“… we need to stop kidding ourselves. We do not hold on in empty, false relationships (of whatever kind) to avoid ‘hurting the other(s)’ involved… it’s done because we become cowards. We are afraid of change, we are afraid of a life where you don’t have even a false place to feel ‘there’, we’re scared of not feeling wanted (even if it is to be false), we are afraid of not being able to find that home.
But the truth of the matter is… you never had one to begin with.”
“Child – What is beauty?
Me – Beauty is, in essence, a reflection of the radiation of the light of your soul. It is the strength to conjure within ourselves the courage to stand by what is just and true, including our true selves.
It is a reflection of you.”
“Most of all… to the media that seems to have created a new stereotype of what ‘modern’ Muslim women should be like – the ones who should jump to apologize for every act of terrorism or crime that has nothing to do with them, the ones who need to prove themselves in their community as an adequate British civilian by trying harder than the rest, and the ones who have to drape their national colours over their heads – I do NOT need your permission or approval to live.”
“A hand written letter is, in a sense, a form of poetic expression shared between two people. It is an untold story waiting to be read, and the painfully anticipated answers to our mutually shared hopes.”
Rising from the anguish
Fate and Destiny
“We are like bottles; filled to the rim with stirring emotions that eventually need to be released in order to keep that bottle standing. Allow them to empty it, allow them to cry, before we decide to put an unintentional motivational stopper on that bottle.”
When our hopes are trampled on, and our ‘safety blanket’ – our false sense of security – turns out to be a fake veil made from threads of betrayal, the simplest of things can begin to feel impossible. We doubt our self-worth, feel inadequate and can easily find ourselves falling into despair. However, a world out-with our own painfully perceived bubble does exist; an alien land that we’re afraid to wander into in fear of change.
I may hope for the impossible, but with God, everything is possible.
Keep hoping, keep dreaming and keep trying – you never know what’s waiting just around the corner…
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As a martial artist and weapons wielder, I have always strongly believed that a smile can be your strongest weapon.
- In times of pain, it silently informs your enemies that you will not break, and that you will persevere.
- It makes you feel a little better; when you know you have no strength to even move, yet you are strong enough to wear an expression which may seem so small, yet holds such power.
- It encourages you to stay strong.
- It also makes others happy, as a smile has a domino effect.
When someone sees you smiling, the automatic reaction for them is to smile too, and when someone else sees their smile, then they smile, and so on!
- It acts as a form of charity (as stated in the beautiful Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad, s.a.w) by giving others a gift that could help make their day a little bit better.
- No matter how dishevelled we may look, a smile looks beautiful on everyone – yes, even you, whether you believe it or not!
- Scientifically, it is shown that smiling releases endorphins (the happy neurotransmitters!), which in turn makes us feel more positive and cheerful!
In life, we all face painful moments and hurtful situations where it feels as though it’s impossible to smile.
It’s an unfortunate part of life, but an inevitable one.
When we allow others to take our smile away, we actually give them a piece of our soul that existed to keep us positive. The pain of people leaving us is heart-wrenching enough, but what can hurt more, as time goes on, is realising that we forget how to smile from the inside too.
“I miss your smile, but I miss mine even more.”
Polish that smile, and never let anyone or anything take it away from you. It’s easier said than done, but when others take everything we own and have, leaving us vulnerable and naked, the only thing we have left to wear is that gleaming, glowing grin =)