riyada in arabic means "training" or "discipline". It was used by the arabs in relation to horse taming. Sufis refer to their discipline as "riyadat an-nafs": disciplining the soul / training the ego. Today, the word riyada has come to mean "sports". There is an Arabic proverb that says: "The purpose of sports (riyada) is not to win cups, but to discipline the soul". This blog is here to help me discipline my soul and train my body.

Friday, June 02, 2006

King Hussein Mosque

Went today for Jum'a prayer at the new King Hussien Mosque, the largest (and i think most beautiful) mosque in Jordan.

man, the adhan was so beautiful. it was... i can't describe it. it was so beautiful and yet so heartbreaking. i was never moved so much by an adhan before..

subhanallah. subhannallah. I had only intended to go there once, to check out the place. But I intend to go next friday as well, inshalla, only for the sake of hearing that adhan. In fact, I wish everyone could hear that adhan once before they die. At least, I wish extremists would hear this adhan, that maybe it would remove some of the hardness from their hearts.

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(pic from http://gurry.jeeran.com/archive/2006/4/40775.html)

apparently jordan celebrated its 60th year of independence last week, so the khutba was about how important it is to love the country.. of the things that the khutba mentioned:

1) to love the county is to be proud to work for it, and to do anything you can for its advancement. it means not to stay away from any jobs, there is no such thing as a shameful profession. (there is a big problem in jordan that people do not want to work in "shameful" professions like construction, cleaning the streets, etc.. all these are left to tens of thousands of Egyptians, while there is a large amount of unemployment in Jordan.

2) to be kind to everyone in the country, and to help them, and think of them as your brothers. Whether or not they are of the same religion, they are still your brothers as the sons of Adam. The khatib then related a story of a man who needed something from the Caliph Muawiya. At the gate, he was asked who he was, and told the guards that he was Muawiya's brother. They let him enter, and Muawiya said, "I was told that my brother wanted to see me, and you are not my brother, so who are you?" The man replied, "I am your brother from Adam", and Muawiya honored him for that reply and gave him what he asked for.

3) how the Prophet loved his hometown of Mecca, and how he departed from it in sadness, but Allah revealed to him a verse assuring him that he shall return to it.

4) how Jordan is a country that has been doing a lot for improving the world's perception of Islam, and has held many meetings of muslim delegations for the benefit of Islam. Therefore we should love the country and appreciate its leadership.

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Now the mosque is near a military base, and a huge section of those praying there were military men. What is really strange, and sad, is that we have so many overweight officers! What kind of military is this? Why's everyone so fat? (well ok, not everone). But i noticed this also with police men, or at least the higher-level officers... they're usually overweight.


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