“If I told you that a flower bloomed in a dark room, would you trust it?”—
This line encapsulates the concept of a good kid in a bad city, and it cuts into one of the most moral questions in human existence: Can good come from evil? The best part about the line, as is true of the best poetry, is that it doesn’t answer the question it asks. For Kendrick’s immediate purposes, he’s the flower and the city is the dark room. The question is: Can you trust him?
“And for those who fear Allah, He always prepares a way out, and He provides for him from sources he never could imagine. And if anyone puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is Allah for him. For Allah will surely accomplish His purpose: verily, for all things has Allah appointed a due proportion.”—Quran, 65: 2-3 (via sophiaofmaihan)
“Stay close to those who are not afraid to be vulnerable, because they have confidence in themselves and know that, at some point in our lives, we all stumble; they do not interpret this as a sign of weakness, but of humanity. Avoid those who talk a great deal before acting, those who never take a step without being quite sure that it will bring them respect.”—Paulo Coelho (via imaan-daar)
“There are five stages in the growth of love: first is to think someone pleasant, that is, someone thinks of someone else as being nice or is charmed by their character. This is part of making friends. Then there is admiration; that is the desire to be near the person that one admires. Then there is close friendship when you miss the other one terribly when they are absent. Then there is amorous affection when you are completely obsessed with the loved one. In the special vocabulary of love this is called ‘ishq, “the slavery of love”. Finally, there is passion, when one can no longer sleep, eat or think. This can make you ill to the point of delirium or even death. Beyond this, there is absolutely no place where love ends.”—Ibn Ḥazm, Morals and Right Conduct in the Healing of Souls. (via theconsciousmuslim)
“When white colonizers and imperialists wreak havoc on our lands, resources and civilizations, its written as “human nature” and an innate weakness of “mankind”. That’s how the media always portrays it. Only white people are given this realm of being described as “mankind” when they terrorize “the other”. Their race is never scrutinized. When brown or black people do anything unsightly, its by the virtue of our skin and something wired in our societies. Our biology destined us to be that way. I keep my children away from western television for this exact reason. I don’t need this type of double-standarded, dehumanizing sub-par filth media infiltrating my home.”—So my uncle in Eritrea tells me he disconnected the cable from his home, I ask him why and this is his response. (via maarnayeri)
“Of the main signs of Allah’s mercy towards someone is that He starts to reveal that person’s faults to himself so that the person can recognize and make efforts to correct. In dire contrast a major sign of Allah’s anger towards someone is that He hides that person’s faults from himself so that he keeps erring. Hence we should regularly ponder upon our faults and take account of our actions on a daily basis.”—Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad (via imaan-daar)
“God’s favour comes unexpectedly,
but only to an alert heart.
Put not your hope in people,
for you will be wounded.
Put your hope in God
that you may be delivered.”—Abdullah Ansari (via aestheticintrovert)
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”—Elizabeth Kubler-Ross (via seabois)
“The degree to which a person is helped and aided by Allah depends on the degree of his intention, drive, aim and hopes. Help from Allah comes to people in proportion to their drive, intention, hopes and fears. Failure comes to them in a similar manner.”—Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim (via getilm)