Letter From a Mother to her Daughter ♥

{ Saturday, May 5, 2012 }
Assalaamu aleykum!

I read this text on Facebook, and I wanted to share it here because it's so beautiful.

"My dear girl, the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through.
If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don’t interrupt to say: “You said the same thing a minute ago”... Just listen, please. Try to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night after night until you would fall asleep.
When I don’t want to take a bath, don’t be mad and don’t embarrass me. Remember when I had to run after you making excuses and trying to get you to take a shower when you were just a girl?
When you see how ignorant I am when it comes to new technology, give me the time to learn and don’t look at me that way... remember, honey, I patiently taught you how to do many things like eating appropriately, getting dressed, combing your hair and dealing with life’s issues every day... the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through.
If I occasionaly lose track of what we’re talking about, give me the time to remember, and if I can’t, don’t be nervous, impatient or arrogant. Just know in your heart that the most important thing for me is to be with you.
And when my old, tired legs don’t let me move as quickly as before, give me your hand the same way that I offered mine to you when you first walked.
When those days come, don’t feel sad... just be with me, and understand me while I get to the end of my life with love. I’ll cherish and thank you for the gift of time and joy we shared.
With a big smile and the huge love I’ve always had for you, I just want to say, I love you... my darling daughter. "

Why Aren't You Grateful? - Khutba by Nouman Ali Khan

{ Thursday, May 3, 2012 }

An excellent reminder, mashaAllah.

Mass-media: good or bad?

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Assalaamu aleykum,

Recently I've been wondering if it's really beneficial for us to watch TV every day, especially the News. The thing is, they only ever report the bad things that happen in the world, and it gives a rather depressing view of the state of things. I know that media and communication is an important tool in producing change, by the means of awareness, petitions etc., and we shouldn't close our eyes for what happens in the world. But I'm an emphatic being, and my emotions really get twisted in a knot watching all these tragedies unfolding. It makes me depressed, and I just get this feeling that humankind is doomed, and that our hardships will never end. Injustice makes me angry, yet I can't do anything with these powerful feelings, because it's not in my hands. I can pray and give charity, maybe post some things on Facebook, but I don't get this empowered feeling that I can actually change something. Sometimes I think it's better to turn off the news, and to remember the world in our prayers. I believe it's better to send healing, than to have angry and sad thoughts about how there is no hope. Maybe I can't change anything in Syria, for example, but I can change things in my immediate environment, by being kind, warm and helping towards others. Maybe we should spent the energy we invest now in being sad and angry upon watching the News, on being there for the world around us: family, friends, acquaintances, nature,...Because if everyone would take this approach, maybe we can finally make a change. 

Sometimes I think the media wants to make us afraid, by constantly reminding us of the economic recession and all the other hardships of this life. Maybe it's a self-fulfilling prophecy: always talking about the economic recession, and the more people believe in it, the realer it will get. Or about the political problems we face. The list goes on, but there isn't anything positive on it. 

All this energy that gets invested in bringing negativity towards others, how can it be healthy? Why can't the news be more like: "Syria is in a bad state, but we can really make a change together. Please write towards your MP's, remember the country in your prayers, give money to organisations who can help. We can really make a change!" Instead it's more like: "Today there was another bombardment, the UN isn't doing anything, the country is doomed". I feel its very purpose is to make us feel powerless and desentisised to human tragedies. People are chatting, making jokes, reading magazines, while the news of yet another death goes by unnoticed. 

Don't become desentisised! Turn off the News, get on your knees and send your love towards those in need of it: everyone. Even send your love to Asad, the president of Syria, so that his frozen heart might melt, and he'll wake up and realise what he's doing to his people! We need more love, not more tragedy and violence! Share your money with the needy, and be a light in the lives of others. Don't let your energy be tapped away by messages of fear and hopelessness. There is always hope, always a light at the end of the tunnel! 

Allahu akbar
Allahu akbar
Allahu akbar.
God is greater!

Gems of the Week IV

{ Wednesday, May 2, 2012 }
Assalaamu aleykum,

Here are the gems of this week:

On Being an Introvert - Some thoughts with an inspirational video

Cultivate Life Transforming Habits in 21 days - How to cultivate a good habit in 21 days

On Interpreting the Qu'ran and Subjectivity - A thoughtful post by Nahida

How to Beat the Blues of a Rainy Day - A short but powerful post by Marie on how to use a rainy day to the fullest

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