Some periods of our growth are so confusing that we don’t even recognize that growth is happening. We may feel hostile or angry or weepy and hysterical, or we may feel depressed. It would never occur to us, unless we stumbled on a book or a person who explained to us, that we were in fact in the process of change, of actually becoming larger, spiritually, than we were before. Whenever we grow, we tend to feel it, as a young seed must feel the weight and inertia of the earth as it seeks to break out of its shell on its way to becoming a plant. Often the feeling is anything but pleasant. But what is most unpleasant is the not knowing what is happening. Those long periods when something inside ourselves seems to be waiting, holding its breath, unsure about what the next step should be, eventually become the periods we wait for, for it is in those periods that we realize that we are being prepared for the next phase of our life and that, in all probability, a new level of the personality is about to be revealed. — Alice Walker (Living By The Word)
People need to be encouraged. People need to be reminded of how wonderful they are. People need to be believed in—told that they are brave and smart and capable of accomplishing all the dreams they dream and more. Remind each other of this. — S.J.S. (via mountainmusing)
(Source: m0re-adventurous, via thebeautyofislam)
There’s an irony that the most famous Muslim in America, Muhammad Ali, refused to go to war—which he was heavily penalized for—and yet Muslims have to prove we’re non-violent.
"Yaad aye khushi ke zamaane,
tu chote leke aaja sajana”
Memories of the happy days come back to me,
Take leave and visit me again
What use is success if you don’t have your loved ones to share it with. What use is all this knowledge and education if you can’t better the lives of the ones you love. What point is there working so hard to be something, when all you really need to be is there for the people you love.
My aunt sang this tune to me over Skype and I couldn’t handle it.
"Meri dil me tere yaad chale
Ho kyo gaye anoke tarane,
Tu chote leke aaja sajana”
In my heart run the memories of you
When familiar tunes are sung.
Take leave and visit me again.
She dreamed of Medical School. She was killed during the recent Israeli airstrikes with all of her family members except 1 brother. Her high school diploma lies on the rubbles of her home.
I’m not reblogging this to somehow flaunt which side is more justified in this war. I’m reblogging to show you the only real and indiscriminate result of war (which happens to fall much more harshly on Palestinians than Israelis).
This. The death of human life. The loss of INNOCENT life. Of life that dreams, and hopes, and loves.
Please pray for my Aunt.
She is not doing so well medically, and the doctor’s aren’t entirely sure what’s going on. Please, please, please send all your positive energy, hopes, and prayers her way.
She means the world to her three children, to her husband, to her sisters (including my mom), everyone else in the family and most definitely me. She is one of the strongest, most remarkable and capable woman i have ever met and definitely someone who has taught me so much, despite the distance that separates us.
Ya Allah, Master of Life and Death - grant her life and good health. Don’t take her any further away from me, not before I can enjoy her company one more time and tell her how much I love her.
Four Good Reasons Why Iran Doesn’t Trust America | TIME.comA brief survey of justifiable Iranian resentment
Written exactly one year ago, still very much applicable as we approach the new November 24 deadline.
Also an important read to bust the myth that the White Revolution catalyzed the 1979 revolution to put a halt to the “West hijacking Iranian culture.” Iranians have generally and historically been receptive to Western ideals, and many of the reforms from the White Revolution are still in place today, (simply under different titles), and Kennedy, despite being behind White revolution, is admired in a jingle: “Kennedy mehrabaan ast, azize koodakaan ast.” (He is genuine, he is a friend to the youth).
The revolution characterized a nation tired of the exploitation, the plunders, and the corruption that had ties to the West. It was hardly a “I hate the West just because I believe in crazy conspiracies” as everyone likes to reduce Khomeini’s speeches to.
Also, things to bear in mind while reading:
1. Flight 655 wasn’t just shot down accidentally, with an amicable apology following it. Bush actually refused, by all means, to apologize.
"I will never apologize for the United States — I don’t care what the facts are… I’m not an apologize-for-America kind of guy." August 2, 1988
2. Saddam’s chemical weapons attacks were complemented by intelligence services detailing the movements of Iranian combat units, including locations of Iranian facilities / capacity of its defense system. Because, in Reagan’s words, “an Iranian victory is unacceptable.”