patience

Things we were into few days ago..

1) Fasting the longest and hottest days of the year which brought another unique challenge of reduced sleep time.

2) Praying a staggering 40 units of Ṣalāh, which increased to nearly 50 in the last ten. That is the total of all the obligatory, highly recommended and night prayers in a day.

3) Consistently reading around 20 pages of Qur’ān or even more a day to finish it within the month.

4) Conscientiously holding back on the impulse to sin and misbehave.

These are just some of the achievements we were making just a few days ago.

We were not given new bodies, new abilities or new lives.

That was us then and our memories of it should act as a mirror showing us what we can be outside of Ramadān.

Ponder.

Reflect.

Change.

Shout out to islam21c for the write up.

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I hate that you have the power to hurt me.
You have left a mark on my life.
I knew I was falling and a part of me said I shoulve stopped it; but because of the slightest hope that you would catch me I kept going.

The mixed signals are causing aches and mood swings that I can’t control.
My mind is in turmoil just thinking of you Thoughts are jumbeled, imagination running wild.
The effect you have on me is terrifying and you’re not even mine.

Things are on a low now and am feeling depressed.
I miss you, our convos, your smile, your embrace.
I pray this is not the end.
A small part of me says we will never be but the ‘what ifs’ and ‘maybes’ quickly erase that thought from my head.

This maybe a dumb thing to do but I will wait on you.
I won’t give up because my love is true.

—  Somewhere within (You can hurt Me)

take risks, put yourself out there, and don’t think about the fact that a door might be slammed in your face before you know that you may also be welcomed with open arms. pray. pray ardently for clarity and the docility to follow His promptings. run to firm ground when your legs shake - to family and to a best friend - for comfort, for guidance, for encouragement. do not back down or easily let go of the way your heart feels. do not forget the many moments of confirmation that this is the way, that you’re walking on the path that He placed before you. the unknown, the uncertainty, and the L I G H T you see up ahead are not exclusive, but form a picture you have yet to see the whole of. trust, be patient, stand firm, and be courageous. step out & follow. simply follow and you will arrive - He leads and he waits.

How surely gravity’s law, strong as an ocean current,
takes hold of even the strongest thing and pulls it toward
the heart of the world.
Each thing - each stone, blossom, child - is held in place.
Only we, in our arrogance, push out beyond what we belong to
for some empty freedom.

If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees.
Instead we entangle ourselves in knots of our own making
and struggle, lonely and confused.

So, like children, we begin again to learn from the things,
because they are in God’s heart; they have never left him.
This is what the things can teach us:
to fall, patiently to trust our heaviness.

Even a bird has to do that before he can fly.

—  Rainer Maria Rilke
Anita Barrows/Joanna Macy translation

I love this statement “If you’re not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you’re determined to learn, no one can stop you.”

If you’re closed minded, are lazy to learn something new, are satisfied with where you’re at, are scared to put yourself in a new situation, or don’t put the effort into asking questions, where are going to go? What are you going to do? What’s the point. It’s a dead end.

If you challenge yourself to learn, think of all the possibilities that are right in front of you. You may not be the best public speaker, the fastest runner, the best athlete, the strongest in the gym, the smartest in your class. But you sure can learn to be😏 No one has gotten to where they are without practice and the willingness to learn, the willingness to make themselves vulnerable to the unknown, the vulnerability of looking stupid doing something they’re not good at.

Through continuous learning, we’re constantly growing and bettering ourselves and reaching new heights and no one can stop us. It takes persistence, positivity, and patience. We can do it, we can be whoever we want to be. Let’s commit and dedicate ourselves to learning and trying to be best we can be.