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Small Addition 2 Switchfam

So there’s this cute 1st grader on our bus (probs younger idk) who has been rly stirr crazy lately and gets in trouble on the bus. So one day i let him put on my earbuds and i played specific switchfoot greats to me, like Stars, Dare You to Move, Hello Hurricane and several others and now he,s the 2nd quietest kid on the bus

unless of course Stars is playing, he sings along and even headbangs to that

just imagine the cutest little kid randomly shouting “sttaaahhhuuurzz” at sequential intervals

priceless 

A Good Influence: Sonny Shotz

Sonny Shotz; artist, musician, taste maker. I first heard of Sonny Shotz when he was part of The Dean’s List almost 5 years ago, when I listened to their 2011 album, The Drive-In. I remember bumping it in high school, cutting class to listen to it in the hallways. Since then I’ve followed Sonny’s journey as an artist; his evolution and artistic projection continues to influence me. I’m grateful to meet an artist I have always looked up to. These are the photos I took of Sonny Shotz. 

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Friendship redefined

Narrated Abu Hurayrah:

The Prophet (ﷺ) said: A man follows the religion of his friend; so each one should consider whom he makes his friend. (Sunan Abi Dawud 4833)

Over the past few years, I realise that I have unintentionally grown apart from the friends I used to be so close with. Truth be told, when I first decided to reconnect with my faith and be closer to Allah swt, I secretly feared that I might lose my current friends. It took me awhile to grasp this inverse relationship - the closer in proximity to the Creator, the more distant you will be from friends who do not contribute in making us better worshippers. Do not get me wrong, I have not severed any friendships. (Besides, we are supposed to maintain good ties with people.) But, I am more surrounded with people who influence me to strive towards Allah. 

It is indeed important who we choose as friends. Back in school, we were constantly reminded of the impact of peer pressure and the reality is the same in religion. How can we be better Muslims if the people around us are not good influence? Let’s face it, while friendship involves mutual affection and understanding etc, it also shares similar demographics. For example, I am close with my non-Muslim colleague but we don’t spend a lot of time together outside of work because her lifestyle and mine are different. Hence, our friendship is limited to activities that both of us can agree with - which is very limited. 

But when we move to the bigger picture, which is the purpose of our existence (i.e. Allah), the purpose of maintaining good ties change. Due to our bigger and major purpose, we maintain friendships for the sake of Allah but at the same time we also need our “pillars of strength” to help us reach our destination. Somehow, the kinds of people we surround ourselves with influence the kind of person we become. And this influence is real. 

Shaytan can influence us, our nafs can influence us and people can also influence us. Hence, it is vital who we choose as friends. In the past, I used not too care about the religious backgrounds or characters of my friends. But I am much more careful now who I become close to. I still have friends who I used to hang out with, those who don’t motivate me to build my relationship with Allah. But I am naturally too busy building that relationship with Allah with the people who motivate and inspire me to be more pious, that I have lesser time to spend with the ones who don’t. I still make an effort once in a while because I care about them and I hope that I can be a positive (albeit minor) impact too in their lives. 

I am still consciously making the effort to have good companions who will guide me to Allah. Alhamdulillah, when you put in effort to remain steadfast on this path, Allah will open doors for you. I am also glad that Allah opened the hearts of some of my friends. It is indeed a joy when a sister shares with you her hijab journey or simply texts you to remind you that the time for prayer has arrived. This journey to Allah has clearly redefined friendship for me. I have come to realise that the most meaningful friendships are the ones where you strive to spend eternal happiness in the hereafter together. 

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