Saturday, October 23, 2021

Being Authentic

Its good to fly again 💖
 Situations in life may not be as we expect or as we like, so when we face situations that are not as our expectations, learn to accept and keep being authentic, be ourselves and keep moving. We don't have to struggle to fit in as each one of us has own needs, aims and expectations in life.  If we still try to fit in, it will only cause hurt, so try to make the best of what we can offer from our side, just be authentic and watch how beautiful you can unfold the moments by God's grace for JUST BEING YOU.



Thursday, October 14, 2021

Our Pathways Crossed for a Beautiful Reason

A takeaway message for all my dear students in MEDIU, 

Each time when I get a better opportunity to teach in a new university, the most heartbreaking moments is leaving my students. Each one of you has a special place in my heart as it is truly a blessing to know you and I am deeply grateful. I have learned alot from you all. Our journey of life is always filled with amazing moments because in the hurtful moments there are healing moments, in the unpleasant moments, there are pleasant moments. Our pathways crossed for a beautiful reason. God knows what we don't, so stay beautiful, stay focused and keep moving to achieve our aims in life. Life can be a beautiful journey if we learn to appreciate all the blessings God grant us and turn our threats into challenges to build resilience as we keep the momentum. In your journey as a student, running after high grades should not be your focus and learning to be a good person who practices respect, kindness, honesty and all the good attributes should be your focus. May God grant you success in this world and in the hereafter. Thank you for your beautiful prayers, kind words and amazing support. Aameen to all your prayers. If we are not destined to meet again in this world, may we meet in the beautiful gardens of Jannatul Firdaus. Aameen.
Dr Nur@sakeenaheartoheart💖
14 October 2021
10.52pm

Driving home at dusk


Thursday, October 7, 2021

Stay Beautiful and Keep Moving

Being attached to life's aims helps us to stay connected with our dreams. There may be lots of distractions when we meet people who don't understand our mission.  They may side track us, so just focus on our aims to keep moving. Place our hope in God and not in humans as God never disappoints us. We get disappointed when we are not able to get what we want, but as we submit to God's will, He will definitely give us what we need, so stay beautiful and keep moving.

Stay beautiful 



Monday, September 13, 2021

Trust the Process

Along the journey of our lives, we may turn to a pathway that makes us unable to move to achieve our aims in life. We may be stuck as we are not able to grow. At these times, never waste our energy and time to seek validation from others and to give explanation to them, just keep moving to achieve our aims in life. There is wisdom behind the situation and when we focus on our aims, we are able to see why God places us in the situation. We may not like the situation, but we can learn from the unpleasantness that can make us more inspired to achieve our aims. Hope and trust in God along the process, never get attached to people who never understands us and also places that can drain our energy and inspiration. Keep moving by focusing on our aims and eventually God will definitely open a new pathway that directs us to grow professionally. Hope in God and have courage to move to a better place. Trust the process, keep moving.



Friday, August 27, 2021

Compassion and Passion

 There are moments in life we get all messed up and we feel like giving up. It happens. We put too much expectations on too many people and when our expectations are not met, we loss hope. At these moments, hold on. We need compassion and passion to restart. Refocus on our aims in life. Have strong hope in God. Place our expectations on God. He is the best of the Planners. 

He knows what we need, so remember self compassion is needed to work on what we love with passion.

With our adorable pussy cats Jess 💕 and Jessy 💕

Jess is full of Compassion
Jessy is full of Passion


Sunday, August 8, 2021

As the Sun Sets Beautifully...

 

Sunset at West coast
Look at the sunset, the end of the day is always beautiful. 

When we feel down, learn to validate our emotions, but never dwell in sadness. Prioritise self care at these moments. Self care is taking care of our own needs.  When we are able to take care of ourselves, we are able to take care of our loved ones and others.

As we go through difficult situations, learn to accept the moments, learn to slow down, pause, take a break, then move on. Recharge, redesign, reenergize, but stay focused and  keep the momentum. 

The sun always sets beautifully; its God's amazing design. Learn to trust in His designs, He designs us and takes great care of us. Learn to be thankful for each of His endless blessings as gratitude heals. 

Lessons learned from dawn to dusk


Saturday, July 17, 2021

Be persistent on our journey

Life is a journey and everyone has a story. The life struggles on our journey of life are different.  Many people will never validate our inner life struggles so never waste time with worries as it doesn't help. Be grateful to God for granting us few people who validate our inner struggles, as thats the signs of His mercy. Focus on our aims and be persistent on our journey. Keep the momentum. Everything happens for a beautiful reason, so keep moving to keep learning.

🤍Lessons learned 17 July 2021🤍Thank you Allah for Your Endless Blessings.



Friday, July 16, 2021

Stay focused

Each morning is a great blessing from God, wake up with a thankful heart and look forward to receive more blessings as when we are thankful, God increases His blessings. It is God's promise and His promise is true. Its an inspiration to keep believing and moving as we stay focused to reach our ultimate aim which is to seek God's love.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Keep the momentum..

 There are so many challenges but there are also so many blessings. We may never be able to see the future but we can definitely hope & trust in Allah as His promise is true. We may stumble and fall but we can still stand up and move on because God is taking great care of us, so keep going..keep.the momentum💛it is good to leave the past with the present that heals💛Thank you Allah for Your Endless Blessings

Lessons I learned @Uskudar, Istanbul,2020


Saturday, April 24, 2021

Trust God in our learning journey

 Learning from harsh challenges is not easy, but we are not alone, so never lose hope. Move with hope as God's help always comes at the right time when we put our hope on Him. Learning is a process and it takes time. Trust God in the learning process and move with courage. God will never leave us. He is with us in our learning journey. Truly, God is our protector and He is the best of Helpers.💛

💛 Keep the momentum, build the trust to feel His presence throughout our learning journey💛


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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Nurturing good thoughts

morning brisk walk 

Life is full of challenges, but life is also full of blessings. As we face challenges, we feel very uncomfortable, uncertain, we have the fear and we want to ignore these moments, moreover when there is negative thoughts that fills our thought process. Yes, it is a struggle and we need guidelines to go through and not to ignore it. Dr Omar Suleiman mentioned about passing thoughts and settled thoughts in his sharing about our thought process. Our thoughts can be good or bad and in our thought process, when our thinking is settled, it becomes a deed and then it becomes a habit. There is a need to eliminate the bad thoughts and nurture the good thoughts in our thought process. Ibn al-Qayyim conveyed a beautiful messages about thinking. According to this profound scholar, the only way to rule or overcome negative thoughts is to occupy or conquer our thinking. Thus, as we occupy our thinking, we are engaging our thoughts. A person who always think of God, will naturally be doing deeds for the sake of God and live in sincerity. 
Sharing his talk: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8vWi6xxvQ8&t=9s

Ibn al-Qayyim said: “Know that the advent of the thought does not harm, the only thing that harms is summoning it and engaging in discourse with it. So the thought is like the passer-by upon the path, if you do not summon him and you leave him, he passes and abstains from you, and if you summon him; he enchants you with his speech and his deceit and his conceit, and it is the lightest thing upon the vacant fruitless soul, and the heaviest thing upon the heart and soul that is eminent – heavenly – serene.” (Ad-Daa wad-Dawaa p.360)

Ibn al-Qayyim said: “Completeness is only in filling the heart and the conscience with thoughts and intents and cogitation in attainment of the pleasures of The Lord, The Most High, from the servant and from the people, and the consideration of the ways to that and of reaching it. Therefore the most complete of people are those that are the most abundant of them in thought and contemplation and intents for that. Just as the most deficient of people are the most abundant of them in thought and contemplation and intents for his own enjoyments and desires – wherever it should be.” (Ad-Daa wad-Dawaa p.362)

Thus, we should nurture our thought process with good thoughts by practicing remembrance of God, asking for His forgiveness, seeking His pleasure and contemplating, eventually through our constant practice, we can nurture our thinking with good thoughts.💗


Tuesday, March 16, 2021

The SUN will come again


 There may be thunderstorm but it will pass and the sun will come again. That is  Allah's  design for weather and season; the weather is different during each season; each day the sun will come again after the night. The night and day are Allah's unique designs; see, feel & think life as weather in different seasons. The pain, the hurt, the discomfort or the negative emotion we feel now is like the thunderstorm, it will pass and the sun will rise again. Just focus on our purpose and move on. It's Allah's design to make us realize that He is the Only Savior, He is the Only One we need to through our difficult times and He is the One who will guide us through from the night to the Light.

"Truly my Lord is with me, He will guide me through."(Q26:62)

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Rightful owner of our hearts


Many thanks faris&jedda for the inspiration & compassion. Many thanks Prof Malik Badri for the knowledge & passion. May Allah grant you Jannah, Prof Malik. We deeply miss you..till we meet again.. inshaAllah..

One of Prof Malik Badri's advise that left a very deep impression in my heart when I was going through emotional hardship is "never invite the negative emotions into your heart." He taught me to gradually accept, gradually change and he always inspires me to learn to put Allah first in my heart. Truly, Allah is the rightful owner of our heart as when He fills us there is no rooms for the dark thoughts as the mind and heart are being filled with His light. Even when we fall and hurt ourselves  over and over again, we can still make the efforts to repent, refocus and return to God again and through acceptance and submission to the rightful owner we get the courage to keep moving. Even when we are down, turn to God as He will rise us with His light in a beautiful way as His promises are so true. God really takes great care of us every single moment, so keep moving. God truly loves us, so keep the momentum while we keep placing God at the centre of our heart ❤ 

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Stay strong in the Storm- LIFE IS WEATHER


In life, when we face challenging moments, its not about the storm that matters, its actually about how well we manage the storm that matters. In reality its not the external weather that matters, its the internal weather that matters. Yes, its all about how well we manage our emotions as its how well we stay strong in the storm and how well we go through the storm that really really matters because LIFE IS WEATHER. The storm will come and go just as our emotions as life is like weather.
Lessons learned @Uskudar,Istanbul 2020

Truly my Lord is with me, He will guide me through (Quran 26:62)







Thursday, January 14, 2021

Truly my Lord is with me

Each day is a gift from our Lord. Learn to appreciate this gift as gratitude heals. Seek our Lord no matter what situation we are going through as when we seek Him, we are protected, guided and defended. Nothing can harm or fear us as we are in His great care and  truly He is with us as His promise is true.

Truly my Lord is with me, He will guide me through (Q26:62)

My Lord's guidance is the sweetness that keeps me going💗

the sun that never sets @ westcoast

Sunday, December 27, 2020

New horizons

Each day is a beautiful gift from God, it is a new begining filled with blessings for a new fresh start of life, seek and we shall find, move and we shall reach the destination where the sun never sets💛

the sun that never sets view@ westcoast

The sign of God's love is to bestow three attributes on His lover: A generosity like that of the sea, a kindness like that of the sun, and, a humility like that of the earth.~Abu Yazid Bistami

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Resilience on the Journey of Life

Brisk walk at Putrajaya, Malaysia
 In every trials and tribulations there's God's special mercy. Having patience and making efforts are essential to keep the momentum on the journey of life, but having resilience is also needed to stay focused on our journey. This is our own journey of life but we are not alone if we consistently seek God in whatever conditions we go through.  There will be foggy and gloomy days when we cannot see the direction of our journey and at these moments we can  lose our hope, so seek God's help to redirect, refocus as we need to recover in order to continue our journey with hope. Yes, seek the gift of resilience from God. Resilience is one of the gifts God gives us to stay focused and to keep our momentum on the journey of our life and as we take time to recover, be grateful as gratitude heals.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Dawn to Dusk travelogue

Traveling moments are cherishable, each moment captures beautiful feelings and thoughts as living memories, giving deep inspiration, leaving lasting impression on the journey of our life.

https://youtu.be/8pHpjqDxUlM

My Dawn to Dusk Travelogue 

Jordan❤ Turkey💛 Malaysia💚

 January-June 2020

Sunday, November 1, 2020

When words inspire the heart

my positive affirmation written few years ago which still inspires me

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Challenges in life is never ending but Blessings in life is also never ending. Sometimes words can hurt us and sometimes words heal and inspire us to keep moving. Writing positive affirmative words really helps as self affirmation helps to mitigate the effects of stress, overcome negative thoughts and manage emotions. Words have power to move us, they inspire us to keep the energy when we meet challenges in life. Sometimes reading again the positive self affirmative words we once wrote can refresh, reenergize and help us to refocus on the purpose of our life to heal and help others heal. Words can always inspire if we deeply contemplate on them as they are truly blessings of inspiration. Sometimes when I feel overwhelmed, I read again my positive affirmations. This is one of the positive affirmations I wrote few years ago when I was going through the storms of life. I still read it to keep my momentum going as challenges are always there but blessing are never ending.
💛My Lord's mercy is my strength, His presence is my inspiration💛 lessons  learned from dawn to dusk

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Keep the momentum

Stay focused by placing God in the centre of our hearts as we stive to keep the momentum to reach our ultimate aim in life......seeking God's redha.....  for sure no matters can stop us, no matter how impossible it seems to be; even a diificult egoistic personality or a person with narcissistic personality disorder cannot distract our focus because God is the One Who

 moves us in His amazing ways. Truly He is our source of help, our true refuge, our merciful guide, our compassionate healer.

"Indeed, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties [in exchange] for that they will have Paradise......" (Surah Tawbah: 111) lessons learned from dawn to dusk

Friday, October 9, 2020

When the storm strikes again


 When the storm strikes again, we are now able to surf the waves as God helps us in managing our emotions and shifting our perspective to see the goodness in every unexpected situations. God moves us in the right direction by His will as long as we keep our momentum by seeking Him; He never leaves us, He gives us courage and He responses with compassion in every challenging moments. God takes great care of us as He guides us  through each storms of life until we learn to have courage, until we have inner peace where no words can describe but hearts can feel. 

💛My Lord's care is my courage His guidance
is my peace💛lessons learned from dusk to dawn

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

When one Storm is over

 There is a time we have to go through the rough seas but God made


us stay strong in the storm until we are able to surf the harsh waves; when we reach the shores of serenity we realise who are still with us and who have already left us; for sure things will never be the same anymore, but we have learned to move on with strenght and joy.

💛My Lord's power is my strenght, His presence is my joy💛 lessons  learned from dawn to dusk

Friday, June 5, 2020

Our pathways

Our pathways crossed for a reason but our journey of life is a personal journey and I took the road less travelled. 

We have different expectations and needs, but when our niche becomes the same, our pathways cross again but this time for a beautiful reason.

Truly our Lord is with us, He will guide us through.



Dusk@Istanbul

Monday, June 1, 2020

Our journey in life

Our journey in life may be filled with unexpected situations but any decisions we make that bring us closer to God is truly a blessing for us. Believe it and move on 💛

Saturday, May 16, 2020

LIFE IS A JOURNEY



Everything happens for a beauty reason
because God's plans and decisions
are filled with love, mercy and beauty.
Appreciate every moment as a precious gift,
as Gratitude Heals!


With love from
Istanbul
16 May 2020

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Sunset brings Hope of a new Dawn.

Subhanallah.. this is one of the most amazingly beautiful sunset that i have ever watched 💛 beautiful mesmerizing view after our hard climb on the sandy hills at dusk during winter. I love watching sunsets because I truly believe Sunset brings Hope of a new Dawn. 💛 Gratitude Heals 💛 Thank you Allah for Your endless Blessings With love from Wadi Rum, Jordan

Each day is a door of blessings

Just one at a time, gradually move on, have no worries, just have solid faith as what is meant for us will not miss us definitely & what is not meant for us will surely miss us, so stay strong & keep moving, keep the momentum going, let it flow & glow as we keep our focus on our purpose with passion and patience because each day is a door of blessings Truly our Lord is with us, He will guide us through
With  from Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Focus on God


Focus on God earnestly by keeping the momentum wholeheartedly on the journey of our life. God definitely guides and helps us if we reach out to Him. Seek Him always, seek His forgiveness, His protection. Reach out to Him always and He will always open His doors of mercy to guide us compassionately as He is the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate.

Monday, December 31, 2018

A beautiful love story- My winter umrah

 Alhamdulillah,  my winter umrah trip 12 December 2018 - 24 December 2018 was an unforgettable beautiful experience with beautiful living memories....Allah....

A blessed place with a beautiful story......
at Masjidil Haram, Mecca

..no words to express..this beautiful love story till Jannah..

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



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...