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People leave each other. But do they return?

Posted by on Nov 13, 2011 in Before Marriage, Children, Family, Featured, Overcoming Hardships, Parents, Reflections, Relationships, Spouse | 59 comments

People leave each other. But do they return?

  Why Do People Have to Leave Each Other? Part I | Part II Leaving is hard. Losing is harder. So a few weeks ago I asked the question, ‘why do people have to leave each other?’ The answer took me into some of my life’s deepest realizations and struggles. But it has also led me to wonder: After people leave, do they ever return? After something we love is taken from us, does it ever come back? Is loss permanent—or just a means for a higher purpose? Is loss the End itself, or a temporary cure for our heart’s ailments? There’s something amazing about this life. The very same...

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Hurt by Others: How to Cope and Heal

Posted by on Apr 27, 2010 in Before Marriage, Brotherhood & Sisterhood, Children, Overcoming Hardships, Parents, Spouse | 14 comments

When I was growing up, the world was a perfect place. The only problem was, that it wasn’t. I used to believe that everything could always be ‘fair’. To me that meant no one should ever be wronged, and if they were, justice must be served. I fought hard for the way I believed things should be. But in my struggle, I overlooked a fundamental truth about this life. In my childish idealism, I failed to understand that this world is inherently imperfect. We, as humans, are inherently imperfect. So we will always mess up. And in those mess-ups, we will inevitably hurt others, knowingly, and...

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Toiling…and the Light at the End of the Tunnel

Posted by on Mar 1, 2010 in Children, Family, Overcoming Hardships, Personal Development, Reflections, Spiritual Purification | 3 comments

It’s amazing what motherhood teaches you. Three weeks ago today, I took my turn in one of the greatest struggles a woman endures. It was an experience that would forever change my life. Three weeks ago, I gave birth. The pain of childbirth is certainly called labor for a reason. But in that struggle, and perhaps even more so in the struggle of child-rearing that follows, we are taught an invaluable life lesson. They tell you that the ‘best things in life are free.’ But of all the untruths we are told, that cliché is perhaps one of the biggest. Nothing in life is free. And most...

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Love is in the Air

Posted by on Feb 14, 2010 in Before Marriage, Children, Marriage & Family, Personal Development, Reflections, Relationships, Spouse, With the Divine | 4 comments

Love is in the air! …Or at least that’s what advertisers want you to think this month. While it’s nice to express your love often, Valentine’s Day comes once a year, leaving you no choice but to do so or risk seeming heartless. For the owners of floral boutiques and chocolate shops, Eid comes in February. But even amidst such commercialized affections, one can hardly keep from thinking about those they love. And while we do so, we are inevitably faced with some  pivotal questions. I was reminded of some of those questions when I reflected on something a friend of mine had told...

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