Divine Wisdom: The passage,
“if they incline to peace, then you should incline to it; and put your trust in God” Surah Al-Anfaal – QN8:61, remind us that, just as we did not purchase every single item that we examined on our last shopping spree or rejected them because they were inferior, but simply decided they were not for us, if we experience a pattern of rejection and are baffled about the cause, we may want to consider finding out why they terminated the relationship.

In other words, rather than resume the relationship, the objective should be to get an honest feedback for our own personal development.

So let the knowledge that:
1) The wounds of a friend are faithful, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful;
2) We are sometimes called upon to confront behaviour that negatively affects us; and
3) We should be consciously gathering information and be willing to change if there is merit to what they say;
Teach you, because while others may not belong in our lives, we may also not belong in theirs, to respect the decision of others not to pursue a relationship with you, but incline towards peace if per chance they extend a hand of friendship.

Pray with me: O Allah! Please guide me in my ways and attitudes. Make me to trust in Your plans for me. Make things work out for me the way they should, and give me strength to believe that in this new year, new month, I shall feel and experience generous upliftment by Your Grace. Amin.

Good morning. Jumah Kareem and a splendid weekend ahead!

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