Sufi Comics – The Headache
Do you know people who always complain? Whenever I hear someone complain, this story of Rabia Al-Basri comes to mind.
There was a time I used to think that if you’re complaining all the time, you must be “smart”.
Because if you’re complaining you know what’s wrong with the world and implying you know how to fix its problems.
But over time I realized the habit of complaining rarely fixes problems. Instead it only creates more unhappiness not only for us, but also those around us.
What we’re really looking for is contentment, and the secret of it lies in being grateful.
There are so many things to be grateful about that we take for granted. Our family, friends, our health, the food that we eat.
Don’t let the simplicity of this act deceive you to think that it’s not worth doing.
It’s a practice I often struggle with myself. But the more I practice gratitude, the better my life becomes.
Being grateful for what we have gives focus on what is going right in our lives, and helps to maintain perspective when we face challenges.
Sufi Comics: Walking on water
Hassan Al-Basri & Rabia Basri are two well known personalities who lived in Iraq during the 7th Century. I came across this beautiful story that I thought would make a wonderful comic.
This is the 40th Sufi Comic, Alhamdulliah! 🙂 I didn’t think I’d reach this number when I started Sufi Comics. Thank you all for your encouragement and feedback! You guys made it possible to reach this milestone.
It’s been a learning experience since I drew the first comic. Inshallah we’ll be working on compiling all these comics into an e-book.
Imam Ali was the Caliph of the Muslim Community from 656 to 661. Like the anecdote above there are several examples of Imam’s excellence in leadership and governance. He has written an excellent piece of document which is now called as “The Richest Treasure“. It’s a letter written to the Governor of Egypt Malik al-Ashtar, giving details on the duties and rights of the ruler, taking into account the various classes in society.
The message in the letter is timeless. The United Nations urged the Arab nations to use that letter as a model. It even makes for an excellent Corporate Bible for Managers & Entrepreneurs.
This is a very popular story that is often taught to children in Islamic Madressas.