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July 12, 2005
Kalamullah.

by Saleem Safdar


Bismillah.

These words soothe the soul,
Stabilizing it from the droll,
The constant drone that is always abuzz,
With stray thoughts, and worldly fuss.


The sound puts the nafs at rest,
And eases the burden of the heaving chest.
Their beauty captivates the ears and protects the eyes
From the devil's whisperings and his lies.

They serve as reminders to humanity;
An example of the best man can be, filled with
Exhortations to return to fairness to one another:
An inspiration and reminder of life's fleeting test.

If i was lost before, with these words i am found.
If i was falling before, by these words i am bound.
By these words i extoll and entreat my Lord and Creator.
By His words I understand the past and approach the future.

When the magnitude of His Kalaam reaches my ears
My heart is filled with hope and emptied of fears,
My eyes swell with remorseful and hope filled tears,
The world shuts down, and am I am drowned in divine sound,
Captivated as the moments transform into years...

As my soul is healed by Allah's words divine,
My soul feels as if it has transcended time and space;
I am at one with Truth: as I am only one
of billions of brothers and sisters seeking Allah's face!

As the Imam relates of heaven and hell
I fear Allah's justice and even more His wrath,
My heart pumps faster as I seek Al-Rahman; as I
forsake rebelliousness and seek His straight path.

These words are lights that aid the sight.
They unite me with those I aspire to be like,
The Sahaba, and most importantly The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace & Blessings of Allah be Upon Him),
As these very words, unaltered, were recited over 1400 years ago by them.

These words are enduring, they engrain their beauty upon each heartbeat,
until these words inspire one's actions and the movement of one's feet.
these words are like swords that cut through the traps of this world's treachery.
in life and death, one who abides by these words can know no defeat.

It is by these words I entreat
My Creator as I humble myself.
It is by these words I measure
both poverty and wealth.

It is by these words that I traverse
the wire over hell towards heaven.
It is by these words that I travel
from falsity to truth, from myself to You.
From myself to You...
From myself to You...
From myself to You...

By these words I flee myself to be free...
By these words I flee from myself to You.
There is only You, there is no other...
There is only You, there is no other...

Allaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


of and relating to...
Gillette (status of mono and diglycerides in Dunkin Donuts) said

Subj: Case# 293043 - Dunkin' Brands, Inc.
Date: 7/12/2005 9:43:29 AM Eastern Standard Time
From: CustomerService@dunkinbrands.com
To: hk2020@aol.com

Dear Hassan

Thank you for taking the time to contact us. It's always a pleasure to hear from our Dunkin' Donuts
customers. Our product nutritional information is available on our website www.dunkindonuts.com, you
can also find information on our company and as well as other fun facts. The mono and diglycerides are vegetable derived.

At Dunkin' Donuts we value our customers and are committed to making your visits to our stores a pleasant experience. We look forward to serving you soon.

Thank you and have a great day.

Beth

Guest Relations Associate

Ref # 293043

on July 12, 2005 9:58 AM
Justoju said

Thanks for that br. Gillette....

For the people who care about this kind of thing, just so you all know, I had contacted The Chesecake Factory a while back and all of their cheesecakes have non-kosher mono and diglycerides. So do Krispie Kreme donuts. I assume that its from a non-vegetable source since when it is from a vegetable source it is usually clearly stated.

Wasalaam

on July 12, 2005 11:00 AM
gillette said

(i'm sorry for starting this)

http://www.krispykreme.com/nutri.html

"INGREDIENT INFORMATION
The only animal byproducts used in our doughnut are eggs (whites and yolks) and dairy products (including milk, but[t]er, yogurt, whey, nonfat milk and nonfat whey). Our doughnuts are cooked in 100% vegetable oil shortening (partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oil). All monoglycerides, diglycerides and enzymes are vegetable based. The lecithin we use is soy based. We also use wheat in our doughnuts, including bran, germ, gluten, starch and flour. Our products may contain allergens. To get further information about our products call us at 1800 4KRISPY."

take note that my comment had to be censored because of the word "but[t]er."

(attempting to redirect the conversation)

"These words are lights that aid the sight.
They unite me with those I aspire to be like,
The Sahaba, and most importantly The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace & Blessings of Allah be Upon Him),
As these very words, unaltered, were recited over 1400 years ago by them."

word

on July 12, 2005 11:21 AM
Faisal Akhtar said

I am still of the opinion that there should be a general discussion section where things that are off topic can be posted.

on July 12, 2005 1:39 PM
Justoju said

Wow. My bad. Ok, go back to enjoying your kirspie kreme doughnuts everyone....

Thanks for the correction...

on July 12, 2005 4:35 PM
Irfan said

AsalaamuAlaikum,

JazakumAllah khair for the entry. It was really touching. I love the intense rhythm and repetition in the end.

Alhamdulilah

on July 12, 2005 4:38 PM
Justoju said

"If i was lost before, with these words i am found.
If i was falling before, by these words i am bound."


Hot. MashaAllah.

on July 13, 2005 10:32 AM
Rami said

Asalaam Aleikum Warahmatullah Wabarkatu,

Sorry it took me so long to read this. But Masha Allah brother. I would so much like to hear these poems read aloud...It gives such a different understanding to them.

ANyway I thought that the beginnin verses really coincided with some thoughts that came into mind today

"Bismillah.

These words soothe the soul,
Stabilizing it from the droll,
The constant drone that is always abuzz,
With stray thoughts, and worldly fuss.
The sound puts the nafs at rest,
And eases the burden of the heaving chest."

Of how listening to qu'ran every day really does tender your heart and put your soul at ease. I remember meeting a cab driver in Cairo (who was really nice and laid back, which is weird for a cab driver) told me how he always puts on Qu;ran right in the morning when he starts work so that it will make his heart tender for the entire day. Ever since then I have tried as much as possible to always listen to Qu;ran in the morning and I have definitely noticed that it does tender your heart for the entire day and makes you much more at ease, relaxed, and have a blessed day.

The same thing can be said about fajr prayer. When you don;t get up for fajr (without a very valid excuse...I don;t know what that would be anyway) you will notice your entire day is off...at this is what I have noticed. The whole day my heart will not be at rest...until I get up for fajr the next morning insha Allah. You can see that in this hadith below.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Volume 2, Book 21, Number 243:
Narrated Abu Huraira

Allah's Apostle said, "Satan puts three knots at the back of the head of any of you if he is asleep. On every knot he reads and exhales the following words, 'The night is long, so stay asleep.' When one wakes up and remembers Allah, one knot is undone; and when one performs ablution, the second knot is undone, and when one prays the third knot is undone and one gets up energetic with a good heart in the morning; otherwise one gets up lazy and with a mischievous heart."

on July 14, 2005 12:55 PM
Saleem said

Rami - jazakallah khair for the hadith and the story about the cab driver. i met a few cab drivers who were like that in makkah and madinah as well... there are even a few in nyc... the healing, soothing, focusing powers of the Quran al-Karim are amazing....

on July 14, 2005 9:43 PM
Sha'irah said

BismIllah..
Assalamu 'alaikum warahmatUllah
Just wanted to say as i was browsing the net in my biiter mood, I came across great talent mashaAllah...
as a poet ur connected to ur pen, and what u do best is hit ppl's heart-subhanAllah u did justthe thing
wasalamu alaikum, fee amanIllah

on May 2, 2007 6:31 PM
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