Monday, November 12, 2018

Life Goes On

The sun that never sets..photo taken in Jordan

LIFE goes on...
so nurture it 
with LIGHT as there is LOVE,
with LOVE as there is HOPE
with HOPE as there is LIFE..

Lessons learned in life...

Thank you Allah for Your endless blessings.



LIFE is the most brilliant proof of the All-Glorious One’s unity and one of the greatest sources of His bounty; it is the most subtle manifestation of His compassionate and most hidden, unknowable, and incomparable embroidery of His art (The Words).


Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate (from the truth) after You have guided us, and grant us mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower (Quran3:8)

Sunday, October 21, 2018

LIVING WITH GOOD THOUGHTS


[Lessons learned from Bediuzzaman Said Nursi’s Risale-i Nur (Treatise of Light)]

In order stay healthy physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually we need to make positive actions consistently every day. Managing our well-being carefully is very important as it leads to a healthy life-style free of worries to be filled with joy. Focusing on good things is not easy, but we can make great efforts by making small daily practices day by day by filtering our thoughts and unfollowing negative thoughts as well as following and filling our hearts and minds with positive thoughts. We live is a challenging world and we face harsh moments in life. We need to be mindful; never let this unhealthy environment make us stuck; make positive actions that can make us grow healthily. Look around us and search for beauty that reflects God’s infinite mercy and endless compassion. Appreciating what God has given us is a good practice of gratitude that helps us to maintain good thoughts for healthy growth. Make our ultimate aim as seeking God as He is the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful who always takes great care of us. These positive actions will strengthen our center of gravity which is to seek God. So, let us keep moving, keep growing and keep the momentum by looking at the good side of everything.


LOOK ON THE GOOD SIDE OF EVERYTHING
The blessed and intelligent person went on his way, suffered no distress. Due to his fine morals, he thought of good things and imagined good things. Everything was friendly and familiar to him. He did not suffer any difficulty and hardship for he knew the order and followed it. He found it easy. He went on his way freely and in peace and in protection. Then he came across a garden where he observes the lovely flowers and fruits as he acted according to the rule, “look on the good side of everything.” The sensible person is he who acts according to the rule: “Take what is pleasant and clear, and leave what is distressing and turbid,” and goes on his way with tranquillity of heart
(Risale-i Nur-The Words).



Saturday, September 22, 2018

My PhD Research Journey



In Istanbul with my co-analyst, Dr Hakan Gulerce, 
LIFE IS A SCHOOL and LOVE IS ENERGY are the two most powerful conceptual metaphors that I found in my PhD research journey which brought me to the heart of Damascus Sermon.  It is a beautiful journey where Bediuzzaman binds our hearts through a powerful verse from the Quran “Do not despair of God’s mercy” (Q39:53). This verse teaches us to put our ultimate hope and focus on Allah as His mercy is infinite.I am truly grateful to Allah as I found the Risale i Nur while working on my PhD research work. Risale i Nur is a lighthouse that brought me back to the Quran and Sunnah. Bediuzzaman asserts we are the students of the Quran and he expresses “The Quran is the SUN that never sets; it is a special mercy; it is a true guide; it is a healer; it is a source of nourishment and it is strength.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Healing our heart's wounds


In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate.

Each new day is a door to new world (The Words). Renewing our intention on a new day will renew our spirit and we are able to renew our energy to move on, Insha Allah. Each new day, let go of all the doubts earnestly while holding on to good thoughts passionately in the name of Allah while keep focusing consistently on our good intentions as we move in His name. The power of focus in the name of Allah is truly amazing, as we will have the strength to stay concentrated on what we are doing and have the courage to mange and avoid distractions. Insha Allah

“O one afflicted with the sickness of scruples (doubts)! Do you know what your scruples resemble? A calamity! The more importance they are given, the more they grow. If you give them no importance, they die away. If you see them as big, they grow bigger. If you see them as small, they grow smaller. If you fear them, they swell and make you ill. If you do not fear them, they are light and remain hidden. If you do not know their true nature, they persist and become established. While if you do know them and recognize them, they disappear. And so, I shall explain only five ‘Aspects’ which, of the many sorts of these calamitous scruples, are those which most frequently occur. Perhaps it may be curative for you and for me, for these scruples are such that ignorance invites them and knowledge repulses them. If you do not recognize them they come, if you do recognize them they go.” (The Words)

Please read:

The Second Station of the Twenty-First Word
This comprises five cures for the five wounds of the heart. 


Saturday, March 31, 2018

Each day is new opening


Embrace each day as a gift from God,
Engage each day with His love and wisdom
Energize each day with passion and patience
Enhance courageous hope with true perseverance as
Each new day is a door to a new world” (The Words, p. 280).

Foreshadowing a Rose from Barla


In the name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate 


Keep moving, 
keep growing,
keep flourishing..

When we start our days in the name of God, we can flourish in beauty, love and mercy as we are protected by His powerful handhold that never breaks. 

As we flourish in God's name, we will feel the beauty in every single rose we hold; we will feel the love in every single step we take; we will feel the mercy in every single effort we make as there are always beauty, love and mercy in God’s plans and decisions...

Inspired by Risale-i Nur

Sunday, January 7, 2018

LIFE GOES ON

Be curious, 
be excited, 
be bold and move forward earnestly 
with deep trust in God 
as there are always love, mercy and beauty 
in all His plans and decisions

Friday, September 1, 2017

The scholars are the heirs of the Prophets

The scholars are the heirs of the Prophets. 
They inherit the practices of the Prophets and transmit them to the following generation. 

The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) interprets and demonstrates the Quran. Rely on the practices which he has transmitted, feel the magrifah, follow his practices. He came as a mercy for all the creations and he shows compassion and preserves the values of true humanity.

Abu al-Darda’ (Allah be pleased with him) said the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Scholars are the inheritors of the prophets.” [Related by Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud, Nasa’i, Ibn Maja, Ahmad, Ibn Hibban, and others]


AlBukhary International University 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The lovers of God never lose hope in His mercy



 As humans we are weak and in need of help and when we turn to God, His help comes in many unexpected ways. It's amazingly true, God’s help comes in many beautiful surprising ways as He always helps us if we seek Him. He provides us and nurtures us, He feeds us and gives us to drink, He guards us and protects us, He preserves and defends us, He grants us success and guidance, He enriches us, shelters us and befriends us. His help also comes through beautiful hearts that inspire, beautiful souls that aspire and beautiful minds that empower.

The beauty of the sun's rays

Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey


The beauty of the sun’s rays is seen on the bubbles floating on the surface of running water, they are the lights of an eternal beauty (Risale i Nur, The Rays)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Wish is a Strong Hope


"Nurture a strong hope of God's Mercy; hope may induce striving and work and a person will not despair of Divine Mercy" Bediuzzaman Said Nursi.

Wish is a strong hope that keeps us  focused, and if we put strong hope in God’s Divine Mercy, we will attain an extraordinary strength that keeps us moving to reach our aims and we will be successful when we keep trusting in God’s immense power, His unconditional love, His infinite mercy and His endless compassion for each of His creations.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Hibernating months are over

Hibernating months are over, now its Rising above the Storms. Finally it’s time to meet beautiful inspiring souls like sister Yasmin Mogahed, the author of Reclaim your Heart. Insha Allah. We have not met before, but she is one of the amazing souls who inspires me to write, to move on courageously and love for the sake of Allah.So, come let us join the program by Yasmin, an inspiring sister. We can register online through http://almaghrib.my/ilmnight/
May Allah ease.

True dawn

True dawn…………
Rumi: Look at the night and see the dawn.
Nursi: Every winter is followed by spring; every night has its dawn.
Kahlil Gibran: Wake at dawn with a winged heart; give thanks for another day of loving.
Nursi: Only true dawn brings true happiness only found in belief and knowledge of God.
Me: So, see the true dawn by intensely holding on to God and letting go all that distracts......

Friday, March 17, 2017

Each day is a gift



Each new day is a door to a new world
(The Words, p. 280)


Each new day is a beautiful gift from God; let us learn to accept the gift; let us open it with great joy and with deep appreciation, trusting that the door of each new day opens for us to keep on learning; believing that only the Giver of life can teach us the true meaning of life.



Love needs no words

One of the hardest part of being strong independent striving mums is no one ask us if we are ok, but the most sweetest part is we always love our children intensely as we feel being loved deeply by them; this love is an unexplained reflection of God’s unconditional love, this love is an irreplaceable love; this love is more than just a feeling as it is strength; this love is a miracle that dwells in the invisible as it is love till eternity that needs no words..
#travellingmommy
#roadtomecca

Mesmerizing sunset hours

Reminiscing mesmerizing sunset hours at Irbid
“The Quran is the sun that never sets; it’s a special mercy, a true guide; a healer; the source of nourishment and strength”-Risale i Nur
Seeking serenity; learning to be compassionately strong and courageously resilient. Truly our Lord is with us, He will guide us through.

You have escaped the cage

'You have escaped the cage;
your wings are stretched out;
now fly; sing like the birds sing,
not worrying about who hears or what others think'-Rumi
Truly my Lord is with me, He will guide me through (Q26:62).
İstanbul fotoğrafı

Drawing insightful lessons of life

Drawing insightful lessons of life from the Quran in the Risale i Nur as we saw how the fig and olive survived on snowy grounds during our winter season outings in Jordan....
Almighty God reveals numerous mysteries and significant points through oaths in the Quran and one of the amazing oaths is “By the fig and the olive,”(95:1) which is as follows: By swearing by the fig and the olive, Almighty God calls to mind the immensity of His power and the perfection of His mercy and His extensive bounties, in order to redirect those people who are heading for the lowest of the low, showing that they may progress spiritually, through thanks, reflection, belief, and good works as far as the highest of the high. The reason for specifying the fig and the olive is that as fruits they are most blessed and beneficial, and their creation comprises many notable things and bounties. For the olive is utilized for illumination and food, and is a basic commodity in social and commercial life. The fig is the same; it displays in its creation a miracle of power by encapsulating in its minuscule seed all the members of the huge fig-tree, and is a divine bounty both in its being a food, and its uses, and contrary to other fruits its continuity, and many other advantages. It calls all this to mind with the oath and instructs man to draw lessons from them so as to believe and perform good works, and not to fall to the lowest of the low (The Letters, p. 449).

Essence of mercy

“We should try to always see the trace, face and essence of mercy in things which will cause us not to complain, but to offer thanks” (The Flashes, p. 357).
Autumn age is not a barrier to shine on for God in this world; in eternity His beloved ones who receive the pleasures from the bounties in paradise will remain young forever……
Sharing my treasured moments with Firinci ağabey and Şükran abla at The Istanbul Foundation for Science and Culture

Discovering Turkish hospitality

Discovering Turkish hospitality in a world which is a guesthouse. Today, my Turkish sister prepared meal to serve a few guests in a simple but delightful way ...Masha Allah...

watch with serenity



“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain; and could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy; and you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields; and you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief”- Kahlil Gibran — in Sør-Trøndelag.
 

"Do not despair of God's mercy" (Q39:53).




Being a mother, a student, a writer, an educator and an entrepreneur are truly challenging but rewarding experiences for me and I am still learning. All we need is to take great courage to let go the past that hurts while nurturing great hope to face the present that heals. "Do not despair of God's mercy" (Q39:53).

Tears of joy

My immense gratitude to Al Mighty God, my intense hugs for my darling children, my deepest thanks to my awesome supervisor Dr Vahid Nimehchisalem and my co-supervisors. My special thanks to the amazing professors who have made my PhD viva session very enjoyable on 17/01/2017 in Universiti Putra Malaysia. Thank you from my heart to all my friends and students who have inspired me. Thank you very much also to all the members of Istanbul Foundation for Science and Culture, Turkey for their sincere support. … No words to heave, just tears of joy for this success…Thank you Allah for Your endless blessings...

Monday, April 18, 2016

This is freedom



Bismillah
Sharing my final musings in my final months  
in Universiti Putra Malaysia (2006-2016).
Someone asked me: How do you feel after you have converted to Islam? I answered: I feel free. How do you feel after you have been deprived of your rights? I answered: I feel free. How do you feel being thrown into the middle of the ocean? I answered: I feel free. How do you feel being pushed down from a 24 story building? I answered: I feel free. How do you feel when you are left on your own searching for the meaning of life and quest for knowledge? I answered: I feel free. How do you feel being an immigrant? I answered: I feel free.
Then the person said: But why my friend???

Live and Believe

In the name of our Most Merciful,Compassionate God
Positive people attracts us while negative people distracts us,
Positive actions encourages us while negative actions discourages us
Positive aura is inspiring but negative aura is draining
Stay close to the positive ones and avoid the negative ones.
Never let them ‘burn’ our energy, ‘kill’ our enthusiasm
Just be strong, move on with passion and full Trust in God
Keep striving; we will never be deprived of mercy and compassion
As God is the Most Merciful,Most Compassionate,
Seek His touch of love and His touch of mercy,
Believe in what we are doing; believe that God’s Promises are true
Only the believers are those who have survived
‪#‎myfinalUPMstudymonths‬

Happiness

Ya Allah...
This is what Love can do...
This is where Faith can bring...