“After years of falling into the same pattern of disappointments and heartbreak, I finally began to realize something profound. I had always thought that love of dunya meant being attached to material things. And I was not attached to material things. I was attached to people. I was attached to moments. I was attached to emotions. So I thought that the love of dunya just did not apply to me. What I didn’t realize was that people, moments, emotions are all a part of dunya. What I didn’t realize is that all the pain I had experienced in life was due to one thing, and one thing only: love of dunya.” ~Yasmin Mogahed
“As much as you can, keep dunya (worldly life) in your hand–not in your heart. That means when someone insults you, keep it out of your heart so it doesn’t make you bitter or defensive. When someone praises you, also keep it out of your heart, so it doesn’t make you arrogant and self-deluded. When you face hardship and stress, don’t absorb it in your heart, so you don’t become hopeless and overwhelmed. Instead keep it in your hands and realize that everything passes. When you’re given a gift by God, don’t hold it in your heart. Hold it in your hand so that you don’t begin to love the gift more than the giver. And so that when it is taken away you can truly respond with ‘inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon’: ‘indeed we belong to God, and to God we return’.” ~Yasmin Mogahed
“As Muslim women, we have been liberated from this silent bondage. We don’t need society’s standard of beauty or fashion, to define our worth. We don’t need to become just like men to be honored, and we don’t need to wait for a prince to save or complete us. Our worth, our honor, our salvation, and our completion lie not in the slave. But, in the Lord of the slave.” ~Yasmin Mogahed, Reclaim Your Heart
“But, this dark place is not the end. Remember that the darkness of night precedes the dawn. And as long as your heart still beats, this is not the death of it. You don’t have to die here. Sometimes, the ocean floor is only a stop on the journey. And it is when you are at this lowest point, that you are faced with a choice. You can stay there at the bottom, until you drown. Or you can gather pearls and rise back up—stronger from the swim, and richer from the jewels.” ~Yasmin Mogahed
“Don’t despair if your heart has been through a lot of trauma. Sometimes that’s how beautiful hearts are remade: they are shattered first.” ~Yasmin Mogahed
“He knows that behind each false door is a drop. And if we enter it, we will fall. In His mercy, He keeps those false doors closed.” ~Yasmin Mogahed
“However the problem wasn’t with the vase, or even that the vases kept breaking. The problem was that I kept putting them on the edges of tables.” ~Yasmin Mogahed, Reclaim Your Heart
“I’m not here to be on display. And my body is not for public consumption. I will not be reduced to an object, or a pair of legs to sell shoes. I’m a soul, a mind, a servant of God. My worth is defined by the beauty of my soul, my heart, my moral character. So I won’t worship your beauty standards, and I don’t submit to your fashion sense. My submission is to something higher.” ~Yasmin Mogahed, Reclaim Your Heart, (A Letter to the Culture that Raised Me)
“If there is one recipe for unhappiness it is that: expectations.” ~Yasmin Mogahed, Reclaim Your Heart
“If you allow dunya to own your heart, like the ocean that owns the boat, it will take over. You will sink down to the depths of the sea. You will touch the ocean floor.” ~Yasmin Mogahed, Reclaim Your Heart
“Keep going. You’re almost there and remember, the sun is most beautiful as it’s going away.” ~Yasmin Mogahed, Reclaim Your Heart
“Know that transformation sometimes begins with a fall. So never curse the fall.” ~Yasmin Mogahed, Reclaim Your Heart
“Like the sun that sets at the end of the day, so too will Ramadan come and go, leaving only it’s mark on our heart’s sky.” ~Yasmin Mogahed, Reclaim Your Heart
“Loss; is the returning of what never actually belonged to us in the first place.” ~Yasmin Mogahed
“My value as a woman is not measured by the size of my waist or the number of men who like me. My worth as a human being is measured on a higher scale: a scale of righteousness and piety. And my purpose in life-despite what fashion magazines say-is something more sublime than just looking good for men.” ~Yasmin Mogahed, Reclaim Your Heart
“Never curse a fall. The ground is where humility lives.” ~Yasmin Mogahed
“Real love brings about calm—not inner torment. True love allows you to be at peace with yourself and with God. That is why Allah says: “that you may dwell in tranquility.” Hawa is the opposite. Hawa will make you miserable. And just like a drug, you will crave it always, but never be satisfied. You will chase it to your own detriment, but never reach it.” ~Yasmin Mogahed, Reclaim Your Heart
“So often we experience things in life, and yet never see the connections between them. When we are given hardship, or feel pain, we often fail to consider that the experience may be the direct cause or result of another action or experience. Sometimes we fail to recognize the direct connection between the pain in our lives and our relationship with Allah SWT” ~Yasmin Mogahed, Reclaim Your Heart
“Some hearts understand each other, even in silence.” ~Yasmin Mogahed
“Sometimes you search so hard for words. You look for a way to interpret the language of this heart and the unspoken bond you feel. But in the end you are left with nothing but silence. And deep down you hope it’s understood.” ~Yasmin Mogahed
“There are internal chains and external chains. All the external chains in the world won’t enslave you, if you are free inside. And all the external ‘freedom’ in the world won’t liberate you, if you are chained inside.
Let go. And you’ll know Freedom.” ~Yasmin Mogahed
“There’s something amazing about this life. The very same worldly attribute that causes us pain is also what gives us relief: Nothing here lasts. What does that mean? It means that the breathtakingly beautiful rose in my vase will wither tomorrow. It means that my youth will neglect me. But it also means that the sadness I feel today will change tomorrow. My pain will die. My laughter won’t last forever but neither will my tears. We say this life isn’t perfect. And it isn’t. It isn’t perfectly good. But, it also isn’t perfectly bad, either.” ~Yasmin Mogahed
“This world cannot break you—unless you give it permission. And it cannot own you unless you hand it the keys—unless you give it your heart. And so, if you have handed those keys to dunya for a while—take them back. This isn’t the End. You don’t have to die here. Reclaim your heart and place it with its rightful owner:
God.” ~Yasmin Mogahed, Reclaim Your Heart
“Time of difficulty test our faith, our fortitude and our strenght. During these times, the level of our imaan becomes manifest” ~Yasmin Mogahed, Reclaim Your Heart
“To some,Islam is nothing but a code of rules and regulations.But,to those who understand,it is a perfect vision of life” ~Yasmin Mogahed
“We must also realize that nothing happens without a purpose. Nothing. Not even broken hearts. Not even pain. That broken heart and that pain are lessons and signs for us. They are warnings that something is wrong. They are warnings that we need to make a change. Just like the pain of being burned is what warns us to remove our hand from the fire, emotional pain warns us that we need to make an internal change. We need to detach. Pain is a form of forced detachment. Like the loved one who hurts you again and again and again, the more dunya hurts us, the more we inevitably detach from it. The more we inevitably stop loving it.” ~Yasmin Mogahed, Reclaim Your Heart
“When you fall in love with a work of art, you’d die to meet the artist. I am a student of the galleries of Pacific sunsets, full moon rises on the ocean, the clouds from an airplane, autumn forests in Raleigh, first fallen snows.
And I’m dying to meet the artist.” ~Yasmin Mogahed
“When you have friends, don’t expect your friends to fill your emptiness. When you get married, don’t expect your spouse to fulfill your every need. When you’re an activist, don’t put your hope in the results. When you’re in trouble don’t depend on yourself. Don’t depend on people. Depend on Allah.” ~Yasmin Mogahed
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