Being A Leader Is Your God Given Responsibility

Allah has given you certain talents. So it is your God given responsibility to use them to the best of your ability. If that means you have to step up and take charge, demonstrate leadership, apply for that promotion, pursue that dream, then so be it. That is not arrogance. That is being confident of the abilities He has entrusted you with. By virtue of the story of Prophet Yusuf and how he saved Egypt, Allah teaches us in the Quran two qualities of a leader:

1) Know what you are doing

2)Sincerity- guard and nurture the talent Allah has given you

Prophet Yusuf stepped to up to take leadership of the treasury in Egypt not because of his obsession to the title, but because He wanted to save lives. His focus was on the greater benefit of humanity. That is true leadership- leadership for the sake of helping people, not for its own sake.

If you are someone who naturally takes charge, someone who other people look up to, they take your suggestions before they order something at the restaurant or buy a car, house, make an investment, then hold on to it. Use it for service of others.

( Taken from Nouman Ali Khan’s lecture on leadership) 

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That’s How Serendipity Happens!

If you ever hold back from praying for and pursuing the success which your heart desires,you are making a HUGE mistake. You are limiting your opportunities according to your ability, not according to the abilities of the One who fails nothing. 

So go ahead, take charge and work towards that goal. If you get drained, open your palms and ask of Him.

{To Him belong the keys of the heavens and the earth -Quran 39:63)}

 He is Al Fattah (The Opener).

He opens the doors you never even knew existed.

Thats how serendipity happens.

It has happened to me, and is still happening.

My Tummy Hurts

This really crazy stomachache has been bothering me since yesterday lunch. I had something spicy and even though I followed that up with a bunch of anti acids and painkillers to subdue the pain, it was fruitless.

At 1 in the morning I woke up from this violent onset of pain. It was hurting too much. At this point I really did not feel like taking any more of those crap called painkillers. So I made dua.

Obviously, the devil being the nosy one as it is immediately woke up from its slumbre, and started ranting- “How will dua cure you pain, it wont be as effective like pain killer ” and so on…

Because I was really tired from the entire day’s pain and also sleep deprived, I paid absolutely zero heed to all those whispers. I scolded it saying that I asked Allah and He will remove the pain. Period. No further discussion. And then I went back to bed KNOWING (Yes! My certainty was too much at this point that I knew Allah would answer, alhamdulillah) that I am off for a good night’s sleep.

And indeed I had. And that too right away, immediately. I went to bed and passed out in less than 5 minutes. All praise is to the One who put me to sleep.

Certainty is the key. Often times we spend so much energy into analysing the quality of our prayers and our confidence in them, that we miss out on having the right attitude in the first place.

A Powerful Moment

One of the most powerful moments in one’s life is when you see your prayers manifest right in front of your eyes- left and right. All those times you pleaded desperately, your pleas didnt fall in deaf ears. Every sigh of worry and every one of those stiffling sobs were most definitely heard by the One whose hearing does not fail anything. Seeing things unravel in a way you never ever anticipated, makes you realise something:

Sometimes, even for some extremely ordinary people, extraordinary blessings come down. Not because they are special, but because The One who sends them down is.

It has happened to me, and is still happening.

Alhamdulillah.

Serendipity :Look Deeper

Miracles are happening within us, with us, to us and for us all the time. They might not always be dramatic like parting of the sea to make way for an escape, or water gushing out from a barren desert. But just like the One who sends them,  they are subtle and gentle in the way they take place, yet very much dominant and overpowering. As seemingly unreal the nuances might seem, they are happening very much in reality, in the realmost possible form.As ordinarily mundane and unnoticed they might appear,in reality they are nothing short of a perfectly orchestrated chain of events, progressively writing a history, leaving behind a legacy.

Yes, the miracles are happening all the time. They are happening right now- within you, with you, to you and for you.

Look deeper.

Of Serendipity And Expectations

Expect, and then expect a bit more, and then keep on expecting. Those moments that you spend on expecting won’t manifest right away. So you would want to despair. But don’t.

Because one of those days when you are somehow very busy and don’t get time to expect it, it will happen. The miracle will unfold.

The tempest will stop, the clouds will be gone, the sun will come out and  birds will sing again, as you silently join them in praising your Creator- The One who created this majestic story for you, planned to the minutest detail and subtly executed in a manner which is beyond any mortal comprehension.

It will happen, one of those days, when you are least aware of it. So just expect it. Expect like nobody’s business.

Then expect a bit more, and then keep on expecting.

That’s the beauty of serendipity.