This month i will be starting a new series on a topic affecting all our lives: "life and love in a social media world."
as social media begins to play a larger role in our lives, we need to become aware of its' impact and how to successfully navigate its' pitfalls.
my first online class, "is social media ruining your relationship?" will be live on sat., march 24, insha allah. it will include live class plus live q/a insha allah.
registration link in bio.
Truthfulness is the key to healing. quickly and completely. being honest and open with yourself and allah about everything. this means being honest about your sins. facing them and begging allah for forgiveness. and then doing what's necessary to make amends for any missed obligations.
this also means being honest about what you're feeling. the pain you've suppressed or numbed and the feelings you try to hide from yourself and the world. not being open and honest and truthful is like a person who keeps a gunshot wound covered, but never cleans it out. it will get infected. and eventually even amputated. but the sufferer takes anesthetics to numb the pain. what will happen? the infection grows. covering something doesn't make it go away. and time alone is not enough to heal a wound that isn't cleaned out.
to be truthful with allah, first realize he never rejects *anyone * who comes to him sincerely. *no matter what they have done*. realize that allah is more merciful than a mother is to her child.
second, cry. break. be vulnerable with allah. there is no truthfulness without vulnerability. and there is no hiding or fooling allah. to do this is only to hide and fool yourself.
when you cry and break and show vulnerability and truthfulness to allah, you are opening and cleaning the wound. when you repent and make amends with allah you are purifying the wound. you then allow allah to carry out the natural healing process. but when you cover and numb and pretend--when you put things in a drawer and throw away the key--you're only blocking this natural healing process and prolonging your suffering.
allah has designed the human being *extremely* resilient. wounds are a part of the design, but so is healing. you just have to make sure you don't get in your own way.
don't be afraid of showing your true self to allah. he will never reject you--no matter how broken or 'ugly' or sinful you think you are. no matter how scarred. don't be afraid to break to allah. when you break to allah, he builds you. stronger.
be truthful and begin the road to true healing and peace.
I do my best to make this page a sanctuary. a place where people can come to find inspiration and comfort.
but today i am angry.
two days ago a 19 year old white male walked into a florida high school, with a legally obtained ar-15 assault rifle, and massacred 17 people. mostly children.
the killer, nikolas cruz, was a member of a white supremacist group and one of his profile pictures showed a man whose face was covered and wearing a hat that read "make america great again." his instagram had pictures captioned “arsenal,” showcased collections of firearms, including what appears to be a savage axis bolt-action rifle, a smith and wesson m&p15-series rifle, and at least two shotguns.
but in case law enforcement wasn't alerted to any of this, since they only spy on muslims, cruz actually *spelled it out* for them. on sept 24, 2017, he wrote on a public youtube comment: “i’m going to be a professional school shooter." using his *full* *real* name.
the comment was screenshot and immediately reported to the fbi. they did absolutely nothing. i suppose i can understand why. they are too tied up spying on, and arresting innocent brown muslims to have time to actually do their job protecting america against *actual* terrorism. can you imagine if a muslim wrote, "i'm going to be a professional shooter"? all we have to do is build a clock to alert law enforcement officials.
one of the teachers who survived the massacre summed it up perfectly: “our government, our country has failed us and failed our kids and didn’t keep us safe.” and i couldn't agree more.
"love never dies a natural death. it dies because we don't know how to replenish its source. it dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. it dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings."
-- a. nin