“Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again , come , come.” Rumi

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

And We will surely test you ...

"The universe is made up of experiences that are designed to burn out your attachment, your clinging, to pleasure, to pain, to fear to all of it. And as long as there is a place where you’re vulnerable, the universe will find a way to confront you with it."
RAM DASSIt reminds me of this verse:


"And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient, Who, when disaster strikes them, say, "Indeed we belong to Allah , and indeed to Him we will return."Those are the ones upon whom are blessings from their Lord and mercy. And it is those who are the [rightly] guided."
AlBaqarah: 155/156/157

وَلَنَبْلُوَنَّكُمْ بِشَيْءٍ مِنَ الْخَوْفِ وَالْجُوعِ وَنَقْصٍ مِنَ الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَنْفُسِ وَالثَّمَرَاتِ وَبَشِّرِ الصَّابِرِينَ * الَّذِينَ إِذَا أَصَابَتْهُمْ مُصِيبَةٌ قَالُوا إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ أُولَئِكَ عَلَيْهِمْ صَلَوَاتٌ مِنْ رَبِّهِمْ وَرَحْمَةٌ وَأُولَئِكَ هُمُ الْمُهْتَدُونَ) (البقرة: 155/ 156 /157)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Psychological impact of Qur'an...on me!

Qur'an started meaning more than just verses read in funerals when I turned 20. I started feeling its psychological effect on me. Since then, my religious journey transformed into a spiritual and richer one.. Of course, there were ups and downs, nevertheless, Qur'an never ceased to empower me. 
This particular verse has a tremendous effect on me, it always gives me hope:)

In the name of God , the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.
By the morning brightness, And [by] the night when it covers with darkness, Your Lord has not taken leave of you, or has He detested [you].And the Hereafter is better for you than the first [life].And your Lord is going to give you, and you will be satisfied.Did He not find you an orphan and give [you] refuge?And He found you lost and guided [you],And He found you poor and made [you] self-sufficient.So as for the orphan, do not oppress [him].And as for the petitioner, do not repel [him].But as for the favor of your Lord, report [it].

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Forgiving ..Letting go ..from different perspectives


"And march forth in the way to forgiveness from your Lord, and for a Paradise as wide as the heavens and the earth, prepared for the righteous; those who spend in prosperity and in adversity, repress anger, and pardon men. Verily, Allah loves the good-doers."
Qur'an
[Sourate N°3 The Family of Imran Al 'Imran Aya n°134] 

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) said: "He is not strong and powerful, who throws people down, but he is strong who withholds himself from anger."



"The Messenger of Allah passed by some people who were wrestling. He asked: "What is this?" They said: "So-and-so is the strongest; he can beat anybody." The Messenger of Allah then said: "Shall I not tell you who is even stronger then him? The man who, when he is mistreated by another, controls his anger, has defeated his own devil and the devil of the one who made him angry."

['Fath al-Bari'; 10/519]



Imam Ali (as) said: "The most powerful person is the one who is victorious over his anger with his forbearance."


“Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others' faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear.”
Rumi


"Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on."
- Eckhart Tolle