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2 years ago I approached 2-3 trusted creative friends with the thought to test a small project. In an email, I started of with Surah Al-Hujurat, ayat 13 that calls us to get to know each other from different tribes. . . At that time I didn't realise that this was something that I'd love to do for the rest of my life, that has now become my personal mission. I didn't realise I have been doing this since I was a child: to mediate and hopefully bring people together. My first ever professional attempt was that I initiated a conflict management out of care where I called everyone to sit in circle to bring us all back together but my goodness that didn't work well 😂😂😂 (at least I tried) . . Ever since then, I was attracted to understanding human behaviours and pattern because I love to solve this type of challenge. One of my ways to practically do this is tadabbur manusia. Sounds like a foreign concept but tadabbur simply means to understand something in depth. . So seeing a sea of people, (or even an ocean of them) used to be meaningless but as I've become more self-aware, I have enjoyed it much more than I ever could. This took sooo long for me to undetstand. But imagine when you're able to convert a seemingly meaningless activity to a self-growth activity? This truly takes a deeper sense of self-awareness and I wouldn't be able to reach this far without help. Not only that, Alhamdulillah I've finally lived with more clarity and purpose. . DM me now if you'd like to know how I can help. . #selfawareness #selfgrowth #reflections
I knew I was out of balance when one of my elements is off. Need more of physical care to balance out mental and spiritual care. Alhamdulillah No long caption needed 😂😂 #morninghike
We've all dealt with the *fear* of loss of wealth, status, jobs, children, family and so on. . When we'd deal with it to some degree in our lives, the biases in our mind when we are not fully aware of ourselves would switch to a fight or flight mode. Our perception of the world becomes so skewed to only our problems that we'd become blind to everything such as a blessing, around that. . . And we at that time haven't actually lost anything. We just *fear* and fear is a feeling. We don't truly lose everything physically. We are only tested with a feeling, like in Surah Al-Baqarah, ayat 155. . . But when we bring ourselves to a higher place, physically, we wouldn't even be able to see a tree that would have given us a shade when we're on the ground. We wouldn't able to see the things and people that we are afraid to lose. . When we have this view, our problems become so small it wouldn't be able to bring ourselves down. This is how its like perhaps, to be in a complete state of self-awareness. . . In Surah Al-Fajr 27-28, it is stated as Nafs Mutmainnah when a believer, is content with what Allah has decreed for him or her. Not in a way that he or she is lazy or passive. But in a state when you only desire to do things out of what He loves because He is the only one who can strip that fear off from you and gives you contentment. This world becomes so undesireble and that you can't wait to meet Him. #fear #sundaymorning #thoughts #islam
For the past couple of weeks I've been tested with the fear of loss and I questioned whether I would be in a continuous state of struggle. . . On the pursuit to let a loooot of things go and detaching my heart from a lot of emotional burden that I've been hiding within myself, I decided to reread one of my favourite books that helped me to go through dealing with pain and during my healing process the first time. And by Allah, this book helped me again this time. . The impact is a lot deeper as the tests and trials as you grow older, or I'd like to believe, as you grow closer to the deen, is much more difficult to a point of losing hope. How naive was I thinking that I would never be attached to anything anymore after that. But I now know this is just a purification process of my own heart. And on the bright side, the world doesn't feel appealing to you as much and that the only reason left you have to work so hard in this world is to attain the dunya in your hands so you can help and benefit more people around you. Because this is the only thing that will help us when we die other than our own ibadah, when we leave this short life. . I've been crying too much for the past couple of weeks (hahhaha) for my own shortcomings and the things that I have allowed myself attached to... May Allah detach our hearts from this temporary world, and for it to be completely empty from anything other than Allah. . Ps/ apologies for my sappiness. Its the hormones lol . #reading #solitude #books #bookstagram #bookworm
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
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