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January 13, 2005
A Communion With Allah

by Nadia Khan

I thank ye Allah

For blessing me with an existence which is miraculous in essence

For giving me a pair of eyes and a delightful smile.

For giving me sound health and a believing heart

For stretching above me the sky with all its adornments

The sun, the moon and the stars

But O Allah! All of these are the bounties that only belong to You

And You have been kind enough to lend them to me

But now I beseech you O Allah!

To help me earn some merits on my own and of my own

O Allah! You gave me the tongue but give this tongue the strength to spread your word in every ear

You gave me the eyes but create in them the ability to see You everywhere

You painted me a delightful smile but help my smile live for Your pleasure only!

You gave me a heart but make it just as spacious so that it can fit You

You gave me a beautiful face but help it turn into a divine mirror so that it can reflect only Your existence

You gave me the sun but help me become the sun

So that I can also disseminate light while burning myself

You gave me the moon, but help me become the moon so that by my presence,

Even the dark and ugly night starts to take pride in itself

You gave me the stars but help me become one so that

I can also guide those people who have lost their way

You see Allah, I want to complement and beautify all the bounties that you lent to me?

With my own hard-earned faculties

Please help me do so Allah!

Help me make the best of this life that you gave me

So that both of us can be proud of me?

Both You and Me


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gillette said

Group Says It Relocated 300 Orphans
Va. Missionaries Talk of Raising Muslim Tsunami Victims in Christian Home
By Alan Cooperman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, January 13, 2005; Page A01
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A5018-2005Jan12

A Virginia-based missionary group said this week that it has airlifted 300 "tsunami orphans" from the Muslim province of Banda Aceh to Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, where it plans to raise them in a Christian children's home.

The missionary group, WorldHelp, is one of dozens of Christian, Muslim and Jewish charities providing humanitarian relief to victims of the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami that devastated countries around the Indian Ocean, taking more than 150,000 lives.

Most of the religious charities do not attach any conditions to their aid, and many of the larger ones -- such as WorldVision, Catholic Relief Services and Church World Service -- have policies against proselytizing. But a few of the smaller groups have been raising money among evangelical Christians by presenting the tsunami emergency effort as a rare opportunity to make converts in hard-to-reach areas.

"Normally, Banda Aceh is closed to foreigners and closed to the gospel. But, because of this catastrophe, our partners there are earning the right to be heard and providing entrance for the gospel," WorldHelp said in an appeal for funds on its Web site this week.

The appeal said WorldHelp was working with native-born Christians in Indonesia who want to "plant Christian principles as early as possible" in the 300 Muslim children, all younger than 12, who lost their parents in the tsunami.

"These children are homeless, destitute, traumatized, orphaned, with nowhere to go, nowhere to sleep and nothing to eat. If we can place them in a Christian children's home, their faith in Christ could become the foothold to reach the Aceh people," it said.

The Web site was changed, and the appeal was removed yesterday after The Washington Post called to inquire about it. The Rev. Vernon Brewer, president of WorldHelp in Forest, Va., said in a telephone interview the organization had collected about $70,000 in donations and was seeking to raise another $350,000 to build the orphanage.

Brewer said the Indonesian government gave permission for the orphans to be flown to Jakarta last week and was aware that they would be raised as Christians.

["We have no knowledge of this," Foreign Ministry spokesman Marty Natalegawa said today in Jakarta. "If confirmed, this would constitute a serious violation of the standing ban by the Indonesian government on the adoption of Acehnese children affected by the tsunami disaster and appropriate steps would be taken accordingly." He added that he did not believe any Indonesian official would have approved the transfer of the children.] "These are children who are unclaimed or unwanted. We are not trying to rip them apart from any existing family members and change their culture and change their customs," Brewer said. "These children are going to be raised in a Christian environment. That's no guarantee they will choose to be Christians."

Brewer, a Baptist minister, was the first person to graduate from the Rev. Jerry Falwell's Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., in 1971. He served as a vice president of the Christian university before founding WorldHelp in 1991. It has since grown to 100 full-time employees in the United States and helps to support indigenous Christian missionaries in about 50 countries, he said.

Brewer said WorldHelp is an independent organization but has a friendly, informal relationship with nearby Liberty University, which held a fundraiser at a basketball game Monday night to benefit WorldHelp's tsunami relief projects.

"I think Vernon [Brewer] has got the right approach," Falwell said yesterday. "If Christian ministries can earn the right to be heard -- you don't preach the gospel to a hungry man, you feed him, then if he wants to hear something you've got to say, that's nice, but it's not required."

WorldHelp's primary partners in Indonesia, Brewer said, are Henry and Roy Lanting, a father-son team who run an orphanage and school near Jakarta. Roy Lanting is also a graduate of Liberty University, Brewer said. Efforts to reach the Lantings by telephone and e-mail yesterday were unsuccessful.

"First and foremost, our intention is not to evangelize but to show the love of Jesus Christ through our acts of compassion," Brewer said. "We are not using this open window of disaster to move in and set up a beachhead for evangelism. That's not the spirit of what we're trying to accomplish. . . ." The Rev. Arthur B. Keys Jr., president of Arlington-based International Relief and Development, a non-religious aid group that has a U.S. government contract to rebuild the water and sanitation system in Banda Aceh, said he feared overt evangelizing could produce a backlash. "I think there's a danger that all international groups could be tarnished by this," said Keys, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. "I think we have to go out of our way to assure people that we're there to help, period."

One missionary support group, Advancing Native Missions based in Charlottesville, said it has raised more than $100,000 to pay for distribution of food, water and cooking utensils in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and South India.

Its workers often hand out Bibles or other religious tracts along with emergency supplies because disaster victims naturally question the existence of God, spokesman Oliver Asher said.

"It's easy to be an atheist when you have no crisis in your life. But have a 50-foot tidal wave sweep your family and village away, it makes you ponder the big questions in life," he said.

Operation Mobilization USA, based in Tyrone, Ga., has raised about $60,000 to address "both the physical and the spiritual needs" of tsunami victims, according to its vice president for resource development, Douglas R. Barclay.

He said Operation Mobilization, founded in 1957, supports about 3,700 missionaries in 110 countries and moved quickly to provide water, food and medical supplies after the tsunami hit. "In these situations, we're not going to go out and blatantly preach to them, we're just going to demonstrate God's love by addressing their physical needs and sharing our beliefs one on one," he said.

One of the largest and best-known evangelical Christian relief groups is Samaritan's Purse of Boone, N.C., which is headed by the Rev. Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham. It sparked international controversy by openly mixing evangelization with its relief work after Hurricane Mitch in Central America in 1998 and the U.S. invasion of Iraq last year. But it has made great efforts to be "sensitive to local concerns" in areas hit by the tsunami, Franklin Graham said.

Correspondent Alan Sipress in Jakarta contributed to this report.

2005 The Washington Post Company

on January 13, 2005 3:12 PM
asif said

Salaam Nadia San:

"O Allah! You gave me the tongue but give this tongue the strength to spread your word in every ear

You gave me the eyes but create in them the ability to see You everywhere"


Masha'Allah, you have in these lines demonstarted the 3 faculties of senses that are remembering and asking Allah for Guidance...Ameen
1-The Tongue or the ability to speak.
2-The Ears that you are seeking to reach
3-and the Eyes or sight to see Allah and his creations around you...Allah has said in Quraan that the disbelievers are those who dont have the sense of sight, of hearing and speaking (summoom-bukmun-umyum fahum la yar jey oun).

May Allah Bless you Sister, for reminding us in a beautiful way of the Mercies and the Naimah that Allah has bestowed upon each one of us, and May Allah accept your beautiful Dua for you, your family and your loved ones...Ameen

Ma'Assalaama

on January 13, 2005 3:50 PM
Talal said

MashaAllah... very beautifully put.

It just hit that besides love/marriage, Hidaya has a mashaAllah collection of pieces that appeal to a complete satisfaction towards relying solely on Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala.


on January 13, 2005 4:09 PM
gillette said

"It just hit that besides love/marriage, Hidaya has a mashaAllah collection of pieces that appeal to a complete satisfaction towards relying solely on Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala."

a love for our loved ones v. our love for our Most Beloved One.

on January 13, 2005 4:20 PM
asif said

salaam Bro. Gillette:

Check this out! This is in response to the christian charities taking muslim orphans under their fold in Indonesia.
Man these charities are so persistent...I mean these are the people with the corrupted message yet they are doing everything to spread it to all corners of the world...and yet we muslims, who have the Quraan that was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (sal-la-hu-wa-sal-lam) are still eating Biryanis...

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=564&ncid=564&e=3&u=/nm/20050113/ts_nm/quake_usa_orphanage_dc

on January 13, 2005 4:47 PM
asif said

...We are still eating Biryanis (and Basboosas)...this is more of a self critique.

on January 13, 2005 4:55 PM
Justoju said

"a love for our loved ones v. our love for our Most Beloved One."

Actually, more like a love for our loved ones through the love for our Most Beloved One.

Until we love Him and then love things for His sake, no 'love' is worthy of being called love.

Nadia, beautiful poem as always, mashaAllah

on January 13, 2005 5:36 PM
gillette said

"more like a love for our loved ones through the love for our Most Beloved One."

the love for the former is a means to love for the latter. in other words, love for our Most Beloved One through a love for our loved ones.

on January 13, 2005 10:49 PM
gillette said

I really liked this quote that someone's using as her signature on the AlMaghrib Forum:

"The shortest distance between a problem and a successful solution is the distance between your head and the floor (prostration). The one who bows down to Allah can stand up to anything."

http://forums.almaghrib.org/member.php?userid=432

on January 13, 2005 11:10 PM
Justoju said

"the love for the former is a means to love for the latter. in other words, love for our Most Beloved One through a love for our loved ones."

Ahh, but is that not a very high stage of love? Where your contact with creation serves as a signpost and not as much as a distraction...

Do we really know what real 'love' is until we have tasted love for the divine? Its like the necklace and the reflection. The true necklace of love is divine love, while earthly love for creation is simply the hazy reflection of that true love.

Perhaps we need to taste that divine love first, and then, we can use creation love to increase us in divine love. But until we taste it and realize its value, all creation love will do is serve to distract.

on January 14, 2005 1:50 AM
Bint Abdul Khaliq said

As Salaamu Alaikum

"You gave me the sun but help me become the sun

So that I can also disseminate light while burning myself

You gave me the moon, but help me become the moon so that by my presence,

Even the dark and ugly night starts to take pride in itself

You gave me the stars but help me become one so that

I can also guide those people who have lost their way"

Ameen!

Was Salaam

on January 14, 2005 2:20 PM
amatullah said

As salaamu alaikum sis Nadia

May Allah reward you abundantly for sharing that highly insightful piece with us, and may He make it a means for us to realize what a beautiful gift and bounty this Life that we have been blessed with truly is! ameen

take care
Was salaam

on January 16, 2005 7:10 AM
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