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The boxer

We are creating a generation of people so sheltered from real world catastrophes and failures, that they will never be able to attempt the nearly-impossible and will be afraid to ever risk anything. We celebrate those who risk and win, but humiliate those who risk and lose. It’s like we’ve sheltered this promising generation in a clear, protective bubble in which they can view the world, but never fully connect with it, because interacting with this world could lead to disappointment, resentment and hurt feelings. And, yet, it’s those negative results that spur us to try harder, think things over again and become better to meet the challenges of our day.

It’s like a boxer who trains hard to be a world champion. Some of the best lessons the boxer will ever learn will come from getting hit square in the jaw, feeling his/her knees buckle and crumbling to the canvas in utter defeat. The boxer’s lesson? When your opponent throws that kind of punch, you duck.  Also, when your opponent throws that kind of punch, see how your opponent left him/herself open, because every time a boxer throws a powerful punch, the fighter leaves him/herself open for a brief moment.

We’re training a generation of people to fight with feathers, with the only penalty of defeat being a tickle to the nose. Some of the best lessons you can learn come from being hit with a boxing glove full of a cement-like fist, crashing into your nose and unleashing a gusher of crimson blood. We’d all like to be like Muhammad Ali, floating like a butterfly, stinging like a bee. But even he got creamed a bunch of times and fell to the canvas. Mike Tyson was tough, but he also got knocked out eventually.

We don’t crown pillow fight champions like boxing champions, because the boxer actually risked a severe beating to earn his/her crown. Don’t be afraid to step in the ring. Don’t be ashamed to be knocked out. Champions don’t just train hard, they get hit hard, too. They’re not champions because they never got hit, they’re champions because they didn’t quit after they got hit.

Period.

Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

Have any tips on memorizing the quran ?

khadlja:

i asked my brother, who’s a hafidh, alhumdulillah, and this is what he says:

  • protect your gaze (this is the most crucial thing)
  • make duaa for others that Allah makes them hafidh, so the angels will make the same duaa for you 
  • respect your asatadha (teachers)
  • leave music, because the love of music and the love for the quran cannot be in the same heart
  • make the intention, and just start with a small surah, go over the translation, read the arabic over and over again until you’ve memorized it, listen to a recitation if it’ll help
  • recite whatever you memorize in prayer so you’ll retain it 

may Allah write your name among those who preserve His Book. :)

Signs that it's time to put your book down (Even if it's just for an hour)

  • 1:

    If your eyes burn from lack of sleep and not from crying, maybe you should take a small breather.

  • 2:

    If you start seeing people out of the corner of your eyes that are oddly like the characters in your book, then it could mean two things--1) Your house/apartment might be haunted, 2) You've crossed a certain sanity line.

  • 3:

    Your parents/whoever you live with are worried that you haven't had any food or water for a while, since you're holed up reading your book/series.

  • 4:

    Your work/school called--where were you today?

  • 5:

    If your neighbors knock on your door to tell your parents/whoever you live with that they haven't been able to sleep for some time because they keep hearing "weird noises" from the room upstairs.

  • 6:

    You have a collection of food packets/plates/glasses surrounding your bed because leaving your book is not an option.

  • 7:

    If you fall down the stairs/trip on the sidewalk/bump into people because you can't stop reading.

  • 8:

    Are the constant headaches from straining your eyes worth it? Rest for a bit, yeah?

  • 9:

    People start to think your existence was just an illusion, since they haven't seen you in forever.

  • 10:

    What's that smell?

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