SAYYADA UMME KULSUM:
Change is no longer a project with a defined start and end. It is continuous, and accelerating … Being able to lead through change is no longer an optional skill.
MEHAK KAUNAIN SABA
This New Year
This new year I will go back
To all the old promises I made
To all the places that stood
To enjoy the sip of coffee
Upon the future overwrought
I will go back to living every moment
Beautiful mornings and whimsical nights
In lieu of making new resolutions
I will go back to the ones I left incomplete
To all those things I’ve been running away
From and hiding in the cave of months
I will go back to the inner peace
I have always been wandering
To the one who created me
And has a home for my heart and soul
I will live each day more lovingly
And treasure the sweet moments In my memory castle
I will go back to the times when
Every little thing excited me
I will make a fresh start
By loving my roots
And making peace with my old self
This new year I will bring
Myself as I truly am.
I will always remember
The day COVID came
I was only 11
The day crisis came
But I am all done with it
Learned so much from it
Coming the winter of 2022
I hope it will be a truly happy new year
All will be happy giving and taking love
I wish nothing but the best for this year
Coming the winter of 2022
I hope people will become happy
I hope school will be open
I hope people will be employed
I hope that virus will be gone In this coming year of 2022.
Pain, loss, and a story of hope
On a Sunday in March 2019, I heard an ayah from Surah Baqarah which speaks about tests, tests with what we love the most. I remember – I wrote ‘Dadajaan is the most beloved thing to me. Ya Allah preserve him. 2 days later, he passed away. 2 months later, my NaniAmmi passed away. After a few months my Chachu passed away.
I failed in exams, suffered from depression and panic attacks, my father got COVID and land dispute happened, and much more.
“And we will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits but give good tidings to the patient.”
In moments of ease and in happiness, we talk about hope.
Hope in the face of disappointment. Hope in despair. Hope in failure. Believe me, it takes pain to know true hope.
We all know how Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Prophet Adam A.S, Yunus A.S, Ayub A.S, and our beloved Prophet Muhammad s.a.w faced trials and despaired, but we also know this is what made them special because they were hopeful in Allah’s decree.
Allah is the source of love and Allah is the source of peace.
I want parents, teachers, sisters and friends be hopeful not just with their lives or the situations with which they are dealing with but with the people around them as well. Be compassionate, be hopeful. Don’t shame them, blame them or disregard their pain. Give them words of hope, and a warm embrace. Hope needs patience.
Hope needs determination to continue. Hope needs faith.
There is news of a new variant. Let us be hopeful. May Allah protect us and let us be hopeful in Allah’s mercy.
A dying plant with proper care and nourishment can regrow – so can you. Look at the small things: movies like Chak De India and Super 30, the last minute goal Liverpool scored in extra minutes against Wolves. These moments inspire me….SubhanAllah, little things instil hope in us. Look around and find hope.
Above all, the hope Allah swt has in us despite our failings. He is eternally merciful and hopeful in us.
I have a vision to excel in both the worlds. I envision myself as beloved servant of Allah. The responsible citizen of the country.
A Quran student, an active GIO member, A lecturer. The best daughter, sister, wife, mother.
I hope to and strive to and envision to eradicate casteism in society. I want to establish a NGO or a school for girls from marginalised communities such as “fakir” and “kalalan.” I want to see them excel in their lives be IAS officers and doctors.
There is no castesim in Islam but why do I hear such names based on their professions and come across such instances where people are treated based on castes.
I envision my country free of hunger and free of crimes and having a clean environment. I envision a world of truth and justice.
Free of oppression on people and the environment.
The actual vision sometimes is not what you dream of or plan for or look forward to…..Sometimes vision is seeing light in darkness, looking beyond the despairing situation and being hopeful. A vision of hope with the Creator, with creatures and with oneself.
I always say, our realities are not greater than Allah’s mercy.
Some of the ways we can stay hopeful and have a vision in our lives.
– Establish and maintain a relationship of prayer to Allah
– Read and reflect on Quran
– Pause and reflect on yourself
– Repent and seek forgiveness
– Have good thoughts of Allah
– Develop a positive attitude towards trials.
– Do not underestimate Dua
– Remind yourself that we belong to the Hereafter.
We must redirect our hope from feeble humans and this temporary world to Allah, and His all-powerful and everlasting abode