Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Juniperus osteosperma

If I have to choose an evergreen tree, definitely I will choose Juniper. It is said that the age of such trees are more than 1,000 years. Today my main concerned is to tell you something about the image of this tree that I am sharing with you. This tree is about 1.3 m tall and has a strip-bark habit and the only surviving live bark on the trunk is hidden behind and it is on the other side of the tree.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Marigold flowers

Marigolds come in different colors, yellow and orange being the most common. It is the most common flower in Pakistan and I found it everywhere in my garden. There are many varieties of Marigolds available today.It is here in Pakistan that Marigold flowers are used as in garlands and for decorating religious statues and buildings. We also used them in weddings and other ceremonies. It is known as gendha in local language.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Attributes of God

We can know Allah by His names and attributes. Allah has given us some information regarding Himself through His names and attributes. There are some attributes showing his love for all.

He has said:

"And do good; Indeed, Allah loves those who do good."
(al-Baqarah 2/195)

And He has said:

"Act equitably; Indeed, Allah loves the equitable."
(al-Hujurat 49/9)

And He has said:

"So long as they are true to you, be true to them; Indeed, Allah loves those who keep their duty."
(at-Tawbah 9/7)

And He has said:

"Truly, Allah loves those who repent, and loves those who care for cleanliness."
(al-Baqarah 2/222)

And He has said:

"Say, [O Muhammad, to mankind]: If you love Allah, follow me; Allah will love you."
(Al'Imran 3/31)

And He has said:

"Allah will redeem a people whom He loves, and who love Him."
(al-Ma'idah 5/54)

And He has said:

"Indeed, Allah loves those who fight in ranks for His cause, as if they were a solid structure."
(as-Saff 61/4)

And He has said:

"He is The Forgiving, The Loving."
(al-Buruj 85/14)

God controls everything

We know Allah by his attributes,here is an attribute of God, the Creator of everything that exists. As it said in The Quran that,

[7:54] "Your Lord is the one GOD, who created the heavens and the earth in six days, then assumed all authority. The night overtakes the day, as it pursues it persistently, and the sun, the moon, and the stars are committed to serve by His command. Absolutely, He controls all creation and all commands. Most Exalted is GOD, Lord of the universe."

We have to believe that God controls everything, God is a forgiving God and an understanding God. As it is said in The Quran that everything belongs to GOD. to God everything is belongs in the heavens and everything on earth, and all matters are controlled by GOD. He is the best Provider. I believe in God so I believe that this creative pulse within me is God 's creative pulse within me . It is all because of Allah that these inspiring words arise in my mind. I thank Allah for my being able to see and to hear this morning. If we believe in Allah , then we Believe that all things are because of Allah, We are nothing without Almighty Allah.

Sacrifice - I poem I echo - 6

A conversation overheard:
“What are you willing
to sacrifice to find Me?”

“Oh my Lord,
I will sacrifice anything to find You!”

“Then sacrifice your pain,
sacrifice your suffering,
and come to Me in your emptiness.”

This collection of Poems will help you to discover yourself and to chose the right path.This poems are full of inspirations and will guide you to turn towards the light and ALL Praise are for Almighty Allah.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

I Quote I Echo - 3

"Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come."

- Chinese proverb

Two leopards ‘poisoned by villagers’

Villagers have apparently poisoned and killed two leopards in the Khanpur Forest Range, according to officials. Local people spotted the body of a female leopard on Dec 4 near the Pania Kandi forest, about 45 kilometres from the district headquarters.

The District Range Officer (DRO) of the Wildlife Department said the leopard weighed 45kg and was 7 feet long, adding that she was probably three years old. He said that blood was oozing from the nose and mouth of the dead animal, indicating that she had been poisoned.

The body of another female leopard was spotted in the same area on Friday evening. It was also bleeding from the mouth and nose.

Read full post here::
HARIPUR, Dec 8, Dawn

Centuries Old Banyan tree near Peshawar

Banyan Tree is a sacred tree and it is native to Pakistan and India. There are many folktales related to Banayan tree in our culture.Today, I decided to share another story related to banayan tree which is a part of our culture.

An awe-inspiring centuries old Banyan Tree, standing a few yards away from the magnificent 17th century Mughal Bridge over Bara River here at Choha Gujar village, is direly awaiting attention for its preservation.

The towering Banyan is unique due to its huge and extensive foliage and can be seen from a distance of hundred meters. The giant Banyan tree is 200 feet high and 103 feet wide and its roots encompass over half a kilometer area. Nearby, there is another bunch of 15 similar (smaller) trees.

The tree is hundred of years old and can be termed as unique sample of biodiversity.

About the exact age of the tree, it is clear that the tree is much old and maintained that such trees need to be preserved as an asset for research on plants ailments.

Furthermore, if such trees are lost it will be a big loss to biodiversity and environment of the area. After the passage of few centuries, the tree is still in good condition and gives a fascinating look to the greenery lovers.

According to a book ‘Gardens of Peshawar’ written by a journalist,Imran Rasheed Imran centuries age such Banyan trees were planted along main roads which served as oasis for travellers, who used to cover long distances either by walking or by riding a horseback.

The old Grand Trunk (GT) road which was also called as ‘Jernally Road’ also passed below this tree, he continued. However, later the British rulers changed the route of GT road to the existing one and the tree lost concentration.

A visit to the area revealed that the ancient banyan tree needs attention for preservation because local people consider it sacred and cut its long dangling roots for treatment of mentally retarded patients besides other ailments in adults.

Similarly, people involved in traditional way of treatment also pluck leaves of the tree for collecting sort of liquid resembling milk from it. Milk like liquid extracted from Banyan tree leaves is also used in herbal medicine.

People in the area considered this tree as religiously revered and earlier an annual mela (gathering of people) was also held beneath this huge tree.

However now, the practice of mela has ended with the passage of time, but still people consider the tree as holy and cut its roots and branches for keeping them as sacred relics at their homes.

Development in the area is also causing threat to the tree as some of its branches were chopped off due to construction of a high school and a mosque within its vicinity.

Lal Shah, resident of the area who also claims ownership of the tree, has admitted cutting parts of the tree with the passage of time.

He said once a boy sitting on the top of a bus was hit by a branch of the tree and died. After that incident, he continued, twigs of the tree passing over the road were cut. He said he also restricts people from cutting roots of the tree and plucking of its leaves.

Lal Shah said his maternal family is protecting the tree from generations and he inherited its ownership. He was not aware about the age of the tree but said he heard from his grand mother that it is not centurion but much older than that.

He was also of the view that tree is sacred and earlier pious people performed worship under its shadow. Lal Shah assured that his family would keep on protecting the tree and he has advised his children to take care of it after his death.

Taking notice of the significance of the old banyan tree, Sarhad Conservation Network (SCN), an NGO, has put a board on it inscribed with the Wording which highlights its importance and urges the people not to cut its roots and pluck its leave. There is a need for preservation of the old banyan tree which is also part of our heritage.

The banyan is a sacred tree, environment-friendly and has provided shelter to many generations through the centuries and it is the responsibility of the people and government to save it from destruction.

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