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Bismillah,

Alhamdulilah, all praise is due to Allah who has blessed us in every facet of our lives.

The Alchemist notes, commentary:

* “The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also better” I really like this point as its a topic that keeps coming up throughout the book. Subhana’Allah how many times throughout our day do we worry about the what-ifs, and the future…may Allah grant us ease and help us to be grateful for what we have right now and grant us to the ability to be patient for what is in store for us in the future.

* “… to die tomorrow was no worse than dying on any other day. Every day was there to be lived or to mark one’s departure from this world” This reminds me of the companion who was asked what he would do differently if he were to die tomorrow or soon, and they replied “nothing differently, just continue what I was doing” (paraphrase)…subhana’Allah, its amazing indeed, we should live our lives as though we won’t have many tomorrows and do all the good we can! Sabiqoooooooooo!

* “Every search beings with beginners luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.” This reminds me of the verse where Allah says …

Am hasibtum an tadkhuloo aljannata walamma yatikum mathalu allatheena khalaw min qablikum massathumu albasao waalddarrao wazulziloo hatta yaqoola alrrasoolu waallatheena amanoo maAAahu mata nasru Allahi ala inna nasra Allahi qareebun
2:214 Or do ye think that ye shall enter the Garden (of bliss) without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? they encountered suffering and adversity, and were so shaken in spirit that even the Messenger and those of faith who were with him cried: “When (will come) the help of Allah.” Ah! Verily, the help of Allah is (always) near!

A lot of times we feel everything should come easy to us, or we complain about why we don’t have this or that, or why this hasn’t happened for us when we wanted it sooner etc. Truly verses like this remind has “hardship will come”…but indeed Allah has promised that ‘after hardship, comes ease”

” …they understood that when something evolves, everything around that thing evolves as well” This reminds me of the verse in the Quran where Allah reminds us to save ourselves and our families from a fire whose fuel is of men and stones. Its odd to think this, but it reminds me that when we change or we strive to get closer to Allah subhana wa tala then we should try our best to bring our loved ones into the goodness that we are seeking. On a smaller scale when we try to change for the best or try to implement something the goodness that we are doing should reflect in every aspect of our lives..from our social to familial life.

” Don’t give in to your fears” said the alchemist, in a strangely gentle voice. ” if you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart” This was a powerful reminder in the book. How many times have we gotten scared and all sense of what we wanted to do or the journey we were on flew out the window because we got scared. May Allah make us people of strength and seek guidance in what is most pleasing to him.

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure”

“Thats what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.”

“Its true; life really is generous to those who pursue their personal legend”

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Alhuda: Yesterday I begin a different group session with older Alhuda teacher, and it was really wonderful. We begin from Fatiha again and as I was telling her, everytime we begin the Quran again or go over a surah we’ve done in the past it effects us differently and we see something new to inspire us! This is the beauty of the Quran. Since we are beginning the program in full, my teacher gave us some wonderful reminders to help us in the journey.

Reminder 1: When we study the Quran we will see the blessings and rewards of it in our own lives. We have to give it time and we will see the effects of it all around us!

Reminder 2: With everything we do, shaytaan will get to us. We will get distracted, and difficulty will come. We have be steadfast and keep in the way of Allah subhana wa tala.

Reminder 3: Jannah: In the Quran Allah subhana wa tala talks about the things we will have…from clothing, spouses, to food, as these are the things that our nafs desires in the dunya, and so if we control our nafs here and are patient Allah will reward us for it in the hereafter with better things then we could have ever imagined.

Reminder 4: When Allah sent the first human being on earth, Adam alayhi sallam, Allah told him…

Qulna ihbitoo minha jameeAAan faimma yatiyannakum minnee hudan faman tabiAAa hudaya fala khawfun AAalayhim wala hum yahzanoona
2:38 We said: “Get ye down all from here; and if, as is sure, there comes to you Guidance from me, whosoever follows My guidance, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.

Guidance will come to you…follow it, and you will not have to fear (fear of the future), nor will you grieve. So follow. Subhana’Allah when I heard this part, I just sat there and pondered…follow it and you shall not worry!

Reminder 5: My teacher asked me the meaning of 3alameen in surah fatiha. I said that Allah is indeed the lord of the worlds..these worlds are worlds of jinn, past, future generations etc. She added that recently they found four planets that they thought to hold/sustain life like earth due to is similarity to earth. So indeed there is a possiblity that is true, and indeed there is so much around us that are unknown to us, but indeed the Creator is aware and is all powerful. She mentioned how powerful/big Allah is in the way He subhana wa tala is. She also mentioned how the reason we make mistakes, waste time, is because we don’t understand how big Allah is- The Rubb of the worlds” He created everything, and the sahaba did so much and accomplished so much (they had the same 24 hours as us), The sahabah did so much because they understand Allah subhana wa tala and they worked as a result of it!

Reminder 6: This reminder is powerful and I remember laughing to myself with everyone else. Basically my teacher asked in what times/situations should we call out to Allah. She gave a scenario dealing with a husband and a wife and a drinking glass. Basically the sister was asked if she wanted to get a drink of water and wasn’t feeling well, would she ask her husband who was sleep or call out to Allah. The sister mentioned how her getting the drink and ultimately coming to her is Allah’s decree, she would ask her husband, but if Allah hadn’t willed it wouldn’t happen. The funny part was when my classmate answered it she mentioned all the correct responses but she didn’t know what more the teacher wanted from her and just kept going and reply and the teacher kept asking for more and the student finally said “i don’t know, your questions are driving me crazy” lol. It was funny, but my teacher was trying to get at the fact that we should ask Allah for the pety, minute, small, things as well as big! The sahaba would ask Allah for a shoelace (paraphrased hadeeth), before they even sought it out! Subhana’Allah, this was really really powerful, I just sat there and thought I need to start asking Allah for the smallest of things! We always think of dua being synonymous with “I am going through difficulty” or ” I want this huge/thing to happen for me” So next time your thinking about things from food to clothing, don’t hesitate, ask Allah!

Till next time, may Allah make us the people of Quran, the people of Allah!

Bismillah,

Alhamdulilah, all praise is due to Allah subhana wa tala who has blessed us all in one way or another.

Book review time! insha’Allah I will comment on the parts of the book that moved me. This book was such an amazing book in that it reflected Islam and its teachings so much that I had to wikipedia the author to see if he was muslim. It was profound and deep…I found myself thinking about each point and wondering how it tied to my own life. So glad I took notes, alhamdulilah.

*Personal Legend : “Its what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young knows what their personal legend is”

*’At that point in their lives, everything is clear and everything is possible. They are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives. But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their personal legend”

The above mentioned comments about Personal legends are awesome…this is the amazing dreams we have when we are young, and we believe we can be anything we want to be or do anything we want to. And I think this mysterious thing is what we may refer to as “real life issues”…stuff like money, our own fears, other people telling us its not possible etc.

*It was the language of enthusiasm, of things accomplished with love and purpose, as as part of a search for something believed in and desired”

“But he was able to understand on thing: making a decision was only the beginning of thing. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision”

*The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never forget the drops of oil on the spoon”

*Started to cry, left the sheep, left the path ” My reflection on this: sometimes the path to achieving your dreams is filled with pain, regret, loneliness, sadness, so many what-if’s.

*”And maybe it wasn’t that they were teaching me, but that I was learning from them”

*”But that disaster taught me to understand the word of Allah: People need not fear the unknown if they are capable of achieving what they need and want” My reflection on this: This comment and others about Allah’s wants for his creation really had me thinking subhana’Allah, this is on point, and had me hurrying to see if the author was muslim.

* We are afraid of losing what we have, whether its our life or our possessions and property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand” Subhana’Allah, this was profound. I thought to myself how in the world can I be afriad of the future or about the present, making decisions now and then, when the creator of all I have and all I see around me will decree what is best for me. This comment in all brought me back to who is in charge of all my affairs, who is the owner of it all, Allah jalla jallahu!

*Because I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man” My reflections: This is one of those comments that deserving bolding! In alhuda we talked about the word Qawf in the Quran, its always about fear about the future. This is something keeps us always thinking and in an agitated position..thinking what-if this, and what-if that, and at the end of the day, non of this matter, life becomes so much easier when we focus on the present, live in the present, think and worry only about the present for indeed the future is in the hands of Allah, and the past is spilled milk…just happened, and one should just forget about it! Indeed, one should learn from the past, but nonetheless learn from it as it will help in making ones future better!

Though I finished the book, I will post up the rest of my points soon insha’Allah!

Till next time, may Allah grant us to seek to understand our ‘personal legend’ and may it be always connected with His remembrance, the most High!