After the most expensive midterms in American history, one has to wonder: Do the rich run U.S. politics? And can the United States truly be hailed as one of the greatest democracies in the world? Or is there a better word for how things work in the land of the free?
By: Navaid Aziz
People are often caught day dreaming. Our minds drift off to places we would rather be than here. People we would rather be with than the ones we are with now. Eating and drinking things that we desire more than what we currently have. Have we ever stopped to wonder what is greater, our reality or our dreams? The prophet -Salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam- answers this question for us in describing jannah: “In it is what no eye has seen, no ear has heard of, nor has any mind imagined.” The reality of paradise is greater than anything we can imagine or dream of in this life. Paradise is the ultimate dream. Make it your driving force and motivation. As for this life it is just a means of making your dreams a reality. You may not have everything you dream of in this life, but if you work hard enough Allah guarantees all of your dreams and fantasies to come true in the next. May Allah make us from the inhabitants of al-firdaws without any hisab. Ameen.”
Jennifer Berzon is counting the months. In a year she will leave her job as home help for an Emirati family and finally return to her own children and husband in the Philippines.
And to that joyous reunion she will take something in addition to the hugs, kisses and gifts – a new religion.
Jennifer, 31, converted to Islam from Christianity last year, in the middle of Ramadan.