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self-care of the soul

What do you do when the world as you know it is put on stand-by?

Schools, sacred spaces, shopping centers-closed.

Livelihoods lost.

How can the soul bear the burden of such widespread chaos?

When social distancing breeds self-isolation for the health and well-being of our communities, how can we nurture our inner being?

How can we tend to the soul?

In Islamic tradition, Abu Huraira narrated:

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Allah says: ‘I am just as My slave thinks I am, (i.e. I am able to do for him what he thinks I can do for him) and I am with him if He remembers Me. If he remembers Me in himself, I too, remember him in Myself; and if he remembers Me in a group of people, I remember him in a group that is better than they; and if he comes one span nearer to Me, I go one cubit nearer to him; and if he comes one cubit nearer to Me, I go a distance of two outstretched arms nearer to him; and if he comes to Me walking, I go to him running.’ “

Our anxious minds must race to a higher power. Our fulfillment must come from Divine Love. We are not alone when the Creator is omnipresent.

It’s time for self-care of the soul.

Find your peace in the eternal rhythms of night-and-day,

the beauty surrounding us despite communal pain,

An adhan to re-call our spiritual pathways

toward prayer, reflection and remembrance.

There’s peace present within your soul,

if you seek it,

then you will know,

the transcendent nature of the soul.

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welcoming silence, inviting gratitude

“So make remembrance of Me, and I will make remembrance of you. And show thanks to Me, and do not be ungrateful.” [Qur’an 2:152]

Our modern world craves the adrenaline rush of endless to-do lists and over-packed schedules blindly leading us from one engagement to the next.

Our lives set to soundtracks drowning out our discomfort of simply being.

Being present.

Finding stillness.

Falling into nature’s natural rhythms.

It’s time to hit reset.

Return to comfortable stillness amidst the anxious chaos.

Re-establishing all the senses natural connections with Allah’s creation.

Allow the eyes to reflect upon nature’s infinite beauty.

Invite the ears to experience the great outdoor symphony.

Inhale the sweetness of your blessed surroundings.

Feel how His Love is All-Encompassing.

Taste the sweetness of His bountiful gifts.

Remember Allah:

Subhan Allah.

Alhamdulillah.

Allahu Akbar.

Invite gratitude into your heart through daily submersion in silence.

Know that the All-Merciful, the All-Compassionate surrounds you.

May the silent contemplation comfort your heart and strengthen the bond between you and the Divine.

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