In three days, I’ll turn 40 years old… I worry about this some, or, rather, not worry, but feel a sense of… something, a melancholia of sorts, maybe, and I’m not really sure what to make of it, or what it means. What’s so different about 40?
All that you love in this world—your spouse, children, and parents, your job, maybe, your toys, Oreo cookies, whatever—it’s all but a passing fancy, really. Something far better is waiting for us…
Leaving this here in hopes that I’ll remember and try to put this one into regular rotation: I’m in deep need of it, for sure… Abu Musa reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, used to pray اللهم اغفر لي خطيئتي وجهلي، وإسرافي في أمري، وما أنت أعلم به مني، اللهم اغفر لي جدي […]
There are things I want to do, but I don’t tend to make resolutions, and I rarely announce future plans any more. For one thing, I don’t want to be a hypocrite, I don’t want to get into the habit of breaking promises. For another, and this is part of Allah’s design: when humans announce projects and […]
We’re all sinners, we’re all in the wrong, we’re all in need of forgiveness, and the first step on the path to earning that forgiveness is to acknowledge errors. For that, the prophet Jonah’s prayer from inside the fish is a good place to start… لَّا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا أَنتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ There […]
May Allah azza wa jall guide us all to the best of this blessed month, may He give is the strength and focus to fast with our eyes, tongues, ears, and hands as easily as with our stomachs, and may He bring us closer to Him and His Mercy. Amin.