Finding beauty in the beautiful 

There’s everything around us. Telling us our thighs should be slimmer whilst our bums should be rounder. That our waists should be smaller with our chests out bigger. That our skin should be flawless, free of any scar, spot, or stretch mark. 

Everything around us tells the man to be muscular and taller. To be free of flaws. To be the emotional support to but free of emotion. 

What about  Someone isn’t the perfect size (whatever that might be) but they have a strong conviction within themselves that they have been made by something much greater than everything you could ever imagine. Someone who knows that the standards set by models won’t define who they are or what their self worth is. 

We’re constantly being fed ideas that we should look or be a certain way, which for some leads to depression, anxiety, and health issues. We’re not a product set out to meet standards of society. We’re not pieces of plastic that can be moulded. We’re people. We’re made for a greater higher purpose. 

Yes we should be the best version of ourselves, we should be healthy, we should be confident in ourselves. But the size of our jeans or our height doesn’t define us as beautiful. Beauty isn’t skin deep, beauty isn’t considered by the number of scars you have, beauty is much deeper. 

We need to look at people for what’s within. Not what’s on the outside. A heart that’s connected to Allah, that is kind, that is generous, loving, and strong, is beautiful. If you have Allah, if you have love, if you have strength,  you have the tools to be beautiful – you’re far beyond what society can define, so don’t try and be what you’re not. Allah made YOU. That should be special enough. 

If the whole world was blind how many people would you impress? – Boona Mohammed 

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Our world 

We’re living in a world where all hope seems lost. We’re in a place where people are killing innocent others, where violence has become prime, where young people are throwing their lives away for the sake of living the ‘street life’. Where families are being torn apart, where young children are being killed without any understanding as to why. Where children are recording violent fights to post online. 

It’s a place where the bare necessities of humanity are lost. Where we’ve become money orientated, power consumed. Each individual being has their own struggles and challenges to face, yet we forget that Allah never gives the soul a burden that it can’t bare. That he, the writer of our destiny is always in control. All you have to do is call to him. Not that we should give up. We need to work hard, we need to battle our trials with full faith that Allah will get us through, because he will. 

There’s nothing in existence without Allah, and this we seem to forget. That he controls everything. He tests us with wealth with power with hardship with trials. Things that humans are made to trip up on but we have to be strong. To make the ummah great again each person needs to stop thinking that they’re insignificant. Each individual has a gift or a talent that they can use. Whether it’s academic, or not. Embrace it, and use it to play your part in the ummah. To make your difference. You may not change the world but playing your part makes all the difference. 

We need to look far beyond titles and labels in the age we live in we need to look at people as people. Yes he may be racist, but holding a door open for him may change his mind on your race. Kill them with kindness. 

The world we live in has consumed love with materialistic matters and power. We need to strip back on the titles and labels and strip back on who’s got what and start to love for the sake of loving. Love because you care, because you’re a believer. Love because Allah loves you, and never stop praying. 

Dua is a way of directly telling Allah what you want, and how you feel. Its a way of opening up to him and asking him for help and guidance, and things that we want to gain. He ALWAYS hears us, and even though it may feel like its taking time for your dua to be accepted, know that he is still listening. He is closer to you than your jugular vein. Turn to him first not as your last resort. 

May Allah grant us the ability to be a strong ummah again. May Allah help us in all we do. May he protect us from all evil. May he guide us and our loved ones and bring us closer to him. May he give us the ability to be strong and work hard and ultimately love each other for his sake. Ameen.