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Gratitude

Wear gratitude like a cloak
and it will feed
every corner of your life.

~Rumi

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“The intelligent and refined find no rest in dwelling in one place,

So leave your homeland and travel far away!

Travel and you will meet new people replacing those left behind,

And tire yourself out, because it makes life worth living!

I have seen that water stagnates when it stands still,

Yet when it runs it is sweet and pure.

And if the lion left not its land,

it would not catch its prey

And if the arrow left not the bow,

it would not hit its aim

And if the sun moved not across the horizon,

People the world over would have tired of the sky.”

– Imam Shafi

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“Eid is not for the one who wears new clothes.

Eid is for the one whose obedience rises.

Eid is not for the one with beautiful clothes and fine means of transport,

Eid is for the one whose sins are forgiven.”

Ibn Rajab rahimahullaah

[al-Lata’if, p. 371].

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End it well

“Let those who have failed to make the most of this month (Ramadhan) end it with good,

because actions are (judged) by their ending”

(Ibn Rajab)

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A man asked Tameem ibn Aws al-Daari (may Allah be pleased with him)

‘How do you pray at night?’

He got very angry and said

‘By Allah, one rak’ah that I pray in secret in the small hours of the night is more beloved to me than praying the whole night long and then telling people about it.’

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‘If you don’t have the ability to compete with the pious in righteous deeds then compete with the sinners in asking Allah’s forgiveness’

– Ibn Rajab

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Don’t give up for lack of presence.

Keep moving your tongue in dhikr until your heart looks up to see what all the commotion is.

Don’t let your sins silence your heart from calling out to its Lord.

~ Khalid Yasin

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