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August 9, 2012
A life-changing and awe-inspiring journey to the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) A compiled collection of 160 most noble lessons to be learned A gate-way to spiritual and personality development
The Messenger of Mercy
1. Rank seeking knowledge -irrespective of its nature; both Islamic and worldly (i.e. science) – as your paramount aspiration in this life. Can you recall the first verses our beloved prophet received from Almighty Allah through Angel Gabriel as his first revelation which marked the beginning of his prophecy? If not, here’s a hint: “Eqra besme-rabekalazi khalaq…; translation: recite in the name of your Lord who created…” Value the significance of knowledge! Remember, with knowledge comes power and with that shall come control and humbleness! | 2. No matter how much of humiliation, which has been caused by the believers and/or non-believers, you have to put up with – always remain patient, and completely rely on Almighty Allah. Note: “When our beloved prophet was prostrating near the Kabah, the pagans of Makah threw camel’s dung on his back. He remained in that position, waiting for someone to come by and remove it from his back, while everyone was laughing at the scene. Someone informed his daughter, Fatimat-ul-Zahra, about the incident and she ran quickly towards the prophet and removed the dung from his back. While tears were flowing from her eyes, our beloved prophet said to her: You Lord is with your father, do not weep nor feel grieved. Allah SWT is with those who seek refuge with him and remain patient in the most severe situations – see how beautifully she was taught the lesson of endurance. | 3. When humiliation reaches a horrifying stage of cruelty (i.e. physical and verbal abuse, etc), stand firm, seek refuge with Allah SWT and be extra patient. A lesson to learn: “During the initial years of preaching, our beloved prophet was forcefully wrapped by a robe to his neck, until he fell on his knees in pain, by one of the non-believers of Quraish. He was addressed with rude and filthy names (i.e. Muthammam: meaning “the blamed-one”) which severely angered his companions. But, look how astoundingly he responded back to them, saying: “Why are you upset? They are insulting Muthammam and I am Muhammad!”| 4. Constant sacrifices that are accompanied with stern pain simply add to and firmly strengthen your faith! Cherish it, rather than complaining about it!| 5. Learn to forgive those who cause you harm -whether physically or verbally; indirectly or directly; intentionally or unintentional- and avoid making dua against them; rather raise your hands and ask God to guide and shower them with His mercy and love. Hint: “Prophet PBUH had to go through so much moral and physical pain -to the extent that he was stoned and blood covered his entire body- while he was preaching the tribe of Ta’if to embrace Islam. Upon exiting the tribe, do you think he made a dua (prayer) against them while the “Angel of Mountains” approached him for the destruction of Ta’if? Do you know what he said? My Lord! Guide them as they do not know! Have mercy on me and forgive me for not being able to successfully carry-out the dawa (invitation). Can you find someone as merciful as him…?| 6. When failure and depression surrounds you, remind yourself of the Prophet SAW and ants. He and they would never give up! Life is filled with surprise tests from beginning until the very end. Instead of accepting failure and allowing the negative energy to absorb you, learn to dance with the rains of the storm; rather than running away from it or waiting for it end! Note: “Prophet Muhammad PBUH preached his message to 26 different tribes with no success, but he never gave up”| 7. Show affection and treat everyone equally regardless...
1. The Envelope on p.118 contains an ace of clubs and a letter. What do we learn about the fate of ‘Mr Edgar St’?
We learn that ‘Mr Edgar St’ has gotten on a train and left the town.
2. What is written on the ace of clubs?
On the ace of clubs it says; say a prayer at the stones of home.
3. How did Ed end up at the river near his home?
The guy that hopped into his taxi led him there and refused to pay, so Ed gave chase.
4. What is written on the rocks?
There were three names written on the rocks, Thomas O’Reilly, Angie Carruso, Gavin Rose.
5. What does Thomas O’Reilly do for a living?
Thomas O’Reilly is a priest
6. Why doesn’t the priest live at the church?
He doesn’t live at the church because it is hard to help people there, he lives in the bad area so e can help people.
7. After attending church what does Ed realise he must do?
Ed realises he must get people to come down to the church in order to help people
8. How does Ed entice people to attend church?
He entices people by offering them free beer at the church
9. Tony O’Reilly is Thomas’s brother.
10. How successful was the church service and explain what happened at the end of the service?
The church service was very successful as most people in the town came down because of the free beer. At the end of the service he sees Thomas and Tony O’Reilly sitting down and talking.
1. The police show up, what does Ed have...
March 9, 2009
Mr. Darrick Morris
“A Sex Deprived”
Women in the seventeenth century were challenged with expressing themselves in a patriarchal system that generally refused to grant merit to women's views and high status roles. They had no say so in cultural and political events such as slavery, and often felt like impartial humans. In Toni Morrison’s latest novel “A Mercy,” she proves this theory with her few but important excerpts from the various females in this novel,Rebekkah, Lina, Sorrow, and Florens. With the language and examples that Morrison uses we get a feel for the lifestyles and mentalities, of the women in the seventeenth century, and see the depravity of knowledge and power. As a scholar I needed to understand in full the way of life of women in the seventeenth century and their fight for progression, before I could relate to the female characters in “A Mercy”. The way these females are dependent on their male counterparts or masters shows there lack of knowledge and inferiority trapped in a world inside the world.
The seventeenth century was not an era of drastic changes in the status or conditions of women. Women continued to play a significant, though not acknowledged, role in economic and political structures through their primarily domestic activities. They often acted as counselors in the home, "tempering" their husbands' words and...
Viewing Minor Characters in a New Light
In the novel A Mercy by Toni Morrison an, outstanding author, known as the scholar and theoretician of modern literature, suggests that a mother’s love can galvanize her to do an unbearable task of giving up her own daughter. In relation to the story Morrison gives us the plot in parts; the reader finally realizes that the main character’s mother simply gives her away for the purpose of a better lifestyle and the small work of literature that serves as A Mercy. The author uses every mishap in the book from switching to different point of views in the story, to telling the story out of chronological order, that way the reader must possess a certain strategy to configure the obscure the plot. Her central purpose though is to use the story as single metaphors too use the story to create a new sense on how a mother must think and act in a time of desperation. The way she attacks this new idea is in context of how she wrote the book, each line weaved into a perfect web, as an unpredictable way of habits that shape and blew the plot wide open with details as Floren’s backstory as well as the other characters. Morrison does not want to punish the audience with a sad story but regard the facts and bring truth to matter of slavery back in the 1600’s. In the novel A Mercy by Toni Morrison, every character plays a unique and significant role, no matter how negligible the character may seem....
...A Mercy by Toni Morrison
Florens, a slave girl, lives and works on Jacob Vaark's rural New York farm.
Lina, a Native American and fellow labourer on the Vaark farm, is one of a
handful of survivors of a smallpox plague that destroyed her tribe.
Rebekkah arrives on a ship from England to be married to Vaark, a man she
has never seen. The voices of these characters bereft of their roots and
struggling to survive in a new and alien environment filled with danger and
disease form A Mercy.
When smallpox threatens Rebekkah's life in 1692, Florens, now sixteen, is
sent to find a black freedman who has some knowledge of herbal medicines.
Her journey is dangerous, ultimately proving to be the turning point in her life.
A Mercy was nominated one of the 10 best books of 2008 by the New York
‘Morrison is at the very height of her powers’ Daily Mail
‘Toni Morrison writes with a fierce possessive poetry and sympathy that
proclaims her as an exciting star in the firmament’ Guardian
‘Ms. Morrison’s versatility and technical and emotional range appear to know
no bounds’ Margaret Atwood
‘One of the most compelling writers at work today’ The Times
‘A beautiful and important book’ Sunday Times
Toni Morrison was born Chloe Anthony Wofford on February 18, 1931. She is
a Nobel Prize-winning American author, editor, and professor. Her novels are
known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and rich...
...The messenger essay task
‘In what way is The Messenger about ‘response to challenge’? How does this relate to changes in Ed over the course of the novel?’
Even though Ed has a series of questions throughout his journey, the main part of his challenge is to overcome his own personal barriers that he built himself. His challenge is himself, and his self-doubt. Ed encounters many different types of physical, intellectual and emotional challenges. Each quest Ed undertakes changes and molds him into his full potential.
Ed is faced with a huge challenge right from the start. The writer, Markus Zusak, gives the reader the impression that Ed is capable of taking on a challenge. For example; the bank robbery: Ed jumps to the challenge, saving thousands of dollars, and making him look like a hero when he takes the gun, and defeats the robber. However, Ed disregards his ability to be a leader, just as he ignores that he is the hero in this bank robbery; he doesn’t believe that he deserves the recognition that he gets.
Markus Zusak has shown that Ed is a better person than he thinks he is. Ed speaks of himself as a lazy, unclean, man who can’t even finish school, which tells the reader that Ed has a negative self-image. This small section at the beginning of the book gives, the reader the impression that Ed can quite easily take control over a situation and makes the right decisions; he just doesn’t know it yet.
This is where Ed starts his...
...'The Messenger' by Marcus Zusak follows the story of 19-year-old Ed Kennedy who receives mysterious playing cards in the mail. By fulfilling his role as 'The Messenger' not only does Ed complete each message; he blossoms within himself, in maturity and self-discovery. Ed uncovers a physical strength that he was unaware that he held. He proves that he is capable of being selfless by giving to others. Lastly, he frees the two women in his life from their emotional burdens, which ultimately frees himself.
Upon completing the first card, Ed discovered that he had a physical strength. This was significant as he had considered him self as " a dead man". The turning point of this discovery was when he was faced with the Edgar St task. When Ed received the gun he realized that in order to deliver the message, he needed to physically stop the man from raping his wife, "It's him I have to take care of. It's him I have to face." By discovering this inner strength and overcoming the physical confrontation it prepared him for future messages. If Ed did not discover his strength, he would not have been able to help the Rose boys. To convey this message, Ed needed to beat up Gavin rose in order for him and his brother to understand family values. Even though Ed knew this wasn't the ideal way to deliver the message, he recognized that it had to be done, "...but it feels like the only option." In finding the strength to physically confront someone Ed was...
...Choose the E-Casebook topic which most interests you and which most resonates with you in terms of your insights into A Mercy, and write an essay which applies ideas from at least three E-Casebook articles on that topic to the novel.
This is the final out-of-class essay you will write this semester. As such, the essay should demonstrate critical inquiry and sophisticated analysis in terms of understanding and writing about literature well beyond where you were at the start of the semester. Additionally, as the final out-of-class essay, I expect your grammar, mechanics and style to reflect attention to detail and careful proofreading.
Anchor your essay in a solid, well-written thesis. Use specific quotations from the novel, as well as quotations and ideas from the articles, to substantiate your purpose. Do not just drop quotations into your essay; instead, include an attributive phrase (articles) or set up (novel quote) before each quotation.
Your essay must include the following content or you will have points deducted:
1. References to at least three articles (via direct quote/citation, paraphrase/citation)
2. Quotations selected and ideas presented must relate to a central, sophisticated purpose and this purpose and its implications/significance must be articulated in a deep and meaningful way in terms of your analysis and discussion of the novel. This analysis and discussion should include the following:
a. At least four quotations from the...
...No Mercy Tae Bo: A Non-Stop Routine of Cardio-Boxing
Cherise Curby, Dale City Patch
I knew I was in trouble when I started feeling my legs in the warm-up. I knew I was doomed when I realized, this instructor doesn’t give water breaks! You just have to snatch a sip if you are dying and jump right back in. It was going to be one of those kind of classes.
This was my first Tae Bo class, held at the Woodbridge Sport&Health. Tae Bo is a cardio-boxing program, combining punches, knee raises, kicks, lunges, and all manner of martial arts and boxing stances, all really, really fast. And, if you were in my class, all many, many times over.
Our instructor was energetic and enthusiastic, but she admitted at one point that, “No one ever makes it through a whole Tae Bo class without stopping.” I felt justified when I saw the people who were in way better shape than me dripping sweat and having to stop for breaks. A couple girls in front of me actually slipped out half-way.
If you think holding a lunge sounds easy, trying holding a lunge while punching an invisible foe, twisting your abs (held tight all the time) back and forth. If that sounds easy, try doing it for two minutes, holding that same lunge on the same leg. If that sounds easy, you must be a robot.
Our instructor seemed to thrill on having us do a move over and over and over until we were ready to drop. No rests and no smiles in that room (except for our ever-cheerful, sweat-dripping instructor)....