Dua to read when you’re in hardship.
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un, Allahumma ajirni fi musibati wa akhlif li khairan minha
Verily we belong to Allah and truly to Him shall we return. O Allah! Protect me in this calamity that has befallen me and replace it with something better
1. Exhibit integrity – A person is said to have integrity if what they say and what they do are rooted in the same set of core values.
2. Don’t speak badly of others – If you speak badly about others to a friend, the chances are you’ll also speak badly about them….
She slid her leg over him. Their lovemaking had a rhythm and a history, a flow of whispers and cues. It brought them together even in the worst of times. It was where they started after they had shouted cruelties at each other, when no words could fix a rift. There were no whispered intimacies at those times, just bodies moving in tandem and serving as proof that they could still connect.
— Nancy Horan, from Under the Wide and Starry Sky (Ballantine Books, 2013)
We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must - at that moment - become the center of the universe.
— Elie Wiesel