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Ramadhan Reflections: Are You Worthy of God’s Forgiveness?‏

Are You Worthy of God’s Forgiveness?‏

Text Summary:

Sometimes when we reflect on the mistakes we have made in our lives, the wrong doings that we may have committed we see them as being so huge or so much that there is no way to overcome them. Sometimes, people around us make us feel that because we’ve made mistakes that we are not good enough to be around them, that we have no right to be present in organizations or gatherings and that our voices and concerns are not legitimate. They push people away by their tone, their glances and their unspoken words/actions. Almost as if we were some horrible individuals and they were so perfect.

At times the guilt can be so overwhelming that we can almost get lost inside it and we may feel as if we are not only unworthy in the eyes of people, but unworthy in the Eyes of God. This feeling however, is not what a Compassionate, Merciful Lord wants for any of us. Unfortunately, there may be people who want that for us, because their egos are so fragile, because they feel so poorly about themselves that they want to feel better than others. Other times, it’s because they forget their own mistakes and transgressions and so take a overly moral, “super-righteous” tone in their behaviour and actions.

In the end however, it must come back to- “What is my relationship with God?”

It is important to remember that there is no sin/mistake/transgression for which God is not capable of forgiving us. When we reflect on a narration of the prophet peace be upon him in which he said that God would say to His servants- if you approached me with sins that would fill the earth and ask for forgiveness, I would grant you just as much forgiveness”.

You see, God does not expect us to be perfect. Whatever mistakes we’ve made, whatever wrong we have done, don’t think we are so far removed from God that God will not forgive us. Sometimes we have to humble ourselves and admit that we messed up. We all make mistakes but if we turn sincerely to God and ask for forgiveness, it is there for us, just like He is present for us always.

Does that mean we can intentionally go out and do wrong and say, “its ok, God will forgive me anyway”? No, we cannot. That would be making (trying to) a mockery of God’s Mercy. It means that we are human and we make mistakes and God knows that.

What did the prophet peace be upon him teach us? He said- replace a bad deed with a good deed. And if we are truthful with ourselves, we know that we have made many mistakes and so we need to be busy trying to do good for ourselves, our family, our community and the world around us.

This Ramadhan, let us be mindful of God’s ability to forgive us and let us seek it actively. Let us also remember to try and correct our mistakes by putting forward as many good actions as possible.


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Iftar…

Letter to the Self #30 Remember Me

Letter to the Self #29 Forgiveness

Letter to Self # 28: Those We Ignore
Letter to the Self # 27: Destination or the Journey!
Letter to the Self # 26: Change
Letters to the Self #25: Window of Opportunity
Letters to the Self #24: More Than You Think You Are Able
Letters to the Self #23: Submission
Letter to the Self #22: Do You Have Trust Issues?
Letter to the Self #21: Possessions
Letter to the Self #20: Sacred Spaces
Letter to the Self # 19: The Big “I”
Letter to the Self # 18: Insecurities
Letter to the Self # 17: Backbiting
Letter to the Self # 16: Knowledge or Just Information?
Letter to the Self # 15: Beyond the Limited Self
Letter to the Self # 14: A Better Way
Letter to the Self # 13: The Spoken Word
Letter to the Self # 12: A Blessing or a Curse?
Letter to the Self # 11: Purpose

My Language is the Window to My Soul

My Language is the Window to My Soul

 

New Zealand: Statement On Call To Promote The Status Of Pasifika Languages In Aotearoa

Maori Party Co-leaders, Pita Sharples and Tariana Turia, have chosen International Day of World Indigenous Peoples to speak out strongly in support of Pacific nations in their call to promote the status of Pasifika languages in Aotearoa.

From Maori Party Co-Leaders: Hon Tariana Turia and Hon Dr Pita Sharples

Tuesday 9 August 2011

 

Ko taku reo taku ohooho, ko taku reo taku mapihi mauria;

My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul.

“August 9 is our special day across the globe, when we celebrate the distinctive cultures of an estimated 370 million indigenous peoples. Indigenous peoples speak more than 4000 of the nearly 7000 languages which are still spoken in the world” said Dr Sharples

“When we heard the call from our Pacific whanaunga to promote the significance of Pasifika languages it was a call to the heart which we are duty bound to take up”.

“The support the Maori Party has been able to give to Te Ataarangi; to Te Reo Mauriora, to kura kaupapa Maori and to kohanga reo in the revitalisation of te reo Maori, has been amongst some of our most important achievements”.

“The theme for 2011, “Indigenous Designs: Celebrating Stories and Cultures, Crafting Our Own Future,” highlights the need to preserve indigenous cultures” said Tariana Turia.

“We endorse the call from Pasifika peoples, for official recognition to be given in Aotearoa to the languages of Niue, Cook Islands, Tokelau, Samoa and Tonga, as promoting and protecting Pacific languages; and thereby nurturing the spirit and the strength of the peoples.

We have been greatly concerned at the impact of changes the Ministry of Education has made in eliminating bilingualism goals and a lack of support for two series of resources, Tupu (published in five Pasifika languages) and Folauga (published in Samoan)”.

“There is a huge volume of research demonstrating that bilingual education has proven ability to enhance students’ performance in English academic areas, especially language and mathematics” said Mrs Turia.

“We firmly believe – as we have seen with Maori immersion achievement – that Pacific children who are bilingual will eventually show better educational achievement than those who are not”.

“While we understand the Ministry may be reviewing the format of bilingual material, we hope that there will be new impetus in supporting the call from Pacific language groups, for promoting and supporting language growth” said Dr Sharples.

“The Maori Party is taking the opportunity of World Indigenous Peoples Day to encourage the New Zealand Government to support Pacific languages, and enable and support Pacific communities to continue to nurture their own languages”.

Source: Maori Party

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Monsanto Expanding Control Over Global Food Supply

Monsanto Expanding Control Over Global Food Supply

By Hwaa Irfan

 

Monsanto is set to wreak further havoc on the health of Americans knowing no bounds as it strengthens its control over global food supply. The world’s biggest vegetable GM seed producer will now inflict the U.S. food market with GM sweet corn seeds this autumn. The logic of this beyond profits is evasive as currently the U.S. is experiencing a drought problem when GM crops demand excessive irrigation. The initial target group will be the 250,000-acre market in eastern U.S.

The GM sweet corn seeds will be made available for the first time to U.S. consumers in addition to the global agricultural community at a time when small holders, and independents are seeking to reclaim their food supply.

GM sweet corn seeds are designed to kill insects above and below ground, and are tolerant to Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup.

 

If one is hoping for objective advice from the Food and Drugs Administration, FDA, forget it, because the food and safety division of FDA is now headed by Michael Taylor, a top director from guess where, Monsanto. This puts Monsanto in control of the country’s food supply, which hospitalizes thousands, and an increasing annual fatality rate that is the result of food borne illnesses. Monsanto right now is trying to save the American consumer from the burden of choice, by removing the right to choose, or the right to contract between individuals and groups – basically removing the public access to safe food.

Annual Deaths From: 

FDA-Approved Drugs – 60,000 – 140,000
Food Contamination – 9,100
Aspirin – 90
All vitamins – 0
Uncontaminated amino acids – 0
Commercial herbs – 0

There is definitely a coordinated effort going on between the control of our food supply between Europe and the U.S., for as Monsanto-FDA are in the midst to stem the flow of raw milk, the U.K. is also trying to do the same, avoiding the full facts, and the true health picture. This may seem a little verge on the paranoia, but there is only one thing that unite western governments, and that is money, and profits for the rich at the expense of the people.

Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.” ~ Henry Kissinger, NWO

It is plain and simply about consolidating the hold of a failing global economy for the 10% who own all the wealth, while the 90%  pay the price.

 

Sources:

Dood, Y. “Monsanto’s FDA Goes After the Country’s Only Safe Milk.”

Kaskey, J. “Monsanto to Sell Biotech Sweet Corn for U.S. Consumers.” http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-04/monsanto-to-introduce-engineered-sweet-corn-in-u-s-this-year.html

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