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The Pursuit!

map-of-the-world-1164919_1920Everybody has got his own pursuit.. it’s the pursuit of life, or the fundamental pursuit encompassing all areas of his/her life.

One’s pursuit tells a lot about him, his wisdom, motto, convictions and aims and aspirations.

It says a lot about who he is, his optimum goals in life and how he plans to go about them.

And it surely says a lot about one’s perception of life.

For others, your pursuit may seem strange or perhaps odd, but individuality remains one common aspect of each person’s pursuit.

Your pursuit has two primary aspects, the General aspect, one that involves the public, and a Personal aspect that has to do with you, only you. One’s pursuit becomes one coherent unit only when both aspects become aligned, and by aligned I don’t mean similar, just aligned, representing one another and serving each other, to satisfy the spirit of that single entity that is You! Continue reading “The Pursuit!”

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Peace is Deep within

peace-1107538_1920.jpgWalk into your heart,
Sigh.. breathe, you’re in!
Fetch that eclipsed spot of light,
Reside therein!

This is where you belong,
Where you will complete the song,
Your heart knows best,
Your heart is the most honest!

Take refuge in it, feel at home,
Revive the long deserted connection,
With the One, your Creator, your home.
Lost is he who forsake the connection.

He knows who is in need of peace,
He is the Creator of peace
He is the one and only,
Bestower of peace.

Look into your heart,
For that clot therein.
Never turn your back to your heart,
For peace is, indeed, deep within.

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My Heart Is in Mecca

mecca-397943_1920We’re about to celebrate the best days of the year, even better than the 10 concluding days of Ramadan. The blessed 1st Ten days of Dhul Hijjah are about to start, moving our hearts from a state of negligence to that of awareness and our condition from that of disobedience to that of complete submission to the One and Only Lord of the Universe,  Almighty Allah, Exalted be He. So if you cannot be in Mecca this year, allow your heart to fly to its Creator.

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RIP Steve Jobs; You’ve Been Missed

205130-steve-jobs-steve-jobs-r-i-pToday marks the second anniversary of the death of a great source of inspiration for me, Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Inc.
I’ve known Steve not as the renowned Marketer, Entrepreneur, or the mastermind of all amazing Apple machines we use, but the humble sincere man who knew how to connect well to his own self and best employ his potential. He embraced his character instead of faking someone else’s. He created his own live experience, that’s why he managed  to impact his surrounding and far beyond it.

Continue reading “RIP Steve Jobs; You’ve Been Missed”

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Letter from a Mother to Her Daughter!


mom-759216_640This is an anonymous letter circulated through the net. Its source is unknown, but its content touched me so deeply, compelling me to share with you <<here>> 
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.

Continue reading “Letter from a Mother to Her Daughter!”

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My Take on the Current Political Turmoil in Egypt!

duality-1003292_640I know I must speak up, I know I am expected to speak up, and aware of my responsibility to speak up, being affiliated with “Islamic Awareness” and what relates to it. Well yes I feel the urge to share my standpoint, even though I don’t know how to put it in words. But I’ve also grown so weary of the ranting political jabbering that’s been going on for two years or more, and worse than ever over the past year, since a figure representing an Islam-affiliated  group came to power, and I wish not to echo the repeatedly used and largely erroneous term “Political Islam”, for indeed there’s nothing called or should be called political Islam …

Continue reading “My Take on the Current Political Turmoil in Egypt!”

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There’s More to Life than “Breathing”!

lady-865086_1920I’ve seen people whose only bond to life is breathing!
YES they do breathe, and may seem alive, but in reality, they’re moving corpses.
Dead hearts.. Frozen minds that only react to a set of recurring events.
If you think this is life.. no this is not life. Continue reading “There’s More to Life than “Breathing”!”

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Inspirational Prayer

candle-471821_1280Praying is one activity telling you you’re alive. One that pours life into your life, connecting to your Creator, your Lord, asking of all that you want and need, and speaking your mind and heart out!  Here’s one prayer I have stumbled upon and have found very inspirational, regardless of the religion of its sayer, it’s an inspirational prayer to approach Almighty Allah…

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On Being A Woman

How blessed I am to be a woman?!
This is how I feel and this is one feeling every woman should imbibe and nurture with love, gratitude, tenderness and contentment. Creating this sense of gratefulness and acceptance in yourself will help you embrace all merits granted to your gender as ordained by your creator, Almighty Allah. You were born to be a woman for a reason, for a purpose. Having this belief deeply rooted in your perception will foster a wise understanding of the role intended for you in this life, just for being a woman. Continue reading “On Being A Woman”

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Voices from the Past- Huda Shaarawi

Huda Shaarawi
Huda Shaarawi

This post is a Tribute to the late Muslim Egyptian feminist Huda Shaarawi.

Huda is a woman who helped organize the largest women’s anti-British demonstration in Egypt. A woman who helped organising the historic Muhammad Ali’s hospital, known as Mubarrat Muhammad Ali. Huda is most famous for creating the first philanthropic society run by Egyptian women, offering social services for needy women and poor children. Continue reading “Voices from the Past- Huda Shaarawi”

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Get up.. Feel Inspired

tea-381235_1920Tap into you conscious and sub-consious mind, also your heart, do you feel inspired?
“Yes” is a normal good answer to be followed by active measures in life towards what you seek to achieve.

“No”, then you’ve got to do something about it.. Don’t wait for an element of inspiration to lighten up before your eyes and invites you over. You create your own source of inspiration. Continue reading “Get up.. Feel Inspired”

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My view of the Law of Attraction: Interview on LOA Today

41eeUB5+M9L._SL500_SS500_Late in January, I was approached by LOA Today (Law of Attraction Today) who kindly asked to host me in an Interview on their Online Radio show carrying the same name to discuss my view of The Law of Attraction, Rhonda’s book “The Secret” as a Muslim and writer who wrote a lot about Islam and related subjects.

It was a good chance to put right much misconception that sprouted and spread with the massive debate the publication of “The Secret” stirred some 7 years ago or so.I’ve written twice about the Law of Attraction, once in 2008 and that was in a LIfestyle Magazine, and another on the online portal I launched a couple of years ago (The Muslim Tribune: http://www.muslimtribune.org). I found it interesting to present the Islamic view of the notion of the law of attraction and in which way does it fit within the Islamic doctrine and the Muslims’ perception of fate, life and divine wisdom.

The famous quote of The Secret: “What you think about you bring about”- reflects to a great extent the core of the Law of Attraction, the essence of the book and referred to by its authors as “the most powerful law in the universe”.

In my view, the foremost idea that represents the core of The Secret is that one should watch his thinking and avoid indulgence in negative thoughts and negative events; i.e. fear! I see it not contradicting the Islamic faith in anyway. On the contrary it demonstrates a very important idea in Islam, that is optimism and applying positive thinking. If one is focussing all the time on the upsetting thoughts and incidents in life life, he’ll continue receiving depressing things. Whereas if he’s focusing on the good things then he’s more exposed to the possibility of receiving more good events. I.e. his thoughts are like a magnet, and according to the Law of Attraction, “likes attract likes”.

The reason the law of attraction and The Secret were received with such harsh criticism among some Muslim communities is perhaps more related to the flawed assertion of an absolute power hidden in human beings and that they are, alone, responsible for the happenings befalling them.

According to The Secret, “your life is a mirror of your thoughts”, and thus you’re the one who’s responsible for what happens to you, whether it’s good or bad. Surely I oppose the absoluteness of this statements yet cannot deny the fact that it is to a great extent true and  can actually relate it to one beautiful Hadith Qudusi wherein Allah says:

“I am as My servant expects Me to be”.
Related by al-Buhkari (also by Muslim, at-Tirmidhi and Ibn-Majah)

Also the book explains that you first need to know what you want to happen to you then ask for it (step number one to enact the law of attraction), believe that it will be fulfilled (step number two), then prepare yourself to receive what you wished for and actually visualize yourself getting hold of it and it shall come to you; (step number three).

Replacing what The Secret calls the Universal Power with Allah, you’ll find what it says is somewhat conforming with what Allah commands us; i.e. that we supplicate with conviction and without having any doubts that He will answer our prayers. Allah commands us, Muslims, to avoid any doubtful feelings when supplicating to Him that He is listening and shall fulfil our prayers, as doubt hinders one’s prayers, and that’s the greatest reason our prayers are sometimes not fulfilled.

Another point discussed in The Secret is gratefulness and gratitude. Sure you should feel grateful for the good things in your life and busy your heart and mind with feeling joyous for the great things you already have instead of feeling sorry for those you don’t have. The Secret says that by so doing, you’re inviting more events to befall you. Again avoiding the absolute control of human power alluded to here, this is more or less conforms with what Allah says in the Quran;

“And when your Lord warned: If you are grateful I shall increase My favors upon you …” – Qur’an (14:7)

There is so much to Islam and its positive impact on life that needs to be explored and yet we miss out on by failing to recognise the great wisdom of Allah.

Have absolute faith in Allah and His power and wisdom. This is The Secret to a good life!!!

Listen to my interview on LOA Today Here

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