Our struggles define us

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A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a minor opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any advancement. It seemed as if it had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no further so the man decided to aid the butterfly. He grabbed a pair of scissors and clipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon.

The butterfly then emerged effortlessly. However it had an enlarged body and small, shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch the butterfly expecting, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand which would then be able to support the body. However neither materialized! In fact, the butterfly would spend the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It would never be able to fly.

What the man, in his kindness and haste,  did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were Allah‘s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly in to its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

At times struggles are precisely what we need in our lives. If Allah allowed us to go through our lives without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been.

I asked for Wisdom……..Allah gave me problems to solve.

I asked for Prosperity……Allah gave me brain to think.

I asked for Courage………Allah gave me danger to overcome.

I asked for Love……….Allah gave me distressed people to help.

I asked for Favours………Allah gave me opportunities.

I received nothing I wanted……..I received everything I needed!

“So blessed be Allah, the best of creators!”
Sura The Believer (23) verse 14

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Be Strong! Japan

Seeing this is just incredible. Incredibly tragic. May Allah have mercy on all of us.

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/03/12/japan.before.after/index.html?hpt=C2

For more than two terrifying, seemingly endless minutes Friday, the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan shook apart homes and buildings, cracked open highways and unnerved even those who have learned to live with swaying skyscrapers. Then came a devastating tsunami that slammed into northeastern Japan and killed hundreds of people.

The violent wall of water swept away houses, cars and ships. Fires burned out of control. Power to a cooling system at a nuclear power plant was knocked out, forcing thousands to flee. A boat was caught in the vortex of a whirlpool at sea. It was chaos.

The country faces its worst crisis since the end of the second World War. All I can say is, Japanese people are showing tremendous brotherly unity, there is a strange calmness to them. A feeling that they are ‘All in this together’. The camaraderie is motivating even to a person totally unfamiliar with Japanese customs. I urge them to stay this united, and soon they’ll find life once again worth living.  Be Strong!! Japan.