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Ramadhan Reflections: Do You Really Trust Allah?

Do You Really Trust Allah?

 

Text: Allah says that our rizq or provision is “written” for us. Does that mean we can just sit idly by and our provision will fall from the sky into our laps? No it does not. It means that we do our best and our provision will come to us. But why is knowing this a “mercy”? It is a mercy because it should free us from worrying because we often lose so much time consumed by wondering how we can get more, or fearing that we will not be able to earn enough.

Once we do our best however, we should have a sense of trust in God’s will and God’s plan for us. This should free us from fear. It should also bring a sense of comfort to us because God is saying to us, I am here, I have not abandoned you, though you may think things are difficult, I am here and will provide for you. Know that everything that I put before you is for your best and greatest good. Whatever challenges, that come to you, I KNOW that you are strong enough to deal with them. Not only do I know that you are strong enough, you have the ability to overcome this. Just hold onto Me and I will help you through.

So much times we worry so much, we become depressed or we put ourselves into doing things we should NOT do to earn our livelihood because we do not trust God and God’s perfect plan. We should not erode our relationship with God because of our inability to trust. We should be careful not to put ourselves above God, because we do not depend and trust in the Divine Plan. We do so, when we think that we have to do everything to solve our problems and that is what takes us into despair or into the haram (what is forbidden). Instead, we need to learn to do our best and then TRUST.

We forget that the boundaries that have been put for us, are there to help us thrive. So we don’t need to do something that we’ve been told not to do in order to survive or be successful. Sometimes that may mean leaning on our brothers and sisters- that for many of us is a much needed lesson in humility. Each of us has a moment when we need to depend on those around us.  In this struggle to try and do better and be better, it reminds us that we are human, there are times we will need help and when others around us will need help. So our duty from enduring these circumstances is keeping in mind that when we have, it is our responsibility to help those who don’t or to help those who are helping people in need so they may continue that work.

Let us remember this Ramadhan to be humble with each other, to see the many blessings that we do have in our lives and to assist our brothers and sisters in humanity who do not.

Related Topics:

Ramadhan Reflections: Does God Think About You?‏

Ramadhan Reflections: Memorizing the Qur’an is Not Enough

Ramadhan Reflections: What Do Your Actions Say About You?‏

The World Does NOT Revolve Around Me.‏

Stuffing Ourselves and Sleeping All Day…

Ramadhan Reflections: Do My Prayers Benefit Me?

Ramadan Reflections- We begin with Mercy‏

Pre-Ramadhan Reflections

Keep Ramadhan Simple!

Ramadhan 2011

Iftar…

Letter to the Self #30 Remember Me

Letter to the Self #29 Forgiveness

Letter to Self # 28: Those We Ignore
Letter to the Self # 27: Destination or the Journey!
Letter to the Self # 26: Change
Letters to the Self #25: Window of Opportunity
Letters to the Self #24: More Than You Think You Are Able
Letters to the Self #23: Submission
Letter to the Self #22: Do You Have Trust Issues?
Letter to the Self #21: Possessions
Letter to the Self #20: Sacred Spaces
Letter to the Self # 19: The Big “I”
Letter to the Self # 18: Insecurities
Letter to the Self # 17: Backbiting
Letter to the Self # 16: Knowledge or Just Information?
Letter to the Self # 15: Beyond the Limited Self
Letter to the Self # 14: A Better Way
Letter to the Self # 13: The Spoken Word
Letter to the Self # 12: A Blessing or a Curse?
Letter to the Self # 11: Purpose

Letter to the Self #10: Let’s Partey

8 Ways to Stay Afloat While Between Jobs

8 Ways to Stay Afloat While Between Jobs

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Still Interfering in Egypt While Going Broke!

Still Interfering in Egypt While Going Broke!

 

One supposes that if anything else, the U.S. should be applauded when it comes to getting its own way even if that way is unsustainable, and even if it means making another country unsustainable.

One of the chief ways that the U.S. continues to use to support the Washington Consensus abroad, has proven affective in spreading dissension within the society within those countries through certain English speaking state T.V. channels that display apparent lack of professionalism in its pro-Mubarak-pro U.S. agenda, western anti-Islamic propaganda thus dissipating consensus within the country. This is not to say that there is any adequate Islamic leadership currently, as the so-called Islamists seem to be set on power by pushing for elections before setting the Constitution which is in the best long term interest on the nation as long as all sections of society are involved.

Another chief method is through aid directed to “NGOs.” Since April 2011, according to USAID’s website, U.S$105mn has been given to Egyptian NGOs that promote political participation in the country, and by political participation the promotion of political consensus. Afterall, there is a huge difference between religious leadership, and leadership using religion to control!

The U.S. ambassador to Cairo, Ann Patterson conveyed to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee this achievement i.e. U.S$105mn given to Egyptian NGOs for political purposes, which presents a national security challenge for the interim governing bodies, and one that is under investigation by the honourable interim Prime Minister Prime Minister Essam Sharaf. I use the word “honourable” because his efforts and achievements have not been recognized by his own people.

Talaat Abdul-Malek senior economic adviser for the minister of international cooperation has been reported to have said to the Jerusalem Post:

“There is a difference between your development partners extending a helping hand and beginning to interfere in what is essentially national affairs,”

“USAID in particular crossed that line.”

Why Abdul-Malek would say this to the Jerusalem Post is questionable, though the comment as most know is quite true.

Democracy has the West has defined it has proven to be a corruptible force that impoverishes the poor further with an illusory sense of control over their lives until the carpet is pulled out from under their feet, reduces the middle classes thus widening the gap between the haves and have nots, and undermines the initial intention of the January 25th Revolt, which was to eradicate corruptions because by nature, Western democratic systems have clearly demonstrated how corrupt it is in its goals.

Egyptians who have rightly lost faith with the previous regime, should not repeat the same mistake with the interim governing bodies, at a time when all forces need to be moving towards the same direction, because all that would happen is a history repeated because time out was not taken to learn from past mistakes. The current economic crisis in the U.S. clearly displays that capacity building on this basis is not sustainable. It is time that Egyptians have enough faith to realize that they are going through a learning experience, one which with patience and mutual respect can serve to build a democracy that is truly for the people, and not for the few at home and the many abroad!

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Of Course the Global Economy is Worsening!

Of Course the Global Economy is Worsening!

Of Course the Global Economy is Worsening!

 

This is not written to say “I told you so” or to predict further gloom, but it is the law of quick sand that the more you struggle to maintain something which isn’t, the quick one will sink. We have lived on excess for far too long, too much of everything for one part of the world, and too little of the essentials for the rest of the world – this mentality didn’t matter as long as the problem remained on foreign shores.

It is really disheartening to listen to corporate and state media obsess over maintaining the above status quo, more concerned for foreign investors, than they are for the plight of their own, a plight they have suffered for since WWI, and a plight that has become more entrenched over the past 30 years, as the global dollar economy has bled everyone dry, and as top earners and players on the stock market push up the prices of essential commodities, and are yet loath to pay taxes to the countries from which their vast fortunes are made, with those same people lacking enough compassion, and enough responsibility to know that what goes round comes round. This is the Law of the Cycle, or the Law of One which the universe is built upon.

As all our deeds come to the surface, we are at a point in history to big enough and say “this is wrong,” and “this cannot continue” as this global economic crisis – the worst in living memory comes to a climax from which the average person on the street is suffering badly. For those who talk of unity, and talk of liberty, and talk of rebuilding a nation, a serious overview of the basis of a country’s economy is badly needed. There is always an alternative, there is always a better way to build a just nation, that is also just in its dealing with others.

We are all being called by the machinations of the Universe, to stand up and be counted, as the world looks on the quick sand that the U.S. is increasingly falling into because its wealthy refuse to play their part in their own country. It would be quite logical for such people to be deported from their own country for they selfishly insist on benefiting while their own are cast to the winds of fate because they have yet to realize the gift of money like all gifts is a trust from the Creator to serve and benefit mankind. This is clearly understood within Islam, and is forfeited by the Muslim wealthy who tread the same path as the wealthy non-tax payers, for it is in the sharing of personal “gifts/trusts” bequeathed by our Creator that equilibrium between the haves and the have nots of any society is maintained.

Those who have gone on a looting binge in the U.K., in the aftermath of the London riot in recent days, may not know what is their right, and may not know where the injustices have taken place, but what they are doing is the result of decades of being taught by the greedy powerful and influential that materialism defines a person. Yet, the “defined persons” have become fewer, and the rest poorer. There is no logic in reducing the number of consumers! The wealthy few think in terms of abundance, but selfishly, while the rest of us have been taught to think in terms of lack.

It should be noted that the U.S. has only survived it’s incredible debt recently because it was reliant on tax receipts. The world should not be watching the fate of the U.S. and worrying about itself, but should be taking the step that Iceland took to stem the “blood flow” by allowing private financial institutions to face the result of its endeavours without pulling the people down with it. In this way, we pull back to the basic that we must all be reminded of, in order to go forward to a shared and a common prosperity acknowledging that man cannot act independent of the universal laws that guide the world that we live in!

Recent data from the U.S. Internal Revenue on 2009 reveals the following:

  • Income fell
  • Unemployment claims rose by 2 million
  • Unemployment payout doubled on 2008 (the beginning of the current global economic crisis)
  • Two million tax payers “disappeared”
  • 235,413 taxpayers earned $1+ million
  • 1,470 of the 235,413 paid no taxes
  • The income of the average taxpayer fell by 6.0%

Current unemployment is at 9.1%!

There is no point in blaming the fall guy, Obama, because the above was set in motion before he arrived on the scene. It is time to stand up and be counted!

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Who or What is Financing the States?

While U.S. Falls Apart 5.8mn Israelis Get $100bn

Oil vs. Communities: Has the Chicken Come Home to Roost for ExxonMobil!

Controlling Haiti

The Right to Life and Mother Earth

Between Power to Choose or the Choice of Power?

Wall Street: Inside Job

Wall Street Assault on Working Families

U.K. – Tottenham Riot and Disenfranchised Youth

The Deserving Poor!

Don’t Believe Everything You See and Read About Ghaddafi

Living off the Grid: How Ridiculous Can the U.K. Get!

The ‘Arab Spring’ Turns to Summer in Greece and Spain

‘Audacity to Hope’: Egypt Says No to IMF

Iceland Walks Away from the International Banking System

Biofuels Increasing Food Prices

What Did You Plant Today?

Discovering Lost Values

The Seasons of Our Lives

Truth, Karma and Reform

Statement from the Youth of the Lotus Revolution

When the Greed of the Few Starves the Many

Another World is Possible!

Heavenly Signs: July New Moon Solar Eclipse 2011

Ramadhan Reflections: Does God Think About You?‏

Does God Think About You?‏

Text Summary:

 

In your quiet moments, have you stopped to think how much God may think about you? Does God even think about you and I?  Omar, may God be pleased with him, one of the rightly guided caliphs after the prophet peace be upon him used to say, “Take yourself before you are taken to account”.  The way to answer this question is by knowing that Allah thinks of us as often/much as we think about God.  So when we stop to think about if God thinks about us, really, it helps us to take account of how much we are doing/thinking/being; how much we are remembering God.

In another narration, we are reminded by God, if we think about Him by ourself, He remembers us by Himself, if we remember Him in a group, then He remembers us in a group better than ours.

In your day, when you get caught up in your activities and you’re rushing to get the next thing done, trying to pay your bills are you remembering God? Think about how much work we do in order to buy our houses, or cars, if we want to go on vacation, if we want to go and study at a university or college the effort and time we spend to making sure we do our “homework”. In these ways, we are constantly occupying ourselves. We take on this work because we want to be well prepared and we will do this consciously. What about the time we invest in our relationship with God?

You see the more we remember God, the more God remembers us.  And when we acknowledge this, it does not mean that God will forget us because we cannot place God within the finite realm of our understanding. Yet it provides a good indicator for us to know where we are at in our personal relationship with God.
When we work to place God first and foremost in what we do it helps us to ensure that we keep trying to do what’s right, that we maintain justice, that we do not mis-treat people. It helps us to better reflect on our own behaviour and practices and to better accept feedback from others. This is because it is not about “always being right”, instead it is about doing what is best and growing my relationship with my Creator. So if someone corrects me and I know that this will help to improve my character or my relationship with God, I accept it- not walk off being upset, not hurting others, not being rude or disrespectful because I didn’t get what I wanted. It also helps us to be able to compromise with others, because if we want God to accept our attempts, to forgive our mistakes then we need to show that to the people around us.

So one of the things we need to ask ourselves- what are some of the things that I can do in order to improve my relationship with and consciousness of God. This is the purpose of Ramadan. It helps to move us away from thinking about people and what they want and to focus on our relationship with God.
This way whether people like us or not, whether they think that you are too “holy” or not or too much of something or not – it won’t matter. I may listen and reflect on feedback, but I remember I am a human being with many faults who is trying to improve. I also know that I want to be a better person, I want to have a good relationship with God, so I am going to keep on trying. I am going to not listen to those who try to pull me down, instead, I will let the mercy of God pull me up- to be all that I can be.

The way that we remember God is in our prayer, in our actions- when we are just, kind to others, helping those in need- those are ways we can remember God and will help us to be the most conscious of God and ultimately function at our highest potential.


Related Topics:

Ramadhan Reflections: Memorizing the Qur’an is Not Enough

Ramadhan Reflections: What Do Your Actions Say About You?‏

The World Does NOT Revolve Around Me.‏

Stuffing Ourselves and Sleeping All Day…

Ramadhan Reflections: Do My Prayers Benefit Me?

Ramadan Reflections- We begin with Mercy‏

Pre-Ramadhan Reflections

Keep Ramadhan Simple!

Ramadhan 2011

Iftar…

Letter to the Self #30 Remember Me

Letter to the Self #29 Forgiveness

Letter to Self # 28: Those We Ignore
Letter to the Self # 27: Destination or the Journey!
Letter to the Self # 26: Change
Letters to the Self #25: Window of Opportunity
Letters to the Self #24: More Than You Think You Are Able
Letters to the Self #23: Submission
Letter to the Self #22: Do You Have Trust Issues?
Letter to the Self #21: Possessions
Letter to the Self #20: Sacred Spaces
Letter to the Self # 19: The Big “I”
Letter to the Self # 18: Insecurities
Letter to the Self # 17: Backbiting
Letter to the Self # 16: Knowledge or Just Information?
Letter to the Self # 15: Beyond the Limited Self
Letter to the Self # 14: A Better Way
Letter to the Self # 13: The Spoken Word
Letter to the Self # 12: A Blessing or a Curse?
Letter to the Self # 11: Purpose

Letter to the Self #10: Let’s Partey
Letter to the Self #9: Looking Good