While browsing the shelves at the Borders boosktore today, we saw this wonderful attention grabbing quote which speaks for many of us. The quotation, printed in big and bold typeface, adorned the Borders' high wall.
"When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase which has meaning for me and it becomes part of me." - William Somerset Maugham, an English writer who died in 1965.
How true! So really we cannot say that we have finished reading this book, that book. It's more about picking up meaningful phrases that penetrate our heart and that which got engraved in our mind. And certainly phrases can be picked up from not only books but also blogs, someone's mouth and even the wall.
We are grateful to have come across many meaningful phrases which often re-ignite our thinking which was previously stagnate; evoke our emotion when we're feeling numb and refresh our zest for life when we're sluggish.
Words ought to be our prime food for living, otherwise God might not have said "Read". He could have said "eat" but no we're told to first and foremost, read.
One of the many phrases that we had picked up along the journey in search of the Truth, came from Ustaz Shuib circa 1999. We recalled sitting in his presence at his humble home where he said to us: "You want to be a Sufi? Sure you can!"
May Allah grant His mercies to all the people with wisdom who have enriched our soul with their meaningful phrases.
Allah Hu 'Aleem.
p/s Oh after the Borders, we went to another place where another phrase on the wall shouted at us: "I happen to believe that you can change your destiny!"