A woman came to Prophet Musa/Moses (peace be upon him) and said, “I committed a grave sin. Please pray to Allah that He forgives me.”
Prophet Musa/Moses (peace be upon him): “What did you do?”
Woman: “I committed fornication and later gave birth to a boy whom I killed.”
Prophet Musa/Moses (peace be upon him): “Go away from here, you wicked woman, lest a fire from Heaven destroys us all because of your sin!”
The woman left broken-hearted. Then Angel Jibril/Gabriel (peace be upon him) descended and asked, “O Musa, why have you turned away a repentant woman? Have you not found anyone worse than her?”
Prophet Musa/Moses (peace be upon him): “Who can be worse than her?”
Angel Jibril/Gabriel (peace be upon him): “The one who abandons salah intentionally and persistently.”
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Today I am sharing my story with my Facebook and Instagram friends. At first I didn’t want to because I thought people may think I was just doing it for attention, but then I realized that helping other people who struggle with mental illnesses is more important than what other people think of me.
Although I am nervous, I am excited to share my story and hopefully save a life.
“Bent not broken,” sums up my life. Well actually everyone’s life when you think about it. We are all bent and we are not perfect (even though I’d like for my husband to think I am). Being bent is ok. It’s what gives us character, what defines us, what shapes us into the people we are. We aren’t broken no matter how much we may feel like it sometimes. Life is all about choosing your own destiny and making it what you want it to be. Embrace yourself, love yourself, accept yourself. Do these things and you’ll be just fine. I promise.
*The cover photo of this blog was taken by my extremely talented cousin, Kate Posluszny. She is an amazing photographer and her work is utterly breathtaking. This photo truly captures the beauty and explanation of being bent but not broken, thank you!
With a crisp breeze gently caressing my soul, I stroll in the cool morning light relinquishing my thoughts of a sleepless night passing. Nature whispers in my ear as the collection of wings flutter and dance in a harmonized fashion with joyful song.
The trail is winding back and forth like the unbridled path of my life. The smell of nectar in the air filling my senses with tasteful pleasure.
The journey is long as my legs repeat step after step the body directs. A lonely loon cries out on the lake a warning to others a stranger aloft. Currents of life fill the air of a once barren space. A rabbit emerges to check me out, and then scampers off to hide from this intruder. Humans gone now, the ravages of war. Alone I am as I look for meaning, will I enter the darkness as did the rest…
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What will you do, if the thing which once you wished for, is with you? Thinking? Wait. I’ll tell. You will wish for the next important thing on your wish-list. By being engrossed in that wish list, you forget to hold the thing which you once wished the most, and the universe helped you in achieve it.
Why you lose a thing which is given to you by universe, by seeing your desire for that particular thing at that time? Desires are temporary?
Why is it like that? Ever thought? What if Paulo Coelho, one of the all-time favorite authors said this,
“When you really want something the whole universe conspires in helping you achieve it”.
But what happens once the people achieve that thing? They never care about it after. They never think of holding that thing forever. That’s why our wish-list is big. We want things, but once…
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Guest post by Daryl G. Smith
If the last few months have taught us anything, it is how much more we have to do as a society in addressing the unfinished business of race. The events in Charleston, Ferguson, Baltimore, and Los Angeles, as well as the incidents at Oklahoma State, to name only a few, revealed the many ways in which our society and its institutions have or have not addressed long standing issues of inequity and also whether the leadership of our institutions from all sectors of society has adequate capacity to address these issues today. Indeed, many of these events highlighted the role and credibility of leaders, as well as their effectiveness (or ineffectiveness) in addressing race. And as happened every time there are crises, campuses across the country have been pressed to respond and to take action in addressing diversity on campus—including as it pertains to enrollment…
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So I got nominated for the versatile blogger award, and I’m so grateful, its awesome that people think highly enough of your blog to nominate you, and its a very cool way of interacting with other bloggers and learning about each other. I have been nominated for a couple of these awards recently, however I don’t always participate. I love being nominated, honestly I’m really grateful, its just that most of these awards are very similar, and if I participated in every one I was nominated for I would have loads of virtually identical posts, which would be pretty boring for you as readers. So if I haven’t participated in an award you nominated me for, its not that I’m not grateful to be nominated, I’m just committed to making all of my posts as interesting as possible for you readers.
I was nominated for the Versatile blogger award by…
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