Spirituality

The Search for Love

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Featured, Personal Development, Relationships, Spirituality, With the Divine | 14 comments

The Search for Love

I spent my life running after the creation. I have always been what you might call ‘needy’. I needed friends, I needed people. All the time. And I couldn’t handle letdowns. But at the heart of what makes us run after the creation, is simply love. The need to give and receive love. This need has been put in us by the Creator. And every need created by God, has been created for a purpose. The need to give and receive love was created as a driver. A driver that pushes us back to God. You see, we began with God, and God wants us to come back to Him in this life—even before we come back to...

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Finding Jennah

Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 in Featured, Overcoming Hardships, Personal Development, Reflections, Spiritual Purification, Spirituality, With the Divine | 0 comments

Finding Jennah

I have spent a lot of my life trying to reconcile between hardship and ease. On the one hand, we are told again and again that the straight path is not easy and requires struggle and sacrifice. But on the other hand, as humans we always desire ease. What I have come to realize is that the path will always have challenges, tests and trials. There will be hardships and there will be storms. But, if Allah wills, you can be given ease *within* the hardship. The one who finds refuge in Allah, remains dry—even during the most powerful storm. Outside, it may be raining, but inside the refuge of...

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The Lifetime of a Hardship

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in Featured, Quranic Reflections, Reflections, Yasmin's Online Journal | 5 comments

The Lifetime of a Hardship

Allah tell us in the Quran that for all things He has created an “appointed term’. This includes our hardships and struggles. They all have a birth and a death. They all have an appointed term. Every situation in our life has an appointed term, after which they come to an end and/or change. There have been a few periods of my life when this particular ayah has comforted me so much. It is ‘simple’, but so profound: “And be patient for the decision of your Lord, for indeed you are in Our eyes.” (52:48) So many powerful lessons: 1. Allah has your situation...

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RIS Lecture: The Storm is Coming

Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 in Featured, Lecture Transcripts, Spiritual Purification, Spirituality | 0 comments

RIS Lecture: The Storm is Coming

Today, I’m going to talk about poverty. Yet, the poverty I speak about today isn’t the apparent kind. You see, before we can begin to speak about a concept, we need a criterion. We need definitions. In speaking about poverty, we need to understand that there is external poverty and there is internal poverty. And one is far more dangerous than the other, because while one form of poverty determines how we live temporarily, the other form, determines how we live eternally. Today, I will speak on the latter form. Internal poverty is the poverty of the soul. It describes the unmoved soul....

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Leaving Mecca

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 in Reflections, Spiritual Purification, Spirituality, With the Divine | 7 comments

Leaving Mecca

This was the hardest talk I’ve ever had to give… Leaving Mecca By: Yasmin Mogahed When I was 17 years old, I had a dream. I dreamt that I was sitting inside a masjid and a little girl walked up to ask me a question. She asked me: “Why do people have to leave each other?” Ultimately, the question was about the nature of the dunya as a place of fleeting moments and temporary attachments…as a place where people are with you today, and leave or die tomorrow. But this reality hurts our very being because it goes against our nature. We, as humans, are made to seek, love, and...

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Nameless

Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 in Featured, Personal Development, Poetry & Fiction, Spirituality | 28 comments

Nameless

Nameless By: Yasmin Mogahed There’s salvation in admitting defeat. The peace of prostration. Just stay still in that position, With your head lowered. Freeze. Wait. Stay humbled. Wait. Stay lowered. Until He raises you. They’ve searched the world for what can be found in the quietest corners of a room. They search a million words for what can only be found in silence. They create a million names for the nameless. For what can only be found in wordless thought. Nameless states. Stop letting it own you. Let it go. Let it go for Him and He will honor you. He will raise you. I looked on...

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