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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Happiness is- The Gift of Flowers

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I 'm  convinced that one of the easiest way to make oneself happy is to go and look at flowers. 

They are just so...?

And any word you can think of is probably the right one to fit in here.

But even better, why don't you make someone else happy by gifting them flowers?

Take it from me, that is really the best present you can give.

Try it and see...

The rewards can be something that will wrap you up in a warm glow for a long, long time.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A memorable evening with Shaikh Yusuf Estes Salam at the Grand Mosque, Muscat

We had an opportunity to hear the world famous Islamic preacher, Shaikh Yusuf Estes Salam give a talk on Islam and its relationship with other religions some time back 

It really was an evening to remember for many reasons.
Sheikh Yusuf Estes Salam with Marcos

For one, it was held within the precincts of the Grand Mosque, truly the most magnificent structure in all of Oman.

Two, Shaikh Yusuf Estes, himself was a Christian preacher, who chose to convert to Islam many, many years back.

Then, it was the sheer numbers of people present there.

Even though there was no definite count  I'd put the people that evening at about a thousand -all silent, then interactive, as the moment demanded.

Most memorable of all will remain the fact that I saw my first real life conversion to Islam take place in front of me. 

It was that of Marcos, (pictured above with Shaikh Yusuf Estes), who had chosen to follow Islam as his new way of life and living. He smiled, he laughed and he also cried.Along with him, many of us watching laughed and cried with him too.

Over two decades of  living in the Gulf and I finally understood what it really was.

It is only when there is a call from 'within', then and only then, does someone feel the deep seated need or desire to voluntarily convert from one religion to another.....