Dr. Laurence B Brown

Dr. Laurence B. Brown (1959- ) graduated from Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences, Brown University Medical School, and George Washington University Hospital residency program. He is a retired Air Force officer, the medical director and chief ophthalmologist of a major eye center in the Middle East, an ordained interfaith minister, and the author of four books of comparative religion

His country home was crowded with the full array of comforts and toys which clutter the lives of those preoccupied with materialism.

In panic and stress, people instinctively pray directly to God, without intermediary or intercessor. 

However, when relieved of their distress, people frequently return to their previously held theological formulas, no matter how strained or bizarre

All converts feel God saved them, and that the miracle of their salvation justifies their beliefs. 

But there is only One God, so it makes sense that there can only be one religion that is true in all aspects. 

Dr. Laurence B Brown says “In 1990, I was in the last year of my ophthalmology residency at George Washington University hospital in Washington, DC. My second daughter was born October tenth. To my great dismay, she was a dusky, gunmetal blue from the chest to the toes. Her body was not getting enough blood, and the cause was found to be a coarctation of the aorta — a critical narrowing in the major artery from the heart. Needless to say, I was shattered. Being a doctor, I understood she needed emergency surgery, with a poor chance of long-term survival. 

A consultant pediatric cardio-thoracic surgeon was called from across town, and I left him in the neonatal intensive care unit to examine my daughter. With no companion but my fears, I went to the hospital prayer room and fell to my knees.

A product of Christian-American heritage dating back to 1677, nonetheless this was the first time that I even partially recognized God. I say partially, for even then I prayed the prayer of a skeptic, “Oh, God, if you are there . . .” I promised that if God existed, and if He saved my daughter and then guided me to the religion most pleasing to Him, that I would follow. 

I returned to the neonatal ICU roughly fifteen minutes later, and was shocked when the consultant told me that my daughter would be fine. True to his assessment, within the next two days her condition resolved miraculously, without medicine or surgery. She grew to be a perfectly normal child.

Now, as I said before, I am a doctor. And although the consultant provided a medical explanation for my daughter’s miraculous recovery, I simply didn’t buy it. 

For the next few years I tried to fulfill my side of the bargain, but failed. I studied Judaism and a large number of Christian sects. I felt I was on the right track, close to the truth but not upon it. 

I never fully embraced any specific Christian formula, for I could not reconcile the differences between Christian canon and Jesus’ teachings. Eventually I was introduced to the Holy Qur’an and Martin Lings’s biography, Muhammad, His Life Based on the Earliest Sources.

During my years of study, I had encountered the Jewish scriptures’ reference to three prophets to follow Moses.

I had concluded that John the Baptist and Jesus Christ were two, but that left one. In the New Testament Jesus Christ spoke of a final prophet to follow. When I found the Holy Qur’an teaching the oneness of God, as both Moses and Jesus Christ had taught, I become convinced Muhammad was the predicted final prophet. Suddenly, everything made sense:

The continuity in the chain of prophethood and revelation, the One-ness of Almighty God, and the completion of revelation in the Holy Qur’an. It was then that I became Muslim.

Pretty smart, hunh? No, I would err greatly if I believed that I figured it out for myself. One lesson I have learned is that there are a lot of people more intelligent than I who have not learned the truth of Islam. It is not a matter of intelligence but of enlightenment for

“…whoever believes in Allah — He will guide his heart” (TMQ 64:11), “Allah chooses for Himself whom He wills and guides to Himself whoever turns back [to Him]” (TMQ 42:13), “And Allah guides whom He wills to a straight path.” (TMQ 24:46)

So I thank Allah that He chose to guide me, and I attribute that guidance to one simple formula: recognizing our Creator, praying to Him and to Him alone, and sincerely seeking His guidance. And whom He guides, none can lead astray.

All the Prophets have visited according to the time and circumstances. They have made decisions according to the circumstances by Allah’s command.

And they have changed the laws by Allah’s command.

Bananas

As you know bananas are rich in vitamin B6 and a good source of vitamin C, dietary fibre and manganese. Bananas are also fat-free, cholesterol-free and virtually sodium-free. 

It is worth noting that while the nutrients in bananas can boost health and prevent diseases, eating bananas may not have the same impact on everyone.

However, a diet that is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables will provide a range of essential nutrients that can help keep a person well.

I like it due to its taste and it’s a neat and clean food to eat. It can be eaten easily without any tool.

Bananas contain water and fiber, both of which promote regularity and encourage digestive health. 

High fiber foods can trigger bloating, gas, and stomach cramps in people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). However, bananas may improve symptoms.

Bananas are also part of an approach known as the BRAT diet, which some doctors recommend for treating diarrhea.

Banana as a snack food in their diet plan.

Bananas contain tryptophan, an amino acid that may help preserve memory, boost a person’s ability to learn and remember things, and regulate mood. It’s especial for students.

Bananas are rich in the mineral potassium. It keeps the heart beating regularly and can reduce the effect of sodium on blood pressure. It helps muscles to contract and nerve cells to respond. 

It may reduce the risk of kidney stones forming as people age. 

A Pasho Famous Folktale

Yusuf Khan and Sherbano is a famous pashtun amorous folktale. 

Yusuf Khan lived with his sister and widowed mother in the village of Turlandi a few kilometres due south of the Kharamar peak. Now, in Pukhtun tradition, acrimony between paternal cousins (turboor), because of the division of a common grandparent’s properties, is as bitter as that of sworn enemies. And so, the orphaned Yusuf Khan and his family were turned out of the ancestral home by his turboors.

Yusuf Khan grew up into a strapping youth of great physical beauty and as is the wont of all good Pukhtun lads, took to the hunter’s way of life. With his two dogs, he daily hiked from his village to hunt deer and partridge on the pine-covered slopes of Kharamar. His route took him through the village of Shera Ghund that nestles below a knoll half a kilometre from Kharamar.

Now, in Shera Ghund there lived the lovely, doe-eyed Sher Bano who one day espied Yusuf Khan as he walked past with his dogs. 

Thereafter, every time she heard the tinkling of the bells that Yusuf Khan’s dogs wore around their necks, Sher Bano would coyly make herself obvious. Soon Yusuf Khan too felt the first stirring of love.

Time went by and one day as Yusuf Khan chased deer in the ravines of Kharamar, unbeknownst to him, his turboors lurked in hiding to do him in. Finding their chance, they pushed him over the precipice of the cobra’s hood. As he fell, Yusuf Khan was caught in the spreading branches of a tree near the base of the hill. There he may have died had his faithful dogs not acted.

They raced home to alert the family. Hearing the jingling bells and seeing the dogs without their master Sher Bano sensed something was amiss. And so when Yusuf Khan’s mother and sister came following the dogs, Sher Bano joined them. At the tree, the three women retrieved the injured man and the first admission of love took place between Sher Bano and Yusuf Khan.

When he was on his feet again, the two were wedded. But happiness was not to be their lot for long. Hunting on Kharamar, Yusuf Khan was blown over a sheer fall by a sudden gust of wind. When Sher Bano discovered the lifeless form of her beloved she fell over him in a swoon and gave up the ghost. And so the lovers who only shared life ever so briefly remain together for eternity in a single grave.

The lovers may actually have existed in real life, but as it evolved the legend sidelined the key players. In turn, it highlighted the envy of paternal cousins and the irony of fate: where cousinly spite failed, nature succeeded.

Smile

I am so scared to trust someone when they are new for me. It’s difficult to talk when someone is new. Starting talking to a stranger seems strange.

I don’t know how to start conversation. I’m afraid when I try to speak.

I take a deep breath and dry my sweat.

“Hi”. She wasn’t he was.😛😱😒

Good Friday

Great Friday

The best day on which the sun has risen is Friday; on it Adam was created and on it he was made to enter Paradise.

On Friday, also, Adam was expelled from Paradise.

And the [last] hour (i.e. the Day of Resurrection) will take place on no day other than Friday.

For Christians, Good Friday is a crucial day of the year because it celebrates what we believe to be the most momentous weekend in the history of the world.

On Good Friday we remember the day Jesus willingly suffered and died by crucifixion as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins (1 John 1:10).

1 Peter 2:24 – “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

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