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Human Duty and Destiny as Illustrated in The Qur'an

How can anyone on two legs understand his situation unless he is intelligent, unless he takes time off to reflect, unless he catches himself in a real situation? This practice is not just something to do once in a while, when there may be a spiritual gathering or some social event. The maximum learning about yourself takes place when you are at what you think are the most difficult times in your life, because it is precisely at those times that all of what is inside comes out. All the froth is maximally visible at that time. It is then that you can improve most by recognition. You cannot progress along the path of recognizing the various aspects of desire unless you are actually in trouble.

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The State of Humanity

Your Lord is the Ever-forgiving. Look at how much He loves you, that He gives you the option, but does not give Himself an option! You have the option of being an idiot, selfish, desirous, and leaving the inner joy of abandonment, of jannah – you are allowed all this. But Allah will never reject you the moment you say, ‘Astaghfirullah’ (beseeching His forgiveness). It all hinges on approaching your Lord with a wholesome heart. "‘Idh jā’a rabbahu biqalbin salīm’: When he (‘Ibrāhīm) came to his Lord with a sound heart" (Qur'an 37:84). A sound heart is a heart that is not attached, not stuck.