Al-Ghazali says a believer who accepts the decree of God has no need to worry since everything God decrees is good for the believer, even in hardship. It is like taking refuge in pain (anxiety) fearing some other pain which may not even occur. Rather, trust in God’s plan.Justin Parrott (Twitter)
Your Lord has decreed that you must not worship anything other than Him and that you must be kind to your parents. If either or both of your parents should become advanced in age, do not express to them words which show your slightest disappointment. Never yell at them but always speak to them with kindness.
Be humble and merciful towards them and say, “Lord, have mercy upon them as they cherished me in my childhood.”Qur’an 17:23-24
Serve God, and associate nothing with Him. Be kind to parents, and the near kinsman, and to orphans, and to the needy, and to the neighbour who is of kin, and to the neighbour who is a stranger, and to the companion at your side, and to the traveller, and to that your right hands own. Surely God loves not the proud and boastful.Qur’an 4:36
Be careful how you treat others. The ones you disrespect, disregard or dishonor may have a high status with the Almighty. You’ll never know! You have no knowledge how He views them so it’s wise to be kind to all you meet. You don’t want to jeopardize your relationship with Him!Mufti Ismail Menk (Twitter)
Learn to be happy and wish happiness for others. Don’t be jealous when others have more than you. Be grateful and God will give you more.Dr. Bilal Philips (Twitter)
Don’t lose hope during the long winters of your life. Be like the trees that stand patiently, waiting for spring. They know they are loved and watched even while they wait.
God says, “So wait patiently for the decree of your Lord, for you are truly under Our ˹watchful˺ Eyes.” (Qur’an 52:48)Yasmin Mogahed (Twitter)
Since [philosophical] naturalism rejects the hereafter and any form of Divine justice, it rewards the criminal and the peacemaker with the same end: death. We all meet the same fate. So what ultimate value do the lives of Hitler or Martin Luther King Jr. really have? If their ends are the same, then what real value does atheism give us? Not much at all.The Divine Reality by Hamza Tzortzis
God has the picture and we merely have a pixel.
Understanding this facilitates spiritual and intellectual tranquillity because the believer understands that ultimately, all that occurs in the world is in line with a superior Divine wisdom that is based on superior Divine goodness. Refusing to except this is actually where the misotheist [someone who hates God or rejects His existence] falls into the quagmire of arrogance, egocentrism, and ultimately, despair. He has failed the test; his hatred of God makes him forget who God is and dismiss the fact of Divine wisdom, mercy, and goodness.The Divine Reality by Hamza Tzortzis
Almighty. Give us the courage to begin again wherever we’ve faltered. Despite the obstacles and difficulties in life, help us be patient enough to know that starting over takes time. Grant us strength and guidance in whatever we undertake and always keep us on the straight path.Mufti Ismail Menk (Twitter)
Marriage in real life (in contrast to movies) has its ups and downs. The only ‘happily ever after…’ is when we enter Jannah (Paradise). In this world, we try our best to patch things up, work disagreements out, & compromise where reasonable, for the greater good of a healthy relationship.Dr. Yasir Qadhi (Twitter)
Focus on your own blessings, you’ll grow in gratitude.
Focus on the blessings of others, you’ll fall into despair.
Focus on your own faults, you’ll grow in self-accountability.
Focus on the faults of others, you’ll fall into complacency.Dr. Omar Suleiman (Twitter)