On Basketball


In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

With the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

Abu Hurayrah (ra) narrates in Sahih Bukhari (Volume 8, Book 73, Number 135):

Allah’s Apostle said: “The strong is not the one who overcomes the people by his strength, but the strong is the one who controls himself while in anger.”

The point of basketball is to put the ball in the hoop, and whoever does it the most wins.  Yet, beyond this simple premise, there is underlying complexity that might forever be obscure to those who don’t play or watch the game.  What’s the point of watching 10 people run around trying to put a ball in a hoop anyway? Continue reading On Basketball

My intention


In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

With the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

The first hadith from Imam An-Nawawi’s (rah) “40 Hadith”, from Bukhari and Muslim:

On the authority of Ameer ul-Mu’mineen (the Commander of the Faithful), Abu Hafs `Umar ibn al-Khattaab (ra), who said: “I heard the Prophet (saw) say”:

“Actions are but by intentions, and every man shall have only that which he intended.  Thus, he whose migration was for Allah and His Messenger, his migration was for Allah and His Messenger, and he whose migration was to achieve some worldly benefit or to take some woman in marriage, his migration was for that which he migrated.”

I travel a lot.  For someone like me, who takes advantage of his mother’s cooking and his father’s work ethic, it’s a depressing feeling.  But it’s probably one of the natural consequences when a person makes the decision to pursue education far from home, like I did.  School alone has taken me to Riverside, St. Maarten, New York City, and now Bakersfield.

Another consequence of traveling is that you meet a lot of people and you see a lot of things along the way.  A person living alone away from home is forced to make important decisions as he enters crossroads in his life- which types of people he wants to be associated with, what kinds of activities take up his time, and especially what kind of food he eats, since his mom doesn’t cook for him anymore ;). Continue reading My intention

If we're willing to learn, the teachers we can learn from are many