The Emblem of Courage

…Ibrahim brought Hajar to a high hill called Al-Marwa, made her and her baby sit under a tree, placed a bag of dates and some water near her, and set out homeward. Hajar ran after him and said, “Are you going to leave us in this desert where there is no one to keep us company?” She repeated this many times but he would not look back at her. She asked, “Has Allah ordered you to do so?” He answered yes. “Then He will not neglect us,” she said.

Later…. some Arabs traveling through Makkah saw birds flying around Al Marwa. “They must be flying around water,” they said. When they arrived at the water, they found Hajar (alaihi salam) and asked her, “Would you allow us to stay with you, and use the water from your well?” She agreed and was pleased by their company.

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Bruised

Bruised…. yet again she had been badly battered. The kind of bruises you couldn’t see, the ones that hurt more and leave deep slashes within, her soul had been bruised, and her heart had been shattered. This heart that once was full of life was now a void of nothingness… that was beating within a scarred soul, masked by skin and bones that she would shadow behind her charmingly endowed attire.

Over a period of time she had mastered the art of camouflaging her battered soul behind that lovely smile. She appeared alive until you spotted that glinting sorrow in her empty eyes.

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Forgive and Forget

Forgive and forget! Easier said than done. It’s easier to forgive someone but difficult to forget the wrong they have done to us. But shouldn’t it be enough to just forgive someone? Why have we been encouraged to forget their ill-behavior towards us?

Because while forgiving benefits the person who has wronged us, consequently forgetting about it unburdens us from the negativity created in response to someone’s wronging. In order to acquire that inner peace and contentment, it’s important to let go off all that makes us negative and to move on.

When Life Gives You Lemons – 10 Ways to Curb Negativity

“And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient.” (Quran 2: 155)

Some of the most common situations amongst human beings are the trials and tests that they must go through in life but what makes one person different from another is how they react and respond to their specific problems.

It is inevitable that one who is encountering a difficult or tragic situation must struggle hard to curb the persistent negativity sprouting up from within and around him but what exactly is negativity? Negativity mostly starts with a stream of unpleasant thoughts and feelings that are left unresolved, which can lead to hostile behaviour, misplaced anger, frustration and anxiety, followed by erratic outbursts at anyone vulnerable such as, children, co-workers or friends which in turn results in feelings of regret, guilt or depression.

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