أَحَسِبَ النَّاسُ أَن يُتْرَكُوا أَن يَقُولُوا آمَنَّا وَهُمْ لَا يُفْتَنُونَ

Do the people think that they will be left to say, “We believe” and they will not be tried?

وَلَقَدْ فَتَنَّا الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِهِمْ ۖ فَلَيَعْلَمَنَّ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ صَدَقُوا وَلَيَعْلَمَنَّ الْكَاذِبِينَ

But We have certainly tried those before them, and Allah will surely make evident those who are truthful, and He will surely make evident the liars.

Surat Al-`Ankabūt 29:2-3

Ahasiba annasu anyutrakoo an yaqooloo amanna wahum layuftanoon

Walaqad fatanna allatheena minqablihim falayaAAlamanna Allahu allatheena sadaqoowalayaAAlamanna alkathibeen


May Allah forgive me (and you, if you care in the slightest): I missed posting yesterday. It wasn’t that I was busy. I wasn’t too engaged in dhikr and dua. I wasn’t taking care of obligations at home. I just forgot all about it.

So may Allah help me to keep a presence of mind and make time to share some of the beauty of His creation and His book, Amin.

Part of the reason for my discombobulation: my boss came into town yesterday afternoon, and was expected in the office after 2. I decided to come in a bit late and to leave a bit late so I’d be around when she was around, and that pushing-back of everything by 2 hours or so just left all after-work activities struggling for room.

Alhamdulillah my job is flexible enough to allow me to change my hours with no notice, and I hope to not have to do that very often… I left home at 6:50am yesterday and arrived at work at 7:40. Today, I left at 5:05 amd arrived at 5:32. Sure, I was able to take a few pictures in the morning light, but the traffic was too much, and by the time I got to work, things had been running amok for over an hour and I spent about 5 hours cleaning up and correcting things that likely wouldn’t have started had I been at work before 6 or 6:30.

Anyway. Allah knows what is best for me, and yesterday, the test that is traffic and not-following-instructions was called for, and I failed, miserably.

May Allah give me the strength and will to focus on Him and seeking His pleasure, and guide me to and keep me on His path, or on the path or a path to Him.

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