39 years old today

Alhamdulillah. I am 39 years old today.

I seek a life full of Allah’s beneficent force that flows through the physical and spiritual spheres as prosperity, protection, and happiness; I seek good health and a tranquil heart. I could feel it in my heart that the next one year is going to be much heart-shaping, foundational year that the remaining years of my life and influence will be built upon. My prayer too at this moment, “Dear Allah the Almighty, make me part of those You can trust to lead and impact a generation. Let it be so this year, dear Allah. Let it be so.”

I wish to express my sincere gratitude to every one of you who allow me the opportunity to influence your life in some way. Through the work at my law firm, in non governmental organizations I am acquainted to, through our common concerns, in speeches and discussions we share, and even almost through the occasional articles on this website, or with the inconsistent, yet inspirational tweets via @azrilmohdamin. I know there are an infinite amount of voices you could choose to allow to speak into your life through these channels. Thank you for letting me be one.

To my various worries and sadness, I remind myself of Shaykh Abu’l-Hasan’s words to Ibn ‘Ata’ Illah:

“There are four states of the servant, …: blessings, trials, obedience, and disobedience. If you are blessed, then what God requires of you is thankfulness. If you are tried, then what God requires of you is patience. If you are obedient, then what God requires of you is the witnessing of His blessings upon you. If you are disobedient, then what God requires of you is asking forgiveness”. (p.196, read in The Key to Salvation: A Sufi Manual of Invocation).

My continued prayers (as taught by our beloved Prophet Muhammad) (may peace and blessings be upon him) for the years to come: “Dear Allah! By virtue of Your knowing the unseen and Your power over the creation, keep me alive as long as You know that life is better for me, and cause me to die once You know that death is better for me. I ask You for Your fear when I am concealed [from everyone], and sincerity in prosperity and adversity. I ask You for bounties which do not end and coolness of eyes which does not end. I ask You for submission to Your decree, a pleasurable life after death, the joy of looking at Your countenance, and the desire of meeting You. I seek refuge with You from the harm of harmful things and from a tribulation which causes one to go astray. O Allah! Embellish us with beauty of Iman and make us guides who are themselves guided.”

Alfatihah to my dearly missed parents. Thank you, family members and true friends.

Wasallahu ala Sayyidina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wasallam. Walhamdulillah.

Azril Mohd Amin │ Putrajaya │ 30 April 2014

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