Youthful Reflections on Faith

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Health vs. Wealth

flower .Amidst the effort of family and friends to get donations for a surgery patient, it suddenly dawned on me that money was not actually the big deal here.

Even with the required amount, the struggle would be far from over. It will only be the beginning.

And the greatest help needed is from the only One Who Heals & Cures.

With money, the sick can get the required treatment and some ease. Just as with wealth – we get more comfort and buy material possessions. But you can never buy good health. With good health, your mind is much more at peace and physically OK to carry out many activities.

But which do you prioritise daily – Health or Wealth?

Each day you wake up, hardly thinking about your health. You simply go through the motions of the morning and then the typical work day or duties at home – chasing more money and all that comes with it.

Remember without good health, life becomes a struggle physically and emotionally. And without good health, wealth brings little or no joy.

As a youth, it is important to learn to nurture your health & invest in your wellness. And purify your heart, body and environment. Life as a Muslim is about finding balance and seeking success in this world and in the next In Sha Allah.  Health and Wealth could serve as a means to attaining that success. And what best time to practice but from a young age.

Since one is as important as the other, our duty is to learn to make each blessing a form of worship and a means of earning Jannah (Paradise) In Sha Allah.

Let’s race towards good health and pure wealth.

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Youthful Reminder

Hasan Basri Quote

Cherish your youth. But remember that not all opportunities in youth are meant to last your lifetime. If you invest wisely in your youth, what you desire of worldly gifts will be your plus those gifts of the hereafter without measures.

Now is the time for you to take a step towards positive change.
Utilize your youth before old age…!

Endings … & new things

Society

Society (Photo credit: R~P~M)

Its never easy when holidays end, family or friends depart or books reach their end. In what ever way the ending comes, it brings with it a bitter sweet feeling.

We all love the familiarity, routine or simply develop an attachment for whatever activity it is. Yet, the end has to come. And when it does, we must learn to take important lessons then move ahead with clarity and certainty.
Ramadan had to come to an end, with all the wonderful teachings & feelings it came with. But we have to move ahead holding tightly to the lessons it came with.
You alone know what you felt in your heart, so hold on to it tightly and try to create similar opportunities even after the blessed month. So as re-live it and improve things all around.
Strive hard to maintain your connection with Allah and seek His Pleasure always.
Sometimes, the fresh breath that comes at the end gives room for focusing on new ideas and projects and just allows you to put your feet up as you gear up for a great comeback.
Ermmnh! No comebacks here! Just a few passion projects still under wraps. I will let them cook and simmer at appropriate temperature, then let you have a taste.
So stay tuned! Watch this space for some new announcements.
Don’t we all love new things – whether its a new idea or project? It brings with it super excitement and uncertainties.
To all great endings and special beginnings!!!
So how have you experienced any remarkable endings recently?  Are there surprises to go with it as well? Please share…

Desert Inspiration

IMG-20121029-00010We get inspiration from many different things and places. And this is especially true with nature & it’s surrounding elements.

It could be from the gentle lapping of the sea waves, or viewing the rough terrains in mountainous areas or even seeing the colour splash from flowers that make up our home gardens.

The desert is uniquely different, with no colour splash or large rocky areas or water waves.  Rather it is filled with sand and many sandy secrets. This brings inspiration in so many ways.

First are the strong sandy winds; The sheer force of which causes its guests to struggle against toppling over.  At the same time, one fights to protect the eyes from getting blinded by the sandy spray.

Just as we strive hard to remain upright and not get blinded or knocked over by the wind, so should we struggle to remain steadfast in the face of daily challenges – pushing us in all directions.

If we fall, then we must try to get up immediately so as to not to get buried in the sandiness of the situation.

Another inspiration is the unending sandiness. It relentlessly fill up the shoes or easily sucks in the feet. As soon as one shakes out the sand, more swims in.

No effort can rid one entirely of sand in the desert. It follows you out of the desert, leaving trails of sandy memories.

We can try to be the sand in our homes, at our workplaces and even in the wider community. Aiming to leave the best legacies and to be part of the best memories for others.

First knocking off the strong winds, then aiming to make a positive difference.

The best inspiration is the picturesque sand dunes, visible in all directions.

Perfectly arranged in an intriguing pattern; it fills the eye with its beauty. The sand, despite being disturbed continuously by fierce storms, simply rearranges itself to show a more beautiful side.

Whether it’s about the sandy storms, or the picturesque sand dunes or sandiness beneath the feet, the desert draws the heart towards it’s treasures.

It brings one inspiration after another.

Therefore, in the face of life’s struggles let us remember the desert. Remaining firm, then trying to impact the hearts of those who need it dearly.

Give and forgive, but don’t forget yourself. And don’t forget to let your beautiful side shine through.

 

Sand dunes in Morocco

Sand dunes in Morocco (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ever been inspired by the sandy desert? What else inspires you in nature?

 

Moving On

Each time the news reaches us of the passing away of a peer, so many thoughts come to mind. One of the foremost is that it could have been me instead.

At Grandma`s Mini Garden

At Grandma`s Mini Garden (Photo credit: ukhti27)

Sharing the same age group, profession or background makes it hit so close home. It causes a BIG pause on our thinking and even actions.

It may trend briefly on FB and other social networks, with close friends sharing their tribute with the world, before the next breaking news or juicy conversation comes on.

After the pause, Life simply moves on because it has to.

But even with this knowledge comes shock, sadness and low spirit. And with these emotions come memories of the past. Whether it’s a laugh, conversation or times spent together .

And with all these come the painful reality!!! No more calls, arguments, messages or visits.

This life is indeed fragile, with its temporary web giving us support even as we dream and plan for tomorrow. Our faith keeps us firm and patient beyond the pause.

Surely, it is a reminder to buckle up and be alert for the seconds are closing in – one after the other. No delays or disruptions or errors are expected. And although we have absolutely no idea of the where, when or how – we remain humble with the certainty.

Our constant reminder should be that ”Everyone shall taste death”. [Q3. V.185]

Those bonds we nurture and share eventually get severed by an inevitable separation.

Through the pain and tears, we submit and seek comfort in the knowledge that there is a better abode for the believer. No special powers or intelligence removes us from this zone. And our extra time left is unknown – it could be minutes, days or even years.

Yet, the uncertainty wraps us in shaky comfort.

We make dua (supplication), for our dear departed loved ones. We make dua for our own souls still cruising the highway of life. We hasten to do good deeds, dream big and dare to make a difference.

The end will surely come but what matters is NOW; Moving ahead with a purpose.

There is no one like you or me – each unique in our special right. Let us live with a passion for life, while not forgetting the inevitable end. Invest in what you want to be remembered for.

Delay not what matters the most, in striving to gain Allah’s pleasure.

As we walk down the path of life, there are many free gifts to enjoy. Take with both hands what you need. But remember that when the end comes, none of it really matters except Taqwa (consciousness of God).

Besides the sadness & numbness, it always feels good to take a pause every now and then. Rebooting for a higher purpose, as we continue this race of life.

Race with one another in hastening towards forgiveness from your Lord (Allah), and Paradise the width whereof is a the width of the heaven and the earth, prepared for those who believe in Allah and His Messengers. That is the Grace of Allah which He bestows on whom He is pleased with. And Allah is the Owner of great bounty.”

[Q57: V21]

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