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How to be Free from Bitterness?

It happened one evening.

I’d just moved to London and was busy settling in. Exploring the city, making new friends – the typical stuff international students do when they first arrive.

I was in a cafe when it happened. Someone put their hands in my coat and stole my things.

At first, I felt violated, then angry, and finally, vengeful.

I didn’t know what to do. Eventually I realized there wasn’t much I could do about it.

Even though the robbery didn’t leave me destitute, it still left a scar inside me. Whenever I thought about it, my heart would feel heavy, as if I was carrying a burden inside me.

Part of me wanted to forgive and forget. But I just couldn’t. How could I? It wasn’t fair. I had done nothing to offend the robber. I didn’t deserve to be robbed.

I wanted justice.

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God’s Happiness

Sufi Comics: God's Happiness
Sufi Comics: God's Happiness

In this time’s comic I’ve tried something different. It contains no words other than the saying of the Imam. A similar saying has also been attributed to the Prophet (‘s), but I’ve not been able to find the exact words & reference.

This is the month of Ramadan. It is a month where we have been invited to be the guests of God. Instead of giving us food, He asks us to Fast, because it is an invitation to get close to Him. Just a few days are left and the month of Ramadan will come to an end. Let’s make the best use of these last few days by sincerely seeking his forgiveness, and seeking his help to improve ourselves for the better.

The Prophet (‘s) has said “Unfortunate is the person who is deprived of the forgiveness of God during this great month.”

Childish Behaviour

I recall reading this story many years ago when I was a child.  It influenced me on how I responded to situations that aroused anger with another person.  The lessons I learnt were:

* Before reacting clarify with the person the reason for their behaviour.  It often happens that we over react to the situation and then regret about it.  Once we know the facts we’re in a better position to respond.

* Take a pause before reacting and ask if it is worth getting angry, or is the situation a case of someone’s Childish Behavior.   If it is, then you can respond like the Imam “I don’t get angry at Childish Behaviour”.