Hope you all had a wonderful Ramadan and Eid. This Ramadan was a rejuvenating one for me. its funny how we forget so many concepts that make our lives simple and easy and how fasting and praying in this blessed month can revive these much needed concepts. Shaytan works on this forgetful nature of Insan to divert him from the straight path. This is why the reminder is so necessary for the believer and why this month long training provides that reminder and seeks to build habits that work to defeat the shaytan and our nafs outside of Ramdan. Below are few short reflections and reminders I had during this month that were enormous in helping me 1. to drop negative habits, 2. motivate me to do good, 3. in adding excitement and variety to my life. (more…)
“Take benefit of five before five. Your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you’re preoccupied, and your life before your death.” Prophet Muhammed (SAW).
This Hadith is very well known. But when we are young and we stumble upon it, we put it in our mind and then it gets lost somewhere. (more…)
Happy Monday! The following are a few quotes from this book that I am currently reading that have inspired me to think genuinely positive thoughts. Enjoy!
“Train yourself to recognize your thoughts, to better understand your feelings, and remember: you are not your (negative) thoughts”
“If it doesn’t go against the teachings of Islam and brings you joy – then go do it”
“Watch out for irrational thinking such as the belief that life (including you) should be perfect”
“Make peace with the fact that we don’t get everything we want in this life”
Also here’s my random tip of the day! A great way to prevent bad breath during fasting is to take a spoon or tongue scraper and just scrape your tongue anytime you feel your breath is not so fresh. This gets rid of the bad breath, leaves your mouth feeling cleaner, and also doesn’t break your fast in the process. Try it this Ramadan and let me know how it works for you!
All of us have them, those dreaded days where you feel that things could not get any worse or what feels like all your difficulties are coming all in one instance, and goals seem unachievable. This post is meant to reflect on how to get through those types of days.
Tip # 1: Pray, Pray, Pray
It’s important to perform your daily prayers while having a bad day or feeling like you are having a setback in life. In fact it becomes actually a remedy and helps keep you focused. It takes your mind off of your difficulties and helps keep you focused on your true purpose in life. It helps you realize that prayer is not a burden, but more of a safe haven.
Tip #2: Stick to most of your To-Do list
When you are trying to obtain goals, you hopefully have a list or some type of reminder to remind yourself of daily tasks that you need to accomplish in order to achieve your goals. When suffering from a setback on your goals or in life in general, it’s important to try to do as much as you can on your list. It makes you feel like you are actually working towards your goals, and refocuses your energy, negative thoughts, and feelings you are having at the moment into something productive. When things seem out of control, it’s important to remind yourself of what it is that you can control and what you can do to move forward so that you regain some of that control, and feel more at peace.