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Republic day of India - Pledge

On 26th January 2012, I send a mail to my friends with the below text.
Dear brothers and sisters,
Today morning I went to the school to drop my son for the Republic day
It reminded me the nostalgic school days, the pledge etc.
Let us all renew our pledge:
India is my country and all Indians are my brothers and sisters.
I love my country and I am proud of its rich and varied heritage.
I shall always strive to be worthy of it.
I shall give respect to my parents, teachers and all elders and treat
everyone with courtesy.
To my country and my people, I pledge my devotion.
In their well being and prosperity alone, lies my happiness.

Happy republic day to my billion plus brothers and sisters of India.

Greetings from Jeddah,
Abdul Lathief Parappurath

I received few touching replies to this mail, which I thought of sharing with you all here:

1st One:
i did it, thank you..
This is the shortest and beatifull one from the famous blogger Basheer Vallikknnu.

2nd One:

As a practice this year also I attended the Republic day program at our School.
It is a great pleasure to participate in this celebration at IISJ when we are away from our home. A slogan announced there attracted my attention and I'm very much proud of it. "You can take out an Indian from India but never possible to take India from an Indian" 
Be proud to be an Indian!!
Wish you all a very happy Republic Day!!! 
Hassan Assainar
Note: Mr. Hassainar copied the above reply to all his kids and some of the friends.

3rd One:
Dear friends – A very good Republic Day to you all. 
Today morning I have participated  with my son Nidal, the Republic day celebration at IISJ which was excellent with many cultural and patriotically educating programs. Thanks for those dedicated teachers and school staff and mgmnt for arranging such wonderful program to commemorate our republic day. For my young son Nidal, it is his birth day too. 
Let us all renew our pledge:
India is my country and all Indians are my brothers and sisters.
I love my country and I am proud of its rich and varied heritage.
I shall always strive to be worthy of it.
I shall give respect to my parents, teachers and all elders and treat
everyone with courtesy.
To my country and my people, I pledge my devotion.
In their well being and prosperity alone, lies my happiness.

Watan hamara aisa koi na chhod paaye,
Rishta hamara aisa koi na tod paaye,
Dil ek hai ek jaan hai hamari,
Hindustan hamara hai hum iski shaan hain.
Happy Republic Day 2012. 

Jai Hind 
Ahraf Unneen, Jeddah

4th One:
Dear Mr. Lathief, 
It is the perception. Good people can see always good things. 
Our plesdge is beautiful. Every Indian should repeat it.
Best Regards,
Abdul Azeez Thankayathil


Even small things can make an impact. 

Abdul Lathief Parappurath

Embracing Islam is the best deal I made in the Kingdom

US businessman and pilot calls for efforts to project true image of his new religion

RIYADH: Just after spending one month in the Kingdom, where he was treated with kindness in a spiritual atmosphere, American businessman and pilot Richard Patterson, converted to Islam.
Richard, who is now called Abdulaziz, owns a company providing services in critical care. It has a capital of $50 million, and a fleet of two aircraft and two helicopters, specializing in medical flights.
Abdulaziz arrived in the Kingdom on a contract with the Saudi Red Crescent to train students for air emergency.  During his stay, three members of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance invited him out for dinner. The members who worked with the “Guide Me to Islam” project, talked to Abdulaziz about Islam and it’s real essence.
“I came to the Kingdom for a commercial deal. I was so thrilled to make the best deal of my life with God Almighty by converting to Islam,” said Abdulaziz, during the conversion ceremony, commending the Saudi attire and describing it as comfortable and beautiful.
When Abdulaziz was in his country, he used to hear negative things about Islam through media channels, which were aimed at distorting its image.
“Just reading about Islam is not enough to understand Islam. It’s meeting people who best represent it and reflect its true spirit,” said Abdulaziz. He considers himself lucky to discover through Muslim friends he met and dealt with in the Kingdom that Islam is a religion of righteousness and tolerance. “Muslims and Saudis are kind, humble and open to others,” said Abdulaziz, adding that he felt they were like family to him, and never experienced alienation or ill treatment from their side.
What attracted Abdulaziz the most to the Saudi society is that it is religious. That helps people relate to religion as a part of their daily life. “I wish I could bring all my colleagues to the Kingdom to experience what I have and change their viewpoints on Islam,” he said.
Abdulaziz called upon fellow Muslim businessmen to work on attracting foreign businessmen to Islam, accusing them of not taking serious initiatives to call their peers to this glorious religion. “We can provide books on Islam to delegates during business meetings which help present true image of Islam to others,” said Abdulaziz.
Teacher and scholar Esam Abdul Razzaq, who translated for Abdulaziz, said that celebrities and key figures play a greater role in their societies in projecting a certain image. “Successful people have a credibility among members of their society, as they are considered important. Therefore, when they choose to convert to Islam, they trigger curiosity in others, who in turn, want to know more about this religion,” said Abdul Razzaq.

Coutsey: Arabnews Daily:

A heart touching speech in Malayalam language

Please visit below links to hear a heart touching speech, which one should never miss. It is to you, me and to each one of us.

If you are not a malayalee you can read the english translation of this speech by visiting below post.;postID=2369807668148647382

With prayers.

Abdul Lathief

Key words: PMA Gafoor, Islamic speech, Malayalam speech, speech on islam, islahi Center, Keralites in Jeddah, Malayalees in Jeddah, Keralites in GCC, Malayalees in GCC.

Are you afraid to die?

Today (6th January 2012) I attended the general body meeting of Indian Islahi Centre Jeddah (IICJ).

One statement of IICJ President Br. Moosa Koya deeply touched my heart. He was referring to a conversation between him and an active member of Islahi Centre. The member opined in the conversation that "after he started participating actively in the multidimentional activities of Islahi Centre, he was no more afraid of death"

This meant a lot:
- Islahi Centre has made him a "free man"
- Through Islahi Center he has found the meaning of his life.
- IICJ has taught him to be creative in every moment in life and to make it meaningfull.  
- Islahi Center has given him great opportunities to serve the community
- He was able to utilize his time in the most fruitfull manner
- He is very clear in his mind about his destination, after leaving a remarkable legacy in this life.

Is this not a good parable for all of us?

Are we free from the fear of death?
- Some people are totally ignoring life after death. They may be in darkness on the whole issue.
- Some are busy wasting their time in amassing wealth. They may be so busy that they will remember death only when the death reaches their neck.
- Some of us are closing the eyes and drinking the milk like cats!

Organizations like Islahi Centre give the members such great chance to be more creative and extending their reach much longer and wider. There is a limit for an individual to perform himself. The secret of success is to work in a smart and  effective group.

Try looking for such organizations which will - through service to humanity- make you feel that you were productive at the end of the day and give you the fredom from the "fear of death".

Key: Death, sleep, sleep apnea, sleep abnia, sleep apnoea, sleep abniya, clinical death, legal death.

Note: Do you know that as per the teachings of Islam, the soul is leaving the body! Probably it can be compared with the definition of legal death where the brain is, sort of , disconnected and do not give impulses to other organs in the body! (Try to correlate this with the invocation Prophet Mohammed (SA) has taught us to mentioned before going to bed and immediately when we wake up from the sleep........amazing to teach this invocation 1400 years ago!)