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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

How to Improve Your Life

Today I received an email and would like to share it with all of you:
HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR LIFE

Personality:

1. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
2. Don't have negative thoughts of things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
3. Don't over do; keep your limits.
4. Don't take yourself so seriously; no one else does.
5. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
6. Dream more while you are awake.
7. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
8. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner of his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
9. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
10. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
11. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
12. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn.
Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
13. Smile and laugh more.
14. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

Community:

15. Call your family often.
16. Each day give something good to others.
17. Forgive everyone for everything.
18. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
19. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
20. What other people think of you is none of your business.
21. Your job will not take care of you when you are sick. Your family and friends will. Stay in touch.

Life:

22. Put GOD first in anything and everything that you think, say and do.
23. GOD heals everything.
24. Do the right things.
25. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
26. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
27. The best is yet to come.
28. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
29. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
30. If you know GOD you will always be happy. So, be happy.





Friday, October 8, 2010

The Book Depository

How many readers are aware of The Book Depository? It's an online bookstore that offers FREE DELIVERY of book(s) you buy from them. They deliver books to the following countries:

ANDORRA
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
ARUBA
ASCENSION ISLAND
AUSTRALIA
AUSTRIA
BAHAMAS
BAHRAIN
BARBADOS
BELGIUM
BELIZE
BENIN
BERMUDA
BRAZIL
BRUNEI
BULGARIA
CANADA
CAYMAN ISLANDS
CHILE
COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS
COMOROS
CROATIA
CYPRUS
CZECH REPUBLIC
DOMINICA
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
ESTONIA
FALKLAND ISLANDS
FAROE ISLANDS
FIJI
FINLAND
FRANCE
GERMANY
GIBRALTAR
GREECE
GREENLAND
GRENADA
GUADALOUPE
HONG KONG
HUNGARY
ICELAND
INDONESIA
IRELAND
ISLE OF MAN
ISRAEL
ITALY
JAMAICA
JAPAN
JORDAN
LATVIA
LIECHTENSTEIN
LITHUANIA
LUXEMBOURG
MADAGASCAR
MALAYSIA
MALDIVES
MALTA
MARTINIQUE
MAURITIUS
MEXICO
MONACO
NETHERLANDS
NETHERLANDS ANTILLES
NEW CALEDONIA
NEW ZEALAND
NORWAY
OMAN
PHILIPPINES
POLAND
PORTUGAL
PUERTO RICO
REUNION
ROMANIA
SAINT HELENA
SAINT LUCIA
SAINT PIERRE AND MIQUELON
SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
SAMOA
SAN MARINO
SAUDI ARABIA
SEYCHELLES
SINGAPORE
SLOVAKIA
SLOVENIA
SOLOMON ISLANDS
SOUTH AFRICA
SOUTH KOREA
SPAIN
SRI LANKA
SURINAME
SWEDEN
SWITZERLAND
TAIWAN
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
UNITED KINGDOM
UNITED STATES
US MISC. PACIFIC ISLANDS
US VIRGIN ISLANDS
VATICAN CITY

If you want to purchase "The Gift" from The Book Depository, click HERE.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Islamic Fiction Books


With reference to Sis Niza's enquiry about Islamic books for children, I would like to share some books written for children by Muslim writers. You may visit
IWA (Islamic Writers Alliance) or MWP (Muslim Writers Publishing) for more titles. Also check out Islamic books for teenagers and adults.





The Runaway Scarf
by Corey Habbas









The Emir and the Verse of Throne
by
Fawzia Gillani-Williams







Stories
by Linda D. Delgado









A Khimar for Nadia
by Fawzia Gillani-Williams









Adventures of Musab by Fawzia Gillani-Williams








The Troublesome Eid Jinn
by
Fawzia Gillani-Williams









Jameela's Great Idea
by Surriah Ingram









The Visitors
by Linda D. Delgado






There are many Islamic Fiction books written and published out there. Unfortunately, some Muslim fiction writers are unaware of the classification of Islamic fiction books written by Muslims. Please visit Islamic Writers Alliance for further information on this issue.



As a Muslim writer who DID NOT grow up reading Islamic Fiction books, it has been my wish and dream that every Muslim home provides a list of Islamic Fiction books for the young Muslims. I believe in cultivating the young minds begins from home. What we feed the minds of our children will be translated in their thinking which later reflected in their speeches and manners.

Children are the amanah entrusted to us from Allah s.w.t, but are we cultivating their minds in the ways that are pleasing Allah s.w.t? Or do we let them feed their minds on just anything they like without guidance? From my observation of being a teacher to young Muslims, this aspect of child rearing is mostly ignored by majority of Muslim parents! Definitely a point worth to ponder...

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I am back!

Allah s.w.t has reminded us the significance of time management in surah al-Asr. Indeed, our worldly life tasks and pleasures can consume so much of our time. We might forget the true purpose of living life as amanah from Allah s.w.t. To live it according to His laws as He has instructed us to do! Only then, we would feel His presence in our daily routines, be it a menial task of clearing the garbage can at home to being in charge of a staggering million dollar project at work. When we are cautious and wise in managing our time, even worldy tasks cannot keep us from remembering Him. They become part of ibadah for we do them in the way that would earn His pleasure. We are, after all, accountable for everything we do during our lifetime!

My apology to the readers of Polaris Blog for not posting for a very long while. Ramadhan has left and Shawwal is leaving soon. I hope it's not too late to wish 'Eid Mubarak' and 'Selamat Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir Batin' to all. Soon we will welcome another Hijri month...Dhulqaedah. I see here and there my brothers and sisters in Islam are busy making final preparations to be the guests of Allah in the coming Hajj season. May Allah bless every step of their journey and return with Hajj al-mabrur.

To Sis Niza....I do have the intention of writing English Islamic story books for kids, inshaAllah.

To Sis Fatimahazzahra....perhaps you should visit Kafez blog. Ms. Susan Abraham did an online interview with me last year....I shared with her bits and pieces of my life as a writer.

My third novel manuscript is reaching the third and last part of the story. InshaAllah, I will post a few excerpts before the end of the year. For those who have read 'The Gift', my deepest thanks to all of you. Do send me your comments and reviews of it. I would love to read them.

I hope to post more soon, inshaAllah. My du'as that Allah the Most Gracious is taking good care of you. Till my next entry....



Thursday, January 7, 2010

New Year & The Resolutions


A week of 2010 and three weeks of 1431H have passed. Some of us have started the long journey towards achieving the new year's resolutions. Some are still struggling to decide what their new year's resolutions are. Some are resuming the journey to fulfill their unaccomplished resolutions of previous year(s). Only you know how much effort you put forth last year and how much do you plan to work hard in achieving this year's resolutions. Be whichever group you belong to, I wish you all the best. The journey has begun and I hope everyone will successfully accomplish the resolutions made. As Muslim the above du'a is a precious accompaniment through out the long journey. May Allah Ta'ala shower His blessings upon us all this year.