‘The’ Key

Thank you brother Bilal Phillips for this reminder yet again!

You know how it is when one under a lot of pressure and anxiety begins asking to oneself WHY?? WHY ME? WHY NOW? WHY HERE? WHY WHY WHY??? We have the tendency and so we just keep forgetting and in the end feel helpless.. and finally, exhausted, expectantly look up into the sky searching for an answer.. secretly praying.. hmmm.. depressing!

You know what pal, He does listen! He does guide!

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Here’s the latest status update of Brother Bilal Phillips on the matter.. we need to realize where we go wrong.. patience indeed, is the one key.

The One Key it is! Have Patience.. keep sabr.

Bilal Phillips wrote:

Allaah not only said: “Surely with every difficulty comes ease,” (94):6 but he also repeated the statement for special emphasis, word for word, in the verse following it. This is a divine promise of mercy, wherein, Allaah clearly states that He would never continuously burden an individual. There will always be a time of ease following all periods of hardships, therefore, man is enjoined to have Sabr (patience) at all times. It is man’s impatience which drives him to act impetuously, prematurely choosing what appears to be the easy way out, even though it falls under what has been forbidden. Impatience is a part of man’s nature, for Allaah Himself said: “Man was created hasty.” (21):37.
Consequently, the great reward in store for the righteous can only be attained if patience is exercised and the path of righteousness is followed especially in times of difficulty and temptation.

An Eemaan Booster!

Allah is enough for you!
Allah is enough for you!

Have patience! If you’re going through a tough moment, realize the fact that it is just an imtihaan (test), a mere aazmaaish.. ask Him for forgiveness of sins.. any wrong doing.. big or small.. the Almighty, the most merciful will forgive.. continuous dua and astaghfaar would make your mind go light.. and your heart will feel content.. Shaitaan will strike.. he’ll provoke you.. don’t dare go weak.. for he is not stronger than you.. hang in there.. remain within the limits of sanity.. have a grip on your nafs. Allah is with you at all times, He loves you and He is all you need. And beshak, Allah tumhain kaafii hai (Indeed, Allah is enough for you). Just have sabr (patience).. Everything will be okay.

May Allah forgive us and give us all hidayat (guidance). May He increase our eemaan (faith). InshaAllah and ameen.

Love,
Sara.

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Each one of us has the right to make a choice..

Although at times one is required to make compromises, for that special someone, for family, a child, for friends, and just some random people you come across in life out of the goodness of the heart.. and at times, these very people, although I’m sure they don’t intend to, begin taking things for granted.. anyway. Coming back to choices.. I’ve always believed that it’s all.. and everything that happens to us is somehow linked with the choices we make in life.

Often, when choosing a path that may have extreme obstacles, we do so with the thought that our choice will lead to a decision that would not harm us much and at the same time its impact would gain another person more benefit. That’s that angel in us just being selfless :p , knowingly exposing a vulnerable part of ourselves in front of others to simply have fun with.. exploit it at a certain level..

What actually leaves me bamboozled with a deeper intensity is when at times we make a decision that is wholly and solely for our own good, need or simply fulfills our desire, people, some of them who are in fact our very own and close to heart will not take a second to think or hesitate before labeling us.. as a self obsessed brat, slash, the most typically selfish being alive on the planet!

*Bhayee afsos houtah hai.. dil dukhta hai..*
is all I’d like to let em know..

Well, no offense intended to my dear(ies)! I love you! This isn’t to hurt u or make you feel bad if by any chance you read this. Just that today, I choose to be free of worries for no1 else but myself.

Today, I choose to be happy for no1 else but myself.

Voltaire says

Reflect on this..

Sometimes we lose hope in turning to God and asking for His help because we feel like we have done too much wrong. And yet think of a child who has just angered his mother and immediately after trips and falls on the stairs. Even if that child had just angered his mother to tears, the moment he falls and cries for help, she runs to him. This is human mercy.

And God is infinitely more merciful than a mother is to her child. So, do you think–no matter what you’ve done–when you’re falling and cry out to the *most* merciful…He wouldn’t come save you?

– Words of Wisdom by Yasmin Mogahed

Anger: the negative force

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The message above was tweeted by Boona Mohammed back in February 2012 and I loved it! I re-tweeted it and posted it on my networks to share.. 2 days ago, I came across a colleague of mine and there was that word mentioned during the conversation and I very reluctantly sunk deep… and deeper into that thought which I had with utmost difficulty managed to lose track of! And yet, when the word was brought up again, I couldn’t resist indulging back into those disturbing thoughts.

Anger. One word short of Danger. So it is!

Anger blocks out the human sense and takes over the mind and heart and keeps spreading throughout till it eventually takes over the whole body, and once that happens, one has the power and capacity to hurt another.. with words, actions or even physically. Anger is dangerous on more levels if one realizes that not just others, it makes one sensitive and susceptible to getting hurt with the same force as well. The truth is that at the end of the day, anger does cool off. Whatever that takes over the body and soul of the being as anger, does bid adieu. Anger carves itself a place to adjust.. and when it departs, it leaves an empty space.. a hole in the soul.. and all one is left with is remorse of the much conveniently questionable .. “what ifs?”

Till about a couple of years back, I did not know I had so much anger within me. When I am angry, I later realize how different I have become from the person I was.. it is because I have started to let worldly things, factors and people effect me. I have come across many angry people in the course of my existence that make me wonder if it is even remotely possible for one to be free of anger.. only if we ponder and question ourselves in isolation, is there really such a thing as an angry person?  Do we really get angry and do hurtful things to others and ourselves with an evil intention? Well you’d be judged anyway but that’s a different story 🙂 And we gradually begin to comprehend the supporting factors to this emotion that we call anger. We realize that all of us, each and every one of us is fighting a battle of sorts; if only there were a way to stop ourselves being taken over by such a negative emotion..

I don’t know which blog the following text belongs to, but it made complete sense..

There is so much that we are and so much that we aspire to be, that it is a shame for us to define ourselves by the very emotion that smothers our voices and only extends hurt, fear, and pain to others, especially our spouses and children.

There is a reason why the wise remind us time and again: ghussa haram hai.. (Anger is forbidden)..

May 19, 2012

Let go of your grudges. Let the bitterness die tonight. Make a decision today that it’s time to move on. And begin again. New, this time. Never forget that what has passed you by was never meant to befall you. And what has befallen you, was never meant to pass you by. Know that sometimes Allah withholds from you, in order to give you something better. Keep your heart focused on Him, and He will take care of the rest. And remember: you will stumble, but that’s part of the path. Keep going. Keep rising, and refuse to give up.

– Words of Wisdom by Yasmin Mogahed

my timeline covers 2011

Timeline: The New Facebook and actually not so new nomore! No designer but had one helluva time experimenting on cs5 with some of my crazy moods’ stuff. Check out my timeline covers that I *ehem ehem* designed not so long ago 🙂

Reminiscing Social 2011 😀

Hyderabadi-ism :)

Other than stuff like.. Cricket… Pakistaniat… Food and etcetra being in my blood as a Pakistani, coming from my mum and dad’s side, hyderbadi-ism I believe is just as much a part of me!

I’ve grown up eating khatti daal, mirchiyon ka salan, double ka mittha, kachi yakhni ki buryani, baghare begann, timaate ki chatni, khubaani ka mitthaa, home-made achhaarz and God! Lots of goodies and more made by my grandmothers, mumma and aunt!

I love how wearing a saree was as easy as putting on a T with a casual pair of jeans for ammi and bibi..
the natural pattern of speech my mum and my aunt, and even my dad and uncles have.. it’s not just Hyderabadi to the core! It’s just lovable! 🙂

Just wanted to share a couple of hilarious videos here showing the way hyderabadi mums kinda get mad at their kids for my family and hyderabadi friends to enjoy 😉

Go Hyderbadi-ism! 🙂

Keepin’ Calm & Carryin’ On!

One thing that I have been telling myself over and over again.. that it’s never too late!
Even if it means that I’d have to start over in a few important departments of my life. Coz no matter what, I don’t believe I wanna change the person I am..

I’ve learnt alotta things the hard way.. and now I know that is it ok to take a deep breath, that it’s just fine to be selfish once in a while, that there is nothing wrong with looking out for no-one else but myself, that it’s good being gentle to the *sara* for a change.. and that it is certainly okay to move on.
It’s okay to feel brand new.. especially after you’ve been wearing yourself out over others..
And I know that everything’ll b alright inshaAllah in the end! That I am sure bout. And one thing that’s more of a cliche’ to many but is nonetheless true, is that unless all is well, it isn’t the end! So like.. I am very much awaiting the end

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pleasant memories..

Was watching these pics from my last few days at CC.. I knew I’d miss my team! Got my hands on the HOT office camera n made memories with my team and some friends! For a change I was glad we were stayin’ back after work hours! 😀

And so, here it is.. this was my 2nd last evenin’ at Creative Chaos!

Miss you guys!

My Team: <Muhammad Furqan, Muhammad Faizan AnwerAlishah Chagani>
Other Colleagues/friends: <Zair, Fursid, Imran Bhai>