Winter in Boston – taken by Masood in December ’07
I regularly take time out to reflect, to renew the promises I make to myself and to remind myself of my goals. So I am actually glad that Mubi has tagged me in this meme that has allowed me to reflect once again. So here it goes:
As long as I hold onto my faith in Allah as my creator, Ar Rahmaan (the most Compassionate) and Ar Raheem (the Merciful) , I will always live life with a note of hope that I am on the right path and that my prayers are being answered. With Him as my Al Waliyy (the Protecting Friend), I know that I am never alone.
And to please Him, I want to be a better Muslimah. It is only then that I can become a better person, daughter, sister, and wife. It has often become habitual for me to notice the shortcomings more than the blessings. I want to change that perspective and express my gratitude to Him in every manner possible, InshaAllah.
One of the several ways to show my gratitude to Allah, Ar Razzaq (the Ever Providing), is to love myself, for I am nothing but His creation. And I will only be able to do so if I learn to appreciate the qualities that I have been blessed with. I fill my heart with love and only then can I spread this love to the people I care about.
My husband and I are best friends. He knows me very well and I trust him with my life. I have few very good friends, but I’m just not comfortable sharing the details my personal life with them. With friends, there’s a limit on what I share and what I don’t, but with Masood, I’m sure that my secret’s safe.
I make resolutions throughout the year, mostly mental notes. I don’t believe in creating a long list of resolutions at the start of a year; that doesn’t seem to work for a lot of us anyway. If I want a change in myself, to improve myself or to achieve something in life, why wait for a new year?
Worldly achievements are temporary, regardless of how great they may be. There is an end to everything in this dunya.
To make a difference, it is necessary that I set good examples myself.
With that, I’d love to tag, in no particular order:
Masood, because I think today, January 3, is a good day for him to reflect.
Umm Travis, because I love her insights on life and Islam.
Sabiha, who is going to post her resolution list soon. So why not start with this meme?
Aadil, my brother who’s a brilliant wordsmith, MashaAllah.
Nisa, who I hopefully try to pull out of hibernation again.
Please use the emboldened words as a guide to continue this tag post.