Friday Favourites

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Friday Favourite reflections are officially moving over to a newsletter! But I wanted to share a final one on the blog before the transition. 

Not many people know this but I pretty much started ‘Myrihla’ (previously called MuslimGirlJournal) through trial and error. I am not joking when I say I didn’t have the patience to finish one hour tutorial videos on how WordPress worked. Instead, I watched a few clips here and there and the rest was figuring things out as I went along assisted by google searches when I got desperate.

I’m currently working on a big writing project so I invested in a writing app (Scrivener) that my friend recommended. Even though I paid for the software at least a month ago, I’ve been procrastinating with using it simply because I didn’t have the patience to watch the long tutorials. The steps looked self explanatory and I wanted to get to work. But after a while, I realised that to get the best out of the software I couldn’t circumvent the tutorials. I decided to get serious and watch the videos once and for all. I have to tell you, it was easily one of the best decisions I made for this project. I felt like a kid in a candy store as I was discovering everything I could do with the software. Plus I saved myself hours of future work just by watching the tutorials.

As I thought about this I realised the parallel between my situation and our relationship with Allah SWT and the Qur’an. If we think of ourselves as the software in this case and the Qur’an as the tutorial and manual that our Creator has sent to us, the truth is most of us don’t know what our true potential is because we  haven’t invested in or tried to study the manual we’ve been given. Instead we go through life with a trial and error attitude which guess what, costs us a lot of time and unnecessary pain. The Qur’an is the manual for us to realise our capabilities and potential. It tells us about our strengths and weaknesses and how we can overcome them. It’s not a book for perfect people, it’s a book for people like you and me who are struggling but want to be better people. 

Just like my writing software, knowing how things worked wasn’t just about watching the videos. I had to  try out the steps then watch the videos again with questions then practice over and over again until I got the hang of things. This should be our relationship with the Qur’an. That we see it as the manual for us to be the best version of ourselves. 

Let the Qur’an speak to you. Let Allah SWT guide you. 

So my question to myself and to you is, what is your relationship with the Qur’an? And are you currently using a trial and error approach to your life?

The ‘Friday Favourite’ Newsletter is a weekly newsletter that includes a personal reflection, articles and books I’m reading, podcasts I’m benefitting from and a run down of my favourite content on the blog. Subscribe to receive the newsletter here.

Read Past Issues of the ‘Friday Favourites’ Newsletter

You Have To Do ‘One’ Thing To Reach Your Potential

Stop Standing In Your Own Way

Have You Packed Your Bags?

Previous Friday Favourites Posts On The Blog

Friday Favourites: Make Dua Not Because of Who You Are But Because Of Who He is

Friday Favourites: Are You Placing Your Hopes In God Or In Yourself

Friday Favourites: #Not All Men (Facts or An Easy Getaway?)

Friday Favourites: What Do You Mean When You Say You Love Yourself?

Friday Favourites: Stop Hustling, What I’ve Learnt About Joy From Chude Jideonwo of Joy Inc

Friday Favourites: So Which Of The Favours Of Your Lord Will You Deny?

Friday Favourites: Love Heals

Friday Favourites: You Can’t See God But This Is What You Can See

Friday Favourites: When You Struggle To Be Kind To Yourself

Friday Favourites: To New Beginnings

Friday Favourites: Do Not Drown In The Ocean Of This World

Friday Favourites: Pick Up The Mantle

Friday Favourites: My Prayers For You

I pray that you benefited from this post and I would love to hear your thoughts on the reflection in the comments section 💕

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