Al-Fatiah and its translatation in English (ABDLH.YUSUF ALI)

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  1. بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ  In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
  2. الْحَمْدُ للّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds
  3. الرَّحْمـنِ الرَّحِيمِ Most Gracious, Most Merciful
  4. مَالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ Master of the Day of Judgment
  5. إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ Thee do we worship, and Thine aid we seek
  6. اهدِنَــــا الصِّرَاطَ المُستَقِيمَ Show us the straight way
  7. صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنعَمتَ عَلَيهِمْ غَيرِ المَغضُوبِ عَلَيهِمْ وَلاَ الضَّالِّينَ The way of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy Grace, those whose (portion) is not wrath, and who go not astray.

Name

This Surah is named AL-FATIHAH because of its subject-matter. Fatihah is that which opens a subject or a book or any other thing. In other words, Al-Fatihah is a sort of preface.

Period of Revelation

It is one of the very earliest Revelations to the Holy Prophet. As a matter of fact, we learn from authentic Traditions that it was the first complete Surah which was revealed to Muhammed (Allah’s peace be upon him). Before this, only a few miscellaneous verses were revealed which form parts of `ALAQ, MUZ-ZAMMIL, MUD-DATH-THIR, etc.

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David Allen’s

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  1. You can do anything, but not everything.
  2. It is possible to be effectively doing while you are delightfully being, in your ordinary workaday world.
  3. The only people who have to be right are the ones who aren’t really sure they are.
  4. Being organized simply means that where something is matches what it means to you. No more, no less.
  5. The hardest thing about being productive is not the work, but the split second it takes to decide to take control.
  6. In training and coaching thousands of professionals, I have found that lack of time is not the major issue for them (though they themselves may think it is); the real problem is a lack of clarity and definition about what a project really is, and what the associated next-action steps required are.

Take A Bow – Rihanna

Oh, How about a round of applause, Yeah
A standing ovation
Oh, Yeah
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

You look so dumb right now
Standing outside my house
Trying to apologize
You’re so ugly when you cry
Please, just cut it out

[Chorus:]
Don’t tell me you’re sorry ’cause you’re not
Baby when I know you’re only sorry you got caught
But you put on quite a show
Really had me going
But now it’s time to go
Curtain’s finally closing
That was quite a show
Very entertaining
But it’s over now (but it’s over now)
Go on and take a bow

Grab your clothes and get gone (get gone)
You better hurry up
Before the sprinklers come on (come on)
Talking’ bout’
Girl, I love you, you’re the one
This just looks like a re-run
Please, what else is on (on)

[Chorus]

[Bridge]
Oh, And the award for
The best liar goes to you (goes to you)
For making me believe (that you)
That you could be faithful to me
Let’s hear your speech, Oh

How about a round of applause
A standing ovation

But you put on quite a show
Really had me going
Now it’s time to go
Curtain’s finally closing
That was quite a show
Very entertaining
But it’s over now (but it’s over now)
Go on and take a bow
But it’s over now

FOUR POEMS – Paul Hostovsky

BoySlut

God, Dan

I was a junior and Dan was a senior

drug addict in the school of arts and sciences. Neil

Young was a prolific songwriter with no

allegiances, except for the music. I had never

done cocaine before, so while he was cutting it

on the square mirror on top of the dresser, I put on

the record, and asked him what kind of shape

I would be in for class at two o’clock. He said

it was an aphrodisiac, so go figure. He was

cutting class himself and meeting his girlfriend

at one-thirty, because all it made him want to do

was fuck. I didn’t have a girlfriend. I had a Comparative

Religion class at two o’clock, and now I was thinking

twice about getting high before God and

man. But Dan was in a hurry, and he handed me

the rolled-up twenty which I knew enough to

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The Bench That held the Past

The tale of an Urban Geek

The bench

 

He walked slowly through a field of leaves, letting his feet drag. All he could hear was the subtle crinkling of earthy toned leaves under his rugged feet. He looked down at them, pushing them around with the tips of his toes. The leaves reminded him of himself, they were once full of life, sitting up tall on the towering oak trees. But now, they were nothing but forgotten. He knew this place, he remembered it well. But despite all his efforts, he could not recognize it. It was different, the times have changed this place he once knew so well, much like the times have changed him. He continued walking, coming across a fallen tree. The remnants of what used to be a weeping willow. He remembered this tree. How its long wispy rods used to cascade down towards the ground. He remembered slipping away behind those rods…

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Winter’s Bone – Daniel Woodrell

The Gay Road Less Traveled

Winter's Bone - Daniel Woodrell

Jennifer Lawrence before the Hunger Games, our heroine Ree Dolly is a teenager taking care of her mentally ill mother and younger siblings in the poorest part of the Ozarks. Her father has just been murdered following a drug deal that went bad and her mother is unable to take care of them. Ree has to find a way to keep her family from starving, they are in danger of becoming homeless and her younger brothers being removed by the state. She also tries to find out who killed her father, putting her own life at risk.
Quotes from Winter’s Bone:

“Never. Never ask for what ought to be offered.” – when the boys are hungry and want to beg for food from the neighbors

“Long, dark, and lovely she had been, in those days before her mind broke and the parts scattered and she let them go.” – Ree’s…

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