Aug 19

Optimism, Hope & Confidence

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Your experiences are shaped by your thinking. Even obstacles have a value when you can see it. You can develop convictions that will help you to feel happier and achieve more, regardless of the situation.

Consider these empowering beliefs that you can start using today to transform your life through the power of positive thinking.

Empowering Beliefs to Make You Smile 🙂

  1. I understand my potential. You can achieve amazing results when you put your mind to it. Feel excited about reaching your true potential.

     

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  2. I count my blessings. List each thing that you have to be grateful for. Remember to include the smaller items, like cloth on your back or food to eat. Expressing your appreciation reminds you of how rich you are.

  3. I learn from mistakes. You can make setbacks work for you by focusing on the lessons that they contain. Flubbing one job interview can teach you how to ace the next one.

  4. I find meaning in adversity. Tough times can be the most rewarding phase of your life. Know that you can emerge from any challenge with greater wisdom and courage. Look back at the obstacles you’ve already overcome, and reassure yourself that you can handle what’s ahead.

  5. I embrace change. Accept that life is a series of changes. Focus on the present moment, and prepare yourself to adapt to whatever circumstances come your way.

  6. I dream big. Expand your wish list. Setting demanding but attainable goals gives you adventures to look forward to each day.

  7. I practice forgiveness. Lighten your load by clearing away any resentment you’re holding onto from the past. Set reasonable boundaries while you respond with compassion when others disappoint you. Pardon yourself too.

  8. I give generously. Sharing your blessings makes you more powerful and joyful. Volunteer in your community and speak kindly to each person you meet today. Buy snacks or coffee for your co-workers or give your receptionist a gift.

So, how do you think positively to empower yourself? Are there things you do for yourself to make you smile and take on life struggles as they come?

Let’s hear your views.

Share and share away if you find this interesting. 🙂

Aug 19

The Floating Bubble (Short Story 4)

A story about learning from the mistakes of others.

Farah was a bubble waiting to be unleashed. As she waited, she made great plans for her journey soon to come. Could she make her dreams come true?

Day after day, Farah sat in the soapy water bottle watching as her owner, Sara, blew other bubbles away.

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She always dreamed about being the next bubble to be blown. Yet, she spent her days watching what the other bubbles did as Sara unleashed them. There were some bubbles that made bad choices, and popped as soon as they were blown and released.

“Oh no! Look at Mina floating towards the mulberry tree,” she exclaimed. “She knows that mulberries have a prickly exterior. She’s going to be in trouble soon!”

 And as Farah said it, it was done. As soon as Mina got next to the mulberry tree, she popped loudly and transformed into water droplets. The droplets landed in the lake below. Farah was upset that she lost her floating ability and, instead, had to flow along in the lake.

Farah kept reminding herself of her goal to float in the air currents for as long as possible.

The next day was her turn to be blown. As Sara shook the bottle and took out the bubble wand, Farah geared up for a great adventure.

Sara blew hard and formed Farah into one of the most beautiful bubbles ever created. “Wow! How beautiful,” said Sara. “I hope that bubble lasts a long time.”

Farah kept a mental note of Mina’s decision to float by the mulberry tree. She saw what happened to Mina, and decided against taking that same route.

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Instead, she floated over the areas where there weren’t many trees. That way, she was able to stay intact for a very long time. She was happy for the opportunity to see many places along her journey.

We should always pay attention to our surroundings. We can learn one or two things from people’s mistakes only when we pay attention. We avoid their mistakes being repeated by us.

Does the story resonate with you? Share with your friends and family you feel might benefit from it.

There is love in sharing. Keep sharing…:)

Aug 16

A Friendship Promise

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Ruby Moore (Umm Zakiyyah)
Young Adult
Al-Walaa
2012
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Maryam is the daughter of  Pakistani-American parents who has been brought up to be totally obedient to them and follow rules.

Joanne, Samira's mother got divorced and had to move back to the U.S. from Saudi Arabia. Joanne & Basma (Maryam's Mum)  were childhood friends. They had different upbringings and invariably each has different parenting styles, so there were arguments between them regarding the upbringing of their children.

Maryam became friends with Samira when her parents accepted to help Joanne with a friend for her daughter . This was after an argument between Maryam's parents that her father eventually accepted.
Although Samira lived in Saudi Arabia, she didn't know some of the unacceptable actions to avoid as a Muslim girl. Her attitude got her friends into trouble. She doesn't care for rules & regulations.

There's this heart to heart talk meeting the girls usually engage in, whereby they tell each other's  secrets and make a pledge not to tell anyone outside their circle. Can you guess whose idea it was? Yeah, you’ve got to read the book to get the answer.

The three friends battled with issues typical of teenagers which conflicted with the way they were brought up:
>Latifah was free with the opposite sex during a game of basketball in her school, involving inappropriate touching which she condoned because she enjoyed the attention.
>Maryam was caught by Samira while chatting with a boy online.
>Samira was talking online with a non-Muslim boy irrespective of her mother's warning on not using the internet except for homework.
All these misbehaviour culminated into something bigger than the three friends.

What did I enjoy most about this book? Hmmm….I enjoyed the way the author was able to portray the emotions and feelings the girls were going through as teens. She passed across real life situations most Muslim teens go through at adolescence.

My least favourite character is Faris, Maryam’s father. He was too self-righteous. He thought himself a more practicing Muslim than Samira's family. He believed Maryam would be influenced by Samira in a negative way. It’s only Allah that knows who’s righteous or not. We should all strive to do our best.

Adults can learn one or two things from the book even though it was meant for the young adult.

Do you think of reading this book? Did this review help you in deciding whether to read it or not?

Drop us your thoughts in the comment box. We love reading from you! 🙂



 

 

Aug 10

8 Important Life Skills to Teach Your Children



 

Although your children can learn to read and write at school, there are many beneficial life skills that schools rarely provide. These are skills that all adults and children should have.

If you or anyone you know really struggles with life, odds are that there is a lack of expertise in one of these areas. That’s how important they are!

 

Teaching your children these skills will benefit them throughout their lives:

 

  1. Asking questions. If you can’t figure out something that’s important to you, you can save yourself a lot of grief by asking questions of the appropriate person. You can also learn a lot by exploring and asking yourself questions.
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  2. The ability to solve problems. Life is full of challenges. Figuring out how to be successful in school, navigating through a new job, making the football team: these are all common challenges we must solve. Life is less intimidating when you learn processes that help you conquer challenges, whatever they may be.problem solving

Avoid the temptation to solve your children’s challenges for them. Let them strive to figure solutions out on their own.

  1. Finding a passion. No one ever trained us to go out and find the things that really excite and motivate us. Most of us were taught that working and having a job stinks, so you’d better get used to it. However, it doesn’t have to be that way! Everyone should have something they are passionate about and enough sense of independence to attach to it.

I’ve discovered my eldest loves writing and I took it as my duty to encourage her. I am getting her into a writing coaching class to enhance her gift. She recently wrote a story that was published in a newspaper.

 

  1. Independence. Children need to be nurtured to become more and more independent as they grow up. Many adults need to learn to be more independent as well. Strive to increase your child’s independence a little bit at a time.
  2. Being content when alone. Some children are incapable of spending even 15 minutes without the attention of others. As children grow up, they learn to attach to other things to find contentment. Buying silly things, the Internet, food, video games, and more can all become addictions in their own way to avoid being alone. Adults are no different.

There is a great power in being able to amuse yourself. It makes life easier, with fewer destructive temptations.

 

  1. Compassion. The ability to work well with others and control our own anger is directly tied to our ability to be compassionate toward others. Strive to be more compassionate in your everyday life and teach your children the same. Being compassionate is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.

 

  1. Money Skill. Teach your children to earn & manage money at an early age, say from10 years. Some of them get this false sense of entitlement as they grow up and depend totally on their parents. Teach them to save from pocket money, open accounts for them, take them on trips to the market to have a first hand experience on handling money. This skill will help them in the long run.
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  2. Dealing with change. Change is one of the few constants in life. Those who can be flexible and deal with change effectively are much more successful and happier than those who can’t. Help your child to learn to deal with change and you’ll be doing them a huge favor.

Schools teach us many things but they don’t teach us everything. These necessary skills that aren’t taught in school can be more valuable than anything we learn during our formal education. Check yourself and your child for the presence of these skills. Your lives will be much better for it.

Feel free to add more important skills you think our children need to succeed in life. Do your children have these skills already? Drop us a comment below to get us talking.

Have you enjoyed reading this? Share with your friends and loved ones. 🙂

 

Aug 03

Misinformation Mayhem

A story about the perils of prattle

 

Sissy Spaniel listened to gossip and made decisions based on misinformation until the idle talk taught

her a valuable lesson… the hard way.

Bella Buns loved to eavesdrop and gab. She roamed her neighborhood hoping to hear something juicy to tell Prita and Sissy Spaniel.

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One day, Bella discovered some real juicy news, so she excitedly told Prita and Sissy, “You won’t believe what I heard! Thomas Terrier is moving! His house will be empty!”

Prita grimaced. “Not again,” she thought. “Bella is full of gossip.”

“Where did you hear about this?” asked Prita.

“I was on my way home and heard Thomas and Stanley Squirrel discussing how to quickly pack up items,” said Bella. “Sissy, this is good news for you!”

Sissy was pleased. “I’ve been searching for a new place and Thomas’ home is perfect! I’m going home now to pack!” Sissy left to gather her belongings, excited she would be moving. By sunset, she’d packed and loaded everything.

“This wagon is heavy,” Sissy thought, pulling it along. She headed toward Thomas Terrier’s home. Sissy told everyone she encountered she was moving into Thomas’ house. They were shocked about Thomas moving away.

When Sissy arrived at Thomas’ house, he greeted her happily. “Sissy, it’s great to see you! What is all that stuff in the wagon?”

Sissy said, “These are my belongings! How soon are you leaving? I’m moving into your home.”

Thomas looked confused. “Leaving? What are you talking about? I love it here and I’m staying forever! Would you like some tea?”

“Oh dear,” Sissy exclaimed, crestfallen. “I’ve packed up and left home! And I’ve told everyone you were leaving! What a mess! I know now not to believe Bella’s idle gossip!”

 

Hmmm……has any one of us fallen into this type of error? Believing a gossip and acting on it? Or knowing some one that carries tales and still believe them anyways whenever they come with one?

Tell your experience if such has happened to you……We are all ears. 🙂

Jul 26

Bring the Joy of Reading Books Back Into Your Life

 

Bring the Joy of Reading Books Back Into Your Life

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Reading is an excellent habit to develop. You can read about anything that interests you and acquire virtually an infinite amount of knowledge. You might not ever be able to travel to Antarctica in real life, but you can “be there” in a flash with a book.

Young children love to read and to have books read to them. Then, to our own detriment, many of us lose interest or simply can’t find the time once we grow up.

Try these ideas to rediscover the joy of reading books:

  1. Read books that you really want to read. Avoid reading something just because you think you should. Not everyone needs to read War and Peace or Paradise Lost. Read old comic books, if that’s what you like. You’re not in school; you can read whatever you like.

  2. Create the time to read. It might be 20 minutes before bed or during your lunch hour. We feel like we don’t have the time because we over-schedule our lives, watch too much TV, and spend too much time surfing the Internet. Let go of some of that stuff and read instead. Make reading a habit by doing it regularly.

  3. When you’re reading, only read. This isn’t a time for one eye on the book and the other eye on the television set. If you’re going to get the most out of it, then really commit to what you’re doing. Just read during your reading time.

  4. Avoid thinking that you must finish every book you start. We have to suffer through some things in our lives that are less than exciting, but your books don’t have to be one of those things. If it’s not exciting to you, get rid of it and find something else. Life is too short to be bored any more than absolutely necessary.

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  5. Don’t worry about how quickly you read. It doesn’t matter how long it takes you to finish a book. The important thing is to have a blast reading it. You’ll find that your reading speed will increase when you read regularly.

  6. Check out the book reviews before you choose something to read. Websites like Amazon.com have thousands and thousands of reviews. This blog review books which you may find interesting too. You can usually read part of the book online. It’s a quick and easy way to figure out if you might like it before you buy.

  1. Get a library card. Free is good. Your local library is a wonderful place. Take advantage and check it out.

  2. Remember the used bookstores. Not only can you find a lot of books that are at least 50% off, you can also sell the books you’ve finished reading. Books aren’t trophies that need to be kept on your shelves. If you’re not going to read it again, why save it?

  3. Consider joining a book club. You can read the book on your own and then discuss it with others. You’ll learn a lot more about the book and get a new social circle, too.

     Reading is a solitary activity, but there are aspects to reading that can be very social.

Reading opens your mind up to new possibilities. There is so much you can learn, and with a library card, reading can even be free. Find a great book that fascinates you and carve out some time in your life to read it. You’ll be glad you did!

It is a habit worth investing in and one that you’ll never regret.

So are you going to take up the habit of reading from today? Give us a shout out.

There’s love in sharing, so share this article away! 🙂

Jul 25

The Tennis Racket Fable

The Tennis Racket

A Story About An Ego That Grew Too Big

Babu, the tennis racket was too important for friends, until he needed some support…

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Babu, the tennis racket bubbled with excitement when he realized he was finally leaving his corner of the sporting goods store and heading home with Simbia, his new owner.

Babu had always yearned to be chosen, instead of being overlooked by the never-ending stream of window shoppers. Now that Simbia had selected him, he promised to cherish her and play to the best of his ability.

Simbia played with Babu every day after school. At first, Babu was happy and grateful to be so important to someone.

“Dad, this is the best tennis racket I’ve ever owned,” remarked Simbia to her father. “I’ve won every game since I started playing with it!”

Babu felt proud, but that soon turned into haughtiness and he began feeling indispensable. Because he felt like Simbia needed only him, Babu started to belittle the other rackets in her tennis bag.

“You guys are useless! Simbia will never use you again! I’ll always be her racket of choice. You’re all unworthy of sharing this bag with me.”

Then, one day when Simbia was playing, she crushed a powerful forearm shot. Babu flew right out of her hand and crashed into the ground. When she picked him up, Simbia realized his frame was bent beyond repair.

She was upset, but quickly grabbed one of her spare rackets. She continued the game and won.

Back in the tennis bag, Babu cried and sought comfort from the other rackets. However, one of them said, “So much for being Simbia’s only choice. You’ve been replaced and have no friends.”

Babu understood what it felt like to be overlooked. When someone finally showed him love, he was happier than he had ever been. But he soon became arrogant after being in the spotlight as Simbia’s pride and joy.

You may have been in a situation before where you achieved success and then basked in it. Did you end up forgetting the simple courtesies and kindnesses of those who were around when you were down?

Remember that success is one of the most difficult things to handle in life. If you’re not careful, success can blind your better judgment and cause you to overlook the simple things.

Try to keep thoughts of where you started fresh in your mind. This will help you stay grounded so your successes don’t change the person you truly are. It’s important that you focus on maintaining your strong character.

By displaying positive virtues and treating others with respect, you are guaranteed to have all the support you need if your life happens to change course.

Try to take life’s successes in stride. Ask those around you to point out when you’re becoming a little arrogant so you can become humble again. Remember that things can change in the blink of an eye, so be sure not to alienate those in your support system.

Did you enjoy reading this short story? Can you relate to the lesson in it? We love hearing from you, so drop a line or two in the comment area.

You can share the story with your friends and loved ones. 😀

Jul 20

The Rose Garden Tale

Asalam Alaikum Friend,

I am doing a series of short stories for your warmly pleasure :). My hope is for you to learn one or more things from them. You can absolutely share them if you find them interesting! There’s love in sharing :).

Here goes:

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Rabi, the rosebud basked in the care of her expert gardener, until she chose not to bloom…
Rabi loved being a budding red rose in Mrs. Ni’mah’s rose garden because she saw how excited Mrs. Ni’mah was about the garden getting ready to bloom. She loved the role she played in somebody else’s happiness.

Although Rabi loved making Mrs. Ni’mah happy, she was even happier because she was so pampered. Mrs. Ni’mah loyally watered the flower buds and fed them with plant food so they didn’t have to fend for themselves.

Rabi often wondered why a rose would ever want to bloom after such wonderful treatment. After all, blooming meant the end of this pampering until next blooming season.

One day, Rabi said to Leenah, who was next to her in the garden, “Mrs. Ni’mah treats us so well! I wish she could pamper us like this forever!”

Leenah replied, “Forever? That’s impossible! As flowers, we’re supposed to bloom when the time comes. It’s our job!”

But Rabi so enjoyed the wonderful care Mrs. Ni’mah provided that she didn’t want it to stop. So she decided to keep her petals folded, even when the other flowers bloomed.

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When Mrs. Ni’mah noticed that Rabi wasn’t blooming, she watered Rabi even more and Rabi basked in the special treatment.

Little did Rabi know that because Mrs. Ni’mah watered her excessively, her roots would begin to weaken. When her foundation started to weaken, life became miserable for Rabi because she had lost her chance to bloom as beautifully as all the other flowers.

She cried, “I feel terrible! I should’ve been more honest with Mrs. Ni’mah by blooming when I was supposed to. If I had not been selfish, I wouldn’t be so crooked now, and she wouldn’t be sad.”
Moral: Avoid letting selfish reasons get in the way of honesty. In the end, the truth will help you thrive.

Little did she know that being selfish would result in the weakening of her foundation.

THE END!

Hmmm….What do you think happened to Rabi, the rose bud? Was she too greedy for more affection? Drop your comments below and I shall respond to all. I love reading from you. 🙂

Jun 15

What Do You want to Read?

Asalam Alaikum Wa rahmatullah Wa barakatuh,

We are in the 10th day of Ramadhan and Alhamdu’Lillah we are still alive to witness it. O Allah, answer all our prayers that will benefit us in this World and in the Hereafter. Ameen.
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I have been writing my book which I will hopefully complete today and then off to editing it goes.

I also have a little gift coming your way soon, in sha Allah. I just need to get a few things put together before it can be ready. So be on the look out!

I am writing this post to know what you, my wonderful reader would love to read about on this blog and probably pay a token for if it is good!

I will really appreciate your responses. Thank you!

Jun 05

Hamzah bin Abdul Muttalib

 

Title:                     Men & Women around the Messenger

Author:                Sa’d Yusuf Abu ‘Aziz

Translator:          Suleman Fulani

 

Hamzah bin Abdul Muttalib bin Hashim bin Abdul Manaf was one of the uncles of the prophet

(SAW). He was one of the strength of Islam after his acceptance into the religion. He was known as the

lion of Allah and His Messenger. The acceptance of Islam by Hamzah came as a surprise after an

incidence involving Abu Jahl and his nephew, Muhammed (SAW). He was so annoyed at Jahl that he

struck him in the face, as he professed his belief in Allah and His prophet. The former lost some of his

teeth in the process. The Quraish really felt the absence of Hamzah on their side as one of the acclaimed

warrior of his time.

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Hamzah fought gallantly on behalf of the Muslims and won many battles, such as Battle of Badr.

According to narrations, he was adorned with an ostrich plume for his bravery.

According to another narration, he killed thirty men from the Quraish tribe without any help from other

Muslim fighters in the battle of Uhud and he fought with two swords.

The fierceness with which he fought for Islam endeared me to him. He was such an example of

fearlessness in the battle front, that he gave confidence to the Muslim armies.

The end of Hamzah was not a sightly one. He was killed by a slave who was promised his freedom if he

carried out Hamzah’s death. The slave was Wahshi by name. The prophet (SAW) forbade him from

seeing his face after his conversion to Islam while he (SAW) was alive.

You can get the book for the full read from here

What other Companions of the prophet would you like their biographies reviewed?

 

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