On The Opportunity to Seek Knowledge

A friend and old classmate of mine recently shared a statement of the Prophet Muhammad (s) to our fellow classmates as they prepared to graduate: َ‏مَنْ سَلَكَ طَرِيقًا يَبْتَغِي فِيهِ عِلْمًا سَهَّلَ اللهُ لَهُ طَرِيقًا إِلَى الْجَنَّةِ، وَإِنَّ الْمَلَائِكَةَ لَتَضَعُ أَجْنِحَتَهَا لِطَالِبِ الْعِلْمِ رِضًا بِمَا صَنَعَ، وَإِنَّ الْعَالِمَ لَيَسْتَغْفِرُ لَهُ مَنْ فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ حَتَّى […]

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Distance from Allah

This is the worst part of anything bad. It’s not the consequences, how you affect people, how you feel after — all of these are only side effects of this biggie: feeling distant from Allah. Every step you take away from Him will feel like a step away from life itself. He even says: وَلَا […]

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What’s Best For You

It’s easy to make decisions with factors that everyone else uses. Money, ego, time. How will this decision affect these things? Sometimes we forget about our own well being, our families, our legacy. Every decision is a sacrifice of something for something else. Don’t get too distracted by the something else you’re getting that you […]

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You’re A Liar. So Am I.

In the tons of material I’ve consumed, and tried to implement, on personal development and growth, there is one constant that is the single most essential ingredient to it all, yet the single most difficult practice to commit to: HONESTYTo be rigorously honest with yourself is one of the hardest things to achieve, because we […]

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Every 2 Years I’ve Moved On

I’ve noticed that for a lot of my adult life, I’ve spent about two years at a time getting deeply involved in something, and then leaving it behind. It’s a pattern that’s emerged, and I think it’s happened this way because after two years, I think I really start to discover how to do what […]

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10 Minutes Late

It doesn’t seem like much, but unless you communicate honestly how late you’re gonna be, every minute is a minute too long. If you can’t be on time, be courteous enough to admit it, and notify others when they can expect you. It’s not always about fulfilling the promise exactly, it’s about caring enough about […]

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Transitions 

1. Know that life transitions happen naturally, because they indicate to you that you’ve mastered one stage and it’s time to now move on and grow, because life itself is growth. 2. Know that although you don’t know how you’re going to conquer this next stage, you’ve conquered every stage prior to this, and you […]

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Highs and Lows

It’s not exactly an even scale. You’ll experience a high, a time when you feel energy flowing through you and everything feels in alignment and things feel unbelievably good. But then, you’ll balance back to the norm, to the middle. But, the only problem is, the middle now feels like a low, compared to the […]

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Write A Letter

We don’t write letters anymore. That’s okay, postage can be expensive and most of our handwriting sucks. What’s not okay, is that we don’t write deeply personal messages to each other in a manner that shows we’ve put effort into our words and our relationships. We’ve stopped sending love and thoughtfulness to those we love […]

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We Want Do-Overs

When I think back to so many experiences of my life, I wish I could go back and start them over, knowing what I know now. If I could do it over, I would work harder, spend more time being happy, appreciate the parts that I now miss so dearly. I would complain less and […]

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When It Rains…

…it rains a lot. Or, it pours, or something like that. Either way, sometimes it feels like the dominoes are falling fast, the snowball is gaining mass as it tumbles down, the winds are pushing the sails with more and more force.  When the momentum finally picks up in your life, it’s a good time […]

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Communicating Your Value

Unless you do it, people will make assumptions about your value based on what they perceive. And people don’t often perceive context, or potential, or even what’s actually valuable about something or someone. It’s up to you to demonstrate what value you provide, and then to communicate it. We’re not in your head, we can’t […]

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