Monthly Archives: September 2011

A leader in the hive: the queen bee

There is an astonishing order in every stage of the social life of bees, with their many miraculous characteristics. The rules in the bee hives and bees’ scrupulous implementation of these rules is just one of these miraculous features. In addition to the rules in the hive, there is another important factor that regulates and supervises the order in their social life: the bees’ leader, in other words the queen.

It can be seen from a short examination of the bee hive that the worker bees devote very special attention to one bee much larger than themselves. This bee, the feeding, cleaning, and protection of which, as well as all its other needs, are taken care of by other bees, is the queen, who ensures the continuity of the colony.

The Queen: A Very Different Bee

The number of worker bees in a hive may be in the tens of thousands, though there is only one queen. The presence of the queen is of vital importance for the bees, because it is she who lays the eggs that ensure the survival of the colony. The privileged status of the queen begins right from the larva stage. Queens are raised in places with different features to those of other cells. This place where the queen is reared consists of specially prepared cells that hang down from the comb. Since the queen is larger in size than the other bees, it is natural that these cells should be built to be larger than other cells.

The miraculous point here is that the egg that produces the queen is no different to those that produce worker bees.

Due to feeding differences, during the six-day larva stage, a queen bee with a very different appearance and functions to those of a normal female bee emerges. Worker bees are only given royal jelly for three days, whereas the queen is fed with this very valuable substance throughout the entire larval period (six days). The content and amount of the royal jelly fed to the queen are carefully regulated. Research has shown that while the queen is given 10 mg of royal jelly throughout the larval stage, worker bees are only given 3 mg. Two living things, the queen bee and the worker bee, with various morphological (structural) differences between them emerge as a result of this feeding difference alone.
And in your creation and all the creatures He has spread about there are Signs for people with certainty. (Surat al-Jathiyya, 4)




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The most important drop for man: The tear

by xeniagreekmuslimah
Tears, which some people think of as merely salty water, is actually a very powerful  defence weapon for one of the most precious organs of our body.

•    It is secreted with the help of small sacs in the inner parts of our eye.

•    There are three types of tears.

•    The first tear is always the essential tear that protects our eyes from dust and bacteria.

•    The second tear is secreted when there is an effect that harms the eye, such as teargas.

•    The third tear is secreted when the nervous system is triggered by sensations such as fear.

•    The air being too hot, too dry or too windy also triggers the secretion of tears.

•    98.2% of a tear is water. The rest is composed of urea, little bit of glucose, organic matter and lysozyme.
Thus, tears are a very special liquid that contains different amounts of different matters.

•    Lysozyme is the essential factor that protects our eyes from all sorts of outside effects. In this way, we can easily see without the negative effects of dust and bacteria.

•    The lysozyme enzyme is even more effective than the strongest cleaning substances that are used to clean buildings . It is a great miracle that it does not harm the eye even though it is so strong.

•    No other cleaner as strong as this can be used in the eyes, and no other cleaner can clean the eye so well.

•    There are no veins in the cornea layer of our eye, but this area also needs air and nutrients. In a miraculous way, these needs are met with the help of tears.
“Say: ‘It is He Who brought you into being and gave you hearing, sight and hearts. What little thanks you show!’” (Surat al-Mulk, 23)

Source: Harun Yahya



Humour in Islam

The Muslim has a sense of humour, which makes people like him. He mixes with them and jokes with them when it is appropriate to do so, without going to extremes or saying anything hurtful. Similarly, when he is serious, he does not go to extremes of harshness and strictness. His humour is within the limits of Islamic tolerance, and does not go beyond the bounds of truth. This is the example of the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) and the Sahabah in their jokes and humour. It is reported that the Sahabah said to the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam): “You are joking with us.” He said, “But I never say anything but the truth.” (Bukhari)
The Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) used to joke, but he never said anything but the truth in his jokes. The Sahabah took the same approach to humour. There are many delightful reports about the jokes exchanged between the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) and the Sahabah. Among the stories related in the books of hadith and sirah is the report that the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) used to joke with the small child of one of the Sahabah, a boy called Abu ‘Umayr, who had a small bird he used to play with. One day he saw the child looking sad, so he said, “Why do I see Abu ‘Umayr looking sad?” The Sahabah told him, “The nughar [a small bird, like a sparrow – author] which he used to play with has died, O Messenger of Allah.” The Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) began to gently joke with the child, saying, “O Abu Umayr, what happened to the nughayr?” [Nughayr: diminutive of nughar. – author. In Arabic, this is a play on words, because of the rhyme between the boy’s name and that of the bird. – Translator. This story was reported in Hayat al-Sahabah, 3/149]
A man came to the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) to ask him to give him a beast to ride. The Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) jokingly told him, I will give you the offspring of a she-camel to ride.” He said, “O Messenger of Allah (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam), what will I do with the offspring of a she-camel?” The Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said: “Are riding-camels born except from she-camels?” [Reported by Ahmad, Abu Dawud and al-Tirmidhi, with a sahih isnad.]
Imam Ahmad reported from Anas (radhiallahu `anhu) that there was a man from the desert people whose name was Zahir. He used to bring gifts from the desert to the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam), and in return the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) would provide him with whatever he needed when he went out to fight. The Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said, “Zahir is our man of the desert, and we are his town-dwellers.” The Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) loved him very much, and he (Zahir) was an ugly man. One day the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) came to him whilst he was selling some goods. He embraced him from behind. The man could not see him, so he said, “Let me go! Who is this?” Then he turned around and recognized the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam), so he tried to move closer to him once he knew who it was. The Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) started to say, “Who will buy this slave?” Zahir said, “O Messenger of Allah (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam), you will find me unsellable.” The Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said, “But in the sight of Allah (subhanahu wa ta`ala) you are not unsellable,” or he said, “But in the sight of Allah (subhanahu wa ta`ala) you are valuable.” Read the rest of this entry »



Do not be sad – Everything will occur according to afire-ordainment

Everything occurs according to preordainment and according to what has been decreed.

Such is the belief of Muslims, the followers of Muhammad (Blessings and Peace be upon him). And nothing happens in the Universe except through Allah’s Knowledge, Permission, and Divine Plan.

No calamity befalls on the earth or in yourselves but is inscribed in the Book of Decrees [Al-Lauh al-Mahfuz], before we bring it into existence. Verily, that is easy for Allah.  (Qur’an 57: 22)

Verily, we have created all things with Qadar [Divine Preordainments of all things before their creation, as written in the Book of Decrees – Al-Lauh al-Mahfuz].       (Qur’an 54: 49)

ولنبلونكم بشيء من الخوف والجوع ونقص من الأموال والأنفس والثمرات وبشر الصابرين

And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient,

 (Qur’an 2: 155) Read the rest of this entry »



How to wipe out secularism in India


I couldn’t believe that the DNA under Aditya Sinha (one of the editors whom I deeply admire for his editorials, his guts in taking on the DMK, and his dedication in bringing to light the atrocities suffered by Tamils during the genocidal attack in 2009) had published such a rabid, anti-Muslim piece written by Subramanian Swamy.

This article is possibly the closest we will ever get to reading an almost-Nazi and absolutely chilling description of the Hindutva project in any mainstream publication.

For those who have difficulty imagining Swamy’s HINDU NATION, here is what it means.

Majoritarianism and political power to Hindus

If half the Hindus voted together, rising above caste and language, a genuine Hindu party would have a two-thirds majority in Parliament and the assemblies.

Portraying Hindus as the sole victims of terrorism 

The first lesson to be learnt from the recent history of Islamic terrorism against India and for tackling terrorism in India is that the Hindu is the target and that Muslims of India are being programmed by a slow reactive process to become radical and thus slide into suicide against Hindus.

Denying non-Hindus the fundamental right to vote, and the fundamental right to power-sharing making them non-citizens

The Muslims of India can join us if they genuinely feel for the Hindu. That they do I will not believe unless they acknowledge with pride that though they may be Muslims, their ancestors were Hindus. If any Muslim acknowledges his or her Hindu legacy, then we Hindus can accept him or her as a part of the Brihad Hindu Samaj (greater Hindu society) which is Hindustan. India that is Bharat that is Hindustan is a nation of Hindus and others whose ancestors were Hindus. Others, who refuse to acknowledge this, or those foreigners who become Indian citizens by registration, can remain in India but should not have voting rights (which means they cannot be elected representatives).

Retelling history in which even atrocities by Hindutva like the Babri Masjid demolition are recast into narratives where the Hindu becomes the “victim”

The third lesson is that whatever and however small the terrorist incident, the nation must retaliate massively. For example, when the Ayodhya temple was sought to be attacked, we should have retaliated by re-building the Ram temple at the site.

Calling for the demolition of several other Muslim religious places of worship

Remove the masjid in Kashi Vishwanath temple and the 300 masjids at other temple sites.

Not recognizing the autonomy of Kashmir

Remove Article 370 and resettle ex-servicemen in the valley. Create Panun Kashmir for the Hindu Pandit community. Look for or create an opportunity to take over PoK.

Making India a Hindu nation through a cultural genocide

Implement the uniform civil code, make learning of Sanskrit and singing of Vande Mataram mandatory, and declare India a Hindu Rashtra in which non-Hindus can vote only if they proudly acknowledge that their ancestors were Hindus. Rename India Hindustan as a nation of Hindus and those whose ancestors were Hindus.

Denying the freedom of religion enshrined in India’s Constitution

Enact a national law prohibiting conversion from Hinduism to any other religion. Re-conversion will not be banned.

Maintain the inhuman caste system which is central to Hindu identity and the Hindu nation

Declare that caste is not based on birth but on code or discipline. Welcome non-Hindus to re-convert to the caste of their choice provided they adhere to the code of discipline.

Meddling with the internal affairs of non-Hindu neighbouring states

– If Pakistan continues to back terrorists, assist the Baluchis and Sindhis to get their independence.
– Annex land from Bangladesh in proportion to the illegal migrants from that country staying in India. At present, the northern third from Sylhet to Khulna can be annexed to re-settle illegal migrants.

That hate-filled article should not have been titled “How to wipe out Islamic terror”. It must have been, “How to wipe out India’s minorities.” Making use of a terror-hit emotive background to espouse a policy of eradicating India’s secular character is nothing but a threat to national security.

(I also urge you to read Shivam Vij’s response to the DNA piece)

About Meena Kandasamy

Meena Kandasamy (b.1984) is a poet, writer, activist and translator. She sees each of these as a way of engaging with her identity as a woman, a Dalit and a Tamil, three categories of belonging with a history of resistance to oppression. Meena was the youngest person ever to represent India as a writer-in-residence at the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program 2009. Her debut poetry collection, Touch, was published in 2006 to widespread critical acclaim. A second collection, Ms.Militancy, will be published later this year. She was a featured poet at the City of Asylum Jazz Poetry Concert 2009 held in Pittsburgh, USA and performed at the 14th Poetry Africa International Festival in October 2010 in Durban. Two of her poets, ‘Mascara’ and ‘My Lover Speaks of Rape‘ have won first prizes in pan-India poetry competitions, and her poetry has been profiled in several international publications. Previously, she edited ‘The Dalit’, a bi-monthly English magazine. She translated the writings and speeches of Dalit leader Thol.Thirumavalavan and Dravidian ideologue Periyar EVR; and the poetry of Eelam Tamil poets Kasi Anandan, Cheran and Jayapalan. She holds a PhD in socio-linguistics, and is now working on her first novel. She is presently based in Chennai.

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Posted by on September 3, 2011 in ARTICLES


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by mthago

Love is blind. What does it means? It means we love someone without any valid reasons. We fall in love with someone and we do not know the reason why we have fallen in love with him or her. Most peoples forget that the one that put the love towards him or her in our heart is none other than the Creator of men themselves, Allah. There is no one that can gives loves beside Allah. Allah is the one that has put the love towards someone into our heart and we cannot do anything about it. We can neither increase nor decrease the amount of love towards someone in our heart except with the permission of Allah. Allah put love into heart of all mothers towards their children. Allah uses love as a means to protect and to nourish the young helpless children. A mother can undergo many nights without sleep, feeding and tending to her crying children because Allah has instilled love towards that child inside her heart. No one can instil that love except Allah. When Allah put love inside our heart towards someone we will not be able to find the reasons, why we have loved that person. We neither can love nor not to love someone with our own choice. We do not have the choice either to love or not to love someone. When Allah has put the love towards someone in our heart, we have no choice but to love that person. Allah instils love into our heart towards someone in order to test us. It is the same way as Allah gives us wealth and power in order to test us. Allah is testing us in order to enable us to know our level of Iman. We will know our Iman is weak whenever we are tested by Allah, end up we transgress the orders of Allah.

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Posted by on September 1, 2011 in Life and Works


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