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Flamboyant – the receding flora folklore of Mauritius

The flamboyant tree known as “bouquet banana” in the local folklore, runs the risk of fading out from the Mauritian landscape if no remedial action is taken.  This flaming tree glows with red flowers and announces the summer and the advent of the New Year.  The abundance of redish flowers offers a real delight for the eys and a spectacular sensation of photographers.

Blessings

Al-Nahl (The Bee) - Chapter 16: Verse 53 (partial)

"Whatever blessing you have, it is from God ..."

The blessings that come to us, night and day, are beyond numeration, as the Quran reminds. These blessings come in all forms—what we can see and touch (by way of material goods: food, clothing, shelter, wealth, and the like), as well as what we cannot see (like safety, friendship, love, health, and protection from harm and calamity).

Dead Heart

Being pleased with an evil is a sin in itself. Every Muslim must realize that evils are displeasing to Allah. Out of his love for Allah, a Muslim must hate everything that is displeasing to his Lord. If he does not have this feeling, it is a clear sign that there is a shortcoming in his faith. In addition, he will be held accountable for his liking a sin even if he does not witness or perform that deed. Abu Dawud recorded the following hadith,

Arrogance of Man

Arrogance means thinking yourself to be higher in status than other ordinary mortals, keeping your self-esteem artificially inflated—whether publicly or just inside your own mind. It is a sense of inflated self-focus and self- worth that blinds you to the feelings and needs of others. It is a tendency to drawing attention to and exaggerating others’ weaknesses, failings and ordinariness while diminishing, hiding and denying their strengths, successes and specialness. Often it involves knocking others down at the same time. The traits of arrogance are: egotism, conceit, grandiosity, and self-importance. The arrogant persons have penchants for yelling, cursing, bad-mouthing others, and belittling colleagues, as well as little tolerance for opposing viewpoints

Authority and Power

A beautiful aspect of Prophet Muhammad’s leadership is combining authority and power with mercy and gentleness. This combination is difficult to achieve. Those who are merciful and gentle may fail to become leaders, lacking firmness and decision-making skills.

“It is by some mercy from Allah that you have been gentle with them. Had you been rough and hard of heart they would have dispersed from around you. So pardon them, ask for forgiveness for them, and consult them. Then when you have resolved, put your trust in Allah. Allah loves those who trust Him.” 3.159

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