The Japanese cherry blossom, known as the Sakura in Japanese, is the flower of a cherry tree that is cultivated for its decorative features rather than for cherries (it doesn’t bear fruit). The overwhelming beauty of the cherry blossom bloom has been known and adored for ages. The blooming period is associated with Japanese traditions, culture, aesthetics, and is a bittersweet metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life itself.
The blooming cherry blossoms herald the beginning of the centuries-old Hanami festival – the traditional Japanese custom of picnicking under trees rich with flowering Sakura branches and enjoying this short but striking first breath of spring. The blossoming wave usually starts in Okinawa in January or February and progresses through all of Japan until April or May. The cherry blossom front (Sakura zensen) can be conveniently tracked every year using this calendar.
Someone asked me once:
“When was the last time
God let you down?”
I smiled and proudly announced
“All praise is due to Allah,
there was never a first time.
My Lord owes me nothing,
but still He gives me everything.
He is Al-Majid, The Glorious.”
7 practical steps for dealing with any affliction, hardship, or grief:
- say “inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’oon”
- do wudu
- pray 2 nafl, reciting surah kafiroon in the first rakah and surah ikhlaas in the second
- talk to Allah (swt), cry it out in front of Him
- find the masnun duaa for your present situation and beseech your Rabb through the words of His beloved (saw)
- let your heart grieve
- get up, tell yourself Allah knows you’re strong enough to bear this, and keep going
As a Muslim, I’m sick of people asking me how I feel about 9/11. What do you want me to say, seriously? Do you want me to say, “It was a great plan, mwahahaha!” before I fly off on a magic carpet?
I was born and raised in this country and was just as shocked as everyone else to learn there were people on this earth so vile as to commit such a horrific attack - or to even think about doing it.
But I didn’t do it. Neither did 99.999999999 percent of the roughly 1.5 billion people in the world who also call themselves Muslims. So why should I or any other Muslim apologize for what happened? Nickleback is planning on releasing another album. Should I ask white people to apologize for that?
I am going to reblog this quote every year.
Just be patient.
Posh | Modern