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I remember a time in my life where I didn’t have big dreams..

Published January 30, 2015 by AbdulJabarAzimi

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I remember a time in my life where I didn’t have big dreams. In fact, I wasn’t really dreaming at all. I lived day-to-day, looking for ways to meet my own needs of significance or love.

I had no idea what I really wanted in my life, and if I did, I was afraid to chart my own course to make it happen. The first day I realized that I was following the aspirations of those around me, instead of my own, I was in shock. I drove around for several hours, up and down the coast looking to get lost somewhere fast, with no direction to go in at all.

The drive was a good metaphor for my life. talk a lot about “dreaming big” and making big goals, but few people talk about the other side of that equation.

Most of us, as children have big dreams, expansive imaginations, and energy and hope that could fuel a spaceship to Mars.

The problem wasn’t the inability to dream big – the problem was about the beliefs, fears, and negative voices that became so loud, that the mind could no longer dream, or take action.

Dreaming big is exciting. Dreaming big, and making massive goals and never achieving them is depressing.

So what changed?

I did. I began to put myself into environments and experiences which would force me to stand on my own two feet. Instead of living through the accomplishments or success of others, I committed to creating my own.

Owning who I truly wanted to be. Not what a degree on the wall said, not what people expected, not what was comfortable and easy, like a costume I could slip into.

I wanted to own my vision, and with the help of Allah, seeking His pleasure, I starting taking those baby steps towards change.

This is where my coaching career began.

(continued via sister, Megan Wyatt)

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I worshiped Allah for 50 years and did not find the sweetness of worship until I left off three things

Published January 30, 2015 by AbdulJabarAzimi

❝I worshiped Allah for 50 years and did not find the sweetness of worship until I left off three things:

1 – seeking the pleasure of people so I was able to speak the truth.
2 – befriending immoral people so I was able to befriend the righteous.
3 – delights of this worldly life so I was able to find the delights of the next life.❞

— Ahmad b. Harb (d. 234h) Siyar ‘Alam an-Nubala

French Director Finds Islam After Charlie Attacks

Published January 19, 2015 by AbdulJabarAzimi

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CAIRO – French director Isabelle Matic has announced her decision to revert to Islam on her FaceBook account, making the unexpected announcement only a few days after Charlie Hebdo Paris attacks.

“Today, I passed through the first pillar of Islam. There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is His Prophet,” Matic said in a message posted on her Facebook page on January 11.

She followed her announcement with a series of posts in which she thanked Moroccan actor Hicham Bahloul for announcing her decision on Moroccan papers.In another message, she described how she took the decision and its effect on her beliefs in freedom of expression.

“Between the massacre at the premises of Charlie Hebdo and other event that have followed: I became a Muslim,” Matic wrote. Read the rest of this entry →

Islam does not preach violence by Sister Saulat Pervez

Published January 17, 2015 by AbdulJabarAzimi

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I recently attended a library event highlighting Muslim heritage where a gentleman asked, “Would you say that the acts of ISIS represent true Islam and that the rest of the billion-plus Muslim population is in fact deviating from the actual teachings of Muhammad?”

When the coordinator responded with a firm, “No,” the man looked at her doubtfully. He shook his head when others in the group also denied this assertion.

Personally, I found the question truly eye-opening. So many individuals, Muslims and non-Muslims, often point out that terrorists who affiliate themselves with Islam are a tiny minority, whereas the vast majority of 1.6 billion Muslims across the world are peace-loving, compassionate, law-abiding people.

However, what happens when one turns this scenario into the implication, as the gentleman was positing, that the real followers of Islam are the radicalized, violence-prone, be-headers, such as ISIS, and the rest, who reject such people and their craven actions, are simply disobeying their religion, their prophet, their God? The answer, then, is quite simple: something is wrong with Islam, with Muhammad, with Allah. Read the rest of this entry →