Closure. We all seek it. We seek the end of things and also the beginning of new things. Those things we can’t find closure on, they haunt us. They pop up in our dreams, and creep into our thoughts in idle moments - like a mind bender that’s beyond our mental capacity, a mystery that just won’t be solved.
—  Lisa Unger
  • Imaam Tirmidhi reports that the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said;

“Ten verses have been revealed to me, whoever establishes these will enter Jannah.” Then he read the ten which were the first ten verses of Surah al-Mu’minoon. 

  • قَدْ أَفْلَحَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ - "Verily the believers have become successful."
Notice how Allaah uses the word “Qad” which in Arabic re-emphasizes the statement. As for the success mentioned then it is both in this dunya and the hereafter.

(1) الَّذِينَ هُمْ فِي صَلَاتِهِمْ خَاشِعُونَ -

"Those who have Khushuu’ (devotion) in their prayer."

(2) وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ عَنِ اللَّغْوِ مُعْرِضُونَ -

"Those who turn away from the Laghw (useless talk)"

(3) وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِلزَّكَاةِ فَاعِلُونَ -

"And those who pay their Zakaah"

(4) وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِفُرُوجِهِمْ حَافِظُونَ  

(5) إِلَّا عَلَى أَزْوَاجِهِمْ أوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُهُمْ فَإِنَّهُمْ غَيْرُ مَلُومِينَ

(6) فَمَنِ ابْتَغَى وَرَاء ذَلِكَ فَأُوْلَئِكَ هُمُ الْعَادُونَ

"And those who safeguard their private parts except from their wives or what their right hands possess (i.e. slaves) then they are free from blame. But whoever wants more, then they are transgressors."

(7) وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِأَمَانَاتِهِمْ وَعَهْدِهِمْ رَاعُونَ -

"And those who follow up their trusts and promises"

(8) وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ عَلَى صَلَوَاتِهِمْ يُحَافِظُونَ -

"And those who safeguard their prayers"

(9) وْلَئِكَ هُمُ الْوَارِثُونَ

(10) الَّذِينَ يَرِثُونَ الْفِرْدَوْسَ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ -

"Those are indeed the inheritors, those who will inherit al-Firdaws wherein they will be forever"

أُوْلَئِكَ هُمُ الْوَارِثُونَ
الَّذِينَ يَرِثُونَ الْفِرْدَوْسَ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ
Those are indeed the inheritors, those who will inherit al-Firdaws wherein they will be forever

How simple are these orders and how far away do we fall? 

The 10 Biggest Mistakes People Make When Requesting A Raise

The problem with asking for a raise is that there are only a few ways it could go right, and so many ways it could go wrong.

1) Don’t obliviously make your request during budget cuts.

2) Don’t ask when you haven’t been performing at your best or exceeding expectations.

3) Don’t ask when your boss has an overloaded plate.

4) Don’t complain or whine.

5) Don’t bring up your personal life.

6) Don’t act entitled to the raise.

7) Don’t become adversarial. 

8) Don’t throw out your target number.

9) Don’t use a counteroffer when you’re not actually prepared to leave.

10) Not handling rejection well. 

The bottom line is, throughout your negotiation, you want to keep things positive.

8 Things You Need to Chill Out About

1. The few things that aren’t going right. – When things go wrong, take a moment to be thankful for all the other things that are still going right. And if you’re struggling to be thankful for what you have, be thankful for what you have escaped. Sometimes the best gifts in life are the troubles you don’t have.
2. Trying to label everyone and everything. – Sometimes you’ve just got to take people and situations for what they are, appreciate them, and not try to label them or change them.
3. Worrying about what everyone else thinks. – The minute you stop overwhelming your mind with caring about what everyone else thinks, and start doing what you feel in your heart is right, is the minute you will finally feel freedom.
4. Wasting time on the wrong people. – You cannot make someone respect you; all you can do is be someone who can be respected. No matter how much you care some people just won’t care back. At some point you have to realize the truth – that they no longer care or never did, and that maybe you’re wasting your time and missing out on someone else who does.
5. Old wounds and grudges. – You will never find peace until you learn to finally let go of the hatred and hurt that lives in your heart. In order to move on, you must know why you felt the way you did, and why you no longer need to feel that way. It’s about accepting the past, letting it be, and pushing your spirit forward with good intentions.
6. Superficial judgments. –Every human being is beautiful; it just takes the right set of eyes to see it.
7. Letting small disagreements snowball out of control. – Don’t let a single poisonous moment of misunderstanding make you forget about the countless lovable moments you’ve spent together.
8. Showing a lack of self-respect. – Decide this minute to never again beg anyone for the love, respect, and attention that you should be showing yourself. Choose to be your own best friend.
Source: http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/12/14/9-things-you-need-to-chill-out-about/ (Abridged)

Side Hustle: 5 Ways to Score Freelance Gigs

Breaking in to a creative field, like photography, writing, or design, isn’t always easy. But if you want to make it happen, freelance work is a great way to get your foot in the door with potential employers—and earn some extra cash and experience while you’re at it.

1) Do it Pro-Bono — at First

- Doing work for free obviously isn’t a long-term strategy, but it is a great one if you’re just starting out and trying to make contacts.

2) Be Shameless on Social Media

- Update your site with every new project or piece of work you do, and post updates to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and any other sites you subscribe to.

3) Get Your Work In Their Hands

- Sending out tangible promotional materials (a postcard or piece of art showing your work) can be invaluable.

4) Don’t be Shy

- This means you have to network.  

5) Look Online

- The freelance job search isn’t always easy, but a little legwork can go a long way.

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