Creating a book can be a very isolating experience. That’s why we always look forward to Comic Cons. We get to meet so many people who love comics, and they bring in so much energy! It gives everyone on the team a boost to continue working on the comics.
So do drop by to say “Hello”. Meet the team (Myself along with Arif, Rahil & Gafur) and pick up signed copies of the Sufi Comics books.
I came across this beautifully profound yet simple story by Zinsight author George Ziniewicz. It resonated so deeply with me that I just had to make a Sufi Comic of it.
The concept of a terminal works well as we are merely the instruments of God’s will. Only if we would wake up and recognise it. If only we surrender our vanity and give ourselves up to God, we will receive the instructions, bandwidth and resources needed to create our best life ever; in the gentlest, easiest way possible.
So how is this game played? How do you measure success?
For most of us, success means achieving a specific goal. It could be something lofty like landing your dream job, earning your first million, becoming famous etc. Or it could be something modest like owning your own house, being debt free or having enough savings for rainy days.
But what happens when you don’t achieve your goals?
Do you get disheartened and depressed? Do you think of yourself as a failure? Maybe even give up?
I don’t have to tell you how unhealthy those scenarios are. So what are you supposed to do in the face of failure?
The answer is simple: Don’t let it beat you.
Success and Failure is not what happens to us, but how we choose to respond to it.
We all have our share of success and failures. It’s the ways of life. Some days are good and you achieve your goals, while other days nothing seems to go your way. That’s normal. You don’t have control over what happens to you.
But what you do have control over is how you respond to them – to both failure and success.
We have done a couple of comics of Rabia Basri. One’s titled The Headache and the other is Walking on Water. Here’s yet another Sufi Comic dedicated to this spiritual lady. She is an inspiring personality in Islamic history. Here’s a brief excerpt from her life from the book Destiny Disrupted:
“In Basra, lived the poet Rabia Al Basri, whose life is now laced with legend. As a little girl, she had been traveling somewhere with her family when bandits hit the caravan. They killed her parents and sold Rabia into slavery. That’s how she ended up in Basra as a slave in some rich man’s household. Her master, the stories say, kept noticing a luminous spirituality about her that made him wonder…
One night, when she was lost in prayer, he observed a halo surrounding her body. It struck him suddenly that he had a saint living in his house, and awe took hold of him. he set Rabia free and pledged to arrange a good marriage for her. He would get her connected to one of the best families in the city, he vowed. She had only to name the man she wanted to marry, and he would upon up negotiations at once.
But Rabia said she could not marry any man, for she was already in love. “In love?” gasped her recent master. “With whom?” “With Allah!” And she began to pour forth poetry of such rapturous passion that her former owner became her first and lifelong disciple.”