The first step towards change is Awareness

Sallam Alykum 

My beloved community 

The first step towards change is Awareness  ðŸ˜ðŸ˜ðŸ˜

When we are feeling positive, happy, and self-confident, life is easier, but to achieve this we need to also have awareness. Aware of what we are doing, what we are saying, and what we are thinking, and how our thinking affects how we feel. The day we decide that being aware of our thoughts, and how our thoughts influence our emotions and behaviour, that is the day when our life shall begin to change. Even just breathing in and being aware we are alive; the feeling of gratitude will come over us and we shall feel blessed.

Awareness doesn't stop us from making mistakes, what it does is make us aware when we make mistakes and allows us to learn, to improve, and become better. Without awareness we risk stress and worry, and if we complain or blame, all we are doing is making ourselves a victim, and we risk making the same mistakes over and over. This can be any situation from work to relationship. The better our awareness, the better choices we shall make, and making better choices leads to a happier and more productive life.

Awareness means being aware of what we are doing at all times, our actions, and how we influence others. By being aware of what we say and what we do, and how our actions can affect other people, as well as ourselves, means we are taking responsibility for our actions. Being aware allows us to see the results; did our words and actions help, or did we create distress. By being aware of our thoughts, our words, and our actions, will create less problems in life. This will then change our life, putting us in a better position to help, to give and receive love, and to gain a happier life. 

Having awareness allows us to look at ourselves, how we think, and how we feel, rather than just having an emotional response to what we are thinking. If we are worried and creating stress, awareness will show us this. If we are blindly reacting to something that happened or what someone said, gaining awareness allows us to see this, we are aware our actions are harming ourselves or others, and this allows us to learn to let go, to stop reacting, to change, and become better and happier. Depression is often from self-thinking, all we can see is the bad, all the good in our life no longer exists. But if we are able to detach ourselves from our thinking, as if we are looking at ourselves as a third person, we can ask ourselves why are we feeling like this. Having awareness will show us we are creating our own stress, it will tell us we need to let this go, to breath in and out and to stop the thinking, allowing clarity to return to the mind.

Everyone will over think at times, we are all human, but when we gain awareness we quickly know we are doing this, and able to stop. At first it will be difficult, but the more our awareness increases, the quicker we can respond, and the happier our life will become. Awareness is showing us we are creating our own stress, it allows us to identify and control our emotions. This is an important step in changing who we are. When we begin to let go and instead choose to be positive and grateful, our happiness will increase.

Being aware of our thoughts and emotions shall lead to a calmer, more positive, and loving person. Understanding our thoughts and emotions means we are better at understanding ourselves, allowing us to better manage our thoughts, our emotions, and our behaviour. Understanding our emotions means we will tend to act consciously, rather than blindly reacting, giving better psychological health and a more positive outlook on life, as well as being a more compassionate and accepting person. Having a positive mindset gives more clarity and creativity, increased energy, and leads to a beautiful and mostly happy life. Yes, life is beautiful ðŸ˜ðŸ˜ŠðŸ˜€â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸


Wail Rasheed 

Eid Mubarak

Eid Mubarak

Sallam alykium 

Life is God’s gift so live with gratitude & thankfulness enjoy every moment of life & always keep smiling...

"May Allah bring you joy, happiness, peace and prosperity on this blessed occasion. Wishing you and your family on this happy occasion of Eid! EidMubarak!" "May Allah flood your life with happiness on this occasion, your heart with love, your soul with spiritual, your mind with wisdom, wishing you a very Happy Eid."

Eid prayers are at ICUC Massjid 

1st prayer at 8 am 

2nd prayer at 9 am

Life is a gift ðŸ’ Feeling happy and enjoying life is something we all want to do, and one of the most effective paths towards happiness is to have a grateful heart. Being grateful means we are feeling blessed and happy, thus giving a more positive mindset. A more positive mindset will allow us to make better decisions, leading to less stress and increased happiness, and feeling more positive about life will increase the pleasure we receive from life.

The opposite to being grateful is always wanting and needing, and this is the path towards unhappiness, and this can create emotions of jealously, envy, resentment, and so much more. These are all negative emotions, creating stress and unhappiness, but having a grateful heart blocks these feelings. There is nothing wrong with wanting something, it is when we forget what we have and only focus on wanting and needing, this then leads to stress and unhappiness. 

Gratitude helps us to grow, to expand, to become better, it brings joy and laughter into our life and into the lives of all those around us. To have a loving and grateful heart, and a positive disposition, will attract more positive things into our life. Gratitude also gives us a higher sense of self worth, because being grateful for everything in our life also shows that other people have also made positive contributions to our life. Instead of seeing the bad, we are more focused on the good, feeling more relaxed and less stressed. Feeling happier and less stressed is also good for health, plus a happy smiling face is a beautiful face. 

Gratitude also reduces the need to feel in control, it makes us more accepting of our life, because we are grateful for what we have. When we look at life through the eyes of gratitude, the world becomes a magical and amazing place. Gratitude can turn common days into beautiful and amazing days, turn a normal job into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. 

A grateful heart is a beautiful loving heart, so let's start the day with a smile, feeling thankful for life and everything in our life, and experience all the joy and beauty that life can offer, because life is beautiful â¤ï¸ðŸ™â¤ï¸

The greatest ten days of the year are upon us, more rewarding than any other days of the year. These days of Dhul Hijjah are an opportunity for increased self-reflection, worship, repentance, forgiveness, compassion, growth, unity, and steadfastness. The heart that wishes to come closer to Allah takes advantage of these blessed days. The heart that is frustrated with heedlessness and spiritual decline strives more during these blessed days. The heart yearning for purification and renewed dedication cannot afford to miss out on the reward of these magnificent days. 

No matter how distant you feel you are from Allah, don't miss out on the blessings of these ten days of Dhul Hijjah, particularly the Day of 'Arafah (9th Dhul Hijjah, August 10) - the reward of which is forgiveness for one's sins from the previous year and the forthcoming one. 

I ask my dear community members and friends to forgive me for my severe shortcomings this year, particularly as I took a major step back in community involvement while focusing on my own research and life projects, and in the process I have missed many messages, interactions, and beneficial functions. If I've wronged anyone personally, I ask you to forgive me and to pray for me, and if it is a right I may restore then please reach out to me directly. Please also pray consistently and sincerely for our brothers and sisters struggling locally and globally, as every sincere du'aa makes a difference. 

May Allah accept from you and us during these blessed days, and allow our hearts to unite upon that which is pleasing to Him.

Happy Eid 

Dr Rasheed 


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Congratulations to the recent graduates and to all who completed their final exams. May Allah grant you gratitude, happiness, and success in this life and the next. Congratulations as well to the parents, educators, and mentors. 

May Allah grant us success on the exam of all exams - and allow us to attain the objective of existence.  

Hard work pays off, in this life and especially in the next life. People who work hard for Paradise don't regret their hard work; if anything, they might wish to have worked harder. Use the opportunities of achievement in this world to reflect on the ultimate objective and continue pursuing it with perseverance and steadfastness. 

May Allah grant us the ultimate success and guide us to align all of our worldly ambitions towards Him.  

"And they will be told: 'This [Paradise] is a reward for you, and your efforts have been appreciated [by Allah].'" (Qur'an 76:22)