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Why have you been constantly smiling?

What’s the despair that you are veiling?

Having wet eyes and a smile on your face

What’s fact that you’re showing on face?

The tears you sustain now with such patience

Will turn into venom if bear so much patience

Time has healed your wounds with resilience

Why are you scratching those with touchiness?

Destiny is the game of unreliable phase of life

You’re being beaten by the passing time of life
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tum itnā jo muskurā rahe ho

kyā ġham hai jis ko chhupā rahe ho

āñkhoñ meñ namī hañsī laboñ par

kyā haal hai kyā dikhā rahe ho

ban jā.eñge zahr piite piite

ye ashk jo piite jā rahe ho

jin zaḳhmoñ ko vaqt bhar chalā hai

tum kyuuñ unheñ chheḌe jā rahe ho

rekhāoñ kā khel hai muqaddar

rekhāoñ se maat khā rahe ho

                                                    Allah is most kind and merciful 

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Almighty Allah created man and his mind with its purpose set on achieving knowledge, the most important of which is that Allah alone is the Creator and all the rest are worshippers (slaves). By worshipping anything other than Allah, man becomes enslaved to Satan, who is himself a creature and becomes harnessed to his own bias qualities.

Prophet Idris was one of the prophets.

When Prophet Idris alaihessalam got heartbroken like all other prophets, due to non believers’ immoral activities, he left them and disappeared for almost twenty years. There was no rain for very long time. Allah punished them with drought.

When animals and people died of hunger and the life became miserable, the people asked for forgiveness.  Allah being most merciful, sent back Idris to his people

Prophet Idris then begged Allah to forgive and to bring an end to drought. Allah granted his demand and the drought ended. There were heavy rains again. The land became alive and fertile once more.

The Learned Prophet

Prophet Idris alaihessalam was given wisdom in various fields of knowledge and the ability to create things that can make the human’s life easier For example, alphabets and writing, mathematics, astronomy, philosophy and etc. He was the first man who learnt to write with pen. He was the first man to show people how to measure weights and balance.  He taught them about the movements of planets.

He was the first man to make weapons for hunting and defense. He also taught people to stitch clothes with needle and thread.

Consequently he brought about a remarkable change in the moral and social life of the people.

Some sayings of Hazrat Idris

  1. Do not feel jealous of the prosperity of others for what they have, as they will only enjoy it for a short while.
  2. He who has unlimited desires, is deprived of the wealth of contentment.
  3. One should be sincere in acts of devotion
  4. It is an act of serious sin to take false oaths.
  5. Patience is a key to victory
  6. He who controls his passions is fortunate. Only a good act will be a living petition before Allah on the Day of Judgment
  7. One who is desirous of attaining perfection in knowledge should have no concern with immoral acts.
  8. Happy is he who looks at his own deeds and appoints them as pleaders to his Allah
  9. None can show better gratitude for Allah’s favors than he who shares them with others.
  10. He who indulges in excess will not benefit from it.
  11. The real joy of life is to have wisdom

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My mother used to enlighten me with   ethical stories at bed time. Those character building stories have left great impact on me.

Let me share one of those stories with you today 🙂 

Long time back, famine broke out in a country.  A rich charitable man distributed loaves of bread to children every day in his region. Every day the children gathered at the rich man’s house to get loaves of bread.

As soon as the servants brought out loaves, they fought among themselves and struggled hard to get them.

But one little orphan girl waited pa­tiently for her turn. But every time she got the smallest loaf last of all.

One day as usual, she got the smallest piece.

She went home and sat in a corner to eat it. As she cut it, her eyes gleamed with joy. She saw a gold coin in it. She went back at once to return it to the rich man.

The rich man was very delighted at her honesty. He gave her not only that coin, but two more gold coins for her honesty and some big loaves as reward of being patient and serene.

May we all learn and practice to be grateful for what we already have and be patient to wish and get our wishes realized, amen!

Moral:

Patience brings its own reward.

Shams Tebriz

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Patience is not sitting and waiting, it is foreseeing. It is looking at the thorn and seeing the rose, looking at the night and seeing the day. Lovers are patient and know that the moon needs time to become full.

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A Quote By

Shams Tabrizi

 Time ————— al-‘Asr 

In the name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful.

1. By time.

2. The human being is in loss.

3. Except those who believe, and do good works, and encourage truth, and recommend patience.

 

This essay was written by my granddaughter Lena Syed.  She lives in Massachusetts Boston.  i like it so wish to share with you all my friends 🙂Lena

One of the various factors of patience is Tawakkul, or trust in God. Tawakkul is when one is certain that everything will be alright because God has a plan for everybody. One must have complete trust and faith in God, as nobody can plan their own destiny. Fate remains in the hands of God only, and it is silly when people think that they can shape their own fate by themselves. Of course, everybody must work hard in order to succeed, but people also must have faith and trust in God. People often lose hope for themselves because they forget that God has a plan for everybody. In this way, it is important for everybody to remember God all of the time.  It is commonly said that success only comes from hard work and prayer. These days, it is not uncommon to hear the words, “Stay strong”, “Never give up”, or “Refuse to sink”. It is common to hear inspiring words in songs that promote patience. Not only is Tawakkul referenced by the  Quran, but it is also referenced by songs. A variety of songs contain references of Tawakkul, even though several weren’t created by Muslims. Some examples of songs that mention patience, hope, and trust, are Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi, Float On by Modest Mouse, Hand in My Pocket by Alanis Morissette, Amsterdam by Imagine Dragons, Wavin’ Flag by K’Naan, and Don’t Stop Believing by Journey.

The well-known classic rock and roll song from 1986, Livin’ on a Prayer, by Bon Jovi, has inspired many. The chorus of the song goes, “Woah, we’re half-way there, livin’ (sic) on a prayer. Take my hand, and we’ll make it, I swear.” The song is about a hard-working couple who are struggling to persevere through the tough economy. The message of the song basically is to never give up because everybody will make it through and survive. One can deduct from the chorus of the song that the couple is strong in faith, since they are “livin’ on a prayer”. Therefore, this song is an example of a situation that involves Tawakkul because it is about having strong faith by knowing that everything will be okay.

The song, “Float On”, by the modern indie-rock band, Modest Mouse, is an example of a song which indirectly mentions having Tawakkul. The chorus of the song goes, “And we’ll all float on okay. And we’ll all float on alright; already we’ll all float on. Now don’t you worry we’ll all float on”. The song is about common mistakes that anybody is capable of making, but how it is okay to make them because everything will end fine. The message is that, no matter how bad everything seems to be, in the long run, everything will end up alright. The song is an example of Tawakkul because it states that everything will eventually be okay.

During the song, “Hand in My Pocket”, Alanis Morissette says, “And what it all comes down to is that everything’s gonna (sic) be fine, fine, fine”. During this song, she sings about her imperfections but how she’s still happy because she knows that everything is going to be okay. She sings about how she’s poor, small, lost, and tired, but at the same time she’s kind and happy. Her feelings in this song can be related to the Islamic teaching of being thankful for what you have, because situations can be a lot worse. In this way, “Hand in My Pocket” by Alanis Morissette is an indirect reference to Tawakkul since, in the song, she says that everything will be fine.

The song “Amsterdam” by the popular indie/alternative rock band, Imagine Dragons, is yet another song that is about patience. The chorus of the song goes, “Your time will come if you wait for it, if you wait for it. It’s hard, believe me, I’ve tried.”  The message of the song is that if you aren’t happy right now, you eventually will find happiness if you wait for it. The wait will surely be worth it, since it takes difficulty. Nothing in life comes easy but if one prays and works hard, they are bound to find happiness. This song is an indirect reference to both Tawakkul and Jihad, or struggle, because it says that the wait for happiness to arise takes patience, perseverance, and faith.

Wavin’ Flag is a song by a Somalian Muslim by the stage name of K’naan. Several parts of the song make references to Tawakkul. The chorus is, “When I get older, I will be stronger, they’ll call me freedom, just like a waving flag”. In the first verse, he says, “And we’re struggling, fighting to eat. And we’re wondering when we’ll be free. So we patiently wait for that fateful day, it’s not far away, but for now we’ll say…”. The song is about how he used to be poor but because of his patience and faith he is not poor anymore. In this way, this song is a reference to Tawakkul.

Don’t Stop Believing, by Journey, is another classic rock song that conveys a message telling us to keep believing and having faith in ourselves. In order to have faith in ourselves, we have to have faith in God as well, because God gives us courage. Part of the chorus of the song is, “Don’t stop believing, and hold on to that feeling”.  The song is saying to have faith and to not give up, therefore promoting Tawakkul.

Tawakkul is mentioned through various stories and quotes from the Quran. Tawakkul is mentioned in the following verse from Surah Baqarah, 2:216: “But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.” While things may seem awful, they actually might be good for us. For example, fruits and vegetables don’t please most children because they would rather eat sweets. Little do they know that fruits and vegetables are good for their bodies and sweets are not! Another example is studying; studying usually is not an enjoyable activity, but it is good for us. By means of events, if something bad happens, the misfortune may actually open doors for good things to happen. An example of Tawakkul during Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)’s life was when he experienced a dark stage, when he received no revelations from God until Surah Ad-Duha, or in English, The Morning Light, was revealed to him. This surah, or chapter, says that after every difficulty, there is rest, and to always work hard and to remember God. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) began to lose hope during his dark stage, but after surah Ad-Duha was revealed to him, he started to regain hope and trust in God.

It is impossible for faith to exist when there is no Tawakkul. It is almost impossible for patience to exist when there is no Tawakkul. A theory from Homer’s epic, The Odyssey, is that after adversity there is light. This proves that people of any faith can have Tawakkul. Success in the hereafter is better than success in this life, because this life is only temporary, while life in the hereafter is eternal. If one prays and remembers God but does not feel bliss and doesn’t succeed in this life, they might be rewarded during the Afterlife if they have pleased God. It is important to pray and remember God because it is possible to be rewarded in both this life and the next life. It is dangerous for those who do not pray and remember God because although they may succeed in this life, they may not succeed in the next. If life is tough now, we must be patient and remember God so that life can be pleasurable in the hereafter, for God’s punishment is dreadful. Possessions and success will not help us pass through the gates of Paradise; only good deeds will. So if any misfortunes occur, we should be patient and have Tawakkul that we will be okay because of God’s help. “God guides whom He will” is a popular quote by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). We should be patient and pray to God in order for Him to guide us on a straight path. A well-known quote is “Good things come to those who wait but better things come to those who are patient”. We must keep in mind to not only wait for good things, but to be patient for them too. We must remember that this life that we are currently living in is not our only life. We have the Hereafter. Anything that we earn in this life can be taken away, because God is omnipotent. However, the Afterlife is eternal and permanent, and therefore rewards in the Afterlife are more superior to awards in the current life. It is necessary for us to be patient and to have faith, and in order to do that, we must have Tawakkul.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written Statement

As I opened my laptop and began brainstorming ideas of what to write for this essay, I thought back to a post about Tawakkul that a friend posted on Facebook that morning. I thought to myself, “Is this not the perfect topic or what?”. As I was reading my friend’s post about Tawakkul that morning, I didn’t even think about how it related to patience. However, as I researched more about Tawakkul, I realized that it would be the perfect topic for my essay.

My goal was for my essay to be a formal essay about how Tawakkul is referenced through songs. However, I found the formal essay as being too dry, so I tried to make it more personal by adding words such as “we”, and “us”. I also added some Quranic references and references to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)’s life. The inspirations for the songs that I mentioned came from my own music taste, which is mostly indie and classic rock. I tried to be specific while describing and analyzing the information in my essay.

Writing has been one of my passions since I was about eleven years old. I would say that my writing is different than others’ because I pay close attention to grammar, after being drilled for years in Latin class, and I try to expand my vocabulary by thinking about my Latin roots and by using my favorite iPhone app, the Dictionary.com app, which sends me updates every day! When I was younger, I tried to expand my vocabulary by throwing big words that I didn’t know the meanings of into my compositions in order to sound intelligent. However, somebody would always correct me and tell me that I used the word wrong, and he or she would tell me the definition of the word which I used incorrectly, but in the end, it helped me learn the meanings of more words. I have to admit that I sometimes even use that method today.

The main purpose of my essay was to convey the meaning and significance of Tawakkul and how it relates to patience and faith. I hope that after reading my essay, people will think differently (in a positive way) about patience and remembering God.

 

 

 

 

 

Patience has many synonyms like endurance, serenity, tolerance, acceptance, lenience, easiness, stamina etc etc

I know a lady who is resting in eternal peace in heavens above now who had all the qualities in her persona. I feel proud to admit that she was my cousin. She was not my cousin only but very dear to heart too.

She was Allah’s chosen one.

Let me share with you to make you believe my words.

Her name was Mumtaz. She was the only sister of her five brothers. Hence was dear and adored by every member of the family.

She always carried innocent smile on her lips no matter what situation she was in. Her smile was her distinctiveness.

She was whitish having attractive features with black long hair neatly tied in braids.  She was middle height. I am writing all these details to enable the reader to visualize her character. She was a shy maiden. She always covered her head with her dupatta being an honest practicing muslima physically and spiritually.

She got married to one of my other cousin. Both husband and wife had very sound relationship. She got same love and respect from her husband like her own family. She gave birth to 3 sons and one daughter.

The eldest son was diagnosed brain tumor when he was just a teen age.  Both husband wife got him the best they could from medication to brain surgery from time to time. The boy had to go through many painful and critical phases of his life but the patience was commendable. None of them ever complained.  They got their sons married at early age to give their son as much happiness as possible. I salute to the parents of the girl too who knowing the tragic end of the boy gave their daughter’s hand.

Mumtaz Apa developed cancer herself due to the grief seeing her son in agony. She endured cancer with same smile on her lips. Both husband and wife kept it secret of her ailment to them selves. No body knew that she was a cancer patient herself. She greeted the guests with same angelic smile, carried out all her duties without a single word of complaint.  Despite all efforts her son died.

She got weaker with every passing day enduring the grief and loss of her son. Nobody knew she carried cancer in her chest.

All her brothers loved her but the eldest one had special feeling of love and admiration for her. He felt very grieved to see her getting so ill so he also got ill. The strange thing about all this is that since the brother could not bear to her die so he breathed his last the same night where as Mumtaz Apa died in the morning. The sky shed tears too on the sad parting of the souls in form of heavy rain that night inKarachiwhere brother died and inIslamabadwhere the great   lady passed away bearing the same angelic smile on her face.

Her husband visits her grave very often to pray for his beloved wife. I never experienced such height of patience in my life like my dear cousin’s. May she rest in the highest position of heaven and Allah be pleased with her. Amen


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