Monday, December 13, 2010


Your fear is not my concern.
Your fear is a wall that needs to be burst through
without regard for your comfort or your feelings.

Sorry to be so harsh, but that’s the way it is.
These things cannot be handled by feathers or soft gloves.
They need hammers and chisels and oxen pulling with all their strength.

Allah’s day is short
and your time here is uncertain
and there is so much to be done.

We have to pull down this whole structure
so that we can begin to build again
and there is no gentle way to do that.

Listen to Najat, my friend, for this is the only kindness you will receive.
Grit your teeth and sieze your courage
from the nafs that threaten to steal it from you.

Demolition is mandatory.
Fear is normal, courage is optional
but highly recommended.

Courage is also a gift from Allah
that is yours for the asking.
Why are you not on your knees yet?

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