“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

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!!
Ramadan Mubarak

May Allah accept our upcoming fasts, prayers, recitations, invocations, supplications, intentions, provisions, charity, and other good deeds.

Prayer, in its true sense, heals and fills our hearts with peace.

 

A mistake we often make is to think that loving someone - anyone, including parents, friends, or significant others - should be easy. But its actually really challenging to care deeply for someone. Asrelationships deepen, the veneer of perfection wears away, and we discover more of the flaws, both in the other and in ourselves. So we chronically trade the challenging, deep relationships for the easy, shallow ones, ultimately sacrificing what means the most in any relationship—the opportunity to contribute and to be contributed to. Often, the challenge of a relationship is the best indicator of its value.

Changing your perspective can be the hardest thing to do, but it is usually the first thing needed for self healing, and healing relationships with others.
My fitrah needs nurturing.
Just a Thought

Time, in my opinion, is a fascinating phenomenon. What is time? How can we approach it philosophically, above and beyond the perspectives of mathematics and physics? Time is part of our experience, not just something that can be measured using scientific formulas alone. When we approach time in the light of our experiences, the duration of time, even a specific unit, varies, according to the intensity of our experiences; in other words, time is also subjective. Thus, when we experience things and and events that are closer to our hearts, time and its length rarely exhaust us; on the other hand, sometimes, we even experience seconds as ages, as we go through events and things that fail to make us happy and content.

Everything, except Allah (God), begins and ends at some point.