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I was amazed by my African friends. Most of them are Ethiopian, Somalian and citizens of the surrounding countries. They wear a perfect hijab, (I didn't even find them to wear improper hijabs) and they have so impressive manners. They wouldn't say something that wouldn't make someone happy. How they could be excellent hafeezah so easily is something I really curious about.

"I see you guys are excellent hafeezah. Masha Allah. How do you get it? Would you please tell me the secret?" I asked on of them one time.

She said, "We can't have a breakfast in the morning before committing muraja'ah (Quran memorizing exams) to our mother. Our Mom will give us a breakfast right after we pass the murajaah, and it is the same thing we have to do in every mealtime. Our mom will give much more portion for those who can memorize more, off course."

The school of Qur’an is a mandatory institution to enter at the young age. The muslim parents would much help by making a rule that require the children to do murajaah before eating.

My husband told me the similar stories. He told me that most of his friends proclaim as hafeez at the age of 15. Mashaa' Allah. It's a amazing spirit to get and shame on a Muslim who doesn't have any verses to memorize in his heart.

The other amazing story comes from a workmate. She told me that her husband used to go to garden with their children in order to give comfortable place and time for her to memorize Quran at home alone. In fact, he wouldn't mind for not going to work when her beloved wife has to take Tahfeez examination at the day. Masha Allah.

What a beautiful life when we can help each other to learn, figuring out and getting closer to Quran. I believe that children's habit and behavior is reflection of what their parents habit at home. Let's make reading Quran as our family daily habit and start to happy with it.

Taken from Ummu Raihanah stories.

Sydney, 29th Oct 2013
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Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same
hospital room.

One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an
hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from
his lungs.

His bed was next to the room's only window.

The other man had to spend all his time flat on
his back.

The men talked for hours on end.

They spoke of their wives and families, their
homes, their jobs, their involvement in the
military service, where they had been on

Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the
window could sit up, he would pass the time by
describing to his roommate all the things he could
see outside the window.

The man in the other bed began to live for those
one hour periods where his world would be
broadened and enlivened by all the activity and
color of the world outside.

The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake.
Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers
walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color
and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen
in the distance.

As the man by the window described all this in
exquisite details, the man on the other side of
the room would close his eyes and imagine this
picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon, the man by the window
described a parade passing by.

Although the other man could not hear the band -
he could see it in his mind's eye as the
gentleman by the window portrayed it with
descriptive words.

Days, weeks and months passed.
One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring
water for their baths only to find the lifeless body
of the man by the window, who had died
peacefully in his sleep.

She was saddened and called the hospital
attendants to take the body away.

As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man
asked if he could be moved next to the window.
The nurse was happy to make the switch, and
after making sure he was comfortable, she left
him alone.

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one
elbow to take his first look at the real world
He strained to slowly turn to look out the window
besides the bed.

It faced a blank wall.

The man asked the nurse what could have
compelled his deceased roommate who had
described such wonderful things outside this

The nurse responded that the man was blind and
could not even see the wall.

She said, 'Perhaps he just wanted to encourage

There is tremendous happiness in making others
happy, despite our own situations.
Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness
when shared, is doubled.
If you want to feel rich, just count all the things
you have that money can't buy.

'"Today is a gift, that is why it is called The

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"Maturity" is the ability to control anger and settle differences without violence or destruction. How often do we let anger and destructive habits taint our responses to a situation?
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"When someone insults you, take it as a compliment that they spend so much time thinking about you, when you don't even think about them".
- B.J. Habibie - The 3rd Indonesia Former President
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Yes, I believe that those words inspiring him more and less. That's enough to relief the upset of being talked about. I hope it doesn't really pathetic expression anyway.
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Don’t be pushed by your problems.  Be led by your dreams.  Live the life you want to live.  Be the person you want to remember years from now.  Make decisions and act on them.  Make mistakes, fall and try again.  Even if you fall a thousand times, at least you won’t have to wonder what could have been.  At least you will know in your heart that you gave your dreams your best shot.

Each of us has a fire in our hearts burning for something.  It’s our responsibility in life to find it and keep it lit.  This is your life, and it’s a short one.  Don’t let others extinguish your flame.  Try what you want to try.  Go where you want to go.  Follow your own intuition.  Dream with your eyes open until you know exactly what it looks like.  Then do at least one thing every day to make it a reality.

And as you strive to achieve your goals, you can count on there being some fairly substantial disappointments along the way.  Don’t get discouraged, the road to your dreams may not be an easy one.  Think of these disappointments as challenges – tests of persistence and courage.  At the end of the road, more often than not, we regret what we didn’t do far more than what we did.  Read Quitter.


You are your own best friend and your own biggest critic.  Regardless of the opinions of others, at the end of the day the only reflection staring back at you in the mirror is your own.  Accept everything about yourself – EVERYTHING!  You are you and that is the beginning and the end – no apologies, no regrets.

People who are proud of themselves tend to have passions in life, feel content and set good examples for others.  It requires envisioning the person you would like to become and making your best efforts to grow.
Being proud isn’t bragging about how great you are; it’s more like quietly knowing that you’re worth a lot.  It’s not about thinking you’re perfect – because nobody is – but knowing that you’re worthy of being loved and accepted.  All you have to do is be yourself and live the story that no one else can live – the story of your own unique life.  Be proud, be confident, you never know who has been looking at you wishing they were you.


Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.
Is it true that we all live to serve?  That by helping others we fulfill our own destiny?  The answer is a simple ‘yes.’  When you make a positive impact in someone else’s life, you also make a positive impact in your own life.  Do something that’s greater than you – something that helps someone else to be happy or to suffer less.

You are only one, but you are one.  You cannot do everything, but you can do something.  Smile and enjoy the fact that you made a difference – one you’ll likely remember forever.


Happiness is within you, in your way of thinking.  How you view yourself and your world are mindful choices and habits.  The lens you choose to view everything through determines how you feel about yourself and everything that happens around you.

Being grateful will always make you happy.  If you’re finding it hard to be grateful for anything, sit down close your eyes and take a long slow breath and be grateful for oxygen.  Every breath you take is in sync with someone’s last.


Judy Garland once said, “Always be a first rate version of yourself instead of a second rate version of somebody else.”  Live by this statement.  There is no such thing as living in someone else’s shoes.  The only shoes you can occupy are your own.  If you aren’t being yourself, you aren’t truly living – you’re merely existing.

Remember, trying to be anyone else is a waste of the person you are.  Embrace that individual inside you that has ideas, strengths and beauty like no one else.  Be the person you know yourself to be – the best version of you – on your terms.  Improve continuously, take care of your body and health, and surround yourself with positivity.  Become the best version of you.


Time is the most valuable constituent of life.  Make the time for what does matter today.  Really being in the moment, finding passion in your life, seeing the world and traveling, or just seeing the world that’s around you right now, being with great people, doing amazing things, eating amazing food and savoring life’s little pleasures.
Remember, your time is priceless, but it’s free. You can’t own it, but you can use it.  You can spend it, but you can’t keep it.  Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.  You really do only have a short period to live.  So let your dreams be bigger than your fears and your actions louder than your words.  Make your time count!


Be honest about what’s right, as well as what needs to be changed.  Be honest about what you want to achieve and who you want to become.  Be honest with every aspect of your life, always.  Because you are the one person you can forever count on.
Search your soul, for the truth, so that you truly know who you are.  Once you do, you’ll have a better understanding of where you are now and how you got here, and you’ll be better equipped to identify where you want to go and how to get there.


In human relationships distance is not measured in miles, but in affection.  Two people can be right next to each other, yet miles apart.  So don’t ignore someone you care about, because lack of concern hurts more than angry words.  Stay in touch with those who matter to you.  Not because it’s convenient, but because they’re worth the extra effort.

When was the last time you told your family and close personal friends that you loved them?  Just spending a little time with someone shows that you care, shows that they are important enough that you’ve chosen — out of all the things to do on your busy schedule — to find the time for them.  Talk to them.  Listen to them.  Understand them.

Many times it’s our actions, not just our words that really speak what our heart feels for another.


Whether your love is towards a child, a lover, or another family member, know the feeling of giving love and not expecting anything in return – this is what lies at the heart of unconditional love.  Life through unconditional love is a wondrous adventure that excites the very core of our being and lights our path with delight.  This love is a dynamic and powerful energy that lifts us through the most difficult times.

Love is beautiful and unpredictable.  It begins with ourselves, for without self-love, we cannot know what true love can be.  In loving ourselves, we allow the feeling to generate within us and then we can share it to everyone and everything around us.  When you love unconditionally, it isn’t because the person you love is perfect, it’s because you learn to see an imperfect person perfectly.


We’ve all been hurt by another person at some point or another – we were treated badly, trust was broken, hearts were hurt.  And while this pain is normal, sometimes that pain lingers for too long.  We relive the pain over and over, letting them live rent-free in our head and we have a hard time letting go.

Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness, it causes us to miss out on the beauty of life as it happens.  To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you.


Own your choices and mistakes, and be willing to take the necessary steps to improve upon them.  Either you take accountability for your life or someone else will.  And when they do, you’ll become a slave to their ideas and dreams instead of a pioneer of your own.

You are the only one who can directly control the outcome of your life.  And no, it won’t always be easy.  Every person has a stack of obstacles in front of them.  But you must take accountability for your situation and overcome these obstacles.  Choosing not to is choosing a lifetime of mere existence.  Read The Road Less Traveled.


This one is simply a culmination of the previous eleven…
Follow your heart.  Be true to yourself.  Do what makes you happy.  Be with who makes you smile.  Laugh as much as you breathe.  Love as long as you live.  Say what you need to say.  Offer a helping hand when you’re able.  Appreciate all the things you do have.  Smile.  Celebrate your small victories.  Learn from your mistakes.  Realize that everything is a lesson in disguise.  Forgive.  And let go of the things you can’t control.
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Definitely, +Nia VJ. The things I must to say too. :)
Nice U like this.
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"The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire, the size of your dream, and how you handle disappointment along the way.” 

- Robert Kiyosaki
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Muslims Belief in Life after Death

Everyone is scared of dying and rightly so.  The uncertainty of what lies beyond is frightening. It may be that of all religions, Islam, provides the most graphic details of what comes after death and lies beyond.  Islam views death to be a natural threshold to the next stage of existence.

Islamic doctrine holds that human existence continues after the death of the human body in the form of spiritual and physical resurrection.  There is a direct relation between conduct on earth and the life beyond.  The afterlife will be one of rewards and punishments which is commensurate with earthily conduct.  A Day will come when God will resurrect and gather the first and the last of His creation and judge everyone justly.  People will enter their final abode, Hell or Paradise.  Faith in life after death urges us to do right and to stay away from sin.  In this life we sometimes see the pious suffer and the impious enjoy.  All shall be judged one day and justice will be served.

Faith in life after death is one of the six fundamental beliefs required of a Muslim to complete his faith.  Rejecting it renders all other beliefs meaningless.  Think of a child who does not put his hand in fire.  He does not do so because he is sure it will burn. When it comes to doing school work, the same child may feel lazy because he does not quite understand what a sound education will do for his future.  Now, think of a man who does not believe in the Day of Judgment.  Would he consider belief in God and a life driven by his belief in God to be of any consequence?  To him, neither obedience to God is of use, nor is disobedience of any harm.  How, then, can he live a God-conscious life?  What incentive would he have to suffer the trials of life with patience and avoid overindulgence in worldly pleasures?  And if a man does not follow the way of God, then what use is his belief in God, if he has any?  The acceptance or rejection of life after death is perhaps the greatest factor in determining the course of an individual’s life.

The dead have a continued and conscious existence of a kind in the grave.  Muslims believe that, upon dieing, a person enters an intermediate phase of life between death and resurrection.  Many events take place in this new “world”, such as the “trial” of the grave, where everyone will be questioned by angels about their religion, prophet, and Lord.  The grave is a garden of paradise or a pit of hell; angels of mercy visit the souls of believers and angels of punishment come for the unbelievers.

Resurrection will be preceded by the end of the world.  God will command a magnificent angel to blow the Horn.  At its first blowing, all the inhabitants of the heavens and the earth will fall unconscious, except those spared by God.  The earth will be flattened, the mountains turned into dust, the sky will crack, planets will be dispersed, and the graves overturned.

People will be resurrected into their original physical bodies from their graves, thereby entering the third and final phase of life.  The Horn will blow again upon which people will rise up from their graves, resurrected!

God will gather all humans, believers and the impious, jinns, demons, even wild animals.  It will be a universal gathering.  The angels will drive all human beings naked, uncircumcised, and bare-footed to the Great Plain of Gathering.  People will stand in wait for judgment and humanity will sweat in agony.  The righteous will be sheltered under the shade of God’s Magnificent Throne.

When the condition becomes unbearable, people will request the prophets and the messengers to intercede with God on their behalf to save them from distress.

The balances will be set and the deeds of men will be weighed.  Disclosure of the Records of the deeds performed in this life will follow.  The one who will receive his record in his right hand will have an easy reckoning.  He will happily return to his family.  However, the person who will receive his record in his left hand would wish he were dead as he will be thrown into the Fire.  He will be full of regrets and will wish that he were not handed his Record or he had not known it.

Then God will judge His creation.  They will be reminded and informed of their good deeds and sins.  The faithful will acknowledge their failings and be forgiven.  The disbelievers will have no good deeds to declare because an unbeliever is rewarded for them in this life.  Some scholars are of the opinion that the punishment of an unbeliever may be reduced in lieu of his good deeds, except the punishment of the great sin of disbelief.

The Siraat is a bridge that will be established over Hell extending to Paradise.  Anyone who is steadfast on God’s religion in this life will find it easy to pass it.

Paradise and Hell will be the final dwelling places for the faithful and the damned after the Last Judgment.  They are real and eternal.  The bliss of the people of Paradise shall never end and the punishment of unbelievers condemned to Hell shall never cease.  Unlike a pass-fail system in some other belief-systems, the Islamic view is more sophisticated and conveys a higher level of divine justice.  This can be seen in two ways.  First, some believers may suffer in Hell for unrepented, cardinal sins.  Second, both Paradise and Hell have levels.

Paradise is the eternal garden of physical pleasures and spiritual delights.  Suffering will be absent and bodily desires will be satisfied.  All wishes will be met.  Palaces, servants, riches, streams of wine, milk and honey, pleasant fragrances, soothing voices, pure partners for intimacy; a person will never get bored or have enough!

The greatest bliss, though, will be the vision of their Lord of which the unbelievers will be deprived.

Hell is an infernal place of punishment for unbelievers and purification for sinful believers.  Torture and punishment: for the body and the soul: burning by fire, boiling water to drink, scalding food to eat, chains, and choking columns of fire.  Unbelievers will be eternally damned to it, whereas sinful believers will eventually be taken out of Hell and enter Paradise.

Paradise is for those who worshiped God alone, believed and followed their prophet, and lived moral lives according to the teachings of scripture.

Hell will be the final dwelling place of those who denied God, worshiped other beings besides God, rejected the call of the prophets, and lead sinful, unrepentant lives.
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Good job, +daniel beloved.
You strive to speak out about this issue by your faith perspective. I do appreciate your point of view.
You know, I believe in Jesus (Peace be upon him) as a slave of God and His Prophet, instead of a Child of God. I believe in the values he gave to human kind, and confess about the truth of his messages for it's thoroughly told in my scripture.

Islamic doctrine holds that the human existence would through some steps after death before they pass to heaven or hell, and we believe that every Muslim would pass to heaven after their sins are cleaned or forgiven. For Christian on the other hand, all believers would be saved and come to the heaven after death, back to God the Father in heaven.

The point is: I've never thought about a man who forbear for another people sins. Even if he is a prophet. When I'm eating something why should someone else enjoy the taste?
I don't even agree about the son of God, for the God is one. "He's not begot, nor was He begotten" (holy Quran Al Ikhlas verse 3)

You probably think that I'm not the chosen one for your faith, like I think that you're not the one who've been guided to my faith. "To you be your Way, and to me mine." (holy Quran Al Kafiroon (Disbelievers) verse 6)

The good news is that we have similarities in view that there is a direct relation between conduct on earth and the life beyond (hereafter).  The afterlife will be one of rewards and punishments which is commensurate with worldly conduct. I do agree with you for keeping up and exercising our faith forever. To you be your faith, and to me mine. I believe I've chosen for my faith.

Plenty thanks for dropping by.
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"Don't underestimate a deed (good or bad). It may be like an iceberg,
looks small superficially but immensely gigantic underneath."
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Is Islam a scary religion in Indonesia?
When setting foot in Indonesia for the first time in the mid-2012, Marina Dobosova, still unsure about the ‘scary’ impression of Muslims in Indonesia. Why’s that so? While visiting various countries, Marina - who is enrolled as the student of University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM), had minimum information of the country.
"Even in Europe, the impression of Islam was scary. So I was afraid of that," Marina said in a press release received by Reuters. However, upon entering the White Campus environment, all those negative stereotypes disappeared, as UMM is recognized as a campus in which there are variety of cultural backgrounds that live in harmony.
According to her, Indonesia is a very attractive country. However, UMM is more interesting than that. Indonesia has been successfully through a transition phase to democracy, as well as Slovakia which is separated from Soviet communism, she added. "That’s why, I am interested in studying of media in Indonesia for my dissertation at the Slovak University," said the journalist who started liking ‘soto ayam’ (Indonesian culinary, a kind of chicken soup) now.
She shared the experience she got from various countries to UMM University students in class-lectures. In fact, she’s been a volunteer to assist the faculty in teaching either Courses of Journalism or Media and Society studies in Faculty of Communication. "I love to share my experience when I was working as a journalist and traveled to 11 countries. I hope it's helpful," she said.
Marina is one of dozens of UMM's foreign students. She learned the language and culture of Indonesia through Darmasiswa scholarship given by the government of Indonesia. Moreover, she has opportunities to assist lecturers in teaching voluntarily. The same thing has been done by other foreign students who are studying at UMM, either from AISEC or Internship programs.
"UMM is a large and magnificent campus. No campus like this in Slovakia as my country is a small country. I love living here, as Indonesian Muslims apparently love peace, so tolerant and not limiting, "he said.
Republika, Published on Monday, March 02, 2015
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Well done. I wish I'm not the regretting one like him. :)
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"The competent programmer is fully aware of the limited size of his own skull. He therefore approaches his task with full humility, and avoids clever tricks like the plague."
- Edsger Dijkstra
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Sure thing, we're going to be competent and straight programmers, and get rid of tricks by any means and any form.
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"Don’t’ ask GOD to make your life easier, ask him to make you a stronger person!"

Mental toughness is an important characteristic in our heroes. The reality is, you and I must also be strong-minded if we are to overcome the obstacles we meet every day. Here are 10 practical tips to build a strong mind:

Simply realize that there is something called good enough and when you are there then you are finished with whatever you are doing. So find a balance for yourself where you do good work and don’t slack off but at the same time don’t get lost in trying to improve and polish something too much.

A few months ago, I set a deadline for when my book should be finished. I had realized that just working on it and releasing it when it was done would not work. Because I could always find stuff to add to it. So I had to set a deadline. Setting a deadline gave me a kick in the butt and it is generally good way to help you to let go of a need to polish things a bit too much.I love deadlines.

It can harm or possibly lead you to end relationships, jobs, projects etc. just because your expectations are out of this world. Whenever you get lost in a perfectionist head-space, do remind that it will cause you and your world harm. It’s easier to switch focus and thought patterns to avoid making stupid choices and avoid causing yourself and other people unnecessary pain.

Set human standards for everyone and accept that life is like that. Everything and everyone has flaws and things don’t always go as planned. You can still improve things but they will never be perfect. And realize that you won’t be rejected if things or you aren’t perfect. At least not by reasonably well-balanced human beings, like most people actually are in reality. I do what the voice in my mind tell me what to do.

Comparing yourself to other people on a regular basis can easily lead to feeling inferior. There will always be a lot of people ahead of you in any area of life. So compare yourself to yourself. See your improvement, see how far you have come. Appreciate yourself and focus what you have done and are doing rather than what everyone else is doing.

By doing the right thing your esteem of yourself goes up and other people’s opinions about you and life will matter less to you. Instead of their influence being like a tsunami flooding over you it flows right over you. Or bounces off you. Because now you have become stronger, more certain in who you are and you are not so easily swayed by external forces.“Some of us (perfectionists, especially) fuss so much over making the ‘right’ choice, but in life, all that’s really needed is to make any’ good’ choice, believe in it, go through with it, and accept the consequences.”

You don’t really have to do anything. Try to look at it as you choosing what to do instead. Of course, there are always consequences. But the point is to take control of your life. Instead of having your world doing the choosing for you. This way of thinking makes it easier to find out what isn’t really that important and eliminate or reduce to free up time.

Even though you can lessen the impact that your environment has you can also work at the other end of things and shape your environment to lessen the influence of perfectionism. Spend less time with nervously perfectionists and more time with people who are trying to improve themselves and/or are living a good life in a positive, healthy and relaxed way.

Just be here now and be mindful of yourself, the people around you and the summery landscape and sounds. Whenever you are starting to feel stressed again, return to the relaxed space by taking belly breaths and focusing on just that for a while. By accepting how you feel instead of resisting it you reduce the emotional energy that you are feeding into this tension/conflict/problem.

Just take time to relax and be. The small things we get wrapped up in when we feel stressed are often not that important when you view life from a wider perspective. And it helps to make decisions about what is important to take action on or to just let go. So use some of your vacation time to do what you love to do.

As a human we all have the ability to be excellent. Take time today to look at this list and if it makes sense, decide which one you could implement on your quest for developing your STRENGTHS and you will become the “Champion of your life!”
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You're welcome, Mr +kamal deep singh. I need to improve my self to get that as well.
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