You probably think you can drive. So did I. We all do. So we foolishly try to take the steering wheel of our lives. And then as a result, we crash over and over. Because the truth is none of us know how to drive…

My people, so many of us misunderstand istikhara. It’s not about seeing a sign or a dream or even necessarily having a feeling about something. Although, any of these may occur. Istikhara is about letting go of the steering wheel. It’s about admitting to yourself and God that you don’t know the Unseen, and that you are not able to make things happen in the best way. It is the acknowledgement that God *does* know the Unseen, and God *is* able to make everything happen, in the best way. Istikhara is getting out of the driver’s seat and asking God to take over the steering wheel of your life, and the decisions you’re making.
It is asking Allah to steer and do what’s best for you, in this life and the next.

Istikhara is a protection. There are so many times when we are set on a course that is destructive. Istikhara doesn’t allow that course to occur. And after istikhara, any course that *does* occur is for our best–even if it bring about pain.

Many people fet confused. They wonder why a marriage failed or a job fell apart if they prayed istikhara. But Istikhara doesn’t promise a painless path. It promises *what’s best in the end*. Sometimes that ‘road to what’s best’ is windy. Sometimes it’s covered with thorns.
But always, always, in the end, the destination is where you’re meant to be. Where you’re meant to fulfill your highest destiny and purpose.

Be careful not to rely on yourself as you navigate through life and make decisions. Be very careful to always, always rely on God. Because every single one of us is blind.

And we *don’t* know how to drive.

When I was little, I thought the people of the cave was just a story–a true retelling of a isolated incident of the past. I couldn’t have been more wrong. God does not just retell stories. And nothing is isolated. Everything retold is given to teach us lessons for our lives and our struggles *today*. The people of the cave were a group of youth living in a difficult situation. In their story is a lesson of how to cope when our own situations are not ideal, when we don’t know what to do. It is a lesson in seeking refuge. Not in ourselves. Not in society. Not in the creation. In God.
And then finally, it is a lesson about the miracles that follow, as a result.

Ya Allah. How could we ever lose hope?

Allah’s Messenger said, “Allah the Exalted has said: ‘O son of Âdam, I shall go on forgiving you so long as you pray to Me and aspire for My forgiveness, whatever may be your faults. O son of Adam, I do not care even if your sins should pile up to the sky; and should you beg pardon of Me, I would forgive you. O son Adam, if you come to me with an earthful of sins and meet Me, not associating anything with Me (in worship), I would come to you with an earthful of forgiveness.” (At-Tirmidhi)

Our community is in need.

Some of us are suffering silently from depression and anxiety. Some haven’t learned the tools necessary to be happy. And many of us are suffering from the marriage crisis. I mean from all sides of the equation. But in specific, there is a crisis happening pre-marriage. People are getting played. Many people have no idea what to look for and which red flags to stay far away from. We are also entering marriage totally ill prepared!

Recently, I have started a series to try to address some of the pressing needs of our global community who do not always have access to local classes. Of course one of the challenges of any organization is to balance sustainability with accessibility. In other words, each organization needs to sustain itself financially, however we do not want to block access to those who can’t afford it.

To try to address this concern and due to popular demand, we have developed a discounted scholarship link for those in financial difficulty. This is an Amana (trust) which I leave to you. Below you can find the regular link along with a scholarship link for all seminars: “Finding Your Life Partner”, “Psychology of Happiness”, and “Depression and Anxiety” seminars.

Once you register, you will receive an automated email within 48-72 hrs with login instructions to give you access to the exclusive recordings, Q&A, as well as the private discussion groups. Once you login, you will have immediate access to be viewed anytime at your convenience:

You can reserve the course for yourself or for a friend or family member you know could benefit.

Those who wish to sponsor another student(s), can do so here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sponsorship-tickets-38796468281

Finding Your Life Partner: what to seek when you’re seeking:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/finding-your-life-partner-what-to-seek-when-youre-seeking-tickets-38357454178

Scholarship–Finding Your Life Partner: what to seek when you’re seeking:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scholarship-link-finding-your-life-partner-what-to-seek-when-youre-seeking-tickets-38401483872

Depression and Anxiety:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/depression-and-anxiety-spiritual-weakness-or-chemical-imbalance-tickets-38698163248

Scholarship–Depression and Anxiety:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scholarship-depression-and-anxiety-spiritual-weakness-or-chemical-imbalance-tickets-38794879529

Psychology of Happiness:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/psychology-of-happiness-tickets-38301830807

Scholarship–Psychology of Happiness:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scholarship-psychology-of-happiness-tickets-38795141312

We live in a world where we want things immediately. But, all around us, Allah teaches us a profound lesson, again and again: everything is a process and takes time. Allah could have made a baby in a moment, but He designed it to take 9 months. A seed could have become a massive Oak in a day, but He designed it to take hundreds of years. The Prophet’s mission could have been completed in a year or two. But, God designed it to take twenty three.
You will not always see the fruits of your labor right away. Maybe not even in your lifetime. Don’t get discouraged. All things take time. And to all things is a process you cannot speed up. Therefore, success is dependent upon patience (see 3:200).

One of the things I’ve become increasingly worried about is the marriage crisis. And I mean from all sides of the equation. But in specific, there is a crisis happening pre-marriage. People are getting played. Many people have no idea what to look for and which red flags to stay far away from. We are also entering marriage totally ill prepared!

To try to address this, I have reopened access to another course on “Finding your life partner: what to seek when you’re seeking.”

This is part of a series I’ve done to try to address some of the pressing needs of our global community who do not always have access to local classes. Of course one of the challenges of any organization is to balance sustainability with accessibility. In other words, each organization needs to sustain itself financially, however we do not want to block access to those who can’t afford it.

To try to address this concern and due to popular demand, we have developed a discounted scholarship link for those in financial difficulty. This is an Amana (trust) which I leave to you. Below you can find the regular link along with a scholarship link for all seminars: “Finding Your Life Partner”, “Psychology of Happiness”, and “Depression and Anxiety” seminars.

Once you register, you will receive access to the exclusive recordings, Q&A, as well as the private discussion groups. You can reserve the course for yourself or for a friend or family member you know could benefit.

Keep in mind all links give you immediate access (after login) anytime at your convenience:

Finding Your Life Partner: what to seek when you’re seeking:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/finding-your-life-partner-what-to-seek-when-youre-seeking-tickets-38357454178

Scholarship–Finding Your Life Partner: what to seek when you’re seeking:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scholarship-link-finding-your-life-partner-what-to-seek-when-youre-seeking-tickets-38401483872

Depression and Anxiety:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/depression-and-anxiety-spiritual-weakness-or-chemical-imbalance-tickets-38194229970

Scholarship–Depression and Anxiety:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scholarship-depression-and-anxiety-spiritual-weakness-or-chemical-imbalance-tickets-38210916881

Psychology of Happiness:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/psychology-of-happiness-tickets-38301830807

Scholarship–Psychology of Happiness:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scholarship-psychology-of-happiness-tickets-38213491582

I’ve started an online seminar series to try to address some of the pressing needs of our global community who do not always have access to local classes. Of course one of the challenges of any organization is to balance sustainability with accessibility. In other words, each organization needs to sustain itself financially, however we do not want to block access to those who can’t afford it. To try to address this concern and due to popular demand, we have developed a discounted scholarship link for those in financial difficulty. This is an Amana (trust) which I leave to you. Below you can find the regular link along with a scholarship link for both “Psychology of Happiness” and “Depression and Anxiety” seminars.

Once you register, you will receive access to the exclusive recordings, Q&A, as well as the private discussion groups.

Depression and Anxiety:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/depression-and-anxiety-spiritual-weakness-or-chemical-imbalance-tickets-38194229970

Scholarship–Depression and Anxiety:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scholarship-depression-and-anxiety-spiritual-weakness-or-chemical-imbalance-tickets-38210916881

Scholarship–Psychology of Happiness:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scholarship-psychology-of-happiness-tickets-38213491582

In just 20 mins I will be doing live for an online class on depression and anxiety and I invite you all to join. After the session I will also be holding a live Q&A where I will be taking your questions.

There are still a few minutes left to register. Keep in mind that those who register will also be given exclusive access to all recordings to be viewed at their convenience. So even if you cannot attend the session live, you will still have access to all recordings to view after.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/depression-and-anxiety-spiritual-weakness-or-chemical-imbalance-tickets-37793138294

May Allah heal all those who are hurting during these trying times. We do not fix the confusion and darkness by focusing on it. We fix the darkness by bringing a light.

In a few hours I will be holding a live online class on depression and anxiety and I invite you all to join. After the session I will also be holding a live Q&A where I will be taking your questions.

There are still a few hours left to register. Keep in mind that those who register will also be given exclusive access to all recordings to be viewed at their convenience. So even if you cannot attend the session live, you will still have access to all recordings to view after.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/depression-and-anxiety-spiritual-weakness-or-chemical-imbalance-tickets-37793138294

Timing:
Saturday at 8:30 am Los Angeles time/11:30 am New York time/4:30 pm UK time/11:30 pm Malaysia time, insha Allah. (Time zone converter: http://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/)

May Allah heal all those who are hurting during these trying times. We do not fix the confusion and darkness by talking about it. We fix the darkness by bringing a light.

Tomorrow I will be holding a live online class on depression and anxiety and I invite you all to join. After the session I will also be holding a live Q&A where I will be taking your questions.

There are still a few hours left to register. Keep in mind that those who register will also be given exclusive access to all recordings to be viewed at their convenience. So even if you cannot attend the session live, you will still have access to all recordings to view after.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/depression-and-anxiety-spiritual-weakness-or-chemical-imbalance-tickets-37793138294

Only a few days left to register! Please share.

We’ve all heard these dangerous cliches:
“A believer should never be sad.”
“Sadness is from the shaytan (satan).”
“Depression is due to a weakness in iman (faith).”

350 million people worldwide suffer from depression and it is the leading cause of disability. In this seminar, we will discuss the psychological roots of depression and anxiety and dispel many of these myths that have plagued our community when it comes to issues of mental health. We will discuss both psychological and spiritual tools given to us by Allah and His messenger (pbuh) to help us cope with the difficulties of life.

Join me LIVE this Saturday at 8:30 am Los Angeles time/11:30 am New York time/4:30 pm UK time/11:30 pm Malaysia time, insha Allah. (Time zone converter: http://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/)

Those who register will be able to join the live seminar, as well as participate in an exclusive Q&A session. They will also be given exclusive access to all recordings to be viewed at their convenience.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/depression-and-anxiety-spiritual-weakness-or-chemical-imbalance-tickets-37793138294