28.6.15

Ramadan '15: A boost of inspiration.

The Prophet's words, in any subject, are always the best one said in the best moment. A wise man whose wise words give you just what you needed. Be it relief, inspiration, advice, knowledge. So in this Holy month, in which spirituality is more at hand, in which we make our best to get closer to God. The sermon the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) delivered on the month of Ramadan, it's one of the best way to maintaint our spiritual shape now that a week of fasting has gone by.

Get inspired by his words. And even if you aren't muslim but you are still reading this, go ahead and read the sermon, I bet there will be some great things you will be able to implement in your life.

Laila.


quote on the picture by Mufti Menk, source of the image here


Baihaqi reported on the authority of Salman Al-Farsi (RA) that Prophet Muhammad (SAW) delivered a sermon on the last day of the month of Sha’ban. In it our beloved Prophet (SAW) said:

O People! The month of Allah (Ramadan) has come with its mercies, blessings and forgivenesses. Allah has decreed this month the best of all months. The days of this month are the best among the days and the nights are the best among the nights and the hours during Ramadan are the best among the hours. This is a month in which you have been invited by Him (to fast and pray). Allah has honoured you in it. In every breath you take is a reward of Allah, your sleep is worship, your good deeds are accepted and your invocations are answered.

Therefore, you must invoke your Lord in all earnestness with hearts free from sin and evil, and pray that Allah may help you to keep fast, and to recite the Holy Qur’an. Indeed, miserable is the one who is deprived of Allah’s forgiveness in this great month. While fasting, remember the hunger and thirst on the Day of Judgement. Give alms to the poor and needy. Pay respect to your elders, have sympathy for your youngsters and be kind towards your relatives and kinsmen. Guard your tongue against unworthy words, and your eyes from scenes that are not worth seeing (forbidden) and your ears from sounds that should not be heard.

Be kind to orphans so that if your children may become orphans they will also be treated with kindness. Do repent to Allah for your sins and supplicate with raised hands at the times of prayer as these are the best times, during which Allah Almighty looks at His servants with mercy. Allah Answers if they supplicate, Responds if they call, Grants if He is asked, and Accepts if they entreat.

O people! You have made your conscience the slave of your desires. Make it free by invoking Allah for forgiveness. Your back may break from the heavy load of your sins, so prostrate yourself before Allah for long intervals, and make this load lighter. Understand fully that Allah has promised in His Honour and Majesty that, people who perform salat and sajdah (prostration) will be guarded from Hell-fire on the Day of Judgement.

O people! If anyone amongst you arranges for iftar (meal at sunset) for any believer, Allah will reward him as if he had freed a slave, and Allah will forgive him his sins. A companion asked: “but not all of us have the means to do so” The Prophet (SAWS) replied: Keep yourself away from Hell-fire though it may consist of half a date or even some water if you have nothing else.

O people! Anyone who during this month cultivates good manners will walk over the Sirat (bridge to Paradise) on the day when feet will tend to slip. For anyone who during this month eases the workload of his servants, Allah will make easy his accounting, and for anyone who doesn’t hurt others during this month, Allah will safeguard him from His Wrath on the Day of Judgement. Anyone who respects and treats an orphan with kindness during this month, Allah shall look at him with kindness on that Day. Anyone who treats his kinsmen well during this month, Allah will bestow His Mercy on him on that Day, while anyone who mistreats his kinsmen during this month, Allah will keep away from His Mercy.

Whosoever offers the recommended prayers during this month, Allah will save him from Hell, and whoever observes his obligations during this month, his reward will be seventy times the reward during other months. Whoever repeatedly invokes Allah’s blessings on me, Allah will keep his scale of good deeds heavy, while the scales of others will be tending to lightness. Whoever recites during this month an ayat (verse) of the Holy Qur’an, will get the reward of reciting the whole Qur’an in other months.

O people! The gates of Paradise remain open during this month. Pray to your Lord that they may not be closed for you. While the gates of Hell are closed, pray to your Lord that they never open for you. Satan has been chained; invoke your Lord not to let him dominate you.




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19.6.15

Ramadan '15.

Crescent Moon with Mars and Venus Over Mount Whitney by Jeff Sullivan
Text added by Laila Aarab.



يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ
O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, 
that you may acquire Taqwa
 • [surah Baqarah: 183] • 


قَالَ اللَّهُ كُلُّ عَمَلِ ابْنِ آدَمَ لَهُ إِلاَّ الصِّيَامَ، فَإِنَّهُ لِي، وَأَنَا أَجْزِي بِهِ
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, Allah said, All the deeds of Adam’s sons (people) are for them,
 except fasting which is for Me, and I will give the reward for it.
  [Sahih al-Bukhari] • 



Ramadan Mubarak to my fellow muslim brothers and sisters. May you all have a blessed month full of baraka and rahma. May you all spend your days and nights worshiping Him and making good deeds that will work on your benefict on the day of Judgement.


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14.6.15

A day in Barcelona: Diagonal Mar Park














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11.5.15

Articles worth reading.



Intimacy and what it really means (here): 

An article that  explains the true meaning of 'intimacy'. A different point of view that relates the intimacy of a couple with the relationship that each individual has with God. How, being aware of its existence makes us being closer to experience that level of intimacy with your partner that makes us one, an intimacy that is not limited only to something physical, but goes much more beyond.

INTIMACY AS CONSCIOUSNESS

Intimacy is an almost ethereal concept like God. While we can’t say specifically what it is, we know it’s real when we feel it. That’s because like God, intimacy resides within us and isn’t something we get from another person, but a state of consciousness we choose to inhabit.

“INTIMACY ISN’T THE ABILITY TO EXPRESS EMOTION. MANY RELATIONSHIPS HAVE LOTS OF EMOTION FLYING AROUND, AND WE CALL IT DRAMA. REAL INTIMACY IS GROUNDED IN ONENESS, A MERGING OF TWO ENTITIES INTO ONE.”



The Moral Bucket List (here):

An article that explains the change of a person whose values are only materials and whose sole purpose is academic and work achievements that give social recognition, to a person who's not leaving that aside but is aware of a personal level much more important, one that truly speaks of your personality, a person who cultivates those values so little recognized by society but we all admit that are essential and necessary values that keep you from your own individuality and make you  perceive the rest of people around you. To try to make this change, the author of the article writes a list of values that should come.


"But if you live for external achievement, years pass and the deepest parts of you go unexplored and unstructured. You lack a moral vocabulary. It is easy to slip into a self-satisfied moral mediocrity. You grade yourself on a forgiving curve. You figure as long as you are not obviously hurting anybody and people seem to like you, you must be O.K. But you live with an unconscious boredom, separated from the deepest meaning of life and the highest moral joys. Gradually, a humiliating gap opens between your actual self and your desired self, between you and those incandescent souls you sometimes meet."



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27.4.15

Monday Musings.


"My head is a horrible place to be but what (an amazing) hair do I have"

Ilustrations and words by Sara Herranz



Think about this: Love, at the end of the day, it's a rational choice you take. 

You choose to keep loving your family because you know they will always be by your side. 
You choose to love your friends because of the value they add to your life. 
You choose to love him in spite of because of his many flaws, you choose him over anyone.
You choose to love the things you do because of the sparkle of ligh that shines on your eyes when you talk about them. 
You choose to love the sky under which you live because of all the beauty it contains.

You go to bed every night with the will that you will keep loving all those things that make you happy, that make you smile, that make your life better. 

You get up every day with the will that there is a new day, a new oportunity to love even more all that adds meaning to your life.

And yes, you get sad. Yes, you have bad days. Yes, there are days in which you go to bed crying. But here is the secret: YOU CHOOSE. And I hope your choice is on the side of love.

Have a great week, Laila




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31.3.15

Photo Diary: Warehouse Construction.




I do like the side of architecture in which I am able to showcase my imagination, where I am able to shape my dreams in the form of architecture. That side in which you can project things that may not be able to be built, where you get to know the deepest needs of the people in order to design something that they will end up loving. I indeed love that side. The most artistic side of architecture, where ideas take shape.

But that’s not the only side of architecture; there is a more technical architecture that is of course needed so that all those amazing ideas can be built in the real life. An art that architects must master, something that has its own beauty.

Last week I had the chance to visit a warehouse construction; I was able to touch all the materials, to feel them. I had the chance to see in firsthand what I had been studying for some months. It’s actually a great experience to realize that what you have learnt hasn’t been in vain. 













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