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Ali Alkatiri

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PostSubject: Words of Wisdom   Mon May 31, 2010 5:20 am

Mother, I’m here

When you were 1 year old, she fed you and bathed you.
You thanked her by crying all night long.

When you were 2 years old, she taught you to walk.
You thanked her by running away when she called.

When you were 3 years old, she made all your meals with love.
You thanked her by tossing your plate on the floor.

When you were 4 years old, she gave you some crayons.
You thanked her by coloring the dining room table.

When you were 5 years old, she dressed you for the holidays.
You thanked her by plopping into the nearest pile of mud.

When you were 6 years old, she walked you to school.
You thanked her by screaming, “I’M NOT GOING!”

When you were 7 years old, she bought you a baseball.
You thanked her by throwing it through the next-door-neighbor’s window.

When you were 8 years old, she handed you an ice cream.
You thanked her by dripping it all over your lap.

When you were 9 years old, she paid for piano lessons.
You thanked her by never even bothering to practice.

When you were 10 years old she drove you all day, from soccer to gymnastic to one birthday party after another.
You thanked her by jumping out of the car and never looking back.

When you were 11 years old, she took you and your friends to the movies.
You thanked her by asking to sit in a different row.

When you were 12 years old, she warned you not to watch certain TV shows.
You thanked her by waiting until she left the house.

When you were 13, she suggested a haircut that was becoming.
You thanked her by telling her she had not taste.

When you were 14, she paid for a month away at summer camp.
You thanked her by forgetting to write a single letter.

When you were 15, she came home from work, looking for a hug.
You thanked her by having your bedroom door locked.

When you were 16, she taught you how to drive her car.
You thanked her by taking it every chance you could.

When you were 17, she was expecting an important call.
You thanked her by being on the phone all night.

When you were 18, she cried at your high school graduation.
You thanked her by staying out partying until dawn.

When you were 19, she paid for your college intuition, drove you to campus carried your bags.
You thanked her by saying good-bye outside the door so you wouldn’t be embarrassed in front of your friends.

When you were 20, she asked whether you were seeing anyone.
You thanked her by saying, “It’s none of your business.”

When you were 21, she suggested certain careers for your future.
You thanked her by saying, “I don’t want to be like you.”

When you were 22, she hugged you at your college graduation.
You thanked her by asking whether she could pay for a trip to Europe.

When you were 23, she gave you furniture for your first apartment.
You thanked her by telling your friends it was ugly.

When you were 24, she met your fianc and asked about your plans for the future.
You thanked her by glaring and growling, “Muuhh-ther, please!”

When you were 25, she helped to pay for your wedding, and she cried and told you how deeply she loved you.
You thanked her by moving halfway across the country.

When you were 30, she called with some advice on the baby.
You thanked her by telling her, “Things are different now.”

When you were 40, she called to remind you of a relative’s birthday.
You thanked her by saying you were “really busy right now.”

When you were 50, she fell ill and needed you to take care of her.
You thanked her by reading about the burden parents become to their children.

And then, one day, she quietly died.
And everything you never did came crashing down like thunder on YOUR HEART.
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Ali Alkatiri

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PostSubject: Re: Words of Wisdom   Mon May 31, 2010 5:45 am

Wise Words of Wisdom from Ali Ibn Abi Talib (R)

Abstinence from vice is better than the pursuance of virtue.

It is wiser to abstain from evil than to repent.

Fear none but your sins.

Wealth and greed are the roots of all evil.

Do not sell the Hereafter for the World.

He who seeks more than what is necessary indulges in error.

When your power increases, decrease your desires accordingly.

Do not become a slave to your desire.

Suppress all lust with piety.

Contentment is a treasure which is never exhausted.

Giving way to anger is shame and sin.

Greatness lies in the nobility of your aspirations. Not in the decaying bones of your ancestors.

Foresight and Wisdom
The highest wisdom is to take up arms against your desires.

If you find yourself in a position of strength over your adversary, then in gratitude to Allah, forgive him.

To 'forgive and forget' is among the best deeds of a great person.

Forgiveness is the crown of greatness.

Be generous but not extravagant. Be frugal but not miserly.

There is no shame in giving a little: there is greater shame in sending the needy away.

He who does not know his own worth is shameful.

When a man begs, he loses his faith.

It is better to die than to beg.

He who does not know his own worth is doomed to destruction.

Humanity and Human Relations
Coming to the aid of the distressed and oppressed is expiation for many sins.

Treat people in a way and live amongst them in a manner that if you die they weep for you, if you live they long for you.

Courtesy costs nothing but buys everything.

Humility in spite of position is like mercy despite of power.

A man who praises himself displays his deficiency of intellect.

Pride impedes progress and mars greatness.

He who seeks to do justice with men, let him desire for them what he desires for himself.

To assist the wrong is to oppress the right.

To oppress the weak is the worst tyranny.

Knowledge is the ornament of the rich and the riches of the poor.

That knowledge is superficial which is merely on the tongue; that knowledge is real which demonstrates itself in your practice.

The learned lives although he dies.

To respect the learned is to respect Allah.

As a man's wisdom increases, his desire to speak decreases.

When Allah wants to humiliate a person, he deprives him of knowledge.

Patience is of two kinds: - Endurance of suffering, and Abstinence from pleasure.

Patience is the fruit of faith.

How one wonders at a person who loses hope of salvation while the door of repentance is still open to him!

Sinning is a disease, the treatment for which is repentance, and the cure abstinence.

The sin which makes you feel sad and repent finds more favor with Allah than the good deed which makes you proud and conceited.

A fool's mind is at the mercy of his tongue. The wise person's tongue is controlled by his mind.

A wise person thinks first and then speaks. The fool speaks frist and then thinks.

Watch your tongue, for it is an arrow that often goes wrong.

A man is hidden under his tongue.

The tongue pierces deeper than a spear.

Silence is the best reply to a fool.

The best of speech is that which is short and reasonable.

Do not speak in a state of ignorance.


Sayings of the Prophet [S.A.A.S.] and Four Caliphs [R.A.], PP. 55-61

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Ali Alkatiri

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PostSubject: Re: Words of Wisdom   Mon May 31, 2010 5:59 am

وعدو صديقك وصديق عدوك." -- الإمام علي بن أبي طالب، عليه السلام

"Three are your friends and three are your enemies. Friends are your friend, the friend of your friend, and the enemy of your enemy. Enemies are your enemy, the enemy of your friend, and the friend of your enemy!" --

Ali bin Abi Talib

"إنني ذقت الطيبات كلها فلم أجد أطيب من العافية، وذقت المرارات كلها فلم أجد أمر من الحاجة إلى الناس، ونقلت الحديد والصخر فلم أجد أثقل من الدّين. واعلم أن الدهر يومان: يوم لك ويوم عليك! فإن كان لك فلا تبطر، وإن كان عليك فاصبر فكلاهما سينحسر." -- الإمام علي بن أبي طالب، عليه السلام

"I have tasted everything good and have found nothing tastier than good health. And I have tasted everything bitter and have found nothing bitterer than neediness to others. And I have carried iron and rocks but have found nothing heavier than debt. Know that time is two days: A day for you and a day against you! So when it is for you, be not reckless; and when it is against you, be patient. Both days shall expire." --

Ali bin Abi Talib

"There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance." Ali Bin Abi Talib (KAW)
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PostSubject: Re: Words of Wisdom   Fri Jun 04, 2010 12:41 am

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.

What the superior man seeks is in himself. What the mean man seeks is in others.

[The superior man] acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his actions.

Things that are done, it is needless to speak about...things that are past, it is needless to blame

Chinese philosopher & reformer (551 BC - 479 BC)
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PostSubject: Re: Words of Wisdom   Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:31 am

In the end, it's not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away

- shing xiong

We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.

- Sam Keen

If I could be any part of you, I’d be your tears. To be conceived in your heart, born in your eyes, live on your cheeks, and die on your lips.

- Unknown

It's better to keep your mouth shut and give the impression that you're stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

- Rami Belson

Never tell your problems to anyone...20% don't care and the other 80% are glad you have them.

- Lou Holtz
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PostSubject: Re: Words of Wisdom   Sun Jun 27, 2010 12:23 pm


A bed but not sleep
Computer but not brain
Food but not appetite
Finery but not beauty
A house but not a home
Medicine but not health
Luxuries but not culture
Amusements but not happiness
Acquaintance but not friends
Obedience but not faithfulness
Sex but not love
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