Thursday, January 21, 2010


Dowra Sharings: 9 - Feeling Worthless

Approaching midnight at our guest Habib Faisal’s house. The third of August 2008. He started the advise session at 11.50pm. We have been served tea, maybe to keep us awake.

A short while passes into the counsel, and he asks us to listen carefully now to what he is going to say. I wonder: what can it be?

He warns us against:

Khazmiyah -

A feeling that you are nothing; nobody.

He says that satan uses this feeling to seduce you ie to convince you that no benefit will come from you.

My thoughts wander... so many times we think so low of ourself. We feel we are insignificant and that we can never do anything to bring about change. This leads us into becoming demotivated and not fulfilling the potential we have to bring about goodness.

He continues:

You are nothing without God and you are everything with God.

You are weak without God
Strong with God
Poor without God
Rich with God.

If this is settled in your heart; remember then that the Messenger came as one man and changed the nation.

He continues to speak about intentions, importance of having mercy within one's heart, and concluding with a prayer.

I took this picture whilst we were travelling in Hadramaut. I found this shoot very brave and considered it amazing that a tiny bud is growing in such dry conditions. The beautiful bright green colour against the dull and lifeless earth was quite a stark contrast. The might and strength of this bud made me reflect on how important it is to continue forth in our journeys through life despite the hurdles or obstacles we face.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010


Review - 2009

It's late, but not as late as last year's!

Well after 2008, came 2009, and it must have been one of the least blogged years I have had.

It began with the events in Gaza, which made my Four Years seem insignificant. After that I bumped into my childhood Quran Teacher and decided it was high time to share Dowra Notes referring to the Caprice and Lower Self with you all before the Ramadan shutdown.

And there you have it, I blogged six times in 2009. I would say it was a year wherein I returned back to work and the idea of working full-time hours materialised. That was a blessing as I never thought it would ever happen again.

Perhaps this year I will blog a little more :-)

Kindest regards and Peace

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