It’s that time of year again, when esteemed politicians, bestselling novelists, famous actresses, and luminaries of all kinds address graduating seniors and dole out advice for heading into the real world. I like to read commencement speeches from past years, because I find that much of their wisdom speaks to navigating through the challenges of depression…
WHAT IS TURNING REPENTANTLY (Al-Inaabah)? It is to turn to Allaah, the Most High, in obedience, and avoiding disobedience to Him, and its meaning is close to that of repentance (tawbah), except that it is more subtle in meaning, and conveys the sense of dependance upon Allaah and fleeing for refuge to Him, and it cannot be except […]
Oh ALLAH, I have no money, but I have You. I am rich.
Oh ALLAH, I have no freedom, but I believe in You. I am free.
Oh ALLAH, I have no patience, but I read Your Quran. I am calm.
Oh ALLAH, I get no respect, but You listen to my dua. I am proud.
Oh ALLAH, I have no time, but I think of Jannah. I have forever.
Oh ALLAH, I have much time, but I look at Your Signs. I have today.
Oh ALLAH, I feel so weak, but I fast Ramadan. I am strong.
Oh ALLAH, I feel so tired, but I make dua. I open my eyes.
Oh ALLAH, I feel so dirty, but I repent to You. I am cleansed.
Oh ALLAH, I feel so depressed, but I remember you. I am at peace.
Oh ALLAH, I feel so lost, but I follow Your Commands. I am safe.
Oh ALLAH, nobody listens, but You never turn your back on me. I am grateful.
Oh ALLAH, my heart breaks, but I imagine meeting You. My heart finds rest.
Oh ALLAH, I cry every night, but I make wudu. I wash away my tears.
Oh ALLAH, I feel so alone, but I pray to You. I have everything
She breathes life
In a passionate embrace
Is all you need
And its better than
Sugar and lace.