"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they’ll never sit in.
-Greek proverb"

a sign of the day of judgement:

"the killer will not know why he’s killing, and the one being killed will not know why he is being killed"

-hadith sahih muslim

(taken from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYcNgANdX1Y)

if we are not able to be alone, we are only going to know how to be lonely

It’s not everyday you find a mango lying there on an American sidewalk. If only it was a #PAKISTANIMANGO

It’s not everyday you find a mango lying there on an American sidewalk. If only it was a #PAKISTANIMANGO

but from time to time, He mercifully makes things explicitly clear for our weak eyes.

but from time to time, He mercifully makes things explicitly clear for our weak eyes.

I just finally finished making this video.

Sometimes we hear news of events around the world and forget they’re also affecting the people around us. Khaled and his mom Khale Wafaa left Syria last year and have no idea when they can return. The video is a little visualization of their tough situation. Here goesss! 

https://vimeo.com/64610971

@khanquest of Chicago (at Chicago Cultural Center)

@khanquest of Chicago (at Chicago Cultural Center)

It says ‘Fear God.’ (at Wilson Library)

It says ‘Fear God.’ (at Wilson Library)

(Source: amellowdragon, via taskeatorange)

your last meeting

one day in Lahore I came home after a day of roaming to find an old man waiting for me at my cousin’s house, with two huge boxes of sweets. I had no idea who he was, and he didn’t really bother explaining. he spent the whole time just cracking jokes and musings about life. finally, I realized he had come just to visit me, and he told me he especially wanted me to send salaams to my parents.

I feel like I was pretty whatever about it. afterwards my cousins explained that he was my parents’ cousin.

he passed away about two weeks ago, and it’s got me thinking that the Allah only placed him in my life for that short moment, to deliver me some sweets, nothing more.

I think in addition to the saying “pray as if it was your last prayer”, I should think “meet as if it was your last meeting.” 

when that random guy on the train tells you you’re beautiful and walks away

Hiking last Tuesday at the Brecon Beacons in Wales

Hiking last Tuesday at the Brecon Beacons in Wales

"[Rumi] was also a great thinker. In the middle of the XIIIth century, he taught that if one cut an atom, one would find a core with planets revolving around. Besides he had a prescience of the extraordinary energy that these atoms contain, saying that one should be very cautious not to cause a chock that would reduce the world to ashes. He also talked at length about evolution.
What is even more extraordinary and really stroke me is that he said : “On this little planet Earth, a small part of the universe, every human beings are subject to the influence of the stars. The moon affects the women’s fertility, the tides whereas the sun affects the vegetation.” (…) He adds, and I’m translating this literally from persian : “What we don’t know, is that the tiniest movement of a man on this planet is perceived in solar systems from yet undiscovered galaxies.”
When I translated this, I pinched myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming and I remembered that one day, while I was having a coffee in Fez with Olivier Costa de beauregard, he told me : “You know, my dear friend, if us, leading edge physicists, told the general public what we’re discovering, they would think we’re crazy. For example, if you touch your coffee cup, Einstein claims that your movement is perceived in foreign solar systems.” I felt a twinge in my heart remembering that Rumi had said the same thing in the XIIIth century.
—"

Islam, l’autre visage — Entretiens de Eva de Vitray-Meyerovitch avec Rachel et Jean-Pierre

(Translated by Rose Amer)

The one thing above all that I will never forget is his strength.Physically, he was so incredibly strong with the biggest mostbeautiful hands I’ve ever seen, but more importantly mentally. Henever ever gave up- in all his ailments and every time life threw hima bad hand, he threw it right back, got up and lived his life everyday for the people around him, with only a cane to help get him by. Hemade everyone proud. His presence instantly made the room respectfuland his laugh was the most contagious I’ve ever seen.Mashallah, he was truly a man if I’ve ever known one. 
-A dear friend, speaking about her grandfather

The one thing above all that I will never forget is his strength.
Physically, he was so incredibly strong with the biggest most
beautiful hands I’ve ever seen, but more importantly mentally. He
never ever gave up- in all his ailments and every time life threw him
a bad hand, he threw it right back, got up and lived his life every
day for the people around him, with only a cane to help get him by. He
made everyone proud. His presence instantly made the room respectful
and his laugh was the most contagious I’ve ever seen.

Mashallah, he was truly a man if I’ve ever known one. 

-A dear friend, speaking about her grandfather

Who knew that one day I’d have a step-cousin from Brazil and I’d be touring downtown Chicago with her. Life just happens to you sometimes. @andreaglehn :) (at The Art Institute of Chicago)

Who knew that one day I’d have a step-cousin from Brazil and I’d be touring downtown Chicago with her. Life just happens to you sometimes. @andreaglehn :) (at The Art Institute of Chicago)