My Muslim friend shared with me something beautiful. Her father who is Hindu keeps a mantra notebook – for dhikir (divine remembrance). In it he writes the syllable “ॐ” and fills its pages – he’s been doing this as long as she can remember. I imagine he does this with the intention to be lost in Oneness or to redirect his focus on what really matters in this life. This has inspired me to use a few pages of my gratitude journal to write and rewrite the name “الله”. I find it a relaxing practice. I highly recommend it. Some people like to remember God outloud, some in groups, some alone and some silently with their pens and hearts. Never stop discovering what strengthens your faith. And be humble to ask those with knowledge to verify these means.
This one’s for my Sanad family members & anyone stressed!
- Are you feeling overwhelmed? Swarmed with projects prepping for a certain.. “Grand Opening?” Is your internet slow? Are you hot? It’s hot today in Ottawa. I know how you feel. You want to cry. OK so maybe we experience stress differently, but I wanted to cry. And I did and I felt some relief. Alhamdulilah.
- Step away from your workspace. Get up and wash your face with cooling water. Perform wudu. It will cool your fire and dampen your nerves.
- Take 10 mindful breaths. Inhale deeply. Exhale Fully.
- Make 10 mindful salawats. Imagine the Prophet ﷺ receiving each one. Smile.
- Now listen with your heart to the Prophet’s reply ﷺ. Wow!
- Come back to your workspace; if it’s a mess, take a few minutes to clean it. You don’t have to deep clean it, just declutter it a bit. A clear space before you reflects in you a clear mind.
- Eat a banana. Bananas normalize the heartbeat and send oxygen to your brain –
but then so does breathing, so please don’t stress about not having any bananas to eat to reduce your stress. That’s just ridiculous.
- Trust God. Whatever you do, whatever you end up not finishing, it’s going to be OK. Just remember, God is the cause and brings about the effect. Our work is just out of adab.
- Aim for excellence not perfection.
- And lastly ask for ease. There are those who work for God, and then there are those who work for God with God by their side.
Personal advice from Sheikha Maryam
I have this problem. I’m very delusional. I daydream often. I like to escape reality and construct my own world. How can I stay grounded in the Real, in Presence? Is there a thikir or mantra I can say to help me?
Sheikha Maryam: “La illaha illa Allah... But it’s not what you say it’s how you say it, with force and from your heart & soul to get you to the purpose of that thikir.
Another thikir to say is A’otho billahi min ashaytan arrajeem, to get rid of the illusion, to get rid of the bad, and to then start fresh with what is good and what is Real, Bismillah arRahman arRaheem.“
It’s like wiping away the time-consuming daydream from my heart and saying Hello God, welcome back. You’re the only thing that is Real.
How true was it when the Prophet ﷺ transmitted God’s word: Everything is fading and meant to deteriorate, except the face of your Lord. (Quran 55: 25-26).
La ilaha illa Allah has an incredible effect of breaking all the false images and false idols in the heart. Whenever I say it I feel like the Holy Prophet Ibrahim (AS) smashing the idols: the false constructed images of myself, my ego, the people I seek to impress, this phone, this obsession, this life which tries to make a god out of anything. But no, only One. Only One. None but Him. No god but God. It really works! I need to keep it active on my tongue for it to manifest truly in my heart. Amen.
“As the wind blows and the river flows, let us let it go”
Life lessons by Sheikha Maryam
Just as the wind blows and the river flows, may we learn to let go, to surrender to the powerful movement of Allah/God’s grace and the mercy, and the light, and the love.
May we reinforce the determination to be conscious travellers and surrender as we go.
Let go as we go on this holy journey.
We are swimmers in the ocean, we drowning in the ocean and uplifted by this Ocean and carried along by it. We must never forget we are not in charge of our life-story but we are discovering “what is the meaning of it all, for what purpose?” To love, worship and praise Him collectively. How do we do this? by His Grace (fadl).
The collective is one in which the sounds of praise are like the currents of the river, they’re continuous ~ in continuous praise. We were sent here to sort out that which is unreal from that beautiful Reality: God’s created universe celebrating His praise.
I encourage us: to develop discernment, to discern, to cut away the false images of crisis, trauma, pain and doubt; let them flow to the other shore; let us live in the present moment of Allah/God’s wonderful love for all; let us be one of those who are conscious of receiving it and giving it
All are One in the Grace of God; All are united. The world has seemed to overlook the possibility to unite in the light
Every one, welcome :)
On the way to that great assembly, we have to leave our burdens behind, that unhealed trauma, now its time to let it be healed, let go of what has been tormenting us individually and collectively. Let it go. Let us rise up and eternally celebrate the grace that God has created us for and of.
Unite in his light; unite in his love; unite in his presence
This is an invitation for us: be warm amidst a cold world; to be well in the midst a traumatized universe; to transform what looks like trauma into healing: the healing modality of worship and God/Allah has provided us with all the shifaa (healing). He is sending down the warmth from the sky. May our hearts be warm though illumination, though perceiving God’s grace and through sharing it, heart to heart to heart, going beyond all boundaries: ethnic, colour, national and even religious to the point where the unity is so profound and resuscitating to all the brokenness of being separated. Separation has caused us to be in an anguish of isolation. Now the invitation is coming:
Reunite in the light, reunite in joy of true worship, reunite in service all together, love one another for the sake of God
As a community comes together, every being has a great gift to give and the collective is that which empowers us; each one of us has so many gifts to give and so many gifts to receive: each one of us needs to turn back to the Source of wellbeing, the Source of true illuminated guidance and ask the Deepest questions to our souls: why have you assembled us, why have created us, to do what, how can we manifest the true purpose for which you created us.
Surely with difficulty comes ease (Quran 94:5)
Remember this, as the challenges come like the waves crashing on our shore one after the next: God is the ruler and master of the plan, let us remember not to take this seriously. Don’t cling to the challenge but just accept it as a doorway leading to a much greater reality.
Practical ways to practice gratitude:
#1 Every morning, sit with your morning coffee, open your gratitude journal, think about yesterday: write 3-5 things you are grateful for.
It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy.