Say: 'O My servants who have transgressed against your own souls: do not despair of God's mercy, for God forgives all sins. It is S/He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.' Qur'an (39:53)

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“Be still and know that I am God.”

Psalm 46:10


The following are all interpretations of verse 208 from Surah 2 of Quran

(Al-Baqara 2:208)

It shows why we can never really say Quran has been translated out of  Arabic.

Any translation will involve a degree of the interpreter’s personal choices.

I once felt this made interpretations of Quran a problem for those of us who do not know Arabic,

but I am coming to a new conclusion.

Love speaks in every language.

She speaks from every heart.

When I compare several translations like I have done below,

I see how the translations weave themselves in and throughout,

creating a beautiful tapestry.

I hope you feel blessed with a similar experience when you read this.

May the Lover of the Universe sing to your heart with those words which cause your gratitude to overflow.

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O you who have attained to faith!

Surrender yourselves wholly unto God,

and follow not Satan’s footsteps, for, verily, he is your open foe.

(Muhammad Asad interpretation)

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O ye who believe!

Enter into Islam whole-heartedly;

and follow not the footsteps of the evil one;

for he is to you an avowed enemy.

(Yusuf Ali interpretation)

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You who believe, enter absolutely into peace!

Do not follow Satan´s footsteps; he is an open enemy of yours.

(TB Irving interpretation)

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O you people whose hearts truly believe,

enter into friendly relations with one another

and promote Allah’s requirement of peace and virtuous order

and do not follow AL-Shaytan’s footsteps

nor walk in the footsteps of those with AL- Shaytan’s characteristics;

he is indeed your avowed enemy.

 (Al-Muntakhab interpretation)

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O you who believe, join in peace, all of you,

and do not follow the footsteps of the devil.

He is to you a clear enemy.

(Progressive Muslims interpretation)

This is one of the most beautiful videos I’ve experienced in a long time. Ya Ala!  Masha’Ala!  I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.

One Truth … There is only One Truth … Amin!

“Take to compassion and abstain from oppression and obscenity.

Compassion is grace and the lack of it a disgrace.”

The Prophet Muhammad


This is the true spirit of women set free in Afghanistan.

Praise Allah!

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O Love ...

O love, O pure deep love, be here, be now.
Be all; worlds dissolve into your stainless endless radiance,
Frail living leaves burn with you brighter than cold stars;
Make me your servant, your breath, your core.

– Rumi –

Once upon a time there was a little boy with a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he should hammer a nail in the fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. But gradually, the number of daily nails dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

Finally the first day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He proudly told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence.

“You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out, it won’t matter how many times you say ‘I’m sorry’, the wound is still there.”