Last weekend, Bill Cosby wrote this about Muslims:

"I’m a Christian. But Muslims are misunderstood. Intentionally misunderstood. We should all be more like them. They make sense, especially with their children. There is no other group like the Black Muslims, who put so much effort into teaching children the right things, they don’t smoke, they don’t drink or overindulge in alcohol, they protect their women, they command respect. And what do these other people do?

They complain about them, they criticize them. We’d be a better world if we emulated them. We don’t have to become black Muslims, but we can embrace the things that work.”

When Allah loves you, He places the love of you in the hearts of the people whose love is worth having.

Omar Suleiman

And maybe I’ll try to remain silent during this hardship. Maybe goodness is silent. Maybe goodness is only found in the silence, and we never notice because we’re always crying and screaming during the hardship.

Imran S.

I don’t believe in coincidences. Nothing is random. Everything is perfectly created and planned. When we think of this concept though, we often think of the sun that comes up every day at its appointed time, the precise alignment of the planets, or our perfect anatomy. We think of our ordained provisions, our birth, our death, or other big events as a reminder of fate and destiny. Usually, that is what we think of when we reflect on the perfection of God’s planning and creation. It is the obvious that comes to mind. It is in those big moments that we sit there and ponder and reflect on the message God is relaying to us. But so much of what we deal with is not so big. Yes, there are obvious aspects of creation and big events that happen in our life that remind us of fate and God’s perfection and wisdom, but a huge part of our life is made up of a million little events, small moments, and subtle happenings that we let go by without an ounce of reflection. It could be a piece of advice someone gave us, a lecture we attended, something we have heard or seen, a conversation we were apart of, or even a delay or setback we witnessed. We forget that even those not so obvious events happened by God’s will and they also contain wisdom and perfection. These moments are not random. They are not coincidences. Like the big moments and signs, these little ones also contain their own wisdom, message, and an opportunity for us to learn and grow.

Verily, in the creation of the heaven and the earth, and in the alteration of night and day, there are indeed signs for men of understanding-those who remember [the Guidance of] God standing, sitting and lying down on their sides, and THINK & REFLECT about the creation of the heavens and the earth… [Qur’an 3:190-191]

“God in his infinite wisdom has designed everything on this planet earth, the universe around and w/in it to ultimately point to him. THE SIGNS ARE EVERYWHERE, you just have to look.”

Marwa A.

If Allah can take away the person you’ve never expected losing, He can replace them with a person you’ve never imagined having in your life.

May Allah grant me the patience to overcome the troubles that lie ahead of me. May He surround me with beautiful people, those whose words will encourage my language to be purified with nothing but praises of Him, only. May He distance me from those who take me away from Him.

She’s a lover, but she’ll fight for you.
She’s not jealous; she just doesn’t want to lose you.
She’s not just emotional, she’s passionate.
She’s not stupid, she just trusted you.
She’s not needy, but she deserves your attention.
She’s not insecure, but she wants you to find her attractive.
She’s not rushing things, she just doesn’t have time for games.
She’s not judgmental; she just realizes your potential.
She doesn’t have trust issues, but she hates being lied to.
She’s not “too sensitive”, but she does have feelings.
She knows she’s complicated, but she still wishes you understood.

"When a husband and wife look at each other with Love, Allah looks at both with Mercy." 

[Bukhari 6:19 & Tirmidhi 14:7]

"When a husband and wife look at each other with Love, Allah looks at both with Mercy."

[Bukhari 6:19 & Tirmidhi 14:7]

In our Sujood we proclaim سبحان ربِّيَ ألأعلى - Glory be to Allah The Most High.
We do this with our forehead pressed to the floor (a place that people just walked on) We take what we hold so proudly and take such care of and we place it on the ground.


Humility


Now as we are rising, we are proclaiming الله اكبر - Allah is GREATER.
As we are getting up from sujood we are reminding ourselves that Allah is Greater. 2 seconds ago with our forehead to the ground we proclaimed: Glory be to Allah the Most High. While getting up from sujood we are reminding ourselves, it doesn’t matter how high up we get, physical, spiritual, monetary,etc.. Allah is Greater. Allah is reminding us: PUT YOURSELF IN CHECK : that floor you just raised your head from, I created you from it, and I will return you to it. So never for a second forget that Allah is Greater.

How often do we prefer what we want over what Allah swt wants us to do?(when we commit such acts, we are proclaiming with our actions: I am greater, my needs are greater.)
How can we do such a thing!
That’s what Adam a.s. and Hawwa a.s. realized when they committed that act of disobedience and Tawbah granted them the ability to get closer to Allah once again.


Our ego and arrogance is our barrier to Allah~ Hamza Tzortzis
Tawbah is a path leading back to Allah
Never Despair
Humble oneself

Your hardships and disappointments are your emptying. If you leave it there, you remain empty and only achieve the first half of Al Kalima: “La Illaha”.
Your thikr (remembrance) is your filling, and the completion of Al Kalima: “illa Allah.”
Never empty a cup without filling. Let the pain of your encounters with other than Him empty you (as Ibrahim (AS) with the star, moon and sun). Let the power of your encounter with Him fill you.

Yasmin Mogahed

Suppose you found a watch in the middle of the desert. What would you conclude? Would you think someone dropped the watch? Or would you suppose that the watch came by itself? Of course, no sane person would say the watch just happened to emerge from the sand.

All the intricate working parts could not simply develop from the metals that lay buried in the earth. The watch must have a manufacturer. If a watch tells an accurate time, we expect the manufacturer must be intelligent. Blind chance cannot produce a working watch. But what else tells accurate time? Consider the sunrise and the sunset.

Their timings are so strictly regulated that scientists can publish in advance the sunrise and sunset times in your daily newspaper, but who regulated the timings of sunrise and sunset? If a watch cannot work without an intelligent maker, how can the sun appear to rise and set with such clockwork regularity? Could this occur by itself? Consider also that we benefit from the sun only because it remains at a safe distance from the earth.

A distance that averages 93 million miles. If it gets much closer, the earth would burn up. And if it got too far away, the earth would turn into an icy planet making human life here impossible. Who decided in advance that this was the right distance? Could it just happen by chance? Without the sun, plants would not grow. Then animals and humans would starve. Did the sun just decide to be there for us? We need to experience sunrise.

We need the sun energy and its light to see our way during the day. But we also need sunset. We need a break for the heat, we need the cool of the night and we need the lights to go out so we may sleep. Who regulated this process to provide what we need?
Moreover, if we had only the warmth of the sun and the protection of the atmosphere we would want something more-beauty. Our clothes provide warmth and protection, yet we design them also to look beautiful/knowing our need for beauty, the designer of the sunrise and the sunset also made the view of them to be simply breathtaking.

The Creator who gave us light, energy, protection and beauty deserves our thanks. Yet some people insist that He does not exist. What would they think if they a watch in the desert? An accurate and working watch? A beautiful designed watch? Would they not conclude that there is a watchmaker? One who appreciates beauty? Such is God who made us.

When life gives you chickpeas, make hummus.

Omar Suleiman

This is sweet: a five year old girl asks her older brother, “what is love?”

He replies, “love is when you steal my chocolate dessert from my school lunch bag every day, yet I still keep it in the same place.”

Isn’t that sweet. So true.

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Welikum assalam!!! Alhamdolilah that’s great to hear!! Wa iyyaki, May Allah always grant you sakinah and peace of the mind and heart. Ameen.