When we think of rizq, we usually take only one kind of rizq in consideration and that’s money.But if we see in broader perspective, there can be different forms of rizq from which we can spend and invest. Money, time, skill. If you are tight on money, invest your time in helping others. Teach a skill. Pass your knowledge. Spend time in uplifting someone. Use your skill to be someone’s voice.
وَمِمَّا رَزَقْنَـٰهُمْ يُنفِقُونَ [2:3] ‘And they spend from what we have provided for them ‘ (اور جو رزق دیا، اس میں سے خرچ کرتے ہیں۔) .
People sometimes ask me how can I be so calm to the chaos around me. Trust me, It is not something inborn. It is something you learn with time.
We often indulge ourselves in hurt caused by others. One of my favorite life saver is a quote by mother Teresa :’It was never between you and them anyway’. What people do or say about you reflects them. You do not need to explain yourself unnecessarily. You do not need to shift your focus to them. It is a projection of their character. Would you let people take away your energy, your attention, your sense of peace? Do people who hurt you desrve your energy and focus? Learn to guard your peace. Once you master this, you will create your calm.
وَ اِلَى اللّٰهِ تُرْجَعُ الْاُمُوْرُ۠(3:109) اور سارے معاملات اللہ کے حضور ہی پیش ہوتے ہیں. (and to Allah are all matters referred for decision.)
This space I call ‘my space’ will come to an end. Just like every thing in this world. I check my IG multiple times a day. I feel it is my source of energy. Just like an addiction makes you feel. But it isn’t really. The social media platform we are so active on, will just stop existing one day. It will be replaced by newer ones. Our ‘happy place’ might be one of the sources of joy but definitely not the only source. Let it be one of the sources but do not turn it into a foundation. Because, everything has an end.
إِنَّا لِلَّٰهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ Verily, we belong to Allah and verily to Him we shall return. (2:156)
Is He really listening? Will my prayers be answered? Don’t we often doubt our prayers? There are times when we get tired seeing no visible response to our duas. We blame this sense of lost connection on our sins, our lack of devotion, diversion from the right path and sometimes we blame Him. Amidst all this, we often forget the affirmation we repeat multiple times in our prayers. سَمِعَ اللّٰہُ لِمَنْ حَمِدَہُ ‘Allah hears the one who praises him’. We praise him. Don’t we? Not once, not twice. We praise him much more than we realize. ٱلْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ ٱلْعَـٰلَمِينَ ( All praise is for Allah.Lords of all worlds)
Next time, we doubt our prayers, we have to reassure our heart, Allah hears the one who praises him. He does!
Sometime we feel in the middle of nowhere. Light at the end of the tunnel sounds like a bad joke. Starting over may seem scary but it is an option. Isn’t it? Start over the project with a fresh mind. Try a new strategy when things are not working out . It can be something as simple as trying a new parenting style or a different approach to stay organized and focussed. It can also be as difficult as a career change or may be taking a break from that toxic relationship and starting over. It may be reconnecting with a estranged relationship. Starting over is one bismillah away. While looking for different duas, we often neglect this powerful start ‘bismillah hir Rahman nir Raheem. . #fridayaffirmations