I've always pondered the fine balance between what we call in Arabic "قدر // qadr" which is the decree of God, destiny determined by the Divine & our actions/decisions through which we exert our human power & shape our own lives. Islam believes that the future has been determined by God. It was said that Prophet Mohammad ﷺ said "the pen has been lifted & the ink has dried." (Tirmidi) However, we are also held accountable & judged for our actions, meaning we have control over what we do & who we become. We also believe that supplication (prayer) can superseded that which has been decreed, a sign of God's immense love & mercy.
One of my favorite stories is of a women who came to Prophet Moses (AS), who Muslims believe used to directly communicate with God. I do not know the reliability of this story, I heard it in a lecture & love the meaning nonetheless.
One day a woman came to Moses & said "pray to your Lord to give me a child, it has been years & I have not had a child." So, Moses (AS) spoke to God & He replied, "I wrote her infertile." He relayed this to the woman. After some time she returned to him & again asked Moses (AS) to pray to God to give her a child. He did & the reply was the same "I wrote her infertile." A long time had passed & then the woman returned to Moses (AS) this time with a child. Moses (AS) was shocked & asked her who's child this was. She responded that this was her child "انه طفلي رزقني الله به". Moses (AS) was surprised & spoke to God "my Lord you wrote her infertile." To which He responded
"يا موسى كل ما كتبتها عقيم ،قالت يا رحيم فسبقت رحمتي قدرتي //
Oh Moses, every time I wrote her infertile she said oh Merciful, so my mercy overpowered my decree."
It is reassuring to know how simultaneously powerful & powerless we are. How we can sometimes better manipulate our lives with our hearts than with our hands.
My first FIVE (5) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #book of 2019 .... THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides. I read the entire book in < 24 hours ... well actually, < 16 hours if you want to get technical. Being a nurse, 👩🏻⚕️ the #title is what caught my attention.... I. Loved. It! 😊
Alicia is THE SILENT PATIENT. A woman who has been let down by EVERYONE in her LIFE, everyone that is until she meets Gabriel. The man of her dreams. The love of her life. 👫 They marry. 💍 They are happy. They have it all. THEN one day Alicia shoots him point blank FIVE (5) times in the face and never speaks another word. 🕵️♀️
Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who accepts a position in the facility where Alicia is being treated. His hope is to solve the mystery behind why she killed her husband and to help her begin to heal and ultimately speak again. •
This story is narrated by Theo. We learn quite a bit about his life as well and how his past is similar to Alicia’s ~ thus the reason he feels so compelled to help her, break through to her. 👫🔫🔍
This story grips you on the first page. It’s unputdownable and VERY easy to read. The chapters are intertwined with Theo telling us about his life history and the obstacles he faces to help Alicia recover when EVERYONE (family, friends, and other medical professional) all feel that she’s incapable of ever living a normal life ever again. to reading the many journal entries made by Alicia herself in her personal diary. The ending totally sneaks up on you so don’t even bother trying to guess what it will be because there’s no way you’ll get it right! 🔎👫🔫
Publication day is 2.5.19. 😊
3 Phases Between the Full Moon, a short story.
Chapter 01 : The Tides Turn
It’s almost Monday. And your soul may feel like a desert. Empty. Boring. Uninteresting. Sand grain after sand grain climbing on each other trying to envision a better future. What you never realized is that a desert is actually a blank canvas, full of possibilities. It knows different twilights and dawns, every single day. Its sands dance with the wind forming different shapes at every minute. The desert is never the same. And that is something to celebrate. Wether you see it or not, you’re a new person this week, and you’ll be a new person next week. It’s all part of a process. So JUST TAKE IT IN! This week is part of your building. You’ll never be the same after it. Embrace it. Be grateful. And smile. —————————🇧🇷 É quase segunda e sua alma talvez se sinta como um deserto: vazia, desinteressante, chata. Grão de areia sobre grão de areia tentando enxergar um futuro melhor. O que você nunca percebeu é que o deserto é uma tela em branco , cheia de possibilidades. Ele vê diferentes crepúsculos e auroras todos os dias. Suas areias têm formas diferentes todos os minutos. O deserto nunca é o mesmo. E isso é algo a celebrar. Quer você perceba ou não, você é alguém diferente essa semana e, com certeza, será alguem diferente semana que vem. Tudo é parte do processo. Então somente absorva o que chega até você. Esta semana é parte da sua construção. Você nunca será o mesmo depois dela. Aceite. Agradeça. Sorria! -