I am a blender.

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I received this as a gift and it’s basically a bunch of prompts for you to start writing…

You can purchase one here.

One of the prompts:

Think of an object that describes you.  Describe it.

I am like a blender.  It stands there not doing anything until you plug it in and put the contents inside.  Once it is covered with a lid and  the button is pushed, it will keep spinning, and spinning, going, and going.  It will continue to mush up and blend the contents, repetitively.  It needs someone to push the “stop” button in order for it to actually stop.  If not, it will either keep going until the machine dies and it needs an outside source to save it from destruction.

Now that I read this it may seem dark, low, and depressing snippet but apparently that was how I felt at the moment.  That is the neat thing about the book…you write on the spot without too much thinking and it’s focus is about just actually doing it, writing, without stressing.  It is the act of doing and not thinking.  I guess it can be as impulsive and fragmented as one would like or as thought out as an essay but whatever  how the person chooses to answer the prompt, it gets the person writing and having something on paper.

What object describes you?  

Blessings

Blessings.  We all possess them.  Sometimes we notice them like a hair on a sweater and in other moments, our eye does not catch a particular blessing even though the sun’s rays are piercing right through it.

Blessings are sometimes physical, like overcoming cancer or becoming someone’s new friend.  They are at times mental and emotional, where we have learned a life lesson or gained a new insight, an experience, and an epiphany.

Our hearts naturally turn warm and serene when the word blessing is uttered.  But the problem most of us have is grasping onto the belief that blessings are newborn babies, yellow voile curtains, or a halo cautiously hanging over a specific event or happening.

Many blessings are actually cold, burdensome, dark, and musty. 

They sometimes give us an aftertaste.  It may be when a life is lost to the one we have loved.  It may be realizing a flaw about someone or ourselves we care about and the pedestal we had put the person on or the pedestal we were sitting on has crumbled- rarely do we give perspective a chance and view such instances as blessings.

This package, this gift called a “blessing” may not be the gift we want or are aspiring to have but it is the water that we need in order for us to grow and prosper in our lives.

What are your thoughts on blessings?

Fear (finale)

Fear (part I)

At the same time, we should not be suffocated into thinking of hopelessness and dread so much so that it deters our way of life but to use fear as a guide and scale for our priorities and goals: to serve and do what Allah wants us to do, and maintain as much distance from things that mislead us into the flaming pits.

Being afraid of the Fire and trying to abstain from actions and thoughts that lead to its door is part of our faith and ibaada

Ibaada is worshipping Allah and one form of this is by abstaining from things that Allah does not like.

This Fire is reserved for the disbelievers and Allah does not want us to be residing amongst them.

Our fear should be primarily consumed with Allah and His greatness; His overall power on us as servants, as He is Al-Mulk of the worlds and universe.

“The Sovereign of mankind.” (114:2)

We worry much for what others say and do.  Our minds are all entwined with what books dictate and what the media wants us to think.

Everything in this life is perishable except our intentions and deeds but how little time we spend on spinning this concept into our minds.

Punishments and hell are things that we need to contain our thoughts with.

In Surah Al-Baqarah, ayah 281: “And fear a Day when you will be returned to Allah. Then every soul will be compensated for what it earned, and they will not be treated unjustly.”

Allah is an All-Just ruler and everyone will be treated for what they deserve.

Our Lord wants us fear the Day of Judgment so we can be the best Muslims we can be.

This fear is not a negative attribute but something that is required for us in our deen if we are to be successful and be one of the righteous. 

To be a believer, one must lose the fear in this dunya with its lures and deceits and place that fear where it belongs.

It is Allah’s property and we should return it to Him with conviction and have an unwavering desire to submit to His commands.

Let the swirling abyss be made up of worldly goods, speech, emotions, and evil.

“But yes, whoever fulfills his commitment and fears Allah – then indeed, Allah loves those who fear Him.” (3:76)