Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Scarcity | Seeing beauty


I will try my best not to be "scarce" because a respectable friend/reader remarked: 'please don't be scarce.' That's interesting because nobody had said that before - scarce. I never want to belong with the 'scarce resources' category. It's just that being a blogger is not that easy sometimes. Because when you put yourself out in the open, you'll get all kinds of things coming your way. You get all kinds of visitors, naturally. More often than not, your time gets eaten up in the wrong way. The month of August as some of you might have noticed, had been quite challenging that I had to use this space to defend myself. Some people bring out the good in us, some just do the opposite. Good people bring out the good in other people. Generally, the readers here are good and bring out the good in me, so thank you!

Also as advised by our shuyukh, we blow away the husks and just take the kernel. I hope the regular readers/visitors - those who do not consider this blog stupid - would exercise the same, that is blow away any husks that may be found here and take only the 'edible' bits. 

In his recent talk in KL, Shaykh Ninowy advised us to 'look for the ants, the spiritual ants, that are robbing our time and iman.' I imagined my head being engulfed by thousands of black ants, when he said that.

Anyway, I would like to take this opportunity as we embrace the month of sweet September, to say thank you to those of you who wrote in with love and words of encouragement. You are beautiful yourselves! And to quote Shaykh Ninowy again: "Whose self is void of beauty, cannot recognize beauty anywhere. It takes beauty to recognize beauty."

Let not beauty be scarce in our eyes. May we belong with those who see beauty everywhere. 

When someone at an event said: "It's with a heavy heart that we end this session", Shaykh Ninowy quickly interjected: "with a loving heart". 

Wassalamualaikum warahmatullah

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