Posted by: adeepershadeofsoul | December 5, 2009

When Life Hands You Lemons…

I love great quotes; I love to ponder upon the great sayings and statements made by writers, politicians, philosophers, religious teachers etc.  I like them so much in fact , that I actually have a folder on my computer which is solely a collection of them.  Great statements cause us to think about many aspects of our lives on a much deeper level.  I, like you all, have memorized many of these statements and have turned to them for inspiration and guidance throughout my life.

Recently, this famous statement (I’m not quite sure who said it) has been stuck in my mind:  “When life hands you lemons…make lemonade”.  We’ve all heard this quote and we all understand what it means, but when you’re actually going through a difficult time period in your life, this quote can be so inspiring.

Life will hand all of us lemons from time to time.  We’ll face problems and tests along the way that we could never have imagined happening to us and that really throw us for a loop.  But the quote makes it so simple to deal with these problems and tests when they occur…just make lemonade i.e. turn a bad thing into a good thing.  Make a potentially disastrous situation into one that can actually be beneficial for you.

A great quote made by the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was when he said “Rejoice, for verily everything that happens to a believer is good.  When something good befalls him (her), he is thankful; and when something bad befalls him (her), he is patient.”  (may not be a perfect translation as the original quote was in Arabic)

These profound words bring such comfort and serenity to the heart when it is at its most vulnerable and sad state.  No matter what happens to us in life, if we believe in God and His Teachings… it’s all good.  Even when something bad happens to us, if we remain patient, we usually realize much later on why God placed that test in our path.  We realize why we went through that difficult situation and what we learned by going through it that we couldn’t have learned had we not gone through it.  Some of the greatest lessons in life that I’ve learned have come under difficult and trying circumstances.  Also, some of the most reflective times of my life have been when I’ve been tested the most.

Another saying that also helps me in times of difficulty is found in the Quran when God says: “…Verily, with every difficulty there comes ease, with every difficulty there comes ease.”  So God tells us twice consecutively in order to stress the point that life has its difficulties, but those times are always followed by a time period of ease.

So whenever I have faced difficulties in my life, I have tried to keep steady in my consciousness, these great and profound statements; and they have always provided me with inspiration and helped me to maintain my serenity through the most difficult times.

So what are the statements that help you get through the rough spots in your life?  Please share some of them so that we can all benefit God Willing.

I pray that God always helps us to remember to make lemonade when life hands us lemons.

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Posted by: adeepershadeofsoul | October 10, 2009

Are you doing what you were meant to do?

I read this really interesting book the other day called the War of Art (yes, it’s a play on Sun-Tzu’s famous work the Art of War).  In this book that author posed a question that really got me thinking.

He asked: Are you doing what you were meant to be doing?  In other words, are you doing what you were created to do?

My immediate answer was probably similar to many of yours….kind of?  I think I’m doing what I was meant to be doing?  But how can you tell?  I mean, I love my job…but I definitely feel like there’s more out there for me.

Then the author went on to talk about being in “the zone”.  He said that you know that you’re doing what you were meant to do because when you’re doing that thing…..you’re in “the zone”.

Being “in the zone” means that when you are doing that thing, whether that may be playing a sport or creating a painting, then you feel like you are completely at home.  He says that you feel an overwhelming sense of calmness and tranquility and you know that you are exactly where you are supposed to be.

So of course, that got me thinking.  When do I feel like that?  When do I feel like I’m “in the zone”?

The author later speaks of something else that is very intriguing…he goes on to say that if you are not doing what you were meant to be doing i.e. if you are not doing what gets you “in the zone” then you are committing a great injustice to the world, because you are robbing the world of your gift and your talent.

I found that to be a fascinating way to look at it; and to a certain extent I agree with him.

So the question then is what gets you in the zone?  What are you most passionate about?  And ultimately how can you spend a large amount of time doing whatever it is that you do so well?  Can you turn this “gift” into a profession?  Or at the least, can you allot a specific amount of time daily to do what you are most passionate about?

So what were you meant to do?

  • Do you have a huge heart and love to help people who need assistance?
  • Are you a great listener and enjoy helping people work through their difficulties?
  • Are you a genius when it comes to coming up with and forming new business ideas?
  • Is there an artistic masterpiece that you are holding back from the world?
  • Do you have a smile that can warm the hearts of those who have suffered?
  • Do you have the power to move people with your words?
  • Can you bend it like Beckham?
  • Are you destined to cure cancer?
  • Do you feel at home in the middle of nowhere?  Are you totally at peace in the natural world away from the cities?
  • Will you design the world’s most dynamic buildings?  Bridges?  Mosques?
  • Do you seek to change the lives of students?
  • Will you be the greatest mother and wife that the world has ever seen?  Will you be the world’s greatest and most dedicated father?
  • Are you going to help rid the world of its polluted machinery by creating a clean, alternative energy source?
  • Will you spread the message of Islam to the masses of people in the world that don’t know about it?
  • Will you write the next great screenplay for a movie that impacts the lives of millions of people around the world?

What gift and talent are you going to share with the world?

What were you meant to do?

And are you doing it?

If not……why not?

There are many legitimate reasons for why not, but let’s hope that all of us at some point in our lives, do what we were are most passionate about and do what gets us in “the zone”.

I ask Al Fattah to open up opportunities for us to do what we do best and do what we love to do.

I ask Al Haadi to guide us to do what is good and beneficial for us in this life and the next.

Ameen.

Posted by: adeepershadeofsoul | October 10, 2009

The World’s Greatest Battle

Judging from the title you might think that this post is about a world renowned historic battle…like Thermopylae, or Qaadisiyyah, or one of the epic battles during the Crusades, or maybe even one of Napoleon’s conquests…but it’s not.

This post is about the world’s greatest battle.  It is a battle that takes place in every corner of the world.  It is a battle that rages on continuously every day and night; and it is a battle that has impacted every single human being who has ever existed since the creation of Adam and Eve.

The world’s greatest battle is the internal battle of the souls of mankind.

Each of every single one of us is in a battle on a daily basis.  Our battleground is not some foreign land, but our very own hearts.  Our enemies are not soldiers of an army or occupying power, rather they are:

1)    shaytaan (satan) and

2)    our own selves.

Shaytaan comes after us through the power of suggestion.  He’s been in the game for thousands of years and he is a master at deceiving us.  He whispers to us (not literally) and suggests things to us that seem pleasurable and desirable.  He tries to create sparks within our lower selves and wants us to turn those sparks into flames.  He is committed and extremely purposeful; and his entire existence is dedicated to pulling us away from God.  He wants nothing more than to see us follow our every whim and desire and do as we wish rather than as God wishes.

Like any enemy, we must be wary of him and seek Allah’s (God) Protection against him and his suggestions.

The other enemy in this great battle is actually our selves.  As all of us are well aware, we have both good and evil within us.  We have the potential to both save the world and to destroy it.  We can let our compassion; love and kindness lead us towards spending our days helping our fellow man, or we can let our greed, jealousy and anger lead us towards hurting them.

The choice is ultimately ours.  Do we follow the powerful suggestions of satan and heed the call of our lower selves?  Or do we live our lives with God Consciousness and seek to appeal to our higher selves?

Again, the choice is ours.

Lastly, to have a legitimate chance of winning any battle, we need weapons at our disposal.  Here are some weapons of choice for those who decide to live their lives on a higher plane:

  1. Remembrance of God
  • Allah says in the Quran “….verily in the Remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest/ease/tranquility.”

2. Prayer

  • Allah says in the Quran that prayer wards off evil and doing bad.            We have to make sure that we are focused and sincere in our prayers

3. Patience

  • Allah says in the Quran that he is with those that are patient; therefore we can never lose a battle in which Allah is on our side.

I ask an Naasir (The One Who Helps) and al Mustaa’n (The One Who Aids) to help us be successful in the battle against shaytaan and the battle within our own hearts & souls.

Ameen.

Posted by: adeepershadeofsoul | October 2, 2009

The Fallacy of Permanence

As I was wandering aimlessly through the back alleys of this old souq (outdoor bazaar) tonight trying to soak in as much local culture and flavor as possible, I made what I thought was a wrong turn and ended up in this art gallery.  It was one of those fortunate wrong turns that happen every so often in life.  This gallery was old looking and had all black walls which made the place feel completely dark.  As I stepped inside and looked around I was immediately impressed at how the work was displayed.   All of the pieces were encased in glass and each piece had a spotlight shining on it.

Standing next to the first piece, I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was an old manuscript of the Quran.  It was dated back to the 17th century and written in a calligraphy form that was so unique.  I turned quickly to look around the rest of the room and noticed that the entire room was actually full of old manuscripts of the Quran and other works by notable authors and poets of the past.  I felt so lucky to have “bumped” into this place.

Staring at each piece and reading a little about the history of each piece and each artist really go me thinking.  Some of the works were from Turkey, some from Damascus, some from Yemen and many other places.  I started to try and picture the artists in my mind.  I imagined seeing them as they wrote these manuscripts.  Where were they when they were writing this?  Were they in the masjid, in their houses, in the middle of the desert?  I also started to ponder over what they would think if they knew that their writings would be on display several hundred years later in a land far away from where they first penned the work?

So what does all this have to do with the title of the post….well, I’ve been thinking lately about how temporary the things of this life are.  Everything in this world is temporary (except God of course), even the things that we value the most, like our houses, cars, money and even our families.  Our children are temporary, so are our parents, and so are we.

That brings me back to our artists in the gallery.  When they were creating these beautiful works of art I’m sure they too had families and had homes and businesses etc.   They too lived busy lives, had the daily grind like us, did what they had to do to survive and thrive in life.  They felt strong emotions…they loved, they lost, they mourned, they rejoiced…just like us.  They made a life for themselves in this world……and then……

…..and then they were gone.  They’ve been gone for a long time now.

There will also come a time… when there will be a group of people sitting around hundreds of years from now wondering about us and how we lived our lives.  They’ll ask the same questions of us that I asked of the artists.  How were we like?  How was life like during our century?  They’ll be asking these same questions and hopefully be staring in a glass encasement looking and what we left for the world.  And they’ll talk about us as I talk about the artists in the gallery….as people who were around a long time ago.

Sometimes this life seems so permanent.  Our houses, our families…it feels like they’re going to be around forever.  It seems like things will always be this way…like this life is all there is.

But of course, as anyone who has lived a good many years will tell you, this life is not permanent; it is transient.  Ask any senior citizen about their lives and they’ll inevitably tell you that it went by in the blink of an eye.  Yesterday they were kids running in the park and now they’re watching their grandchildren do the same.

The reality of this life is that it is temporary.  Everything that we think we own is not really ours.  Everyone that we hold dear to our hearts will not always be there with us and for us.  We are quite simply travelers…and this is just a brief stop on our journey back to Our Lord.

Our journey started the day we were born and it will end when our final resting place is determined by The One who created us.

So let us live our lives with great purpose and with a sense of urgency, and let us not fall prey to the fallacy of permanence.

I ask Allah to give us tawfiq (guidance) and bless us to live lives that are pleasing to Him.

I ask Allah to give us everlasting peace and make for us homes in His Heaven.

Ameen.

Posted by: adeepershadeofsoul | October 2, 2009

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

For those of you who are old enough to know where I got this title from, I apologize because I know the song is now playing in your mind.  But I could not come up with a more appropriate title for this post. 🙂

In the grand scheme of life, does it matter who you love?  As people of consciousness, and in particular people of God consciousness, does love have anything to do with the ultimate realities of our existence?  As Tina Turner so eloquently put it: What does love have to do with it?

I’ve now come to understand that love actually has a lot to do with it.  As a matter of fact, I can go as far as to say that love is at the heart of, or at least should be at the heart of, how and why we choose to live our lives on a daily basis.  So what exactly makes me say that?

I say that because of two statements: one made by the Prophet peace be upon him and one made by the great Islamic scholar Ibn Taymiyyah (may God’s mercy be upon him).  Let’s start off by looking at the statement of Ibn Taymiyyah and then end off with a bang by discussing an amazing and heart warming statement from the Prophet peace be upon him.

Ibn Taymiyyah gave a famous analogy in which he compared the believer to a bird.  He said that the believer must live his or her life with two wings…a wing of fear and hope.  The believer is one who lives his or her life balancing the fear of God’s punishment and the hope of His Reward.  But Ibn Taymiyyah didn’t stop there, he continued.

He goes on to say that as the head of the bird guides it and steers its direction, so too does love guide and steer the life of the believer.    It is love that determines the direction of the believer’s life and it is love that leads the believer to look forward to his or her ultimate meeting with their Beloved.

This leads me to our second and even more profound statement.

Narrated in the books of Bukhari and Muslim, it is said that a man asked the Prophet peace be upon him, “When is the Hour (of Judgment)?” The Prophet asked him, “What have you prepared for it?” He replied, “Nothing, except that I love Allah and His messenger.” The Prophet told him, “You are with those whom you love.”

Wow…what a beautiful statement!  In the next life…we will be with those whom we loved.  And if we truly are believers then the love that we have for God and His Messenger should far outweigh any other love in our hearts.

I ask Al Wadood (A name of God meaning The Most Loving) to make us amongst those whom He loves.

I ask Allah to increase our love for Him and His messenger peace be upon him.

I ask Al Kareem (A name of God meaning The Most Generous) to reunite us with the Prophet, his blessed companions and those whom we love in Heaven.

Ameen.

Posted by: adeepershadeofsoul | October 2, 2009

What Lies Inside?

There are two beautiful statements made by great companions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) that I want to share.  I can’t seem to remember the name of the companion who made the first statement, but it was and still is to this day a profound one.

He said that if the non believers knew what we (referring to himself and the other believers) had in our hearts…they would come and fight us for it.

Meaning that what the believers had in their hearts was more valuable than gold or jewels or any material things.  What they had in their hearts was a level of peace and tranquility that could not be exchanged for all of the wealth in the world.  If the others knew the treasure that lay within their hearts they would want it and they would fight them for it.

And this goes along with something that the Prophet peace be upon him said which was (I am paraphrasing…not quoting) that true wealth is not the wealth of the dinar (money), rather true wealth is the wealth of the heart.

These statements only lead me to one conclusion, which is to ask myself: Do I have in my heart what they had?   Is there a treasure that lies beneath my chest?  Would people want what I have in my heart?

This is a question that I’ve asked myself many times and I don’t know the answer to it, but I pray that at some point in my life God blesses me with a beautiful heart.

To end this post…I want to mention the second of two profound statements from one of the companions of the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).  This companion’s name was Omar ibn al Khattab and he was one of the greatest people to ever walk the face of the earth.

Omar used to make this supplication to God:

Oh Allah (God) make my inside better than my outside.

What an amazing supplication!  What a beautiful thing to ask for.

I ask Allah to bless us all with beautiful hearts.

I ask Allah to make what is in our hearts better than what the people see of us or what we portray to others.

Ameen.

Posted by: adeepershadeofsoul | October 2, 2009

The Spiritual Trap

One of the worst things that unfortunately happens to all of us from time to time is that we get comfortable with where we are.  I don’t mean that in terms of material comfort but in terms of where we are spiritually.

One of the biggest…what I like to call “spiritual traps” is complacency.  I consider this term to be an evil one.  It is my enemy, and I have to battle it on a daily basis.  Complacency is when you feel like you’re okay.  You feel like…well you know, you feel like Alhamdulillah I’m a good person and Alhamdulillah I’m a good Muslim and Alhamdulillah etc. etc. etc.

Complacency derives from a kind of self satisfaction or self assuredness.  And it creeps up unbeknownst to us like a blank ant, crawling on a black rock, on a dark night…sound familiar?

Now I’m not saying that we should be constantly belittling ourselves either, or maybe belittling is not the right word.  We shouldn’t always be self loathing either, or at least we shouldn’t be self loathing in public.  Now I’m rambling…let me get back to the point.

My point is that complacency or having this feeling in our hearts that spiritually we’re okay and that we no longer have to push ourselves to grow, is not a quality that was present amongst the companions of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him.  And it was definitely not a quality found in the Prophet peace be upon him.

They were always worried about themselves, the state of their hearts, and their actions.  They were the best of the best, yet they cried profusely out of fear from facing God’s punishment either in this life or the next.

So if they never felt okay, or felt as if they’ve arrived at this higher spiritual plane…why do we?  Why do we feel like we are where we need to be?  Why have our days of learning and growing come to a crashing halt?  Why is it that now that we’ve scratched the surface of learning about our faith, we no longer feel the need to dig deeper?  Or to get stronger in faith?

Why?  It’s because we’ve fallen into the spiritual trap of complacency.

And I ask Allah (God) to never allow us to become complacent with our spiritual growth.

I ask Allah to make us like the companions of the Prophet peace be upon him and push ourselves to grow day in and day out until the time comes to go back to our Lord.

Ameen.

Posted by: adeepershadeofsoul | October 2, 2009

Hardwired Humanity

The yearning to call out to God is as innately and essentially part of the human being as wanting food when in hunger or desiring water when in thirst.  The best example that I’ve ever heard of in regards to this instinctive calling out to God was a story about a man named Cat Stevens. Many of you may know him.  He was a famous rock star in the 70’s (or maybe 60’s…I’m not that old) who went out swimming one day off the coast of Malibu.  At the time he was not someone who had a professed faith, but he was someone who was always soul searching.

So on this average beautiful morning in Malibu, Cat took his usual swim in the ocean.  But on this day he went too far and found himself struggling to stay afloat.  His struggle quickly turned into panic and despair.  Running out of energy and still far from the shoreline he clung to every breath as his mouth was now barely above water.

It was precisely at this moment, without thinking that his inherent connection to God came to fruition.  In what he felt were his last few moments alive, he called out to God and asked God to save him.  And he made a promise to God that if he was saved, then he would live the rest of his life in his service.  This call was instinctive…it was natural…he was already programmed and hardwired to do as such.

As Cat tells the story…this was the last thing that he remembered, and the next thing he recalled was lying on the shore, alive and well.  Subhanallah (All Glory is due to God)!  And he has spent the last 30 years in his service as a Muslim.

Whether we choose to deny or accept our inherent connection with God, is for us to decide.  But the fact remains…we were hard wired to worship the One True God, Master and Lord of the Universe.  And it is through this worship that we will know and understand ourselves and our place in this world.

I ask Allah (God) to guide all of us to be worshippers of Him alone.  Ameen.

Posted by: adeepershadeofsoul | September 26, 2009

Enjoy the Brief Moments

Life is full of ups and downs…..typically more downs than ups unfortunately.  Life also has a way of making you feel completely comfortable and at ease one minute and then completely in shock and despair only a few minutes later.

And then there are moments….moments like I had last week….moments where you just stop, take a breath, look around you and just thank God for being alive.  These true moments of bliss come few and far between, but when they do come we just have to take the time to appreciate them.

First and foremost we have to learn to identify those rare moments.  Unfortunately, most of us are just too busy to even recognize these beautiful moments in life let alone learn to appreciate them.  We just go on about living our lives void of any reflection.  But I for one have learned to recognize and appreciate these brief moments of bliss.  And more importantly I have also recognized that it is only from the infinite Generosity and Blessings of Allah that He allows us to experience these moments.

I’ve been so blessed in my short time so far on this Earth.  These moments are rare but I’ve had many of them.  I’m going to share a few of them and I hope that you can respond to this post and share some of yours as well.

So here are some of my brief moments of bliss:

  • Last week was my first Eid away from my family ever.  I was dreading it….it was going to suck big time!  But Alhamdulillah about a week before Eid I decided to go and visit some friends in a country close by.  To make a long story short….I ended up on Eid day with my friends that I was visiting and we were at a lovely couples’ house who I just met.  These people were so warm and hospitable that it almost felt like being back at home with my family.  So there I sat in this lovely and cozy house with two wonderfully happy couples sharing stories and just enjoying each other’s company.  And I hit pause in my mind and took a picture of that moment, because it was beautiful and blissful.  Here I was in a foreign country for the first time, at a total stranger’s home who refused to let me stay at a hotel, having a wonderful time on Eid.
  • I was blessed to be able to go hiking in the Rocky Mountains.  On one 3 hour hike I was up around 12,000+ feet and could barely breath.  I was stuggling just to stay upright, but I was determined to reach my destination.  Thankfully, Alhamdulillah I made it to the shores of a pristine lake in the middle of the mountains.  So I sat down next to this lake which was surrounded by snow capped mountain peaks and who’s waters were barely above freezing temperature.  I sat there and took in the moment…..and thanked God to allow me to witness such beauty.
  • I will share one more moment that happened to me just a couple of weeks ago.  Some brothers and I went out to the desert to pray qiyam ul layl (The night prayer)  under the stars. I was excited before we got there, but it far exceeded my expectations.  We were on the top of a giant sand dune; the moon was shining so bright that we didn’t even need to turn on our flashlights to see all around us.  The stars decorated the sky majestically; and the dune happened to be located right next to the Arabian Sea; so we not only had the beauty of the dune, the stars, and the moon, but we also had the beauty of the sea right next to us.  And to top it all off….the Qiyamul Layl was led by the son of one of the brothers that came with us.  He was a nine year old Hafiz (someone who has memorized the Quran) reciting surahs (chapters) that none of us “old” men had memorized.  After the prayer I just looked up, my eyes swelled up with tears….and then I just thanked Allah for blessing me with this amazing experience.
  • These brief moments don’t have to take place in exotic locales…..I pretty much have these moments every morning when I walk back home from fajr.  I feel the breeze on my face, hear the rooster’s crowing and see the brotherhood of people of all ages and all walks of life waking up at 4 am and walking to go start their day by praising and thanking God.  It’s a daily moment of bliss.

So now it’s your turn….I would love to hear about your Moments of Bliss.  Please share them so that we can all benefit.

Posted by: adeepershadeofsoul | September 26, 2009

Life’s Simple Equations

Oftentimes life seems overwhelming.  The pressures of work, family, school, business etc. take their toll on us and cause us to view life as exhausting and overpowering.  It leaves us with little left in our spirits and breaks our passion for life.

This is how I used to view life in the past, until I learned some simple…….what I like to call some simple “Life Equations”.  There are some general equations in life that if we believe in and follow, they will make what is seemingly an overwhelming and complicated life into one that is simple, clear and purposeful.

Before I mention these equations I would just like to apologize beforehand for my lack of mathematical prowess.  If my whole understanding of what an equation even is….is incorrect….then please excuse me and correct me.

So here are some of life’s simple equations:

Human Being + Faith = A Life of Tests

Whenever a human being decides to live his or her life with faith/imaan, their life automatically changes.  One of the God’s principles that He has established on this earth is that the faithful will be tested and to be a person of faith requires that you go through tests in order to 1 – See who is truthful in their faith; and 2 – strengthen your faith.

Throughout the history of mankind the righteous and faithful amongst the people have been tested; with the equation being inverted….ie. the more faith one has = the more difficult the tests of life.

Therefore when the individual who has faith goes through hard times in work, family, business, school etc. they realize that these are merely tests and if they pass the tests, they will be strengthened through them.

That is why the best attitude to have in life is to simply say……All Praise is due to God in all circumstances/situations.

Which leads me to the second of Life’s Simple Equations

Patience & Prayer = Success

Now that we understand that the difficulties in life are merely tests for the faithful, then the next step for us to take in order to pass those tests is to remain patient and prayerful.   It is through patience and prayer that we attain success in this life.

Do Good = Live Happy;      Do Bad = Live Sad

The third of Life’s Simple Equations is probably the simplest to understand yet the hardest to always follow.

Throughout life we are presented with a series of options…..Option A is typically the east option…..the get rich quick option….the I want my cake and eat it too NOW option……but it is also usually the Bad option.  Meaning you have to do something morally wrong to take Option A.

Then there’s Option B ….which is typically the more difficult option…..it’s the maybe get kind of rich in the long term option……the I’ll look at the cake through the window right now, have enough to buy a slice to share with me and my family in a year and then hopefully at some point in the future be able to buy the cake and eat it too option.  And that’s usually the morally right option.

The options that we choose to follow will define our lives.  I repeat, the options that we choose to follow will define who we are.  We may think or believe one thing, but if our actions are stating otherwise…….how does the saying go……something about actions speaking louder than words.

The really fascinating thing about all this is that happiness is inherently tied to this equation.  Our happiness in this life is linked to doing good and living in a morally good way.  People can argue against this all they want…..but it’s in our DNA….it’s how we’re built.  If we look back at our lives and see that we’ve almost always taken Option A, then I’m willing to bet that we’re not very happy people…..at least not in our current state.

Don’t get me wrong though…….we all choose Option A from time to time.  As our happiness is inherently linked to doing good, so too is being mistake-prone a part of our inherent nature.  The sons and daughters of Adam are by nature forgetful and prone to falling into error.

So how do we reconcile those two things?  How do we reconcile having our happiness inherently tied to our doing good, yet our nature is to fall into error and do bad things?

The answer is quite simple and it’s Life Equation number 4

Repentance = Erasing Our Mistakes

When we do inevitably fall into error, the only recompense we have is repentance.  The only way to try and repair the damage that we’ve done is to go back to the Creator and seek his forgiveness from our erring ways.  If and only if we do that, we will surely find Our Lord, Our Master to be the Most Forgiving.

Which leads me to the final and most important of Life’s Simple Equations; for without the understanding and belief of this one extremely simple equation…..human beings are completely at a loss.

God = 1

When the human being comes to understand that there is and can only be One True God, his or her life comes full circle.  I have met countless individuals whose lives were a complete mess until they came to this initial understanding that God is and can only be One.

Once the human being establishes this concept of believing in One God firm in his or her heart and they come to the realization that the entire purpose of our lives is to worship Him and do good, that is when they find peace and satisfaction in their lives.  The ironic thing about that, is that God will not Guide them to this understanding if and until they humble themselves and ask for His Divine Guidance to the truth.  And when they do turn in sincerity to their Lord and ask Him to Guide them to what is true in life, He does exactly that.  He guides them and blesses them to understand the rest of Life’s Simple Equations.

I pray that God gives all of us understanding, peace and happiness in this life and the next.

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