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I ran into a stranger and he passed by

“Oh Excuse me please” was my reply

He said “please excuse me too

I wasn’t watching for you”

We were very polite this stranger and I

We went on our way and said goodbye

But at home a different story is told

How we treat our loved ones, young and old

Later that day while cooking the evening meal

My son stood beside me very still

When I turned I nearly knocked him down

“Move out of the way” I said with a frown

He walked away his little heart broken

I didn’t realize how harshly I’d spoken

While I lay awake in bed

God’s still small voice came to me and said

While dealing with a stranger common courtesy you use

But the family you love you seem to abuse

Go and look on the kitchen floor

You’ll find some flowers there by the door

Those are the flowers he brought for you

He picked them  himself, pink, yellow and blue

He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise

You never saw the tears that filled his little eyes

By this time I felt very small

And now my tears began to fall

I quietly went and knelt by his bed

“Wake up little one wake up” I said

“Are these the flowers you picked for me?”

He smiled “I found them out by the tree

I picked them because they’re pretty like you

I knew you’d like them especially the blue”

I said “Son I am very sorry for the way I acted today

I shouldn’t have yelled at you that way”

He said “Oh mom that’s okay I love you anyway”

I said “Son I love you too and I do like the flowers especially the blue.”

This was a poem taken from the Husn-E-Ikhlaq (Good Character) Podcast by Dr. Farhat Hashmi. 


How the Prophet  (صلى الله عليه و سلم) joked-

A man once came to him in need of a strong camel. Rasulallah  (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said, “I will give you a baby of a she-camel.”

The man was confused and asked how a baby camel would benefit him.

The Prophet  (صلى الله عليه و سلم) replied, “Isn’t it that every strong camel is a baby of a she-camel?” And they laughed. [Bukhari, Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud, & Ahmad]

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Bismi-llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīmi (بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم)


Smile to the people you meet, you will find that smiling is contagious. :)
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It is an innate human need to be happy.  Every person on earth is trying to find happiness whether it is through the body’s desires or through attaining wealth and fame.  However if true happiness is to be found one needs to ask the One who created us.  For it is only our true Owner that can tell us what it is we need to be happy.  I thought it would be a good reminder to list the real things that truly do make us happy, things that our Creator has ordained and things that are very different from what we have subconsciously learned will give us happiness.

1.  Salah (prayer)– The chores, homework, errands, work demands, school demands, family demands, not to mention the various injustices happening in the world can all take a toll on the person.  How does one relax? How does one take a break from it all?  Bow down to your Creator 5 times a day and stand in gratitude and great humility and say “I don’t know Ya Allah . You know. And only You can helps us.”  Prayer will leave you with a feeling of happiness and a feeling of confidence enabling you to accomplish even more during your day.

2.  Quran:  If you’ve ever wanted to change something about yourself for the better, start by reading the reciting and learning the tafseer of the Quran a little everyday.  It will help you accomplish everything in life and I mean everything.  That is the miracle of the Quran.


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It feels like it was just yesterday. After all, it was just yesterday that we all stood before You. We stood and the depths of each of our souls felt Your presence so near. We acknowledged Your everlasting existence and accepted You as our Lord. We stood extracted from our father, of what would be of us in the coming years. But without a doubt we stood, before You and all humans.

You erased the memory from our minds but in no way did You erase the feeling deep in our hearts. Each of Us felt the truth running deep within our blood, pulsating into our veins, and beating with our every heartbeat. But so many of us forgot. We forgot that this very heart is only beating because of You. We’ve gotten so lost in the busy life that we live today that we neglect to reflect on yesterday. Yesterday was more real than today. It is equally as real as the tomorrow we are all waiting for. Our life of today is very short in length when compared to our life tomorrow.

No matter where my life will take me, I want to use today as an opportunity to continue to believe in only You as my Lord. Whether the whole world is with me or against me, it is nothing in comparison to You being on my side. I devote my heart in believing in You and I devote my limbs in fulfilling your covenant. I seek your mercy and forgiveness for every time I have forgotten You and remembered only my vain desires. I seek in You the fulfillment I long for and the contentment that my hearts craves. With You, nothing is impossible. Without You, I’m all alone.

I seek to make my today connect directly with the statements I made to You yesterday, in hopes that You accept and allow me to join Your beautiful company once again tomorrow. We will once again stand before you tomorrow. But many of us with a regretful past, and many with a grievous future. Tomorrow is real. It’s not far away. The difference with tomorrow is that it’s Forever.

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