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The Prophet, may Allah continue to nourish his soul and our connection to him, taught us that the two highest virtues a person can possess are a positive perspective of God, and a positive perspective of people. Having a positive perspective of God means having high expectations of the good He is going to give you, and of things working out even better than you could have imagined. This is key....
“Every hardship; every joy; every temptation is a challenge of the spirit; that the human soul may prove itself.”Elias A. Ford The kind of proving I believe we are called upon to do is not that performance type, but more in this meaning: "to subject to a test, experiment, comparison, analysis, or the like, in order to determine quality, amount, acceptability, characteristics, and so on."...
Dear Brothers and Sisters, tonight is the first night of Rajab, a special night of turning to God and the beginning of the month of renewing our Tawbah. We are two months away from Ramadan! Tawbah, often translated as 'repentance,' is the process of reaquainting ourselves with our Lord and reaffirming our devotion to Him. It is a cleansing process. Just think of all the special cleansing diets...
Today our selective memory keeps the negative experiences and flushes away the good things. Iman (trust in God) is to have the opposite form of selective memory: to preserve in one's memory the good experiences and let go of the negative ones. A single manifestation of true love should be enough for you. Even if it is never repeated. If you put it in the right place inside you, if you...