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1. Philizz - Millennium Videomix (P1)

Philizz - Millennium Videomix (P1)

Tracklist: Armand van Helden – I Want Your Soul Uniting Nations – Music In Me Utah Saints – Something Good ‘08 Eric Prydz – Call On Me Basshunter – Now You’re Gone Velvet – Fix Me Star Pilots – I’m Alive Rihanna – Umbrella Loleatta Holloway – Love Sensation ‘06 Sunset Strippers – Falling Stars Cabin Crew – Waiting For A Star To Fall Basic Element ft. D-Flex – Touch You Right Now Dave Armstrong – Out Of Touch David Guetta – Love Don’t Let Me Go Eamon – Fuck It Pate No.1 – Shining Star Global Deejays – Flashdance (What A Feeling) Gwen Stefani – What You Waiting For Royal Gigolos – Tell It To My Heart Jennifer Lopez – Alive Star Pilots – In The Heat Of The Night Star Pilots – Higher Tom Pulse – Cuando Bob Sinclar – Rock This Party Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup – We No Speak Americano Johan Gielen vs. Time Bandits – Live It Up ‘08 Cahill ft. Nikki Belle – Trippin’ On You Faith Evans – Mesmerized Culture Beat – Your Love Stellar Project – Get Up Stand Up Mathieu Bouthier & Muttonheads – Make Your Own Kind Of Music Vinylshakerz – One Night In Bangkok Becca – Come And Get My Love Conways – A Walk In The Park Ultra Nate – Automatic Supafly vs Fishbowl – Let’s Get Down Kate Ryan – Ella Elle L’a Darin vs. Fonzerelli – Insanity ‘09 Michael Mind ft. Manfred Mann – Blinded By The Light The Disco Boys ft. Manfred Mann – For You Phunk Foundation – Let it Go Jesse McCartney ft. T-Pain – Body Language Infernal – From Paris To Berlin Sunblock – First Time Beyonce & Shakira – Beautiful Liar Corny – The Way It Is Armand van Helden ft. Tara McDonald – My My My Mike Red – 4 Living Sunblock – I’ll Be Ready Naughty Boy – Phat Beach (I’ll Be Ready) © Philizz, 2013. philizz.com Join Philizz on Facebook or Twitter: facebook.com/PhilizzMedia and facebook.com/PhilizzMediaEspanol (Spanish) twitter.com/Philizz No copyright infringement intended. For promotional purposes only. Become a fan @ Facebook, for exclusive news & mixes Please Subscribe here for future remixes & videos.


2. 2012 UCI DH # 3 - Fort William, Santa Cruz Syndicate

2012 UCI DH # 3 - Fort William, Santa Cruz Syndicate

BRYCELAND PODIUMS AT FORT WILLIAM! Fort William, Scotland June 10, 2012 Santa Cruz Syndicate’s Josh Bryceland had confidence all week and carried it through to his final race run taking the fifth spot on the podium at the third round of the UCI World Cup Downhill Series. Greg Minnaar came 6th and Steve Peat was 77th as he attempted a race run after suffering a badly torn hamstring muscle the day before. Fort William was dry and dusty all week and the midges were out in full force! Fans were as enthusiastic as ever and crowds swarmed the hill as much as the midges. The mechanics had the Shimano/Fox equipped V-10’s dialed each day for practice and the boys were training and getting up to speed together. They had fun on the track walk when Peaty had a BBQ up on the track for a feature for “This Is Peaty” . The week was unfolding well. Qualifier day spirits were high, but on the last training run Steve had a crash and injured himself. His front wheel washed out and when it slid his legs spread apart and he felt a pop. Rolling to the bottom of the hill Steve couldn’t walk into the medical tent so he rolled on in. Upon examination it was determined that he had a bad tear of his left hamstring. Wanting to keep the possibility of racing open he chose to do the qualifier by just rolling out of the start gate (which is all he needed to do as a top 20 protected rider to qualify). Greg ended up qualifying 6th knowing he could make more time and Josh’s form netted him a 7th place qualifier. Not having had any rain in six weeks it was no surprise that race day would be the day to rain! Steve didn’t practice in the morning while waiting to see if he would be up for the challenge of the race. He got a good taping from first aid and with pain meds onboard he decided to race. Out of the gate he was going for it giving it a proper go and feeling fast. Then he went down on a wet bridge and had to walk back up to get his bike. He carried on, but wanted to stay out of the way of the next few riders so he cruised from there. Josh took to the course and riding very well and moved into the 3-man hot seat to wait. Greg started off attacking the top and managed to hit a rock and damage his chain ring, thus inhibiting his effort for the rest of the run. He gave it the best he had but the chain was off by the bottom where he could have put the hammer down and just missed the podium by .08 seconds, but was stoked for teammate Bryceland as he was 5th scoring his second career UCI World Cup podium! Greg says, “ I’m obviously disappointed with finishing 6th but at the same time it could have been worse. I slammed a rock really hard quite high up on the track and bent my chain ring. My chain stayed on for most of the race but derailed towards the bottom. It was just a stupid mistake but could easily happen because of the ever-changing course with the rain. The great positive for the weekend was seeing Ratty podium in his home country!” Steve reflects on his week, “Mix bag of feelings for me after Fort William. I felt awesome on my Santa Cruz V-10 in practice but had an unlucky fall on my last run before qualifying. I managed to do a Bambi on ice and ripped my hamstring pretty badly!! I had to roll out the gate in the qualifier so I could manage the pain and try to ride finals. With no practice Sunday morning and a little rain, I didn't know how to attack my run and ended up slipping off the first wooden bridge and over a turn (same happened at Worlds in 07!!!). So, all in all, you can imagine how pissed off I am. Other than that the crowds were unreal again and thanks to the medics, Kathy Sessler and the Syndicate crew for getting me back on the hill. Hitting the Physio hard from now till MSA!! Still buzzing from his podium finish Josh says, “Fort William weekend was a lot of fun. Over the last two races there has been a bit of bad luck for me and my team and friends, but it was nice to end it off with a podium result! The V-10 has never felt better down the Fort and the new Fox forks are unbelievable. Thanks a lot to the Syndicate and everyone who has helped me get on top of another podium from Rob Copeland, Dan Critchlow, my girlfriend Becky and my family! Looking forward to keeping the ball rolling into Canada!!” Josh moves up in the overall points to 9th, Greg stays in 2nd 85 points behind Gwin and 70 points ahead of Gee. Steve drops to 26th overall with 156 points. The next two World Cups are just around the corner and Steve is working on rehabbing the hamstring as much as possible before MSA. Elite Men’s Results: 1 Aaron Gwin 4:48.21 2 Danny Hart 4:49.04 3 Gee Atherton 4:50.72 4 Sam Hill 4:51.74 5 Josh Bryceland (Santa Cruz Syndicate) 4:53.26 6 Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) 4:53.33 7 Joe Smith 4:55.14 8 Sam Dale 4:55.35 9 Matt Simmonds 4:55.59 10 Cameron Cole 4:55.77 77 Steve Peat (Santa Cruz Syndicate) 8:07.5 Overall Standings: 1 Aaron Gwin 650 2 Greg Minnaar 565 3 Gee Atherton 495 4 Danny Hart 355 5 Sam Hill 334 6 Steve Smith 302 7 Marc Beaumont 293 8 Mick Hannah 288 9 Josh Bryceland 257 10 Remi Thirion 237 26 Steve Peat 156 THANKS TO THE SYNDICATE SPONSORS: SANTA CRUZ BICYCLES SHIMANO FOX ENVE COMPOSITES MAXXIS CLIF BAR MUC-OFF LIZARD SKINS WTB CHRIS KING BIRZMAN Gore® RideOn™ Cable Systems FOXHEAD


3. Big Dark Scary Mountain

  • Published: 2012-10-23T01:41:06+00:00
  • Duration: 142
  • By bill cass
Big Dark Scary Mountain

Nymbol and Troupe were singing Big Rock Candy Mountain at the top of their lungs on the way home from FaerieWorlds two summers ago. All of the sudden Blarney changed one of the lines and the next 6plus hours in the van flew by as the whole family worked together "Nymbolizing" this song. With some trepidation we released it on the world this past summer and some of Nymbol's fans were singing along by the second show. We thought this was a great way to celebrate Nymbol's birthday and our favorite holiday of the year. Happy Halloween, Samhain, and Celtic New Year Everyone. for more about our big plans please check out our kickstarter project going on until November 14th http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1851191419/nymbols-secret-garden-pilot Or our website at http://nymbolssecretgarden.com/ thanks for looking Credits Creature Wranglers Nymbol: Bill Cass Serriffina: Sam Cass Nymphaea: Tabatha Cass Blarney: Izzy Cass Big Dark Scary Mountain Lyrics: The Cass Family Upright Bass: Silvie Kaul-Anderson Piano: Robert Marsanyi Banjo: Dan Montecalvo Music arrangement: Robert Marsanyi Video, Lighting, Sound, Editing Caven Keith - Stone Knot Studios No Bats, Sock creatures, or Skidded Underwear Monsters were harmed in the filming of this video Filmed in Langley, Washington Lyrics........ so you can sing along with us next time The Big Dark Scary Mountains One evening as the sun went down the fire-ball was burning down the path came a boggart hiking and said “boys I’m nocturning” I’m heading for a land that’s far away, beside the misty fountains so come with me, we’ll go and see the big dark scary mountains In the big dark scary mountains there’s a land thats full of fright there are boney hands in bushes and the ghosts are out all night where the coffins are all empty and the moon shines through the day. on the worms and fleas and the creepy crawl-ees the toxic streams where the banshee screams in the big dark scary mountains In the big dark scary mountains all the rouges have wooden legs and the vampires all have razored teeth and they drain your blood in kegs the witches brew is full of phlegm and the zombies dance with them. oh I’m bound to go where the fog lies low, and harpies ball and the sirens call in the big dark scary mountains In the big dark scary mountains you never brush your teeth and your underwear has crawled away and your crusty underneath. your socks have run aw ayhay to be with other feet. there is a swamp of poo and it’s stinky too, don’t fall in, it’s not good for you, in the big dark scary mountains. In the big dark scary mountains the sky is full of bats. but when you get up close to them, their really flying rats. there ain’t no way to catch them, or beat them to a pulp. There gonna bite, and peck your head, and scratch your face, until your dead in the big dark scary mountains “whistling” I’ll see you all this coming fall in the big dark scary mountains


4. Desert Wanderers - 18th & 19th of May 2010 Music by OKA

  • Published: 2010-05-24T12:58:05+00:00
  • Duration: 480
  • By Tim Bonython
Desert Wanderers - 18th & 19th of May 2010 Music by OKA

Desert Wanderers by Tim Bonython This year has been full of swells bombarding the southern flank of Australia with already three trips to Tasmania to Shipsterns Bluff & two to WA. It was only a matter of time before I did a journey to my homeland of South OZ. Back in 1989 I did a trip to the Eyre Peninsula with surfer Chris Homer for my definitive film Gripping Stuff. Last year I ventured back starting with the Fantastic Noodles Junior event & realized that there was some truly some amazing world-class waves there. They can be big & mean but the rewards can be all time. The only thing you need to deal with is they are hard to find & come with scary feelings that are real. BIG SHARKS. This time around I had local Jeff Schmucker call me to let me know there was a good week of waves & that a trip down would be worth my while. All sorts of surfers were heading across & so all I had to do was get myself there. Day one I meet up Matt Hoy, Craig Anderson & host Josiah & Jeff Schmucker & we get in late surf at a right-hander that has a sucky take off but then a nice barrel on each wave. The sunset was all time. Day 2 we were up at 4.30am to get to a spot at first light – it was icy cold & foggy but at the same time amazing. On our arrival it was hard to see the ocean as the fog was like a white creamy blanket was pouring off the coastline into the ocean (Hoyo called a fog fall) but through the haze of it we could see perfect lines with spitting tubes BUT was not consistent or big enough for us to start our day there. So back into our cars Jeff decided to check out another spot back up the coast where we had to ask the local farmer permission to allow us in, which he did. On arrival the waves were perfect peaky, off shore 4 to 6 foot, & as always no one out except a pack of dolphins that were cruising up & down the beach. The boys suited up & were out there in no time. Jeff put his ski in via the beach & raced up and down the coast looking at all the options. Hoyo & Josiah got out there & made the most of it with the locals that were dropping into most of the rides darting around underneath as they ripped up the surface. By lunch we gathered out stuff up & heading back to town to surf the bombie. Boats loaded & Jeff’s ski put out we had the bombie to ourselves in 6 to 10 foot waves in light onshore wind. It wasn’t epic but it was nice to be back there. The next morning with another early start we headed back to the right point break where we were greeted with perfect tubing 4 to 6 foot slabs. Marti Paradisis & Californian Alex Gray was out there as was Justin ‘Jughead’ Alport. They were getting shacked off there heads. Matt Hoy paddled out and straight off the bat dropped into the green room coming out with the boys hooting then & on each pit. The day ended with all stoked to see it ended on such a good note. We headed to the pub and connected the camera and watched the day’s action. Bags packed we all heading home.


5. Loza Szydercow 2, part3ed, Last part by Malga Kubiak at Le Madame in Warsaw 2005

Loza Szydercow 2, part3ed, Last part by Malga Kubiak at Le Madame in Warsaw 2005

http://egotriplabel.blogspot.com/2011/03/lion-royal-gap-reviews-masks-of-love.html http://egotriplabel.blogspot.com/2011/11/success-going-down-is-rapid-annemarie.htm LOZA SZYDERCOW 2 by Malga Kubiak last part at Le Madame in Warsaw 2005 /including interview in TEXT with Agata Mocarska from The Ego trip Label Blog/ Loza Szydercow 2 by Malga Kubiak the last part at Le Madame in Warsaw 2005 script cut out from Federico Garcia Lorca, Antonin Artaud, Georges Bataille, Sartre, Stanislawsky, Majakowskij, OMS by Malga Kubiak cast Malga Kubiak, Agata Mocarska, Katarzyna Jaskiewicz, Marta Boros, Maciek Poreba, Jacek i Natalia Andrzejewski, Ania Tomczynska, Mariusz, Marta Mroz, Krystian Legierski, Wojtek i Natalia Sowka camera Janusz Cegielo, back ground camera Zosia Jocz light by Wolfram make up Agata Piasecka back ground music Martinez drum Wojtek Sowka production The Ego Trip AGATA MOCARSKA MALGA KUBIAKs MUSE! WHAT AM I SEARCHING for? interview by Bolo Butler, corrections Anna Kowalska-Petrie, lay out Auto Matt, photos Game Girl, COK, & private How can the actress work for so long with the director who doesn't pay? A: Art is not only about money. Whats the deal about Malga? What skills are required to get on her team? A: She likes people I think. These kind of persona surround themselves by lots of people they find interesting in some ways. She gives space for people to be themselves. How did u meet Malga Kubiak? A: We met in a cult club in Warsaw Le Madame How did u see her? What was your first impression? A: The first time I saw her in that club on some party I thought ,what a bitch she must be, But that was before talking to her. After some conversation about the workshop I was surprised that she is very sweet person indeed. How did it all begun? A: Malga who just came from Sweden started organizing actor,s workshops in that club for a few of my friends. I talked to her and joined that program. It was fascinating and engaged a lot of emotions. At that time our friendship began. What was your relation at the very start? A:There was a lot talking about life and art, exchanging of ideas, opinions etc. Malga has very curious mind and I enjoyed spending time in her company. We used to walk in parks and discuss discuss.. She asked me sometimes to imagine some situation and act it in that public area. I liked her looks which was not typical for a Polish woman. Also I considered her a very gentle and sensitive person. I thought that she was an extraordinary person living an untypical kind of life, like someone you would meet in New York rather than Warsaw. How come she asked u to join her team, her art work? A:Probably she felt good about me. What was your own situation at this point? A:I was just doing my art, which was painting mostly at that time. Did she train u? A:Yes, this workshop was about that. What was your actress experience? A:I played in some short movies in my friends projects, mostly in Maksym Matuszewski,s ones. What did u do on the workshop? And for how long? A: We were practicing some behavior joining the team together, which looked like some witch rituals, some kind of putting together of energies. But mostly it was acting various emotional situations from our lives. Without Malga it was 3 of us, which made it quite an intimate story. How come u traveled together in a very quick car trip to Paris and back? A:Malga wanted to sing in clubs in Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris with DJ Martinez. Actually one more driver was necessary, as only one person had a driving license. But seriously I thing we just liked each other and enjoyed the company. Did u ever hear about her before u met her? A:No How did u see her when u finally met? A:Very interesting, unusual, witchy, arty.. What was this project game/girl movie about? A:Maybe about mixing ,reality, and the imaginative world. About living fast in a community, about bands, romance, hitting the road. Like ,everything is possible,. How was the Denmark excursion? A:Oh it was great, summertime, an interesting project, a great group of people with a plan to spend creative time together. Malga payed our petrol bills and arranged a house on the seashore, where a lot of scenes were shot, as well as on the beach. The water was cold but pleasant, refreshing. We swam a lot in the waves, wandered at night in the forest. Why did she ask just u? A:I,m not sure what it means ,just you,. There were plenty of people engaged somehow in that project. There were about 11 actors, as everybody played, cameramen also and assistants. Some girl cooked us delicious dinners, and did make-up and blood effects too. It was like filming and living in a crazy community at the same time. A lot of people didn't know each other before, and then we spent over a week in the same house, acting, eating, partying, sleeping. There was some flirting actions, arguments and stuff. Which probably is unavoidable in a group of people intensively doing such a thing. There were moments of great laughter and fun and also days when some tension was hanging around. Did u really shoot 58 scenes in 1 week? A:Probably, I wasn't counting. Who kept the tempo? A:The director of course. I thought that she could be very disciplined if she wanted, which I think is very important in art work. Everywhere probably. Why did u play 3 different roles? Do u think in GG, she has a lead role or u? A:I never considered myself as having a lead role, I just played the best I could from my part of the movie. There were a lot of people playing with us. Malga was the glue of all this, so maybe she was the main character. But I really dont try to find out who had a leading role. It was not so important for me. If I had a lot of roles, it means that in Malga,s concept it was good for the movie. Probably the way I behaved and looked was what she wanted to express on the screen. For me, some scenes were not easy, but thanks to that I could experience a new something. I,ve heard that Fellini didn't expect actors to rehearse too much or to think about the character they played. I think that is similar in Malga,s case. Why did she ask u to continue working with her? A:Maybe it was stimulating. How did u create "Loza Szydercow 2" and why? How did u work? A:I didn't have much input in LS. Your role in COK? How did u prepare? A:I read a lot of Sarah. Did u discuss with Malga your ideas? Did she? Did she demand of u a certain way of acting and what was it? A:Malga rather didn't demand any particular way of acting. Of course we talked about the general idea and particular scenes but she left a lot of space to actors. I think she was interested in observing us in different situations. You were free to act out some topic, how you felt about it. When u shot COK, how did u feel about it? A:I,ve read for the first time something of Kane. And I found her world very strong and modern. When did u work with Loza Szydercow 2? A:I dont remember the precise date, I have difficulty with that and in many other things in my life too. Were u aware Loza Szydercow 1 was also created for u, but u didn't participate, u had an exam, why didn't any of u change the dates? A:Maybe it wasn't meant to be. Is being an actress your main go, main goal? A:No but I like it when it happens. I'm interested in various activities. How do you keep going in life? A:I think positively in spite of obstacles. In the creative process its sometimes difficult, things dont go the way we would them to. But this make us think, and create new solutions that push the world forward.I dont think much about theory. I do what comes to my mind. I imagine something and try to find a proper way (technically) to do it. I like using different media like paints, wood, metal, silicone etc in my works. I go to scrap yards to find interesting pieces and then combine them together. Certainly all areas of my activity influence each other. Whats your education? A:Economics. Whats your passion? A:Sports what sports? and what excites u in sports? A:a body is our medium here in this life.I like the way I feel it after sports. For example when it's flexible after yoga asanas. I adore swimming, water skies, diving etc. At gym u can build your body like a sculpture. and diving? A:diving is divine. u put on weights and go down heavy like a cow, but under water it gets very peaceful, quiet, slow motion. u can even dance there. in warm seas you can see a lot of space and light, beside all those crazy creatures. of course to a certain depth. u rely on equipment so it can be dangerous, but still, life is dangerous. What are your sexual preferences? A:Hetero, but I like women in certain way too. I think certain intimacy is over gender. Your personal history? A:Oh, I should write a novel here;) Just a person with more or less a human experience. Your dreams? A:A sea comes to my dreams often, literary speaking. It appears as wild and dark or bright and beautiful depending on state of mind I guess. I like my dreams, I used to note them after night, as they are crazy and complicated stories, very real. I believe they say a lot about us. Why did she get u into the Berlin play she was going to work with Carl Andersen, Carl was the director, Malga was acting director on stage,and u were the directors, Malga,s assistant? How was it to work with Malga in Berlin? How was to work with Carl? A:This is a kind of question that should be asked to Malga.I guess it was the same reason why I acted in her projects with her. Carl I found very interesting, sensitive, drinking & smoking much. Somebody who pays attention on many little subtle things in a person. Who could be very bad tempered too. It was exclusively someth. dark, sensual and sexual that interested him. The Berlin theater was a challenge for me. I've never done it before in a theater in another country. We had couple of days of rehearsal and then played in front of the public. It was very intense. Was the act between both of u her plan? A:I dont know, its possible. Why did she force u to undress on stage? A:Again, I wouldn't use the word ,force,. I wouldn't do it if I didn't want to. I dont have a problem with nakedness. Although its quite a stress experience in front of audience when u r sober. Did u understand that your entire love scene, the climax scene was Malga's construction, not Carl's? A:I wasn't aware of this fully, but its possible she had her own ideas which Carl accepted. Why did she do that? A:Crossing borders maybe, getting close. Do u think she had a crush on u? A:We liked each other a lot. How many shows did u play? A:I dont remember, several maybe. It was a few times a week for couple of weeks. What happened after? A:We finished and came back to Warsaw. It wasn't bad. It was a very intense time. We were different in a way over there. I found Malga very concentrated on herself, which made our communication a little difficult. So far it was like ,us, somehow, and there it was she versus me. Maybe I wasn't an angel too. But still, I think its a part of the process. For me the whole time in Berlin was a learning experience, new, creative. There were emotions between everybody, I mean the actors and the director. Artists can be very oversensitive. No doubt, I like that experience, with all the pluses and minuses. It was not easy, but worth it. I wouldn't have it without Malga. Did u understand COK, did she create it for herself, for Sarah Kane and for u? A:No, she didn't say anything outright. If she did, maybe I would have a different attitude. Why didn't u want to work with Malga afterwards? A:It was time for a short break. Did all this excursion through the wild hurt u somehow? A:No. Did u feel wounded or elevated? A:I'm the type of person that is wounded by many things. It comes from vulnerability. But I try not to concentrate on this, as life itself is like that. Maybe sometimes I close myself, when I have enough of something, I've always felt a little aside. And then I get stubborn. Why did u stop working with her when it was at its best? A:Life sometimes gives us different paths for its own reasons. U made 2 films with her, and 2 different theater plays. Of course Carl was the director of the theater Lick an Apple, but all actions between both of u, on stage was Malga's desire? What was going on? Were u tired of her? A:A bit maybe. But don't we have sth like that about everything sometimes, including ourselves? Did she want too much of u as the lead actress? A:No, I liked that. Maybe at one moment she did. And this is something I can't function with. Did she want your soul? A:Having a close relationship with someone is always having somebodies soul in a way. Did u understand she created the script about vampires for u, but u barely acted in it? U bailed out. She was making her Gay Hell at Dante Cafe but it turned out to be a different movie. U showed up only in the most crowded scenes, where u could be left to yourself. A:It was a time when I appreciated my solitude. I didn't feel like crowds and cameras. I did as much as I could then. In Mishima project she put your name on the poster for Mishima 1, but u never considered going there, joining? She had a special role for u for a very long time, but finally gave it to another actress. A:Malga lives in Stockholm and I live in Warsaw. It was all about that. I liked the concept of Mishima. After Malga's proposition I read a few stories of him. I imagined myself even in harakiry scene, full of blood, dramatic.. If we lived in the same city I'm sure I would played there with pleasure. What are your future plans? A:I would like to travel with my exhibitions all over the world. I would love to reach a state of mind when I'm happy not because of external reasons but because of my inner awareness. I hope Malga and I do something together again. -------------------- DIRECTOR resume malga kubiak 2004 january/ massive screening at le madame of the ego trip collection february/ art fair in stockholm, suns birthday in gothenburg carl and me are planing to write a script, he throws the topic. the directors couple, problems with sex. He soon bails out. I write a scrip, it crystallizes quickly. march/april/may/june/ workshop with actors june/ 3 days trip to paris via berlin, amsterdam and bruxelle, martinez & me perform 2x in amsterdam, 1 in paris, way back is 25h drive without a stop, ela & agata drive june karate, one day shooting GG at m25 july/august/ sweden, Carl bails out of entire project GG shooting thats scheduled for september, frantic search for the cameras! september/ GG shoot a week in rorvig, denmark with MY TEAM october/ trip to berlin w agata & kasia / failing of editing by berlin,s boys november/ depression 2005 february/ loza szydercow 1 on wotever night at le madame carl andersen is planing lick an apple like a pussy the play schiller never wrote/ at brotfabrik theater in berlin. i plan to take agata with to berlin. in order to prepare her, i make decision to put up the play loza szydercow 2 at le madame.i write script, based on antoni artaud, george bataile, garcia lorca, include beats of OMS. we rehears few times, we train yoga. agata is going to play my assistant, i am playing director.le madame is going to be shut down, we get the last night. the place is maximally filled up, we play 3 hours and its success. april/ i prepare script for berlin based on bertold brecht, schiller, heiner muller/hamletmachine, sarah kane whit highlights f artoud and bataile. i read shillers letters to the prince, they are revolutionary. may / berlin brotfabriken theater, on the first rehearsal i picture to carl my idea for using stanislawskis movement exercise w everybody and my act with agata. we are a lesbian couple and we are going to manage it emotional,16 shows we roll the hard stage floor nude, kissing, fumbling, seducing,shouting, fighting. one morning i wake up and i have the COK script ready in my head. the last day i badly fall down the staircase in carls house. june / warsaw my boy friend comes by, we make love,its absurd,i dont find myself in the situation i got so incredibly used to agatas lips, kisses,and body, i am shocked i am thinking WHAT a Hell is He doing? what for he stuck his tongue in my mouth? i write the script f COK, get actors, we rehearse intensely. martinez is going to film, maksym, g.graham comes f berlin to be my assistant,attila and paul come from berlin to film and act. we film few days, i am ill,after the staircase flight i take a v.strong penicillin, each day starts with the shitty quarter in the lu, martinez saves my skin talking to actors, deciding cameras placing, g.g figures actors positions. in the key scene under the bridge i get arrested and sit a while in the police car, direct f there. we film few days, all works. WHAT AM I SEARCHING? i am editing with martinez, he does sound and special effects and color. we take COK first, GG almost year later. i get limited PR, but full at the cinema. since i did with martinez GAY HELL, & MISHIMA MASKS, cooperation is PERFECT


6. Son Lux - 'Lanterns Lit' (Director's Commentary)

  • Published: 2014-07-23T03:44:40+00:00
  • Duration: 736
  • By SJ Finlay
Son Lux - 'Lanterns Lit' (Director's Commentary)

Inspired by 'First Light' by Mackenzie Sheppard, the video for 'Lanterns Lit' by Son Lux was shot all over South East Asia while director SJ Finlay was shooting a short documentary on Children at Risk for non-profit Hope for the Nations. That documentary will be released in early fall, for more information visit HopeForTheNations.com 'Lanterns Lit' was shot on location in Davao City, Philippines; Bangkok, Thailand; Pattaya, Thailand; and Mandalay, Myanmar. Here the director talks about the behind the scenes of the filming process, which included working with children who didn't speak English in various devastated and poor landscapes. Some more interesting tidbits from SJ Finlay that didn't make it in the commentary: - "The place with the shots of the burned down village (Zamboanga) is technically still a war zone, and I had to be accompanied by police escorts while filming. It was attacked by militants in September of last year, and a hundred thousand people were displaced. I wanted to return at dusk to get some more shots, but they had locked it down and wouldn't let me in, cause they didn't have a police escort ready. HFTN is helping to build an education center to send out mobile education units to the camps where people are living now. You can view more about that in this short video I made here: https://vimeo.com/101482259 - "I really wanted a green shot to add in there with all the grungy parts, but I went in dry season, so it took me til literally the second last day of my trip to find a field that wasn't burnt and brown. I found these boys who I'd bought some post cards from earlier, and asked their mother (with the help of my interpreter) if I could film them in the field. I paid her some money and she watched and was really happy to help, though I think she had no idea what I was doing. (Nobody ever did, haha. They thought I was just a journalist or something.)" - "I wanted to go to Mandalay, Myanmar even though there were no HFTN projects there. I saw this picture of Ubein bridge (search for it) and thought 'man, I NEED to film there.' So I took an 8 hour bus ride without knowing anyone there. And in Myanmar, almost NO ONE speaks English, so it's kind of tough to communicate. But as soon as I got off the bus, this 17 year old kid walked up to me and said 'hello sir, how are you?' I was elated that he spoke English, and so I hired him as my tour guide. He took me around on his scooter and showed me all the sights. When we got to Ubein bridge, it was packed! People everywhere. So I went the next morning before sunrise (and just before I flew back to Bangkok) and got these amazing shots, better than I'd hoped. Since I didn't have time to find a kid, I used my tour guide, but I think it works, he's still pretty young." - "I really wanted to evoke empathetic feelings for these children without being too heavy or cliche, you know like avoiding old school sickly-looking-child style. I wanted to show their perspective and their environment and how, for most of them, they view the new world and technology from a distance. The idea of escape was actually very literal to my situation, as I could just come in and take pictures, and then leave on a plane, but they were stuck there and could never hope to leave, because they're just too poor. And one day perhaps us rich people will leave for good, and leave our mess behind, and kids will watch our ships leave with wonder and complete ignorance to what is really going on. It's heavy, I know, but I hope I was able to do it delicately enough to evoke feelings without hitting people over the head with it. I hope people will take a second to think after watching this video, and perhaps even sign up to help these kids through our Children at Risk / Children of Change project. More on that on my site at http://www.sjfinlay.com . The idea is that you'd host an event with your friends and watch this video and the short documentary I'm currently working on, and then pick a small project from a list on the HFTN website that you will try to raise money for as a group. I really hope people will get on board with this, or even just share it and think about it and try to help in your own way."


7. Rev Randy Francis LLM Service May 27 2012

  • Published: 2012-05-29T22:21:46+00:00
  • Duration: 3026
  • By Tongil
Rev Randy Francis LLM Service May 27 2012

Heartistic Attendance While Following Our Passion Rev. Randall Francis May 27, 2012 Good morning, everyone. Good morning. Thank you. It’s an amazing pleasure to be here in New York. Thank you. Wow, what a crowd. You came out even in th e beautiful May rain this morning that is bringing out the flowers. I want to bring greetings to you from our senior pastor and her family and our True Parents. I was watching some of the Twitter feeds this morning from our international president, Hyung Jin Nim. He is in Lake Tahoe with True Parents , and it is amazing to see them in that big blue lake. I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Lake Tahoe, but it’s such an amazing big blue lake. I think it’s somewhat like my blue eyes, in the mountains . Let’s pray for our True Parents. Introducing Rev. Randy Francis and District 1 My name is Randy Francis. I am from the Washington, D. C. , area. My wife Kumiko and I are the district pastor couple in District 1, which includes Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. We claim the District of Columbia as a state in some ways for the providence there. I am excited to be here with you in New York and with you all across the country: at a ll those 100-plus locations. The people here , including our incredible band, Sonic Cult, and the whole team here in New York, do an amazing job in putting together the Lovin’ Life worship service . I had an opportunity to go backstage to look around here and see what was going on, to see the prayers amongst small groups and the many support activities. It is just fantastic. I know that is what helps make everything run here, and it is building a ministry that we can be proud of. In District 1 we have locations in Norfolk, Virginia, led by Pastors Akira and Yoko Ota and assisted by Rev. Levy and Claire Daugherty. Also, in Richmond, we have Father Bayo and his wife, Ayano . In the northern part of Virginia near Washington, D.C., we have Pastor Judie Lejeune and her husband Roland, and they are co- pastors with Ernest and Keiko Patton. I want to give a shout-out to you all. We have our big, big community in Maryland, and I know they’re watching. And some of you are here. They’re led by Pastors Matthew and Marianne Goldberg, who are supported by an incredible team that is putting together a lot of new initiatives every day. Every week, one of our goals is to do something new, so that when people walk in, they feel and see something new going on, and they can find a place to connect. Our creative team in the D. C. metro area is led by Kaeleigh and David Moffitt. They have an outstanding team, including our band, working with them . We’re trying to mimic the Sonic Cult in Maryland and to inspire the budding musicians from throughout our community. Our band, led by Jin Soon Stephens: and George, you’re there occasionally singing. We love your voice. We love to see anyone who wants to find a place to contribute. There are so many different places, with greeters, ushers, the welcoming team, the care teams, and the Sunday School. We have a large group. Last year In Jin Nim, our senior pastor, encouraged us to worship together as a unified community, as the united D. C. metropolitan area, and we’ve been doing that. There are 400 to 500 people sometimes on a Sunday morning, so it’s a large group, but we’re working at it. We’re getting ready to launch perhaps a new location where we can be stable at another school. Right now we’re meeting at our New Hope Academy . Some of the things that go on there are kind of mind-blowing to me . I was standing one time after church out on our patio, the entranceway to the school, and I was talking with a young man . All of a sudden, he said, “H ey, where did all these little kids come from?” These were one-, two-, and three year olds. I said, “O h, those are your nieces and nephews. They’re our third -generation running around amongst us .” When we stop to look back , we see that everything we’re doing has a specific purpose: to bring about special growth and establish a tradition that is our legacy that will can carry us on throughout the years unto future generations. Pentecost Sunday and Memorial Monday This weekend is quite a busy one , if you hadn’t noticed already. As Victoria mentioned, it is Memorial Day weekend and Monday is Memorial Day. Today is also Pentecost Sunday for Christians. Yes, let’s give it up for the Holy Spirit coming 50 days after Jesus’ resurrection at Easter. Today commemorates for Jews the day when God through Moses gave the Torah, including the 10 Commandments, to the Israelites camped at Mt. Sinai . I went yesterday to the UTS graduation for the class of 2012. Are there any of those new UTS graduates here today? Congratulations. From Washington, we have Bill Selig who has worked through th e different levels at UTS, from the master’s degree to the doctorate degree . Since it’s Pentecost Sunday, you graduates have to pray and hope that the Holy Spirit will come down and work through you and guide you, to continue this ministry as you’re going forward from here. Also just because it is Memorial Day, it is not really the beginning of summer, even though sometimes we think that. And it is not the end of the school year. Let’s not forget that Memorial Day is a time to remember those who served our country in the military. Also, I’d like to remember all of our brothers and sisters – about 600 of our Unificationists and close associates, including members of our True Parents’ family I’ve found through researching online – who have ascended into spirit world before us . If you could, I’d like to take just a moment of prayer and remembrance for them . (Pause) Amen. Thank you. In America we celebrate that as a 3:00 p.m. remembrance tomorrow on Memorial Day, but it’s always good to remember our past. In fact, part of my message today is about [1.] remembering and honoring our traditions. I’ll also be speaking about [2.] practicing the Divine Principle in our daily lives: how we can do that and make it a part of our daily lives while also having fun doing that. [3.] Having fun is a key element. I know that our senior pastor upholds those three things as core values for our young people . Let me introduce some of our senior pastor’s words here: Our life is a gift from Our Heavenly Parent and it is an opportunity to create beauty, to express love and to leave something behind that’s truly beautiful. If we come together as a community to realize how special each and every one of us is, then the world is our oyster, and we are going to reap many great blessings and harvests. When I reflect on these words from 2009, I recall that it was a time when I had an opportunity to connect deeply with what our senior pastor was expressing to us. She made me think outside of my own self, my own box, to think beyond the normal and the tradition that I had already set up in my own life. She helped me go beyond that. The Washington Monument Festival Let me just give you a bit of my own background. I guess I’m a unique soul, like each of us. I was born in Washington, D.C. I’m a graduate of Georgetown University – the hospital. Here’s a slide about the Washington Monument, the God Bless America Festival in Washington, D. C. Over there by that tree by the monument is where I made my encampment with my cooler and my friends. We came to the God Bless America Festival, invited by the wonderful TV ads that were produced by our brother Gil Roschuni. So for all you around the country who are looking for ways to connect with and invite people, let me assure you that advertising works. Advertising definitely works. I could understand the message deeply when our senior pastor recounted what Dr. Joseph Lowery said about the event : “I wish that I could have taken up an offering with such a big crowd.” Maybe the organizers of that festival wished that, too, and also they may have wished they had some way to contact the people who actually came to those kinds of rallies. That’s always our challenge, right? To find out who is there, who’s listening, who’s hearing these amazing proclamations that are coming forth. That was a big rally of 300,000 people. I had some experiences throughout my growing-up years through which I made some good conditions , between myself and my parents. We often had a Unification missionary come to our door. I lived right outside Washington, D. C. , in New Carrollton. They’d knock on the door and greet us. I once purchased a candle, a beautiful, purple brandy- snifter candle . Maybe some of you remember carrying those. I see some heads shaking. They made up a heavy box . One of you from somewhere around the country probably came to my door, and I bought that. I still have it. That was in maybe 1974 or 1975. Also when I went down to the ocean, to Ocean City, I met some people who were giving out literature and different things. I purchased, or I donated for a Yosemite Sam pin, a cartoon pin. I still have that. So all those little conditions along the way seemed to add up and make it possible for me to join our movement. I came to the Washington Monument festival because of the statement, “Greatest fireworks on Earth.” That was repeated over and over and over and over. “Meet Us at the Monument.” “See the greatest fireworks on Earth.” So we laid there on the grass after listening to a very impassioned speaker who was down on the stage, quite a long way away. If you recall that photo, you know the stage was way down there. But there was a very good sound system. There was no video at that time, but I could hear this impassioned speaker speaking in a foreign language I couldn’t understand, and I was surrounded by all these interracial, international people in the crowd. I was just a white kid from the suburbs in Maryland. I’d never been around that kind of community before. So for me it was mind-opening. Over on the side there was a group of individuals who had red armbands and headbands and a big flag with a hammer and sickle on it. They were making a little ruckus over there. I was watching them, kind of curious, thinking, “W hat’s this all about?” Eventually the Park Police brought them out. So I came there, and I left . No one knew that I came. But somehow at least I learned our True Father ’s name, Rev. Sun Myung Moon. I learned that through the media beforehand and through attending the event, and it stuck with me. Learning about the Breaking News Eventually, Jonathan Diamond and Luis Patino, witnessed to one of my friends, Camille Lloyd . Yes, is that Mike? Mike Diamond is a budding ballroom dancer here. He’s the son of Jonathan and his wife. Jonathan is a very persistent guy, and I’m glad that he is . He did a one-on-one kind of presentation with my friend: Overnight he taught the entire Principle. That was his style, just to give and give and give and pour it all out. Eventually she came to the church. She knew me a little bit and at an Aerosmith concert in Washington, D. C. , ( i t was my last concert in that realm of my life) she outlined on a napkin the ideals of the Principle of Creation and then the Fall of Man. It stuck with me. I said, “I t sounds logical; it feels true.” So eventually, knowing that I had some money because I was working a fairly good job, she asked for some money to pay for her workshop, to be able to attend a seven-day seminar. I gave her the money and I guess that’s another example of the kind of the good conditions that we lay as we’re going along in life. W hile she was at that workshop, I kept getting phone calls at my home. This was long before cell phones, even before beepers , for most people. I would get phone calls inviting me to dinner. “Why don’t you come over to dinner?” This sister, Laura – Taylor at that time, now Hiyashi – was inviting me to dinner continually, and two or three times I said, “W ell, I’ll think about it.” Finally I said I would come, but actually I was way, way down by Annapolis on the South River, water-skiing at that time. It was right around this time of the year and I eventually picked up a pay phone, called her, and said, “I’m sorry, I said I was coming but I can’t.” That happened twice, but on the third time I finally showed up at Upshur House in Washington, D. C. , and I ended up staying for the weekend. As they say, “ The rest is history.” I’ll mention one of my experiences on the first night at Upshur House . They put me up in a bedroom right next to the prayer room . Wow. Brothers and sisters at that time were coming into the prayer room, and I could hear them praying . I was in an adjoining room, and the crack under the door was very thick . Later I learned this was True Parents’ residence when they stayed in Washington . The intensity of their prayer and their concern for me really moved me. It kept me up all night. Right around dawn, I had a dream and I heard a knock. I think it was in the dream. There was a door, but I think it was in the dream. The door opened, and Jesus was standing there. He said, “I’m glad that you found a good home.” One of the things I learned through thinking back on how I came to connect with our True Parents is that trying three times to get hold of somebody is important. Another lesson is that it doesn’t have to be very much of a professional situation that is set up. My weekend workshop consisted of somebody putting a videotape in the video machine and sitting there with me. That guy went to sleep, so I laid on the floor because I hadn’t slept all night . People had been praying. I laid on the floor for what must have been a couple of hours. But I guess subliminally I got the message. I think the main thing is, just let’s do it. Let’s share the breaking news with people in whatever way is possible. It will work. Matched by the Ultimate Matchmaker To fast -forward a little bit, again, right around this time in 1982, 30 years ago, I was called to come forward to prepare for the possible Matching and Blessing. As y ou know, our True Parents are the ultimate matchmakers. Now there’s match.com and different things that are becoming very popular, but True Parents are the ultimate matchmakers in the world. The only thing I knew at that time about matchmaking was from “Fiddler on the Roof,” the movie or the play . “Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match.” So I envisioned it would be something like that, but it was actually right over here in the New Yorker Hotel in the Grand Ballroom. I know many of you ha ve experienced that. Coming in there, I was 23 years old and three years in our movement. I’m the kind of person who usually likes to sit in the back and just watch what’s going on, to see what’s happening and see where I can fit in . I t was sometime after lunch. Several Japanese ladies came tearfully scurrying into the room. They sat there, and our True Father was going around and talking to people . All of a sudden he reached through the crowd. I was standing about three rows deep. He reached through, pulled me out, brought me over, stood my future wife Kumiko up, and asked her, “H ow old are you?” Then he asked me. Then he said to me in English, “Y ou take care of her. She’s very smart.” Every day I’m learning how true that statement is . She’s much smarter than me. I love you, Kumiko. She had applied for the matching two other times , but again, this victory came on the third try to make it happen. So I’m grateful for our True Parents and for everything that they have done for us. That’s hard to remember, 30 years ago. Let me read these words from our True Father . It’s from “The Way of the Ocean.” How does true love begin? Does it begin among brothers or friends? The origin of true love comes from God. Therefore, the fundamental and basic relationship of mankind is to be united with God. God and man. However, when you say mankind, you mean both men and women. The most dramatic relationship happens between men and women. When that relationship is centered upon God, that is the trinity of true love. God, man and woman. This is the basic and most essential relationship which fulfills all of mankind's needs. I won’t go completely into the rest of our family’s story, but we have four great sons. My wife would say, “O h, boy, four great boys!” The youngest one is getting ready to graduate from high school next week . We’re all happy to be working together. I know for myself I couldn’t be doing what I’m doing as the district pastor but for the support of my family, especially Kumiko, who takes care of all of the family needs . I’m again really grateful for that. I’m also grateful for True Parents putting us together. Through the years our interactions have helped me a lot in understanding the flow of the providence, which we’ve read about in some of the Peace Messages and heard Father talk about – coming from East to West, across Europe and to America, and then making a big circle back through Japan and breaking down the barriers there. I feel like our marriage blessings are an opportunity to break down the cross-cultural barriers and bring harmony and peace to this world . “A Kind of a Waterman” For part of my sermon , I’d like to reflect on a bit of my life. I had the opportunity to share my testimony with True Parents in Kodiak, Alaska, back in 1992. T o do that with True Father sitting there in the midst of a small gathering after he asked everyone to share their testimony made me feel when I talked with him directly that I saw in True Father a mirror of my own physical dad . When I was growing up, we had a lathe in the basement of our house that we used for both work and play. When I heard the stories about Father focusing on the lathe with our members building the base for different industries that are now providing support for our movement in Korea as part of the Tongil Foundation, I expressed to Father that I felt a complete synergy between him and my father. I also felt this connection in the way that my father and I went fishing together. I grew up on the lower Potomac in the Chesapeake Bay area. I grew up as a kind of a waterman down there where we went fishing. Even though my parents came from land-locked areas in Missouri and Pennsylvania, for some reason they bought a boat. So we lived on that boat for every weekend that I can remember in my early teens, from 10 years old on. We lived on that boat, fished on that boat, fished and ate dinner, and then threw an anchor out in the cove, and we slept on the boat. We got up the next day and did the same thing again. It was an amazing experience, and through that I could have an opportunity to connect with my own physical parents . I learned a lot of heart and tradition from them. We didn’t go to church so much. I think like many people in America we considered ourselves Christian but we only maybe prayed at Thanksgiving and went to church maybe on Christmas or Easter time. But I felt my parents were giving me a sense of religion within my heart. I call that the Waterman’s Creed. A Master of Tea When I met Kumiko, my wife, and we started talking, I gradually learned a little bit more about her background . She studied to be a tea master; she studied the way of tea. I have learned that the way of tea connects with the basic principles. Wa is the state of harmony and beauty that creates the feeling of goodness. Kei is the attitude of respect for all things. Sei is purification. Jyaku is like a level of enlightenment when we are in oneness with universal principle. At this stage it is like tranquility within our heart. That sounds like the right place to be. We’d like to be able to live that kind of way of the tea. It’s probably healthier than my side, where Chesapeake Bay crab cakes are my thing. But Kumiko studied to become a master of the way of tea. I have seen videos from Korea in which our international president, Rev. Hyung Jin Moon, visits tea shops and also he visits families and loves to serve them a cup of tea . That kind of tranquility and that essence of the way of tea is something that I always try to look for within myself. My wife spent hours and hours as a part of a team learning to be tea masters. This art form involves about 200 different procedures required to prepare to serve that cup of tea in the right way. All of that training is cultivating the heart of attendance, the heart of love that goes beyond yourself because in each step you’re thinking only about how to prepare this as an offering of attendance to the person you’re there with. That, I think, is the essence of what we’re learning even from the True Children here in our movement at this time. They show us that even in the way they’re attending True Parents in Lake Tahoe . They show us t h e heart of wanting to be there to serve and attend. Kumiko never thought she would be serving as a tea master in America, s o she has been surprised to find that her hobby is now fulfilling a purpose by bringing peace to the diplomatic corps in Washington, D. C. The different embassy communities in Washington, D. C. , can be very political and very unstable – anything can happen at any time . T hose officials can be powerfully moved when they come to share in a cup of tea and experience this very impassioned, attending heart . “Party for God” Our hobbies, anything that we’re passionate about, can probably make a difference to the world if we can create it toward the bigger good . Our sister Heather Thalheimer expressed this to the UTS graduates yesterday . Following your passion is good. One professor in Harvard talked about this, saying that following your passion is good, but reaching out for a bigger purpose is even more important because then following your passion is not as completely self-centered ; it’s offering it up to the higher and bigger purpose. Then you can bring change in this world. Just as our international president has gone around visiting the different families in Korea and in Japan, our senior pastor here has done the same in the United States. She moved my heart back in 2009 with the first July 4th party that she hosted in the family area in the New Yorker Hotel. Our district pastor team was invited to share in a July 4th barbecue. We didn’t know what we were coming to. We were just coming along, thinking it was another one of our meetings. But actually we were brought right into her family; we were brought right there. The kids were forming the burgers, making the chili sauce, and flipping them. We had a party that just felt like we were part of the family. Seeing and experiencing that love and seeing the dancing – t hat was the first time I had the opportunity to see and connect with the dancing from our young people, especially from Ariana. It took me out of my own box, my own shell, or you might say the rut that I often can get in . So I’m grateful for that opportunity. Then, who knew that the next part ies would come along? The Halloween parties, the galas, the Super Bowl party, the graduation parties. Eventually, I started thinking, “W hat is this, a party church? It’s a party church.” Then I thought, “W ell, heck, why not? I’d like to join the kind of church that is a party church.” I think all of you would. So eventually I figured out that I’ve got to do something like that. I love this one song: “E very day I’m shuffling, shuffling. E very day I’m shuffling.” The “Party Rock Anthem.” I love that. That’s about as good as I dance, by the way. But why not? Why not be a party church? Party for God. The purpose of life is joy, right? It took me a little while to get to that point. I have to commend Rev. David Rendel. He’s not here today but he helped me go over that hill of all those galas coming along, but now I love them. I love the idea . A part of me is ready for the party church because I come from a hillbilly background in some ways . You can probably tell from my accent. When I’m talking to new people, they sometimes look at me and say, “W here are you from?” I have a mixture of a few different accents . But it was Rev erend Rendel especially who helped me understand that it is not just about producing the programs and events, but it’s about the joy and the experience that each person gets. Just like when I attended the Washington Monument rally without any of our members knowing it, we never know who we’re speaking to when we’re inviting them to those kinds of programs, but that unknown person can gain something there. I promise not to do the shuffle up here very much. I do know a few people who can do it and help me through it. Connecting to True Parents and True Children I also want to highlight that we’re trying to honor our traditions and put into practice daily the practical applications of Divine Principle that we learn, while hav ing fun doing it. In my experience, because I had a chauffeur’s license in the Washington, D. C. , area and I grew up around there, whenever True Parents would come to Washington, I would often be called to do some driving . That lends itself to being in some very intimate settings, to understand the different give and take that’s going on behind the scenes, so to speak, at these major events. Remembering our international president, again, we have heard our senior pastor, his big sister, say that she calls him “Lovey. ” When I heard her start calling him that, I remembered back to tho se times when I would be behind the curtain with them, or in the car. He was constantly bringing the sense of joy and uplifting the atmosphere. Most of us can be kind of heavy around our True Parents at those kinds of events, but the True Children can bring a sense of attendance and uplifting that is just amazing to see. And I really encourage each of you, if you get the chance in these next few months and this year, please, please find a way to go to H oon Dok Hae: these morning gatherings for reading and studying right at the feet of True Parents. It’s like being there with Jesus and listening to the parables that he’s speaking and receiving guid ance directly. It’s important for us the founding members of our faith in America to be able to connect both with our True Parents and through the True Children, who have something that is beyond our own narrow comprehension. True Children have that personal relationship with True Parents and with each other that we can connect with. Through our attending the True Children, we also can gain the ability to guide and raise up the people next to us, our own family and friends, to understand th e heart of attendance. It takes time, and it takes effort to be able to do that. Just as the tea master has to learn the proper procedures and heart of attendance behind presenting the tea in order to make the environment full of love and respect, we need to cultivate these capacities in ourselves so we can pass these on to new people as they come to understand what we’re about. Building a Ministry with Fisherman As a final reading I’ve selected a passage from the Gospel of Matthew that may help explain why I felt God called me, as a waterman, a fisherman. And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers . And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him. Jesus called himself a good shepherd ; and God in the Old Testament called people who were shepherds to help establish the tradition of the Israelites . But these words , which come right after Jesus had gone through the three temptations and also right after John the Baptist had been put in prison, inform us that as Jesus was stepping out to establish his new church, he didn’t call shepherds. Jesus went directly to the fishermen. Fishermen go out in all kinds of weather. They go out every day, or they don’t get to eat . They are a special type of person that endures things but also is committed to bringing in the harvest. As disciples, fishermen are always reaching out to bring in new people. W e’re called to reach out to share the breaking news and bring new people into this incredible ministry of Lovin’ Life that is growing strongly here in New York. The team here is amazing, and they need all of you around the country to help further this ministry in a way that is new and exciting. Fishermen never know what they’re going to catch, unlike the shepherd who sees his flock all around him. I know we’re going to see some of the winners of the Peace King fishing tournament, but if you’ve ever gone out fishing, you know that you never know what you’re going to get when you go out on the water with your fishing rod. You can’t see what’s in the bottom, but you have to go out in faith. You have to be able to do that. Jesus himself called those people, the fishermen, to come in and help him build his ministry. We’re like that, especially our founding members here. We don’t have to worry. God will send those people who are chosen : just like God sent me. I didn’t know it when I was laying those different conditions , but God somehow sent me into the waters of the Divine Principle and then helped me understand where I fit in, where I could make myself an offering . Heung Kook Stephens’ Commencement Speech O ur senior pastor on Mother’s Day shared with us that we need to learn to celebrate life, both within our church and outside in the greater community. One of our ACLC pastors in the Baltimore area used to give me similar advice. He would always share with me, “W hy don’t the Blessed Central Families just go have a picnic outside and let the world see what you’re all about?” We all together are amazing people and we have something that we can offer as we’re celebrating life together with our True Parents and making a difference in this world. To demonstrate that, I’d like to conclude with a video of one of the graduates in the Washington area. His name is Heung Kook Stephens. Some of you probably know him. I don’t know if he’s here in the audience in New York. I don’t want to embarrass him too much, but he’s a great beatboxer and hip-hop dancer. Sometime you’ll be able to see him. He graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering, with a grade point average of 4.0. That’s our goal, right, Victoria? He has set a wonderful example. Heung Kook served in Peru with the Engineers Without Borders, and amazingly he did all of this while he was one of our great youth ministers in the Washington, D C , area and connected there. So let’s watch this video of his commencement speech. [Video played .] HEUNG KOOK STEPHENS: President Loh, distinguished guests, and most of all, fellow graduates, welcome. I would like to share something about compassion and then tell a story that means a lot to me. Compassion for me is the motivation of our hearts to be moved to action. I believe compassion is necessary for a successful life and career. However, compassion is a difficult thing to master. Just like our mind, our hearts need time and effort to mature. I believe we need to develop both our technical skills and develop what I call our “heartistic” skills. We need to grow a mind that can help others, but also grow a heart that truly wants to help others. A few years ago I traveled with the university’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders to implement a water purification system in a Peruvian mountain village called Campone . It was a great opportunity to get real engineering experience and add to my resume. However, I did not expect that it would become an opportunity to develop those heartistic skills. One day a group of us were walking down a road in the village when a young boy came riding by on his bike. We greeted each other, “H ola. Buenos dias,” and he biked ahead around the corner. A moment later we saw the boy again, this time standing next to his bike, which appeared to be broken. He called us over, and we saw that the chain had just fallen off. While fixing it for him, we learned his name was Reynaldo . After we put the chain back on, Reynaldo said, “G racias,” and rode off again. A few days later we were doing a large excavation elsewhere in the village. We invited the community to help out with shovels and picks. I was working hard to do my share when some little kid kept running around me and making obnoxious noises. I looked up and saw that it was Reynaldo. He was playing around while the rest of us were working. During a break I decided to have some fun with Reynaldo. For those who know me, I’m into hip-hop and I love to break dance, so during lunch I tried to teach Reynaldo how to beatbox, along with some dance moves. You guys know beatboxing, right? It goes like – [makes beatbox sounds ]. Reynaldo, he was actually pretty good so we entertained ourselves dancing to our own beatboxing. On our last day in Campone we were waiting for a bus to pick us up when I saw a little figure running toward us in the distance. Of course, it was none other than Reynaldo. I could not believe how cool this kid was. Just for fun, I put my stuff down and started to break dance my way towards him, and he copied every one of my moves as he was running, even the handstand. When we finally met up, I gave him a big hug. I told him that we were leaving and he responded with a sad face. I tried in my best Spanish to tell him I would miss him, too, but then the bus came and I had to go. As we drove away, I looked back and thought, “Reynaldo is such an awesome kid. I hope he grows up to be an amazing person.” Then it dawned on me how terrible it would be if he got sick from drinking contaminated water. What if he wasn’t able to go to school or later help provide for his family because he was ill? It would break my heart. It was those kinds of experiences that keep things in perspective for me and are some of the reasons why I want to always do my best. Reynaldo, and so many others like him, deserve the best. I believe in the infinite potential in everyone. We can all be great, either as scholars, professionals, or even just as individuals. But to make a big impact we will need capable minds and compassionate hearts. We need both because just knowing something does not always help someone, and good intentions alone do not always do much either. I want to congratulate everyone here on reaching a huge milestone and I want to encourage all of us to continue developing our technical skills so we can overcome the challenges to whatever we are motivated to do. But let us also continue developing our heartistic skills, growing our hearts so we are motivated to use our expertise to offer the best. Why is this important? Because what people need more than anything else is to be acknowledged and valued in a way that shows they are worth our full effort. Only after developing those heartistic skills will we be able to find greater success, but by then our success won’t really be the point anyway. Thank you. [End video ]. REV. FRANCIS: What a beautiful speech and beautiful connection with his audience ! He was speaking to 10,000 people at the Comcast Center at the University of Maryland. He was chosen to represent the entire student class. I hope you saw the church symbol on his cap. That’s a novel idea. “We Are Blessed” So to conclude, our Washington, D. C. , community led by Pastor Zagery Oliver and his wife Fumi is working to establish something new there. We have a beautiful church building that is getting ready to celebrate 35 years since it was dedicated by our True Parents. We want to turn it into a fantastic learning center, similar to what 43rd Street is here. We need help from all of us across the country to understand the best way to use that facility that is an important part of our True Parents’ legacy . Many of you have come to the Washington Church for different programs. Some of you have sung there with the New Hope Singers; some of you were there when True Parents danced on the stage back in 1977. With Rev. Oliver’s leadership we’re working to formulate a plan to turn it into a state-of-the-art learning center. When I came here to New York, I went to that McDonald’s across the street. I was blown away by what they did inside there. It was such an ancient building before, but now it’s such a lovely cafe that it attracts me to just want to go in and sit and enjoy it, with the jazz music playing . We want our church building in Washington to feel as comforting, warm, loving, and professionalized. I n the coming months, as we formulate a plan for that, Rev. Oliver and the team will be concerned about how we can best make a new start with that facility that is so precious to our True Parents in the Washington, D C, area. Many of the other properties in the area were kind of sold ou t from under our True Parents , so we especially want to assure that the church building fulfills its valuable potential for serving all the new people that we’re meeting daily, even in th at area. J ust as Heung Kook (HK) was expressing in his speech , we all have some infinite potential, but we need to have both capable minds and compassionate hearts. We didn’t see it in the video, but at the end of the speech the president of the university broke down a bit and cried. He said, “HK, you don’t know it, but I’m from Peru. That little boy could have been me.” That was the president of the University of Maryland speaking. Then he turned to the audience and said, “Y ou don’t know it, but we are all blessed. We are all blessed. We are blessed, whether we have a degree or not.” Just like our senior pastor said in her statement that I read at the beginning , “W e are blessed.” We need to be the ones who through our infinite potential – whether it’s our hobbies like being a tea master, or we’re a truck driver, a student, fisherman, or whatever – find a way to give out our blessings and help other people realize that they are blessed. We have something that we can give to God and to his children that will help us live as one family under God. So I just want to encourage you to live your compassionate way. And I’d like to thank this team for making me sound a little bit good, and maybe even look as good as I can look on screen. God bless you, and have a wonderful week.


8. Bullingdon Club (SINGLE MARCH 26th) (uncensored version)

  • Published: 2012-01-23T03:17:01+00:00
  • Duration: 250
  • By Lux Lisbon
Bullingdon Club (SINGLE MARCH 26th) (uncensored version)

THIS VIDEO IS NOW ON YOUTUBE - PLEASE VIEW IT THERE ALONG WITH OUR OTHER VIDEO - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5esbUG4bslQ Video Preview - to be launched online on 26th January (to co-incide with King Tuts Wah Wah Hut gig). Single released on March 26th. DL CLEAN VERSION MP3 - http://tinyurl.com/6wm7r5y All details here - http://luxlisbon.com/track/bullingdon-club www.facebook.com/luxlisbonmusic Written within days of the London riots in August 2011 and recorded under a railway arch where the band rehearse in Clapham Junction, literally metres from Lavender Hill. Already played on twice on BBC Radio Newcastle (94.6 fm) and numerous times on BBC 6 Radio. "exactly the kind of politically-charged song you’d expect to come out of a year as turbulent as 2011....a musical nod to Bruce Springsteen from our old friends Lux Lisbon, any opinion implied are those of the band and not necessarily those of the BBC or its employees" - Tom Robinson – BBC 6 Music www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/tomrobinson/2011/12/tracklisting-sunday-18122011.shtml "a favourite of the year....4 minutes of joy" goingundergroundisentertainment.com "the resultant concoction constituted by Maccabees, Sound Of Guns-style epicness, and some vocal collision between The Datsuns and Les Incompetents" - Killingmoonlimited Trackoftheday "early killers on steroids.... a pop at the hooray henry hooligans of David Cameron's alma mater" thedevilhasthebesttuna www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/tomrobinson/2011/12/tracklisting-sunday-18122011.shtml killingmoonlimited.com/2011/12/13/track-of-the-day-lux-lisbon-bullingdon-club/ www.goingundergroundisentertainment.com/2011/11/new-lux-lisbon-track-bullingdon-club.html besttuna.blogspot.com/2011/11/devils-round-up-27th-november-2011.html www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b018hd4j – BBC 6 Music 18.12.11 lyrics BULLINGDON CLUB I saw a Buller Man in blue on my tv "what's going on ? there's a fire, it's a riot, it's a riot!" He said to me "Don't worry son, they're not like you or me" But I'm not buying it, buying it, buying it, no Cos you always hold your head up high, when its a long, long, long way down, In this town, It ain't so far to fall when you've got nothing at all - And money makes the merryworld go-round When the future is never good enough then They throw some punches, spill some blood Like you would if you'd been fucked by the Bullingdon Club You carry the pot and I'll carry the can Hear the sound of glass! oh my how we ran! My dear boy you'll never understand How it was when I was a Buller man We were young and reckless, dressed to kill But if we fucked you up, we could pay the bill I close my eyes real tight because I think I can still remember our Lavender Hill (and the glory) The future is when we'll fall in love So we'll rip this joint, just smash it up Like you did when you were young in the Bullingdon Club When the future is never good enough They throw some punches, spill some blood Like you would if you'd been fucked by the Bullingdon Club WE ARE, WE ARE, WE ARE THE BULLER BOYS - IN BLUE, IN BLUE, IN BLUE, BLUE AND IVORY so C'mon on my baby, yeah come sit down next to me WE ARE, WE ARE, WE ARE THE BULLER BOYS - IN BLUE, IN BLUE, IN BLUE, BLUE AND IVORY so C'mon on my darling, yeah come put your lips on me DANCE DANCE DANCE for me baby DANCE DANCE DANCE for me darling C'mon now honey, yeah come lie down next to me The future was when we'll fall in love So we'll rip this joint, we'll smash it up Like you did when you were young in the Bullingdon Club Debut Album 'Your Heart Is A Weapon The Size Of Your Fist' is here - www.luxlisbon.bandcamp.com - tis also on Itunes and Spotify. www.facebook.com/luxlisbonmusic Lux Lisbon are, quite simply, the band that Wings could have been. Lux Lisbon are a 5 piece indie-rock band who met (and recorded their recent debut album 'Your Heart Is A Weapon The Size Of Your Fist) in Nottingham. This year they have played Camden Crawl and Dot to Dot festival (where they played to a packed Bodega Social) and have the Blogs quietly buzzing with talk of "easily one of the best albums all year" and "sweeping, cinematic, cavernous indie-rock, with melodies that have stadium stamped all over them" "Their live shows are a real treat, with evidence of particular attention to detail and effort in the video shorts and other visuals that accompany their show on a variety of projectors and television screens. It is distinctly refreshing to see a new band with the ambition to already be thinking in terms of their live presentation in larger venues, which is, it has to be said, where a sound like theirs is at most at home"


9. MIKE V VERSUS THE WORLD - Pilot Episode

  • Published: 2011-01-15T07:50:14+00:00
  • Duration: 1530
  • By Larry Ransom
MIKE V VERSUS THE WORLD - Pilot Episode

Back in the summer of 2007 I found myself out on the Warped Tour with Mike V and his band, Revolution Mother. It was a pretty wild summer. Lots of fun but definitely a grind too. Somewhere along the tour I caught word that two filmers were going to hook up with us for the final 5 shows of the tour to begin filming for an episode of Firsthand which airs on Fuel TV. Greg Olliver and Jeremy Mack met up with us in Sacramento, CA, and began rolling tape and filmed every move of Mike and the band. Previously, I have always been behind the scenes when it came to working with Mike but some how or another I ended up being in front of the camera and having a semi-integral role in this episode of Firsthand. This was new to me. When the Warped Tour ended, the cameras kept rolling. Greg and Jeremy kept filming for another five days or so. Skating, home life, hockey practice, building a launch ramp and more were all filmed for the show. One more segment for the show was Mike giving a tour of his warehouse where he had a mini ramp and stored a lot of his personal effects. “The Warehouse” as we called it was also where I was living and working out of at the time. While the cameras were rolling, among other comedic verbiage, I mentioned “I’m kinda like the CEO!” of Mike V Inc and Mike immediately corrected me and informed me, “Larry, you are definitely NOT the CEO.” It was comedy gold and Greg knew he was on to something. Mike’s Firsthand episode aired a few months later in the early months of 2008 on Fuel TV. All the while, Greg was shopping around the idea of making what he had captured, into a full-blown television series. He met with a few networks and a few months later, MTV decided they would give us a chance and shoot a pilot. Later that summer, we had a week of production booked and it was time to get ready to film. I spent a week cleaning and prepping the warehouse, getting things organized; because the warehouse was going to be a type of “club house” for the show. The big day came; the first day of filming I got up pretty early, unlocked all the doors and two 15-passenger vans filled with camera crew, lighting technicians, audio technicians, production assistants and more came bouncing out and immediately got to work. There were also stunt coordinators, paramedics and a “safety advisor” of types, to immediately shut us down if he deemed anything to be too unsafe or dangerous for anyone there. The guys who were running the show from what I could tell were Greg Olliver who filmed the Firsthand episode as well as Joe DeVito (Viva La Bam) and Shane Nickerson (Rob & Big, Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory). The first thing that was filmed was Mike giving some kind of “spoken word” intro to the show that ended up on the cutting room floor. After that, we got ready for the opening scene of the show that was going to involve me being on a very high ladder as well as jumping off the balcony inside the warehouse. I practiced my falls and jumps off an a-frame ladder into a big gymnast type mattress. After that, it was time to film the opening scene which was going to be of me, changing a very high light bulb on a rickety, old ladder, completed with Mike coming in, startling me and me dropping a long tube of fluorescent lighting on Mike’s back, shattering it all over the place. We then have a short conversation where I discover Mike has a fear of heights – then somehow the scene transitions into Mike going upstairs into my bedroom (at the warehouse), tears up my room, shreds my mattress, tosses it off the balcony and it hits me down below. And then he somehow makes me jump off the balcony onto my bedroom mattress below. Luckily, Mike was down below as he kept me from smashing my skull on the concrete as it whipped backwards during my landing. For day two I was informed I was to go “dark.” What the hell does that mean? After some investigation I found out that meant I didn’t have any scenes or have to work that day so I went to Disneyland. While I was riding Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion and all the classics, Mike was at Rick Seaman’s Stunt Driving School at the Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, CA brushing up on some driving techniques he would need for the finale of the show. Day three began with filming a scene with Mike meeting with stunt coordinator, Chris O’Hara, at Jersey Mike’s in Huntington Beach. Mike had met Chris from working on the movie, Paul Blart: Mall Cop a few months earlier. Mike was meeting with Chris to set up a stunt to help Mike get over his fear of heights and they scheme up a stunt where Mike would jump off a huge building and wham… fear of heights gone. I was asked to go away at some point during their convo so I wouldn’t hear part of their conversation so I knew I was going to be getting into some kind of surprise situation soon. We bailed out of Jersey Mike’s and drove out to the docks in San Pedro where Mike would be jumping off a building. As I was pulling up to the location I noticed a few of the stunt coordinators pointing me out and having a laugh from afar. I was like “What the f#ck?” This was another clue that a surprise was coming. Before long Mike was jumping out of this abandoned building, jumping from a few of the lower floors and then jumping from, if I’m remembering correctly, the 5th floor. Or was it the 7th floor? I can’t remember. After a few of Mike’s jumps he approached me with a box and said he knew I was probably feeling left out of the action. He gave me the box and told me to go inside and put on what was in the box. I went inside, opened the box to discover some type of spandex superhero costume. No way was I going to put this thing on. I poked my head out of the door, called Mike a dick and went back inside. I didn’t know what to do. I quickly decided I better play along and put on the costume before Mike kicked my ass. I went back outside, hammed it up a bit and everyone has a good laugh. “Super Larry” was born. Some people on the set even thought the large cup I was wearing was my actually junk which was pretty funny. I was then told I was going to be jumping through a pane of “movie” glass for my big stunt of the day. Awesome. This was going to be fun. I knew it would be easy to jump through so I figured I’d make myself eat shit on the other side of the glass to try to make some funny TV. I ran full force at the glass and jumped up to smash though. Immediately upon impact I realized that this was not “movie” glass at all. It was six inch thick, unbreakable plexi glass. I bounced off the the glass, fell to the floor and felt like an asshole but went back for a couple more attempts at jumping through the glass for the cameras and the future home audience and for a good laugh. This was the secret surprise… everyone knew about the set up except me. Dicks! I think later that day some of the family stuff was filmed out at Mike’s house but I can’t remember. Oh, I think we also filmed Mike wrecking my camping shower at the warehouse that day as well as Emily’s driving lesson. Day four found us up and at ‘em at the break of dawn at an old Airforce base in Irvine, CA for the shows finally scenes involving lots of car stunts. The production crew was twice as big today and lots of the MTV head honchos were on the scene as well as some family and friends. The first stuff filmed that day was a simulated car chase which had me riding shotgun and Mike put his new stunt driving skills to work as we were chased by fake cops. This was a lot of fun to do but my role was to act scared so it probably looks painfully forced as I try to act scared. If you watch the video below Mike smashes through a dumpster and some other debris and it smashed the sideview mirror off the car and cracked out the windshield. Some of the glass flew into my open window and sliced up my arm. The big finale was Mike was going to perform a car driving crash stunt called a “Sidewinder.” This involved Mike dressing in a full flame retardant suit, helmet and being totally strapped into the car as he drove 70 miles per hour off a ramp and crashed into a pile of cars. Pretty intense stuff. After a few drive up tests it was time to make the crash. It was over in a flash but it was very violent to watch and the noise of the cars crashing was super loud. There was a couple of intense moments as the safety crew ran up to check on Mike and while we waited to see if Mike was ok. A “thumbs up” emerged from the car and we knew he was fine. Mike is crazy! Day 5 was some more filming at the house and a few other pick up shots and then that was it. We played the waiting game. I saw a few rough edits of the show and I heard they even test screened it for an audience at the University Of Colorado. From what I understand the show was slotted for a Fall release but it was up against the premieres of Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory and Nitro Circus. After months and months of waiting we were told the show wasn’t going to be picked up. Oh well, it was a lot of fun to shoot and be involved with making a pilot episode. Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, for the first time seen anywhere… the sole episode of MIKE V VS THE WORLD…


10. I'm in a K-Hole and all I hear is a powerful USERVOICE - ITSM weekly the podcast EPISODE 89

  • Published: 2012-05-20T13:39:04+00:00
  • Duration: 2574
  • By ServiceSphere
I'm in a K-Hole and all I hear is a powerful USERVOICE -  ITSM weekly the podcast EPISODE 89

Guest: Richard White, CEO UserVoice Twitter: @rrwhite Forbes: Top 25 Social CIO's. Are you eligible to be a CIO if you don't use Social Media? Silicon Valley Echo Chamber itSMF USA Chapter President, is the kiss of death? Why I left Salesforce! Marcus Nelson OMG!!! Marcus Nelson, CONFOUNDER of UserVoice. What happens when your employees leave to THINK they can do it better, especially when company it's as big as SALESFORCE. Corporate Transparency is the new culture. You were not HIRED because of your Klout Score.Klout is the new netRAGE The Klout debate Klout Tutorial on HOW to change your categories Klout Perks are bag schwag v2 Klout the 3rd Rail of Social Business Klout Douchebag Bag / Klouchebag Meter Conference Speakers and Klout the Blog Klout Mobile App Peer Index and Kred (the alternative to Klout?) Klout algorithm changed and people LOST their MINDS K Holes Ketamine vs Klout "Actual experts DO NOT HAVE TIME TO MAKE FRIENDS" Chris in Japan Reputation, and Knowledge Lockers The email from Slideshare 10,000 views on ServiceSphere slides Did LinkedIn purchase Slideshare to reinforce their a desire to create a reputation/recommendation network? LinkedIn has a DATA problem Acquire-Hire (Robert Scoble, Kevin Rose, Digg Team to Washington Post) Frictionless Sharing is BURNING me. Dennis Berman - @dkberman: In May 2021, Zuckerberg juicing strangers for $11 billion wearing a black hoodie will be see as a revolutionary moment...or a punchline. BREAKING NEWS!!!! Google and Oracle GOING to COURT! CEO of Yahoo and the resume debacle CEO Ryan Holms from Hootsuite Podcast K Fluffing Go Go Boys Help Desk 2.0 Companies: OneDesk, UserVoice, Desk.com, Zendesk, FreshDesk, SherpaDesk, NanoRep, IuvoDesk, Get Satisfaction, Paturaure. HDI 2012 Conference and Richard White! "In an Age where you NEVER see your customers, how do you actually communicate with them?" Started as feedback then backed into Help Desk 2.0 Modern SaaS Help Desk Free Version of UserVoice Help Desk is EMBRACING the PAST. "If you don't actually respond to your customer support requests, YOU'RE an ASSHOLE, and more than an ASSHOLE, you’re a company that is not going to LAST very long" UserVoice has a mission to move from customer support to customer service via finding out, "WHO ARE THE CUSTOMERS NOT contacting me" HDI conference vs. Help Desk 2.0 Software ITSM Conference the Jobs Program for IT of the 1990's. SCORE CONFERENCE with MATT HOOPER Creepy killed the Canary (Big Data kills the customers relationship) UserVoice HUMANIZES THE SUPPORT TRANSACATION WITH Social Media Profile INTEGRATION on the Help Desk. Zobni for the Helpdesk (Repportive and LinkedIn) Targeting your influencers works well only at the HUNGER GAMES. External Support and Internal Support the merger is HAPPENING now in B2C companies. THROW AWAY your processes. SLA's and BPM are NOT included in USERVOICE, because YOUR CUSTOMERS DEFINE those things, NOT YOU or YOUR DESK!!! Help Desk and Service Desk nomenclature ruins support, IT and the world. Support STARTS in the vision stage of a company in MARKETING. Agile development Presales, Post sales, marketing, accounting.... it’s all just customer communication. BUILD ONLY ENOUGH PROCESS TO HANDLE EXTREME CASES Eric Ries The Lean Startup Willy Nilly and Loosey Goosey (Hooper talks agile) Agile Support, Support handled like engineering Adaptive Case Management Richard White - Making Sexy Products for UNSEXY markets. CHECK OUT USERVOICE CHECK OUT RICHARD WHITE ServiceNow Conference TRANSCRIPTION: ITSM weekly, the podcast for your news, inside analysis and information from the world of IT Service Management. Your host Matthew Hooper, Chris Dancy, and Matt Beran. IT Service Management Weekly, the podcast starts now. Welcome ITSM Weekly, The Podcast episode 89 for the weekend in May 14, 2012. Hello, Matt Hooper. Hello, Chris Dancy. It's good. You've got no technical difficulties, Matt. This is a good day. So joining us today, I've got Richard White, who we're making a gigantically good impression on. Richard, you are the CEO of UserVoice. Is that correct? That is correct. As far as I know. Now Mrs. White might actually be the CEO. That's probably more true isn't it? That's right. Yes. Alright. I remember you mentioned your wife when I met you, so for those of you who don't know about UserVoice, we're gonna find all about UserVoice, coming up and when we actually get Richard and his thought and opinion and analysis on the world of sport. But we're gonna start with News Gator. We don't have Matt Beran today. So, the first thing I wanna bring up is the article, guys. I read this in, I don't know what it was, oh it was in Forbes. So, it's not too many pop-up ads. It was called "The Top 25 social CIOs of Fortune 250" and article starts off with imagine a CIO, or head of a company, who's never configured a router. Imagine a CIO who's never managed the implantation of a server. Imagine a CIO who's never sourced or negotiated a contract. Can you imagine a CIO who's never used social media? And then they go on to talk about the importance of social media, and then some leading, top leading CIOs and CXOs using social media. Richard, as someone in an executive position in a company, what is your experience with executives using social media and then let your, where you live and your influence taint your answer. Where I live? Oh, you mean don't get influenced by the echo chamber of Silicon Valley is that what you mean by that? Yeah. Yes, the echo chamber you're in. CEO see titles for a company of about 22 people. So I think it's maybe somewhat disingenuous of me to make a comment on what an actual CIO of a Fortune 500 company would do. I can't imagine anyone not having any social media experience? Like zero? I mean, where do you find such a person? That's what they're saying. Is it acceptable for CIO who's never, and they list some things, configured a router, put in a server, or worked on a contract, or, and then they go on to say did anything in social media, that's they're not on LinkedIn, I mean can you imagine an executive not on LinkedIn, Richard? Yeah, it's funny, I know some of the guys on our team aren't on Facebook, for like personal reasons, they don't ascribe to it, but at least they know what it is, right? Right. LinkedIn, I can't imagine that. Yeah. I can see all sorts of reasons why you might not want to be on LinkedIn, but you should have a savvy answer for why you're not, it's a roundabout way of saying no. It's a tough one 'cause I read this and thought, if Forbes is saying this, because Forbes has an interesting dynamic. It's got people who wanna be executives and it's got real executives. So, their news has to be, kind of, we'll tell you the hype but then we won't really spoil it with any facts. Right. So I read this as if I'm a CIO, is this telling me that I'm missing out. Or is this some fad, what is this really doing for me? So, I don't know. It's hard to say right? Like I would say that, you know, you kind of need to be a citizen of the world to know how you're going to build products for that world. Having said that, I wouldn't be upset if someone didn't watch American Idol and try to be an executive, so that, are you that? Maybe everything that's good for most people isn't required to be an executive. But social media seems like an obvious thing you should be doing, but it's just me. As soon as they lose their job, they'll be on it. There you go. Speaking of lose their job, ITSMF which Richard, we'll talk about your organization. We're gonna really dive into it, deep. ITSMF, Richard, I met you at the HDI conference, so ITSMF is a global, kind of, practitioner, hardcore IT support. It's like the CPA version of accountants. This is like the certification type membership. I didn't even go on all of it, but people who listen to this show know what it is. The fact that you don't know, is what actually makes me happy. But ITSMF actually has a strange thing that way, every single ITSMF president we've had here in the United States for the past 4 years has left the presidency but now is unemployed, which I think is kind of interesting in itself. The next article I wanna bring up, and Richard, I really wanted to bring that up 'cause I think it's the kiss of death in that organization and I'm on their podcast. The next article I read. Hooper, and I think if you didn't read this, I think it's definitely something for you to check out. Richard. It's called "Why I left Salesforce ". Basically, this guy, Marcus Nelson been at Salesforce, from the beginning when they were just the big CRM company basically live through the platform days, and now that the entire company is transitioning to a social company, as Salesforce calls it, he feels that it's unmanageable now that they're all focused on social. Not only from an internal collaborations perspective, but externally there too many cooks in the message for it. And he's leaving, and very publicly, because he feels that they don't manage their social well, because they've become a social company. It, kind of, was on the heels of that other guy who left the big accounting firm, and then wrote that nice little nasty scathing piece. This guy's piece isn't scathing, but I guess my question for you is how would you feel if you run a company who's core mission it was, you're employees left and said you guys don't even do you're core mission, well I'm gonna do it better? Does this happen all the time? Or is this something unique in this guy. I mean, do you have feelings about this guy? Marcus Nelson. You're setting me up here, right? Yes, of course. Marcus is actually one of the co-founders of UserVoice. Did you know he wrote? Did you know he wrote this article? Of course, absolutely, yeah. All right. I'm sitting here like well you're lobbying me like this is the most, this is, yeah, the most obvious question ever. No seriously, dude. Richard. Okay, just so people know, I just met you. I don't know who the co-founder is. I thought it was you. So, there's a number of co-founders to UserVoice, of which Marcus is one of them. Okay. And Marcus left a couple years to go become head of social media over at Salesforce. And I think that's the title he had. And I did read this post, it was interesting. I had a lot of thoughts on Salesforce. I think it's hard to draw any conclusions from companies that move, that are high growth, and as big as they are, right? Right. So, when he got there he was by all accounts, and I should just connect you with him, but by all accounts the only guy really versed in social media. Right and so, that was like 3 years ago. And, as he wrote, it's been a sea change, now they're social everything. Literally, everything, I mean the company itself pivoted it's on social. Right. And Marcus is kind of a start-up guy at heart, right? So he's going off to do another start-up again. And I've got to imagine it's one of those things where he's kind of a, he's a Johnny Appleseed right, he goes in the Salesforce. By the time they've all switched over and they believe in the message of social, he's not needed as much anymore, right. That's his mission, right? His mission was to convert that company over to getting it. And it's very clear that that mission succeeded, so he's onto another mission that's why I read between the lines of that. Right. So I don't think too much away from Salesforce sight, take away from that, that they're on the right path. I try not to share a whole lot of links on, I've got a couple of accounts on the Twitters. But I was so compelled by how well written the story was. About just the growth he went through at the company. And how open and transparent he was, it's not a bad article about Salesforce, it's just he's done. Yup. He's moving on and doing 'cause it's. And I thought, "Wow, that is pretty damn cool." To all the stuff in UserVoice, we try to be, kind of, the transparent company where we kinda write our thoughts. We write like in depth reports about what it was like to raise money, or what it was like to, what we used for, what sort of tools we use, I mean, and I think a lot of that stuff is, you know, we learned or I learned from Marcus just kind of being. There's a way to be transparent in a way that's engaging and without being too judgmental, which I think he does a very good job of. Well it's funny because at the end of the article he says, "If you're interested in joining up". And I said, "Sign me up!" It's been six months I've been at this job, I'm ready to go. I'm like a Johnny Appleseed. I don't even get a chance to look at fruit, that's how quick I'm in and out of these past years. I didn't read the article. I'd love to read it, though. It sounds like a great one. Alright, something I think both of you can relate to. At least I know Hooper can. And I can't wait to hear your opinion, Richard. So, there's two camps obviously going on. There was a wired magazine article two weeks ago about some guy who didn't get a job or got a job or something, because of Klout. And there seems to be this Klout Rage all over the place that, 'I hate Klout' then the same article 'I love Klout', Klout this and then people like, "I'm influential on Penguins", you know in all this stuff is really, you can tell it what your wants one and spend your little Klout points or whatever. NetDeck, I think, Klouts going further just kind of what I think it could go for. I'll leave my opinion out for a minute. Hooper, you've been very vocal about your opinion on Klout. Let's start with Richard. Richard, Klout. Oh, man it's like the third rail of social media these days, I feel. One of our guys is influential in bread. I'm sorry, sorry. Not bread. Went to a bacon and teeth. What? But come on, Richard. Don't do this to me, Richard. But that's his choice 'cause you can close those categories. And is it a UI problem? It could, it could. Yeah, okay. But that's what he's adjusted right. Right. Like, back when they did their perks. My other co-founder, Scott. Also with UserVoice. Scott is bald and they sent him shampoo. Nice. So, I think that was also kind of funny too. So when you get Klout perks, we get you the Klout perks box at least once a week and usually, it was something that nobody else wanted, right? It was like bad schwag, right? It was like someone had left a schwag and decided to mail it around the country. However, I've actually found myself checking my Klout account a couple of times recently in the last month. It's completely a good system. I think the end vision is noble and is worth pursuing. I think it's like a lot of these things, pursuing something that makes sense out of a lot of text data. Right? So like lots of data goes in, and something actually intelligent goes out, it's actually extremely hard. You should try being my colon. Garbage in, garbage out, right? Exactly. So, I mean it's really hard. And so the fact that they're even figuring out anything. Like now, I mean I don't even modify in myself, and it says I'm influential in startups and entrepreneureship and customer service. Okay, cool. Good. Also, it says airport which is also true. Because I actually bitch a lot about airport design. Yeah. So I think it's pursuing a noble goal. I did see the klouchbag, did you see that one? Where it's like see how much like how Klout douche bag you are? Yeah. I thought that was kind of cute. I mean this is the classic like once they're upset with you, you're onto something, right? It means they're sparking some debate. Right. So I am still pro-Klout from where it's going. I think it creates a lot of funny, kind of like ha ha ha, look how silly that analysis was in the meantime, but I give them props. See, I'm pro-Klout for what it could be. Yes. I'm not a fan of Klout for what it is. I think that Klout used in the right circumstances, you know, there's a storm going on for the back to ITSM Facebook page about speaking. And Chris wrote a blog recently about speakers and how they're rated. And the circle of speakers at conferences. Pretty much anybody that goes to conferences will tell you has very few great speakers. Except for me. Except for you. And my Klout score shows that, though. That's a unique experience, but that's also probably not because of you are being a great speaker. I think it's more because if you're more of a great speaker in the space that you are speaking which is social enterprise, right? And so when you go to a conference and you speak and you talk about Klout scores. People say, "What the hell is Klout?" And they go there and say, "Oh, yes, he was a great speaker." So I think that's a bias. It's definitely bias. Whereas if you were actually at a conference and I could Klout score the people in the sessions. And there's a mobile app now, so you can do that now. That's just new in the last two weeks. Well, this is what I said when I started my comments. For what it is today, I'm not a fan. But for where it could go, I think I'm all over it. Right. It's gotta get there, it's not there yet. Right. But I'm glad that they're moving in my direction. Well, they have to move in your direction because. They want to succeed. My big theory about Klout riches is they end up being foursquare for coupons, right? For hyper-special you know and there's no way I'm ever going to get a perk for Sass. What perk would they give me for Sass. Rack space. What perk would they give me for social what perk would they give me for social enterprise? What would that perk look like, right? You can get a free Twitter account. I almost want to be a specialist in pizza, just so I can get something. Right. Right. Yeah. But that's my fear that it ends up that way. But you've seen Richard; the volume of data they're dealing with is impressive enough, and it's not just Klout, you've got Kred, or I think they just go by Cred now. You got Pure Index. You've got all these other people. Well, all that stuff is fairly new and I feel like that's kind of pushing them and I think in the absence of competition, they were kinda just becoming this like this kind of static kind of joke thing. I think the Cred and these other guys are kind of pushing them; and maybe it's part of their plan, it has made I think their scores a little more recent, a little more decomposable because of the competition. Well, that and everybody lost their mind like six months ago when they re-did their algorithm and their scores dropped by 10 points. Nobody cared about Klout 'till then and then all of a sudden, it's like you come out of your Klout closet. You're just a big limp wristed Klout-y, you know, we knew you were a sister from way back. But they're all feel-good metrics, though, right? Even your Klout scores; it's someone saying, "Yes I think Chris is a great speaker." No, because no, no, no. It's not because they're watching your video and anonymously saying, "Thumbs up, thumbs down." It's not Pandora on steroids with the learning and the psycho-demographic that you need to understand it and vote up, right? It's still a biased, influential data collection. So, I do, I agree it's biased, but I don't think there's any person 'cause K's don't give you anything by falling in a K-hole and I haven't done that in decade. So it's actually what people do with your data. To me, I said it in a post somewhere, I'd rather machine telling me how good I am doing than someone who hates the fact that I'm either overweight, who knows. List the things that you can hate about me right. When it comes down to it I rather have a algorithm, and Richard knows a lot about algorithms. The plus K thing is an interesting addition which I'm less keen on, right? Yeah. Because I feel like a lot of times you get into this bias where you have lots of people which are very friendly and have lots of friends but aren't the actual experts in things, right? 'Cause the actual experts don't have the time to go around and make that many friends, to be honest. And I feel like when you get away from this hardcore algorithm attack to saying well let's see how many people we can get to K plus 1U then we're kind of back in the chattering class bubble if you will that you get sometimes on Twitter. Right. It's like being the mayor of you couch; like the mayor of you couch versus like Right. The mayor of Shinjuku Station in Japan. It's like there's a big difference between. And I've been to Shinjuku Station in Japan, I'll put a picture in the show notes. So, speaking of Klout, to me there's two pieces of this, right? You got your online reputation, whether it's your coach or not. The other thing is your knowledge locker, your data locker, whatever you wanna look at it, right? My collection of knowledge I keep in my upper note, whatever you want to call it. LinkedIn buying SlideShare, to me was more about LinkedIn going after Klout than LinkedIn looking for a content company. And I'll tell you why I say this, 'cause now you're both like, "What the hell is he talking about?" Yeah, tell us what. I got an email about an hour before I was all the tweets about it, right? And I'm like Richard, I don't follow a whole lot of people - Richard, by the way I like your Twitter style - I don't follow a lot about time, and the people, I do follow them, means you got my attention, right? You got my attention, you better use it wisely or I'm gonna unfollow you and put you on the list and check back later on. That being said, about an hour before the Twitter-storm went off. I got an email saying, "Congratulations, you've had over 10,000 or a hundred thousand views on your slides. I thought, "Oh wow, what a great stat." I didn't know I had that many views on the presentations I posted. And then of course all this happens. And then I thought to myself, if LinkedIn bought like SlideShare. It's just, and I wouldn't thought this had I not gotten that email and it's kind of weird why I've never gotten a status email from slideshow in my life. I'll put a picture of it in the show notes. So basically they know they're my slides, right? And now, it's tied to my profile. I think there's a little bit of recommendation to be said there. Yeah, that just came out last week I believe and usually I rely on reading all the various like pundits online. So, I don't sound like an idiot when I try to say why I think someone acquired someone else, but everyone knows that Linkedin also has. They actually have kind of a data problem, I think. And that most people I know don't check back into LinkedIn unless they're looking for a job. I mean, truly, like I haven't looked at my LinkedIn profile in. Yeah, you're just the first person to admit it, that's why I laughed, I like it. I looked at my LinkedIn profile, and I'm like, "Oh yeah." There isn't even a bio in there, because I haven't needed a job in years, right? And that's a problem when LinkedIn gets lumped in with Facebook and all these other social media things is Facebook, Twitter, are very high engagement, right? You're in there daily. LinkedIn you're in there yearly, maybe? So I see them - and also for them it's important to have good data on - not everyone's gonna put on someone's watch here, but people that are known for someone's watch here are the more valuable users to them. They are the Christianities. They are that recruiters would drool over to have access to. So the more data they can get on you and the more they can get you going back in LinkedIn, the better. That's my guess of why they would buy it just off the cuff. But did LinkedIn buy the technology of a SlideShare, or did they buy the platform of everybody's IP that they've been uploading under the terms of service? I imagine both, right? Yeah. The content's probably more valuable than they could have built their own platform. There's this old saying that, "If it's free, you're the product." And I literally believe nowadays that you're not the product anymore. That's too small. You're the platform nowadays. Right. Yeah, Hooper? Yeah I know, it's the same discussion we had around the Instagram buy, right? It certainly, it's taking beautiful pictures, it's a great technology, but that wasn't the input is, there's other factors in an acquisition always. Well, LinkedIn is also just fresh off an IPR, right? So they're looking for I think, we're seeing a lot of acquisitions these days, a whole lot of acquisitions. It's nuts. All the way from acquire higher acquisitions up to bigger things. What do you think about acquire hire? You're the first person to say it, I think about it all the time, I just don't bring it up on the show. But, to me, Robert Scoble set the stage for paid personalities. And Google's purchase, or acquire/hire of Kevin Rosen team was nothing more than buying Kevin Rose's following. Basically, because I'm not sure what Kevin Rosen is doing day to day any more. And like Google, who knows? Does he even go there? He works there now. Well, how long will he not have a Google+ profile, right? Is that the question? How long before they have to annoy him. By the way, you work for us now, you have to have one of these profiles. And the entire Digg team was just, well I guess not Digg, but the team was just bought by someone. Washington Post. Yeah, WaPo. Yep, the makers of the most annoying Facebook app I can think of. Oh, dude! I know they call it frictionless sharing, but when it shares what I'm reading, I wanna catch it on fire. There's friction. Yeah. I hate that. It's just like, Chris just watched somebody's pooping the video. It's like, "No! No! I don't want anyone to know I just watched someone's pooping the video." That's not why I site, no. So, I am literally in there, turning apps off daily on Facebook. Just wait until it starts tweeting that you watched that. Oh, dude, don't. I do not. Twitter is like my 15-year-old daughter, you won't get access, not gonna happen. So, what's his real name? I think he's a WaPo writer, Dennis Berman. Was he a WaPo writer? I think he is, we'll just leave it there. He said in May 20-21, Zuckerberg juicing strangers for $11 billion, wearing a black hoodie, will be seen as revolutionary, or a punchline? I mean you can kind of say that. That 's how almost all these things go, right? I mean that's what happens with high-growth techs. They end up being awesome or you exceed it. I don't think that's specific to Facebook. And maybe the $11 billion part is. And well, they're way more than that, right? I think they're talking about his money. Oh, his money, yeah. Yeah. Yeah. I mean he's gonna have some pretty crazy money. I mean I was talking to a friend the other day, and he was like, "Are you going to buy anything?" I was like, "I don't know." I'd have to cash in all the shares no one knows I have now 'cause he's on the show every week. You don't know this, Richard, but every week Zuckerberg shows up, we just don't actually hear that, so. Okay. Well it's all the IPO lockdown. Of course. Hoop, thoughts on Facebook and all the money talk lately? Not much, not much. It's kind of old news if you ask me. What I do have good news, one of the newest things I did want to talk about though today, was. I'm say you're used to you not being prepared, sorry. I actually am prepared today. I have breaking news. Ross, throw me in some breaking news soundbite. So it looks like Google and Oracle are going to court over Google's infringement of the use of Java and not having license rights to put it to the Android app. So, this has fairly significant ramifications. Only for the lawyers. It's not really just for the lawyers. You've got to look at almost everybody who's using some king of embedded Java in their applications today, and almost everybody is. I mean you guys are using embedded Java someplace in your apps, right Richard? Embedded Java? No. Yeah, like Java Query, no Java applications in your technology? We have Javascript with Jquery, but that's not the same thing as the stuff that's coming out with Java. So, no. I don't think we have anything. We are looking at using Erlang, which I think runs on the JVM, I think. I might sound stupid for having just said that though. It's been a while since my CS degree. But, no, we don't have anything Java. At least you have one, unlike the CEO of Yahoo. Zing. Yeah. You're just trying to get me to to get on the wrong side of everyone in this town, aren't you? No, I'm not, dude. Do you know Ryan, from HootSuite, the CEO over at HootSuite. So, we had him on right in the middle of when Twitter was shutting down companies. They used anything to do with 'cause they just wanted to own up. The clients, yeah. And Hooper asked him, "What are you gonna do when they shut you down?" I'm like, "Oh god, you know, what are you?" Hooper, do you remember that uncomfortable? That 's the question I guess you could ask, right? Yeah. And so, the thing is, is what we're talking about here is that there's a ton of open source licenses in the market that every small software and every large software, every internal enterprise is running for the most part. This open-source space is something that has a lot of ramifications when they start setting certain boundaries on it. So this is a pretty big headline. I think bigger than the fact that Thompson lied on his resume. Which in and of itself is kind of crazy, 'cause the fact is it's because he's been doing such a terrible job. It has nothing really to do with the fact that he didn't have a CS degree. I mean do you like the lawsuite thing? It really only applies to, the key with open-source is always like you don't need a license, in a lot of cases, if you're not bundling with something, right? Right. For a SAS business, this stuff doesn't matter, because we're not bundling it, we're not actually delivering you a stack of code, right, a digital stack of code. Now, bundling stuff into something you download, install your computer or install on your handset is something else. But, the number of people who actually do that anymore is vanishingly small and less and less every day. So, yes, it's a big thing, but I haven't heard anyone losing sleep over it recently. I imagine that would just be kind of Google will step up with some cash, and Oracle will be satiated and go away. I'm with you, Richard. I read about it and I thought, "Good for the lawyers," 'cause they're the only only people making money in this. And not that I have anything against lawyers, but it's a reality. And when everybody's sort of bashing - I even tweeted, I said, you know who's winning the war on all this Klout-rage? PeerIndex and Kred. 'Cause they're not getting mentioned, they're not even in the articles. Right. So either people are quietly flocking over there and fluffing their scores. Like they're at a disco with go-go boys fluffing. No one's noticing what's happening, right? Cred and PeerIndex are really winning. But this show is about support. I don't know. Richard, I'm sorry. I got so excited 'cause you're on, and you're out there, had to jump through all myself. So, Richard, to get started to talking about you guys. I went through real quick, right before the show, and I made a list of all the companies that won't talk about IT help desk because they consider it to be the kiss of death. I'll let you say how you feel about that. But all these kind of what I call kind of help desk 2.0 companies, right? Because I'm old. I come from the '90s where he had old DOS help desks and stuff. Literally, DOS. So, yeah. One desk, UserVoice, Assistly, Desk, Zendesk, Sherpa desk, Fresh desk, Nana Rep, iuvoDesk, I've never even heard of them but they're really in the social kind of thing. And then you've kind of got the fringe kind of customer people like that satisfaction pair out there. Richard, where would you put UserVoice in all of this, and I'm not sure if you remember but the first thing I said when I realized who you were and we connected 'cause you kind of walked into the conference - and we'll talk about that in a second - at HDI, and I said, "Dude, I liked you guys." 'Cause you were the first company that ever said, "Oh, no, we have no problem with the word 'help desk'." Right. I think your first thing to me was, "What are you doing here?" Yeah, well, I'd happen to go under. You're only from Kansas, kind of thing, or something. Yeah. Which is true. So, how do I look at those things? I mean it's interesting, because like I said, I've never worked in a large company. The largest company I've ever worked in is the one I'm working in right now, which is 22 people. So, I don't really understand the inner workings of a lot of large companies, and sometimes I think that's in my benefit. Certainly in terms of my insanity. We started UserVoice, not around, I mean we didn't think about in terms of customer support or customer feedback. We think of it in terms of, how do you, in an age where you never see your customers, right? You will never have face-to-face interactions with your customers, going forward. Right. You will operate on the web. You will barely see them. They will show up as blips on your Google Analytics radar. How do you actually communicate with people? So, we actually started out focusing on doing large scale customer feedback and kind of communicating one demand. Getting people to say, "Hey there's 300 of us that want you to build this feature." Now we can actually have a conversation about whether we should build that feature or not. And then we kind of honestly, kind of backed into this help desk 2.0 space where we kind of said, "Hey, there's something really there." 'Cause we talked to people and said it's basically Zendesk when we started building our help desk product about two and half years ago. Zendesk was the only option out there, Desk.com. Back then, Assistly hadn't launched. And Zendesk was the only one that these guys could use, that kinda fit what I look at as like modern kind of "saas-tech" like you can quit in under an hour. It costs less than a hundred dollars a month to start. Hopefully, there's a free version. We have a free version of our help desk and its easy to use, and I mean ZenDesk was some of those things and not others but it was the only game in town a couple years ago, and so now more people have shown up, the FreshDesk and the and stuff like that, and ourselves but to me help desk is kind of embracing the past. This is the minimal set of things you need to do, right? I mean if you don't actually respond to your customer support requests, you're an asshole, right? And more than an asshole, your company is not gonna last very long. It's like breathing. It's like you have to do this. And since you have to do, let's give you a solution that makes it easier for you to that. But beyond that, I really think the way we differentiate from those guys is, we don't focus as much on the words "customer support" or "help desk". I actually look more to things like customer service, and helping and understanding customers. More of our mission is going forward is that try to figure out who are the people not contacting you? Right? Do a great job of supporting people when they do have an issue. But how do you talk to them before they have an issue? Or, after they have an issue? Or just talk get to know who are they, what do they like about your product, what could be better. So I was a little fish out of water at that conference, but it was interesting. Well no, I think it was a good conference for you to be. I thought your comments were priceless because Hooper, he's tweeting like where am I, is this for real? And he's at the HDI conference and I think I finally broke down and told them, so what you're looking at is the remnants of a job program from the '90s for people who no longer have sound cards to install, but still need jobs. Well, the problem is they're still so focused on support and not what Richard just talked about, which is engagement. Well, no. Well, yes that you said it. I do not think they're focused on support at all. They're focused on enablement, as if their users are drug addicts and they have to keep them hooked. I don't think they're focused on engagement or support. I mean when people talk about customer experience management, like I'm speaking at a conference this next week. And what's the name of that conference? It's called SCORE. SCORE, oh yes. It's run by the Customer Relationship Management Institute and what they've got for speakers is, the traditional taking customer satisfaction data to the next level. And they actually asked me to speak on a panel called "Mining for Gold in Big Data". So I entitled my session, "Creepy Killed the Canary", and I'm gonna talk only about the fact of how these big companies, if they go after using big data to engage their customers, they're gonna screw it up. They're gonna do the target move where sent the 16-year-old girl pregnancy test and her father didn't even know she was pregnant kind of thing, right? So it's a flawed exercise of trying to support or deal with customers instead of actually engaging them. No one's talking about big data and support yet. Sure they are. We just had something where we launched like having social media like profile integration into our help desk. What does that mean? So that means, so when I'm looking at support team from someone I can see, who they are on LinkedIn, have they talked about my company recently on Twitter, are they on SlideShare, what's their name, what's their job title, that sort of thing. What was that program, Hooper. It's Zaboni. Xobni? Xobni, yeah. It's like Xobni for the help desk. Yeah. Xobni or there's another company that got pop-up LinkedIn as well called Reportive. Yeah. Oh, yeah. That's someone we talked about. So, the creepy thing, and we think it's really useful because it helps to kinda humanize, like we said, you don't run in to these people on the street anymore. So how do you like encourage basically what I call a humanize interaction support? You need to humanize both ends, right. So it's a customer who we understand who the customer is and we are looking at who they are on talking to someone at the company, not talking to the company, right. The company isn't a persona. The company isn't a person. Unless you're Romney. Yeah. And despite what the Supreme Court says, companies are not people, they're made up of people. So you want to kind of encourage conversation between people. We're not political in this podcast at all, Richard. That's fine. I will. But the creepiness comes at me. So, we really debated about, I've seen big data things like Raply puts stuff in the past, where they try to say, "Hey, target your influencers." Or these guys are on Facebook. You know where targeting your influencers works, and the only place it works? Where? The Hunger Games. Every place it'll get you in trouble. But I think there's a role for social media in this type of big data. It helped us out. I think there's a huge role. And you said something when you're describing UserVoice that I think is so important for maybe the more traditional listeners of our show. The people who work in some organizations have massive support installations. And you said, supporting people that you might not ever see or hear and I think that's so important for people who are in more traditional support IT, support roles, I'll start getting very specific, to understand because there's more and more people work remotely, or don't ever come in to the office, what you described although it seems like a type of external support will look a lot like your internal help desk. And that's why I went to that conference, 'cause that was my hypothesis. My hypothesis is that companies talking to customers and companies talking to other people in the company is gonna start looking very similar. There's sorts of things you wanna do. I think a lot of the stuff that those kind of events currently focus is kind of this legacy of requirements. Oh we've got to do this process or requirements, and I feel like there's a shift, at least in the side of the business when we're focused on, the company customer, where everyone's got to throw away all their process, right? Yeah. 89 episodes, that took 89 episodes to get someone to say that. Well it's true, right, so what I say we sell is software, but what we really sell is a process, right. We sell a very simple process, it doesn't have a lot of SOAs and requirements and BPM. We don't have that. Because now it's kind of a different world, where your customers kind of define it. If 90% of your customers are calling you at 10 p.m. a night, or sending an e-mail then you need to make, it doesn't matter what your business hours are. It doesn't matter that your SOA's within it's Monday through Friday. That doesn't matter. And increasingly everything that's happening on the kind of consumer web is happening inside companies as well, right. Like the iPhone, remember a couple years ago, it's like we're not gonna support iPhones phones, you got to stick with the company BlackBerry. That lasted for like five minutes, right. And now everyone's got to support the BlackBerry. Because if I get a better experience talking to a random company on the web, that I do talk to my own IT department is like a roll. It's interesting doing this conference, I mean, it's potentially a place where, you know, we don't have a lot of this stuff that the remedies and the service now. A lot of these guys have great products for that market, too. We have a really simple product, right? Designed for kind of like more B to C companies where we're seeing more and more people - the reason I went to that conference, a bunch of people emailed us and said, "Oh this looks like it works great for ServiceDesk." And I'm like, "What's a ServiceDesk?" Be careful, yeah, because when I hear ServiceDesk I think Walmart and I'm returning diapers. Yeah! I don't know. Right, like yeah. It's always unclear for what these things are. Every time I heard Die Grips ServiceDesk was always the retail place where the non-cashiers worked, that was the service desk. That's right. And it was this ITIL thing that renamed help desk ServiceDesk. Yeah. And you think about it too, big companies, when they talk about support. They're always considering it's kind of the post-sale, whether it's internal, business to business or it's out to the consumer themselves. It's always post-sale, right? But when you're talking about engaging the life cycle of a customer, it starts in marketing. Right. Even in the vision stage, right? Who do you go chase? So this is the breakdown that happens in a large - like most of the people I've interacted with ITSMF and HDI. You hear them speak in those traditional support term realms, SOA you know, how do we control it? It's about command and control. Right. And reality is the consumerization of IT, it's really the consumerization of the enterprise, because accounting, and sales, and legal are also facing the same change of the ecosystems that we're experiencing in IT. Which is that people want the level of consumer feedback and interaction that they get from their stuff at home or when they walk into a Apple store that they do walking into a big, you know, HR meeting or whatever. So it's that same mentality. People don't wanna lose that experience. They wanna bring that experience into that enterprise. And I think the good news for everyone is that these new kind of paradigms, these kind of customer-centric paradigm is actually much easier to do. My background is computer science. And so, in developing products, there used to be all these books about methodologies for how to develop products, right and how do you project-estimate and how to you earn down charts and is very complex. And now, almost all of that has fallen out of favor in terms of something called Agile, so you Agile Development. Agile Development means you just do as little process as humanly possible and we run our whole internal product development process on two free tools. We use Google Docs and we use this thing called Trello, which it looks like index cards on a board. And I think you'll see the same thing happen to other parts of the business, right? There isn't as much of a breakdown between sales and support, or what's pre-sales or post-sales. Who knows, right? It's just gonna fall down to, this is customer communication. When someone emails us or contacts us, this is how we handle it. You empower the people in the front lines to make smart decisions. You build only enough process handle kinda the really extreme cases. And so, we wouldn't be entering into this if is wasn't easy. When I read Eric Rees' book. I actually mention that on this podcast that if those proponents of iTalk take one night to go, to read Erik Rees' book and understand that this is a scientific methodology and that it does have control and it's not just willy-nilly, they would embrace it. It speaks to I think they're in a passion of having predictability. But they don't see this as being predictable. They think it's just loosey-goosey, just throw it out there and see what happens. And that's not exactly not all what's being preached. It is, you know, let your customer drive your next set of rations but put it out there to a certain point and then pivot only when you've actually proven to show what your strengths are. Right. You're not a boat flopping in the breeze, you're just changing course based on changing tides. Yup. And that's why I think that's something that just continues to fundamentally be lost with folks in this industry. Getting better. I remember talking to some people. Sebachao, is like they build, they provide really high tech software. And their whole support methodology was, they called it, literally, Agile Support, right? And they said everytime something comes into support we treat it as if we were doing engineering and we have to have an outcome on everything that comes in, right, maybe it is that we create a new knowledge based article, maybe it is that we go in and fix that bug, but we don't just kind of respond, right? We actually turn into something actual in every single interaction we have, which I thought that was interesting. Yeah. I mean the closest we get to that is the people that talk about adaptive case management. So let me understand this. As things change, I change my behavior. Yeah, it's like good monkey. Yeah, good robot. Yeah. That's nice. I don't know how we're gonna make it through this? Richard, we've got to let you go 'cause you got a hard stop coming up. That's true. I could keep you forever like the small white dove kitten. Can I just read Richard's tagline on his About page for UserVoice? Sure. It says Richard Weiss, co-founder and CEO of UserVoice, where he focuses on making sexy products for unsexy markets, like customer service. Nice. He's got a couple good quotes in here. This is gonna be the quote show, I can tell already. Richard, I tried to get Mikkel to come on once but they sent Zack Urlocker instead. Zack's a lovely man but I really wanted Mikkel, but I wanna thank you for representing 'cause I think you tow it up. No problem. Thanks for having me. Check out the UserVoice and put a link in the show notes, all that kind of stuff. Check out Richard. I actually started following him on Twitter and I don't follow anybody, because I'm a snob like that. But dude, his stuff is solid and he even mixes in some political stuff, so that makes him real, not like fake and marketing like. Much to the chagrin, sometimes people are investors, but we'll deal with that. Yeah, yeah. Kill amendment one. You know a dude's transparent when he tells you that he sold his baby, his start-up on eBay. You know the dude's transparent. And he put the price in there. That's like the epitome of transparency. Great job. Yeah, he was pretty cool. I tried to get him on the show last year. I'm sure I can talk about it again. I tried to get him on the show last night but I couldn't figure, and now I, it's all good, we did it, this is good. We'll see everybody in 10 days. Between now and then we've got the service now knowledge conference. And we have cash register sound coming up and we've got a lot of news to catch up on. ITSMF has a conference coming up and all that other good stuff. Thanks so much and we'll catch everybody in 10 days. Thanks everybody. This was ITSM Weekly. Thank you for listening. For more information about this podcast and ITSM News, go to ITSMWeekly.com.


11. Discipleship and the Deadly DSCR Virus

  • Published: 2012-01-24T02:56:45+00:00
  • Duration: 2897
  • By Jim Tompkins
Discipleship and the Deadly DSCR Virus

I don’t believe we fully understand how bad off Job got. I have been with many people who were suffering from the pain of cancer, of burns, and it is horrible. Thank God they were always on morphine or some other drug to keep them comfortable. Most of us know what pain is, even constant pain, but Job experienced something that I don’t think we can begin to relate to. Job 2:7-8 So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and struck Job with loathsome sores from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. And he took a piece of broken pottery with which to scrape himself while he sat in the ashes. Most people think he had some skin disease that resulted in pussy sores or boils (Hebrew word sehiyn). But I believe it was much more painful and deadlier than that. Hezekiah had šeḥiyn’s and he nearly died from just one. The Lord told the physician to put figs on the šeḥiyn and he was healed . If Satan is given permission to mess with your body, I don’t think he throws any punches. He had a whole arsenal of diseases, and I think he picked one we call MRSA. Have you ever had MRSA. It’s a horrible bacterial infection. MRSA not only attacks your skin, it can get into your bloodstream, heart or lungs, even your urinary tract It can produce: Chest pain, Chills, Cough, Fatigue, Fever, General ill feeling (malaise), Headache, Muscle aches, Rash and even Shortness of breath. If you ever had a MRSA boil you know you can try and get it to pop, but the infection can go down so far, noting reliefs the pain and the burning. Imagine one big MRSA boil being able to torment your life and cause all those symptoms, and even casuing your death. Now imagine 200 or 300 of them all over your body. I don’t think we can even begin to imagine the pain he was in. I mention this because as bad as some bacteria and viruses are, they don’t even begin to compete with the pain and the damage caused by the DSCR virus. The CDC doesn’t want you to know it, and it is kept out of the press for fear of inciting riots, but the DSCR Virus is on the verge of being a pandemic. You never heard of the DSCR virus?Let me tell you about it. Once upon a time the devil decided to have a garage sale. He did it because he wanted to clear out some of his old tools to make room for new ones. After he set up his wares, a fellow dropped by to see what he had. Arrayed on a long table were all the tricks of his infernal trade. Each tool had a price tag. In one corner was a shiny implement labeled “Anger—$250,” next to it a curved tool labeled “Sloth—$380.” As the man searched, he found “Criticism—$500” and “Jealousy—$630.” Out of the corner of his eye, the man spotted a beaten-up tool with a price tag of $12,000. Curious, the man asked the devil why he would offer a worn-out piece of junk for such an exorbitant price. The devil said it was expensive because he used it so much. “What is it?,” the man asked. The answer came back, “It is discouragement. It always works when nothing else will.” Yes the DSCR virus is that old enemy, discouragement. It is the Devil’s favorite way of destroying Disciples, of renderng them powerless, and yes, even causing their death. We all know from hard experience how the devil uses the DSCR Virus to keep us from moving ahead. When anger won’t stop us, when lust can do us no harm, when envy finds no foothold, discouragement always works. It is the devil’s number one tool. Free Dictionary defines discouragement as “the feeling of despair in the face of obstacles . Wordreference.com says to discourage is to “Cause (someone) to lose confidence or enthusiasm”.  The opposite is encourage, which is to put courage, confidence and enthusiasm into someone. Discouragement is anything that takes the courage out of someone. DSCR is a dangerous virus. It literally sucks the spiritual vitality out of you. The DSCR virus causes you to lose your heart, and then it messes with your eye sight and then moves into your soul. LET’S LOOK AT WHAT IT DID TO DAVID…IN 1 SAMUEL 27 J Vernon McGee wrote this about this chapter in his “Thru the Bible Commentary” Here is David -- discouraged, despondent -- doing something he should not have done. He leaves the land of Israel and goes to live among the Philistines. There is nothing in this chapter that would reveal that David is a man of God. That is his only comment on this chapter in his commentary. There is nothing more to learn, so he moves on. I Believe this Chapter is Rich in Application for our Church this Very Day. 1 Samuel 27:1 Then David said in his heart, “Now I shall perish one day by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than that I should escape to the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will despair of seeking me any longer within the borders of Israel, and I shall escape out of his hand.” A. David Settled. David Said in his Heart…I shall perish by the hand of Saul…There is Nothing Better for me… I see David as a Confident Leader: • Psalm 7:9-10 Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end, and may you establish the righteous— you who test the minds and hearts, O righteous God! My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart. I see David as the picture of Braveheart: • Psalm 37:30-31 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice. The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip. “tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take... OUR FREEDOM!” I see him always Trusting in God: • Psalm 61:1-4 Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy. Let me dwell in your tent forever! Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings! Selah But Discipleship is hard. It is a constant battle. You can’t let your guard down, because there is an epidemic of DSCR going around. It is highly contageous. Just one case of DSCR can break out in a church and drag the whole church down. Discouragement can be caused by a lot of things. Rick Warren says there are four major causes: Fatigue, Frustration, Failure and Fear. David had been on the run for over 8 years now. He had experienced major victories in his life and walk before God. He had spared Saul’s life once in the cave at En Gedi (I Samuel 24). Then he had spared Nabal’s life when Abigail interceded (I Samuel 25). Then he had very recently spared Saul’s life again when he crept into the camp and found Saul sleeping (I Samuel 26). You would think that he was unstoppable, that he was a Spiritual Giant. But he was a man like you and me. He was vulnerable to the DSCR virus. Certainly he could have grown weary from the constant pressure, he could have grown frustrated by God’s seeming inactivity, he could been in one of those moments where it seemed he had failed, he could have finally given in to the fear that certainly was warranted by his circumstances. But I think the main cause is when you settle for your circumstances. “HANG ON, HANG TOUGH, HANG IN THERE” – God never, never settles. He never never hangs in there! God practices and delights in Righteousness. The Key to being Righteous is the Focus of you Hope, who you are counting on for your righteousness, who you are allowing to live throu Simply because we feel we are not righteous, do we give up and accept our sin and failures? Do we give up praying to God because He never answers. Do you give up on a son or daughter simply because they seem so set against God? Do we say, well that’s the way it always has been, so why fight it? REMEMBER THE LITTLE WIDOW LADY? Luke 18:1-8 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’ ” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” There is a direct connection between FAITH and your heart! Faith Never Settles. Faith Never accepts an Adversary. Faith is Always Praying. When Faith fades, we lose heart, we become discouraged. We have settled. When you Settle instead of Struggling, your immune system gets weak and the DSCR Virus can take hold. It seeks out your HEART! Listen to David as the DSCR virus takes hold of his heart: • Psalm 38:10 My heart throbs; my strength fails me, and the light of my eyes—it also has gone from me. • Psalm 40:12 For troubles surround me— too many to count! My sins pile up so high I can’t see my way out. They outnumber the hairs on my head. I have lost all courage. When you can only focus onyour sins instead of focusing on His forgiveness, you know the DSCR virus has infected your heart and caused you to feel defeated. DAVID BECAME DISCOURAGED • Psalm 69:1-21 Save me, O God, for the floodwaters are up to my neck. Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire; I can’t find a foothold. I am in deep water, and the floods overwhelm me. I am exhausted from crying for help; my throat is parched. My eyes are swollen with weeping, waiting for my God to help me. Those who hate me without cause outnumber the hairs on my head. … Rescue me from the mud; don’t let me sink any deeper! Save me from those who hate me, and pull me from these deep waters. Don’t let the floods overwhelm me, or the deep waters swallow me, or the pit of death devour me. Answer my prayers, O LORD, for your unfailing love is wonderful. Take care of me, for your mercy is so plentiful. Don’t hide from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in deep trouble! Come and redeem me; free me from my enemies. You know of my shame, scorn, and disgrace. You see all that my enemies are doing. Their insults have broken my heart, and I am in despair. If only one person would show some pity; if only one would turn and comfort me. But instead, they give me poison for food; they offer me sour wine for my thirst. God seemed distant to David. His faith could not take God’s silence, and so it became weak, until He gave up on God doing anything. He gave up believing God’s Word. He settled. He said this is my life, Saul will kill me, and there is noting I can do. My life is over, God has left me, I might as well do the best I can. WOEME His Heart had become infected by the ‘WOEME’ disease that results from the DSCR Virus “WOEME” disease is deadly. It slowly attack a persons heart, soul and eventually their strength. Symptoms can appear gradually, or all at once. Faith is attacked and grows weak. God seems distant, uncaring. His Word is dry and uncomforting. Circumstances seem to careen out of control. God shrinks and circumstances grow. You react by relying on counsel from friends, or from what seems rational. B. David Skews David said “I shall escape out of his hand.” Why? Because you have taken your focus away from God and placed it on you, and what you are trusting in. WOEME Disease blinds our spiritual eyes.  I shall escape out of his hand… Circumstances are distorted, and become the main influence upon your life. Not only is your life affected, but your family and friends can become infected. Your House is affected because you are reacting to God’s Design.  Bad Focus will cause you to lose sight of God’s Discipleship Ways  Bad Focus will cause you to react to God’s Lessons, and He will stop teaching you His Paths! Psalm 25:4-5 Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. DISCOURAGEMENT IS A DISCIPLE KILLER! Now, if you asked David if he was discouraged, he would shake his head and no, not at all. I still love God and follow him. I just think this is best for all of us. I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner.(Flashback: You did try it and it didn’t work too good) Most Christians will tell you they are not discouraged either, they are just doing what’s best. I hear them all the time. They have excuses for not going to church, excuses for not reading their Bible, excuses for working on Sunday, excuses for gossiping, excuses for dishonoring authorities. But what is at the heart of our decisions to go our own way and do what is best for us? Think about it. • ENCOURAGE – DISCOURAGE • IN GOD – DISTANT FROM GOD • IN THE COURAGE OF GOD – DISTANT FROM THE COURAGE OF GOD • CONFIDENT IN GOD – CONFIDENCE IN SELF • OBEDIENCE TO GOD – OBEDIENCE TO SELF • IN THE WORD – IN THE WORLD • IN – DIS DSCR is a virus that develop into much more than discouragement, or WOEME disease. Look at all the other side effects.  Disheartened by obstacles, failure, or criticism  Distressed and fearful, lacking courage and confidence  Disillusioned, losing hope for the future  Disinterested, apathetic, lacking initiative  Doubtful about the value of certain actions  Down on himself/herself, with a poor sense of worth Bottom Line It develops into estrangement from God’s Word and justification for a selfish course of action. Let’s Examine David a little Closer. What was the result of his heart sickness that led him to think he had to settle and move to Philistia for protection. 1. David’s Perspective was SKEWED 1350–1400; (v.) Middle English skewen to slip away, swerve. It all begins when David starts to think about his situation. For nearly nine years he’s been running from Saul, Doeg, Ziphites, Abner, 3000 trained killers, fools, you name it, David had encountered them.  He chooses to focus on what might happen instead of what has happened.  He chooses to focus on his own resources instead of God’s promises. David writes God out of the picture. He thinks it is all up to him, and he has to do what a man has to do. After all God helps them that helps themselves! No, that is a lie of Satan. That statement alone is used to justify actions that are not dependant upon God, but dependant upon man. It is a fleshly statement, a worldly philosophy that will lead you away from God and into the arms of Satan. 2. He Made a Dumb Decision. 1 Samuel 27:5-6 Then David said to Achish, “If I have found favor in your eyes” He sought the approval of an ungodly enemy. Have you ever made a dumb decision? At the time you made it it seemed the best thing to do, but later on you realize what a dumb thing to have done. Thankfully God forgives us of our dumb decisions. God allows us to learn from our dumb decisions, and become mighty disciples. In fact, those dumb decisions wake us up to the fact that our life is out of whack with God. It’s important that we not hold those dumb decisions against a repentant heart, which David later had. 3. His Decision Led to Compromise. 1 Samuel 27:6-7 So that day Achish gave him Ziklag. Therefore Ziklag has belonged to the kings of Judah to this day. And the number of the days that David lived in the country of the Philistines was a year and four months. The children of Israel were not to mix with the surrounding nations. Over and over the warning was given and every time somebody tried it, disaster resulted. David knew all that and he did it anyway. I’m sure if you had asked David as he led his band toward Gath, “Are you deserting God?” he would have said no. He probably would have been insulted by the very question. “Me, desert God? Are you kidding? I believe everything I always believed.” “But David, these are not God’s people.” “It makes no difference. I’m going to go live there for a while until the pressure is off. It’s not a big deal. I can have my quiet time in Gath just as easily as I can in Israel.” We always have an excuse when we compromise. Some of us are doing it right now. We are involved in some things that would shock anyone if they knew the truth. We said something, we’ve done something that we normally wouldn’t do, but we feel we have a good excuse. You know you are compromising when you have to explain away some command of God in order to justify what you are doing. You can be singing louder than anyone this morning, writing a big check for the offering, and be a compromiser. When the lights have faded, friends have gone, you are laying in bed thinking about your life, you have to ward off the discouragement with music or pills or alcohol. Achish gave the city of Ziklag to David and his men and their families. Ziklag is a variation of Zahaliku, which means downward slopes Taking our eyes off God and His Word, and then depending upon yourself or other people to do what’s best for you, often leads us slowly downward until we end up doing things we would never dreamed we would do. What starts as a fleeting thought or reaction becomes a plan, a plan becomes a commitment, and eventually a commitment becomes a lifestyle. We cope with our weaknesses by settling down and living with them as friends. C. David Stews 1 Samuel 27:8-11 Now David and his men went up and made raids against the Geshurites, the Girzites, and the Amalekites, for these were the inhabitants of the land from of old, as far as Shur, to the land of Egypt. And David would strike the land and would leave neither man nor woman alive, but would take away the sheep, the oxen, the donkeys, the camels, and the garments, and come back to Achish. When Achish asked, “Where have you made a raid today?” David would say, “Against the Negeb of Judah,” or, “Against the Negeb of the Jerahmeelites,” or, “Against the Negeb of the Kenites.” And David would leave neither man nor woman alive to bring news to Gath, thinking, “lest they should tell about us and say, ‘So David has done.’ ” Such was his custom all the while he lived in the country of the Philistines. David got in to a stew of lies, deception and murder. He and his men found safety, but at what cost. David was like Lot who chose the well watered plain, and whose soul became tormented because of the sin surrounding him. Compromise often leads us to a stew. Have you ever heard the idiom: “stew in one's own juice”? It means to suffer the consequences of one's own actions. It comes from a Middle English word from the 1350’s “stewen or stuwen” - to take a sweat bath! Oh, I’m sure David justified his actions. After all, God had commanded Joshua to kill all the Geshurites, the Girzites, and the Amalekites. I’m sure he thought he was actually doing God’s Will! Not only is David living a lie, but now all the men and their families are involved as well. David had to keep trying to please Achish by lying about his raids, and hope that no one ever escaped or witnessed what they were doing. If David had any conscience at all, it must have been tormenting him like crazy. When we compromise, we’ll always end up in a stew. Not only us, but we often take others with us. Our lies and selfishness can hurt a lot of people. The saddest think about taking our eyes off God, and spreading the DSCR virus, it quenches the Holy Spirit. It can even remove the Blessing of God. D. David Stinks 1 Samuel 27:12 And Achish trusted David, thinking, “He has made himself an utter stench to his people Israel; therefore he shall always be my servant.” David didn’t think he stunk. In fact, he thought, I’ve done a good thing. I am ridding the land of foes of old, more mighty men are coming to me, the Philistines think I’m with them, I don’t have to sleep with one eye open, the men are spending time with their wives and having babies. Life is good. King Saul is a distant worry. Vs 4 says Saul stopped looking for David, and vs 12 says Achish was very pleased with David.  The Devil stopped pursuing David and the world was OK with him. If he was a good Southern Baptist he would be standing up and saying look how God has blessed me! Things were going well. He gets up in the morning about nine, reads the Ziklag Gazette, goes down to the gym to work out with the boys, in the afternoon he raids a nearby village, and in the evening maybe there’s a feast. Not a bad life. Disobedience often results in a temporary lessening of pressure. E. Disciples Seek After the Israelites heard the report of the spies, they became afraid, their faith in God’s Word went to nothing, and they decided not to trust God and depend upon Him to conquer the giants. At that point the message of God came to the people through Moses.r Moses pronounced the judgment of God upon the people, that they would all perish in the wilderness and never enter the promised land, they Deuteronomy 1:41-42 “Then you answered me, ‘We have sinned against the LORD. We ourselves will go up and fight, just as the LORD our God commanded us.’ And every one of you fastened on his weapons of war and thought it easy to go up into the hill country. And the LORD said to me, ‘Say to them, Do not go up or fight, for I am not in your midst, lest you be defeated before your enemies.’ They people went anyway, and were defeated, and lived the rest of their lives in the wilderness. They settled, they skewed, they stewed, and eventually they stunk as rotting corpses in the desert. O, they still went to church, they still enjoyed their grandkids, but they were walking as defeated corpses, defeated because they failed to trust God when it counted. MOSES FELL DOWN BEFORE THE LORD When God was giving the two tablets of stone to Moses, there was a great noise coming from the base of the mountain. God told Moses to hurry up and get down there, because the people had corrupted themselves. Deuteronomy 9:12 And Jehovah said unto me, Arise, get thee down quickly from hence; for thy people that thou hast brought forth out of Egypt have corrupted themselves; they are quickly turned aside out of the way which I commanded them; they have made them a molten image. This word shāḥat was used before as God described why He destroyed the earth in the flood: Genesis 6:11-12 And the earth is corrupt before God, and the earth is filled with violence. And God seeth the earth, and lo, it hath been corrupted, for all flesh hath corrupted its way on the earth. God’s world became corrupt because the people took their focus away from God and placed it upon themselves. The Jews became corrupt when they removed their focus from God and placed it on themselves, corrupted by the thinking of the fleshly Egyptians. Once again, at that point, God told Moses that He would destroy those people, and Moses could start over with an uncorrupted group of people. Moses pleaded with God, and then fell on his face before the Lord for 40 days and night, neither eating or drinking, and God relented. DISCR anything-discourage, disenfranchised, discord, disheartened, disillusioned, distant is all dangerous, because it comes from a heart that had been corrupted by wrong influences, wrong thinking, wrong focus and wrong people. If we want to keep wandering around as stinking corpses, we will not change. But if we want to experience victory, grow in faith, grow in Jesus Christ, grow to the point where we are seeing people saved, we are seeing Disciples grow and develop, then we need to fall on oyr face before the Lord. We need to confess our sin, we can’t settle, we must keep coming before our Father against any adversary and let Him know that we still have Faith we still believe His word. James 4:4-10 You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. 


12. TALISMAN - Board Game Time Lapse of Solo Session

  • Published: 2008-12-08T07:27:06+00:00
  • Duration: 49
  • By Josh Jenkins
TALISMAN - Board Game Time Lapse of Solo Session

Early Sunday evening, I had convinced my seven year old son to play a game of Talisman with me using the speedier play rules from the back of the book. We had a rip-roaring good time with two of the more funny, supremely divergent story lines I have ever seen. His troll had raked in tons of beneficial encounters and breezed through combat while my priest was converted to evil by Mephistopheles, lost all his money, was stalked by a hag, and then wounded and challenged around every corner. In that game, I'd had a great comeback in the end only to fall short as he rose to power. Between the amusing dichotomy of our respective paths and my final, futile surge, I'd have to call it my favorite game of Talisman ever. Thus, later on in the evening when the rest of the family turned in for bed, I found myself without anything to do and still glowing from the game. What better way to spend my last couple of hours, I thought, than to play a solo game of Talisman against the clock. I figured I'd field one hero, use all of the regular rules for leveling up and try to reach the Crown in one hour flat (all while jotting notes for this report, mind you). I find setting up the time-lapse cam while playing these solitaire games adds to my enjoyment as I really don't feel alone, and I'm accountable to the eye in the sky. So, I set the timer on my phone, plopped my randomly-selected Warrior down on the board at his starting location in the Tavern, and got on my way. With a few uneventful bits glossed over, and undoubtedly something left out, here's how the game progressed. - Early on in my explorations I loaded up on goodies, finding an Amulet in the plains, then on to the ruins for a Mule and a Book of Spells (which yielded a hex spell). I went ahead and cast my hex on a middle-region space thinking it'd free up my one slot should I find a teleport or other useful spell. - Soon after, I encountered a wraith in the fields, getting my low-craft rear-end handed to me by the specter, taking my first wound. - My day got a bit better when I found the holy grail in the woods. Kind of makes the rest of the quest anticlimactic when you find the ultimate literary relic under a fern while you're taking a leak against a tree. - I then ran into a giant in a wooded area, and he reminded me that grail or not, I was still vulnerable to large bludgeoning implements. I took my second wound and ran, screaming like a little girl. - The Sentinel felt bad for me and offered me a trinket that had gotten stuck in his toll bucket ... It was a TALISMAN. - I further nursed my wounds with a bag of gold found in the fields. - Then, in the hills, I got my first taste of victory in combat, besting an Ogre. In this case, my talking mule had no interest in joining the green-skinned brute on his quest. Although I wish he had. He kept talking about parfaits. - I stopped by the sentinel's bridge, and told him that until I saw the latest inspection report from the Army Corp of Engineers I had no interest in crossing the rickety structure. Showing how fickle he could be, he threw an Orb of Knowledge at me. - I stopped by the village a couple of times in that time-span and in both cases, the snooty mystic ignored me. - In the fields, I found a healer, but I had already gotten some healing from the fine sisters at the chapel, so I told him I'd stop by if any other big fellas tried to play whack-a-mole with my noggin. - In the fields, I found another Ogre, and just like Shrek 2, I couldn't stick around. We called it a stand-off and I left before the credits. - I then discovered a market in the hills and bought a sword off the clearance rack. Apparently it had been pawned a few hours earlier by a drunken, unlucky evil priest who had no use for it. - A trip to the ruins turned up a Phantom, but fortunately it was not Billy Zane in purple tights, because that probably would have been too much. It also revealed a Fountain of Wisdom, so I began to bump up my craft score. - Shortly thereafter I was ignored by the village mystic again. Apparently he's a BIG Billy Zane fan, and I offended him with my previous paragraph. - I then headed into my home turf for a drink at the tavern, a ferryman was looking to drum up some business, but as his name was Charon, I was skeptical and refused. - Journeying to the city, I found a fellow named Al Chemist who was running one of those "Cash for Gold" operations, and he bought my amulet from me. I didn't want it anyway. It was half of a BFF medallion for someone I'm not talking to anymore (I'm looking at you, Troll). - I once again heard the call of nature and stopped by the woods, turns out the tree I was urinating on was a mercenary in some effective camo. As an offer of apology I lent him my swell cloak and gave him the last of my cash to enlist him into my service. I told him to check the mule for some Fabreeze. - My buddy the merc and I hit the fountain of wisdom again. I was feeling craftier and craftier. - Then I went to the hills, where Prince offered to join me if I'd shoot some hoops with him and eat some pancakes. Turns out, Prince can ball. - My growing entourage and I headed to the tavern where Charon begged me to try his ferry. Again, I told him my posse and I had better things to do. - I decided we'd head back to the fountain of wisdom, where I finished it off to the last drop, raising my craft to 7. - At this point, I was feeling a little bad about the way I'd treated the ferryman, so I headed back to the tavern and, sure enough, once again he offered me a ride. This time, I took him up on it. - Turns out, my earlier apprehension was justified. As soon as we got to the temple, Chuck sold me and my boys into slavery and paddled back across the river chuckling. - Fortunately, the templars weren't too enamored with me and my sour smelling cohorts, so we were able to escape the next turn, heading to the Runes where I found a Holy Lance. It'll go nicely with my grail. - I heard there was a ranch in the Hidden Valley with some fantastic salad dressing, so I headed over there. Turns out, there was no salad at all, just a serpent, a guide and Solomon's Crown. I turned the snake into boots and put on my shiny new hat. I asked the guide to show me how to get to the big door down in the corner. Not only did I cut a dashing figure, I had an effective craft of 9 and felt confident that I could saunter through the Portal of Power. - I rolled a 5, sending me to the aforementioned portal with movement to spare. I rolled a THREE on my craft check. Turns out the secret knock was "Shave and a Haircut." - From the Plains of Peril, I decided to take the route that headed through the mines. Prince said he had once played a concert there for some dude named Balin and I thought, "What the heck." - The mines didn't provide much of a challenge, as I rolled a 7 on my craft check, breezing on through (but with all kinds of unnecessary CGI effects). - At the vampire's tower, I was able to convince the count to let me go with just a little nibble if I agreed to get Keanu Reeves the hell out of his house. (I rolled a 2, escaping with the loss of only one life). Keanu got into a phone booth with George Carlin and I moved on to the pits. (just like the second and third movies in The Matrix trilogy). - Three pit fiends arose to challenge me, but I was under the influence of various performance enhancing drugs, and put down all three of the critters in rapid succession (Combat rolls of 11 to 7; 12 to 9; and 10 to 6 ... thank you Holy Lance). - I stopped to switch my orb of knowledge to the mule and pull out the Talisman the Sentinel had given me early on, using it to pass the stern looking door man at the velvet rope blocking off the Valley of Fire. - Taking the steps two at a time, I tossed away my Crown of Solomon for the even shinier hat at the top. ... All in all, even stopping to take notes and nursing a refreshing Canada Dry, I completed the game in 37 minutes. Perhaps, next time I play beat the clock, I'll shoot for half an hour. Still, after the beatdown I'd taken for much of the game I'd played with my son earlier in the evening, it was nice to have some good luck.


13. Rohingyalish Translation ( Surah Al Fill ) by Anam

Rohingyalish Translation ( Surah Al Fill ) by Anam

82 hadith found in 'Knowledge' of Sahih Bukhari. Narrated Abu Huraira: While the Prophet was saying something in a gathering, a Bedouin came and asked him, "When would the Hour (Doomsday) take place?" Allah's Apostle continued his talk, so some people said that Allah's Apostle had heard the question, but did not like what that Bedouin had asked. Some of them said that Alllah's Apostle had not heard it. When the Prophet finished his speech, he said, "Where is the questioner, who enquired about the Hour (Doomsday)?" The Bedouin said, "I am here, O Allah's Apostle ." Then the Prophet said, "When honesty is lost, then wait for the Hour (Doomsday)." The Bedouin said, "How will that be lost?" The Prophet said, "When the power or authority comes in the hands of unfit persons, then wait for the Hour (Doomsday.)" Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Amr: Once the Prophet remained behind us in a journey. He joined us while we were performing ablution for the prayer which was over-due. We were just passing wet hands over our feet (and not washing them properly) so the Prophet addressed us in a loud voice and said twice or thrice: "Save your heels from the fire." Narrated Ibn 'Umar: Allah's Apostle said, "Amongst the trees, there is a tree, the leaves of which do not fall and is like a Muslim. Tell me the name of that tree." Everybody started thinking about the trees of the desert areas. And I thought of the date-palm tree but felt shy to answer the others then asked, "What is that tree, O Allah's Apostle ?" He replied, "It is the date-palm tree." Narrated Ibn 'Umar: The Prophet said, "Amongst the trees, there is a tree, the leaves of which do not fall and is like a Muslim. Tell me the name of that tree." Everybody started thinking about the trees of the desert areas. And I thought of the date-palm tree. The others then asked, "Please inform us what is that tree, O Allah's Apostle?" He replied, "It is the date-palm tree." Narrated Ibn Umar: same as above Hadith 59. Narrated Ibn Umar: same as above Hadith 59. Narrated Ibn Umar: same as above Hadith 59. Narrated Anas bin Malik: While we were sitting with the Prophet in the mosque, a man came riding on a camel. He made his camel kneel down in the mosque, tied its foreleg and then said: "Who amongst you is Muhammad?" At that time the Prophet was sitting amongst us (his companions) leaning on his arm. We replied, "This white man reclining on his arm." The an then addressed him, "O Son of 'Abdul Muttalib." The Prophet said, "I am here to answer your questions." The man said to the Prophet, "I want to ask you something and will be hard in questioning. So do not get angry." The Prophet said, "Ask whatever you want." The man said, "I ask you by your Lord, and the Lord of those who were before you, has Allah sent you as an Apostle to all the mankind?" The Prophet replied, "By Allah, yes." The man further said, "I ask you by Allah. Has Allah ordered you to offer five prayers in a day and night (24 hours).? He replied, "By Allah, Yes." The man further said, "I ask you by Allah! Has Allah ordered you to observe fasts during this month of the year (i.e. Ramadan)?" He replied, "By Allah, Yes." The man further said, "I ask you by Allah. Has Allah ordered you to take Zakat (obligatory charity) from our rich people and distribute it amongst our poor people?" The Prophet replied, "By Allah, yes." Thereupon that man said, "I have believed in all that with which you have been sent, and I have been sent by my people as a messenger, and I am Dimam bin Tha'laba from the brothers of Bani Sa'd bin Bakr." Narrated 'Abdullah bin Abbas: Once Allah's Apostle gave a letter to a person and ordered him to go and deliver it to the Governor of Bahrain. (He did so) and the Governor of Bahrain sent it to Chousroes, who read that letter and then tore it to pieces. (The sub-narrator (Ibn Shihab) thinks that Ibn Al-Musaiyab said that Allah's Apostle invoked Allah against them (saying), "May Allah tear them into pieces, and disperse them all totally.)" Narrated Anas bin Malik: Once the Prophet wrote a letter or had an idea of writing a letter. The Prophet was told that they (rulers) would not read letters unless they were sealed. So the Prophet got a silver ring made with "Muhammad Allah's Apostle" engraved on it. As if I were just observing its white glitter in the hand of the Prophet Narrated Abu Waqid Al-Laithi: While Allah's Apostle was sitting in the mosque with some people, three men came. Two of them came in front of Allah's Apostle and the third one went away. The two persons kept on standing before Allah's Apostle for a while and then one of them found a place in the circle and sat there while the other sat behind the gathering, and the third one went away. When Allah's Apostle finished his preaching, he said, "Shall I tell you about these three persons? One of them be-took himself to Allah, so Allah took him into His grace and mercy and accommodated him, the second felt shy from Allah, so Allah sheltered Him in His mercy (and did not punish him), while the third turned his face from Allah and went away, so Allah turned His face from him likewise. " Narrated 'Abdur Rahman bin Abi Bakra's father: Once the Prophet was riding his camel and a man was holding its rein. The Prophet asked, "What is the day today?" We kept quiet, thinking that he might give that day another name. He said, "Isn't it the day of Nahr (slaughtering of the animals of sacrifice)" We replied, "Yes." He further asked, "Which month is this?" We again kept quiet, thinking that he might give it another name. Then he said, "Isn't it the month of Dhul-Hijja?" We replied, "Yes." He said, "Verily! Your blood, property and honor are sacred to one another (i.e. Muslims) like the sanctity of this day of yours, in this month of yours and in this city of yours. It is incumbent upon those who are present to inform those who are absent because those who are absent might comprehend (what I have said) better than the present audience." Narrated Ibn Mas'ud: The Prophet used to take care of us in preaching by selecting a suitable time, so that we might not get bored. (He abstained from pestering us with sermons and knowledge all the time). Narrated Anas bin Malik: The Prophet said, "Facilitate things to people (concerning religious matters), and do not make it hard for them and give them good tidings and do not make them run away (from Islam)." Narrated Abu Wail: 'Abdullah used to give a religious talk to the people on every Thursday. Once a man said, "O Aba 'Abdur-Rahman! (By Allah) I wish if you could preach us daily." He replied, "The only thing which prevents me from doing so, is that I hate to bore you, and no doubt I take care of you in preaching by selecting a suitable time just as the Prophet used to do with us, for fear of making us bored." Narrated Muawiya: I heard Allah's Apostle saying, "If Allah wants to do good to a person, He makes him comprehend the religion. I am just a distributor, but the grant is from Allah. (And remember) that this nation (true Muslims) will keep on following Allah's teachings strictly and they will not be harmed by any one going on a different path till Allah's order (Day of Judgment) is established." Narrated Ibn 'Umar: We were with the Prophet and a spadix of date-palm tree was brought to him. On that he said, "Amongst the trees, there is a tree which resembles a Muslim." I wanted to say that it was the date-palm tree but as I was the youngest of all (of them) I kept quiet. And then the Prophet said, "It is the date-palm tree." Narrated 'Abdullah bin Mas'ud: The Prophet said, "Do not wish to be like anyone except in two cases. (The first is) A person, whom Allah has given wealth and he spends it righteously; (the second is) the one whom Allah has given wisdom (the Holy Qur'an) and he acts according to it and teaches it to others." (Fateh-al-Bari page 177 Vol. 1) Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: That he differed with Hur bin Qais bin Hisn Al-Fazari regarding the companion of (the Prophet) Moses. Ibn 'Abbas said that he was Khadir. Meanwhile, Ubai bin Ka'b passed by them and Ibn 'Abbas called him, saying "My friend (Hur) and I have differed regarding Moses' companion whom Moses, asked the way to meet. Have you heard the Prophet mentioning something about him? He said, "Yes. I heard Allah's Apostle saying, "While Moses was sitting in the company of some Israelites, a man came and asked him. "Do you know anyone who is more learned than you? Moses replied: "No." So Allah sent the Divine Inspiration to Moses: 'Yes, Our slave Khadir (is more learned than you.)' Moses asked (Allah) how to meet him (Khadir). So Allah made the fish as a sign for him and he was told that when the fish was lost, he should return (to the place where he had lost it) and there he would meet him (Al-Khadir). So Moses went on looking for the sign of the fish in the sea. The servant-boy of Moses said to him: Do you remember when we betook ourselves to the rock, I indeed forgot the fish, none but Satan made me forget to remember it. On that Moses said: 'That is what we have been seeking? (18.64) So they went back retracing their foot-steps, and found Khadir. (And) what happened further to them is narrated in the Holy Qur'an by Allah. (18.54 up to 18.82) Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: Once the Prophet embraced me and said, "O Allah! Bestow on him the knowledge of the Book (Qur'an)." Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: Once I came riding a she-ass and had (just) attained the age of puberty. Allah's Apostle was offering the prayer at Mina. There was no wall in front of him and I passed in front of some of the row while they were offering their prayers. There I let the she-ass loose to graze and entered the row, and nobody objected to it. Narrated Mahmud bin Rabi'a: When I was a boy of five, I remember, the Prophet took water from a bucket (used far getting water out of a well) with his mouth and threw it on my face. Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: that he differed with Hur bin Qais bin Hisn Al-Fazari regarding the companion of the Prophet Moses. Meanwhile, Ubai bin Ka'b passed by them and Ibn 'Abbas called him saying, "My friend (Hur) and I have differed regarding Moses' companion whom Moses asked the way to meet. Have you heard Allah's Apostle mentioning something about him? Ubai bin Ka'b said: "Yes, I heard the Prophet mentioning something about him (saying) while Moses was sitting in the company of some Israelites, a man came and asked him: "Do you know anyone who is more learned than you? Moses replied: "No." So Allah sent the Divine Inspiration to Moses: '--Yes, Our slave Khadir is more learned than you. Moses asked Allah how to meet him (Al-Khadir). So Allah made the fish a sign for him and he was told when the fish was lost, he should return (to the place where he had lost it) and there he would meet him (Al-Khadir). So Moses went on looking for the sign of the fish in the sea. The servant-boy of Moses said: 'Do you remember when we betook ourselves to the rock, I indeed forgot the fish, none but Satan made me forget to remember it. On that Moses said, 'That is what we have been seeking.' So they went back retracing their footsteps, and found Kha,dir. (and) what happened further about them is narrated in the Holy Qur'an by Allah." (18.54 up to 18.82) Narrated Abu Musa: The Prophet said, "The example of guidance and knowledge with which Allah has sent me is like abundant rain falling on the earth, some of which was fertile soil that absorbed rain water and brought forth vegetation and grass in abundance. (And) another portion of it was hard and held the rain water and Allah benefited the people with it and they utilized it for drinking, making their animals drink from it and for irrigation of the land for cultivation. (And) a portion of it was barren which could neither hold the water nor bring forth vegetation (then that land gave no benefits). The first is the example of the person who comprehends Allah's religion and gets benefit (from the knowledge) which Allah has revealed through me (the Prophets and learns and then teaches others. The last example is that of a person who does not care for it and does not take Allah's guidance revealed through me (He is like that barren land.)" Narrated Anas: Allah's Apostle said, "From among the portents of the Hour are (the following): 1. Religious knowledge will be taken away (by the death of Religious learned men). 2. (Religious) ignorance will prevail. 3. Drinking of Alcoholic drinks (will be very common). 4. There will be prevalence of open illegal sexual intercourse. Narrated Anas: I will narrate to you a Hadith and none other than I will tell you about after it. I heard Allah's Apostle saying: From among the portents of the Hour are (the following): 1. Religious knowledge will decrease (by the death of religious learned men). 2. Religious ignorance will prevail. 3. There will be prevalence of open illegal sexual intercourse. 4. Women will increase in number and men will decrease in number so much so that fifty women will be looked after by one man. Narrated Ibn 'Umar: Allah's Apostle said, "While I was sleeping, I saw that a cup full of milk was brought to me and I drank my fill till I noticed (the milk) its wetness coming out of my nails. Then I gave the remaining milk to 'Umar Ibn Al-Khattab" The companions of the Prophet asked, "What have you interpreted (about this dream)? "O Allah's Apostle ,!" he replied, "(It is religious) knowledge." Narrated 'Abdullah bin Amr bin Al 'Aas: Allah's Apostle stopped (for a while near the Jimar) at Mina during his last Hajj for the people and they were asking him questions. A man came and said, "I forgot and got my head shaved before slaughtering the Hadi (sacrificing animal)." The Prophet said, "There is no harm, go and do the slaughtering now." Then another person came and said, "I forgot and slaughtered (the camel) before Rami (throwing of the pebbles) at the Jamra." The Prophet said, "Do the Rami now and there is no harm." The narrator added: So on that day, when the Prophet was asked about anything (as regards the ceremonies of Hajj) performed before or after its due time, his reply was: "Do it (now) and there is no harm." Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: Somebody said to the Prophet (during his last Hajj), "I did the slaughtering before doing the Rami.' The Prophet beckoned with his hand and said, "There is no harm in that." Then another person said. "I got my head shaved before offering the sacrifice." The Prophet beckoned with his hand saying, "There is no harm in that." Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "(Religious) knowledge will be taken away (by the death of religious scholars) ignorance (in religion) and afflictions will appear; and Harj will increase." It was asked, "What is Harj, O Allah's Apostle?" He replied by beckoning with his hand indicating "killing." (Fateh-al-Bari Page 192, Vol. 1) Narrated Asma: I came to 'Aisha while she was praying, and said to her, "What has happened to the people?" She pointed out towards the sky. (I looked towards the mosque), and saw the people offering the prayer. Aisha said, "Subhan Allah." I said to her, "Is there a sign?" She nodded with her head meaning, "Yes." I, too, then stood (for the prayer of eclipse) till I became (nearly) unconscious and later on I poured water on my head. After the prayer, the Prophet praised and glorified Allah and then said, "Just now at this place I have seen what I have never seen before, including Paradise and Hell. No doubt it has been inspired to me that you will be put to trials in your graves and these trials will be like the trials of Masiah-ad-Dajjal or nearly like it (the sub narrator is not sure which expression Asma' used). You will be asked, 'What do you know about this man (the Prophet Muhammad)?' Then the faithful believer (or Asma' said a similar word) will reply, 'He is Muhammad Allah's Apostle who had come to us with clear evidences and guidance and so we accepted his teachings and followed him. And he is Muhammad.' And he will repeat it thrice. Then the angels will say to him, 'Sleep in peace as we have come to know that you were a faithful believer.' On the other hand, a hypocrite or a doubtful person will reply, 'I do not know, but I heard the people saying something and so I said it.' (the same). " Narrated Abu Jamra: I was an interpreter between the people and Ibn 'Abbas. Once Ibn 'Abbas said that a delegation of the tribe of'Abdul Qais came to the Prophet who asked them, "Who are the people (i.e. you)? (Or) who are the delegates?" They replied, "We are from the tribe of Rabi'a." Then the Prophet said to them, "Welcome, O people (or said, "O delegation (of 'Abdul Qais).") Neither will you have disgrace nor will you regret." They said, "We have come to you from a distant place and there is the tribe of the infidels of Mudar intervening between you and us and we cannot come to you except in the sacred month. So please order us to do something good (religious deeds) and that we may also inform our people whom we have left behind (at home) and that we may enter Paradise (by acting on them.)" The Prophet ordered them to do four things, and forbade them from four things. He ordered them to believe in Allah Alone, the Honorable the Majestic and said to them, "Do you know what is meant by believing in Allah Alone?" They replied, "Allah and His Apostle know better." Thereupon the Prophet said, "(That means to testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is His Apostle, to offer prayers perfectly, to pay Zakat, to observe fasts during the month of Ramadan, (and) to pay Al-Khumus (one fifth of the booty to be given in Allah's cause)." Then he forbade them four things, namely Ad-Dubba.' Hantam, Muzaffat (and) An-Naqir or Muqaiyar(These were the names of pots in which alcoholic drinks used to be prepared). The Prophet further said, "Memorize them (these instructions) and tell them to the people whom you have left behind." Narrated 'Abdullah bin Abi Mulaika: 'Uqba bin Al-Harith said that he had married the daughter of Abi Ihab bin 'Aziz. Later on a woman came to him and said, "I have suckled (nursed) Uqba and the woman whom he married (his wife) at my breast." 'Uqba said to her, "Neither I knew that you have suckled (nursed) me nor did you tell me." Then he rode over to see Allah's Apostle at Medina, and asked him about it. Allah's Apostle said, "How can you keep her as a wife when it has been said (that she is your foster-sister)?" Then Uqba divorced her, and she married another man. Narrated 'Umar: My Ansari neighbor from Bani Umaiya bin Zaid who used to live at 'Awali Al-Medina and used to visit the Prophet by turns. He used to go one day and I another day. When I went I used to bring the news of that day regarding the Divine Inspiration and other things, and when he went, he used to do the same for me. Once my Ansari friend, in his turn (on returning from the Prophet), knocked violently at my door and asked if I was there." I became horrified and came out to him. He said, "Today a great thing has happened." I then went to Hafsa and saw her weeping. I asked her, "Did Allah's Apostle divorce you all?" She replied, "I do not know." Then, I entered upon the Prophet and said while standing, "Have you divorced your wives?" The Prophet replied in the negative. On what I said, "Allahu-Akbar (Allah is Greater)." (See Hadith No. 119, Vol. 3 for details) Narrated Abu Mas'ud Al-Ansari: Once a man said to Allah's Apostle "O Allah's Apostle! I may not attend the (compulsory congregational) prayer because so and so (the Imam) prolongs the prayer when he leads us for it. The narrator added: "I never saw the Prophet more furious in giving advice than he was on that day. The Prophet said, "O people! Some of you make others dislike good deeds (the prayers). So whoever leads the people in prayer should shorten it because among them there are the sick the weak and the needy (having some jobs to do)." Narrated Zaid bin Khalid Al-Juhani: A man asked the Prophet about the picking up of a "Luqata" (fallen lost thing). The Prophet replied, "Recognize and remember its tying material and its container, and make public announcement (about it) for one year, then utilize it but give it to its owner if he comes." Then the person asked about the lost camel. On that, the Prophet got angry and his cheeks or his Face became red and he said, "You have no concern with it as it has its water container, and its feet and it will reach water, and eat (the leaves) of trees till its owner finds it." The man then asked about the lost sheep. The Prophet replied, "It is either for you, for your brother (another person) or for the wolf." Narrated Abu Musa: The Prophet was asked about things which he did not like, but when the questioners insisted, the Prophet got angry. He then said to the people, "Ask me anything you like." A man asked, "Who is my father?" The Prophet replied, "Your father is Hudhafa." Then another man got up and said, "Who is my father, O Allah's Apostle ?" He replied, "Your father is Salim, Maula (the freed slave) of Shaiba." So when 'Umar saw that (the anger) on the face of the Prophet he said, "O Allah's Apostle! We repent to Allah (Our offending you)." Narrated Anas bin Malik: One day Allah's Apostle came out (before the people) and 'Abdullah bin Hudhafa stood up and asked (him) "Who is my father?" The Prophet replied, "Your father is Hudhafa." The Prophet told them repeatedly (in anger) to ask him anything they liked. 'Umar knelt down before the Prophet and said thrice, "We accept Allah as (our) Lord and Islam as (our) religion and Muhammad as (our) Prophet." After that the Prophet became silent. Narrated Anas: Whenever the Prophet asked permission to enter, he knocked the door thrice with greeting and whenever he spoke a sentence (said a thing) he used to repeat it thrice. (See Hadith No. 261, Vol. 8). Narrated Anas: Whenever the Prophet spoke a sentence (said a thing), he used to repeat it thrice so that the people could understand it properly from him and whenever he asked permission to enter, (he knocked the door) thrice with greeting. Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Amr: Once Allah's Apostle remained behind us in a journey. He joined us while we were performing ablution for the 'Asr prayer which was over-due. We were just passing wet hands over our feet (not washing them properly) so the Prophet addressed us in a loud voice and said twice or thrice, "Save your heels from the fire." Narrated Abu Burda's father: Allah's Apostle said "Three persons will have a double reward: 1. A Person from the people of the scriptures who believed in his prophet (Jesus or Moses) and then believed in the Prophet Muhammad (i .e. has embraced Islam). 2. A slave who discharges his duties to Allah and his master. 3. A master of a woman-slave who teaches her good manners and educates her in the best possible way (the religion) and manumits her and then marries her." Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: Once Allah's Apostle came out while Bilal was accompanying him. He went towards the women thinking that they had not heard him (i.e. his sermon). So he preached them and ordered them to pay alms. (Hearing that) the women started giving alms; some donated their ear-rings, some gave their rings and Bilal was collecting them in the corner of his garment. Narrated Abu Huraira: I said: "O Allah's Apostle! Who will be the luckiest person, who will gain your intercession on the Day of Resurrection?" Allah's Apostle said: O Abu Huraira! "I have thought that none will ask me about it before you as I know your longing for the (learning of) Hadiths. The luckiest person who will have my intercession on the Day of Resurrection will be the one who said sincerely from the bottom of his heart "None has the right to be worshipped but Allah." And 'Umar bin 'Abdul 'Aziz wrote to Abu Bakr bin Hazm, "Look for the knowledge of Hadith and get it written, as I am afraid that religious knowledge will vanish and the religious learned men will pass away (die). Do not accept anything save the Hadiths of the Prophet. Circulate knowledge and teach the ignorant, for knowledge does not vanish except when it is kept secretly (to oneself)." Narrated Abdullah Ibn Dinar: also narrates the same (above-mentioned statement) as has been narrated by 'Umar bin 'Abdul 'Aziz up to "The religious scholar (learned men) will pass away (die)." Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Amr bin Al' As: I heard Allah's Apostle saying, "Allah does not take away the knowledge, by taking it away from (the hearts of) the people, but takes it away by the death of the religious learned men till when none of the (religious learned men) remains, people will take as their leaders ignorant persons who when consulted will give their verdict without knowledge. So they will go astray and will lead the people astray." Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: Some women requested the Prophet to fix a day for them as the men were taking all his time. On that he promised them one day for religious lessons and commandments. Once during such a lesson the Prophet said, "A woman whose three children die will be shielded by them from the Hell fire." On that a woman asked, "If only two die?" He replied, "Even two (will shield her from the Hell-fire)." Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: as above (the sub narrators are different). Abu Huraira qualified the three children referred to in the above mentioned Hadith as not having reached the age of committing sins (i.e. age of puberty) . Narrated Ibn Abu Mulaika: Whenever 'Aisha (the wife of the Prophet) heard anything which she did not understand, she used to ask again till she understood it completely. Aisha said: "Once the Prophet said, "Whoever will be called to account (about his deeds on the Day of Resurrection) will surely be punished." I said, "Doesn't Allah say: "He surely will receive an easy reckoning." (84.8) The Prophet replied, "This means only the presentation of the accounts but whoever will be argued about his account, will certainly be ruined." Narrated Said: Abu Shuraih said, "When 'Amr bin Said was sending the troops to Mecca (to fight 'Abdullah bin Az-Zubair) I said to him, 'O chief! Allow me to tell you what the Prophet said on the day following the conquests of Mecca. My ears heard and my heart comprehended, and I saw him with my own eyes, when he said it. He glorified and praised Allah and then said, "Allah and not the people has made Mecca a sanctuary. So anybody who has belief in Allah and the Last Day (i.e. a Muslim) should neither shed blood in it nor cut down its trees. If anybody argues that fighting is allowed in Mecca as Allah's Apostle did fight (in Mecca), tell him that Allah gave permission to His Apostle, but He did not give it to you. The Prophet added: Allah allowed me only for a few hours on that day (of the conquest) and today (now) its sanctity is the same (valid) as it was before. So it is incumbent upon those who are present to convey it (this information) to those who are absent." Abu- Shuraih was asked, "What did 'Amr reply?" He said 'Amr said, "O Abu Shuraih! I know better than you (in this respect). Mecca does not give protection to one who disobeys (Allah) or runs after committing murder, or theft (and takes refuge in Mecca). Narrated Abu Bakra: The Prophet said. No doubt your blood, property, the sub-narrator Muhammad thought that Abu Bakra had also mentioned and your honor (chastity), are sacred to one another as is the sanctity of this day of yours in this month of yours. It is incumbent on those who are present to inform those who are absent." (Muhammad the Subnarrator used to say, "Allah's Apostle told the truth.") The Prophet repeated twice: "No doubt! Haven't I conveyed Allah's message to you. Narrated 'Ali: The Prophet said, "Do not tell a lie against me for whoever tells a lie against me (intentionally) then he will surely enter the Hell-fire." Narrated 'Abdullah bin Az-Zubair: I said to my father, 'I do not hear from you any narration (Hadith) of Allah s Apostle as I hear (his narrations) from so and so?" Az-Zubair replied. l was always with him (the Prophet) and I heard him saying "Whoever tells a lie against me (intentionally) then (surely) let him occupy, his seat in Hell-fire. Narrated Anas: The fact which stops me from narrating a great number of Hadiths to you is that the Prophet said: "Whoever tells a lie against me intentionally, then (surely) let him occupy his seat in Hell-fire." Narrated Salama: I heard the Prophet saying, "Whoever (intentionally) ascribes to me what I have not said then (surely) let him occupy his seat in Hell-fire." Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "Name yourselves with my name (use my name) but do not name yourselves with my Kunya name (i.e. Abu-l Qasim). And whoever sees me in a dream then surely he has seen me for Satan cannot impersonate me. And whoever tells a lie against me (intentionally), then (surely) let him occupy his seat in Hell-fire." Narrated Ash-Sha'bi: Abu Juhaifa said, "I asked Ali, 'Have you got any book (which has been revealed to the Prophet apart from the Qur'an)?' 'Ali replied, 'No, except Allah's Book or the power of understanding which has been bestowed (by Allah) upon a Muslim or what is (written) in this sheet of paper (with me).' Abu Juhaifa said, "I asked, 'What is (written) in this sheet of paper?' Ali replied, it deals with The Diyya (compensation (blood money) paid by the killer to the relatives of the victim), the ransom for the releasing of the captives from the hands of the enemies, and the law that no Muslim should be killed in Qisas (equality in punishment) for the killing of (a disbeliever). Narrated Abu Huraira: In the year of the Conquest of Mecca, the tribe of Khuza'a killed a man from the tribe of Bani Laith in revenge for a killed person, belonging to them. They informed the Prophet about it. So he rode his Rahila (she-camel for riding) and addressed the people saying, "Allah held back the killing from Mecca. (The sub-narrator is in doubt whether the Prophet said "elephant or killing," as the Arabic words standing for these words have great similarity in shape), but He (Allah) let His Apostle and the believers over power the infidels of Mecca. Beware! (Mecca is a sanctuary) Verily! Fighting in Mecca was not permitted for anyone before me nor will it be permitted for anyone after me. It (war) in it was made legal for me for few hours or so on that day. No doubt it is at this moment a sanctuary, it is not allowed to uproot its thorny shrubs or to uproot its trees or to pick up its Luqatt (fallen things) except by a person who will look for its owner (announce it publicly). And if somebody is killed, then his closest relative has the right to choose one of the two-- the blood money (Diyya) or retaliation having the killer killed. In the meantime a man from Yemen came and said, "O Allah's Apostle! Get that written for me." The Prophet ordered his companions to write that for him. Then a man from Quraish said, "Except Al-Iqhkhir (a type of grass that has good smell) O Allah's Apostle, as we use it in our houses and graves." The Prophet said, "Except Al-Idhkhiri.e. Al-Idhkhir is allowed to be plucked." Narrated Abu Huraira: There is none among the companions of the Prophet who has narrated more Hadiths than I except 'Abdallah bin Amr (bin Al-'As) who used to write them and I never did the same. Narrated 'Ubaidullah bin 'Abdullah: Ibn 'Abbas said, "When the ailment of the Prophet became worse, he said, 'Bring for me (writing) paper and I will write for you a statement after which you will not go astray.' But 'Umar said, 'The Prophet is seriously ill, and we have got Allah's Book with us and that is sufficient for us.' But the companions of the Prophet differed about this and there was a hue and cry. On that the Prophet said to them, 'Go away (and leave me alone). It is not right that you should quarrel in front of me." Ibn 'Abbas came out saying, "It was most unfortunate (a great disaster) that Allah's Apostle was prevented from writing that statement for them because of their disagreement and noise. (Note: It is apparent from this Hadith that Ibn 'Abbes had witnessed the event and came out saying this statement. The truth is not so, for Ibn 'Abbas used to say this statement on narrating the Hadith and he had not witnessed the event personally. See Fath Al-Bari Vol. 1, p.220 footnote.) (See Hadith No. 228, Vol. 4). Narrated Um Salama: One night Allah's Apostle got up and said, "Subhan Allah! How many afflictions have been descended tonight and how many treasures have been disclosed! Go and wake the sleeping lady occupants of these dwellings (his wives) up (for prayers). A well-dressed (soul) in this world may be naked in the Hereafter. " Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Umar: Once the Prophet led us in the 'Isha' prayer during the last days of his life and after finishing it (the prayer) (with Taslim) he said: "Do you realize (the importance of) this night?" Nobody present on the surface of the earth tonight will be living after the completion of one hundred years from this night." Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: I stayed overnight in the house of my aunt Maimuna bint Al-Harith (the wife of the Prophet ) while the Prophet was there with her during her night turn. The Prophet offered the 'Isha' prayer (in the mosque), returned home and after having prayed four Rakat, he slept. Later on he got up at night and then asked whether the boy (or he used a similar word) had slept? Then he got up for the prayer and I stood up by his left side but he made me stand to his right and offered five Rakat followed by two more Rakat. Then he slept and I heard him snoring and then (after a while) he left for the (Fajr) prayer. Narrated Abu Huraira: People say that I have narrated many Hadiths (The Prophet's narrations). Had it not been for two verses in the Qur'an, I would not have narrated a single Hadith, and the verses are: "Verily those who conceal the clear sign and the guidance which We have sent down . . . (up to) Most Merciful." (2:159-160). And no doubt our Muhajir (emigrant) brothers used to be busy in the market with their business (bargains) and our Ansari brothers used to be busy with their property (agriculture). But I (Abu Huraira) used to stick to Allah's Apostle contented with what will fill my stomach and I used to attend that which they used not to attend and I used to memorize that which they used not to memorize. Narrated Abu Huraira: I said to Allah's Apostle "I hear many narrations (Hadiths) from you but I forget them." Allah's Apostle said, "Spread your Rida' (garment)." I did accordingly and then he moved his hands as if filling them with something (and emptied them in my Rida') and then said, "Take and wrap this sheet over your body." I did it and after that I never forgot any thing. Narrated Ibrahim bin Al-Mundhir: Ibn Abi Fudaik narrated the same as above (Hadith...119) but added that the Prophet had moved his hands as if filling them with something and then he emptied them in the Rida' of Abu Huraira. Narrated Abu Huraira: I have memorized two kinds of knowledge from Allah's Apostle . I have propagated one of them to you and if I propagated the second, then my pharynx (throat) would be cut (i.e. killed). Narrated Jarir: The Prophet said to me during Hajjat-al-Wida': Let the people keep quiet and listen. Then he said (addressing the people), "Do not (become infidels) revert to disbelief after me by striking the necks (cutting the throats) of one another (killing each other)." Narrated Said bin Jubair: I said to Ibn 'Abbas, "Nauf-Al-Bakali claims that Moses (the companion of Khadir) was not the Moses of Bani Israel but he was another Moses." Ibn 'Abbas remarked that the enemy of Allah (Nauf) was a liar. Narrated Ubai bin Ka'b: The Prophet said, "Once the Prophet Moses stood up and addressed Bani Israel. He was asked, "Who is the most learned man amongst the people. He said, "I am the most learned." Allah admonished Moses as he did not attribute absolute knowledge to Him (Allah). So Allah inspired to him "At the junction of the two seas there is a slave amongst my slaves who is more learned than you." Moses said, "O my Lord! How can I meet him?" Allah said: Take a fish in a large basket (and proceed) and you will find him at the place where you will lose the fish. So Moses set out along with his (servant) boy, Yusha' bin Nuin and carried a fish in a large basket till they reached a rock, where they laid their heads (i.e. lay down) and slept. The fish came out of the basket and it took its way into the sea as in a tunnel. So it was an amazing thing for both Moses and his (servant) boy. They proceeded for the rest of that night and the following day. When the day broke, Moses said to his (servant) boy: "Bring us our early meal. No doubt, we have suffered much fatigue in this journey." Moses did not get tired till he passed the place about which he was told. There the (servant) boy told Moses, "Do you remember when we betook ourselves to the rock, I indeed forgot the fish." Moses remarked, "That is what we have been seeking. So they went back retracing their foot-steps, till they reached the rock. There they saw a man covered with a garment (or covering himself with his own garment). Moses greeted him. Al-Khadir replied saying, "How do people greet each other in your land?" Moses said, "I am Moses." He asked, "The Moses of Bani Israel?" Moses replied in the affirmative and added, "May I follow you so that you teach me of that knowledge which you have been taught." Al-Khadir replied, "Verily! You will not be able to remain patient with me, O Moses! I have some of the knowledge of Allah which He has taught me and which you do not know, while you have some knowledge which Allah has taught you which I do not know." Moses said, "Allah willing, you will find me patient and I will not disobey you in aught. So both of them set out walking along the sea-shore, as they did not have a boat. In the meantime a boat passed by them and they requested the crew of the boat to take them on board. The crew recognized Al-Khadir and took them on board without fare. Then a sparrow came and stood on the edge of the boat and dipped its beak once or twice in the sea. Al-Khadir said: "O Moses! My knowledge and your knowledge have not decreased Allah's knowledge except as much as this sparrow has decreased the water of the sea with its beak." Al-Khadir went to one of the planks of the boat and plucked it out. Moses said, "These people gave us a free lift but you have broken their boat and scuttled it so as to drown its people." Al-Khadir replied, "Didn't I tell you that you will not be able to remain patient with me." Moses said, "Call me not to account for what I forgot." The first (excuse) of Moses was that he had forgotten. Then they proceeded further and found a boy playing with other boys. Al-Khadir took hold of the boy's head from the top and plucked it out with his hands (i.e. killed him). Moses said, "Have you killed an innocent soul who has killed none." Al-Kha,dir replied, "Did I not tell you that you cannot remain patient with me?" Then they both proceeded till when they came to the people of a town, they asked them for food, but they refused to entertain them. Then they found there a wall on the point of collapsing. Al-Khadir repaired it with his own hands. Moses said, "If you had wished, surely you could have taken wages for it." Al-Khadir replied, "This is the parting between you and me." The Prophet added, "May Allah be Merciful to Moses! Would that he could have been more patient to learn more about his story with Al-Khadir. " Narrated Abu Musa: A man came to the Prophet and asked, "O Allah's Apostle! What kind of fighting is in Allah's cause? (I ask this), for some of us fight because of being enraged and angry and some for the sake of his pride and haughtiness." The Prophet raised his head (as the questioner was standing) and said, "He who fights so that Allah's Word (Islam) should be superior, then he fights in Allah's cause." Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Amar: I saw the Prophet near the Jamra and the people were asking him questions (about religious problems). A man asked, "O Allah's Apostle! I have slaughtered the Hadi (animal) before doing the Rami." The Prophet replied, "Do the Rami (now) and there is no harm." Another person asked, "O Allah's Apostle! I got my head shaved before slaughtering the animal." The Prophet replied, "Do the slaughtering (now) and there is no harm." So on that day, when the Prophet was asked about anything as regards the ceremonies of Hajj performed before or after its due time his reply was, "Do it (now) and there is no harm." Narrated 'Abdullah: While I was going with the Prophet through the ruins of Medina and he was reclining on a date-palm leaf stalk, some Jews passed by. Some of them said to the others: Ask him (the Prophet) about the spirit. Some of them said that they should not ask him that question as he might give a reply which would displease them. But some of them insisted on asking, and so one of them stood up and asked, "O Aba-l-Qasim ! What is the spirit?" The Prophet remained quiet. I thought he was being inspired Divinely. So I stayed till that state of the Prophet (while being inspired) was over. The Prophet then said, "And they ask you (O Muhammad) concerning the spirit --Say: The spirit -- its knowledge is with my Lord. And of knowledge you (mankind) have been given only a little)." (17.85) Narrated Aswad: Ibn Az-Zubair said to me, "Aisha used to tell you secretly a number of things. What did she tell you about the Ka'ba?" I replied, "She told me that once the Prophet said, 'O 'Aisha! Had not your people been still close to the pre-Islamic period of ignorance (infidelity)! I would have dismantled the Ka'ba and would have made two doors in it; one for entrance and the other for exit." Later on Ibn Az-Zubair did the same. Narrated Abu At-Tufail: the above mentioned Statement of 'Ali. Narrated Anas bin Malik: "Once Mu'adh was along with Allah's Apostle as a companion rider. Allah's Apostle said, "O Mu'adh bin Jabal." Mu'adh replied, "Labbaik and Sa'daik. O Allah's Apostle!" Again the Prophet said, "O Mu'adh!" Mu'adh said thrice, "Labbaik and Sa'daik, O Allah's Apostle!" Allah's Apostle said, "There is none who testifies sincerely that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and Muhammad is his Apostle, except that Allah, will save him from the Hell-fire." Mu'adh said, "O Allah's Apostle ! Should I not inform the people about it so that they may have glad tidings?" He replied, "When the people hear about it, they will solely depend on it." Then Mu'adh narrated the above-mentioned Hadith just before his death, being afraid of committing sin (by not telling the knowledge). Narrated Anas: I was informed that the Prophet had said to Mu'adh, "Whosoever will meet Allah without associating anything in worship with Him will go to Paradise." Mu'adh asked the Prophet, "Should I not inform the people of this good news?" The Prophet replied, "No, I am afraid, lest they should depend upon it (absolutely)." Narrated Um Salama: Um-Sulaim came to Allah's Apostle and said, "Verily, Allah is not shy of (telling you) the truth. Is it necessary for a woman to take a bath after she has a wet dream (nocturnal sexual discharge?) The Prophet replied, "Yes, if she notices a discharge." Um Salama, then covered her face and asked, "O Allah's Apostle! Does a woman get a discharge?" He replied, "Yes, let your right hand be in dust (An Arabic expression you say to a person when you contradict his statement meaning "you will not achieve goodness"), and that is why the son resembles his mother." Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Umar: Once Allah's Apostle said, "Amongst the trees there is a tree, the leaves of which do not fall and is like a Muslim, tell me the name of that tree." Everybody started thinking about the trees of the desert areas and I thought of the date-palm tree but felt shy (to answer). The others asked, "O Allah's Apostle! inform us of it." He replied, "it is the date-palm tree." I told my father what had come to my mind and on that he said, "Had you said it I would have preferred it to such and such a thing that I might possess." Narrated 'Ali: I used to get the emotional urethral discharge frequently so I requested Al-Miqdad to ask the Prophet about it. Al-Miqdad asked him and he replied, "One has to perform ablution (after it)." (See Hadith No. 269). Narrated Nafi: 'Abdullah bin 'Umar said: "A man got up in the mosque and said: O Allah's Apostle 'At which place you order us that we should assume the Ihram?' Allah's Apostle replied, 'The residents of Medina should assure the Ihram from Dhil-Hulaifa, the people of Syria from Al-Ju,hfa and the people of Najd from Qarn." Ibn 'Umar further said, "The people consider that Allah's Apostle had also said, 'The residents of Yemen should assume Ihram from Yalamlam.' " Ibn 'Umar used to say, "I do not: remember whether Allah's Apostle had said the last statement or not?" Narrated Ibn 'Umar: A man asked the Prophet : "What (kinds of clothes) should a Muhrim (a Muslim intending to perform 'Umra or Hajj) wear? He replied, "He should not wear a shirt, a turban, trousers, a head cloak or garment scented with saffron or Wars (kinds of perfumes). And if he has n slippers, then he can use Khuffs (leather socks) but the socks should be cut short so as to make the ankles bare." (See Hadith No. 615, Vol. 2).


14. [English/French Subtitles] Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah(HA) - War On Terror - March 21, 2002

[English/French Subtitles] Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah(HA) - War On Terror - March 21, 2002

Landmark speech by Hizbullah Secretary General - delivered on the 20st of March 2002 (6th Muharram 1423) regarding the recently (at that time recently) US imposed so-called "War on Terrorism" - following the attacks on the World Trade Centre Towers in New York. This version has English and French Subtitles. "The racial discrimination towards the blacks is still persisting in every aspect. Moreover, there is a racial discrimination towards the Red Indians who are the original inhabitants of the country. ...I tell you frankly that if it wasn't for the determined willingness, ... and fight of the Palestinian people, the Americans and their civilization would have decided to solve that problem of...Palestinians just like they did with the Indians. This is the picture that lies in the mind of the American." --Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah - Muharram 7, 1423 The Secretary General of Hizbullah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah(HA), addressing the people on the seventh night of Muharram for the year 1423 (March 20, 2002) In this lecture, Sayyed Hassan(HA), explains the roots of Zionist occupation and American colonialism and so-called "New World Order", this is well worth reading. In the Name of Allah the most Beneficent and most Merciful. Praise be to Allah the lord of the world, and may peace and Allah's praises be upon our master and prophet, the purifier of our sins, and the love of our hearts Mohammed ibn Abdullah followed by his pure progeny, rightful followers, and all the martyrs and mujahideen for Allah's teachings since the birth of Adam until the day of judgment. May peace be upon you my lord and master Abu Abdullah Al Hussein, and upon those spirits who are floating around thy grave. I send you my adoration as long as night follows day. I ask my dear Allah to keep me committed to continuously visit thee and thy family. May peace be upon Al Hussein, Ali the son of Al Hussein, the sons of Al Hussein, and the followers of Al Hussein. Dear brothers and sisters, May peace be upon you all; Allah says in his Glory book Verily, Fir'aun (Pharaoh) exalted himself in the land and made its people sects, weakening (oppressing) a group (i.e. Children of Israel) among them: killing their sons, and letting their females live. Verily, he was of the Mufsidûn (i.e. those who commit great sins and crimes, oppressors, tyrants). And We wished to do a favor to those who were weak (and oppressed) in the land, and to make them rulers and to make them the inheritors, And to establish them in the land, and We let Fir'aun (Pharaoh) and Hâmân and their hosts receive from them that which they feared. Let's remember some of the words in my speech I read to you on the first night. I said that Al Hussein may peace be upon him, rose up and fought with the very few members of his family and his companions. He was protecting Islam, the values of Islam, and the existence of this religion, in order to prevent its termination, transformation, vanishing, or the manipulation of its teachings in an aim to send the people back to the early days of ignorance. I added saying that there are many challenges at this time in which we are living. The declaration of war by the American Administration these days is nothing but a war on Islam, on the values of Islam, on the understandings of Islam, on the Quraan of Islam, and on the Prophet of Islam on the grounds that the existence this religion lives among the people of this nation and its Muslim followers. I would like to stand up today in the atmosphere of this declaration of war to try and comprehend, explain, and realize the issues widely surrounding us. Consequently we'll realize our stand, the enemy we are facing, and the sort of reality or fact we are living in at this present time. When we go back and read some of the words or phrases of the American president Bush speeches during the past few days, weeks and months, we will find that some of his words and phrases identified the title of this war. For example, from what he said: it is the responsibility of each American at the present time to guarantee the domination and the spread of the American values in other parts of this world. I repeat the domination and the spread of the American values in other parts of this world. He spoke these words while he was addressing his officers and soldiers, encouraging them to be patient, endure and tolerate the difficulties. He told them we are fighting for the values of civilization (of course it would be the materialistic American civilization!). He promises to send forces to this country or that in more than one occasion, and that he aims at transferring the values of the American society to the various countries, societies, and states, since terror cannot be exterminated by the means of military and security only. Yet he says it should be fought by means of culture, which means that we should wipe out the culture that gives birth to terrorists and uprisings, in order to replace it with another culture, which would not push those society individuals to commit acts of terror (of course it would be the terror according to the American comprehension). In any case, this issue becomes clear to us, since even this war, which Bush announced, did not rely on any basic rules or thoughtful and cultural or educational rules. After his announcement of this war, he gave missions to a number of his American educationalists to write theories about this war, just as our leader imam Khamenaei(HA) said a few days ago. After their declaration of war, starting the war, attacking Afghanistan, killing whomever they wanted, doing whatever they wanted. A group of their American educationists were assigned to write theories and ideologies about this war, to write the basics of the ethics and the theories for which this war stood. Yet this confirms that what is being applied by America is killing first then issuing a verdict later. First we kill then we issue the verdict of killing. The American educationists issued a statement of mass killing but after the mass killing, which confirms that the ground on which this American war stands is not what these educationists are claiming, but something else. Bush is calling for the world to follow his values (excluding Europe of course), he's aiming at the Arab and Islamic world in the first degree, a world from which he sees terrorists, yet his list of terrorists include mostly that of the states, organizations, parties, and personalities who belong to this Islamic world. Yet his promise to us is that the values of his society should conquer that of our countries and societies and replace them. This night we will try to present a short and calm reading of the virtues and values of the American society, the virtues and values that are ruling the American society, and which he is promising and preaching to us. He says that he will bring his values to our countries in order for us to become good people and not terrorists. Of course we must discover the truth, which lies clearly and sharply behind the picture that is showed by the media about the society of the USA, a picture that is a lie. Anyway, This truth could be discovered by reading some reports, studies, books, documentaries, and even watching some movies that shows some aspects of life in the society of the USA, we can reveal this truth through the various numbers of the statistics. About one or two years ago and during the first night of Muharram I read my speech that was mostly statistical. I said that there were many actions of killings and murders, the increase in the number of prisons and prisoners, mentally sick people, drug users, and so one. I still remember a significant number, which is: in the USA there is one out of five who is mentally sick. I also mentioned statistics of murders, rapes, thefts, drugs, bandits, mafias, and the increasing number of the illegitamet children as a result of adulteries, and I read the numbers in your hearings. There was a group of the American Press on that night. This group had an appointment with me on the following day. When they met with me I asked them what was their comment on what I had mentioned the day before and whether my information was or was not correct explaining that I relied on magazines, journals, and Arabic studies that may or may not be correct. They replied telling me that the information and statistics that I mentioned yesterday were very old, and that the numbers were much less than those numbers and statistics published by USA press. It seems like the issues take much longer to reach to the Arab world. Of course they were right because I said last year that these statistics belonged the years of 92, 93 or 95, and that we did not have accurate statistics. Tonight I do not have statistics because time is too short to mention both statistics and the idea, which I am going to read to you, and I ask you to give interest to its headings in order to obtain statistics and numbers that are high and amazing. If we travel in our minds to the reality of the American society and the values, which are in fact ruling the American society, we will find that there are three basic issues that control the life of that society, the system, administration and the people as well. These three basic issues are: money, sex, and power. Try harder to look inside that society and you might find some limited phenomenas that do not relate to these three basic issues. But at the most any phenomena, politics, relations or bonds found in the American society are related to these three issues and ruled by them. The ruling values in the American society are the same as those ruled during the Roman's Empire (money, sex and power), we will find that these rules will strongly interpret themselves when we enter the fields of society, family, morality, economy, military, politics and others. We'll try and enter these fields one at a time. When we enter the social life in the USA we can see where their values and virtues are leading. I have more than one heading. The first heading says that the ruling values in the social life there are always leading to breaking the family bonds. The family is melting and slowly perishing in that society. Imagine a society in which the families are facing such circumstances that are against natural laws. There are steep declines in the percentage of the number of marriages, steep inclines in the percentage of the number of divorces, and the popularity of marriage dishonesty (where it becomes popular and not an exception), yet running away from family responsibilities. When boys and girls reach a certain age, the law allows them to do whatever they like from all the sins that the law allows (the end). Therefore you can notice that the son or daughter can go and come, as he or she likes, and thus why you find that the American family is usually lacking in unity. Each member of the family (father, mother, son, daughter) is going into a different direction. They might see each other 1-3 times in a year, at Christmas, New Year, or on Thanksgiving Day (when a roast turkey will gather them). During the rest of the year no one knows what happens to the other. Is the boy in prison? Is the girl lost? No one cares about the other. The family bonds or what we call family kind loving relations do not exist. There is a widespread of illegitamet or unlawful relationships, meaning that adultery in the American society is a popular aspect, or a culture but not an exception. Any human society in any ther country might face adultery relations, but it would be exceptional and limited, practiced in secret or slightly becomes an activity of the norm. Once adultry becomes the habit and culture of the society, it would lead to the phenomenon of prostitution. Where would all this lead? There are tens of millions of the USA births, where children do not have fathers; it is not a matter of only a thousand or two; it is one, two, or tens of millions. I remember a statistic that included forty million when Clinton was a president (I don't know if that statistic exaggerated). This reason enforced Clinton to hold a convention at that time in order to discuss and limit this phenomenon. The children born from adultery are being registered under the name of their mothers. Another abnormal relationship is that of incest, where a father sleeps with his daughter, a brother sleeps with his sister. Let us not forget the gays, Lesbians, and son on. These facts are an extraction and I do not want to lengthen the subject more than this, but we must realise that when we examine the popular sides of the society and families, we find that these are the ruling values that live in American society. This completely means that Bush is saying to us your girls are well mannered, they have honors, shyness and bashfulness. However I will send you the values spreading presently in our societies and families. Every now and again the police takes Bush's daughters into custody and gather them from the pubs, not forgetting his nieces as well. Then they would say that his daughters are poor, they are alcoholic, and just like their daddy. The main power that existed in our Arabic and Islamic world is still existing, and that is the power of the family bond, this bonding, this atmosphere of love, passion morality, and socialism; these are the issues they want to strike. The values of the American society say that these vitrues should no longer exist. We come to the conclusion of the first heading, which is the scattering and breaking unity of the family. The second heading is in regards to the social issue. There is an incline in the percentage of of the number of murders and killings. Last time I read some amazing statistics regarding this phenomenon including the incidents of rubbery, assault and rape. I remember the statistics quoting that every minute there is such and such. It mentioned drugs, alcoholism, mafias, armed bandits, and the number of the prisons and prisoners was increasing in the USA, yet the violent culture was becoming popular. The American films show mostly violence and sex actions, which reflect the life of American society. Where to do these films and this culture of violence would lead? We hear every while that a teenager who is 8,10 or 15 years has entered his school while shooting his classroom mates. It means that he entered the classroom then directed the brunt of his bullets towards his mates with whom he has been sitting, drinking, eating, learning and playing for many years leading to their death. So the second heading is the increase of murders and killings inside the American society. On this occasion I would like to tell you that if you examine the society of the Islamic and Arab world, the number of troubles and incidents, and the supressing circumstances applied by the regimes; then try to write a statistical report about the number of killings each year all over the Islamic and Arab world, you will find that the percentage is far less than that of the USA. The Third title is the severe psychiatric and spiritual crisis and the cultural and spiritual emptyness. A person is not just a body whose needs alone have to be satisfied and fullfilled. Besides the body there is the spirit that has needs as well such as love or passion of fatherhood, motherhood, brotherhood and other related relationships like friends. A man cannot avoid this side of needs. A person can fullfill his private body needs and seductions, be in control of power or whatsoever. On the other hand he feels that he needs a father, a mother, a brother, a sister, a friend, good relations with others, love, tenderness, and to a much wider and higher horizon, which is reaching the absolute of such feelings. This crisis is expressed by the high percentage of the ill people complaining of psychiatric illnesses in the society of the USA, and in the percentage of people who are abusing drugs and alcohol. The suicide percentage is rising one year after another, and yet there is the phenomenon of committing suicide in-groups (which means that fifty or sixty persons gather and commit suicide at one time). We can add to all these subjects the subject of racial discrimination as well when we talk about the values of the society of USA and Mr. Bush. Fourteen hundred years ago this Quraan accused by the Americans of being a book of terror came down with a sign of Allah that said: I created both male and female and made thee different races so that you could meet and know each other, he who is the most generous at Allah is the most pious. Yet the prophet of this religion Mohammed ibn Abdullah (may peace be upon him) came to assure this idea and confirm that a man is no better than another except in his good deeds, there is no difference between Arab and a foreigner, or black and white. Islam terminated this idea 1400 years ago. While on the other hand this issue of racial discrimination is still present as I speak in the society of USA. There is a strong racial discrimination and hard feeling towards black people. Who are these black people? When you look at a black man in the USA you must place a picture before your eyes which resembles the British and European colonists who conquered this new land of America accompanying with them hundreds of thousands of the black people who were brought as slaves from Africa in order to serve them in the USA. The racial discrimination towards the blacks is still persisting in every aspect. Every now and again we read in the American press scripts about objections and sometimes watch demonstration and incidents on the screens due to this racial discrimination. Moreover, there is a racial discrimination towards the Red Indians who are the original inhabitants of the country. After all these facts I tell you frankly that if it wasn't for the determined willingness, courage, Jihad, and fight of the Palestinian people, the Americans and their civilization would have decided to solve that problem of Israel between the Jews and Palestinians just like they did with the Indians. This is the picture that lies in the mind of the American. It is the picture of what they did with the original owners of the lands in the USA, it is how they are looking at them and treating them in the several aspects of life. We may in some cases find that there is a black in a high position of a certain party, or in a high position in the American administration, which means that if it was true it is an exception. Yet I believe that this is only a decoration to hide the real life these blacks and Indians are facing, and the reality of the racial discrimination that is persisting in the society of the USA. Now let us examine the values of the American society when it comes to the military issue. Speaking of the great American state-of-the-art regarding the military level, the first matter that would hit your mind is the crime of the 20th century. What is this crime? It is the bombarding of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan using nuclear bombs, and killing the hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children. All the military researchers confirm that the USA did not need such operation to end the battle. The USA executed that operation in order to terrorize Japan and the world, and to impose its presence and power within the framework of the formation of the world's new system after the war. This Psychiatric background is nothing but revenge. It was a revenge for 2000 American soldiers or more who were killed by the Japanese suicide fighters. To revenge for 2000 soldiers they don't kill 2000 Japanese soldiers, or even 20000 Japanese soldiers; instead they kill hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children of the Japanese civilians. This past century did not witness such crime; I don't think that even all the passed centuries have witnessed such crime. A crime that is extremely ugly and evil committed by the USA against Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Some of those who conducted this act are still alive in America and married with children. This means that this act is not very old and is not as if it took place 200 or 300 years ago. Let's talk about the war crimes in Vietnam. (The American is funny, he exaggerates and shakes the whole world because one American civilian was kidnapped and killed). In order for the Americans to win the war in Vietnam, they had no objection in destroying, burning, and wiping out complete Vietnamese villages, which sheltered women and children farmers. They destroyed these villages because they thought that it could secure shelter and food for the Vietnamese fighters, or may offer support and information. On the other hand it may offer nothing. In order to crush the will of the Vietnamese fighters they would go ahead and burn a Vietnamese village completely. These actions are not old as well and as if they took place 100 years ago; no it happened some years ago. Let's talk about war crimes in Afghanistan. They say the Americans made a mistake and wiped out a village (it's ok it was a mistake and no one says anything). Then they wipe out another village and say it's another mistake (it's ok the information was wrong, it was a mistake and no one says anything). Then a third time the same happens. You can count the Afghani villages that were destroyed by the American warplanes only because they doubted that they sheltered bases for Taliban and Al Qaeda, and no one says anything. This is Strange! Where are the organizations of human rights? Where is the European Union? Where is the Organization of the Islamic Conference? Where is the world? Where are the values of this world? Where is the civilization? Nothing. No one is allowed to whisper since Bush is angry. There were some people who were killed in New York and Washington, and Bush has the right to revenge by whatever means he wishes. Isn't that so? The warplanes flew and wiped out a convoy that included many Afghan tribe Sheikhs. Then they say it's a mistake. They did not even apologize. These spirits of the civilians killed in Afghanistan were not even respected by the USA. I remember that there was one problem hanging between the Vietnamese and the Americans about whether the Americans should or should not apologize for what they did in Vietnam. I don't think they did. The Americans committed these war crimes. Let us go further back in history to examine what they did to the Red Indians. What can we find? These poor Indians are incapable of producing cinema films to show the reality of what happened. But the Americans can produce many films to present the American soldiers as poor people who are defending civilization, and they place red feathers on the heads of the Red Indians picturing them as ignorant and immoral barbarians, and that they are attacking the peaceful Americans who in fact came and raped their lands and built forts on them. Isn't this is how the American films are? The Red Indians came and attacked the fort, but the Americans did not come to occupy the lands of the Indians. The same is happening now to the Palestinians in Palestine. The Palestinians are attacking the Jews and their colonies or settlements, while it is not the Jews who came from outside then raped the lands and built settlements in Palestine. We can also examine the helping hand of the American to many terrorizing and suppressing organizations in the world with arms, intelligence, training, support, and the most sophisticated American weapons (tested and provided). The most obvious example of these is Israel who is sponsored by the USA regarding the complete military association. Now let's talk about the economic issue. America is known to be a capitalistic monster due to its great economic values. Who is this monster? It represents a group of the greatest American companies and banks that hold and control everything. Consequently fortune will grow for a little number of the rich who will grow richer every year. On the other hand the rest of the people can hardly make a living and their lives might improve slightly. It may feel strange when I say that there are tens of millions of the Americans who are living below the poverty line, and are being unemployed. These are mostly blacks, red Indians, and some others. There is a group of savages controlling this economy. These great companies that control economy and banks extend their hands to reach media and politics. Don't you think that these great industrial companies especially the arms industrial companies are the ones that brought George Bush to power. Now he is fulfilling his commitment towards them. These are examples of the economical values ruling in the American society, the concentration of money at the hands of a limited group, while unemployment, and poverty lies especially at the blacks. Did you know that they destroy large and huge quantities of crops? For example they dump large quantities of wheat grains in the sea in order to maintain its value, while at the same time millions are dying from hunger. These are the American values, stealing the wealth of others. What's happening in Africa for example? Everyday we wake up to hear that wars are erupting in many African countries leading to the death of thousands. Do you think that the Africans are fighting with one another? I don't think so, because they did not fight previously and the daily living matters were normal and quiet. In fact there is a conflict of interest between the colonial influences. These are the new USA autocracy, and the old colonial situation. In Africa many European countries have their shares like France, Britain, Italy, Holland, and even Belgium. Now the Americans came to wipe out all of these to inherit everything. Who is fighting the African people? They themselves are fighting each other. Who is killing the Africans? They themselves are killing one another. In the end the American is in control and is stealing the wealth of those countries, then take it to the great American companies, while giving the Africans the very little and accept them as working farmers or mines workers, not more nor less. Stealing and controlling other's wealth are the economic values of the American society. The Islamic world today is recognized to be the greatest exporter of the oil in the world, but tell me can the Arab and Muslim exporters of oil control the prices of oil. No, they can't, they don't dare to, and they don't even dream of doing so, since in fact this issue lies in the American controlling hands. They are working on submitting the economy of the world to the interest of the American economy. They are doing this even to their ally and friend Europe. The Europeans are frequently raising alarms. America is forcing deals from one side. It applies economic punishment, and punishes the Europeans, Japan, Russia, and China. But in the Arab world we don't get punished because we don't upset them. I have gathered these ideas for you to have an idea about the real identity of this American society, this American administration, and the values, which are ruling the American society. What they tell the world about democracy and human rights are nothing but lies in order to control and rule the world, this is in regards to political issue. The American values say that America must interfere in each country or state (which is against the international law). The American values tell the Americans to impose systems on people, systems that people do not want. The American intelligence has always had the ability to organize coups, uprisings, and changes in some of the world's systems. It enforced rules on people against their will. This is the democratic country that is calling others to democracy. It is known as well that USA was and still supporting some of the greatest autocrats in the world, and it says it wants to spread democracy and freedom. Let's take an example: The Shah system that was not present at the time of Bush, it was present at the time of Carter and even before. Did the Iranian people elect the Shah or was it an autocratic royal system against their will? The Shah had an absolute power. The whole world knew that the Americans brought in the shah with a coup against Musaddak at that time. They brought him in against the will of the Iranians along with an autocratic royal system. No freedom was allowed, and there were no human rights. America defended the shah up till the last moment. Why? Because America was the one who ruled Iran, while the shah was just an American tool. The ones who ruled Iran at the time of the Shah were 60,000 American experts and consultants. They controlled the army, economy, oil, education, media, radio and television, and all the documents confirm these issues. We know that at present all the elected autocratic systems in the world are supported, and protected by the USA because they are under their control and apply their interest. So the issue is an issue of money and power and not an issue of democracy, freedom, and human rights. The country whose system submits to the American policy and declares its willingness to serve the American interest would have enough qualifications to become under the USA. Isn't this is the political reality in the world? Let someone else say otherwise. At this point I do not want to mention names of such systems since the Arab summit is soon and we are having guests in Lebanon after some days, and we do not want to upset anyone. This reality shows the American political program, which is the terrorizing of the states in the world. Anyone who does not submit to America will be placed on the list of terrorists. Let's take another example: imagine this story. Two days ago they say there was a leak (look to how they play games). They said that the pentagon with its greatness is informatively penetrated and that there was a leak. This leak was done on purpose in order to converse about placing plans for nuclear strikes against each of the following countries: Syria, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Russia, and China. Later on the national security councilor and the American foreign secretary start explaining and clarifying the issue saying that America is naturally a threatened country, and that they must have precautions and procedures, but on the other hand they do not have any order to strike anyone with nuclear weapons. Nevertheless the message reached its destiny informing the people of these countries that America is ready to strike you with nuclear weapons when necessary. Is this the American civilization Bush is asking for to be spread all over the world? What's America's problem with these countries? First of all Iran has cut relationships with America. China was meeting with America two days ago. Bush was visiting China and Russia to meet with them. So what's the problem? The problem is that if these countries wanted to have independent decisions, and did not submit to the American decisions, then it would be enough for America to place them on the list of terrorists. This subject does not need any more explanation in order to speak out the political truth and the absolute American sponsorship to the raping Israeli entity, supporting it politically, economically, militarily and with media. The American values allow the American administration to support the conquering and invading occupier, terrorist, and murderer (Israel), yet punishes and seizes the poor tyrannized people of Palestine whose lands have been occupied and who were dispelled from their lands. What is Cheney doing in the region? What is Zinni doing in Palestine? It is certain that they came to prepare for a new strike against Iraq. But what are they doing to the Palestinians? Cheney visits Sharon, and tells Arafat to apply Tennet's peace plan and that he might meet with him some time in the future (this is humiliation within itself to Arafat). Some papers have published the peace plan of Tennet, which rules the military, and security surrender of the Palestinians. There is not even one word of political issues in this plan. Moreover I have begun to build up some convincing issues about some of the aims of Cheney's tour around the Arab states, which is not only to discuss the Iraqi issue, but also to convince the Arab states to completely abandon the Palestinians right for repatriation at the summit. My information says that some Arab states are already working on this to make it become one of the summit resolutions in Beirut. I frankly tell you that some Arab states are preparing for such an issue. Who wants to rule out the right for repatriation? Is it the Palestinians? No, the Arab states are not even convinced with it, but the Americans want this, and the people are seeking America's satisfaction, so why should they upset them. They see the fact that selling the right for repatriation is imposed by reality and rationalism, and a solution could be sought after. The American is most definitely working in this region for the interest of this Israeli entity reaching out to the stage of erasing resisting vocabulary out of the political dictionary, and recognizing the resistance as terror. I consider that this is the top of the American tyranny and ending up into being trapped by the American values. It is a time when the occupying and assaulting tyrant becomes immune, while the resistant to occupation becomes terrorist, and in some speeches Bush is saying that this terrorist should not live. He says that terrorists who are defending their rights should not be allowed to live since they spread death. Who are these terrorists? According to Mr. Bush the resistant is a terrorist and should not live. These are some of the American values, which we see. I did not add anything to your information tonight. I just did a montage by gathering this information and giving you one clear picture about the American. These are the issues that I remembered, but there must be more. We do not deny that America has a great technological and scientific development, and has a great military force, and great economy. We do not deny that there are elections in America. But in fact the voting notes, which fall, in the voting boxes are inked with the blood, and body pieces of some of the people of this world. There will soon be American elections, and in order for the Republican Party to win the elections it must cause wars, and kill some thousands of the Iraqi poor people to secure its winning. Each election must include our oil, blood, flesh, dignity, destiny, and our people. Even if their elections had some democracy than still they are filled with the smell of gunpowder, blood, money, power, and the blood of the tyrannized people of our region. If there is something important for the Americans it is the money, power, and technology. That's all. There is no other civilization, philosophy, values, ideologies, human ethics or virtues, passion or love… Where are all of these? In summary I can present you a picture of this American administration. It is a monster that is thirsty for power, thirsty for blood, and stepping over everything. This monster is like the monsters in the American movies, it takes the shape of a human who shaved his beard, put on a cravat, dressed a nice suit, and wore the nicest of the perfumes. This is the American picture that is beautiful on the outside but ugly and mean on the inside. After all of this presentation I would like to reach the following conclusion. What America has in hands today, was owned by the titans of the world previously, but each according to the requirements of his age: Greeks, Romans, Persians, Pharaohs in Egypt, and many more who had the might and money, armies and techniques; each according to their requirements. For example: the Pharaoh's civilization was of great economic elements, their techniques have included some puzzles, which are not solved yet. What I want to ask is that do you have a legal right to practice all these tyrannies on earth when you have the money and power, the armies and techniques? Are these enough to put you in control of the world forever? The Pharaoh was like this and has ended, and so others. Cesar was like this and passed away. Allah almighty says: Look to the conditions of those before thee. Today when we recognize the reality of these values and the instruction of this American existence, we can stand up and say frankly and truthfully that we may not be able to do anything, but we have a word of right that we should speak out. Today the basic source of evil and terror, the central threat for the world's peace and economy, the basic threat for even the environment of this world, the basic source for wars, killings, seductions, civil and regional wars in this world is the United States of America which is claiming that it's defending the values of civilization and freedom, and this is the truth. In return for this truth and this fact we as an Islamic and Arabic nation must have our existence, values and civilization, our culture and inheritance, our customs and habits. We must refuse this invasion, and face it with all of what we have. It's good to benefit from technology since it is necessary; it is good to learn from their developed administration if they have one since it's wanted. But we do not need to learn from the Americans any values, ethics, of culture since we have these. These are our lands, countries, and they are countries with values, ethics, basic and initial human culture and inheritance. We should never feel for even a moment that we are lacking any of these, especially when they talk to us about the American civilization and values. Our nation despite of its declines in some circumstances regarding many issues is still a better place for living. Go to all over the Arabic and Islamic countries and you will find that the society of the country in the worst situation and circumstances is still holding to its instinctive human values and ethics, and to its proper habits of dignity, honor, generosity, and human sympathy towards other's pains and sufferings. At this point I do not want to stand up and say let's declare war on the USA, let's prepare armies to invade and destroy the USA, no, this is not my aim. I would like to say yet that they are the ones, who declared war on us, and are invading and fighting our nation, its religion, culture, civilization, values, oil, water, trade, interests, existence, sovereignty, political decisions, dignity, pride and freedom. This nation should defend itself against this invasion. Here I am talking about a legitimate defense by all means, and in every field whether political, cultural, media, and social, economical or other. We can defend, resist, and preserve our nation, its dignity, religion and values, and we should do so. We must not weaken and surrender, we must work with trust. Here I wish to remind you all in this present generation at this present time in our Islamic and Arabic world that our history is full of many invasions that came to our regions. The Moguls came to our countries, destroyed, burned, killed, and butchered; but since our religion and nation are great, our nation could assimilate these Mogul attacks with its various stages. It could not defeat them militarily, but it could face them with culture, religion and thought. As a result many of the Mogul kings became Muslims and they spread Islam around the world including mid-Asia and some of the present Russian republics. They also became defenders of Islam at some stages. Another invaders were the crusaders. The many crusader armies were also faced, opposed, defeated, and expelled out of this region. Therefore we are not people without history or experience. We are not people whose region did not experience such difficulties and challenges throughout the history. Our history is rich with such challenges. Our nation was always able to prove that it can assimilate such attacks, oppose the aggressors, and expel the invaders and occupiers. This fact needed the sacrifices of men and women who had the will and readiness to sacrifice. The defeated, surrenderer, and the ones who are satisfied with sitting on their humiliated thrones are not qualified to defend this nation, its dignity and values. On the other hand there were always men and women leaders, followers, soldiers and fighters, who had the will to carry the flag or emblem, march forward and defeat the invaders and goons. This happened continuously, needed only time, and sacrifices. No one should imagine that these kinds of confrontations could be concluded within a year, two, or even ten years. It may take one or two generations. But in the end the enemy will be defeated and this nation will win. This is Allah's promise to the good and the powerless. The hands of this generation and every generation will no doubt defeat the all those like great Pharaoh, his assistant Hâmân, and their soldiers. But as I said it needs a firm stand, readiness, sacrifice, and time. From Al Hussein (A) we learn that we may have to pay a high price in order to triumph and may not live to see victory. We learn that the true sacrificing people are those who offer their bloods in order for others to live after while triumphed, with dignity and freedom. In such a manner our lord Al Hussein (p) offered himself, his children, his family, and companions in order to defend Islam, its teachings and values, which was targeted by Yazeed so that this religion could survive afterwards due to his martyrdom and after his martyrdom. He did so for this nation to keep these values and redeem its willingness, cautiousness, conscience, courage, and refuse all the humiliation by facing Yazeed and every Yazeedian* through history. This is a great lesson taught to us by our master Hussein (p). Our present generation should not accept defeat if it is unable to achieve victory. It must tolerate and confront, be firm and teach this type of culture to the generation after so that it would some how find the ability of transforming confrontation into victory. I repeat if we cannot achieve victory we should not accept defeat or surrender. This is one of the great lessons, which we learn from Al Hussein (p) in Karbalaa, and which is needed by our nation in this age. In the end I would like to thank Mr. Tennet, the CIA director who claimed in an article of the press that there is no difference between the Shiite terror and the Sunnite terror. His words are somehow asking the Sunnite and the Shiite to unite, just as I said during my first speech on the first night. As you see the Americans want the Sunnite and the Shiite to unite, and why shouldn't we? Terror to them is no longer defined as being that of Khomeini Shiite terror coming from Iran, or that of Sunnite terror coming from Afghanistan and Osama Bin Laden. The subject to them is now one; it is Islam and the Quraan. They now recognize Islam and the Quraan as the religion and book of terror. This will hopefully be the final and conclusive battle, and maybe the last battle of mankind. There is nothing left to confront this autocratic American tyrant in controlling the world except Islam, the Islamic nation, the Islamic cautiousness, and the Islamic civilization. The power of Islam is inciting hundreds of millions, and changing a man into a martyrdom lover. It is also changing a woman as we've seen on TV into a mother who stands up with firmness without any trembleness in her voice to encourage her son towards offering his soul and becoming a martyr, then she becomes happy as she receives the news of his martyrdom. This means that Islam never came to people as a stranger from any part of the world. This belief, thought and ideology originated from our land here in Mecca, Medina, and lived through our generations. It is thought to be the last threat to America, and that there is nothing left beyond Islam. The Russians do not form any threat anymore they are poor. China is crippling with one step forward and one step backwards. The only thing that the Americans are looking at as being a real threat is this original Islam, they see it as a giant that shook itself and began moving, while its original aspects started to appear in the Islamic world. These are conducted studies and researches and I am not analyzing. On this occasion I would like to mention that Brigenski who used to be Carter's national security consular, has expected besides Khomeini the collapse of the Soviet Union. In addition Brigenski himself said: The next century will witness the collapse of the Capitalistic Civilization of the West. People will start looking for an alternative to satisfy their bodies and spiritual needs. He added saying: the only alternative will be religion, and when people look around religions they will not find a religion that can answer all their questions except the one which was brought by a prophet named Mohammed, and that is Islam. Brigenski expected more than twenty years ago that this is going to be the century of Islam, and America is not one person who wanted to become an enemy. The story is not Bush's alone. The story includes associations that rule, centers of studies, intelligence and information, these all are included in the enemy. When America today looks at Islam as an enemy, it is because it knows according to all of its datas and information that Islam is the real opponent to its evil autocracy, which wants to control this world, especially the Islamic world. The return of the nation to its Islamic principles, and its commitment to Islam, is hopefully the good news. If things are going in this direction, then hopefully this will be the last war between belief and disbelief, between good and evil, between Islam and Satan. Therefore we have to look with hope towards the future. As I said before, from between the corpses and the smell of blood, gunpowder and rising smoke, darkness surrounding us, we should always look for a sun, which will rise in the future. This sun is our foreseen holy leader Al Mahdi (8) the son of Hassan (may Allah bring him out soon). He will come from the unknown to conclude this great battle. This is a belief we carry and every Muslim who believes in Quraan and its promise carries it as well. In the end I would like to say that each one of us should carry his responsibilities, each father and mother, man and woman, teacher and pupil, boy and girl. We are all concerned in this battle that is not the battle of governments. This is the battle of people; it's a great responsibility, which we should all carry during the next historic and destined stage. May peace be upon you my lord and master Abu Abdullah Al Hussein and the spirits that are floating around your grave. I send you my adoration as long as night follows day. I ask my dear Allah to keep me committed to continuously visit thee. May peace be upon Al Hussein, Ali ibn Al Hussein, the sons of Al Hussein, and the followers of Al Hussein. And may peace be upon you all.


15. Sura - 18 The Cave (Al-Kahf) veres 1-16 wow recitation

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Sura - 18 The Cave (Al-Kahf) veres 1-16 wow recitation

Sura - 18 The Cave (Al-Kahf) Order Of Revelation 69, Verses: 110 [18:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful [18:1] Praise GOD, who revealed to His servant this scripture, and made it flawless. [18:2] A perfect (scripture) to warn of severe retribution from Him, and to deliver good news to the believers who lead a righteous life, that they have earned a generous recompense. [18:3] Wherein they abide forever. [18:4] And to warn those who said, "GOD has begotten a son!" _____________________________________________________________________ 1585 92329 [18:5] They possess no knowledge about this, nor did their parents. What a blasphemy coming out of their mouths! What they utter is a gross lie. [18:6] You may blame yourself on account of their response to this narration, and their disbelieving in it; you may be saddened. The End of the World* [18:7] We have adorned everything on earth, in order to test them, and thus distinguish those among them who work righteousness. [18:8] Inevitably, we will wipe out everything on it, leaving it completely barren. The Dwellers of the Cave [18:9] Why else do you think we are telling you about the people of the cave, and the numbers connected with them? They are among our wondrous signs. [18:10] When the youths took refuge in the cave, they said, "Our Lord, shower us with Your mercy, and bless our affairs with Your guidance." [18:11] We then sealed their ears in the cave for a predetermined number of years. [18:12] Then we resurrected them to see which of the two parties could count the duration of their stay therein. [18:13] We narrate to you their history, truthfully. They were youths who believed in their Lord, and we increased their guidance. [18:14] We strengthened their hearts when they stood up and proclaimed: "Our only Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the earth. We will never worship any other god beside Him. Otherwise, we would be far astray. [18:15] "Here are our people setting up gods beside Him. If only they could provide any proof to support their stand! Who is more evil than the one who fabricates lies and attributes them to GOD? _____________________________________________________________________ *18:8-9 As it turns out, the history of these Christian believers, the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus, is directly connected with the end of the world as stated in 18:9 & 21. The role of these believers in unveiling the end of the world is detailed in Appendix 25. 1586 92344 The Seven Sleepers of Ephesus* [18:16] "Since you wish to avoid them, and their worshipping of other than GOD*, let us take refuge in the cave. May your Lord shower you with His mercy and direct you to the right decision." A Guiding Teacher is a Prerequisite [18:17] You could see the sun when it rose coming from the right side of their cave, and when it set, it shone on them from the left, as they slept in the hollow thereof. This is one of GOD's portents. Whomever GOD guides is the truly guided one, and whomever He sends astray, you will not find for him a guiding teacher. [18:18] You would think that they were awake, when they were in fact asleep. We turned them to the right side and the left side, while their dog stretched his arms in their midst. Had you looked at them, you would have fled from them, stricken with terror. [18:19] When we resurrected them, they asked each other, "How long have you been here?" "We have been here one day or part of the day," they answered. "Your Lord knows best how long we stayed here, so let us send one of us with this money to the city. Let him fetch the cleanest food, and buy some for us. Let him keep a low profile, and attract no attention. [18:20] "If they discover you, they will stone you, or force you to revert to their religion, then you can never succeed." _____________________________________________________________________ *18:16-20 Ephesus is located about 200 miles south of ancient Nicene, and 30 miles south of today's Izmir in Turkey. The dwellers of the cave were young Christians who wanted to follow the teachings of Jesus, and worship God alone. They were fleeing the persecution of neo-christians who proclaimed a corrupted Christianity three centuries after Jesus, following the Nicene Conferences, when the Trinity doctrine was announced. In 1928, Franz Miltner, an Austrian archeologist discovered the tomb of the seven sleepers of Ephesus. Their history is well documented in several encyclopedias. *18:17 This sign, or hint, tells us that the cave was facing north. 1589 92377 Connection With the End of the World* [18:21] We caused them to be discovered, to let everyone know that GOD's promise is true, and to remove all doubt concerning the end of the world. The people then disputed among themselves regarding them. Some said, "Let us build a building around them." Their Lord is the best knower about them. Those who prevailed said, "We will build a place of worship around them." [18:22] Some would say, "They were three; their dog being the fourth," while others would say, "Five; the sixth being their dog," as they guessed. Others said, "Seven," and the eighth was their dog. Say, "My Lord is the best knower of their number." Only a few knew the correct number. Therefore, do not argue with them; just go along with them. You need not consult anyone about this. Remembering God Every Chance We Get [18:23] You shall not say that you will do anything in the future, [18:24] without saying, "GOD willing." If you forget to do this, you must immediately remember your Lord and say, "May my Lord guide me to do better next time." (300 + 9)* [18:25] They stayed in their cave three hundred years, increased by nine. [18:26] Say, "GOD is the best knower of how long they stayed there." He knows all secrets in the heavens and the earth. By His grace you can see; by His grace you can hear. There is none beside Him as Lord and Master, and He never permits any partners to share in His kingship. [18:27] You shall recite what is revealed to you of your Lord's scripture. Nothing shall abrogate His words, and you shall not find any other source beside it. _____________________________________________________________________ *18:21 As detailed in Appendix 25, this story helped pinpoint the end of the world. *18:24 This important commandment gives us daily opportunities to remember God. *18:25 The difference between 300 solar years and 300 lunar years is nine years. Thus, discovering the end of the world was predetermined by the Almighty to take place in 1980 AD (1400 AH), 300 years (309 lunar years) before the end of the world (see 72:27 & Appendix 25). 1592 92448 Quranic Study Groups [18:28] You shall force yourself to be with those who worship their Lord day and night, seeking Him alone. Do not turn your eyes away from them, seeking the vanities of this world. Nor shall you obey one whose heart we rendered oblivious to our message; one who pursues his own desires, and whose priorities are confused. Absolute Freedom of Religion [18:29] Proclaim: "This is the truth from your Lord," then whoever wills let him believe, and whoever wills let him disbelieve. We have prepared for the transgressors a fire that will completely surround them. When they scream for help, they will be given a liquid like concentrated acid that scalds the faces. What a miserable drink! What a miserable destiny! [18:30] As for those who believe and lead a righteous life, we never fail to recompense those who work righteousness. [18:31] They have deserved gardens of Eden wherein rivers flow. They will be adorned therein with bracelets of gold, and will wear clothes of green silk and velvet, and will rest on comfortable furnishings. What a wonderful reward; what a wonderful abode! Property as an Idol* [18:32] Cite for them the example of two men: we gave one of them two gardens of grapes, surrounded by date palms, and placed other crops between them. [18:33] Both gardens produced their crops on time, and generously, for we caused a river to run through them. [18:34] Once, after harvesting, he boastfully told his friend: "I am far more prosperous than you, and I command more respect from the people." _____________________________________________________________________ *18:32-42 The Quran cites many examples of the different gods that people worship beside God; they include children (7:190), religious leaders and scholars (9:31), property (18:42), dead saints and prophets (16:20-21, 35:14, & 46:5-6), and the ego (25:43, 45:23). 1592 92448 [18:35] When he entered his garden, he wronged his soul by saying, "I do not think that this will ever end. [18:36] "Moreover, I think this is it; I do not think that the Hour (the Hereafter) will ever come to pass. Even if I am returned to my Lord, I will (be clever enough to) possess an even better one over there." [18:37] His friend said to him, as he debated with him, "Have you disbelieved in the One who created you from dust, then from a tiny drop, then perfected you into a man? [18:38] "As for me, GOD is my Lord, and I will never set up any other god besides my Lord. Important Commandment [18:39] "When you entered your garden, you should have said, `This is what GOD has given me (Maa Shaa Allah). No one possesses power except GOD (La Quwwata Ellaa Bellaah).' You may see that I possess less money and less children than you. [18:40] "My Lord may grant me better than your garden. He may send a violent storm from the sky that wipes out your garden, leaving it completely barren. [18:41] "Or, its water may sink deeper, out of your reach." [18:42] Indeed, his crops were wiped out, and he ended up sorrowful, lamenting what he had spent on it in vain, as his property lay barren. He finally said, "I wish I never set up my property as a god beside my Lord." [18:43] No force on earth could have helped him against GOD, nor was it possible for him to receive any help. [18:44] That is because the only true Lord and master is GOD; He provides the best recompense, and with Him is the best destiny. [18:45] Cite for them the example of this life as water that we send down from the sky to produce plants of the earth, then they turn into hay that is blown away by the wind. GOD is able to do all things. ____________________________________________________________ 1598 92657 Rearranging Our Priorities [18:46] Money and children are the joys of this life, but the righteous works provide an eternal recompense from your Lord, and a far better hope. [18:47] The day will come when we wipe out the mountains, and you will see the earth barren. We will summon them all, not leaving out a single one of them. [18:48] They will be presented before your Lord in a row. You have come to us as individuals, just as we created you initially. Indeed, this is what you claimed will never happen. [18:49] The record will be shown, and you will see the guilty fearful of its contents. They will say, "Woe to us. How come this book leaves nothing, small or large, without counting it?" They will find everything they had done brought forth. Your Lord is never unjust towards anyone. Classification of God's Creatures [18:50] We said to the angels, "Fall prostrate before Adam." They fell prostrate, except Satan. He became a jinn, for he disobeyed the order of his Lord. Will you choose him and his descendants as lords instead of Me, even though they are your enemies? What a miserable substitute! [18:51] I never permitted them to witness the creation of the heavens and the earth, nor the creation of themselves. Nor do I permit the wicked to work in My kingdom. [18:52] The day will come when He says, "Call upon My partners, whom you claimed to be gods beside Me," they will call on them, but they will not respond to them. An insurmountable barrier will separate them from each other. [18:53] The guilty will see Hell, and will realize that they will fall into it. They will have no escape therefrom. _____________________________________________________________________ *18:50 When the great feud in the heavenly society took place (38:69), all creatures became classified into angels, jinns, and humans ( Appendix 7). *18:51 God knew that Satan and his supporters (jinns and humans) were going to make the wrong decision. Hence their exclusion from witnessing the creation process. 1598 92657 Disbelievers Refuse to Accept the Completeness of the Quran [18:54] We have cited in this Quran every kind of example, but the human being is the most argumentative creature. [18:55] Nothing prevented the people from believing, when the guidance came to them, and from seeking the forgiveness of their Lord, except that they demanded to see the same (kind of miracles) as the previous generations, or challenged to see the retribution beforehand. [18:56] We only send the messengers as simply deliverers of good news, as well as warners. Those who disbelieve argue with falsehood to defeat the truth, and they take My proofs and warnings in vain. Divine Intervention [18:57] Who are more evil than those who are reminded of their Lord's proofs, then disregard them, without realizing what they are doing. Consequently, we place shields on their hearts to prevent them from understanding it (the Quran), and deafness in their ears. Thus, no matter what you do to guide them, they can never ever be guided. [18:58] Yet, your Lord is the Forgiver, full of mercy. If He called them to account for their deeds, He would annihilate them right there and then. Instead, He gives them a respite until a specific, predetermined time; then they can never escape. [18:59] Many a community we annihilated because of their transgressions; we designated a specific time for their annihilation. Valuable Lessons from Moses and His Teacher [18:60] Moses said to his servant, "I will not rest until I reach the point where the two rivers meet, no matter how long it takes." [18:61] When they reached the point where they met, they forgot their fish, and it found its way back to the river, sneakily. ____________________________________________________________________ 1598 92657 [18:62] After they passed that point, he said to his servant, "Let us have lunch. All this traveling has thoroughly exhausted us." [18:63] He said, "Remember when we sat by the rock back there? I paid no attention to the fish. It was the devil who made me forget it, and it found its way back to the river, strangely." [18:64] (Moses) said, "That was the place we were looking for." They traced their steps back. [18:65] They found one of our servants, whom we blessed with mercy, and bestowed upon him from our own knowledge. [18:66] Moses said to him, "Can I follow you, that you may teach me some of the knowledge and the guidance bestowed upon you?" [18:67] He said, "You cannot stand to be with me. [18:68] "How can you stand that which you do not comprehend?" [18:69] He said, "You will find me, GOD willing, patient. I will not disobey any command you give me." [18:70] He said, "If you follow me, then you shall not ask me about anything, unless I choose to tell you about it." [18:71] So they went. When they boarded a ship, he bore a hole in it. He said, "Did you bore a hole in it to drown its people? You have committed something terrible." [18:72] He said, "Did I not say that you cannot stand to be with me?" [18:73] He said, "I am sorry. Do not punish me for my forgetfulness; do not be too harsh with me." [18:74] So they went. When they met a young boy, he killed him. He said, "Why did you kill such an innocent person, who did not kill another person? You have committed something horrendous." _____________________________________________________________________ 1599 92726 [18:75] He said, "Did I not tell you that you cannot stand to be with me?" [18:76] He said, "If I ask you about anything else, then do not keep me with you. You have seen enough apologies from me." [18:77] So they went. When they reached a certain community, they asked the people for food, but they refused to host them. Soon, they found a wall about to collapse, and he fixed it. He said, "You could have demanded a wage for that!" There is a Good Reason for Everything [18:78] He said, "Now we have to part company. But I will explain to you everything you could not stand. [18:79] "As for the ship, it belonged to poor fishermen, and I wanted to render it defective. There was a king coming after them, who was confiscating every ship, forcibly. [18:80] "As for the boy, his parents were good believers, and we saw that he was going to burden them with his transgression and disbelief. [18:81] "We willed that your Lord substitute in his place another son; one who is better in righteousness and kindness. [18:82] "As for the wall, it belonged to two orphan boys in the city. Under it, there was a treasure that belonged to them. Because their father was a righteous man, your Lord wanted them to grow up and attain full strength, then extract their treasure. Such is mercy from your Lord. I did none of that of my own volition. This is the explanation of the things you could not stand." Zul-Qarnain: The One With the Two Horns or Two Generations [18:83] They ask you about Zul-Qarnain. Say, "I will narrate to you some of his history." _____________________________________________________________________ *18:80 Adolf Hitler was a cute and seemingly innocent child. Had he died as a child, many would have grieved, and many would have even questioned God's wisdom. We learn from these profound lessons that there is a good reason behind everything. 1599 92726 [18:84] We granted him authority on earth, and provided him with all kinds of means. [18:85] Then, he pursued one way. [18:86] When he reached the far west, he found the sun setting in a vast ocean, and found people there. We said, "O Zul-Qarnain, you can rule as you wish; either punish, or be kind to them." [18:87] He said, "As for those who transgress, we will punish them; then, when they return to their Lord, He will commit them to more retribution. [18:88] "As for those who believe and lead a righteous life, they receive a good reward; we will treat them kindly." [18:89] Then he pursued another way. [18:90] When he reached the far east, he found the sun rising on people who had nothing to shelter them from it. [18:91] Naturally, we were fully aware of everything he found out. [18:92] He then pursued another way. [18:93] When he reached the valley between two palisades, he found people whose language was barely understandable. Gog and Magog* [18:94] They said, "O Zul-Qarnain, Gog and Magog are corruptors of the earth. Can we pay you to create a barrier between us and them?" [18:95] He said, "My Lord has given me great bounties. If you cooperate with me, I will build a dam between you and them. [18:96] "Bring to me masses of iron." Once he filled the gap between the two palisades, he said, "Blow." Once it was red hot, he said, "Help me pour tar on top of it." [18:97] Thus, they could not climb it, nor could they bore holes in it. _____________________________________________________________________ *18:94-98 One of my duties as God's Messenger of the Covenant is to state that Gog and Magog, the final sign before the end of the world, will reappear in 2270 AD (1700 AH), just 10 years before the end. Note that Gog and Magog occur in Suras 18 and 21, precisely 17 verses before the end of each sura, representing 17 lunar centuries (72:27). 1599 92726 [18:98] He said, "This is mercy from my Lord. When the prophecy of my Lord comes to pass, He will cause the dam to crumble. The prophecy of my Lord is truth." [18:99] At that time, we will let them invade with one another, then the horn will be blown, and we will summon them all together. [18:100] We will present Hell, on that day, to the disbelievers. [18:101] They are the ones whose eyes were too veiled to see My message. Nor could they hear. [18:102] Do those who disbelieve think that they can get away with setting up My servants as gods beside Me? We have prepared for the disbelievers Hell as an eternal abode. Examine Yourself [18:103] Say, "Shall I tell you who the worst losers are? [18:104] "They are the ones whose works in this life are totally astray, but they think that they are doing good." [18:105] Such are the ones who disbelieved in the revelations of their Lord and in meeting Him. Therefore, their works are in vain; on the Day of Resurrection, they have no weight. [18:106] Their just requital is Hell, in return for their disbelief, and for mocking My revelations and My messengers. [18:107] As for those who believe and lead a righteous life, they have deserved a blissful Paradise as their abode. [18:108] Forever they abide therein; they will never want any other substitute. The Quran: Everything We Need [18:109] Say, "If the ocean were ink for the words of my Lord, the ocean would run out, before the words of my Lord run out, even if we double the ink supply." [18:110] Say, "I am no more than a human like you, being inspired that your god is one god. Those who hope to meet their Lord shall work righteousness, and never worship any other god beside his Lord." _____________________________________________________________________ 1599 92726


16. Rohingyalish Translation ( Surah Al Maun ) by Anam

Rohingyalish Translation ( Surah Al Maun ) by Anam

82 hadith found in 'Knowledge' of Sahih Bukhari. Narrated Abu Huraira: While the Prophet was saying something in a gathering, a Bedouin came and asked him, "When would the Hour (Doomsday) take place?" Allah's Apostle continued his talk, so some people said that Allah's Apostle had heard the question, but did not like what that Bedouin had asked. Some of them said that Alllah's Apostle had not heard it. When the Prophet finished his speech, he said, "Where is the questioner, who enquired about the Hour (Doomsday)?" The Bedouin said, "I am here, O Allah's Apostle ." Then the Prophet said, "When honesty is lost, then wait for the Hour (Doomsday)." The Bedouin said, "How will that be lost?" The Prophet said, "When the power or authority comes in the hands of unfit persons, then wait for the Hour (Doomsday.)" Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Amr: Once the Prophet remained behind us in a journey. He joined us while we were performing ablution for the prayer which was over-due. We were just passing wet hands over our feet (and not washing them properly) so the Prophet addressed us in a loud voice and said twice or thrice: "Save your heels from the fire." Narrated Ibn 'Umar: Allah's Apostle said, "Amongst the trees, there is a tree, the leaves of which do not fall and is like a Muslim. Tell me the name of that tree." Everybody started thinking about the trees of the desert areas. And I thought of the date-palm tree but felt shy to answer the others then asked, "What is that tree, O Allah's Apostle ?" He replied, "It is the date-palm tree." Narrated Ibn 'Umar: The Prophet said, "Amongst the trees, there is a tree, the leaves of which do not fall and is like a Muslim. Tell me the name of that tree." Everybody started thinking about the trees of the desert areas. And I thought of the date-palm tree. The others then asked, "Please inform us what is that tree, O Allah's Apostle?" He replied, "It is the date-palm tree." Narrated Ibn Umar: same as above Hadith 59. Narrated Ibn Umar: same as above Hadith 59. Narrated Ibn Umar: same as above Hadith 59. Narrated Anas bin Malik: While we were sitting with the Prophet in the mosque, a man came riding on a camel. He made his camel kneel down in the mosque, tied its foreleg and then said: "Who amongst you is Muhammad?" At that time the Prophet was sitting amongst us (his companions) leaning on his arm. We replied, "This white man reclining on his arm." The an then addressed him, "O Son of 'Abdul Muttalib." The Prophet said, "I am here to answer your questions." The man said to the Prophet, "I want to ask you something and will be hard in questioning. So do not get angry." The Prophet said, "Ask whatever you want." The man said, "I ask you by your Lord, and the Lord of those who were before you, has Allah sent you as an Apostle to all the mankind?" The Prophet replied, "By Allah, yes." The man further said, "I ask you by Allah. Has Allah ordered you to offer five prayers in a day and night (24 hours).? He replied, "By Allah, Yes." The man further said, "I ask you by Allah! Has Allah ordered you to observe fasts during this month of the year (i.e. Ramadan)?" He replied, "By Allah, Yes." The man further said, "I ask you by Allah. Has Allah ordered you to take Zakat (obligatory charity) from our rich people and distribute it amongst our poor people?" The Prophet replied, "By Allah, yes." Thereupon that man said, "I have believed in all that with which you have been sent, and I have been sent by my people as a messenger, and I am Dimam bin Tha'laba from the brothers of Bani Sa'd bin Bakr." Narrated 'Abdullah bin Abbas: Once Allah's Apostle gave a letter to a person and ordered him to go and deliver it to the Governor of Bahrain. (He did so) and the Governor of Bahrain sent it to Chousroes, who read that letter and then tore it to pieces. (The sub-narrator (Ibn Shihab) thinks that Ibn Al-Musaiyab said that Allah's Apostle invoked Allah against them (saying), "May Allah tear them into pieces, and disperse them all totally.)" Narrated Anas bin Malik: Once the Prophet wrote a letter or had an idea of writing a letter. The Prophet was told that they (rulers) would not read letters unless they were sealed. So the Prophet got a silver ring made with "Muhammad Allah's Apostle" engraved on it. As if I were just observing its white glitter in the hand of the Prophet Narrated Abu Waqid Al-Laithi: While Allah's Apostle was sitting in the mosque with some people, three men came. Two of them came in front of Allah's Apostle and the third one went away. The two persons kept on standing before Allah's Apostle for a while and then one of them found a place in the circle and sat there while the other sat behind the gathering, and the third one went away. When Allah's Apostle finished his preaching, he said, "Shall I tell you about these three persons? One of them be-took himself to Allah, so Allah took him into His grace and mercy and accommodated him, the second felt shy from Allah, so Allah sheltered Him in His mercy (and did not punish him), while the third turned his face from Allah and went away, so Allah turned His face from him likewise. " Narrated 'Abdur Rahman bin Abi Bakra's father: Once the Prophet was riding his camel and a man was holding its rein. The Prophet asked, "What is the day today?" We kept quiet, thinking that he might give that day another name. He said, "Isn't it the day of Nahr (slaughtering of the animals of sacrifice)" We replied, "Yes." He further asked, "Which month is this?" We again kept quiet, thinking that he might give it another name. Then he said, "Isn't it the month of Dhul-Hijja?" We replied, "Yes." He said, "Verily! Your blood, property and honor are sacred to one another (i.e. Muslims) like the sanctity of this day of yours, in this month of yours and in this city of yours. It is incumbent upon those who are present to inform those who are absent because those who are absent might comprehend (what I have said) better than the present audience." Narrated Ibn Mas'ud: The Prophet used to take care of us in preaching by selecting a suitable time, so that we might not get bored. (He abstained from pestering us with sermons and knowledge all the time). Narrated Anas bin Malik: The Prophet said, "Facilitate things to people (concerning religious matters), and do not make it hard for them and give them good tidings and do not make them run away (from Islam)." Narrated Abu Wail: 'Abdullah used to give a religious talk to the people on every Thursday. Once a man said, "O Aba 'Abdur-Rahman! (By Allah) I wish if you could preach us daily." He replied, "The only thing which prevents me from doing so, is that I hate to bore you, and no doubt I take care of you in preaching by selecting a suitable time just as the Prophet used to do with us, for fear of making us bored." Narrated Muawiya: I heard Allah's Apostle saying, "If Allah wants to do good to a person, He makes him comprehend the religion. I am just a distributor, but the grant is from Allah. (And remember) that this nation (true Muslims) will keep on following Allah's teachings strictly and they will not be harmed by any one going on a different path till Allah's order (Day of Judgment) is established." Narrated Ibn 'Umar: We were with the Prophet and a spadix of date-palm tree was brought to him. On that he said, "Amongst the trees, there is a tree which resembles a Muslim." I wanted to say that it was the date-palm tree but as I was the youngest of all (of them) I kept quiet. And then the Prophet said, "It is the date-palm tree." Narrated 'Abdullah bin Mas'ud: The Prophet said, "Do not wish to be like anyone except in two cases. (The first is) A person, whom Allah has given wealth and he spends it righteously; (the second is) the one whom Allah has given wisdom (the Holy Qur'an) and he acts according to it and teaches it to others." (Fateh-al-Bari page 177 Vol. 1) Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: That he differed with Hur bin Qais bin Hisn Al-Fazari regarding the companion of (the Prophet) Moses. Ibn 'Abbas said that he was Khadir. Meanwhile, Ubai bin Ka'b passed by them and Ibn 'Abbas called him, saying "My friend (Hur) and I have differed regarding Moses' companion whom Moses, asked the way to meet. Have you heard the Prophet mentioning something about him? He said, "Yes. I heard Allah's Apostle saying, "While Moses was sitting in the company of some Israelites, a man came and asked him. "Do you know anyone who is more learned than you? Moses replied: "No." So Allah sent the Divine Inspiration to Moses: 'Yes, Our slave Khadir (is more learned than you.)' Moses asked (Allah) how to meet him (Khadir). So Allah made the fish as a sign for him and he was told that when the fish was lost, he should return (to the place where he had lost it) and there he would meet him (Al-Khadir). So Moses went on looking for the sign of the fish in the sea. The servant-boy of Moses said to him: Do you remember when we betook ourselves to the rock, I indeed forgot the fish, none but Satan made me forget to remember it. On that Moses said: 'That is what we have been seeking? (18.64) So they went back retracing their foot-steps, and found Khadir. (And) what happened further to them is narrated in the Holy Qur'an by Allah. (18.54 up to 18.82) Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: Once the Prophet embraced me and said, "O Allah! Bestow on him the knowledge of the Book (Qur'an)." Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: Once I came riding a she-ass and had (just) attained the age of puberty. Allah's Apostle was offering the prayer at Mina. There was no wall in front of him and I passed in front of some of the row while they were offering their prayers. There I let the she-ass loose to graze and entered the row, and nobody objected to it. Narrated Mahmud bin Rabi'a: When I was a boy of five, I remember, the Prophet took water from a bucket (used far getting water out of a well) with his mouth and threw it on my face. Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: that he differed with Hur bin Qais bin Hisn Al-Fazari regarding the companion of the Prophet Moses. Meanwhile, Ubai bin Ka'b passed by them and Ibn 'Abbas called him saying, "My friend (Hur) and I have differed regarding Moses' companion whom Moses asked the way to meet. Have you heard Allah's Apostle mentioning something about him? Ubai bin Ka'b said: "Yes, I heard the Prophet mentioning something about him (saying) while Moses was sitting in the company of some Israelites, a man came and asked him: "Do you know anyone who is more learned than you? Moses replied: "No." So Allah sent the Divine Inspiration to Moses: '--Yes, Our slave Khadir is more learned than you. Moses asked Allah how to meet him (Al-Khadir). So Allah made the fish a sign for him and he was told when the fish was lost, he should return (to the place where he had lost it) and there he would meet him (Al-Khadir). So Moses went on looking for the sign of the fish in the sea. The servant-boy of Moses said: 'Do you remember when we betook ourselves to the rock, I indeed forgot the fish, none but Satan made me forget to remember it. On that Moses said, 'That is what we have been seeking.' So they went back retracing their footsteps, and found Kha,dir. (and) what happened further about them is narrated in the Holy Qur'an by Allah." (18.54 up to 18.82) Narrated Abu Musa: The Prophet said, "The example of guidance and knowledge with which Allah has sent me is like abundant rain falling on the earth, some of which was fertile soil that absorbed rain water and brought forth vegetation and grass in abundance. (And) another portion of it was hard and held the rain water and Allah benefited the people with it and they utilized it for drinking, making their animals drink from it and for irrigation of the land for cultivation. (And) a portion of it was barren which could neither hold the water nor bring forth vegetation (then that land gave no benefits). The first is the example of the person who comprehends Allah's religion and gets benefit (from the knowledge) which Allah has revealed through me (the Prophets and learns and then teaches others. The last example is that of a person who does not care for it and does not take Allah's guidance revealed through me (He is like that barren land.)" Narrated Anas: Allah's Apostle said, "From among the portents of the Hour are (the following): 1. Religious knowledge will be taken away (by the death of Religious learned men). 2. (Religious) ignorance will prevail. 3. Drinking of Alcoholic drinks (will be very common). 4. There will be prevalence of open illegal sexual intercourse. Narrated Anas: I will narrate to you a Hadith and none other than I will tell you about after it. I heard Allah's Apostle saying: From among the portents of the Hour are (the following): 1. Religious knowledge will decrease (by the death of religious learned men). 2. Religious ignorance will prevail. 3. There will be prevalence of open illegal sexual intercourse. 4. Women will increase in number and men will decrease in number so much so that fifty women will be looked after by one man. Narrated Ibn 'Umar: Allah's Apostle said, "While I was sleeping, I saw that a cup full of milk was brought to me and I drank my fill till I noticed (the milk) its wetness coming out of my nails. Then I gave the remaining milk to 'Umar Ibn Al-Khattab" The companions of the Prophet asked, "What have you interpreted (about this dream)? "O Allah's Apostle ,!" he replied, "(It is religious) knowledge." Narrated 'Abdullah bin Amr bin Al 'Aas: Allah's Apostle stopped (for a while near the Jimar) at Mina during his last Hajj for the people and they were asking him questions. A man came and said, "I forgot and got my head shaved before slaughtering the Hadi (sacrificing animal)." The Prophet said, "There is no harm, go and do the slaughtering now." Then another person came and said, "I forgot and slaughtered (the camel) before Rami (throwing of the pebbles) at the Jamra." The Prophet said, "Do the Rami now and there is no harm." The narrator added: So on that day, when the Prophet was asked about anything (as regards the ceremonies of Hajj) performed before or after its due time, his reply was: "Do it (now) and there is no harm." Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: Somebody said to the Prophet (during his last Hajj), "I did the slaughtering before doing the Rami.' The Prophet beckoned with his hand and said, "There is no harm in that." Then another person said. "I got my head shaved before offering the sacrifice." The Prophet beckoned with his hand saying, "There is no harm in that." Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "(Religious) knowledge will be taken away (by the death of religious scholars) ignorance (in religion) and afflictions will appear; and Harj will increase." It was asked, "What is Harj, O Allah's Apostle?" He replied by beckoning with his hand indicating "killing." (Fateh-al-Bari Page 192, Vol. 1) Narrated Asma: I came to 'Aisha while she was praying, and said to her, "What has happened to the people?" She pointed out towards the sky. (I looked towards the mosque), and saw the people offering the prayer. Aisha said, "Subhan Allah." I said to her, "Is there a sign?" She nodded with her head meaning, "Yes." I, too, then stood (for the prayer of eclipse) till I became (nearly) unconscious and later on I poured water on my head. After the prayer, the Prophet praised and glorified Allah and then said, "Just now at this place I have seen what I have never seen before, including Paradise and Hell. No doubt it has been inspired to me that you will be put to trials in your graves and these trials will be like the trials of Masiah-ad-Dajjal or nearly like it (the sub narrator is not sure which expression Asma' used). You will be asked, 'What do you know about this man (the Prophet Muhammad)?' Then the faithful believer (or Asma' said a similar word) will reply, 'He is Muhammad Allah's Apostle who had come to us with clear evidences and guidance and so we accepted his teachings and followed him. And he is Muhammad.' And he will repeat it thrice. Then the angels will say to him, 'Sleep in peace as we have come to know that you were a faithful believer.' On the other hand, a hypocrite or a doubtful person will reply, 'I do not know, but I heard the people saying something and so I said it.' (the same). " Narrated Abu Jamra: I was an interpreter between the people and Ibn 'Abbas. Once Ibn 'Abbas said that a delegation of the tribe of'Abdul Qais came to the Prophet who asked them, "Who are the people (i.e. you)? (Or) who are the delegates?" They replied, "We are from the tribe of Rabi'a." Then the Prophet said to them, "Welcome, O people (or said, "O delegation (of 'Abdul Qais).") Neither will you have disgrace nor will you regret." They said, "We have come to you from a distant place and there is the tribe of the infidels of Mudar intervening between you and us and we cannot come to you except in the sacred month. So please order us to do something good (religious deeds) and that we may also inform our people whom we have left behind (at home) and that we may enter Paradise (by acting on them.)" The Prophet ordered them to do four things, and forbade them from four things. He ordered them to believe in Allah Alone, the Honorable the Majestic and said to them, "Do you know what is meant by believing in Allah Alone?" They replied, "Allah and His Apostle know better." Thereupon the Prophet said, "(That means to testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is His Apostle, to offer prayers perfectly, to pay Zakat, to observe fasts during the month of Ramadan, (and) to pay Al-Khumus (one fifth of the booty to be given in Allah's cause)." Then he forbade them four things, namely Ad-Dubba.' Hantam, Muzaffat (and) An-Naqir or Muqaiyar(These were the names of pots in which alcoholic drinks used to be prepared). The Prophet further said, "Memorize them (these instructions) and tell them to the people whom you have left behind." Narrated 'Abdullah bin Abi Mulaika: 'Uqba bin Al-Harith said that he had married the daughter of Abi Ihab bin 'Aziz. Later on a woman came to him and said, "I have suckled (nursed) Uqba and the woman whom he married (his wife) at my breast." 'Uqba said to her, "Neither I knew that you have suckled (nursed) me nor did you tell me." Then he rode over to see Allah's Apostle at Medina, and asked him about it. Allah's Apostle said, "How can you keep her as a wife when it has been said (that she is your foster-sister)?" Then Uqba divorced her, and she married another man. Narrated 'Umar: My Ansari neighbor from Bani Umaiya bin Zaid who used to live at 'Awali Al-Medina and used to visit the Prophet by turns. He used to go one day and I another day. When I went I used to bring the news of that day regarding the Divine Inspiration and other things, and when he went, he used to do the same for me. Once my Ansari friend, in his turn (on returning from the Prophet), knocked violently at my door and asked if I was there." I became horrified and came out to him. He said, "Today a great thing has happened." I then went to Hafsa and saw her weeping. I asked her, "Did Allah's Apostle divorce you all?" She replied, "I do not know." Then, I entered upon the Prophet and said while standing, "Have you divorced your wives?" The Prophet replied in the negative. On what I said, "Allahu-Akbar (Allah is Greater)." (See Hadith No. 119, Vol. 3 for details) Narrated Abu Mas'ud Al-Ansari: Once a man said to Allah's Apostle "O Allah's Apostle! I may not attend the (compulsory congregational) prayer because so and so (the Imam) prolongs the prayer when he leads us for it. The narrator added: "I never saw the Prophet more furious in giving advice than he was on that day. The Prophet said, "O people! Some of you make others dislike good deeds (the prayers). So whoever leads the people in prayer should shorten it because among them there are the sick the weak and the needy (having some jobs to do)." Narrated Zaid bin Khalid Al-Juhani: A man asked the Prophet about the picking up of a "Luqata" (fallen lost thing). The Prophet replied, "Recognize and remember its tying material and its container, and make public announcement (about it) for one year, then utilize it but give it to its owner if he comes." Then the person asked about the lost camel. On that, the Prophet got angry and his cheeks or his Face became red and he said, "You have no concern with it as it has its water container, and its feet and it will reach water, and eat (the leaves) of trees till its owner finds it." The man then asked about the lost sheep. The Prophet replied, "It is either for you, for your brother (another person) or for the wolf." Narrated Abu Musa: The Prophet was asked about things which he did not like, but when the questioners insisted, the Prophet got angry. He then said to the people, "Ask me anything you like." A man asked, "Who is my father?" The Prophet replied, "Your father is Hudhafa." Then another man got up and said, "Who is my father, O Allah's Apostle ?" He replied, "Your father is Salim, Maula (the freed slave) of Shaiba." So when 'Umar saw that (the anger) on the face of the Prophet he said, "O Allah's Apostle! We repent to Allah (Our offending you)." Narrated Anas bin Malik: One day Allah's Apostle came out (before the people) and 'Abdullah bin Hudhafa stood up and asked (him) "Who is my father?" The Prophet replied, "Your father is Hudhafa." The Prophet told them repeatedly (in anger) to ask him anything they liked. 'Umar knelt down before the Prophet and said thrice, "We accept Allah as (our) Lord and Islam as (our) religion and Muhammad as (our) Prophet." After that the Prophet became silent. Narrated Anas: Whenever the Prophet asked permission to enter, he knocked the door thrice with greeting and whenever he spoke a sentence (said a thing) he used to repeat it thrice. (See Hadith No. 261, Vol. 8). Narrated Anas: Whenever the Prophet spoke a sentence (said a thing), he used to repeat it thrice so that the people could understand it properly from him and whenever he asked permission to enter, (he knocked the door) thrice with greeting. Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Amr: Once Allah's Apostle remained behind us in a journey. He joined us while we were performing ablution for the 'Asr prayer which was over-due. We were just passing wet hands over our feet (not washing them properly) so the Prophet addressed us in a loud voice and said twice or thrice, "Save your heels from the fire." Narrated Abu Burda's father: Allah's Apostle said "Three persons will have a double reward: 1. A Person from the people of the scriptures who believed in his prophet (Jesus or Moses) and then believed in the Prophet Muhammad (i .e. has embraced Islam). 2. A slave who discharges his duties to Allah and his master. 3. A master of a woman-slave who teaches her good manners and educates her in the best possible way (the religion) and manumits her and then marries her." Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: Once Allah's Apostle came out while Bilal was accompanying him. He went towards the women thinking that they had not heard him (i.e. his sermon). So he preached them and ordered them to pay alms. (Hearing that) the women started giving alms; some donated their ear-rings, some gave their rings and Bilal was collecting them in the corner of his garment. Narrated Abu Huraira: I said: "O Allah's Apostle! Who will be the luckiest person, who will gain your intercession on the Day of Resurrection?" Allah's Apostle said: O Abu Huraira! "I have thought that none will ask me about it before you as I know your longing for the (learning of) Hadiths. The luckiest person who will have my intercession on the Day of Resurrection will be the one who said sincerely from the bottom of his heart "None has the right to be worshipped but Allah." And 'Umar bin 'Abdul 'Aziz wrote to Abu Bakr bin Hazm, "Look for the knowledge of Hadith and get it written, as I am afraid that religious knowledge will vanish and the religious learned men will pass away (die). Do not accept anything save the Hadiths of the Prophet. Circulate knowledge and teach the ignorant, for knowledge does not vanish except when it is kept secretly (to oneself)." Narrated Abdullah Ibn Dinar: also narrates the same (above-mentioned statement) as has been narrated by 'Umar bin 'Abdul 'Aziz up to "The religious scholar (learned men) will pass away (die)." Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Amr bin Al' As: I heard Allah's Apostle saying, "Allah does not take away the knowledge, by taking it away from (the hearts of) the people, but takes it away by the death of the religious learned men till when none of the (religious learned men) remains, people will take as their leaders ignorant persons who when consulted will give their verdict without knowledge. So they will go astray and will lead the people astray." Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: Some women requested the Prophet to fix a day for them as the men were taking all his time. On that he promised them one day for religious lessons and commandments. Once during such a lesson the Prophet said, "A woman whose three children die will be shielded by them from the Hell fire." On that a woman asked, "If only two die?" He replied, "Even two (will shield her from the Hell-fire)." Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: as above (the sub narrators are different). Abu Huraira qualified the three children referred to in the above mentioned Hadith as not having reached the age of committing sins (i.e. age of puberty) . Narrated Ibn Abu Mulaika: Whenever 'Aisha (the wife of the Prophet) heard anything which she did not understand, she used to ask again till she understood it completely. Aisha said: "Once the Prophet said, "Whoever will be called to account (about his deeds on the Day of Resurrection) will surely be punished." I said, "Doesn't Allah say: "He surely will receive an easy reckoning." (84.8) The Prophet replied, "This means only the presentation of the accounts but whoever will be argued about his account, will certainly be ruined." Narrated Said: Abu Shuraih said, "When 'Amr bin Said was sending the troops to Mecca (to fight 'Abdullah bin Az-Zubair) I said to him, 'O chief! Allow me to tell you what the Prophet said on the day following the conquests of Mecca. My ears heard and my heart comprehended, and I saw him with my own eyes, when he said it. He glorified and praised Allah and then said, "Allah and not the people has made Mecca a sanctuary. So anybody who has belief in Allah and the Last Day (i.e. a Muslim) should neither shed blood in it nor cut down its trees. If anybody argues that fighting is allowed in Mecca as Allah's Apostle did fight (in Mecca), tell him that Allah gave permission to His Apostle, but He did not give it to you. The Prophet added: Allah allowed me only for a few hours on that day (of the conquest) and today (now) its sanctity is the same (valid) as it was before. So it is incumbent upon those who are present to convey it (this information) to those who are absent." Abu- Shuraih was asked, "What did 'Amr reply?" He said 'Amr said, "O Abu Shuraih! I know better than you (in this respect). Mecca does not give protection to one who disobeys (Allah) or runs after committing murder, or theft (and takes refuge in Mecca). Narrated Abu Bakra: The Prophet said. No doubt your blood, property, the sub-narrator Muhammad thought that Abu Bakra had also mentioned and your honor (chastity), are sacred to one another as is the sanctity of this day of yours in this month of yours. It is incumbent on those who are present to inform those who are absent." (Muhammad the Subnarrator used to say, "Allah's Apostle told the truth.") The Prophet repeated twice: "No doubt! Haven't I conveyed Allah's message to you. Narrated 'Ali: The Prophet said, "Do not tell a lie against me for whoever tells a lie against me (intentionally) then he will surely enter the Hell-fire." Narrated 'Abdullah bin Az-Zubair: I said to my father, 'I do not hear from you any narration (Hadith) of Allah s Apostle as I hear (his narrations) from so and so?" Az-Zubair replied. l was always with him (the Prophet) and I heard him saying "Whoever tells a lie against me (intentionally) then (surely) let him occupy, his seat in Hell-fire. Narrated Anas: The fact which stops me from narrating a great number of Hadiths to you is that the Prophet said: "Whoever tells a lie against me intentionally, then (surely) let him occupy his seat in Hell-fire." Narrated Salama: I heard the Prophet saying, "Whoever (intentionally) ascribes to me what I have not said then (surely) let him occupy his seat in Hell-fire." Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "Name yourselves with my name (use my name) but do not name yourselves with my Kunya name (i.e. Abu-l Qasim). And whoever sees me in a dream then surely he has seen me for Satan cannot impersonate me. And whoever tells a lie against me (intentionally), then (surely) let him occupy his seat in Hell-fire." Narrated Ash-Sha'bi: Abu Juhaifa said, "I asked Ali, 'Have you got any book (which has been revealed to the Prophet apart from the Qur'an)?' 'Ali replied, 'No, except Allah's Book or the power of understanding which has been bestowed (by Allah) upon a Muslim or what is (written) in this sheet of paper (with me).' Abu Juhaifa said, "I asked, 'What is (written) in this sheet of paper?' Ali replied, it deals with The Diyya (compensation (blood money) paid by the killer to the relatives of the victim), the ransom for the releasing of the captives from the hands of the enemies, and the law that no Muslim should be killed in Qisas (equality in punishment) for the killing of (a disbeliever). Narrated Abu Huraira: In the year of the Conquest of Mecca, the tribe of Khuza'a killed a man from the tribe of Bani Laith in revenge for a killed person, belonging to them. They informed the Prophet about it. So he rode his Rahila (she-camel for riding) and addressed the people saying, "Allah held back the killing from Mecca. (The sub-narrator is in doubt whether the Prophet said "elephant or killing," as the Arabic words standing for these words have great similarity in shape), but He (Allah) let His Apostle and the believers over power the infidels of Mecca. Beware! (Mecca is a sanctuary) Verily! Fighting in Mecca was not permitted for anyone before me nor will it be permitted for anyone after me. It (war) in it was made legal for me for few hours or so on that day. No doubt it is at this moment a sanctuary, it is not allowed to uproot its thorny shrubs or to uproot its trees or to pick up its Luqatt (fallen things) except by a person who will look for its owner (announce it publicly). And if somebody is killed, then his closest relative has the right to choose one of the two-- the blood money (Diyya) or retaliation having the killer killed. In the meantime a man from Yemen came and said, "O Allah's Apostle! Get that written for me." The Prophet ordered his companions to write that for him. Then a man from Quraish said, "Except Al-Iqhkhir (a type of grass that has good smell) O Allah's Apostle, as we use it in our houses and graves." The Prophet said, "Except Al-Idhkhiri.e. Al-Idhkhir is allowed to be plucked." Narrated Abu Huraira: There is none among the companions of the Prophet who has narrated more Hadiths than I except 'Abdallah bin Amr (bin Al-'As) who used to write them and I never did the same. Narrated 'Ubaidullah bin 'Abdullah: Ibn 'Abbas said, "When the ailment of the Prophet became worse, he said, 'Bring for me (writing) paper and I will write for you a statement after which you will not go astray.' But 'Umar said, 'The Prophet is seriously ill, and we have got Allah's Book with us and that is sufficient for us.' But the companions of the Prophet differed about this and there was a hue and cry. On that the Prophet said to them, 'Go away (and leave me alone). It is not right that you should quarrel in front of me." Ibn 'Abbas came out saying, "It was most unfortunate (a great disaster) that Allah's Apostle was prevented from writing that statement for them because of their disagreement and noise. (Note: It is apparent from this Hadith that Ibn 'Abbes had witnessed the event and came out saying this statement. The truth is not so, for Ibn 'Abbas used to say this statement on narrating the Hadith and he had not witnessed the event personally. See Fath Al-Bari Vol. 1, p.220 footnote.) (See Hadith No. 228, Vol. 4). Narrated Um Salama: One night Allah's Apostle got up and said, "Subhan Allah! How many afflictions have been descended tonight and how many treasures have been disclosed! Go and wake the sleeping lady occupants of these dwellings (his wives) up (for prayers). A well-dressed (soul) in this world may be naked in the Hereafter. " Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Umar: Once the Prophet led us in the 'Isha' prayer during the last days of his life and after finishing it (the prayer) (with Taslim) he said: "Do you realize (the importance of) this night?" Nobody present on the surface of the earth tonight will be living after the completion of one hundred years from this night." Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: I stayed overnight in the house of my aunt Maimuna bint Al-Harith (the wife of the Prophet ) while the Prophet was there with her during her night turn. The Prophet offered the 'Isha' prayer (in the mosque), returned home and after having prayed four Rakat, he slept. Later on he got up at night and then asked whether the boy (or he used a similar word) had slept? Then he got up for the prayer and I stood up by his left side but he made me stand to his right and offered five Rakat followed by two more Rakat. Then he slept and I heard him snoring and then (after a while) he left for the (Fajr) prayer. Narrated Abu Huraira: People say that I have narrated many Hadiths (The Prophet's narrations). Had it not been for two verses in the Qur'an, I would not have narrated a single Hadith, and the verses are: "Verily those who conceal the clear sign and the guidance which We have sent down . . . (up to) Most Merciful." (2:159-160). And no doubt our Muhajir (emigrant) brothers used to be busy in the market with their business (bargains) and our Ansari brothers used to be busy with their property (agriculture). But I (Abu Huraira) used to stick to Allah's Apostle contented with what will fill my stomach and I used to attend that which they used not to attend and I used to memorize that which they used not to memorize. Narrated Abu Huraira: I said to Allah's Apostle "I hear many narrations (Hadiths) from you but I forget them." Allah's Apostle said, "Spread your Rida' (garment)." I did accordingly and then he moved his hands as if filling them with something (and emptied them in my Rida') and then said, "Take and wrap this sheet over your body." I did it and after that I never forgot any thing. Narrated Ibrahim bin Al-Mundhir: Ibn Abi Fudaik narrated the same as above (Hadith...119) but added that the Prophet had moved his hands as if filling them with something and then he emptied them in the Rida' of Abu Huraira. Narrated Abu Huraira: I have memorized two kinds of knowledge from Allah's Apostle . I have propagated one of them to you and if I propagated the second, then my pharynx (throat) would be cut (i.e. killed). Narrated Jarir: The Prophet said to me during Hajjat-al-Wida': Let the people keep quiet and listen. Then he said (addressing the people), "Do not (become infidels) revert to disbelief after me by striking the necks (cutting the throats) of one another (killing each other)." Narrated Said bin Jubair: I said to Ibn 'Abbas, "Nauf-Al-Bakali claims that Moses (the companion of Khadir) was not the Moses of Bani Israel but he was another Moses." Ibn 'Abbas remarked that the enemy of Allah (Nauf) was a liar. Narrated Ubai bin Ka'b: The Prophet said, "Once the Prophet Moses stood up and addressed Bani Israel. He was asked, "Who is the most learned man amongst the people. He said, "I am the most learned." Allah admonished Moses as he did not attribute absolute knowledge to Him (Allah). So Allah inspired to him "At the junction of the two seas there is a slave amongst my slaves who is more learned than you." Moses said, "O my Lord! How can I meet him?" Allah said: Take a fish in a large basket (and proceed) and you will find him at the place where you will lose the fish. So Moses set out along with his (servant) boy, Yusha' bin Nuin and carried a fish in a large basket till they reached a rock, where they laid their heads (i.e. lay down) and slept. The fish came out of the basket and it took its way into the sea as in a tunnel. So it was an amazing thing for both Moses and his (servant) boy. They proceeded for the rest of that night and the following day. When the day broke, Moses said to his (servant) boy: "Bring us our early meal. No doubt, we have suffered much fatigue in this journey." Moses did not get tired till he passed the place about which he was told. There the (servant) boy told Moses, "Do you remember when we betook ourselves to the rock, I indeed forgot the fish." Moses remarked, "That is what we have been seeking. So they went back retracing their foot-steps, till they reached the rock. There they saw a man covered with a garment (or covering himself with his own garment). Moses greeted him. Al-Khadir replied saying, "How do people greet each other in your land?" Moses said, "I am Moses." He asked, "The Moses of Bani Israel?" Moses replied in the affirmative and added, "May I follow you so that you teach me of that knowledge which you have been taught." Al-Khadir replied, "Verily! You will not be able to remain patient with me, O Moses! I have some of the knowledge of Allah which He has taught me and which you do not know, while you have some knowledge which Allah has taught you which I do not know." Moses said, "Allah willing, you will find me patient and I will not disobey you in aught. So both of them set out walking along the sea-shore, as they did not have a boat. In the meantime a boat passed by them and they requested the crew of the boat to take them on board. The crew recognized Al-Khadir and took them on board without fare. Then a sparrow came and stood on the edge of the boat and dipped its beak once or twice in the sea. Al-Khadir said: "O Moses! My knowledge and your knowledge have not decreased Allah's knowledge except as much as this sparrow has decreased the water of the sea with its beak." Al-Khadir went to one of the planks of the boat and plucked it out. Moses said, "These people gave us a free lift but you have broken their boat and scuttled it so as to drown its people." Al-Khadir replied, "Didn't I tell you that you will not be able to remain patient with me." Moses said, "Call me not to account for what I forgot." The first (excuse) of Moses was that he had forgotten. Then they proceeded further and found a boy playing with other boys. Al-Khadir took hold of the boy's head from the top and plucked it out with his hands (i.e. killed him). Moses said, "Have you killed an innocent soul who has killed none." Al-Kha,dir replied, "Did I not tell you that you cannot remain patient with me?" Then they both proceeded till when they came to the people of a town, they asked them for food, but they refused to entertain them. Then they found there a wall on the point of collapsing. Al-Khadir repaired it with his own hands. Moses said, "If you had wished, surely you could have taken wages for it." Al-Khadir replied, "This is the parting between you and me." The Prophet added, "May Allah be Merciful to Moses! Would that he could have been more patient to learn more about his story with Al-Khadir. " Narrated Abu Musa: A man came to the Prophet and asked, "O Allah's Apostle! What kind of fighting is in Allah's cause? (I ask this), for some of us fight because of being enraged and angry and some for the sake of his pride and haughtiness." The Prophet raised his head (as the questioner was standing) and said, "He who fights so that Allah's Word (Islam) should be superior, then he fights in Allah's cause." Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Amar: I saw the Prophet near the Jamra and the people were asking him questions (about religious problems). A man asked, "O Allah's Apostle! I have slaughtered the Hadi (animal) before doing the Rami." The Prophet replied, "Do the Rami (now) and there is no harm." Another person asked, "O Allah's Apostle! I got my head shaved before slaughtering the animal." The Prophet replied, "Do the slaughtering (now) and there is no harm." So on that day, when the Prophet was asked about anything as regards the ceremonies of Hajj performed before or after its due time his reply was, "Do it (now) and there is no harm." Narrated 'Abdullah: While I was going with the Prophet through the ruins of Medina and he was reclining on a date-palm leaf stalk, some Jews passed by. Some of them said to the others: Ask him (the Prophet) about the spirit. Some of them said that they should not ask him that question as he might give a reply which would displease them. But some of them insisted on asking, and so one of them stood up and asked, "O Aba-l-Qasim ! What is the spirit?" The Prophet remained quiet. I thought he was being inspired Divinely. So I stayed till that state of the Prophet (while being inspired) was over. The Prophet then said, "And they ask you (O Muhammad) concerning the spirit --Say: The spirit -- its knowledge is with my Lord. And of knowledge you (mankind) have been given only a little)." (17.85) Narrated Aswad: Ibn Az-Zubair said to me, "Aisha used to tell you secretly a number of things. What did she tell you about the Ka'ba?" I replied, "She told me that once the Prophet said, 'O 'Aisha! Had not your people been still close to the pre-Islamic period of ignorance (infidelity)! I would have dismantled the Ka'ba and would have made two doors in it; one for entrance and the other for exit." Later on Ibn Az-Zubair did the same. Narrated Abu At-Tufail: the above mentioned Statement of 'Ali. Narrated Anas bin Malik: "Once Mu'adh was along with Allah's Apostle as a companion rider. Allah's Apostle said, "O Mu'adh bin Jabal." Mu'adh replied, "Labbaik and Sa'daik. O Allah's Apostle!" Again the Prophet said, "O Mu'adh!" Mu'adh said thrice, "Labbaik and Sa'daik, O Allah's Apostle!" Allah's Apostle said, "There is none who testifies sincerely that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and Muhammad is his Apostle, except that Allah, will save him from the Hell-fire." Mu'adh said, "O Allah's Apostle ! Should I not inform the people about it so that they may have glad tidings?" He replied, "When the people hear about it, they will solely depend on it." Then Mu'adh narrated the above-mentioned Hadith just before his death, being afraid of committing sin (by not telling the knowledge). Narrated Anas: I was informed that the Prophet had said to Mu'adh, "Whosoever will meet Allah without associating anything in worship with Him will go to Paradise." Mu'adh asked the Prophet, "Should I not inform the people of this good news?" The Prophet replied, "No, I am afraid, lest they should depend upon it (absolutely)." Narrated Um Salama: Um-Sulaim came to Allah's Apostle and said, "Verily, Allah is not shy of (telling you) the truth. Is it necessary for a woman to take a bath after she has a wet dream (nocturnal sexual discharge?) The Prophet replied, "Yes, if she notices a discharge." Um Salama, then covered her face and asked, "O Allah's Apostle! Does a woman get a discharge?" He replied, "Yes, let your right hand be in dust (An Arabic expression you say to a person when you contradict his statement meaning "you will not achieve goodness"), and that is why the son resembles his mother." Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Umar: Once Allah's Apostle said, "Amongst the trees there is a tree, the leaves of which do not fall and is like a Muslim, tell me the name of that tree." Everybody started thinking about the trees of the desert areas and I thought of the date-palm tree but felt shy (to answer). The others asked, "O Allah's Apostle! inform us of it." He replied, "it is the date-palm tree." I told my father what had come to my mind and on that he said, "Had you said it I would have preferred it to such and such a thing that I might possess." Narrated 'Ali: I used to get the emotional urethral discharge frequently so I requested Al-Miqdad to ask the Prophet about it. Al-Miqdad asked him and he replied, "One has to perform ablution (after it)." (See Hadith No. 269). Narrated Nafi: 'Abdullah bin 'Umar said: "A man got up in the mosque and said: O Allah's Apostle 'At which place you order us that we should assume the Ihram?' Allah's Apostle replied, 'The residents of Medina should assure the Ihram from Dhil-Hulaifa, the people of Syria from Al-Ju,hfa and the people of Najd from Qarn." Ibn 'Umar further said, "The people consider that Allah's Apostle had also said, 'The residents of Yemen should assume Ihram from Yalamlam.' " Ibn 'Umar used to say, "I do not: remember whether Allah's Apostle had said the last statement or not?" Narrated Ibn 'Umar: A man asked the Prophet : "What (kinds of clothes) should a Muhrim (a Muslim intending to perform 'Umra or Hajj) wear? He replied, "He should not wear a shirt, a turban, trousers, a head cloak or garment scented with saffron or Wars (kinds of perfumes). And if he has n slippers, then he can use Khuffs (leather socks) but the socks should be cut short so as to make the ankles bare." (See Hadith No. 615, Vol. 2). Rohingya Anam Canadian


17. most of all she was thinkin’ ’bout the Jack of Hearts...

most of all she was thinkin’ ’bout the Jack of Hearts...

BOTT outtake, Sept '74 The festival was over, the boys were all plannin’ for a fall The cabaret was quiet except for the drillin’ in the wall The curfew had been lifted and the gamblin’ wheel shut down Anyone with any sense had already left town He was standin’ in the doorway lookin’ like the Jack of Hearts He moved across the mirrored room, “Set it up for everyone,” he said Then everyone commenced to do what they were doin’ before he turned their heads Then he walked up to a stranger and he asked him with a grin “Could you kindly tell me, friend, what time the show begins?” Then he moved into the corner, face down like the Jack of Hearts Backstage the girls were playin’ five-card stud by the stairs Lily had two queens, she was hopin’ for a third to match her pair Outside the streets were fillin’ up, the window was open wide A gentle breeze was blowin’, you could feel it from inside Lily called another bet and drew up the Jack of Hearts Big Jim was no one’s fool, he owned the town’s only diamond mine He made his usual entrance lookin’ so dandy and so fine With his bodyguards and silver cane and every hair in place He took whatever he wanted to and he laid it all to waste But his bodyguards and silver cane were no match for the Jack of Hearts Rosemary combed her hair and took a carriage into town She slipped in through the side door lookin’ like a queen without a crown She fluttered her false eyelashes and whispered in his ear “Sorry, darlin’, that I’m late,” but he didn’t seem to hear He was starin’ into space over at the Jack of Hearts “I know I’ve seen that face before,” Big Jim was thinkin’ to himself “Maybe down in Mexico or a picture up on somebody’s shelf” But then the crowd began to stamp their feet and the houselights did dim And in the darkness of the room there was only Jim and him Starin’ at the butterfly who just drew the Jack of Hearts Lily was a princess, she was fair-skinned and precious as a child She did whatever she had to do, she had that certain flash every time she smiled She’d come away from a broken home, had lots of strange affairs With men in every walk of life which took her everywhere But she’d never met anyone quite like the Jack of Hearts The hangin’ judge came in unnoticed and was being wined and dined The drillin’ in the wall kept up but no one seemed to pay it any mind It was known all around that Lily had Jim’s ring And nothing would ever come between Lily and the king No, nothin’ ever would except maybe the Jack of Hearts Rosemary started drinkin’ hard and seein’ her reflection in the knife She was tired of the attention, tired of playin’ the role of Big Jim’s wife She had done a lot of bad things, even once tried suicide Was lookin’ to do just one good deed before she died She was gazin’ to the future, riding on the Jack of Hearts Lily washed her face, took her dress off and buried it away “Has your luck run out?” she laughed at him, “Well, I guess you must have known it would someday Be careful not to touch the wall, there’s a brand-new coat of paint I’m glad to see you’re still alive, you’re lookin’ like a saint” Down the hallway footsteps were comin’ for the Jack of Hearts The backstage manager was pacing all around by his chair “There’s something funny going on,” he said, “I can just feel it in the air” He went to get the hangin’ judge, but the hangin’ judge was drunk As the leading actor hurried by in the costume of a monk There was no actor anywhere better than the Jack of Hearts Lily’s arms were locked around the man that she dearly loved to touch She forgot all about the man she couldn’t stand who hounded her so much “I’ve missed you so,” she said to him, and he felt she was sincere But just beyond the door he felt jealousy and fear Just another night in the life of the Jack of Hearts No one knew the circumstance but they say that it happened pretty quick The door to the dressing room burst open and a cold revolver clicked And Big Jim was standin’ there, ya couldn’t say surprised Rosemary right beside him, steady in her eyes She was with Big Jim but she was leanin’ to the Jack of Hearts Two doors down the boys finally made it through the wall And cleaned out the bank safe, it’s said that they got off with quite a haul In the darkness by the riverbed they waited on the ground For one more member who had business back in town But they couldn’t go no further without the Jack of Hearts The next day was hangin’ day, the sky was overcast and black Big Jim lay covered up, killed by a penknife in the back And Rosemary on the gallows, she didn’t even blink The hangin’ judge was sober, he hadn’t had a drink The only person on the scene missin’ was the Jack of Hearts The cabaret was empty now, a sign said, “Closed for repair” Lily had already taken all of the dye out of her hair She was thinkin’ ’bout her father, who she very rarely saw Thinkin’ ’bout Rosemary and thinkin’ about the law But most of all she was thinkin’ ’bout the Jack of Hearts ...


18. The Wedding Film of Dain + Katlyn Howard || Hiawatha, KS

  • Published: 2018-07-11T14:37:31+00:00
  • Duration: 398
  • By John Stambaugh
The Wedding Film of Dain + Katlyn Howard || Hiawatha, KS

I can’t believe that Dain & Katlyn’s wedding has already come and gone when I’m pretty sure it was yesterday that I was reading about Boobie (their pug) for the first time in their inquiry email! BUT THEY’RE THE HOWARDS NOW!! When I asked how they met this was the story: “We met through mutual friends while attending Washburn University. Dain asked me out on a date the very next day after meeting and we have been inseparable ever since! He actually moved in with me only three weeks after meeting and now we are coming up on our 4 year anniversary, I guess when ya know ya know! :)” You can tell that they knew right away for good reason because they work better than PB&J for sure. Seriously they are so fun and goofy and great together. When I asked Katlyn to share their favorite memory and passions she said: “This is hard!! If I had to pick one memory it would probably be spending a week in Hawaii just the two of us, exploring and adventuring. We love to hike and chase waterfalls. Hawaii is by far one of the most beautiful places and we loved that we got to discover it together. We love traveling and we fall more in love with each other after each new adventure. There’s nothing like being able to share those unique, once in a lifetime, experiences together. Okay sorry, getting mushy. LOL. We also have a black pug, Olive (aka Boobie), and she is our baby. — quick John interruption here, they know have 2 pugs and counting haha! — Yes, we are those annoying dog parents. I’m very passionate about branching out from bakery management someday and creating my own cake space, and Dain is by far my biggest supporter. There’s nothing that tests a relationship more than delivering a wedding cake together. LOL!” Now, you already saw how incredibly beautiful their wedding turned out but here was Katlyn’s vision from the beginning: “If I had to describe our wedding in three words it would be: Backyard Boho Barbeque. It will be an all outdoor June wedding at my grandparents farm in Hiawatha, KS. They own a log house up on top of a hill which overlooks Kansas and it’s so beautiful! We will have a small intimate ceremony in the front yard of the house and a large backyard reception later that evening in the back of the house! We are going for a non-traditional feel. All the girls will get ready that morning in the vintage guest rooms of the house while the boys will be down the road at the Country Cabin which is a restaurant with small log cabins to rent that overlooks a pond. We want everything to be very laidback and easy. We just want to celebrate the day and have more of a huge party as opposed to a traditional wedding. Our style is very minimal, we have rented farm tables and will have lots of florals, but not a lot of décor or decorations because we just want it to be outside under the stars and I always think less is more. Our colors are all neutrals, the bridesmaids will be in mix-matched nudes & taupe colors, lots of greenery and only neutrals, no color, for florals.” As you can tell their wedding turned out pretty much perfect and way-way more importantly their marriage is off to an amazing start. I’m so excited for these two friends of mine and I hope to continue my friendship with Dain and Katlyn for many years if they let me stick around � (I’ll even pug-sit). Photographer: Taylor Klover – https://instagram.com/taylorklover Videographer: John Stambaugh of United Media Collective – https://instagram.com/johnwstambaugh – https://umcfilms.com


19. Sermon On Fear - Screen Test For "A Real Good War"

  • Published: 2013-08-11T23:29:56+00:00
  • Duration: 271
  • By Doug Drexler
Sermon On Fear - Screen Test For

Allow me to preface this article by saying that “A Real Good War” does not glorify war. The title is a sarcastic one, as it is clear that there is no such thing as a real good war. WWII was a calamity for the entire planet, and innocents on both sides suffered immeasurably. A wise man once said that those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it. Many of you know my interest in WWII history, and in particular 8th Air Force operations in Europe. I had come across the website of Sam Halpert and became fascinated with his novel ironically titled “A Real Good War”. It is the gripping account of Sam’s experience of 35 missions with the 91st Bomb Group, from Ludwigshafen to Berlin. In the thin freezing air over northwestern Europe, airmen, little more than boys, bled and died in an environment no warriors had ever experienced. Five miles up near the stratosphere, an endless unfamiliar killing space, where the cold burned, the air was unbreathable, and the sun exposed bombers to swift violence from German fighter planes and ground guns. Two thirds could expect to die in combat or be captured by the enemy. Indeed, 26,000 of them never returned. In the fall of 1944, as Allied armies enlarged their grip on Fortress Europe and aimed their guns at the heartland of Nazi Germany, an alien kind of war called high altitude strategic bombing was being waged by the Army Air Forces. A Real Good War is a tale of these naive wide-eyed boys, who face, fear, alienation and routine catastrophe. Their goal is not to win the war, but to fly the 35 missions they must complete to “graduate” from being shot at almost daily and go back to the United States. The magic number of zero is all that these men want out of a life of freezing at five miles up, dodging enemy fighters, flak, fire, fear, and fatigue. Read more on Sam’s website – http://www.b17sam.com/samplepage.html , and if you buy the book, mention me. One afternoon, Jack Marshall, Gooch, Jeff Quinn and myself got together with two of our actor friends, Kurt Carley and Christian Malmin to do an off the cuff reading of part of Sam’s novel. Kurt, who you may remember as Captain Pike in our New Voyages episode “In Harm’s Way”, would take the part of good cop Captain Holbrook “Holy” Cross, and Christian as bad cop, the deadly serious company commanding officer Captain Hartak. You may recognize Domonic Frontiere’s moody score for the Outer Limits during Hartak’s “Sermon on Fear”.


20. Film 1, Emilio Rodriguez, MR.RICKSHAW

Film 1, Emilio Rodriguez, MR.RICKSHAW

Tomorrow we’ll go to school You’ll walk me and I’ll walk you Lets skip through the alleyway No way telling what’s ahead You’re beside me you’re so cool Breathing softly walking slow Silly us, we’ve lost our way Feelings come across as lame Here’s my chance to act a fool Grow a pair, then I stop you Mary Beth can I just say You’re the reason that I wake You’re the sun and you’re my moon In that moment something loomed Mr.Rickshaw watched on by I undid her with my eyes She pinned me against the wall Cheek to cheek she whispered all The things that I dreamed she’d say If I ever got my way I’m ecstatic I must stall Live the moment till it’s gone School is stupid, I’m okay This is neat, it’s just one day Mr.Rickshaw’s had enough Watching, contemplating what The fate of these youths will be And Mary’s infidelity He storms towards them full of hate Chokes on whisky for their date He turns her around and says Why can’t you love me instead I follow you everywhere I have your gum and you hair You’ve known this creep three whole months You see now that’s why I’m stumped I’ve been watching you for years Taking care of all the boys That think that they’re good enough To merit your smile and tears And what reward do I get For loving a stupid bitch Lonely nights and broken skin Well today’s the end of it He drove his knife in her chest Mary Beth fell to her knees He poked his knife in my breast I said please,no, Dad, it’s me I could not believe at all Mr.Rickshaw had a fall His swollen heart did give out Not before his final clout Bleeding from my rattled cage I said my prayers and began To decay