I want to share this new chapter of my family's life with you. We bought a house and moved in over the weekend.
I hesitated to post anything on social media about that because of all the depressing news going around about those who are struck with heartbreaking calamities. How could I "flaunt" the fact that I can afford a new home while others are struggling to find a peaceful night under the shade of a tree. How could I share my joy while others are going through unimaginable sadness? But then I remembered a verse in the Quran:
Holy Quran 93:11
وَأَمَّا بِنِعْمَةِ رَبِّكَ فَحَدِّثْ
And proclaim the grace of your lord
God wants us to share our joys and celebrate the bounties he bestows upon us. Not to "flaunt" it, not to arrogantly boast about it but to show gratitude for what he has given us and to remember that He can just as easily take it away from us.
One can easily fall into helpless depression when trying to fathom the ugly that exists in our world. I am not saying don't raise awareness about issues that plague our humanity, we all need to know. But we also need to know what blessings do exist in our lives and not lose sight of them.
If you strive to make the world a better place to live, then please don't get caught in the ugly side of our humanity. Remember that beauty that still exists, share your joys and celebrate what God has given you.
My joy is not the new house. My joy is friends who are always there to lend a helping hand. My wife and I are forever indebted to Abdul Mutlek and his two brothers, Harith Fahmi Jalalluddin and his brother Faris Jalalluddin for their tremendous help this weekend. We couldn't have moved into this new chapter of our lives without their help. Of course, Zubair A. Khan and Hajira Khan are family that makes this house a home.
All praise and thanks are due to almighty God for His countless blessings.
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