remain blessed

What I expected from second first date: randomly forced relationship from two characters who have previously shown no interest in one another

What I got: Enid and Rad being dorks and going on a second date for the sole purpose of literally fighting over who was the most chivalrous plus Cupid straight up saying that PLATONIC love is just as powerful as romantic love and the writers blatantly confirming that Enid and Rad’s relationship is to remain friendly

This Path Is A Lonely Path.

So don’t be surprised when a time comes when you become a stranger among people you thought were strangers like yourself. The longer you remain on this blessed path, the more the people will see you as someone who baffles them because a person who chases this dunya will always find ambitions for the aakhirah strange. 

This path is a lonely path. 

You will never be understood. Not by your family nor by your friends. But you must remain firm, because this is the era of those who remain firm. 

This path is a lonely path. 

Because the lovers of the dunya have nothing to do with it. It is shunned by most, out of fear of losing the temporary while they don’t realise how they’re ruining their eternal life. It is not sought after except by those rare, few, blessed ones who seek the Face of Allah ﷻ more than anything this worthless world has to offer. You will be mocked, misunderstood, considered a foreigner in your own homeland, considered a stranger amongst your own friends and family.

But Know, O beloved, that you aren’t the only one who feels this staggering bite of loneliness, and you certainly aren’t the first.  

This is the path, where Rasulullah ﷺ was rejected by his own family and tribe, the path where Yusuf عليه السلام was thrown into prison for a crime he never committed. And the examples are many. 

Know, O beloved, that you have chosen this path knowing all the hardships, and so you must bear them with patience and walk upon this path with a smile on your faces. 

Because this is the path for which the Sahabah رضي الله عنهم gave their lives. This is the path of the few, blessed, chosen servants of Allah. So strive to be from amongst them.

“The Beauty of Holiness”, oil on wood, 14x14.

Life’s explorations have led me to archangels, the first being, naturally, the peacock angel whose historical imagery and meaning has absolutely captivated me. Melek Taus is said to be an emanation of god, a benevolent angel who has redeemed himself from his fall, becoming a demiurge. The story goes something like this: Melek Taus was the first to emerge from darkness in form of the seven rainbow light. He first manifested as a rainbow around the sun and as a peacock sitting upon a pearl created by Lord Krishna. This pearl then exploded into the seven rays of rainbow to become the physical universe. From this array of colors, Melek Taus manifested from the color blue because blue is the color of the sky and heavens – the source of all colors. The remaining colors were then used to create the earth out of the substratum of the remaining pearl. Melek Taus blessed the earth with his rainbow peacock rays and endowed it with multicolored flora and fauna. He placed two pieces of the fragmented pearl above and below the earth. In one fragment he placed the sun, in the other he placed the moon. From the remaining scattered pieces he created the stars. I created this painting from imagery and colors received after deep meditation on this entity. In the future I plan to create more pieces using the literal imagery (rainbows!).

Talk about me all you want..but I will always remain humble to who I am…A TRUE TRANSWOMAN WHO WILL HUMBLE MYSELF OVER ANY OBSTACLE OTHERS MAY THROW IN MY WAY…n yet I still remain #UNTOUCHED #BLESSED

90’s kids in the 2010’s // draco malfoy

his family has been pure long before the world had any concept of purity - surviving, no, thriving on the idea of corruption as the means to remain on their pedestal. it’s a clever sort of wandless magic, really, one that has afforded him the name to hold court in back alleys and hotel ballrooms. and so he smirks, and smokes his contraband cigarettes, and beds girls to piss his father off. but even he knows that you can only want what you are not yet capable of losing. 

Blessing for a Sword

( @wearepaladin )
So, you want to create a Holy Avenger? Maybe need a blessing for a weapon? Here’s one from the 10th century (probably France).


Benedictio ensis

Exaudi, quaesumus, domine, preces nostras, et hunc ensem, quo his famulus tuus N. se circumcingi desiderat, majestatis tuae dextera benedicere dignare, quatinus defensio atque protectio possit esse ecclesiarum, viduarum, orphanorum omniumque Deo servientium contra saevitiam paganorum, aliisque insidiantibus sit pavor, terror et formido. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.


Blessing of a sword

Harken, we beseech Thee, O Lord, to our prayers, and deign to bless with the right hand of Thy Majesty this sword with which Thy servant wishes to be girded, that it may be a protection of churches, widows, orphans and all Thy servants against the cruelty of pagans, and may it be the fear, terror and dread of all evil-doers. In the name of Christ the Lord. Amen.

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Originally posted by drunkgeralt

I can’t say this enough but

This community is full of so many amazing people

So many artists, writers, modelers, and creative minds. So many wonderful supporters, consumers, and players. This fandom may have its conflicts and flaws, but everyday I am reminded how incredible everyone is here

As many of you know, the tf2 fandom has hit a dark era; may it be the lack of new content or the arrival of overwatch, our community has lost many.

For you folks out there who refuse to leave this game behind, who still make content, who remain with the family, I thank you. Bless you all. 

Woo, I’m playing with my fake fan cats again!

Fogstar, leader of NightClan

Fogstar, previously Fogthroat, is a quiet, looming presence in his clan. While he is fiercely protective of his clanmates, he has never been a very sociable and open cat. It’s a common myth that he’s actually a ghost–that he’s already lost his last life already and has either remained here with StarClan’s blessing because he was such a righteous leader or he can’t be welcomed into StarClan until he appoints his true, destined successor. This gossip is always extremely frowned upon by the current deputy. While now he’s visibly old and frail, he was a ferocious fighter in his day, and still has a surprising amount of strength. He spends most of his days in his den.

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Tokyo Ghoul x Persona 4 Crossover

This path is a lonely path...

So don’t be surprised when a time comes when you become a stranger among people you thought were strangers like yourself.

The longer you remain on this blessed path, the more the people will see you as someone who baffles them because a person who chases this dunya will always find ambitions for the aakhirah strange.

This path is a lonely path.

You will never be understood. Not by your family nor by your friends. But you must remain firm, because this is the era of those who remain firm.

This path is a lonely path.

Because the lovers of the dunya have nothing to do with it. It is shunned by most, out of fear of losing the temporary while they don’t realise how they’re ruining their eternal life. It is not sought after except by those rare, few, blessed ones who seek the Face of Allah ﷻ more than anything this worthless world has to offer.

You will be mocked, misunderstood, considered a foreigner in your own homeland, considered a stranger amongst your own friends and family.

But

Know, O beloved, that you aren’t the only one who feels this staggering bite of loneliness, and you certainly aren’t the first.

This is the path, where Rasulullah ﷺ was rejected by his own family and tribe, the path where Yusuf عليه السلام was thrown into prison for a crime he never committed. And the examples are many.

Know, O beloved, that you have chosen this path knowing all the hardships, and so you must bear them with patience and walk upon this path with a smile on your faces. Because this is the path for which the Sahabah رضي الله عنهم gave their lives. This is the path of the few, blessed, chosen servants of Allah. So strive to be from amongst them.

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“The path of truth is solitary. Those who traverse it are lonely; they are not wanted, nor their aspiration. Leisurely do they travel, with resolution. Of what they seek, people are heedless, for, about the truth, most are careless.”

— Ibn Rajab al Hanbali, Journey of the Strangers, pg 37.

“This path is paved with torn-off limbs, irrigated with blood, surrounded by trials. Its tribulations and fitnah waylay you on this path. But as long as you know your goal, and the way is clear to your sight, pursue your journey whatever the case is.”

{Shaykh Abdullāh ‘Azzām تقبله الله}