November 25, 2009

Carbon Dioxide Sequestration

"وأنزلنا الحديد فيه بأس شديد ومنافع للناس"
I am amazed to find out a recently discovered benefit from Iron (Fe) the mineral in its solid form. Apparently, it could be used to sequester carbon dioxide in solid form via mineral carbonation. What happens is that carbon dioxide is brought into contact with Iron to react chemically and be fixed in the form of solid carbonates.
Given the verse at the top, we are yet to cease finding Iron of benefit in our Earth for our people. Since the Quraan is universal, and applicable to every time and place, this must be true and we should constantly seek applications from this forever-useful Iron.
سبحان الله

November 19, 2009

Telepathy and Transparency

When someone loves someone, they open up their heart to them. Their emotions, their soul and their mind are in vulnerable situation. Because that loved one is capable of entering your system. Your souls may unite and your telepathy becomes apparent. Only those who are in connection with their own heart and soul will be able to understand the language of the unknown. There is a multi-level of feelings and emotions that are unfathomable to ordinary people. The basic one is the physical love that the heart feels for one person, although for some people this is as complicated as it gets. However, there are often times places that the soul can reach which prove to be even more complicated. When we are in the state of ‘pure love’, and I am not referring to any sexual love, but merrily the deep ‘caring’ and ‘liking’ of a person. It is very similar to the mother’s motherly love to her child, a teacher’s love to her student, a person’s love to their mentor and so on. Then we open up our pathways for that person, our connection becomes ‘transparent’. When this happens, the basic feeling is ‘contentment’, peace and mild excitement. But what actually happens is that the souls unite, they wander around, and they ‘socialise’ somehow. That is why we wake up ‘feeling’ that this loved one is very near that we could almost touch them. During those telepathic encounters, the souls become knowledgeable about each other and they become sort of oriented with what is happening. Therefore, this sort of ‘déjà vu’ feeling is very concrete when the communication happens in real life. It is as though we have been through this particular incident or conversation. These unseen communications are not necessarily communicated in real life, but again, those with transparent souls could verily believe that souls in fact meet before they already meet in real life.

November 13, 2009

The Sane Mind

In defining righteousness, we must be conscious of the meaning based on our definition that goes along with our system of believes. The word ‘believe’ gives this animation energy even at a stagnant place. It is dynamic process of ‘satisfying’ the mind and heart, it is the conscious acknowledgement and acceptance of something, it is never to be taken fore-granted.

The most important organ in our body, and the most significant, is the heart. – The tangible and intangible aspects. The tangible, is the physical condition of the heart because it supplies life to the entire body. The intangible, is the intellectual and spiritual power that our heart posses. In Arabic, the brain is the physical (crude) organ “المخ”, whereas, the (sane) mind is “ العقل“, which literally means what holds back “الذي يعقل”. In Islam, this latter term the (sane) mind “العقل” is described in the verse as the heart: "لهم قلوب لا يعقلون بها".

Al-Sayyed Abdul-Qadir Al-Jilani explains that the heart is like a mirror that must be cleared from dust in order to reflect the divine light of God: " إذا كان القلب مرآة مصقولة‏,‏ فمن الواجب أن نزيل الغبار الذي تجمع عليها‏,‏ لأن مصير القلب أن يعكس نور الأسرار السماوية‏,‏ فسراج القلب لا يضيء إلا بإشراق نور الله عليه". It is the light that enable us to see, once we are able to see, we seek righteousness.

Our objective in life is neither defined by our geographical location, nor is it defined by our blood origin, nor by our identity - but how we are created. There are at least two given objectives that we must acknowledge. First, is the general objective of the human race, which is to be good and pursue goodness for the betterment of Earth and humanity. This is the pledge that we bare on our shoulders until the day we depart from Earth: "إنا عرضنا الأمانة على السماوات والأرض والجبال فأبين أن يحملنها وأشفقن منها وحملها الإنسان إنه كان ظلوماً جهولا"- I believe it is our pledge to construct and build this Earth for the betterment of humanity following the ways that God has prescribed for us in the Divine Law of the scriptural sources, Qur'an and Sunna. As a prerequisite for that, we must first build ourselves and construct our minds to be able to qualify to be such ambassadors of Earth. الصلاح ثم الإصلاح - be good then give goodness

The second level of our objective in life is more individual, each of us is born to deliver a message that is specifically tailored for the gifts that God has settled in each and every one of us. Here comes our quest to seek what we have passion for so that we could excel and perfect in that zone. This should drive us to bring that particular field forward for humanity to benefit from. This is where through our education and work, we should be able to serve this world.

Along the way, we grow up and we learn, we change, we stumble, we might change direction, our 'mean' will change, and it is only natural to find other mediums to channel our minds and hearts towards that 'end'. Therefore, what we 'believe' in must always comply with what we are doing. Otherwise, the equation will not balance and our chemistry will be disrupted. We will not be true to ourselves and the world, in turn. That is why the (intangible) diseases of the heart are the most dangerous of diseases, such as: headlessness الغفلة, vanity العجب, unfaithfulness الرياء - in fact, Ibn Al-Qayyem Al-Jawzia went further to say that these diseases are major wrongdoings كباىر. At the end of the day (game), it is the heart that counts - and only that!

November 11, 2009

Why Not?

أدت ثقافة "التكفير" إلى ثقافة الامتناع عن التفكير- أدونيس

I feel cheated. I have been brought up as a Saudi, this means that I have been given the Saudi system education in schools and amongst societies. We were taught to believe that ‘we’ are the righteous people, and ‘they’ are the infidels that must be killed in this life and burn in hellfire in the hereafter. We were given this ‘false’ confidence that our mission in life is to spread Islam and make other people convert. The Islamic education instilled fear in our hearts to do what they teach us is right and never attempt to do what is wrong. It seemed that every command is weighted in a scale of what is prohibited and permissible and what is not. The word ‘forbidden’ would come across very often and would further instil fear of being one of those who will be ‘killed now and burnt in hellfire later’ - this fear that blinds us and overlook what we feel. We are unable to question, think or analyse because we are being injected with this fear at such a young age, at a time when the society knew not how to question, and families taught us how to ‘accept’ and never rebel. Everyone needs security, and to have that, you had to be part of a group and obey that groupthink. In this case, it was the whole of Saudi Arabia and the governance system that those in power have chosen to prevail. Therefore, ‘questioning’ had no space, not in the society and not even in our minds. Things were given an ‘absolute’ answer which no one dared to challenge. Things very insignificant that relates to women, such as driving, wearing the headscarf, and just being free, take the priority in every agenda. Women are forced to be second-, if not third-, class citizens. What do you expect women to feel or be when they dictate to you what you wear and claim it is what “your creator – God wants you to wear and if you don’t you will be killed” and when you can’t ‘move’ unless a male-driver drives you around and in many cases unable to ‘decide’ for yourself. I am 25 years old, and this is what I remember and what I experienced. My parents are the best parents one could ever had and I don’t remember at any instance that they forced me to take a big decision in my life. But this culture of ‘obeying’ and ‘not question’ was there in the air, it was the mainstream that everyone has followed. I feel cheated in particular for the hijab issue. Hijab is often associated with the word ‘hellfire’ in Saudi, they make you put it in fear from punishment more than in love for chastity. Of course as we grew older and actually ‘thought’ about it, we also had redlines that we thought we shouldn’t cross. The scope of questioning that we have is safe since the upper limit that they claim is the line, we later understand is actually the lower limit. They don’t just ask women to wear Abaya and cover their head, but they also insist that they must cover their faces and hands! So, their lower limit would be allowing a Western women only wear the Abaya and could leave her head uncovered – today, and elsewhere, this could be seen as in fact the higher limit. i.e. to wear decent clothes and it is insignificant whether you will cover your head or not. There are many variant interpretations, and as these keep us on the straight path or move us astray, it is only for God to judge. The societal pressure and judgement is the prior cause of people not being themselves, and deprives their brains to think for themselves. That is the most dangerous one could ever do to oneself – not use the one thing that differentiate us humans from animals. It is important to question and get answers for your questioned heart and not merrily continue things as they are because we always did!

November 9, 2009

The Big Picture

It is very important to keep sight of the big picture, the bigger, the biggest.. Step out and envision the overall objective of life, the overall direction of the path, the overall character of yourself. Sometimes it is important to go astray, to get lost, to change direction, to step back, to step down, in order to take the right path again, with a stronger step.. But what if it is an illusion? What if you are in the right path to start with you? Can you trust your heart, always? Will you always get good signals? Can you misinterpret? misjudge? Take wrong decisions? is it also part of your learning? Is it still 'determined'? do 'things still happen for the right reasons'? Would you decide to listen to yourself? Ignore what people think? overlook their judgements about you? It is terrifying just at the thought that you could be wrong.. make the wrong 'stepping down/back'.. If it is all determined.. if we have this brain.. why would it be dangerous to question everything? if we have these thoughts.. why would it be false to imagine and live different scenarios.. to experiment.. to try.. to live.. to learn.. {إن الإنسان خلق هلوعا} maybe it is human-nature to be scared.. to feel lost.. to be indecisive.. to change your mind.. your definitions of what you valued.. and therefore, to change your values.. can you make a mistake by pursuing goodness? what takes priority, the destination or the journey.. the mean or the end..? Sometimes we are forced to sacrifice our ideals for the greater good.. for our own good.. for our own satisfaction.. sense.. and sensibility.. we hope that by doing that, we are moving forward, not backward, improving and not diminishing.. can someone diminish? can someone destruct themselves? I don't think so.. even if you stepped back, it is only to step forward next.. even if you made a mistake, it is only to learn.. again, we must look at 'the big picture'.. because that is what matters.. everything builds up.. the nature of this universe is that it is 'cumulative'.. knowledge, experiences, pain, love, sense of direction.. we learn and we store that.. so the next time we stepped down, we know which direction 'not' to take.. and we go to places that we thought was 'forbidden'.. because we find new insights.. new ventures into little-known paths.. how else will we know? we will definitely not know if we just follow the mainstream.. sometime we have to experience going against the wind, to test our strength.. think for our own self.. decide and live with the consequences.. at least, now.. it is our choice.. it is our life..

November 6, 2009

Constituents

{ إنما مثل الحياة الدنيا كماء أنزلناه من السماء فاختلط به نبات الأرض مما يأكل الناس والأنعام حتى إذا أخذت الأرض زخرفها وازينت وظن أهلها أنهم قادرون عليها أتاها أمرنا ليلا أو نهارا فجعلناها حصيدا كأن لم تغن بالأمس كذلك نفصل الآيات لقوم يتفكرون } (يونس:24).

{ واضرب لهم مثل الحياة الدنيا كماء أنزلناه من السماء فاختلط به نبات الأرض فأصبح هشيما تذروه الرياح } (الكهف:45)،

{ ألم تر أن الله أنزل من السماء ماء فسلكه ينابيع في الأرض ثم يخرج به زرعا مختلفا ألوانه ثم يهيج فتراه مصفرا ثم يجعله حطاما } (الزمر:21)،

{ اعلموا أنما الحياة الدنيا لعب ولهو وزينة وتفاخر بينكم وتكاثر في الأموال والأولاد كمثل غيث أعجب الكفار نباته ثم يهيج فتراه مصفرا ثم يكون حطاما } (الحديد:20

The verses above force me to read and re-read, such a powerful metaphor that mesmerizes the mind..
This life (donya) always resembles 'water' which symbolizes life! (وجعلنا من الماء كل شيء حي), then it describes the origin of this water coming down as rain from the sky, this creation is created by the creator, this life is just another 'thing' that was given to us by Allah.. Upon its reaching Earth, it granted life to the plants and animals which we (humans) eventually must eat to enable our (physical) bodies to survive.. Plants and trees grew, animals reproduced, life began, 'living' and what it constitute of working, caring, dreaming ( لعب ولهو وزينة وتفاخر بينكم وتكاثر في الأموال والأولاد).. Earth and life became beautiful! (أخذت الأرض زخرفها وازينت) in this process, we were 'dazzled' with these very by-products of the original water ( أعجب الكفار نباته).. We (think) now that we are in control! We work hard, we get money.. We fall in love, we get married.. We have kids, we build a family.. we dream.. we aspire.. we realize.. we are getting there.. we are going to realize our potential.. we are going to reach that 'self-actualization' point (وظن أهلها أنهم قادرون عليها ) until we actually recognize (ثم يهيج ) that as a matter of fact, all of this longing is towards utopia! a non-existence land in our life.. the moment we reach there ( فأصبح هشيما تذروه الرياح) we realize it is not that which we aspired, or we think to ourselves "is that it?" what I've been working for and looking to.. So, we go back to 'square 1' (فجعلناها حصيدا كأن لم تغن).. we continue to seek because this is what we are, seekers! until these low-objectives "donya" (ثم يجعله حطاما) gets destroyed in our eyes.. this 'false' passion to what we call life.. this 'disguised' energy.. (كذلك نفصل الآيات لقوم يتفكرون)

معنى

:عمار
القوي الإيمان
الثابت في أمره
الطيب الثناء
الذي يزين وجوده المجلس
الحليم
الوقور
الطيب الرائحة
الكثير الصوم والصلاة
ذو العمارة والبنيان
القائم بالأمر والنهي إلى أن يموت
الذي يجمع أهل بيته وأصحابه على سنة رسول الله

A Meaning

"إن الذين لا يرجون لقاءنا ورضوا بالحياة الدنيا واطمأنوا بها والذين هم عن آياتنا غافلون أولئك مأواهم النار بما كانوا يكسبون"

"ورضوا بالحياة الدنيا واطمأنوا بها"

"ورضوا"

We are not supposed to 'settle'.. We're supposed to be 'on the move'.. Indeed, as travelers, as strangers, as seekers.. Constantly 'seeking' in our refuge, while we're at the path, we will live in an 'accommodation' and from the term it is a place that will 'accommodate' our needs.. But not necessarily a 'habitat' or a permanent place to live.. For, nothing is permanent.. Only the soul is!

The 'Seen' World..

The beauty of life lies in its ambiguity. In our arduous quest for 'righteousness', we stand-up, we walk, we pause, we run, we fall, we stand-up again.. Anyone can witness that, but what no one else can understand is what develops deep inside of us.. The reasons that drive our steps in the journey.. the decision to 'pause' and reflect.. the choice that we make to 'act' upon something.. and the joy we receive by standing up for what we believe in.. responding to our questioned heart and mind.. refusing to go with the flow with no judgement.. unwilling to submit to what 'people' expects you to do.. rejecting the 'labels' and the definitions that are attached to you, or what you thought was you!
How many of us are victims of this very 'giving in' that we endure in our daily lives? How many of us have denied themselves the freedom to know themselves? Have you ever 'been'? Just decided to be? With no judgement, nor fear of judgement? It is very heroic to just 'be'.. so, just be!

November 3, 2009

Energy to the World

Energy, like the make-up of our body, constitutes the 'physical' energy that we consume/produce in our body and produce/consume in our economy as well as the 'spiritual' energy that we perceive/consume in our souls.
Likewise, energy to the world is dominated by Saudi Arabia, with the world's largest oil reserves, production and exports - Saudi Arabia, as well, is the world's largest provider of 'spiritual' energy, with the two (out of three) holy lands of Makkah Al-Mukarrama and Medina Al-Munawara. Also, it is the birth of the three religions, perhaps not just Saudi Arabia but also the surrounding lands in the Middle East.
It just occurred to me that even when oil runs out, solar energy could take off and Saudi Arabia will remain a (major) player in the world energy markets. The estimated solar energy capacity is equivalent to 15 TW, which is what the entire world consumes today on a daily basis.