“You can accept or reject the way you are treated by other people, but until you heal the wounds of your past, you will continue to bleed. You can bandage the bleeding with food, with alcohol, with drugs, with work, with cigarettes, with sex, but eventually, it will all ooze through and stain your life. You must find the strength to open the wounds, stick your hands inside, pull out the core of the pain that is holding you in your past, the memories, and make peace with them.”
— Iyanla Vanzant, Yesterday, I Cried
“And they can’t leave. You know, Gaza has been under a very strict blockade. It is in its eighth year now. You know, if something happens in Washington, then you could go to West Virginia or you can go to Nebraska - you can get away. Here, when these people are coming to our schools, it’s not like they’re moving, you know, hundreds of miles away. They’re moving a mile away or two miles away. They’re still stuck within this 150 square miles. Now, according to the IDF, nearly 2000 sites have been struck in the last eight days - all within that 150 square miles.
Statistics are important, we need to track it. But I think there’s too much focus on numbers. The fact that there’s more than 200 dead is a tragedy, there’s no question. But it would be no less a tragedy at 150 or 250. I think what we can’t do is forget that each one of those numbers represents a story - that each one of those numbers represents a family that’s been affected - a community that’s been affected. They’re not numbers. You know, it’s depersonalizing or dehumanizing to talk about them as numbers - these were people. And their stories need to be told and what’s happening here needs to be witnessed.”
“Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. Speak well of those who curse you. -Luke 6:27-28”
“When something happens to you, you have two choices in how to deal with it. You can either get bitter, or get better.”
“If terrorism is based on creating fear, The greatest terrorism is media.”
“Being positive in a negative situation is not naive. It’s leadership.”
اللَّهُمَّ اِنِّىْ اَسْئَلُكَ حُبَّكَ وَ حُبَّ مَنْ يُّحِبُّكَ وحُبَّ عَمَلٍ يُّقَرِّبُ اِلى حُبِّكَ
Allahumma inni as aluka hubbaka, wa hubba man yuhibbuka, wa hubba kulle ‘amalin yuqarribuni ila hubbika.
O Allah! I ask You for Your love and the love of those who love You, and for the love of every action which will bring me closer to Your love.
اللَُّهُمَ فَكَمَا رَزَقْتَنِىْ مِمَّا اُحِبُّ فَاجْعَلْهُ قُوَّةً لِّىْ فِيْمَا تُحِبُّ
Allahumma fakama razaqtani mimma uhibbu faj’al-huquwwatan li fima tuhibbu
O Allah! Just as You have Granted me all that I’ve loved, let those things be helpful to me in the performance of those deeds that You Love.
اللَُّهُمَ ارْزُقْنِىْ حُبَّكَ وَ حُبَّ مَنْ يَّنْفَعَنِىْ حُبُّهُ عِنْدَكَ
Allahummar-zuqni hubbaka wa hubba man yyan-fa’ani hubbuhu ‘indaka
O Allah! Grant me Your Love, and the love of that person, whose love would benefit me in Your presence.
اللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْ حُبَّكَ أََحَبَّ الأَشْيَاءِ إِلِىْ ، وَاجْعَلْ خَشْيَتَكَ أَخْوَفَ الأَشْيَاءِ عِنْدِيْ وَاقْطعْ غَنِّي حَاجَاتِ الدُّنْيَا بِالشُّوْقِ إِلى لِقَائِكَ ، وَ إِذضا أَقْرَرْتَ أَغْيُنَ أَهْلِ الدُّنْيَا مِنْ دُنْيَا هُمْ ، فَاقْرِرْ عَيْنِيْ مِنْ عِبَادَتِك
Allahummaj’al hubbaka a-habbal ashyaa’i illayya, waj’al khashyataka akhwafa ashyaa’i ‘indi, waq-ta ‘anni haajaatid-dunya bish shawqi illa liqaa’ika, wa idha aq-rarta ‘a’yunna ahlid-dunya min dunnyahum, faqrir ‘ayyni min ‘ibaadatika.
O Allah! Make my love for You the most beloved thing to me, and my fear for You the most fearful thing to me, and remove from me all worldly needs and wants by instilling a passion for meeting You, and when You have given the people of the world the pleasures of their world, make the coolness of my eyes (pleasure) in worshipping You.
اللَُّهُمَ اِنَّا نَسْئَلُكَ قُلُوْبًاَ اَوَّاهَةً مُّنِيْبَةً فِىْ سَبِيْلِكَ
Allahumma inna nas’aluka quluban awwahatan mukh-bitatan munibatan fi-sabilika
O Allah! We ask for a heart which is tender and humble in Your way.
Abud-Darda’ (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (Sallahu Alayhi Wasallm) said, “One of Prophet Dawud’s supplications was:
Allahumma inni as’aluka hubbaka, wa hubba man yuhibbuka, wal-`amal alladhi yuballighuni hubbaka. Allahumm-aj`al hubbaka ahabba ilayya min nafsi, wa ahli, wa minal-ma’il-baridi
(O Allah! I ask You for Your Love, the love of those who love You, and deeds which will cause me to attain Your Love. O Allah! Make Your Love dearer to me than myself, my family and the cold water).”
“O mankind! If you are in doubt about the Resurrection, then (consider that) indeed, We have created you from dust, then from a sperm-drop, then from a clinging clot, and then from a little lump of flesh - some formed and some unformed (i.e. sometimes a miscarriage occurs and sometimes not) - that We may manifest (Our power) to you. And We cause whom We will to remain in the wombs for an appointed term, then We bring you out as infants, then (give you growth) that you may reach your age of full strength. And among you there is he who dies (young), and among you there is he who is brought back to the miserable old age, so that he knows nothing after having known.”