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10 Inspiring Rumi Quotes to Feed Your Soul

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Now, I’m not one who loves trendy poetry like Rupi Kaur (or taking pictures of Rupi Kaur’s books for Insta lol) —but Rumi– that’s a different story. A legendary poet, theologian, and philosopher, Rumi combined his scriptural knowledge, philosophical insight, and craftsmanship of words to create the most beautiful poems.

I’ve added questions and/or comments below every quote to get you thinking about how these words apply directly to your life and spirituality. I hope these inspiring Rumi Quotes speak to you from within and heighten your spiritual awareness.

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What does trusting God look like in action? How can we relinquish all our anxieties to Him?

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Hi Y’all! My name is Zahra and I’m a 19 year old college student passionate about growing spiritually, learning endlessly, and living healthfully. I love to express my deepest sentiments and ponderings through writing. I thank you for reading my words; I hope they nourish your soul!

January 18, 2018
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The Most Controversial Quran Verses- Explained

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the most controversial quran verses explained

[This is a guest post by the fabulous Khadijah at The Fit Hijabi. In this piece, she clears up the most controversial Qur’an verses (Ayaat) that many people use to prove their (false) belief that Islam is a religion of hatred. This couldn’t be farther from the truth!]

“The Koran clearly states that it contains two types of verses: context-independent verses, and context-dependent verses.

Context-independent verses are unambiguous and timeless principles which can be applied in every situation.

Context-dependent verses are those that are specific to particular situations, and can’t be read in isolation.

The Koran then goes on to condemn those who cherry-pick verses to suit their own selfish ends, and tells its reader to take all the verses together before coming to any conclusions.

“Peace” is one of the literal meanings of Islam, and its ultimate aim. And as such, it explicitly teaches that there is no compulsion in matters of faith.

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Hi Y’all! My name is Zahra and I’m a 19 year old college student passionate about growing spiritually, learning endlessly, and living healthfully. I love to express my deepest sentiments and ponderings through writing. I thank you for reading my words; I hope they nourish your soul!

January 15, 2018
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The Value of Intentions

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Nobody is immune from making mistakes. We err daily with varying intensities and consequences.  If we were to face the retributions of every mistake we make, we would all be living in Dante’s eighth circle of hell.
I think that many people skeptical of religion envision an angry God who punishes humans for every earthly mistake. There are also many who identify as religious that share a similar image of God. Living in such intense fear can be incredibly inhibitory to one’s life and their relationship with God.
The blind fear I used to possess barred me from truly optimizing the relationship I could have had with God. Liberation from falsities in my perception of Our Creator enhanced my relationship and closeness to Him. I now am confident in the persistent love God gives us, the Mercy He bestows on us, and the Faith He has in us to constantly improve and better ourselves in His Vision.

Though we are and should be held accountable for our actions, God is a loving and merciful Creator who embraces us as flawed.

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Hi Y’all! My name is Zahra and I’m a 19 year old college student passionate about growing spiritually, learning endlessly, and living healthfully. I love to express my deepest sentiments and ponderings through writing. I thank you for reading my words; I hope they nourish your soul!

January 8, 2018
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Chasing the Wind- Reorienting Your Goals

In last week’s Monday Message I mentioned my own tendency to gain self approval only upon reaching goals with constantly moving targets. I know for a fact I’m not alone in this; natural human tendencies leave us always striving to do more, whether it be mechanization, invention, or just overall growth.

This is ESSENTIAL to fuel worldly progress.  Communities would collapse in on themselves if humans just stagnated in growth and stopped making efforts to improve themselves and each other. But many people, especially those identified as “Type A- people”, center their entire life around this never ending pursuit of goals. These goals quickly multiply in intensity and the amount of labor they require from people. Constantly chasing these goals can lead us to a state of exhaustion and permanent dissatisfaction with ourselves and our lives. Read more…

Hi Y’all! My name is Zahra and I’m a 19 year old college student passionate about growing spiritually, learning endlessly, and living healthfully. I love to express my deepest sentiments and ponderings through writing. I thank you for reading my words; I hope they nourish your soul!

December 11, 2017
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My Identity Crisis-Defining Myself by Exercise

You know the feeling when you look over a verse, passage, or quote that literally leaps off the page and resonates with you in an inexplicable way? It’s almost as if the words were written for you, in that moment, and pertain exactly to how you feel or what you are dealing with. I definitely get this feeling many times when reading Scripture and inspirational words. One of the most memorable memories I’ve had of this experience was when I stumbled upon this verse from First Timothy, thanks to good ol’ Pinterest :)……identity crisis verse

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Hi Y’all! My name is Zahra and I’m a 19 year old college student passionate about growing spiritually, learning endlessly, and living healthfully. I love to express my deepest sentiments and ponderings through writing. I thank you for reading my words; I hope they nourish your soul!

December 4, 2017
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Do I Deserve This?

 
As I sank into the wonderfully plush massage bed this afternoon, my face cradled in that circular pillow and my body limp with relaxation, I started to tear up. The soft music mimicking the hums of nature (sans chirping crickets) soothed me and imbued me with a sense of meditative mindfulness that I ironically have not yet been able to achieve through meditation itself. I embraced this newfound zen and almost immediately started to cry.
 
I don’t deserve this,” I told myself, “there are people just like me all over the world who are currently suffering and grieving and being mistreated and here I am getting a Swedish massage just because I’m feeling sore. Well BOO-FREAKING-HOO.” 
 
I could be doing things that actually HELP people instead of wasting my time being self centered and removed from the reality of the world” , I told myself in a less than kind tone. 
 
As recently as a year ago I would’ve let the conversation end there. My takeaway from the dialogue would be that 1) I’m an ungrateful and undeserving person and that 2) People were suffering because of me. These conjectures might seem a little far out, but they inhabited my thought space for so much of my life.  
 
Today, I didn’t let the conversation stop there. I let my clarity take the wheel and immediately questioned the intrusive thoughts. 
 
Sure, I don’t deserve this,” I said, “but do people dying every second deserve to die, or do people starving deserve to starve? Of course not! No one deserves anything but we are given different things and it is our God given duty to do what we can with those to spread love and goodness.” 
 
My diatribe on the intrusive thoughts continued. 
 
If getting this massage makes me feel good, I am better equipped to DO good. I give to charity both through finances and time. Heck, I want my whole life to be centered on giving back! I deserve to treat myself, and doing so now and then does NOT make me a bad person!
 
Long-winded from my rant, I relaxed again and sunk into the bed. I felt zen wash over me again and gratitude silence my thoughts. 
 
I am incredibly privileged. I’ve always had a roof over my head, amazing parents to wipe my tears, and the finances to live more than comfortably. As a pre-teen, I engaged in more than one episode of complaining and whining “tantrums” over things as trivial as not getting a shirt from the Jonas Brothers concert or finding out my surprise birthday present before my actual birthday. I know. Tragic. 
 
Despite what my 12- year-old tantrums might suggest, I also have always had an innate call to serve those who do not have the same privileges as me. Whether visiting my family in Pakistan and observing all the poverty stricken areas with utter sadness or walking down the streets of Chicago and trying to read cardboard signs with sharpied cries for help on them, I have felt compelled to reach out to those who are afflicted with poverty and troubled circumstances. I’m tremendously grateful for this call I have been given and genuinely want to center my life in pursuit of it. But for far too long, I have interpreted my call to service to be in opposition with the life I live. 
 
I have always believed that I couldn’t be a giving and service centered person unless I lived beneath my means and just allowed myself to scrape by. Anyways, I thought, I did not deserve all of the blessings that I had and so I should live as if they weren’t there. 
 
I guess I probably adhered to the mantra followed by the Abnegation faction (from the Divergent series): “I choose to turn away from my reflection, to rely not on myself but on my brothers and sisters, to project always outward until I disappear.”
 
I don’t know about you but I think we need to reflect on our reflection in order to properly give back to others! If we are giving every second of every day, we will inevitably get worn out. If we care for ourselves, we can better care for others. 
 
The Qur’an emphasizes the importance of spending money in the way of God. Charity (Zakat) is one of the five central tenants, or pillars of the Faith. Similarly, giving in charity is emphasized in each of the Abrahamic faiths. It is undoubtedly important and essential. At the same time, none of these Holy Texts ask that we give everything we own away. 
 
The Qur’an says: “Those who patiently persevere, seeking the countenance of their Lord; Establish regular prayers; spend, out of (the gifts) We have bestowed for their sustenance, secretly and openly; and turn off Evil with good: for such there is the final attainment of the (eternal) home..” (13:22). 
Spending on ourselves (in moderation) is one way of being gracious for all that we are given! By taking care of ourselves, we allow ourselves to be more effective in helping others and honoring God. 
I still struggle with the thoughts that I don’t “deserve” things that I have been blessed with, but I counter these thoughts with the reminder that life is not about getting what we “deserve” but rather about spreading goodness in whichever way we can. 
 I realize now that I do not have to deprive myself of things that I need or want. 
Now that the massage is over, my muscles feel relieved of pain and I am more productively writing this piece that I hope resonates with someone out there. 
 
 

 

Hi Y’all! My name is Zahra and I’m a 19 year old college student passionate about growing spiritually, learning endlessly, and living healthfully. I love to express my deepest sentiments and ponderings through writing. I thank you for reading my words; I hope they nourish your soul!

November 6, 2017
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