Remember to put the glass down! & Bardağı yere bırakmayı unutma!

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A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: ”How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.

She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.

It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down!

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Bir grup katılımcıya stres yönetimi eğitimi veren eğitimci, eline yarısı suyla dolu bir bardak aldı ve havaya kaldırdı. Sınıfdaki herkes eğitimcinin “bardağın yarısı dolu mu boş mu” sorusunu yönelteceğini bekliyordu. Bu beklentiyi tahmin eden eğitimci, gülümsedi ve sorusunu yöneltti “Yarısı suyla dolu bu bardağın ağırlığı sizce nedir?”

Katılımcılar tek tek tahminde bulunmaya başladılar: “225 gram”, “500 gram”…

Tüm bu tahminlerden sonra, eğitimci sorduğu soruyu cevapladı: “Aslında ağırlığının ne kadar olduğu çok da önemli değil. Önemli olan ne kadar süre boyunca havada tuttuğunuz. Eğer bir dakika boyunca havada tutarsanız hiçbir sorun yok. Ama bir saat boyunca havada tutarsanız, kolunuzda bir ağrı hissedersiniz. Eğer bir gün boyunca tutarsanız, muhtemelen kolunuzda ciddi hasar oluşabilir. Her durumda, bardağın ağırlığı aynı kalıyor ama ne kadar uzun yukarıda tutarsanız, o kadar çok ağır gelmeye başlıyor.

Hayatta stres duyduğunuz ve endişelendiğiniz şeyler için de aynı durum geçerli. Eğer bir an onları düşünürseniz hiçbir sorun yaşamazsınız. Ama onlara odaklanmaya devam ederseniz ve bu süreyi giderek artırırsanız, tıpkı kolunuz gibi, hasar görmeye başlayabilirsiniz. Bardağınızı gece uyumadan önce, mümkün olan en kısa sürede bir yere bırakmayı unutmayın…

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SHUKR (THANKFULNESS) TO ALLAH…&…Allah’a Şükür!

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1. We can never count Allah’s Blessings: Be ever grateful to Allah for everything that you possess including your wealth, health, status, intellectual abilities and life.

Allah says:

“Is, then, He Who creates comparable to any that cannot create? Will you not, then, take heed? For should you try to count Allah’s blessings, you could never compute them…” (An-Nahl 16:17-19).

2. Shaytan’s primary mission is to make human beings ungrateful: From the very beginning of the human being’s creation, the issue of gratefulness and thankfulness to Allah has been debated. After refusing to bow to Adam, Satan said:

“Then I will certainly come to them from before them and from behind them, and from the right-hand side and from the left-hand side, and You (Allah) shall not find most of them thankful” (Al-Araf 7:17).

3. The opposite of Shukr (gratitude) is Kufr (disbelief): In many places in the Quran, Allah compares the terms Shukr and Kufr. “Then remember Me; I will remember you. Be grateful to Me, and do not reject Me” (Al-Baqarah, [002]:152).

Imaan (belief) implies Shukr or gratefulness as opposed to Kufr or ungratefulness. A kafir or disbeliever is ungrateful to the Being Who has given him everything, whereas a Believer is one who is ever thankful for all that Allah has given him.

4. We thank Allah for our own benefit: If you are ungrateful, Allah is unaffected. If you become grateful, then you have taken the first step towards becoming a true Believer. It is for this reason that the Prophet exhorted us to “Love Allah as we benefit from His grace” (Tirmidhi).

Allah reminds us: “And whoever is grateful, he is only grateful for the benefit of his own self” (Luqmaan, [031]: 012). “For surely if it was not for the grace of God on you and His mercy, you would have been among the losers (Al-Baqarah 2:64).

5. True worship means sincere thankfulness to Allah: Allah explained in the Quran that the only people who truly worship Him are those who give gratitude to Him, so those who are not among the people of gratitude are not among the people of ‘Ibaadah (worship and obedience). “… and be grateful to Allah, if it is Him you worship” (Al-Baqarah, [002]:172).

6. Shukr leads to Allah’s pleasure: Allah has told us that His pleasure may be attained through gratitude. “…If you are grateful, He is pleased with you…” (Az-Zumar, [039]: 007).

The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “Allah is pleased with His servant if, when he eats something, he thanks Allah for it, and when he drinks something, he thanks Allah for it” (Muslim).

7. Gratitude is a purpose of our creation: “It is He Who brought you forth from the wombs of your mothers when you knew nothing; and He gave you hearing and sight and intelligence and affection: that you may give thanks (to Allah)” (An-Nahl, [016]: 78).

8. Shukr is a quality of success in this life and in the Hereafter: Ibn ‘Abbaas [r] narrated that the Prophet [p] said: “There are four qualities, whoever is given them has truly been given the best in this world and the next. They are: a grateful heart (that is thankful to Allah), a remembering tongue (that mentions Allah often), an enduring body (to persevere through the trials), and a faithful wife.”

9. Being grateful and patient in times of difficulty: Everything that happens to us – even events that we may consider to be personal afflictions or natural disasters-are from Allah. Therefore, in times of calamity and distress, there will be some good for us, provided we respond appropriately.

The Prophet said: “How wonderful is the case of a Believer! There is good for him in whatever happens to him -and none, apart from him, enjoys this blessing. If he receives some bounty, he is grateful to Allah and this bounty brings good to him. And if some adversity befalls him, he is patient, and this affliction, too, brings good to him.” (Saheeh Muslim)

10. Allah’s Mercy is for all, but most people will remain ungrateful: He shows and gives mercy to all, even those who continue to be ungrateful and rebellious towards Him: “Indeed God is the possessor of bounty for all people but most people do not give thanks.” (Al-Baqarah, [002]: 243).

11. Most people subconsciously thank God: Reflect upon your own life and you will find innumerable occasions when Allah’s `hand’ has been holding you and helping you. So often, believers and even atheists subconsciously use the expression ‘Thank God’, without realising the full implications of our words.

12. Shukr leads to abundance in Allah’s favors: If you appreciate Allah’s favors, He has promised increased Rahmah or Mercy for you. Allah’s reward for your gratitude is unlimited and unconditional. “If you are grateful, I will surely give you more and more.” (Ibraaheem, [014]: 007)

13. Three ways to express Shukr: The classical Muslim scholars have indicated Shukr can be shown in three ways:

– Shukr of the heart (Qalb), which is achieved by harboring and intending good for all of Allah’s creation.

– Shukr of the tongue (Lisaan), which involves celebrating the praises of Allah, such as utterance of “Alhamdulillah”, and expressing gratefulness to Allah with our tongue.

– Shukr of the limbs (Jawaarih), which is fulfilled by using our external senses to do good. Every time Allah gives us a blessing, we must use it in a way that benefits humanity and that pleases Allah.

Man is almost consisted of eye-vision, that is spiritual perception; the rest is (worthless) skin. The real eye on the other hand is the one that can see the Beloved. If the eye cannot see the Beloved do not consider it as an eye.” …Mathnawi

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Know this for sure: in the end all of the mortal and dishonest companions and false lovers will become adversaries against you. They will become the foes that slay…Whereas you will be left in the tomb, lamenting and beseeching Allah and (crying), ‘Do not leave me (here) alone”.

Şunu iyi bil ki, bu dünyadaki fânî ve yalancı dostlar, sahte sevgililer, sonunda hepsi sana düşman olacaktır. Baş kesen düşman kesilecektir. Hâlbuki sen, feryatlar içinde mezarda: «Ya Rabbi, beni yalnız bırakma!» diye Allâh’a yalvaracaksın.”

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The Mathnawi: “Man is almost consisted of eye-vision, that is spiritual perception; the rest is (worthless) skin. The real eye on the other hand is the one that can see the Beloved. If the eye cannot see the Beloved do not consider it as an eye.” (v.1: 1406)

Mesnevî: “İnsan, âdeta sırf gözden, yani derûnî idrâkten ibârettir. Geriye kalansa deridir, ceseddir. Hakikî göz ise, ancak dostu gören, yani onu idrak etmiş olandır. Dostu görmeyen gözü, sen göz sayma!” (c.1, 1406)

Science & Religion…İlim & Din…

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“Science gave man the telegraph, electricity, diagnosis and cure for some diseases. Religion gave individuals spiritual tranquility and moral balance.

Science and religion are two real keys that we use to open the treasures of the universe. Man benefits from science but he lives with religion.”

(William James)

“Every formula that expresses a law of nature is a hymn that praises God.”

(Maria Mitchell)

“Everybody who is involved in science seriously, no matter in which branch, will read this writing on the door of the temple of science: “Believe!” Belief is a quality that a scientist cannot give up.”

(Max Planck)

“Belief in the Creator of the Universe is the strongest and noblest stimulating power of the scientific research.”

(Albert Einstein)

“The light of the conscience is religious sciences. The light of the mind is modern sciences. Reality manifests by the combination of the two. With those two wings, the student flies. When they are separated, the former gives birth to fanaticism and the second to deception and doubt.”

(Badiuzzaman)

“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”

(Albert Einstein)

“Science and religion do not deny each other; on the contrary, they complement each other. One of them is the light of the mind and the other the heart. Man does not consist of mind only or heart only. On the contrary, he owns both a mind and a heart. Science without religion may satisfy the mind but it definitely darkens the heart. And religion without science illuminates the spirit and the heart but it leaves the mind in the darkness.

Therefore, the advantage and benefit of man does not depend on being occupied with science only as it is today nor being occupied with religion only as it was in the Middle Age. It depends on being occupied with both.”

(Ali Fuad Başgil)

“The scientists who study the beings that Allah created understand His greatness better than other people.”

(Fakhraddin Razi)

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“İlim, insanlığa, telgrafı, elektriği, teşhisi ve bir takım hastalıkları tedavi çarelerini verdi. Din de ferdlerde ruhî sükûneti ve ahlâkî muvazeneyi te`min eder. İlim ve din, kâinatın hazinelerini açmak için kullandığımız hakikî iki anahtardır. İnsan ilimden istifade eder, fakat din ile yaşar.” (William James)

“Bir tabiat kanununu ifade eden her formül, Allah`ı öven bir İlâhîdir.” (Maria Mitchell)

“Hangi sahada olursa olsun, ilimle ciddî şekilde meşgul olan herkes, ilim mâbedinin kapısındaki şu yazıyı okuyacaktır: “İmân et!” İman, ilim adamının vazgeçemiyeceği bir vasıftır.”
(Max Planck)

“Kâinatın Yaratıcısına olan inanç, ilmi araştırmanın en kuvvetli ve en asîl muharrik gücüdür.” (Albert Einstein)

“Vicdanın ziyası ulûm-u diniyyedir (dinî ilimlerdir). Aklın nuru fünûn-u medeniyyedir (modern fenlerdir). İkisinin imtizacı ile hakikat tecelli eder. O iki cenah ile talebenin himmeti pervâz eder (uçar). İftirak ettikleri (ayrıldıkları) vakit, birincisinde taassub; ikincisinde hîle, şübhe tevellüd eder.” (Bediüzzaman)

“Dinsiz ilim kör, ilimsiz din topaldır.” (Albert Einstein)

“İlim ile din, birbirini nefyetmez (inkâr etmez), bil`akis tamamlar. Çünkü bunlardan biri aklın, diğeri gönlün (kalbin) ışığıdır. Ve insan ne yalnız akıldan, ne de gönülden ibarettir. Fakat hem akıl, hem de gönül sahibi bir varlıktır. Dinsiz ilim belki aklı tatmîn eder, fakat muhakkak ki gönlü karartır. Nitekim ilimsiz din de ruhu ve gönlü ışıtır, fakat aklı karanlıkta bırakır. Binaenaleyh, insanlığın hayrı ve faydası, ne bugün olduğu gibi yalnız ilme bağlanmaktır, ne de orta zamanlarda olduğu gibi yalnız dine sarılmaktır. Fakat her ikisine birden sahip olmaktır.” (Ali Fuad Başgil)

“Allahu Teâlâ`nın mahlûklarını inceleyen fen adamları, O`nun büyüklüğünü herkesten iyi anlarlar.” (Fahreddin-i Razî)

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Be the flower that gives its fragrance even to the hand that crushes it” – Onu koparan elde kokusunu bırakan çiçek gibi ol” – Ali Ibn Abu Talib

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The fools speaks out of ignorance the wise man admits he does not know and listens. Ask yourself which of them are you?

Aptallar cehaletlerinden dolayı çok konuşurlarmış; hikmet sahipleri ise herşeyi bilmediklerini kabul ederek, dinlerlermiş. Sor kendine sen hangisisin?

Dr. Salman Al-Oadah

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Mother, Madre, Mère, Mutter, Mãe, Μητέρα, Mama, Mor, майка, Moeder, 母亲, мат,Ibu,Ummi,.أمي. Anne ღ ღ

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My mother is everywhere…
In the perfume of a rose,
The eyes of a tiger,
The pages of a book,
The food that we partake,
The whistling wind of the desert,
The blazing gems of sunset,
The crystal light of full moon,
The opal veils of sunshine.

~~ Grace Seton-Thompson

Annem her yerde…
Bir gül kokusunda,
Bir kaplanın gözlerinde,
Bir kitabın sayfalarında,
Yediğimiz yemekte,
çölün fırtınasında,
Günbatımının pırıldayan cevherinde,
Dolunayın kristal ışığında,
Gün doğumunun tüllerinde .

~~ Grace Seton-Thompson

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Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands for charity, your mind for truth, and your Heart for Love ♥

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Maybe one day you will realize that whatever you ran behind in this world was worthless. And maybe that one day will be too late.

Death is enough as an Admonition.

Belki bir gün, bu fani alemde ardından koştuğumuz herşeyin değersiz olduğunu anlayacağız. Ve belki o bir gün artık çok geç olacak.

Nasihat olarak ölüm yeter.

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“Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands for charity, your mind for truth, and your Heart for Love.”

” Sesinizi iyilik için, kulaklarınızı merhamet için, ellerinizi hayır için, zihninizi hakikat ve kalbinizi Sevgi için kullanın.”

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