Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.
أيامك معدودة و وقتك مكتوب ف لماذا لا تتوب يا حامل الذنوب؟
Your days are limited and your time is written so why don’t you repent O carrier of sins?
Do not admire yourself. Sometimes you may be deceived by your property and your bodily health into supposing that you will last forever. Sometimes you are deceived by your long life, your children, and your friends into thinking that you will be saved by them. Sometimes you are deceived by your beauty and the circumstances of your birth, which bring you your hopes and desires so easily that you think that you are truthful and successful in achieving your goal. Sometimes you are deceived by the regret you show people for your shortcoming in worship, but Allah knows the opposite of that is in your heart. Sometimes you make yourself worship in a spirit of reluctance, but Allah desires sincerity. Sometimes you imagine that you are calling on Allah when you are calling on another. Sometimes you imagine that you are giving good counsel to people, while your real desire is that they bow to you. Sometimes you blame yourself when you are really praising yourself.
People have hurt you but the truth is, you’ve also hurt people. So let not the pain define you. Don’t drag your body like a sack of bones along these winter streets. Instead, exude a a kind of positivity that lifts the moods of those around you.
Because, what defines you is love. Love wholey and humbly. Love without expectation. Love as though the concept of pain is foreign to your aching body.