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if I offered you $20, would you take it?

How about if I crumpled it up?

Stepped on it?

you would probably take it even though it was crumpled and stepped on it. Do you know why?

Because it is still $20, and its worth has not changed.

The same goes for you; if you have a bad day, or if something bad happens to you, you are not worthless.

if someone crumples you up or steps on you, your worth does not change. You are still just as valuable as you were before.

You don’t give up when faced with challenges. You don’t run away from them either. You assess the situation, look for solutions, and trust that whatever happens, it will come together for the good. Patience is essential. You plant the seeds. You weather the storms. You wait for the harvest. Mostly when you encounter an obstacle, you don’t do anything foolish. You don’t bash your head against it. You don’t turn around in defeat. You look for the best solution while trusting that every obstacle serves a purpose.
Nick Vujicic, Life Without Limits (via simplyhasanah)


Thought-provoking lecture by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

If you do good and remembering Allah's the greatest of good, do it in the way that you will maintain it because if you try to do this all the time, you’ll grow weary of it. You won’t be able to do it.

…our states changed in the world…

if you’re happy all the time, you won’t appreciate the state. But through opposites, things are distinguished…

…the idea of being deprived of something and then when it’s there, the appreciation is so much greater…

…that’s why Allah will distance you from Him. There are times that you will be distance from Allah. You won’t be in that state where you’re praying the way you should be praying where you feel that present. There’s reasons for that. Allah does that for a reason because if you were always on that state, you’d forget. And that’s part of the nature of this world - forgetting and remembering. And that’s why this is the world of opposites. It’s only the next world where the opposites are merged…

what you’re doing on the earth is being done in Heaven - this is important because this goes to the alignment. This is what really human beings are meant to do - is align with the Heavens. And the Heavens are in the state of praise and awareness…

…so everything that we’re doing here is really aligning with another order that is perfect. And it’s the representation of it in the world is the night sky - the order that you see in the night sky (not using it with the telescope) - they return back to where they started and that’s the nature of the heavenly order…

He brings from the living death

and He brings life from death

…these opposites are happening constantly in the world. Things are alive and they go into decay and death. And then things are dead and decayed and are brought back to life…

…and He brings the earth back to life after it had died.

…and YOU will also be brought back forth like that.

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