By: Lobna Mulla
“A spoonful of humility a day, keeps the ego away.” Well, it’s not the original saying, but it sends a clear message. Truly realizing the benefits of being humble can assist us in achieving success not only in this life, but also in the hereafter.
According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, to be humble is to not be proud, arrogant, or assertive. In Arabic, tawaada (humility) literally means to lower one’s self or to submit. Taking these definitions together and adding the characteristic of humility as relayed in Qur’anic verses and Prophetic examples, we begin to have a richer understanding of its importance and practical applications.
When we hear stories about people who follow their passion and make their dreams come true, we often focus on the uplifting nature and beauty of the journey. Sometimes, it even appears as if the pieces simply fall into place once someone answers the call to follow their passion. The reality however, says Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert, isn’t always as idyllic.
Guilt is a warning that what you are doing is violating your soul.
La culpa es una advertencia de que lo que está haciendo está violando tu alma.
Schuld is een waarschuwing dat wat je hebt gedaan in overtreding is tegen je ziel.
La culpabilité est un avertissement que ce que vous faites viole votre âme.
Schuld ist eine Warnung, dass das, was Sie tun, ist zu verletzen Ihre Seele.
Nèijiù de shì, nǐ zài zuò shénme wéifǎnle nǐ de línghún jǐnggào.
Skuld är en varning om att det du gör är att bryta mot din själ.
Chuvstvo viny yavlyayetsya preduprezhdeniyem , chto to, chto vy delayete, narushaya vashu dushu.
Suçluluk ruhunu ihlal ne yapıyorsun bir uyarıdır.
Il senso di colpa è un avvertimento che quello che stai facendo sta violando la tua anima.
Rasa bersalah adalah peringatan bahwa apa yang Anda lakukan melanggar jiwa Anda.
By: Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani
We have been asked to address the topic of “Spirituality in Modern Civilization.” Such topics are typically chosen by professors who find such combinations of concepts catchy, flashy and even a little spicy. However, when I hear the term “modern civilization” bandied about, I often wonder what it really means. After all, did people in the past consider themselves backwards, out-of-date, ancient, or behind the times? Did they consider their time uncivilized, looking towards our era as one in which they would finally be “modern?” Was not the time of our Prophet (s) also a “modern” one for those who were blessed to live during it? I propose that “modernity” exists in every era, depending on the circumstances of the time, and thus can be applied equally to each of them as well.