Islamic Studies

The Lesson Taught by a Rose

Posted by on Mar 15, 2010 in Islamic Character, Islamic Studies, Overcoming Hardships, Reflections, Spiritual Purification | 11 comments

Roses have long been been my favorite flower. I’m always struck by how perfect they are—for a moment. But in that moment, and even more so the moments that follow, roses have taught me an invaluable lesson. And I don’t mean a lesson in botany or horticulture. I mean a lesson in life. What happens to the rose’s perfectly defined petals even days after it blooms? What becomes of the brilliant red that makes a rose breathtakingly beautiful? Those petals wither. That brilliant red turns brown. And the rose that was once so full of beauty and life turns into dried up scraps that crumble...

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