I once attended ESQ, the highly controversial spirituality camp that everyone had to attend on a compulsory basis when I was working with my old company.
For all its controversies, I really liked the camp and took away a lot of things from it. To me, anything that helps to remind you of God, and how little and weak you are, and how you’re going to end up alone in the grave, is good.
One main takeaway is something I never really thought of before (although I may have been taught it in theory, but it never really sank in) is this: you have to love Allah swt first. Above everything and everybody else in this whole wide world; that includes your kids, your spouse, your family, and certainly above yourself.
I don’t know about other Muslims but being a weak hamba Allah who is still learning, I found this to be a rather new concept to implement on a day-to-day basis after the course (again, apologies if others think this is something obvious and automatic). But now that I am more aware of it, I am definitely working towards it and hopefully one day Insya Allah I can get there.
All my life, i’ve looked up to friends who are more religious and spiritually strong than me, especially in my early 20’s when I was still pretty lost and clueless. It’s good to have them around as they literally help to make you a better person (such as reminding “Dah solat dah?” etc.) and remind you that you are supposed to be a good Muslim.
One of the couples that amaze me are Din and Min. Din is an old colleague – we were thrown in the same department and worked together for the first couple of years – and is working towards getting his PhD in Leicester by the end of this year.
The touching story about them is they have a special baby, Mawaddah, who has Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, a rare genetic condition. Masya Allah, as a mother, I am extremely touched when reading their blog entries about their journey together with Mawaddah and their two boys. I pray that all will be well for them as they are one of the nicest people and sweetest couples I have ever met.
I had earlier written another draft of my latest post, but upon reading Din’s blog I stopped it and wrote this one instead. Not just to bring attention to the condition and Mawaddah’s case and to pray for them, but also to remind myself of the blessings Allah has given me that I have been too selfish and ungrateful to focus on sometimes.
Ya Allah, we are all just pieces of clay.. and we need Your help in so many aspects of our lives. Please continue to give us Your blessings and rahmat, and to give us the strength, happiness and rezeki we all seek. Amin.