Imam al-Ghazali (may God’s mercy be on him) wrote in his book The Beginning of Guidance:
"You should not neglect your time or use it haphazardly; on the contrary you should bring yourself to account, structure your litanies and other practices during each day and night, and assign to each period a fixed and specific function. This is how to bring out the spiritual blessing (baraka) in each period. But if you leave yourself adrift, aimlessly wandering as cattle do, not knowing how to occupy yourself at every moment, your time will be lost. It is nothing other than your life, and your life is the capital that you make use of to reach perpetual felicity in the proximity of God the Exalted. Each of your breaths is a priceless jewel, since each of them is irreplaceable and, once gone, can never be retrieved. Do not be like the deceived fools who are joyous because each day their wealth increases while their life shortens. What good is an increase in wealth when life grows ever shorter? Therefore be joyous only for an increase in knowledge or in good works, for they are your two companions who will accompany you in your grave when your family, wealth, children and friends stay behind.”
Just a thought
Gratitude is one of the best ways to find contentment. We are often discontent in our lives, desire more, because we don’t realize how much we have. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, be grateful for the amazing gifts you’ve been given: of loved ones and simple pleasures, of health and sight and the gift of music and books, of nature and beauty and the ability to create, and everything in between. Be grateful every day.
Just a Thought
Get some perspective. Usually when we’re worried or upset, it’s because we’ve lost perspective. In the larger picture, this one problem means almost nothing. This fight we’re having with someone else — it’s over something that matters naught. Let it go, and move on.
Just a Thought
Learn the art of empathy. Too often we judge people on too little information. We must try to understand what they do instead, put ourselves in their shoes, start with the assumption that what others do has a good reason if we understand what they’re going through. Life becomes much better if you learn this art.
Just A Thought
Do you ever wonder why Allah does not always deliver us from our scars and problems immediately? The reason is because only Allah knows everything that needs to be done in the lives of His servants—and the perfect timing for it to be done.
We are not always delivered from our distress at the precise moment we call Him. Sometimes we must endure for a while, be patient and continue in faith, stronger. Thank Allah, during those times in which He decides for whatever reason not to deliver you right away, He always gives the grace and strength you need to press on toward eventual victory.
”O you who believe! be patient and excel in patience and remain steadfast, and be careful of (your duty to) Allah, that you may be successful.” [Al Imraan :200]
Don’t forget where you have come from, it will enable you to help others who are still there.
“Nothing you seek relying on your Lord will ever be difficult and nothing you seek relying on yourself will ever be easy”
- Ibn Ata’Allah (Rahimahullah)
Just a thought
You hurt. You recover. You move on. Odds are pretty good you’re just going to get hurt again. But each time, you learn something.
Each time, you come out of it a little stronger, and at some point you realize that there are more flavors of pain than coffee. There’s the little empty pain of leaving something behind - graduating, taking the next step forward, walking out of something familiar and safe into the unknown. There’s the big, whirling pain of life upending all of your plans and expectations. There’s the sharp little pains of failure, and the more obscure aches of successes that didn’t give you what you thought they would. There are the vicious, stabbing pains of hopes being torn up. The sweet little pains of finding others, giving them your love, and taking joy in their life they grow and learn. There’s the steady pain of empathy that you shrug off so you can stand beside a wounded friend and help them bear their burdens.
And if you’re very, very lucky, there are a very few blazing hot little pains you feel when you realized that you are standing in a moment of utter perfection, an instant of triumph, or happiness, or mirth which at the same time cannot possibly last - and yet will remain with you for life. Everyone is down on pain, because they forget something important about it: Pain is for the living. Only the dead don’t feel it. Pain is a part of life. Sometimes it’s a big part, and sometimes it isn’t, but either way, it’s a part of the big puzzle, the deep voice, the great purpose. Pain does two things: It teaches you, tells you that you’re alive. Then it passes away and leaves you changed. It leaves you wiser, sometimes. Sometimes it leaves you stronger. Either way, pain leaves its mark, and everything important that will ever happen to you in life is going to involve it in one degree or another.
Last 10 days of Ramadan
As we are now entering the final 10-days of Ramadan, when we pray for ourselves and our well-being, let us also pray for the oppressed people of Gaza and other oppressed people everywhere in the world, independent of their religious, national and ethnic affiliations. Allah (God), as we Muslims believe, is Rabb Al-Alameen (the Lord of the Universes), and May He protect and bless us all. And May He defeat all oppressors, no matter whoever they are and wherever they are. Ameen!
A Ramadan Thought
Allah fills the believers’ hearts with the radiant light of His guidance. This radiant light moves outward through the thoughts and deeds of the believers, guiding the multitudes to the same light, and thus bringing joy, harmony and tranquillity into their souls. Sincerity, honesty, mercy, courage, truth, and beauty are some of the shades of God’s light freely given to those who are guided unto His path.
A Ramadan Thought
With its 114 chapters of varying lengths, the Quran offers man the most authentic connection with God as His vicegerent. The Quranic world view, revolving around the three fundamental themes of the Quran, namely, God, the universe and man, in countless ways, reasserts God’s oneness and prepares man to be at peace with himself, God and the universe. This path of finding peace in all dimensions is called Islam.
A Ramadan Thought
The remembrance of Allah (God) is one of the aims of the worship in Islam. Rooted in Tawhid, the remembrance manifests in thanking God for His countless blessings that are ceaselessly showered upon the believer. Loving all human beings, working to maintain justice and pace in the society, helping the poor and needy, leading a caring life, etc. become part of the worship in Islam if they are directed towards pleasing Allah.
The more you go against the self, the more light will be put in the heart.~ sh. Hamza Yusuf
Different countries, different states, different cities, different timings - but yet Allah has the power to unite us during Ramadan. Ramadan Mubarak!!
May Allah accept our upcoming fasts, prayers, recitations, invocations, supplications, intentions, provisions, charity, and other good deeds.