Gem

Character is like pregnancy, you cannot hide it.

Success is a ladder which cannot be climbed with your hands in your pockets.

– Sayings from the African continent

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Author: Ify Okoye

Muslim woman, RN, & rebel with a cause.

13 thoughts on “Gem”

  1. as salaamu alaikum. african proverbs contain such wisdom. this is one of my favorites: โ€œUntil lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter.โ€

  2. As-Salaamu ‘alaikum

    At the following link you will read about the 49,981 signatures have now been received on a terrible petition against the London ‘Mega mosque’ based on incorrect and inciteful information. This shows the existence of the intolerance and Islamophobia in Britain.

    http://radicalmuslim.blogsome.com/2007/05/30/the-mega-mosque/

    The mosque would provide a place of worship and show Britains tolerance and multiculturalism. It is now the duty of Muslims and evey citizen to sign the counter-petition to BUILD the ‘Mega Mosque’.

    Please sign at the link below, forward email it to your friends, post it in forums you visit and promote this on your site/blog.

    http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/buildmosque/

  3. Assalamalikum w arah matulahi wa barakatu,
    I asked my mum and I can’t believe it she said she’s never heard that proverb before.I know she misses how thought I would bring back some old memories Oh well …..

  4. I guess character is the root of a person’s evil. You can hide personality and change your behavious as and when an alteration is required but character, no way… it is what others perceive of you! Nice insight. I guess it is also time for me to pull out my hands from my pockets.

  5. “I guess character is the root of a person’s evil…”

    I think you may be right about that, Maria. ๐Ÿ™‚ Shaykh Hamza Yusuf wrote an excellent book called “Purification of the Heart”; I highly reccomend it.

  6. Asalamu alaykum wa Rahmatullah,

    Jamal: I’ve heard about it that, I’ll have to check it out.

    Bint Abdullah: I hadn’t heard those proverbs either until recently.

    Bilal: Thanks, in sha Allah I’ll drop by your blog.

    Abdul Quddus: While I agree with the message of that proverb it is so overplayed in the media that it has lost some of its meaning and is now more like a punch line.

    The Imugi: Welcome to the blog, I like those sayings as well.

    UmSuhayb: I’ve been working on your tag, I hope to post my response soon.

    Maria: I feel it is time for me to pull my hands out of my pockets in some areas in my life and definitely character traits/flaws are hard to disguise.

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