Standing Before The Perfect

It has been a long time since I read a post by Dr. Hassaballa. He is a courageous man who shared his pain on loosing his daughter… this post strips away the veils from the heart and says what is essential, we all need to hear it. It’s our ego that prevents us from acknowledging how much we need to run back to that source of love, just to say sorry and go back to where we know love is waiting for us.

God, Faith, and a Pen

In the Name of the Kind and Beautiful Precious Beloved Lord

Here is another example of another famous artist making a song with an incredibly inspiring message. When I listen to this song, “Perfect” by Pink, there are so many images that come into my head. I imagine myself saying these very same words to any one of my daughters:

You’re so mean
When you talk
About yourself
You are wrong
Change the voices
In your head
Make them like you
So complicated
Look how big you’ll make it
Filled with so much hatred
Such a tired game
It’s enough
I’ve done all I can think of
Chased down all my demons
See you do the same

And, in fact, I have actually said to my eldest daughter that I echo these lyrics:

Pretty, pretty please
Don’t you ever, ever feel
Like you’re less than
less than perfect

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One from one of my favourite poets – may God rest her soul

Hope is the thing

with feathers

that perches in the soul

and sings the tune

without the words,

and never stops at all…

– Emily Dickinson


I would add, I would call this the voice of God, ar- Raqeeb, The Watchful One*

* Ar- Raqeeb mentioned in the Quran –

Now, verily, it is We who have created man,and we know what his innermost self whispers within him: for We are closer to him than his neck-vein. And so, whenever the two demands of his nature come face to face, contending from the right and from the left, not even a word can he utter but there is a watcher with him, ever present.

-Quran, Surah Qaf 50:16-18, Interpretation by Muhammed Asad

And so, as Imam Ghazali and others have said, despair is not the condition of the believer.