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