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Reading trains you to listen better to the voices in your head by this other person from one point to another point.. a person who may be an expert of the matter that you're reading, without you being able to react immediately. In other words, reading trains you to become a better listener and empathatic to your own voices in your head as you read, and in turn to other people's voices in real lives! . . I could have not realised this if I hadn't taken the time to listen to a podcast by @aidaazlin_ with Ibrahim Tahir the founder of @wardahbooks, for her In Good Company podcast where they both beautifully described their journey with books . My goodness, I was bloooown away. Another point that I loved was when he mentioned something about books being a timeless medium of knowledge, without any form of distraction as compared to watching movies or videos (something along that line, I think). When you're reading a book written by a 19th century man, for example, you are internally travelling to the same century, exposed to the level of intellectual and ideas at that time. This experience can never be translated in the form of videos or movies because it is transcandental. Plus, the experience of reading the same book is absolutely different by different people. . Learning to become a better listener and in turn, form better relationships? Read in solitude and embrace your thoughts. . #reading #solitude #books #bookstagram #bookworm
I've always loved @yasminmogahed because of the different ways she was able to convey the meaning of syahadah, through the stories in the Quran and relate it to our daily experiences. The message has always been the same: detaching ourselves from any "Ilah" from our hearts other than Allah. . Whether these "ilah" be in the form of our spouses, our children, our careers, our accomplishments and so many worldly gradiose... none should be our ilah but Allah. . The one thing hit me so hard from this talk was the part of the story when Prophet Musa A.S. was returned to his mother as a way for Allah *to comfort her*. I mean just imagine losing a child in a times when children were publicly murdered. Out of aaaallll events, this was one of the events that Allah highlighted in the Quran. This means *Allah cares about women's emotions, their sadness and its intensity.* His Mercy is so grand that even an intangible distress is taken away. Because of this, I cried. . I cried because sometimes we feel alone and think that no one is there to save us. But Allah has always been there. It's only a matter in which we are able to go through the *process* of detaching ourselves from the world one by one, step by step. . Iman can change you. Despite her mother's instinct, she had to leave her child in the river because she believes that Allah will take care of him. Despite the lost, Allah reunited them both again. . So ladies, whatever emotions you are going through right now, whatever difficulties that you are facing, believe that Allah is As Sami', He listens. No human being will ever be able to uplift the burden off your back and chest. #yasminmogahed #reclaimyourheart
Solitude creates presence. Presence teaches one about self awareness. Self-awareness leads to reflections and growth. Growth leads to self-love. Self-love leads to happiness. Or is it? . I didn't realise that I've become so passionate about self-growth until I see the changes within myself. I don't say this out of a happy, clean, ideal and perfect past but a state when I just felt that I needed to get out of the cycle, when I guess, I had met with the truth of my darkest self. . It got to a point I wasn't sure what I needed to pray to Allah. The only words that I could utter were "I don't know what's wrong with me, Ya Allah, but I know and believe that You have prepared the best for me" . . It took me 2 years to break through my internal barriers, without escaping my present state. A lot of us try to escape and get away *for too long* until we've lost our true selves. Haven't figured out everything but I am okay with that more than I had been. Alhamdulillah. Hence the balloons and all those pretty things to celebrate and embrace more of the unknown! #presence #solitude #selfgrowth
My favourite solitude activity is having a hearty breakfast at a cafe. On top of that, I was listening to a podcast about how it's not too late to start over by Jay Shetty. . Most of us think it's too late to start over when you're 25, 30, 40 or even 50. Our passion and our purpose shouldn't have a deadline if it's important to you. The only deadline is when one is on a death bed, regretting the things that one didn't do when one was able to. There's plenty of successful people who started late. Today you are a lot wiser. Today you have a larger network of people. Today you have more experiences than yesterday. But in the end of the day it really begins with how purposeful we'd like our lives to be. . . I wouldn't be able to understand my purpose had I never taken the time to pause and spend my time alone figuring out what I want to achieve out of my life. So, that's why I am ALL for spending time alone and having the time of your life alone---whatever it may be. It is only through solitude that I am able to reflect and attain a deeper understanding towards life. . I haven't done this in a while and I am so grateful that I am able to today, Alhamdulillah. . Starting October with solitude, gratitude and lots of reflections. ✨ . PS/ Expect more postings about solitude lol #solitude #october2019
I've always felt uncreative whenever I am trying to be perfect. If anything, perfection kills the joy and passion of creating something. When passion is not there, everything feels dull and dry. . Waking up at the perfect time. Waking up to a perfect breakfast. Waking up to a perfectly fine morning. Having a perfect savings account. Looking perfectly beautiful. Doing everything with ultimate perfection. Achieving the target perfectly. Having the perfect job. Having the perfect relationship. Having a perfect family. Whatever perfect means. . . Whenever I am trying to be perfect, I'd make the excuse "Oh it's because I am trying to reach ihsan" when ihsan is merely more than being perfect but balanced with barakah in the effort. In the end, you're just overthinking things. In the end, nothing ever gets done. . This was taken on a hazy day at the beach and despite the imperfections, it's still as beautiful. Ironic because the horizon in the photo is perfectly horizontal 😂 . Has anyone felt that they need to stop the idea of having the perfect plan, timing or whatever it is and just get it done? 😭😂😭😂 . #perfectionist #dilemma #annoyingmyselftodeath
My body was stiff when I dipped myself in the water, thinking that I'd need to resist the weight of the water, so that I could swim and stay afloat. . But of course any person who knows how to swim would say "Just relax" even if that should be the last thing you should tell to a person who can't really swim (me 😂) But of course, when your body is relaxed completely, then you'd stay afloat. . This reminds me of virtue that we often misunderstand and misuse: humility. Swipe ➡ to read more . Ps/ Because txt too long for caption. . #humility
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