We are bombarded with images that affect our belief system, our concept of what beauty is our concept of success, fun, entertainment. All of these things that we see, whether they are advertisements or movies, these things are affecting us and having a direct impact on us. Usually the advertisements are talking about – follow your desires, do what you want and it is a concept and message of hedonism. Where, in Islam, there is a message of submission. Submitting to your creator. Rather than submitting to your desires, it is about submitting to your creator. In order to make lasting changes, we need to redefine our prospective and how we view things. Because if we don’t, we are going to be just like an Alka-Seltzer. If you know what an Alka-Seltzer is, it’s that you drop it; it is a medicine you drop in the water, it fizzes up for a while and then it goes flat. Now we don’t to be like that. We don’t want to make changes and have it just last for a short period of time. We want to make changes that will be long-lasting. There are times that people come in for a therapy, and as soon as they see a slight improvement, they stop coming. And when the underlying issues are not resolved, then they go back and they regress to the way they were. So it is so important to see something through and to go in depth in order to get full results.
In Islam, there is no concept of this is my body and I do what I want with it; or this is my life and I do what I want with it. All of these things that are given to us are in Amana. An Amana is a trust, so the wealth that we are given, our beauty, our life, our children all of these things are given to us in trust. Meaning that Allah has given these to us as a gift and we are responsible to take care of it and we have to do things according to the boundaries of Allah, the Hudoodullah.
As a parent, we would never tolerate our child coming to us and saying, “This is my life and I’ll do whatever I please”. We wouldn’t accept this and what about the respect that we need to have to Allah, our creator. So if we will not tolerate this kind of behavior from a child to a parent, then how much more respectful do we need to be with Allah. That Allah has given this life to us and so we could never have that mentality and attitude that this is my life and I’ll do whatever I want or this is my body I’ll do whatever I please.
Allah says in the Quran, (speaks Arabic). In Surat Al-Mā’idah, Ayat number 6, Allah says, “Allah does not want to place you in difficulty but he wants to purify you. The purpose of life has been puzzling philosophers for years. There has been this question about why have we been created and what is our existence all about? And if we think about our purpose, is it really just to get an education, get married, get a job and have children. Is that it? Is that the purpose of our life? Now in Islam, Allah has made this very very simple for us that the purpose of life is to worship our creator and we can worship him in many different ways. It is not just through our ritualistic; let’s say just the prayers or the fasting or things. It is like, basically in everything that we do, is a way worshiping our creator. Allah says in Surat Adh-Dhāriyāt, Ayat 56, Bismillah al rahman al Rahim, Wama khalaqtu aljinna wal-insailla liyaAAbudoon. And I Allah created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship me. And we have to look within and see what special talents we have, what special gifts has Allah given us so that we can use this as a means to worship Allah.
You need to look and see what these God-given gifts are, now someone could have the gift of being a writer, or someone is a great educator, another person may be a great speaker. So we need to use these talents and use it as a way, spending* as long as there is a way of worshiping the creator. If you don’t take your God-given gift, whatever it is and you don’t use it towards the betterment of Islam, what happens is that it is like being hired for a job from Allah, and not showing up for work. Can you imagine that that you have been chosen because of your special talent, because of these special circumstances? You’ve been given this and you don’t use it, then it is kind of like not showing up for work for the job that Allah has assigned for you. I think it is really important to emphasize that in Islam, worship does not just mean doing the prayers and fasting and doing these ritualistic things. But, in Islam, anything that you do, if you make it with the correct intention, then it is going to be seen as a form of worship because if you are, for instance taking care of the house and you do it with the intention of pleasing your creator, then that is worship. If you’re going to work to provide for your family and take care of the people around you, that would be seen as worship. So everything that we do, we have to make sure that we correct our niyyah first, and then it would be counted as worship. So everything that we do could be on our scale of good deeds. And this is very important and I think that, when I realized this, it really affected the way I viewed housework for instance. I attended a class and the speaker told me that even eating will be a source of worship; even cleaning up your house. And it just made me realize that everything that we do could be counted towards our good deeds. And I think, that’s what makes Islam so special that it is a complete way of life and everything that we do can be an act of worship depending on your intention. What we need to do is use our sphere of influence and affect the ones who are around us. So whether it is our family members, our co-workers, and our classmates; we need to use all of these gifts that we have and influence those around us. If we’re going to take the time to redefine our prospective, one of two things could happen.
Ok. So what we need to do is first think about how we have been affected, that admit and realize that the things we have seen. Whether they are through the commercials, through the movies, through these things that we have to realize and admit that they have had some level of impact on the way we view our lives, the way we would view happiness, and the way we view success, beauty. All of these things are affected. So what we need to do is redefine them because what happens is the ways they are being defined are not congruent to the Islamic principles. It is not congruent with it. So it goes actually exactly against it. And the way they are formed, it is haphazardly. We are not sitting down and thinking; Ok, my concept of beauty is this or my definition of success is this. It is happening in a very subliminal way, every time we are viewing the pages of the magazines, it is affecting us. Each time, we are viewing certain shows, certain movies, certain images and billboards; they are all affecting us. So, if we are not aware of this and we don’t realize the impact that it is having on our lives, then we can’t redefine it. So, we have to acknowledge, first and foremost that we do need to make some kind of change. And once we realize that, then we can take the necessary steps. If a person does not actively redefine these concept for themselves, what would happen is one of two things: One, is that the person willingly gives up all the things that they you used to do, which I had many friends who embraced Islam and they gave up going out, they gave up the way they were dressing, they gave up so many things and they did it willingly and happily because they knew about the rewards that Allah was going to give them. So those individuals, they give it up because they know all the reward that comes to them. It is kind of like making an investment. If I tell you that by investing $5, you’ll get $50,000 guaranteed. That there is no doubt, no risk and you will get that. Would you even question the fact of wanting to invest that $5? Of course not! You would give it freely. As these individuals do give and do give up many things, but what happens is that if they are not redefining all these things, the happiness, the beauty, the success; if they don’t redefine that, they will be, one some level unfulfilled and it will start affecting them emotionally.
So what could happen, the second alternative is that if a person gives up everything and does not replace the haram activities, the forbidden things with permissible things, with halal activities; they will just get to a point where they can’t take it anymore and then they will abandon everything. So this is what we need to be careful about and that is why it is so critical, that everything that we give up that is forbidden, that we replace it with something that is halal. Because we cannot have a void, if we have emptiness and we don’t fill it, then what is going to happen is that the person is going to start feeling very unfulfilled, very unhappy and they can’t last like that very long. So they will just abandon it all. And I’ve seen that. I’ve seen many instances where there are converts who have freely given up everything and they are trying to embrace Islam and trying to live a good life, but because they feel very restricted, they are not allowing themselves, like they have given up this thing, and they’re giving up that. And there is like tons of things they’ve given up and they haven’t replaced it with anything that is permissible, so they start getting very, maybe frustrated, or feel too closed in. and Islam is not about that. It is not about feeling closed in and constricted and restricted. There are so many things, actually the permissible things are limitless and the forbidden things you can count on your hand. I mean, the number of things that you can’t do are very limited in comparison to everything that you can do. So, we have to try to make it as pleasant and as enjoyable for ourselves as we become closer to Allah, because if we don’t then we won’t be able to last and we want to have lasting changes. And to have lasting changes, we have to look at things in a different perspective. So an example of this is those individuals who want to lose weight. So, you may be one of them, that you’ve tried to lose weight and you go, and you go on these crash diets, and you try this and you try that, and it works for a little bit; but then after a little while you can’t take it anymore because you may feel deprived. You feel like, “Oh my God, I can’t take this anymore! I’m not eating and I’m starving!” So what happens here? What happens is that, first of all, the person has to look at their relationship with food. What is it, so this is about redefining your relationship with food. Many times, parents use food as a way to pacify their children. So, if their child is crying, they will say if you stop crying, I’ll get you some ice-cream; and if you’re good, I’m going to give you some candy. And so thus, the child starts associating very good feelings with food. So anytime as an adult, they start feeling a little bit fat, or they are crying or they are feeling bad, they turn to food. Because that is what made them feel good when they were little. Now if someone is not aware of this, if they are not aware that as a child, they had this association with food, when they are trying to go on a diet, this is going to affect them. So this is what I’m talking about that these crash diets won’t work unless you go to the core of the issue and that is like your relationship with food. And I think, in every aspect of our life, it is the same thing. That we have to get to the core to see how is it that we’re viewing this or what has been our experience in the past and then, once we understand that, then we can make the necessary changes.
Now I am going to talk about the concept of beauty and how as women, when we’re flipping through those pages of Vogue, and Mademoiselle and Elle; and we’re seeing these models and the way they look and the way they dress, these all have an impact on us and how we view beauty. And so, as a Muslim women, when we see this and if we think that this is the ultimate beauty, then it is going to be very hard for us to go out of the house and be dressed properly and do things according to Islam. Unless, we redefine the way we see beauty. Now, is it really beauty in seeing ladies that are half exposed, if we see that as the way beauty is defined, then once a person even puts on hijab, what happens is that they will continue to dress very provocatively. So you see that the individual is choosing to cover, but it is very very provocative because they still think that beauty is the way the magazines have defined it, by wearing very tight clothes or very short clothes. So, unless they change what their concept of beauty is, they won’t even be able to adhere to the rules that Allah has set out. Now, if look at it as beauty as not being provocative, but as being very elegant and pure, then and only then can we adhere wholeheartedly!
Allah says in Surat An-Najm, Ayat 31, Bismillah al rahman al Rahim, Walillahi ma fee assamawatiwama fee al-ardi liyajziya allatheena asaoobima AAamiloo wayajziya allatheena ahsanoobilhusna. And to Allah belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth, and he may reprieve* those who do evil with that which they have done; and reward those who do good with that is best.
We need to be very grateful for everything that we have been given as women, regardless of our size, our height, our weight, whatever it is; we need to be really grateful. And I know that many women have issues with their body image and how they view themselves. I’ve dealt with a lot of clients that have eating disorders; they’re either trying to starve themselves to meet some ideal. And this can be really destructive because these ideals, these models who are on the pages of the magazines, they are starving themselves, many of them are anorexic and they have eating disorders. And if we’re trying to be like this ideal, then it is going to affect us. So what we need to do is embrace what we have been given and enjoy the beauty that Allah has given and stop trying to make so many different changes. We can always be motivated, workout, eat healthy and do that. But not in a way that is going to be destructive to us. And I challenge each one of you to look in the mirror and see something positive. Because many times, what happens is that as soon as a lady looks into the mirror, they see the flaws. They see the things that they would like to change. Their thighs are too big, and their stomach is too flabby, and their skin is too wrinkly and so I challenge you to look in the mirror and see a hint* of love for the (speaks Arabic) that Allah has given you and instead of trying to make so many different changes and being ungrateful to just embrace it and be your best. Not necessarily to try to meet some standard or some ideal. I think it is very critical for those of you that do cover, that you take good care of yourself and you dress up at home because this will affect your relationship with your spouse. And it also affects your own self-esteem. Those individuals who kind of let themselves go, and they don’t care about their weight or the way they’re looking, it starts affecting their self-esteem and it starts affecting their mood and many times people start feeling depressed, and they’re not sure why. And it is because they have just kind of let themselves go. So it is really critical as a Muslim women to take good care of ourselves, and this will please our husbands and it is also helping us, and we will get that fulfillment that maybe we were used to**, doing your hair, your make-up, dressing nicely at home with your girlfriends as well. And I think that I what’s so critical about having get-together’s with your friends, having parties and doing things that are fun and halal. And I think when you do that, then you feel completely fulfilled because you’re doing all the things, maybe you did before you started covering yet it is within the boundaries of Allah.
And I think that men are very visual creatures and that if you’re not taking care of yourself and you’re not fulfilling him in those ways, then they will resort to other means to get that thing fulfillment. So I think it is a responsibility to make sure that we are doing that at home.
Allah says in the Quran, in Surat Az-Zalzalah, Ayat 7-8, Bismillah al rahman al Rahim, Faman yaAAmal mithqala tharratinkhayran yarah. Waman yaAAmal mithqala tharratinsharran yarah. If a person does an atom weight of good, that he will be rewarded for it and if he does an atom weight of evil, he will see it and be punished for it. So we have to very aware of that.
Stay tuned when I’ll talk about how we can redefine our perspective on entertainment.
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As-salamu alaykum and welcome back! First part I was talking about redefining ourselves and how we are bombarded with so many different images and these affect the way we define what beauty is, what entertainment is, and unless we redefine these things then we are not going to be fully contented; and talked about beauty and how our concept of beauty changes and we need to redefine it.
So now we’re going to talk about the concept of entertainment. What is it that you view as being fun! A lot of times when you watch in the movies, that the things that they do for fun is not consistent or congruent with the Islamic principles. And you’ll see things like, let’s say whether it is clubbing, or dating or dating or dancing and all of these things, and do you really feel rejuvenated and happy after these kinds of events? Or going to a concert when you’re filled in with the loud noise and the smoke, does yourself feel rejuvenated? Do you feel happy after this? I would guess that you feel very depleted, that you feel drained. And it is kind of like watching six hours of T.V. If you sit in front of the T.V. and you just watch like six to ten hours of T.V, at the end, you don’t feel energized. It is very different! So what we need to do is look at entertainment as a way of nourishing our soul, that it is a way of truly gaining some kind of rejuvenation. Allah says in the Quran, in Surat Fuşşilat, Bismillah al rahman al Rahim, Hatta itha ma jaoohashahida AAalayhim samAAuhum waabsaruhum wajulooduhum bimakanoo yaAAmaloon. Their hearing and their eyes and their skin will testify against them as to what they used to do.
So many times, when we’re out, trying to have a good time and we’re trying to relax or be with our friends, we realize that we’re doing things that are going against Islam. And we’re ending up committing sins. And so that is why it is so important to look at things from an Islamic perspective to see how can I have fun without harming my soul. Because, every time that we commit a sin, it is like a black dot. You have another black dot on your heart. And what happens is that, all of these black dots will be on your heart until your heart is so hardened. And in Surat Al-Baqarah, Allah says in the Quran that this heart will become so hard it will be like a rock, and it says actually it will be worse than a rock. Because when the rock is split open, at least some water gushes out, but this heart has become very hardened. So we need to careful, we don’t want to have those spots of black sins on our heart, just because we are trying to have fun. That is why we have to look at it and see how can we enjoy ourselves without transgressing against Allah.
What we need to do is find alternatives. So for any haram activity, or forbidden activity that you’re abandoning, you need to replace it with the halal ones. So let’s take some examples. As far as, like instead of going out to let’s say a party, a mixed party, you could have a get together with your friends at home and enjoy the same kind of company and enjoy the environment without transgressing. Let us say if you’re used to watching certain movies, you can replace it with movies that will actually be beneficial to. Maybe watch more of ** and get more information about your din*. Try to replace any kind of haram activity with a halal one. For instance, if someone was accustomed to dancing before, maybe you could to an all ladies gym and have aerobics classes. This is something that will fulfill you in a similar way but within the boundaries that are established. Everything that is forbidden is actually harmful to us and it serves to protect us in some way by avoiding it. Let us take the example of a person on drugs. You never look at them and you say, “Oh I envy this person!” because they’re on drugs. Because you know that it is harmful, you know that it is affecting their body, you know that is ruining their lives, their relationships. So because we understand it, we understand the harmfulness of it. We don’t envy it and we don’t want it. In the same way, every other thing is not permissible to us has harmful effects. Now, whether we understand it or not is a different story. Because sometimes, because of our level of understanding or our level of faith, we may not understand the wisdom behind some of the things that are not permissible to us, ok? Because Allah’s wisdom is like an ocean, and it is like trying to pour the ocean into a little cup, ok. You could never do that. So, we need to realize that Allah has the ultimate wisdom and everything he says that is permissible, that means it is good for us, and everything that is not permissible is somehow harmful. So it is a way of protecting us. Once we understand this, then we give up the harmful deeds and forbidden things very easily and happily, because we know that this is Allah’s way of protecting us. So I think it is very critical to understand this, and that way, we choose to do the things that are going to nourish our soul. So for instance, we take the example of, going to; let’s say you are very very tired and you go to a lecture. A lecture that is spiritual and is uplifting, and how do you feel after that. Even though you were exhausted, but listening to things that are nourishing to the soul, just makes you rejuvenated. You feel so much happier and elated. Because, we are body and soul, and we need to be nourishing the soul as much as we are nourishing the body. And I think that Ramadan is a perfect example that we are not sleeping, we are not eating, and yet we feel so elated. And Muslims around the world cannot wait till Ramadan. They cannot wait, because it is a way, it’s like, maybe it just that one moth in the year that they are actually doing so much, so much focus in nourishing the soul. And that is why people are so much happier. Now if we maintain this in our lives, if we maintain that nourishment of the soul, then we can be at a very different level of happiness and different level of fulfillment. So I think this is very important to keep in mind.
We also need to keep in mind that there are so many permissible things and very few forbidden things. When we realize that we have so many things to choose from and we are not as restricted as you may think. You just have to replace the activities and make sure that you don’t keep a void in your life. If there is something that you used to do and you loved it so much, and then it was forbidden; then try to find something just as fun and just as exciting, but that’s permissible. And if you do that in every area of your life, then you’ll this ultimate fulfillment and there is just such a greater level of happiness that you would not even want to look back and to revert back or regress back to the way you were.
Now we are going to talk about success. How do you define success? Is it having a lot of wealth? Is it owning properties, or having the hottest cars? Many people think of success as obtaining a high degree, whether it is PhD, whether becoming a lawyer or an engineer and having a high status, or acquiring more wealth and gaining more things. So this is the way that most people look at success. But in reality, you see that all of these things are so fleeting. They are not lasting and so we have to redefine the way we look at success. If we want to have fulfillment, we need to look at it in a different perspective. And in the Quran, Allah says, Bismillah al rahman al Rahim, WaAAada Allahu almu/mineena walmu/minatijannatin tajree min tahtiha al-anharukhalideena feeha wamasakina tayyibatanfee jannati AAadnin waridwanun mina Allahiakbaru thalika huwa alfawzu alAAatheem. Allah has promised to believers, men and women gardens under which rivers flow to dwell therein forever and beautiful mansions and gardens of Eden. But the greatest bliss is the good pleasure of Allah that is the supreme success.
So this is the way Allah defines success, that this is the ultimate! If you want to be successful and its forever and its lasting happiness and lasting success, then it is by being obedient to Allah. So if we look at it, it’s that attaining success is being able to go to jannat that is the ultimate goal. And those individuals who strive for that, who work for that and they attain it, that’s having the ultimate success. And Allah says in the Quran, in Surat Az-Zumar (39), Ayat 20, those who fear their lord and keep their duty to him, for them I build lofty rooms, one above another under which rivers flow. This is the promise of Allah and Allah does not fail in his promise. So attaining true success is having understanding of the religion and implementing it. Because not only does it affect your life here, that it protects you from so many things, but it also affects you hereafter. And that is the long-lasting success that the Prophet (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) said that, “The best of you are those who learn Quran and teach it to others.” And Allah also says in the Quran, indeed the hereafter is better for you than the present life. It is actually like an investment. It is an investment in your akhirah, in your hereafter. So everything that you do now, everything that you do with the correct intention, that is then going to help you to achieve the ultimate success and it is like planning for your retirement. If someone doesn’t plan for it, then once they are retired, they will see like, how are they going to live? They are not going to have any resources. So we need to plan, just like we plan for this dunyā, like we plan for, let’s say our children’s education or for our retirement or for investments. We have to do those same actions for the hereafter. We have to plan for it, we have to send, and we have to exert effort. Actually a very good way to live your life is, taking steps for this dunyā, for this world and simultaneously taking a step for the hereafter. So it has to be planning for each world because if you see an individual, for instance, who drops out of school. They drop out in 5th grade or the 6th grade, and they stop educating themselves. And they just go out, and all they do is play video games and they are just playing and hanging out and not doing anything with their life. What would you think of a person like this? And then later on in life, if they don’t have a job, and if they don’t have money and they don’t have a home, would you feel sympathy for them? I would guess not. You would think, well why didn’t you get your act together? Why didn’t you stay in school? Why didn’t you work hard? Why didn’t you get a degree? Why didn’t you get a job so that you could have a better future! that would be most of ours attitude. So that is the same thing with a person who doesn’t plan for the akhirah. If you’re not investing in it, if you’re not working hard towards it and you are not planning for it then you’re going to face the same predicament. That you will be in a situation where you have not prepared and it will be too late. So we need to take this time and plan for the ultimate success, because the success of this world is very very temporary. We can be the best, we can be successful in all of the worldly ways and there is nothing wrong with that. You should go and get your degree, you should get married, have the titles, have the success. Those are all permissible and encouraged, but we shouldn’t make that our only focus, and there should be planning for the hereafter, and planning for the ultimate success. So it doesn’t mean that you overlook all of the things at this dunyā. Not at all! Allah wants us to enjoy this world, he wants us to attain the best because, the more you achieve, the more you can help. The more you can have a bigger impact on your society. So he’s not discouraging that, but at the same time you have to not make that your only goal. That you should make your ultimate success, the hereafter!
Allah confirms this in the Quran stating that you can have this dunyā and the hereafter that you could work for the benefits of this world and for the hereafter. Allah states in Surat Al-Qasas, but seek with that wealth which Allah has bestowed on you, the home of the hereafter and forget not your portion of the lawful enjoyment in this world.
Now we’re going to talk about your companions. Do you choose them because of the place they live, or what they own, or how you can benefit from them; or do you choose them based on their righteousness? I think it is really critical that we redefine our concept of what a good friend is, that many times people think of their friends as a way of attaining certain things, that they want to make things happen for them, or it is just a way or as a status. So we have to choose our friends accordingly and find those who will encourage us for the best in this world and in the hereafter. Allah says in the Quran, Bismillah al rahman al Rahim, Wathari allatheena ittakhathoodeenahum laAAiban walahwan wagharrat-humu alhayatuaddunya. And leave alone those who take their religion as a play and amusement, and whom the life of this world has deceived. So Allah is telling us that we need to be very careful with the people that we choose, because those who are heartless*, those who are not caring about their religion, but what happens is that they’ll start impacting you. So we need to be very very careful in how we choose and choose for the right reasons, choose individuals who remind you of the hereafter, and I have had individuals in my life, I’ve been blessed with them that have given me reminders of how to be better and encouraging me to be the best. And I think that was the turning point for me, as when I surrounded myself with individuals who are even better than me, who are practicing more, who are more knowledgeable, so it became a competition to do good. It is very important that we surround ourselves with the support group, because this is what will encourage us to be better and to be more motivated to make changes in our life. And individuals who don’t do that and I’ve seen this among friends that they may change, while all their friends have remained the same. And if they don’t have the support group after a short period of time, they just regress that. So get yourself a support group, get yourself individuals who will encourage you, who will be motivating. The Prophet (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, “You are on the religion of your friend, so choose your friend carefully”. So choose them for the right reasons. Not just for the worldly things but when you experience the friendship a love*, when someone is in your life and they’re encouraging you towards goodness and towards a better akhirah, you will see that you will love this person and there will be a bond. Friendships have certain characteristics that they encourage you towards that which is good and prevents you from that which is haram. So if you have a good friend, and you’re about to go astray, they pull you right back in. If you’re about to be forgetful, let’s say you’re sitting around and you are about to freak at your parent, they’ll remind you. We need that in our life, because all of us get pretty occupied. Our iman fluctuates, it goes up and down and that is why it is critical to have people around us that are even stronger. There’s a way I look at it, it is that we need to have friends that are helping us, kind of pulling us up because maybe they are more knowledgeable, or stronger iman, and at the same time we have friends that we help out, and that we encourage them. It has to be simultaneous, where we are getting pulled and strengthened and we are pulling and strengthening others. And when this happens together, you’ll find that, you will find such fulfillment in your friendship.
So you may have friends that you go out with and you’re having a good time with them, you’re doing a lot of things that are wrong. And you think you’re doing your time with them, but what will happen is that even though you love them here, in this world, in the hereafter, they will be your enemies, because Allah says in the Quran that friends on that day will be foes to one another except almuttaqeen. That they will all be enemies, except those who encourage each other to be good, except those who have love and fear of Allah. We need to be careful not just with the people we befriend, but who we love, because those that we love will be resurrected among them. If you love the prophets, and you love the Prophets and you love the Sahabas, and you love the words of the Prophet (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam), you’ll be resurrected amongst them. If you’re loving just, let’s say the movie stars and the singers and these people, you will be also resurrected amongst them. So we have to be sure that our heart and our love goes to the right people and I can use the example of the wife of Lot, that even though she didn’t commit anything wrong, but because she was a simplifizer*, that affected her. So we need to be very careful with our love and loyalty for the sake of Allah.
In conclusion, we are aware that all of the things that we are exposed to, whether the things we see on T.V. or the things we see in the magazines, all affect our perspectives. And by redefining our perspective, it will totally have a big impact on us. The way we define what beauty is, what success is, who our companions is and what is success, all of this will affect our level of fulfilment. So we need to redefine these areas in order to have ultimate fulfilment in our lives.
So thank you so much for joining and Insha’Allah join me next time, when we will discuss more things that will enhance your life. Tisbah `ala khair!