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July 23 2007

By: Adam Taha
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It was there, right before me as always. Like it is for all of us but sometimes, we are not ready for His mercy. I held that canvas of a painting I had painted years ago and put away until I was ready to finish it. I stared at the canvas that I locked away and started wondering on how we fire away with questions, such as, “Why Lord? Why? What did I do to deserve this?” And yet, if we were to just hang on, stay silent, for a moment – the answers will speak to us, there and then.

My friends, how we complain when it rains, when it is too hot, when it is too cold, when we are tired. We complain when we lose the business and forget how we so wanted to be entrepreneurs and prayed to be strong. We complain of nations and nations complain to each other and against each other, to forget how they grew because of each others knowledge. This is the same with politicians who either embrace a slinging match or forget their dream, their words they spoke along time ago, “I WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.”

The signs of our Lord show us – a bamboo tree takes a long time grow in the first few years. When planted, watered, and nurtured for an entire growing season – the bambo tree doesn't outwardly grow as much as an inch. After the second growing season, in which the farmer takes extra care to water and care for the bamboo tree, the tree still hasn't sprouted. This goes on for four solid years. The farmer and his wife have nothing solid to show for all of their labor trying to grow the tree.

Now wait; in the fifth year that Chinese bamboo tree seed finally sprouts and the bamboo tree grows up to eighty feet in one growing season! Now, remember what our Lord, Allah the Most High says:

“And man supplicates for evil [when angry] as he supplicates for good