The definition of wealth ~

One day a rich father took his son on a trip. He wanted to show him how poor someone can be. They spent time on the farm of a poor family. On the way home, the father asked: ‘Did you see how poor they are? What did you learn?’

The son said: ‘We have a pool, they have rivers. We have lanterns at night, they have the stars. We buy food, they grow theirs. We have walls to protect us, they have friends. We have encyclopaedias, they have the Quran’. He then added: ‘Thanks Dad, for showing me how poor we are’.

LESSON: It’s not money that makes us rich, its the simplicity in having Allah in our lives.

‘What a simple choice to make..between what you give & what you take..’

Some might say this world today shows God’s left us to our mistakes
He has never been so far away
Some might say how could any father stand
And see his children across many lands suffer so and give no helping hand

Somewhere tonight
Far away and out of sight
There’s a child that’s too weak to cry
Deep in those eyes
Can’t you see him in disguise
Reaching out to the heart that’s in you and I

In every tear
That is where
He is there

He’s the hand that wipes that brow
He’s the tear that trickles down
Upon the face that cries without a sound
We need you now
What a simple choice to make
Between what you give and what you take
When what you give
Such a precious life could save

Somewhere inside
There’s a part of you that asks why
Would he leave so many so far behind
And deep in those eyes
Can’t you see Him in disguise
Reaching out to the heart that’s in you and I
~  Writer: Connor Reeves

Cure for the broken heart ~

“God is with the broken-hearted. The dunya is designed to break your heart, to crush it. When your heart breaks, it’s a good thing – the breaking of the heart is what opens it up to the light of Allah.” – Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Hanson

Strength of Character ~

A  daughter complained to her father about her life and how things have been so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and she wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed that just as one problem was solved another arose.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen, filled three pots with water and placed the fire on high. Soon the three pots came to a boil. In one he placed carrots, in the other he placed eggs, and the last he placed ground coffee beans. He let them sit and boil, without saying a word.

The daughter sucked her teeth and impatiently wondered what he was trying to do. She had problems, and he was making this strange concoction. In half an hour he walked over to the stove and turned down the fire. He pulled the carrots out and placed them in the bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in the bowl. Then he ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to her he asked. “Darling what do you see?

“Smartly, she replied. “Carrots, eggs, and coffee.

He brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Her face frowned from the strength of the coffee.

Humbly, she asked. “What does it mean Father?”

He explained. “Each of them faced the same adversity, 212 degrees of boiling water. However each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. But after going through boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg was fragile. A thin outer shell protected a liquid center. But after sitting through the boiling water, it’s inside became hardened. The coffee beans are unique however. After they were in the boiling water, it became stronger and richer.

Which are you, he asked his daughter? When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?

Are you the carrot that seems hard, but with the smallest amount of pain, adversity, or heat you wilt and become soft with no strength.

Are you the egg, which starts off with a malleable heart? A fluid spirit. But after a death, a divorce, an accident you became hardened and stiff. Your shell looks the same, but you are so bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and heart, internally.

Or are you like the coffee bean? The bean does not get its peak flavor and robust until it reaches 212 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water gets the hottest, it just tastes better.

When things are there worst, you get better. When people talk the most, your praises increase. When the hour is the darkest, trials are there greatest, your worship elevates to another level. How do you handle adversity?

Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?

Taken from Qisas

Signs – ‘Will ye still deny the Greatness of thy Lord?’

Why We Need Strength. .

Smooth roads never make good drivers,
Calm seas never make good sailors,
Clear skies never make good pilots,
A problem free life never makes a strong person.

Be strong enough to accept the challenges of life.
Dont ask, “Why Me?”
Instead, say: “WITH ALLAH BY MY SIDE, TRY ME!”

Read this dua:
“O Allah, when I lose hope because my plans have come to nothing, Then help me to remember that Your love is always greater than my disappointments, and Your Plans for my life are always better than my dreams.”

-Ameen-

True Beauty.

That which God said to the rose,
and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty,
He said to my heart,
and made it a hundred times more beautiful.
- Jalalludin Rumi.

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