We do not find time for ourselves or our hobbies, because we are there earning a living and trying to make more money. And yet we are depressed, sad, and cranky. Is this the life we want? In our race to make a great life, we have failed to appreciate the greatness of what we already have.
I contemplate that. I imagine that I’m standing behind Muhammad (peace be upon him) and also gazing at the veil of light. And I long to have the veil lifted. I long to gaze in adoration at my Lord. But not yet. I’m still limited by my humanity, my corporeal being.
It is painful to think that your entire life is a story dictated by others. It is imperative that you remain the author of your own life. Ideas come into their own when we are free from pressures and distractions. The countless things that demand our attentions every day prevent us from engaging with our inner selves.
Allah says to him: “Didn’t you know that you did this sin and I could see you (he did it in secret) and I could see you! Didn’t you know this day will come? Didn’t you know that today I will question you?” And he will say: “My Lord! I did…”
The Lord of the universe has offered us a sacred conversation with Him. That Lord waits for us to come speak with Him, and yet many of us leave Him waiting while we sleep in our beds.
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. In this fatwa: Muslims and Christians serve the same God, Allah, but Muslims believe that Allah is the One Who has no partner nor anyone or anything resembles Him, whereas …
Fear of the Lord means living our lives with an eye to what God Almighty wants. It’s as simple as that. We don’t do bad things because we don’t want to displease Almighty God. Similarly we don’t do bad things, we don’t want to be punished. We want to enter the Paradise…
The more I pray the more I turn to the Lord, the more I just try to understand how beneficial the religion is. In the Quran, for example, for every struggle you’re going through, there is something in there that relates to it, if you open your heart to relate to it.
I had begun to pray but the most important hurdle still remained – how was I going to fit so many prayers into my schedule. I was in my last two years at school, so I had to work hard which meant I had to do homework and study when I got back home.
While the connection between the divine and the natural world was lost on me back in college, the kind of seeing I was made to do in art school did help open a door for me to accept the existence of a creator. As art students, my colleagues and I were taught…