Prayer Of The Month
(Holy Qur’an, 14:42)
Rubba-naghfirly wa le waledayya wa lil mo’mineena yauma yaqoomul hisab.
"Our Lord, forgive me and my parents and the believers on the day when reckoning will take place."
From the Desk of National Ta'lim Secretary
Dear Readers: Assalamo alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.
Summer is for fun, rest and recreation, both for students and parents. As you enjoy Eid, Jalsas, retreats, picnics and road trips, take some time to objectively reflect on what went well in the past and what did not in your secular as well as spiritual lives. With such reflections, identify your strengths and weaknesses, successes and failures, accomplishments and challenges. Then identify how you are going to address your weaknesses and challenges. No one is perfect and failures are not bad as long as you learn from them and become better. Reach out to someone who has successfully been through what you are going through. Your Local Ta’leem Secretary can be a great resource in this endeavor, contact him for help.
This way, while relaxing, you will be spending your time productively and will be better poised for more successes next year. Insha-Allah. May Allah be with us all. Ameen.
Nasir Mahmood Malik
National Ta’lim Secretary
Roohani Khazain Studies: An excerpt from the Writings of the Promised Messiah (as)
There are two systems of law. One for the angels in heaven, which is the law of Divine decree which the angels cannot disobey, and there is another law which is in operation on earth that man has been given the choice of good and evil. But when a person supplicates God for power to overcome evil, then with the support of the Holy Spirit he can overcome his weakness and can safeguard himself against sin, as is the case with the Prophets and Messengers of God.
In the case of those who have been guilty of sin, asking for forgiveness can deliver them from the consequences of sin and they are spared chastisement in respect of it, for when light comes darkness is dispelled. Those offenders who do not beg for forgiveness suffer punishment for their offences.
Every offender has handcuffs around his wrists and chains around his feet, but Divine Wisdom has softened its law to a degree that the handcuffs and the chains do not manifest themselves immediately. But if an offender persists in his wrongdoing they carry him to hell and push him into a torment in which he neither lives nor dies.
In short, there are two systems of law, one is that which relates to the angels, which is that they have been created for obedience and their obedience is a characteristic of their bright nature. They cannot commit sin, but also they cannot make progress in goodness. The second system of law relates to mankind, which is that by their nature they can be guilty of sin, but they can also make progress in goodness. Both these natural laws are unchangeable and as an angel cannot become man, so man cannot become an angel. These systems of law are eternal and are not liable to change. The law that operates in heaven cannot operate on earth, nor can the law that operates on earth operate in respect of angels. If human defaults end in repentance, man can be much better than angels for angels cannot make progress in goodness. Human sins are forgiven through repentance. Divine wisdom leaves some individuals free to commit sins so that thereby they should become aware of their weakness and may be forgiven through repentance. This is the law that is appointed for man and it is suited to man's nature. (Chashma-e-Ma‘rifat, Ruhani Khaza’in, Vol. 23, pp. 97-99)
Roohani Khazain Studies – Quick Quiz (RKS-QQ)
Below are some clues about one book written by the Promised Messiah (as). Can you name the book’s published title? The answer is at the end of this ITK. Are you interested in the subject matter? Please write back to us and share your thoughts.
- Published in 1893
- Written as a response to false allegations against the Holy Prophet (sa) by Christian Missionaries
- During the writing of this book, the Promised Messiah (as) twice saw the Holy Prophet (sa) in visions
- Addresses questions about angels, revelation, his own mission, his family's background
- Offers refutation of false beliefs spread by Muslims like Sir Syed Ahmad Khan
- A section of the book written entirely in Arabic (called at-Tabligh)
- Includes invitation to Queen Victoria to accept Islam
K-12: Intel Science Talent Search
The nation’s most prestigious research competition in science, engineering and math is looking for young and bright rising high school seniors in the U.S. Recognized and reviewed by national jury of professional scientists, the 40 Intel Science Talent Search finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC, to attend the Intel Science Talent Institute from March 10-16, 2016. The visit will include final in-depth judging, visits to historic sites and cultural institutions, and meetings with national leaders and prominent scientists and engineers.
Eligibility: Rising high school seniors in the U.S.
Deadline: November 11, 2015, 8p.m. EST.
For more information, visit links below:
Competition rules and entry instructions
Online application sample
November 4, 2015, 8:00 p.m. EST - Transcript and Recommendation
November 10, 2015, 8:00 p.m. EST - Technical Support Deadline
College Corner: The Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship
Are you a full-time student enrolled in a four-year institution? Do you have a B average or better? At graduation will you receive a BS, MS, or PhD in a technical science or an engineering discipline? Do you consider yourself Black, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, Alaskan, or Hispanic? Do you have tuition (or tuition related) expenses not covered by scholarships/grants (excluding loans)? If you responded “Yes” to all of these questions, then you meet the criteria to be considered.
Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship provides funding to minority students enrolled in one of the technical sciences or engineering disciplines. This scholarship is available to US Citizens and individuals with Permanent Resident visas.
Eligibility: Minority students enrolled in one of the technical sciences or engineering disciplines.
Deadline: September 30th, 2015
To apply click here
To complete the online application you will need:
- Cumulative GPA (or high school GPA if a freshman)
- Email address of the Financial Aid contact from the institution you will be attending as of September, 2015
- Electronic version of your resume
They say the early bird catches the worm. That is why ITK team include the above research competition and scholarship in this edition so readers can prepare their applications in the best manner and be the winner, Insha Allah. Before you apply, don’t forget to seek prayer from Allah and write letters to our beloved Huzur (ab) requesting his prayers.
Errata: The correct title of the College Corner article on June’s issue should be Summer Break not Holistic Learning.
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RKS-QQ Answer: AINA-E-KAMALAT-E-ISLAM (The Mirror of the Excellences of Islam)