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finding serenity

Went for a beach day with my husband the other day and it was, above all else, simple. The beach we went to was a small, out of the way family beach. We ate cheese on bread for lunch in between bouts of floating in the water and laying in the sand. We chatted and laughed and sat quietly together. It is these kinds of days - quiet, simple, lovely - that remind me what is really important. My health, my family, alhamdulillah those are good. All the rest are just extra blessings. Plus, the amazing natural beauty always has the effect of reminding me of the beauty of God. If this is what creation looks like, then what must...

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spreading good

You are good - it’s your duty to know that.  You are made of good - it’s your duty to protect that.  You are filled with good - it’s your duty to grow that.  You are made by Good - it’s your duty to respect that.  You are capable of spreading good - it’s your choice to do that.

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trusting myself

The thing is I don’t trust myself enough. And I battle in my head and can’t hold on to anything because I don’t trust myself. It’s because I can’t get myself to do something when I know it’s the right thing to do. When I’m pulled in the other direction, I give in.  How will I fix that? I need to be a better coach for myself. I will listen. I deserve to be listened to. I have wisdom inside and I will give it a chance. And please, Allah, help me gain my own trust as I know that trust will aid me in living the kind of life I want to live. Umeda  Have deeper conversations with yourself....

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unhidden

I thought a lot before going ‘public’ on Instagram. I’ve been raised to hide being a Muslim for safety purposes and that didn’t change when we came to the US 20-some years ago.  It took a lot of time and guts to go public for me and reading this book brought all my fears back. I haven’t read the whole thing yet and please don’t take this as a ‘review’ per se but more of a reflection as usual.  It talks about the Islamophobia in the government (way before Trump.) The active Islamophobia in the media and the people who depend solely on the media to draw opinions (and actions.) Nothing new, really, but it just reminds you of the...

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Allah is the Appreciative

While personal and spiritual development are such an important part of our deen, we can often get caught up in the frenzy to "be better." We begin to discount all that we do, and despair that there are so many on social media that are (or seem) more pious than us.  I want to write this small reflection  today, to remind us all to never trivialize our good deeds, however small.  Just the fact that you are seeing this post, or listening to an inspiring lecture, or reading an informative article, just the plain fact that you are a Muslim today, means that Allah has given you tawfiq.  He has given you this post as a reminder, He has given you...

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