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It’s All About Perception!


 

Bad things happens to all of us, some less, some more; we are not able to control the things that happen to us, however if we have the courage we should be able to control the way we react to them. It’s all about perception, this way instead of allowing the change to master us; we will be able to master the change and hopefully that change brings out the best in us.

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Truth After All Can Never Die!


The tyrant is nothing but a slave turned inside out. When a valiant soul seems to stand against the world; when the noblest motives are reviled and mocked; when truth seems to suffer an eclipse, the martyr’s whisper comes: “Truth after all can never die.”

“Tolerance is man’s ornament , keeping promises is a sign of nobility , and bonding with others is a grace.”Imam Hossein

“To me , death is nothing but happiness, and living under tyrants nothing but living in a hell.” Imam Hossein

Hossein brave stand was taken against oppression and dictatorship. When evil and injustice threatened to ruin society, he and his family and his true friends, fought for human rights, freedom and justice for all!

Imam Hossein said:” Death with dignity is better than life with humiliation.” He was the grandson and successor of prophet Mohammad(s). He was mercilessly martyred along with 72 others comprising of his family members including his 6 month old son as well as his companions after being denied access to water for 3 days. He said: “I swear by God, I shall not surrender as a humiliated person and shall not escape like slaves.”

Shia Muslims commemorate this tragic event every year. Although Hossein and his companions lost the physical battle, they ensured victory for truth, morality and selflessness. Mahatma Gandhi said: “I learned from Hussein how to achieve victory while being oppressed.”

We remember him not just for his sacrifice but for the cause:

  • Justice is not to be compromised at all levels. No matter where we live, what we do, at work,  at home, or at street, we will never tolerate injustice.

 

  • Freedom is an absolute right not to be taken from anyone. No manmade authority has the right to make people slaves. God created people as equals with free will, and none can deny them this.

 

  • No justification of wrong in the name of the religion. God sent messengers to guide people to what is best. Truth and happiness is what religion holds for people. To use it as a justification for one’s own interests and agenda is never to be accepted. 
“Your neighbours are like your relatives.Telling the truth brings about honor. People’s secrets are properties held in trust with you.” Imam Hossein

So every year on Ashoura we mourn the tragedy of Karbala, and the stand for all that was right against all that was evil.

We should stand together and do not allow extremists to use religion to justify their unkind crimes!

We should stand together so that one day we may have a world where justice and peace reign for all people.

Hossein represented authentic Islam, a way of life based on community, love of one’s neighbors, peaceful co-existence with people of different believes, social justice and equality for all regardless of race or religion.

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Convert Love Into Life


http://www.mahak-charity.org/english/main.php

About two decades ago a mother who had experienced having a child with cancer and had witnessed first hand the difficulties faced by her child, pledged to set up a center that would act as a refuge for children and their families in a similar situation.

The Society to Support Children Suffering from Cancer, known as MAHAK, began its activities in 1991 as a non governmental, non-profit organization. In less than two decades, with the backing of public trust and support and with the application of the latest scientific and medical techniques, MAHAK has reached an inspiring level of support of children with cancer, achieving its goal of the reduction of the mortality rate, as well as a continuous increase in the number of completed treatment cases.

 

MAHAK’s statistics shows the completion of treatment of 35% of children in the year 2008. During a 17 year period the organization has managed to support over 13000 children.

As for the organizational standards, a major achievement of MAHAK was gaining the Société Generale de Surveillance (SGS) Verified Certificate of NGO Benchmarking in November 2007. The Society was the first non-governmental organization in the Middle East to do so. The award is only given to NGOs which meet the highest international standards in the nine areas of: Board of Trustees, Strategies, Honest Management, Communications, Human Resources, Allocation and Control of the Financial Resources, Executive operations, Operational Results and Continuity of Improvement.

“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”
Mother Teresa

“Generosity is to help a people without their request, and if you help them after their request, then it is either out of self-respect or to avoid rebuke.”
Imam Ali

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Goodbyes and Farewell


 Sometimes I ask myself where is the good in goodbye?  Why does it take a minute to say hello and forever to say goodbye?  We usually hate goodbyes, and think what we need is more hellos, but I’ve had to say farewell more times than I would have liked, but everyone can say that. No matter how many times we do it, even when it’s for the greater good, it still stings. And though we’ll never forget what we’ve given up, we owe it to ourselves to keep moving forward. What we can’t do is live our lives always afraid of our next goodbye, because chances are they aren’t going to stop. The trick is to recognize when a goodbye can be a good thing, when it’s a chance to start again, however we should always remember that to never part without loving words to think of during your absence; It may be that you will not meet again in this life! 

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Time is not a healer!


 Flo14wer-Father

There is nothing more deceptive than a smile. And no one knows this better than the people who hide behind them. Some flash their teeth as a polite warning to their enemies. Some put on beaming faces to keep their tears from falling. Others wear silly grins to mask their fear. But then, there is that rare smile that is actually genuine, it’s the smile of a person who knows his troubles will soon, be over.
 
When my father was in so much pain, I sat there next to him, holding his hands and kept smiling hiding my tears and fear, to help him forget his pain I read his favourite books Hafez, history of Iran, and books about people like Sattar Khan, Bagher Khan, Amir Kabir, Mosadegh and many other patriots. I was just 8.


I had a dream last night. He was alive and wanted to hug me, I smiled to keep my tears from falling. I told him I’ve missed you so much. Where have you been for so many years? You can come and see me, but how about me? What do I do, when I need you and miss you? Everyday I waited, watching for you to walk through the door. After many years I accepted, you would never return home.


I stopped smiling, and said I can’t pretend and smile, come back home … … … I felt a terrible burn in my heart and that woke me up

Time is not a healer and the pain of losing someone does not end and gets deeper and deeper.

Flo14wer-Father

 Time is not a healer and the pain of losing someone does not end and gets deeper and deeper.

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Uomo del mio tempo – War


Sei ancora quello della pietra e della fionda,
Uomo del mio tempo. Eri nella carlinga,
Con le ali maligne, le meridiane di morte,
-T’ho visto-dentro il carro di fuoco, alle forche,
Alle ruote di tortura. T’ho visto: eri tu,
Con la tua scienza esatta persuasa allo sterminio,
Senza amore, senza Cristo. Hai ucciso ancora,
Come sempre, come uccisero i padri, come uccisero
Gli animali che ti videro per la prima volta.
E questo sangue odora come nel giorno
Quando il fratello disse all’altro fratello:
“Andiamo ai campi.” E quell’eco fredda, tenace,
È giunta fino a te, dentro la tua giornata.
Dimenticate, o figli, le nuvole di sangue
Salite dalla terra, dimenticate i padri:
Le loro tombe affondano nella cenere,
Gli uccelli neri, il vento, coprono il loro cuore.

 

You are still the one with the stone and the sling,
Man of my time. You were in the cockpit,
With the malevolent wings, the meridians of death,
-I have seen you – in the chariot of fire, at the gallows,
At the wheels of torture. I have seen you: it was you,
With your exact science set on extermination,
Without love, without Christ. You have killed again,
As always, as your fathers killed,
as the animals killed that saw you for the first time.
And this blood smells as on the day
When one brother told the other brother:
“Let us go into the fields.” And that echo, chill, tenacious,
Has reached down to you, within your day.
Forgot, O sons, the clouds of blood
Risen from the earth, forget your fathers:
Their tombs sink down in ashes,
Black birds, the wind, cover their heart.

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Happiness


 

Imam Ali

Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.

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