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Sunday Open Thread 4/7/10 | The ‘Adhaan Flower’

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Assalamualaikum.

Signs in the Creation: the ‘Adhaan Flower’

Ever experienced one of those rare moments when the sound of the Adhaan really touches you? The words of the caller to Salah reverberate inside your heart, it seems, and goosebumps pop out on your skin. Such is the beauty of the Adhaan, that you may shed tears out of love and fear of Allah(swt). Most times, however, especially for those living in Muslim-majority countries, the Adhaan becomes something that’s taken for granted. You may hear the call for prayer and respond too without really realizing it.

How amazing it is then to find out that we humans are not the only ones listening to the Adhaan! Unlike many Muslims who do not respond to the Adhaan by offering the Salah, the flora and fauna do turn to their Creator, in their own special ways. When a friend shared this video (below) of the “Adhaan flower”, it reminded me of what my Qur’an circle teacher had once told our class: “The whole universe, even the trees and animals, is glorifying Allah(swt)… only man is oblivious.” SubhaanAllah!

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Watch how this flower blossoms in response to the call for prayer… and let each one of us compare this example with his or her own attitude to the Adhaan and to Allah(swt)’s commandments. May Allah(swt) help us and guide us to improve in our practice of His Deen and to return to Him as humble slaves. Ameen.

Note: This video was originally aired on CNN’s World Report.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff9D5MiHL1I[/youtube]

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Ameera is a final-year medical student and blogger based in Karachi, Pakistan. Having been born and raised in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia, her approach towards her Deen has always been rooted in a basic understanding from authentic sources, which was further polished during a three-year weekend course at Al Huda Institute. Her interests, though, seem to know no bounds and range from a passion for the culinary arts and travelling, as well as following current affairs and global happenings. She feels being able to be part of MuslimMatters is one of the major blessings of Allah(swt) upon her, for it has given her a chance to learn and grow. She also maintains her personal blog at http://duskanddawn.wordpress.com.

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. UmA

    July 4, 2010 at 7:57 AM

    We are attending Journey of Faith, mainly for the kids’ sake. The lecture,”Promise of Allah” by Muhammad Alshareef was definitely a memorable one for its content and the impromptu fire alarms!

  2. Ify Okoye

    July 4, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Back in my news junkie days, I used to love watching CNN’s World Report old school with Jim Clancy and Asieh Namdar as the hosts. The report seems a bit abbreviated like does the flower open up for each adhan day and night, otherwise it could just be a timing issue of some sort.

    Interesting article over at the NY Times: Equal Rights for Women? Survey Says: Yes but…

    Muslim countries either leading the way or bringing up the rear. It’s easy to see how Muslims would react negatively to a loaded term like “equality” or women working outside the home. In much the same way, that many Muslims almost instinctively prefer to use the awkward term revert instead of convert.

    • BintKhalil

      July 4, 2010 at 12:51 PM

      Assalamu alaikum

      Common I hardly think Muslims can be faulted for not rethinking “equality” in a PR-friendly way. Our standards come from a pretty unique source. Having said that, if Muslims actually held women to Islamic standards we wouldn’t have to wring our arms and keep reciting the sad mantra of “but Islam gave women rights 1400 years ago…” and feminist arguments themselves would have no appeal for Muslim women. Speaking of which, husbands can be jailed for insulting their wives under new French law.

      An example of cultural norms moving in the opposite direction and encountering opposition – a Muslim painter is ruffling some Italian Christian feathers – what’s good for the goose is not good for the gander.

  3. BintKhalil

    July 4, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Assalamu alaikum

    As for the poll, we so badly need something/someone to tackle the problem of isolated Muslim singles and get them connected in a halal manner.

    May be MM can create a database of singles or something… Since readers of MM are people who (I imagine) tend to be classified as too religious for the average Muslim unfortunately, MM could be one of the first things the singles have in common. Someone (an MM worker) will have to do some actual comparison of needs and wants of the singles and give each the other’s contact info and let them take over. It might even be a source of revenue for MM! Actually, the more I think about it the more it seems to me that MM readers would have far more in common, if you consider how it seems like the people having the hardest time getting married are the ones that keep their gaze down and refuse to participate in the meat markets – be it at the MSAs, or the ISNA crowds or the Muslim matrimonial websites.

    If MM needs people to help, I would love to.

  4. Sayf

    July 4, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    The recent poll statistics are amusing to keep track of. Did anyone else notice that after the article on women in the home the marriage votes spiked and overtook the radicalization votes? Seems like the trends show a lot of those complaining on that article wanted to get married!

  5. Shuaib Mansoori

    July 5, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    Azerbaijan, What is Azerbaijan? And What Will make you know what Azerbaijan Is?

    My parents live in Azerbaijan and frequently tell me about the country and Muslims there. A lot can be said, but one of the things that strike a person once he gets there is the complete disregard for the prayer by almost the entirety of the population (it therefore comes as no surprise to see that there is hardly any religiosity amongst the people). There is historical reason for this which itself demands an article to be written on it…Of course there are exceptions but the overwhelming majority just doesn’t want to pray. So I am not surprised at all at the “Adhaan flower” video, perhaps it is a reminder from Allah.

    There was a similar video posted on youtube about a lion’s roar that sounded like it uttered “Allah.” A well-known Da’ee here in North Amercia actually visited Azerbaijan (to visit his family) and was surprised to find out that the video was taken at a zoo there. He was told that the lion made that sound whenever the adhaan was called. He said that although the miraculous nature of such incidents cannot be confirmed, seeing the attitude of Azeri Muslims, such incidents could indeed be signs from Allah to a people that He wishes to call back towards Him.

    Alhamdulillah there is a lot of Khair amongst the Muslims there from what my parents tell – they have very noble manners such as honoring the guests. The people do listen whenever an informal “dars” is given to them and show a genuine zeal to learn. There is undoubtedly a huge potential for Da’wah…

    I pray to Allah that he guides us all to the path that is most beloved to Him

  6. Ameera

    July 5, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    JazaakAllahu khayran katheera for your comment! May Allah guide us all! Ameen. Your point is very valid… Allah(swt) sends us reminders in so many different ways. Perhaps this is one example of a reminder for Salah, especially if it really is as you say in Azerbaijan! I wonder how many such reminders I pass by in my daily life too? SubhanAllah.

  7. Sarah

    July 5, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    SubhanAllah, that’s amazing… ‘Which of your Lord’s blessings will you both deny?’

    I made it to JOF for the first time alhamdulillah – it was a nice experience. I have to agree with UmA – the fire alarms made Shaykh Muhammad Alshareef’s lecture one to remember mashaAllah :)

  8. Fajr Breeze - Yuxx

    July 7, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Mashâa’ Allâh, that’s wonderful

  9. Mohammad Salman

    March 26, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Do we really need to see miracles?? possibly in order to purify or strengthen our D’een??
    May be we do.. but i don’t think it makes allah happy with us..
    Islam is based on faith.. (Belief in unseen)
    If we see God’s miracles, we will have no choice but to believe in him and worship but that’s not glorious. Islam’s glory lies in faith..
    I also very strongly believe that miracles are all around.. we just need have the correct vision to identify it.. Qur’an itself is the greatest miracle Allah has sent for humanity. The nature, the life, mornings, sunsets,rain, a child’s birth, oceans, mountains, waterfalls are all great miracles..

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