu Akbar when i decide, Allahu Akbar i say it with pride. Allahu Akbar is the light on the not so bright days.

It's my every breath & each heart beat. It's in every blink & each someone i meet.

With Allahu Akbar, I'll face the world. Good morning world!

Allaaaaaaaaahu Akkkkbbaarrr...

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The bar soap container



This Eid I travelled with my family & some friends to Taba at the Southern of Sinai; it's really a great place with wonderful attractions. We went hiking & climbed an extremely high mountain where we got to see the borders of Palestine, Jordan & Saudi Arabia from the peak.

At the hotel while packing our bags at the end of the trip, one of my relatives entered the bathroom to check his stuff. He liked this soap container at the basin. It was rounded & with holes in the middle to prevent water from accumulating around the soap & dissolving it. He thought the hotel definitely had a lot of them & it won't matter if he took it with him home. After all, it's not expensive & it's made of plastic, plus the house keepers are used to finding missing stuff so they'll replace it shortly. He stared at it again, but hesitated & immediately left the hotel room.

Three hours later in the bus heading to Cairo…

The phone rang.

"Good afternoon Mr. A, this is your boss's office & he'll be with you in a minute."….

"Hello Mr. A, I hope you had a great holiday. Guess what, you earned a bonus this month…"

It was totally unexpected!!!

What can I say!!

وَمَن يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يَجْعَل لَّهُ مَخْرَجاًّ(2) وَيَرْزُقْهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ
لاَ يَحْتَسِبُ "
سورةالطلاق_ 2,3

"And whoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty).(2). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine.(3)"
At Talaaq_2,3

Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Break Up Effect!




I'm already missing you
Though you're still here

The fact that you're leaving

Is torturing me dear

I'll always remember your days

And all the good things we did

How you spread your magic

Since I were a kid

I saw people changing

Inside all over out

Day & night they made prayers

For in their God, they have no doubt

You delighted the rich

And were generous on the poor

You were our only hope

For hell to close its door

For heaven's gates wide opened

And hell fire was locked

People were more tolerant

For all satins were blocked

Ramadan, If you insist on leaving

Don't take my soul with you

Your blessings, if you take them away

Right here it'll turn into a zoo

Ramadan, next year who knows

If I'd be alive or not

Till then I'll strive & pray
For my heart not to rot!



Hana Arafa
Ramadan 1430


Wishing u all a happy Eid

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

You...Ur Friend or Foe?!


In a few days, an emergency state will occur all over the world. Nothing would be constant & no one would be the same. The Earth's nature will be altered. This phenomena happens yearly since before you were born. Have you ever realized that!
Conversations are held in the skies, doors of heaven are wide opened, gates of hell fire are locked up & devils are chained.
Everything on Earth & beyond it is changing & welcoming their generous guest; Ramadan...What about me & you?

We're not angels; we all sin everyday. And that's something we all share, even the best of the best of us. But shamefully we blame others for our behavior.
I blame you for my anger, you blame him for making you shout, they blame the red tape system( government's routine) for forcing them to bribe & the harsh life for making them cheat. And the most popular of all we blame satin for every single wrong we do.

Now what! For sure satin is a 24/7 devoted whisperer & he runs in our veins like our blood. And of course he never gives up ruining our trials of getting closer to God. And even if we managed to run away from his control & do a good deed, he's here to ruin our sincere intention. (I've been interrupted a lot during writing this, & almost got sick & shut down the laptop. But then i thought he's not gonna get me this time. I'm not gonna stop)

But till when will we keep accusing him of our sins? Is he the only one to blame?
Well no, satin has another partner, in fact a sort of invisible military agent inside us known as "Al Nafs"(your self). Your Nafs could be your friend or worst foe. It depends on who's the master. It kind of goes like this:

Nafs: "Oh you seem tired & so upset from Ahmad. You need to release your anger. Here comes Sara. Go tell her what he has done to you."

You: "NO, no. Ahmad's not here. I can't gossip."

Nafs: "Come oooooon! That's not gossiping. Chill out man, you're just removing the burden from your chest, nothing more."

You:"umm.OK. No harm done. Sara is good, I'll tell her.

That's the secret agent I'm talking about. Al Nafs that's urging us to commit the wrong & could even find a good reason to justify our actions & cool our conscience.

The good news is that in a few hours, the devils will be deprived from their free pass. And the whole world will be devil free for the next 30 days. So no more nasty whispers insh'Allah. Only you & your self.

So?

#Lets make a deal here:

1.Bring a paper.
2.Think & write down seven sins you commit a lot & want to get rid of.
3.Read your list daily in Ramadan.
4.Focus all day & cease to do any of them.
5. Ask God to help you stop them.

During Ramadan, there'll be no intruders. So you'll have full control. Do you think your Nafs could urge you to do bad deeds then?

Now that's the challenge, we'll strive to stick to our deal, & if one day a mistake happened, we'll repent & continue with the promise. Let's give our Nafs a lesson it never forgets. We'll fight in ramadan, so that after it's over, we'd remain winners. We are the master, & the Nafs is our slave. .

Ramadan Kareem