Jesus, the son of Mary, peace be upon them both, said,
Do not speak much without remembering God, for by doing so, you harden your hearts. Surely a hard heart is distant from God though you are unaware. Do not, like lords, look at the faults of others. Rather, like servants, look at your own faults. In truth, humanity is comprised of only two types, the afflicted and the sound. So show mercy to the afflicted, and praise God for well-being.
—  Muwatta’ of Imam Mālik
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Can we talk about overwatch for a second? On the male side there’s a huge range of body types with Reinhardt being huge and gargantuant, torbörn being a small dwarf dude, Hanzo is muscular, etc. but on the female side they’re all the same. Skinny and slightly busty. Pharah is really the only one different but that’s only because she has armor on. Can we have a fat girl somewhere? There’s an upcoming character that’s a fat man (as seen in an official wallpaper on the website) so obviously the problem isn’t in that. Get yourself together Blizzard. You said you wanted to make likable characters for everyone with this game but you didn’t make a character relatable to everyone.

so somehow years before we ever met each other, my friend grace an i independently created identical OCs (my mercy, her rivek). they even have identical scars (tho on opposite sides)! once we realized this, we quickly decided that they were, in fact, bar tending twins (“bar twinning”) with twin dueling pianos and bad attitudes.

merry christmas grace, thanks for supporting me and for keeping me sane!!!! i hope you have the absolute best 2015 ever!!!

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#Reign - Mary with Condé’s Letter - 2x10 - Mercy - by request

I AM NOTHING IF NOT LITERAL-MINDED. TRICKERY WITH WORDS IS WHERE HUMANS LIVE.

‘All right,’ said Susan. ‘I’m not stupid. You’re saying humans need… fantasies to make life bearable.’

REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.

‘Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—‘

YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.

‘So we can believe the big ones?’

YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.

‘They’re not the same at all!’

YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET— Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME…SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MIGHT BE JUDGED.

… YOU NEED TO BELIEVE IN THINGS THAT AREN’T TRUE. HOW ELSE CAN THEY BECOME?

—  Terry Pratchett, Hogfather 
The Qur'an is a Cure

Compiled and Translated by Abdulilaah Lahmami (hafidhahullaah)

Allaah said that his Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) said,

"And He feeds me and quenches my thirst And when I fall sick then He (Allaah) cures me."

(Surah Shu’araa: 80)

Some scholars of Tafseer explain that there is a relation between what we eat and drink and falling sick since most people fall ill because of their diet. This could be a reason why Allaah mentioned that Ibrahim (peace be upon him) recognized that Allaah is the One who provides sustenance for us but that sickness is due to our own self and this is why sickness is mentioned after food and drink in this Verse.

"And We sent down of the Qur’an that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe."

(Surrah Israa: 82)

A healing to ‘those who believe” showing the importance of rectifying our belief and actions such that we are true believers if we want the Qur’an to benefit us.

Ayub (peace be upon him) called upon his Lord,

"And remember Ayub when he cried to his Lord: Verily, distress has seized me, and You are the Most Merciful of all those who show mercy."

(Surah al-Anbiyaa: 83)

When he was inflicted with harm.

And the reply came from his lord:

"We answered him and removed the distress that was on him"

(Surah al-Anbiyaa: 84)

"O mankind! There has come to you a good advice from your Lord (Qur’an) enjoining all that is good and forbidding all that is evil, and a healing for that which is in your breasts, a guidance and a mercy for the believers."

(Surah Yunus: 57)

This shows us that the Qur’an has four benefits:

  1. A good advice
  2. Cure for our hearts from all diseases
  3. Guidance
  4. Mercy for mankind

"Say: it (the Qur’an) is a healing for those who believe, a guide and healing"

(Surah Fusilaat: 44)

The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

There is no-one who is afflicted by distress and grief, and says:

Allaahumma inni abduka ibn abdika ibn amatika naasiyati bi yadika, maada fi hukmika, adlun fiy qadaaika. Asaluka bi kulli ismin huwa laka sammayta bihi nafsaka aw anzaltahu fi kitaabika aw allamtahu ahadan min khalqika aw istatharta bihi fi ilm il-ghayb indaka an tajal al-Quraana rabee qalbi wa noor sadri wa jalaa huzni wa dhihaab hammi

(O Allaah, I am Your slave, son of Your male and female slave, my forelock is in Your hand, Your command over me is forever executed and Your decree over me is just. I ask You by every name belonging to You which You have named Yourself with, or revealed in Your Book, or You taught to any of Your creation, or You have preserved in the knowledge of the Unseen with You, that You make the Quraan the harvest of my heart and the light of my chest, and a departure for my sorrow and a release for my anxiety),

but Allaah will take away his distress and grief, and replace it with joy.

He was asked: “O Messenger of Allaah, should we learn this?”

He said: “Of course; everyone who hears it should learn it.”

"And if Allaah tests you with affliction, there is none who can remove it but He"

(Surah Yunus: 107)

"And He will give you victory over them and heal the breasts of a believing people."

(Surah Tawbah: 14)

When you sleep read ayat al-Kursi

Abu Hurairah (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said,

"When you are about to sleep recite Ayatul Kursi till the end of the Verse for there will remain for you a protection from Allaah and no devil will draw to you until morning.

[Sahih Al-Bukhari no. 530]

The last two Verses of Surah al-Baqarah

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) also said,

"Whoever recites the last two Verses of Surah al-Baqarah at night, those two Verses shall be sufficient for him."

[Sahih Al-Bukhari no. 4723 and Sahih Muslim no. 807]

The last three chapters of the Qur’an

When retiring to his bed every night, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) would hold his palms together, blow into them, recite the last three chapters of the Qur’an and then wipe his entire body as much as possible with his hands, beginning with the head and face and then all parts of the body, he would do this three times.

[Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Surah al-Falaq and Surah an-Naas

Aisha (may Allaah be pleased with her) said

"when someone fell ill from the Prophet’s family he did ‘nafath’ on them (to blow three times over them reciting the two chapters of seeking refuge [Surah al-Falaq and Surah an-Naas]. When he himself fell ill, the illness which lead to his death I would (similarly) do ‘nafath’ on him and would wipe him with his own hands for it was more blessed that my hands.

[Sahih Al-Bukhari no. 714 and Sahih Muslim]

We turn to Allaah in distress

Allaah said regarding Dhun Nun when called upon Allaah to remove his distress and Allaah replied,

"We answered his call and delivered him from the distress. And thus We do deliver the believers."

(Surah Anbiyaa: 87,88)

We turn to Allaah when people try to harm us

"And you will remember what I am telling you, and I leave my affair with Allaah, verily Allaah is ever watchful over His slaves."

(Surah Ghaafir: 44)

And after it Allaah said:

"So Allaah saved him from the evils that they plotted (against him), while an evil torment encompassed Fir’aun’s people."

(Surah Ghaafir: 45)

Surah Faatihah is a cure

It is also a cure when read over the sick. They are cured by the permission of Allaah because the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said to Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (radiAllaahu ‘anhu) after he read it over a person who had been bitten by a scorpion and was cured, How did you come to know that it is a cure?

There is a new book which was a lecture by Shaykh Rabee’ ibn Hadee Al Madkhalee (hafidhahullaah) on Ruqyah [available for purchase here & here].

Mashaallaah the Shaykh clearly shows that it is not correct for someone to put themselves forward in taking money to perform Ruqyah on others if however they are given something then that is in line with the narration of Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (radiAllaahu ‘anhu) as mentioned earlier. Nowadays he says people are making it into a business and competing with each other to see who can make the most money by charging others for their ruqyah. Shaykh Rabee’ explained that the people Abu Sa’eed did ruqyah for gave them sheep in return for being cured but nowadays these people who put themselves forward ask for money beforehand whether the person is cured or not! At the end of the book the Shaykh discusses the importance of being well-mannered and having brotherhood. A nice read Mashaallaah.