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  1. Assalam-o- Alaaikum sister, I am unable to grasp ‘”Feel the rhythm of your breathing. Now begin with Allah’s (glorified and exalted be He) name and match it to your rhythm. You feel everything leave you.” Could you please elaborate it more? Can it be done? I want to do it.

    Beautifully written article especially the explanation of purpose of life with example of salmon. May Allah put barakah in your pen. Ameen. Jizakil Allah Khair.

    • Wa Alaikum Salam Sister Shakeela. To feel the rhythm of your breathing means to be aware of each breath you take. This helps us to focus and remove distractions In Sha Allah. To begin with Allah [swt] name brings barakah to our activities and making Dhikr with Allah [swt] beautiful name, washes away our thoughts and feelings to make us free to connect with our Creator In sha Allah. May Allah [swt] accept all our efforts. Ameen.

      • I understand where you are coming from but dhikr is an act of worship. Let us not fall into the innovations of the sufis who make dhikr into a song or do it their way. Say Allah’s name and reflect not with the rhythm of your heart as if its a tune.
        forgive me if you didnt mean this and may Allah make us of those who reflect in solitude

  2. Wonderful simply wonderful mashaa’Allah, I can’t even explain how beautifully refreshing it is to read something so lovely :) The Salmon analogy was especially meaningful because once we can relate to everyday things, life makes more sense.

    The thing about solitude which saddens me is the fact that sooner or later you have to face the real world again. Sometimes, if you’ve been crying because you cant let anybody see you, the evidence left on your face brings people to question your strength. A silent heart to heart with Allah is mistaken for weakness, the fact that you’re crying alone by yourself means you’re not strong.

    It’s annoying you know, but fact of the matter is that it was never between you and them anyway. And sometimes, it takes time to learn that.

    Now I shall happily read the article again :) Assalamualaikum wa rahmathullahi wa barakathuh dear sister ♥

    • Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
      The Prophet () said, “Seven are (the persons) whom Allah will give protection with His Shade* on the Day when there will be no shade except His Shade (i.e., on the Day of Resurrection), and they are: A just ruler; a youth who grew up with the worship of Allah; a person whose heart is attached to the mosque; two persons who love and meet each other and depart from each other for the sake of Allah; a man whom a beautiful and high ranking woman seduces (for illicit relation), but he (rejects this offer by saying): ‘I fear Allah’; a person who gives a charity and conceals it (to such an extent) that the left hand might not know what the right has given; and a person who remembers Allah in solitude and his eyes well up.” [Bukhari]

  3. SubhanAllah. This is an amazing article. It has deeply affected me. JazakAllah khair for such a beautiful writeup. This “Solitude” is indeed very helpful.

  4. Jazaki Allahi kheiran sister for this wonderful article. InshAllah we all can make the time to enter this zone of solitude. I actually love the feeling of being alone, its so peaceful and revitalizes the soul as you said.

  5. This is the best article I have read since I began receiving this newsletter! I love the analogy with the salmon because this relates natural phenomenon to our own lives. I really appreciate those parts of the Qur’an you cited about testing and death, since I see this in my life and others’ lives all the time. I am a recent convert, and I found this article very reassuring. Although we are alone, we are never really alone because the light of Allah always shines, which we can feel when we do salah. Alhamdullilah.

  6. SubhanAllah this is an excellent piece of writing mashAllah. Very thoughtful indeed. There are several scholars in Asia who practice the skill of “Muraqba”. It is more or less the same practice which is elaborated beautifully in this writing.

    • Jazakalllah Khayr Ali R for your gracious compliment. All excellence is from Allah[swt] alone. “Muraqba” which is a very high spiritual training, takes years to achieve. This is simply a way for us to quiet the everyday noise and make Ibabdat with no distractions In sha Allah.

  7. Subhana Allah. This is came in a critical time for me, a couple of my friends & sister. MashAllah. The article is so convincing because you are practically practicing what you wrote in it through writing it! It is so simple, yet informative & right to the point. Jazake Allaho Khayran & may Allah bless your time, & effort .

  8. Alhamdu lillah robil a’alameen wa shukr laka. This s been most nourishing. What else do I say! Jazaakallahu khairah.

  9. Jazakallah khair sister. may Allah keep you in the right track forever. This is actually a heart healing article.

  10. SALAMWALIKUMWA RAHMATULLAWA BARAKATU JAZAKALLAHULKHAIR MARSHA ALLAH SOME WHAT SIMILAR EXPERIENCE HERE MAY ALLAH HELP U IN YOUR ENDEVEORS AND BLESS AND HELP THE MUSLIM UMMAH

  11. Jazakallah. You really helped. Please post more, stress, depression, dua’s being accpeted (*First), things we can do to abstain from sin, things we can do easily at anytime to please Allah (SWT) and so on. Thanks.

  12. True that…subhanallah this artical os really astonishing and reassuring all of a sudden I feel like I got how to desogn a nice routone for the summer…jazakumullahu khairan for the amazing article may allah fi vBulletin e us all the best in this life and the hereafter-, Ameeen!

  13. Thank you soooo much this article is absorbed by the heart and the mind directly I like the example of the Solmon fish SUBHANALLAH i didnt know they live this difficult cycle of life before ,…still we are the preferable creatures .

  14. Jazakallah Khayr to one and all for the beautiful and motivational responses. I hope to submit more pieces on a regular basis. Make dua In sha Allah. Barakallah fee!

  15. MashAllah. What a wonderful article. I have indeed never thought that I could learn lessons from a fish.

    May Allah bless you.

  16. As Salaamu Alaikum

    Subhanallah, what a marvelous article. I love how Allah brings thoughts forward at just the right moment from anywhere and anytime. This article is continuing to bless. JazaakAllahukhairan.

  17. Jazakaallah.. This article is so wonderful.. I hope that i would spend more time to read this article. May Allah gives us strength to be productive.

  18. Wonderful article my friend,

    i feel s really true wen i go thru all these… and got refreshed my mind., . Thnkz alot for ur help.

    Jazhakallahu khairan. .