Warmth of memories

I love winter.
Cozy cold nights remind me of you.
The peaceful and calm atmosphere prompts me to think only of you.
The memories that I have with you give me warmth and pleasure.
My mind can’t stop thinking of you.
I can do nothing but wish to have you with me at this moment.

— Sadia Noor

Let’s Sprinkle Kindness Everywhere

Hey loves!

Do you remember the last time you did something for someone to help somebody? What I think rarely we do help others but if you are the one who often helps others then you are doing great work and you can be called a kind person. 🙂

Let me tell you that helping others, listening to others, caring people around you, giving favor to someone, providing comfort to others are all acts of kindness. 

We are so much busy in our life that we rarely got time to help others and even if we got the opportunity to help someone we ignore it by saying, “I am already busy.” “I am not here to help others.” I have my work to do.” 

Now you might be thinking who cares if I did something good. And yes, nowadays no one cares if you are doing something to help someone. And who will pay off your kindness? Like doing kindness to someone is just wasting your time. This is a very difficult era, everyone only cares for their own needs. Nobody thinks whether someone needs any help or not. 

The above-written sentences are typical thoughts and beliefs of every common person just to make excuses and ignorance. Now, here I am not saying that everyone makes excuses just for avoiding helping others but some might be really busy that is why they ignore. 

Right?

okay.

Do you guys know what is the problem here? The problem is that we expect a lot. If I help someone or if I do something for a person in return I make expectations that next time the same person is going to do something for me and he/she must have to do because I help him/her.

Now, this thing is wrong and it is making problems. Having believed that I am helping someone and next time the same person has to help me is absolutely not okay. Why you are expecting? You don’t need to expect. You did something that is because you are good and you will be rewarded for it. Do kindness it’s free and most importantly do it without having expectations from the person. 

So there is no need to expect. And believe me, your good deeds are never unrewarded you will be rewarded by any other means and might be by any other gift that you don’t even ever expect. All we have to is having faith in the Almighty Allah and start doing good deeds without having expectations that I have to take help in return if I am helping someone. 

Our prophet PBUH gave the lesson of love, kindness, and compassion to his people and he was seen as the most loving, compassionate, and kind of all of them. The Quran itself mentioned his kind and gentle behavior in these words: “O Messenger of Allah! It is a great Mercy of God that you are gentle and kind towards them; for, had you been harsh and hard-hearted, they would all have broken away from you” (Quran 3:159).

Now you might have a question that how can I help someone? Here is the answer for you.

  1. Taking care of others. You can also take care if someone is sick and I am sure in return you will get lots of prayers. 
  2. Removing obstacles from others’ ways. Now here from the previous sentence I mean to say if you are equipped to remove difficulties of others if you are able to help others, or if you are certain that you can help someone in any matter then do.
  3. Doing favor to someone. For instance, once I did a favor to my roommates by cleaning up the mess, organizing things on the table, and setting bedsheets. And you know what? They really appreciate me for this act of kindness and deep inside it gives me confidence and happiness. 🙂        P.S. I am not saying to do it every day I know it is not your job but you can if they are busy or not present in the room. 😉 
  4. Listening to others. Sometimes, we should listen to others’ feelings. We should also pay attention to their pains and difficulties and should strengthen them so that they can feel relaxed and satisfied. We should behave positively and kindly. Who knows your kind and polite behavior impress others and they also become kind and good others. 

It is not really a difficult task to be kind to someone. Your few words of love can make someone’s day better. Be kind and sprinkle the kindness everywhere. Let us make this world a beautiful and peaceful place. Stop looking at your phones all the time. There is a world around, there are people around you and they need your attention and help. 
Don’t think that what will be the impact of just one good deed by only one person. You just do your job and in this way, there will be many people who would be helping and kind. I wish you a very happy, peaceful, and loving life. 

Stay healthy, happy, and hopeful.

Sprinkle Kindness & Spread Love.

Love,    

Sadia Noor

To Find You

I don’t need the compass to find you.

Your heart beat would lead my way.

I don’t need the sun to find you.

your smile would light my way.

I don’t need the ocean to find you.

My tears would wash my way.

I don’t need the wind to find you.

your voice would whisper my way.

I don’t need the moon to find you.

Your eyes would shine my way.

But, if I never find my way I would perish.

My soul would find its way.

– Anonymous

Talk to Yourself

Talk to yourself.

If you can’t, write it down.

Quietly and silently.

Sometimes ask yourself.

Who am I?

How am I?

Why am I?

Listen to your inner voice.

Do what your heart desire.

Talk to yourself.

If you can’t, write it down.


خود سے بھی بات کر لیا کرو،

جو نہ که سکو اسے لکھ لیا کرو۔

چپ چپ کے،

خود سے پوچھ لیا کرو،

کون ہو میں۔

کیسا ہو میں۔

کیوں ہو میں۔

کبھی کبھی اپنے اندر کی آواز بھی سن لیا کرو۔

جو دل کرے وو کر لیا کرو۔

خود سے بھی بات کر لیا کرو،

جو نہ که سکو اسے لکھ لیا کرو۔


A short poem or you can call them thoughts that remind you of yourself.Listen to your inner voice and do what your heart desire for. You will truly feel happy and peaceful.

Sadia Noor

The forty rules of love that articulate the real essence of life by Shams Tabrizi|Part-3

Hello everyone!

I hope you all are having a great time. Today, I am sharing with you the last post regarding the forty rules of love. Before I have shared its 2 parts so today is part-3 which is last.

I wish that you will take pleasure in reading these brilliant quotes of love by Shams Tabrizi. The sole objective for writing the blog about these rules was that most of the people are oblivious of these wonderful rues that attribute the true meaning of life. So I thought to share it with you all.

So, here are the remaining rules. Enjoy.

☘ Rule No.21

When a true lover of God goes into a tavern, the tavern becomes his chamber of prayer, but when a wine bibber goes into the same chamber, it becomes his tavern. In everything we do, it is our hearts that make the difference, not our outer appearance. Sufis do not judge other people on how they look or who they are. When a Sufi stares at someone, he keeps both eyes closed instead opens a third eye – the eye that sees the inner realm.


☘ Rule No.22

Life is a temporary loan and this world is nothing but a sketchy imitation of Reality. Only children would mistake a toy for the real thing. And yet human beings either become infatuated with the toy or disrespectfully break it and throw it aside. In this life stay away from all kinds of extremities, for they will destroy your inner balance. Sufis do not go to extremes. A Sufi always remains mild and moderate.


☘ Rule No.23

The human being has a unique place among God’s creation. “I breathed into him of My Spirit,” God says. Each and every one of us without exception is designed to be God’s delegate on earth. Ask yourself, just how often do you behave like a delegate, if you ever do so? Remember, it fells upon each of us to discover the divine spirit inside and live by it.


☘ Rule No.24

Hell is in the here and now. So is heaven. Quit worrying about hell or dreaming about heaven, as they are both present inside this very moment. Every time we fall in love, we ascend to heaven. Every time we hate, envy or fight someone we tumble straight into the fires of hell.


☘ Rule No.25

Each and every reader comprehends the Holy Qur’an on a different level of tandem with the depth of his understanding. There are four levels of insight. The first level is the outer meaning and it is the one that the majority of the people are content with. Next is the Batin – the inner level. Third, there is the inner of the inner. And the fourth level is so deep it cannot be put into words and is therefore bound to remain indescribable.


☘ Rule No.26

The universe is one being. Everything and everyone is interconnected through an invisible web of stories. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are all in a silent conversation. Do no harm. Practice compassion. And do not gossip behind anyone’s back – not even a seemingly innocent remark! The words that come out of our mouths do not vanish but are perpetually stored in infinite space and they will come back to us in due time. One man’s pain will hurt us all. One man’s joy will make everyone smile.


☘ Rule No.27

Whatever you speak, good or evil, will somehow come back to you. Therefore, if there is someone who harbours ill thoughts about you, saying similarly bad things about him will only make matters worse. You will be locked in a vicious circle of malevolent energy. Instead for forty days and nights say and think nice things about that person. Everything will be different at the end of 40 days, because you will be different inside.


☘ Rule No.28

The past is an interpretation. The future is on illusion. The world does not more through time as if it were a straight line, proceeding from the past to the future. Instead time moves through and within us, in endless spirals. Eternity does not mean infinite time, but simply timelessness. If you want to experience eternal illumination, put the past and the future out of your mind and remain within the present moment.


☘ Rule No.29

Destiny doesn’t mean that your life has been strictly predetermined. Therefore, to live everything to the fate and to not actively contribute to the music of the universe is a sign of sheer ignorance. The music of the universe is all pervading and it is composed on 40 different levels. Your destiny is the level where you play your tune. You might not change your instrument but how well to play is entirely in your hands.


☘ Rule No.30

The true Sufi is such that even when he is unjustly accused, attacked and condemned from all sides, he patiently endures, uttering not a sing bad word about any of his critics. A Sufi never apportions blame. How can there be opponents or rivals or even “others” when there is no “self” in the first place? How can there be anyone to blame when there is only One?


☘ Rule No.31

If you want to strengthen your faith, you will need to soften inside. For your faith to be rock solid, your heart needs to be as soft as a feather. Through an illness, accident, loss or fright, one way or another, we are all faced with incidents that teach us how to become less selfish and judgmental and more compassionate and generous. Yet some of us learn the lesson and manage to become milder, while some others end up becoming even harsher than before…


☘ Rule No.32

Nothing should stand between you and God. No imams, priests, rabbits or any other custodians of moral or religious leadership. Not spiritual masters and not even your faith. Believe in your values and your rules, but never lord them over others. If you keep breaking other people’s hearts, whatever religious duty you perform is no good. Stay away from all sorts of idolatry, for they will blur your vision. Let God and only God be your guide. Learn the Truth, my friend, but be careful not to make a fetish out of your truths.


☘ Rule No.33

While everyone in this world strives to get somewhere and become someone, only to leave it all behind after death, you aim for the supreme stage of nothingness. Live this life as light and empty as the number zero. We are no different from a pot. It is not the decorations outside but the emptiness inside that holds us straight. Just like that, it is not what we aspire to achieve but the consciousness of nothingness that keeps us going.


☘ Rule No.34

Submission does not mean being weak or passive. It leads to neither fatalism nor capitulation. Just the opposite. True power resides in submission a power that comes within. Those who submit to the divine essence of life will live in unperturbed tranquillity and peace even the whole wide world goes through turbulence after turbulence.


☘ Rule No.35

In this world, it is not similarities or regularities that take us a step forward, but blunt opposites. And all the opposites in the universe are present within each and every one of us. Therefore the believer needs to meet the unbeliever residing within. And the nonbeliever should get to know the silent faithful in him. Until the day one reaches the stage of Insane-I Kamil, the perfect human being, faith is a gradual process and one that necessitates its seeming opposite: disbelief.


☘ Rule No.36

This world is erected upon the principle of reciprocity. Neither a drop of kindness nor a speck of evil will remain unreciprocated. For not the plots, deceptions, or tricks of other people. If somebody is setting a trap, remember, so is God. He is the biggest plotter. Not even a leaf stirs outside God’s knowledge. Simply and fully believe in that. Whatever God does, He does it beautifully.


☘ Rule No.37

God is a meticulous dock maker. So precise is His order that everything on earth happens in its own time. Neither a minute late nor a minute early. And for everyone without exception, the clock works accurately. For each there is a time to love and a time to die.


☘ Rule No.38

It is never too late to ask yourself, “Am I ready to change the life I am living? Am I ready to change within?” Even if a single day in your life is the same as the day before, it surely is a pity. At every moment and with each new breath, one should be renewed and renewed again. There is only one-way to be born into a new life: to die before death.


☘ Rule No.39

While the part change, the whole always remains the same. For every thief who departs this world, a new one is born. And every descent person who passes away is replaced by a new one. In this way not only does nothing remain the same but also nothing ever really changes. For every Sufi who dies, another is born somewhere.


☘ Rule No.40

A life without love is of no account. Don’t ask yourself what kind of love you should seek, spiritual or material, divine or mundane, Eastern or Western. Divisions only lead to more divisions. Love has no labels, no definitions. It is what it is, pure and simple. Love is the water of life. And a lover is a soul of fire! The universe turns differently when fire loves water.

Reference: The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak



So, here is the end of the rules.

These were 40 rules of Love by Shams Tabrizi. I hope you like them.

Godspeed!

The forty rules of love that articulate the real essence of life by Shams Tabrizi|Part-2

Hello, my dear readers,

I am back with the second part of the post – The forty rules of love that articulate the real essence of life by Shams Tabrizi|Part-1.

There are 40 rules of love by Shams Tabrizi that explain the true meaning of love and life. All 40 rules are awe-inspiring and encouraging towards life. In the first post I shared 5 rules out of 40 and today I will be sharing with you the remaining rules.

So, here we go. 🙂



☘ Rule No.6

Loneliness and solitude are two different things. When you are lonely, it is easy to delude yourself into believing that you are on the right path. Solitude is better for us, as it means being alone without feeling lonely. But eventually it is best to find a person who will be your mirror. Remember only in another person’s heart can you truly see yourself and the presence of God within you.


☘ Rule No.7

Whatever happens in your life, no matter how troubling things might seem, do not enter the neighborhood of despair. Even when all doors remain closed, God will open up a new path only for you. Be thankful! It is easy to be thankful when all is well. A Sufi is thankful not only for what he has been given but also for all that he has been denied.


☘ Rule No.8

Patience does not mean to passively endure. It means to look at the end of a process. What does patience mean? It means to look at the thorn and see the rose, to look at the night, and see the dawn. Impatience means to be shortsighted as to not be able to see the outcome. The lovers of God never run out of patience, for they know that time is needed for the crescent moon to become full.


☘ Rule No.9

East, west, south, or north makes little difference. No matter what your destination, just be sure to make every journey a journey within. If you travel within, you’ll travel the whole wide world and beyond.


☘ Rule No.10

The quest for love changes us. There is no seeker among those who search for love who has not matured on the way. The moment you start looking for love, you start to change within and without.


☘ Rule No.11

The midwife knows that when there is no pain, the way for the baby cannot be opened and the mother cannot give birth. Likewise, for a new self to be born, hardship is necessary. Just as clay needs to go through intense heat to become strong, Love can only be perfected in pain.


☘ Rule No.12

There are more fake gurus and false teachers in this world than the number of stars in the visible universe. Don’t confuse power-driven, self-centered people with true mentors. A genuine spiritual master will not direct your attention to himself or herself and will not expect absolute obedience or utter admiration from you, but instead will help you to appreciate and admire your inner self. True mentors are as transparent as glass. They let the light of God pass through them.


☘ Rule No.13

Try not to resist the changes, which come your way. Instead let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?


☘ Rule No.14

God is busy with the completion of your work, both outwardly and inwardly. He is fully occupied with you. Every human being is a work in progress that is slowly but inexorably moving toward realization. We are each an unfinished work of art both waiting and striving to be completed. God deals with each of us separately because humanity is a fine art of skilled penmanship where every single dot is equally important for the entire picture.


☘ Rule No.15

It’s easy to love a perfect God, unblemished, and infallible that He is. What is far more difficult is to love fellow human beings with all their imperfections and defects. Remember, one can only know what one is capable of loving. There is no wisdom without love. Unless we learn to love God’s creation, we can neither truly love nor truly know God.


☘ Rule No.16

Real filth is the one inside. The rest simply washes off. There is only one type of dirt that cannot be cleansed with pure waters, and that is the stain of hatred and bigotry contaminating the soul. You can purify your body through abstinence and fasting, but only love will purify your heart.


☘ Rule No.17

The whole universe is contained within a single human being – you. Everything that you see around, including the things that you might not be fond of and even the people you despise or abhor, is present within you in varying degrees. Therefore, do not look for Sheitan [“Devil” in Arabic, or what William Blake termed the principle of “Unbelief”] outside yourself either. The devil is not an extraordinary force that attacks from without. It is an ordinary voice within. If you set to know yourself fully, facing with honesty and hardness.


☘ Rule No.18

If you want to change the ways others treat you, you should first change the way you treat yourself. Unless you learn to love yourself, fully and sincerely, there is no way you can be loved. Once you achieve that stage, however, be thankful for every thorn that others might throw at you. It is a sign that you will soon be showered in roses.


☘ Rule No.19

Fret not where the road will take you. Instead concentrate on the first step. That is the hardest part and that is what you are responsible for. Once you take that step let everything do what it naturally does and the rest will follow. Don’t go with the flow. Be the flow.


☘ Rule No.20

We were all created in His image, and yet we were each created different and unique. No two people are alike. No hearts beat to the same rhythm. If God had wanted everyone to be the same, He would have made it so. Therefore, disrespecting differences and imposing your thoughts on others is tantamount to disrespecting God’s holy scheme.


These rules are really wonderful to understand the meaning of life, love, and to create a connection with God.

I would love to listen to your recommendations, thoughts, and feedback regarding these rules.
Because everyone has it’s own perspective of looking at things. And I am sure each of us has a different meaning and different understanding of these rules.

I hope that together we can understand the meaning and real essence of life through 40 rules of love by Shams.

To be continued.

These days I find peace in my work

Hey loves!

I hope you are having a good time in this pandemic situation. Though finding peace is quite difficult these days. All the time we are hearing news of COVID-19 on Television as well as everywhere on social media. So, it has become very difficult to stay away from this chaos. But we can do only one thing to stay out of this panic situation is by creating our own space where we can keep ourselves busy and get very fewer updates of this pandemic.

I keep myself busy in my work that I forget the pandemic and find peace in productivity.


PP


You will be surprised to hear that I really find peace in my work these days. Being productive in my work makes me feel good and stress-free. I keep myself busy in doing multiple tasks. For instance, I keep myself busy reading, sometimes cooking, cleaning my wardrobe and my study space, and writing. Though writing is, of course, a piece of work that makes us feel good, and this is why I mostly prefer to write sometimes in my diary and sometime as a blog as I am doing right now.

The core purpose of writing this blog is to aware you people that if you want to make peace in your life keep yourself busy in any sort of work. because when I keep myself busy I feel like chaos is dissaper and I have created my own reality where there is only peace, satisfaction, and happiness.

Joyee Meyer has rightly said that when we fill our minds with the right things, the wrong ones have no room. We can relate this quote with our current situation for removing panic thoughts we can keep ourselves busy at work so that we can have thoughts regarding our work.

Do not feel selfish for choosing your peace and your satisfaction in life. Keep doing work and stay out of this panic.

I hope this post will help you in finding peace these days. Love yourself and be productive. Stay Home. Stay Safe. Take care of yourself and your family.

Love,

Sadia Noor