Friday, April 25, 2014

Reclaim Your Heart


Alhamdulillah for the opportunity to attend Yasmin Mogahed's talk. It was a sold-out event. The crowd was so huge - the crowd control team could've planned better. I still can't believe I got through without anyone checking my ticket...

I have not read Yasmin Mogahed's "Reclaim Your Heart", because the title of the book IS the message. Many years ago, I read much about Buddhism. I remember reading texts on sukha-dukkha (happiness-suffering)... on understanding how our suffering is caused by our bondage to the material and impermanent, and that happiness and contentment will blanket our hearts only when we cease to attach ourselves to this fleeting world. We transform our lives once we break our chains of enslavement to that which is unreal...

I was reminded of Shaykh Hamza Yusuf's quote when he said, "God is with the broken-hearted. When your heart breaks, it's a good thing - the breaking of the heart is what opens it up to the light of God. The dunya (world) is designed to break your heart, to crush it." It is the nature of this world to break our hearts - "And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits (of labour)..." (Q2:155). The losses and pain we endure in this life cannot be compared to the real Loss and Pain after death i.e. separation from the Creator...

"How strange is the matter of a believer, 
there is good in all his affairs, and this is only for the believer.
If something good happens to him and he is grateful, 
then this is good for him,
and if a calamity befalls him and he is patient, 
then this is also good for him."
- Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)

When we face these trials and tribulations and respond with patience, gratitude and positivity (i.e. possessing a good opinion of God and seeing goodness in events that unfold which are not according to how we want them to be), we are freed. When we centralise "La ilaha illa Allah" in our lives, we break the chains of slavery and attachment to the world, from anxiety and pain, and we put our attention on the Everlasting, where you and I can find Real Solace...

Yasmin reminded us that our response to the trials and tribulations of this life will be given Infinity in exchange. How beautiful is that?

I loved how we were all reminded that The Provider IS The Trustee. He Provides, and you entrust all your matters to Him. Everything belongs to God, and everything will return to Him. We should reflect deeply on this and put effort in centralising God in all our affairs.

May God guide us to be better people, inward and outward.


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