DAY 2 of the ‘3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge’

I would like to thank Abhijith Padmakumar for nominating me for this exciting and interesting challenge. If you ever want to be uplifted or need a boost of confidence please do visit his blog. It’s really fab 😊.

The ‘3 days, 3 quotes challenge’ is where you post one quote each day. It can be any quote you like at all. I will share some quotes that have really touched me this week. I hope that they make you think 💕✨.  We are now on Day 2, and it really has been wonderful to think of another quote to discuss with you.  I may have to adapt this and take up this challenge more regularly as it’s really rather fun! 🙂

The Rules :

1) Thank the person who nominated you

2) Post a quote for 3 consecutive days ( 1 post each day )

3) Nominate 3 bloggers each day

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Maktoob, destiny or kismet. Some believe in it whilst others think that everything from our DNA to the lives we lead is down to luck. I remember discussing this with a class of 14 and 15 year olds. They were at odds with each other and debated this very idea with vigour. It was interesting to see that all of the children who had a faith tended to believe in destiny and vice versa. The obvious discussion and difference of opinion lay in the fact that if we believed in destiny, what was the point of making decisions as the result has already been decided?  I remember explaining that, certainly in the Islamic tradition we, as human beings, still have a choice and then, in hindsight, whatever occurs after the choice has been made was our destiny anyway.

What we believe as muslims is to ‘tie the camel’ first, then accept that whatever happens after that is the will of God.  The saying ‘tie the camel’ comes from this narration of the Prophet ﷺ:

A man once asked the Prophet ﷺ, ‘O Messenger of Allah, should I tie my camel and trust in Allah, or should I leave her untied and trust in Allah?’ To which the Messenger of Allah ﷺ replied, ‘Tie her and trust in Allah.’ [al Tirmidhi]

This means that we should do our utmost in every situation and then trust in God that whatever happens after that, happens for the best.  Now read the quote again.  I can’t explain to you how liberating it is to believe in destiny.  There are no ‘What if’s?…’, no regrets, only the blissful knowledge that you’re being looked after and the reminder to not live in the pains of the past or the distant dreams of the future but to appreciate and experience the present moment for there lies contentment and peace inshaAllah (God-willing).

See my previous post ‘Choices‘ for more on this.

Today, I nominate the following 3 bloggers for this fantastic challenge:

  1. Lisa A.  2. Ritu and 3. Miss A

I look forward to reading your responses, lovely ladies!

That’s all from me today.

Do pop by tomorrow for my last and final quote in this challenge.

Until next time then,

Peace and Love,

Sidra Ansari ❤

PS I have said I’d list 3 new things I’m grateful for on each post.  This will help me on my journey to Enoughism., 3 Things I’m grateful for right now:

  1. The FSG (Friends of the School Group) who are working hard to ensure the school’s open day goes well this week.  It’s a pleasure working with such selfless, hardworking and generous people. AlhamduLillah! (Praise be to God)
  2. Scouting at school- We’ve had the go ahead from the local scouting leader and the Muslim Fellowship of Scouting…cannot wait to get things started with this!
  3. I made a fish curry today with pre-frozen fillets and it was delicious alhamduLillah!  I’m grateful for fish curries today! Yum 😋

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