Empowerment is a process that challenges our assumptions about the way things are and can be.
If we could look into each other’s hearts and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other more gently, with more love, tolerance and care.
"The walls you tried so hard to bring down day by day would be up high again with barbed wires around the edges to keep you out."
My co-worker’s puppy fell asleep on her desk. Not much work got done that day
The takeaway from the story of Ibrahim (Abraham) and his son, has nothing to do with sacrificing a son, the question is: if God told you to do something, would you do it?
God doesn’t ask us to kill anyone, we can’t harm anyone, because while we try and obsess over the idea of the sacrifice, we miss the point, again, will you do what God says?
God says to be kind when you don’t want to be kind, to be patient when you don’t want to be patient, to be forgiving to those you don’t want to forgive, to help those no one wants to help, to stand up for justice for those who are being oppressed, to be kind to your mother when you’re frustrated, to help your sister when you are lazy, to give to charity instead of buying yourself something useless.
These are God’s commands, and yet here we are, wasting our time, missing the entire point of the story, and by extension, Islam.
"The question we’re asking: how do you determine what’s right and wrong? My question is: what motivates you? … Why are you doing this? What you’re admitting, what you’re saying is that the critics are correct. Where do you get your values from? Do you get them from your religion? Or do you get them from some other culture? [A culture] that ten years ago, by the way, didn’t care about this."
- Dr. Jonathan Brown
Anonymous said: What are some practical advice and tip you would give us to do our very best this Ramadan JAK
Don’t be negative during Ramadan. Just because you’re hungry doesn’t mean you can be a jerk, the whole point of fasting is to make things more difficult so you may improve your Taqwa, which means “God consciousness.” So,
- Be more patience with your family and friends.
- Stop “hating” things.
- Stop saying you can’t stand “people who do x.”
- Stop criticizing those who are not as aware of things as you, help them see what you see. More importantly: realize that you are also unaware of many things.
- Stop keeping your good manners to those who you think deserve it, everyone does.
- Stop beating yourself up, you’re not as bad as you think and you’re better than you say.
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