Tuesday, February 24, 2009

How a bad day can be lifted...

I have had a pretty bad day today... Nothing really bad happened, just a bit of a stressful day at work. I deal with some difficult people sometimes. After I'm done with them, I'm just testy with everyone. It's not a bad thing in my job to have some attitude with them sometimes, but usually I do it without actually feeling annoyed or angry. I honestly got off the phone with a client and I would have slapped him if he was in front of me, and he didn't attack me or anything like what usually happens to make me in a bad mood. Anyway...

All to say, I noticed I had 2 new followers since last time I checked. Makes me happy to see that, first of all, but also, I like to check out new blogs, especially those who check me out (yes, because I am just glad to have them, but also because they might have blogs of interest to me, if they are interested in mine!) and I found two great blogs (Toss Salad and Islamic Identity, why not name them?). One of them had Qur'an recitation playing on the main page, and I just sat there listening for a bit, and left it on. It really calmed me down. And I feel much better now, more relaxed and at peace.

I will ask for people's thoughts, just to get some opinions and maybe make me think:

Do you think this is because it is the Qur'an and even if I don't understand it, I am touched by the sounds of it? (it's soemthing from God)
Or is it just because the recitor has a beautiful voice and it is so poetic in its sound? (not from God, I could have been just as moved if he was talking about any subject)

10 Comentários:

khany said...

peace,

god states in the qur'an:
(017:082)
We send down (stage by stage) in the Qur'an that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe: to the unjust it causes nothing but loss after loss.

and similarly in (041:044).
the most natural meaning of these verses is that the qur'an cures the believer of worldly ills like stress, anxiety, fear, greed, arrogance, heedlessness, vain desires etc.

moreover, muslims have interpreted the verse literally to mean that reciting the qur'an and hearing the recitation of the qur'an are in themselves a healing.

another qur'anic verse states:
(013:028)
Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest!

and god advises muslims:
(073:004)
... and recite the Qur'an in slow, measured rhythmic tones.

i don't believe we need to choose between the two alternatives you offer. they are not mutually exclusive.

finally if we ponder and reflect on the message of the qur'an god willing we may achieve the state mentioned in this verse:
(039:023)
Allah has revealed the most beautiful Message in the form of a Book, consistent with itself, (yet) repeating (its teaching in various aspects): the skins of those who fear their Lord tremble thereat; then their skins and their hearts do soften to the celebration of Allah's praises. Such is the guidance of Allah: He guides therewith whom He pleases, but such as Allah leaves to stray, can have none to guide.

Candice said...

Thanks, khany, so glad to have you commenting on my blog. :D

khany said...

it's my pleasure =)

i love this recitation of surah al rahman

Candice said...

I've heard people talking about Surah-Ar-Rahman. I should get my husband to help me read it in Arabic. And I will listen to the recitation tonight.

Amber said...

For a completely unsolicited opinion, how about a combination of both? Arabic is a beautiful language, and the Qur'an, when I've heard it read out loud in Arabic, is beautiful. Also, perhaps, the relief of just a 'moment to breathe'?

Interestingly, I just read an essay where the woman, who had suffered from several chronic illnesses her whole life spent about three weeks listening to Qur'an recitations almost all the time, and at the end, her illnessess had gone into remission, and she was spiritually renewed as well.

Candice said...

I'm personally leaning towards it not making me feel better because of its healing properties for being the Qur'an, but because it's a beautiful sound, and I know it's the Qur'an and that it's about God and somehow it makes me reflect and relax for that reason.
But it is very interesting about the woman and her illness. Thanks for commenting.

Anisah said...

good morning!!.
there are two sites that I know of that are great for Quran recitation...
here is one...

http://www.quranexplorer.com/

there is anothe.. which I simply cannot remember at the moment...but I am working on finding it.. have patience with the preggo brain...lol

Sorry you ahda bad day...and sorry I didn;t get your message last night. My daghter mentioned someone sent me a message...she as using the pc.. while I was resting..
had a trip to the hosp on Wednesday...and again tomorrow..they are talking pre-eclampsia...

I know how hard it is to deal with stupid ppl sometimes... just remember to let it go :) when you walk out the door...or hang up..it's over ;)
I managed to give myself high Blood pressure by working on the phones a few years ago... so I certainly know what your goping through !! hang in there !
:)

Candice said...

Oh no, I hope everything goes well at the hospital if you go back today... I don't know much about pre-eclampsia but I really hope it "fixes itself" or stays manageable for you and Baby's health.

Yeah, I go with Qur'an Explorer mostly. I like that it has the English on one side and Arabic on the other, and different choices for recitation.

And about my bad day... There's just a lot of stress in general lately and I feel so much more relaxed at work that at home lots of the time. I just have rage inside me lately. I need to get rid of it... It is starting to overflow to my work life, which is annoying.

Anisah said...

I hear ya !! I r5elaly wish I could help....
did you ever get my email when I invited you guys?

the sister I know in Granby can really really help you..I know it.. she is jsut working so very much lately and I ahve not been able to be in contact with her fo very long to tell her about you!

Anyway.. I sent you my telephone numbers...and here is the other site.. my trusty Ammena found it for me.. I swear..she is my bain when I do not have one !! lol

www.mounthira.com

hang in there

malekat_el7oriya said...

alsalmaou alaikom,
I was so surprised when I read this post lol! I'm glad the Quran I had brought you peace. The reciter has an amazing voice and arabic is a beautiful language, but it's definitely the Quran that makes it truly beautiful. Salam, and take care!

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