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About a personal struggle I had as a teen

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in Featured, Journal, Overcoming Hardships, Personal Development, Yasmin's Online Journal | 5 comments

About a personal struggle I had as a teen

Picking up the Wrong Ball By: Yasmin Mogahed   Everyone has problems. At least that’s what my 7th grade teacher told us. He asked us to imagine rolling up all our problems into a ball and throwing that ball on a pile filled with the problems of all other people. He then argued to us that-given a choice-each and every one of us would choose our own ball over all others. Although I was too young then to understand his metaphor fully, I knew that everyone had problems. And I was no different. Growing up, depression became a natural part of my life. Throughout middle school and into high...

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A Reflection on Victory and Defeat

Posted by on Aug 26, 2012 in Featured, Journal, Overcoming Hardships, Quotes, Qur'an, Quranic Reflections, Spirituality, Yasmin's Online Journal | 7 comments

A Reflection on Victory and Defeat

Reflect on this: When did the victory come? When they admit defeat. Not to the creation. To God. Then victory came. Not from the creation. From God. [See Quran (54: 10-15), (21: 87-88), (7:23), (21: 83-84) and duaa of Muhammad (SAW) after Taif]

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That is Loyalty

Posted by on Aug 26, 2012 in Featured, Journal, Overcoming Hardships, Quotes, Spirituality, With the Divine, Yasmin's Online Journal | 12 comments

That is Loyalty

When they slept, He was awake. When they broke, He held you up. When every means failed, He saved you. When all the creation left you, He remained. He always remains. Never forget when the storms pushed you to your knees and there was no one else who could help you, He carried you. When you were broken and you swore this time it couldn’t be fixed—never forget who fixed it. Never forget what He saved you from. Never forget how He put you back together. That moment when you felt helpless and alone, never forget who never left. To forget this is the greatest heedlessness. No matter who or...

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Things we tend to get wrong

Posted by on Jun 19, 2012 in Journal, Reflections, Yasmin's Online Journal | 8 comments

Don’t use Allah to get to dunya. Use dunya to get to Allah. Don’t seek refuge from Allah with your deeds. Seek refuge from your deeds with Allah. Don’t advocate on behalf of your nafs when addressing Allah. Advocate on behalf of Allah when addressing your nafs.

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The Lens of the Heart

Posted by on Jun 18, 2012 in Featured, Journal, Overcoming Hardships, Personal Development, Reflections, Spiritual Purification, With the Divine, Yasmin's Online Journal | 6 comments

The Lens of the Heart

If you’re facing a difficult situation or decision, be careful not to try to see with the eyes. To move only by what is seen of the outer world is the greatest deception and cause for ruin and misguidance. Close your physical eyes. And ask Allah to move your heart. It is only by the heart that you will *really* see. It is only with the heart that you will be able to see through the illusions created by pain or pleasure or fear. It is only with the lens of the heart that you will see through the creation and all created circumstance. It is only with the lens of the heart that you will...

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Every Moment a New Birth

Posted by on May 29, 2012 in Featured, Journal, Overcoming Hardships, Personal Development, Quotes, Reflections, Spirituality, Yasmin's Online Journal | 9 comments

Every Moment a New Birth

Learn to see each moment as it’s own birth–entirely separate from the moment that proceeded it, and from the moment that will follow. Each moment is a new existence, a new world in which we will be born and will die. Our problem is that we become enslaved to the moments that have passed, enslaved to old worlds that have already passed away. But in reality, more than a thousand times a day, we are born. Yet many of us choose to just let ourselves die again and again, as each new moment fades. We forget that each birth is a new opportunity to start over, to turn around, or to keep...

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