My Sorrows

Why do I feel like I am being shred into Pieces?

Why do I feel pain and sorrow?

What is the Purpose of my sorrow?

How can I heal from my sorrows?  

How can we transform sorrow into Joy?

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My Sorrow

What is Sorrow?

Sorrow is the emotion of deep 'distress' that is triggered by loss of someone or something (eg health, wealth, life, a job, a relationship) or a result of 'regret' or a 'disappointment' due to an event that occurs in one's life that he or she interprets as 'negative.' The feeling of emotional sorrow can be experienced by the one who perceives themselves or their loved ones to be 'struggling' or 'suffering' from physical or psychological pain, hardship and struggle. 

Why is Sorrow Important?

Sorrow is important because without it- how can we truly appreciate, understand or experience true 'Joy' with our hearts minds and souls in this physical world of opposites? Just like all negative emotions and experiences, our sorrows contain much hidden wisdom that can be recovered through truth seeking/meditation/self-reflection and implemented into our relationships through our speech and behaviour- to help us grow and develop into spiritually more refined human beings, so that we can feel more connected to our Higher Purpose, transforming darkness into Light- and become more righteous human beings.

How does Sorrow affect our sense of well-being?

Sorrow can have a huge negative impact on our sense of physical and mental wellbeing and cause:  Low mood, tiredness, sleep difficulties, poor concentration levels, change in appetite, memory loss, reduced interest in usual hobbies and activities, feelings of guilt and low self-esteem, lower pain threshold ( more aches and pains), lethargy, anxiety and palpitations and unpleasant or suicidal thoughts. These experiences can then have a huge negative impact on our relationships both at home, work and in our social lives causing further breakdown and financial strain- and unless we can find a way out somehow- it can be a downward spiral in our sense of well-being and cause further feeling of loss, sorrow and despair for ourselves and others. 

Feeling sorrowful can also have a negative impact on our spiritual well-being- if one chooses (to the best of their ability) not to use sorrow as a tool for further growth and development. There is a lot that we can learn from our own sorrows or the sorrows of others if we take responsibility for our lives, open our eyes, ears and hearts and listen to what our sorrows are trying to teach us. However, we can also use our free-will to choose to turn away, and hide from our negative experiences by covering our sorrows with the temporary garments which give us brief pleasure or delusional relief/distraction- such as alcohol, intoxicants, certain medications, and engaging in activities that are driven by our selfish desires ( lust, ego, greed, envy, sloth, gluttony, anger etc). These garments- layer upon layer-  cloud our judgment of right and wrong, and then make it less likely that we will be able to take responsibility of our thoughts, emotions, speech and behaviour. When we run away from our sorrows, instead of choosing to reflect and learn from them, we enter a spiritual decline, and instead of transforming our sorrow into a joy that is eternal and True, we choose to cover it with the delusional temporary pleasure of this worldly life that are driven by our selfish natures, cause us to sin and make us feel less connected to our Creator- The Giver of Peace and Joy.

 

On the other hand, if we take responsibility of our lives, draw closer to out Creator and use our negative experiences of sorrow as a tool to help us reflect, meditate, learn and grow- we can choose to clothe or cover our sorrows in garments of righteousness that can enable us to transform our sorrow into joy and peace while inspiring others to do the same... So with the right attitude and guidance from our Creator, we can channel or transform our sorrows into something that can enable us to become more righteous, and therefore more successful in our relationships, work and social lives than we could ever have been before we gained that wisdom from our sorrow. 

How can my Sorrow help us?

When we perceive or interpret our sorrows to be caused by the speech or behaviour of someone else- eg as a result of something unpleasant said or done to us by someone else: this can teach us ( if we are truth and wisdom seekers) not to behave that way unto someone else. When this wisdom is then applied unto our own lives so that we become more careful not to treat others how we ourselves don't like to be treated- we are using our past negative experience to refine our character in the way of righteousness. The more we do this, the more we develop our own emotional intelligence and become able to love each other, pardon each others faults, and empathise with others during their own hardships and negative experiences. When we ourselves know what it feels like to be oppressed, abused, treated unfairly or with disrespect- we not only develop self-awareness, understanding, compassion, tolerance, respect and empathy for others who are going through similar situations, but we become less likely to oppress or act unjustly unto another human being going through similar hardship- due to our ability to better 'relate' to them. It teaches us to see ourselves in others and see others in ourselves. 

If the sorrow we experience is due to feeling remorseful, regretful or guilty because of our own harmful selfish behaviour unto someone else- this can teach us humility by reminding us that we are not perfect, and by choosing to take responsibility for our behaviour it can draw us closer to Our All-Forgiving, Most Merciful Creator through repentance and the mending of our ways ( from selfish acts to self-less acts). When we do this, all of our past mistakes become transformed to good, as the wisdom that we have gained from our mistakes has brought us even closer to our Source of Righteousness as a result. The more we feel 'forgiven' and experience what it is like to receive Mercy from our Creator, the more able we become to incorporate mercy and forgiveness into our own relationships and lives. The more we make unintentional mistakes, and the more we are able to learn from them- the more we grow become to have compassion on and pardon the faults of others who have made similar unintentional mistakes as we have. Apologising for and taking responsibility for our past mistakes, for the pain and sorrows we have caused unto others is crucial if we want to be able to let go of the anxieties and sorrows that follow us in our lives as a result of our past actions that we regret, and so that we can aim to heal our broken relationships that have resulted from our selfish ways. The sorrow that is caused by our oft- repeated intentional sins on the other hand can be more difficult to break free from. .

 

Sometimes we lose touch with the perception of hidden pain and sorrow that lies beneath the layers of hard shells that we have chosen to cover our self- inflicted wounds with. This is what happens when we choose to ignore the cry of our sorrow that we initially feel when we treat others how we ourselves would not want to be treated. The more we choose to ignore it, and cover it up with arrogance, vanity, distractions and other egoistic speech and behaviour- the more 'deaf' and 'dumb' we become to its voice of wisdom. The inner sorrow and pain within our core that we have become 'numb to' continues to suffer within us in this physical world while we hide our true essence under our deceptive garments of false reality. The only way to break free from our deep hidden veiled sorrows is the break the hard false shell that covers it, shatter it into into pieces, burn it away, and wash away its stains. In this physical world, often it takes a huge negative life experience to break us and reveal our hidden wounds and sorrows that seek to teach us wisdom. Sometimes this comes as a form of loss of health, loss of wealth, loss of life- whatever it is it there to break our arrogance so that we can once again start to hear the cry of our inner child, the suffering servant, the orphan, the widow within each and every human being that wants us to return in repentance to our Creator; The Giver of Peace. 

Sorrow that we sometimes experience through life's hardships, struggles, challenges, and tests teach how to become more 'Patient.' Patience and Perseverance are two essential ingredients in the lives of those who strive in the ways of Righteousness and Peace. There is a saying that 'what doesn't kill us makes us stronger.' From an Abrahamic perspective, we know that God does not task any soul beyond its capacity- so remembering this can help us to get through our struggles- if our Creator knows we have the ability to overcome the hardships and sorrows we face, then this can give us strength to bear any sorrow pain and suffering with patience- knowing it will come to an end, or that it has a Higher Purpose that we may not yet understand or know. In this worldly life, we know that just as good times don't last, bad times also come to an end. How we get there is partly up to us and how we 'choose' to perceive our suffering, and how we choose to grow from our sorrow. 

Sorrow due to loss,  reminds us that we are not in control. It tests our ability to show gratitude for our blessings. How do we choose to react when we lose something? Do we despair and get angry and resentful towards our Maker? or do we choose to look at our glass as half full rather than half empty- and continue to show gratitude for all that we have? We are not as self-sufficient as we might sometimes think we are. All that we have been given is a test for a Higher Purpose- we can either use our blessings and gifts and talents and health in ways of righteousness, or we can choose to use them in the ways of evil. We can either choose to share our blessings with others who have less than we do to show gratitude for them and to Glorify/Sactify the Name of God - The Source of our Blessings- , or we can choose to enjoy them selfishly and use them to profit more for selfish personal gain by worshipping our ego. Gratitude and Loving Kindness are essential ingredients required in the process of self-transformation of our sorrows into joy. 

As we become more spiritually refined, and more able to love for others what we love for ourself- we become more able to experience the pain and suffering of others. So being free from personal negative physical hardship and loss does not always necessarily free us from our sorrow- if we are able to tune in to the pain and suffering that other human beings feel due to the injustice and oppression that they are facing. The experience of sorrow and pain is intertwined within the journey of selfless unconditional love. For how can we truly love our Creator and our fellow human being ( and the rest of His Creation) if we do not feel their sorrow as our own? How can we be truly United as one body, and as one soul, if we are unable to communicate, share and be involved in the healing of each other's pain and sorrows? Does the whole body not suffer because of the wounds of one of its parts? We cannot feel the sorrows of another's pain and suffering unless we have compassion, empathy and love for each other- and we so can either choose to ignore the call of the caller ( the orphan, widow, needy, helpless, the oppressed..) by refusing to take responsibility for our brethren while we  continue in our selfish ways- or we can choose to respond with love and compassion to help heal the wounds of others and stand up against injustice and oppression- through spreading Truth, Love Justice and ~Peace in the world to the best of our abilities using our God given gifts, talents and blessings. In Reality- that is the way to transform this sorrow into joy- the transformation occurs during the process ( journey) of helping others heal from their sorrows, and helping to inspire others to having Faith in our Creator so that we can perceive His Presence, transforming darkness into light using the light that we have recovered from our own dark places- wisdom that was in hidden in our own Sorrow. 

Sorrow and pain that is experienced due to the hardship and struggles that face us on our chosen ways of Peace and Justice during the act of Higher service to our Creator and humanity ( if we remain obedient to His Will according to the best of our knowledge and understanding)- is sweetened with the joy, hope and Peace we feel in our hearts with the knowledge that there is a Purpose even for our suffering and that our good speech and behaviour in this physical dimension is causing pleasure to our Creator Above. By remembering Him and trying to express gratitude and humility during our hardships, struggles, pain and sorrows, our task is eased; and our burdens feel 'lifted' from our shoulders as our hands becomes One with the Hand of our Creator and we sense His Presence in our perseverance for HIs Cause of Justice. This feeling gradually purifies and softens our hearts, helps to remove the veil from our eyes, and blockages from our ears so that we become even more spiritually enlightened and rescued from the darknesses of our sorrows into Light. He grants us a 'power' to our words so that they can have more effect in the Heavens and the earth and all the different worlds as long as we remain HIs loyal servants and while we continue to glorify and Praise Him acknowledging that in Reality none has the right to be Praised except our Creator- then we bear higher responsibility with our Creator, knowing and perceiving that pour prayers are being heard and answered while we choose to further use these gifts and apply them into in His Ways of Peace striving to inviting others out from their darknesses and sorrows, pains and suffering- through the power of good speech, moral acts of kindness, good behaviour and prayer. Praying for His Mercy, Forgiveness and Peace to be showered upon all His Righteous servants and all of humanity that turn to Him in Repentance- reflects also this Peace back unto our hearts- further helping to heal us from our sorrows.  We begin to perceive this spiritual Light in everything and everyone we encounter, and gradually gain more strength and courage to keep diving into deeper depths of darkness in search of spiritual wisdom that helps us fly so that we can then reach Higher Heights. Throughout the difficult journeys we experience, as long as we remain True to our Creator (through willing surrender) while always striving for His cause with our wealth and our lives and while seeking HIs Pleasure and guidance; He is with us helping us in our journeys our from darkness to Light. 

The wisdom that we gain from our our own sorrow- when applied into self-refinement can help both ourselves and others feel more connected to our Source, and Return to our Creator as One. That's why sharing our stories, our experiences, our breakthroughs, our wisdom with others is so important if we want to establish healthy relationships, share our vulnerabilities, open ourselves up to receiving and giving unconditional selfless love and inspire one another to doing more good so that we can achieve a state of Peace within Diversity. That's also why listening to the stories and wisdom from the negative experiences and sorrows of others is also so crucial if we ourselves want to achieve more wisdom and unite as One. When we experience the sorrow of another as our own sorrow, and the success of another as our own success- we know we are face to Face with our Masker as a Human Being: the knowledge of this alone brings us tremendous Joy. 

How does my Sorrow cause us harm?

Generally speaking: In this physical existence and during our experiences of being 'human beings' on this planet- everything we eat and drink, and every interaction that we choose (or are compelled) to engage in has a type of energy to it that can be elevated or brought down. Every thought, emotion, and expression of speech and behaviour has an energy/vibration to it. So when we choose to think negative thoughts about our Creator, ourselves and others, the whole universe picks up on the energy of this thought and our Creator knows it. When we allow ourselves to feel negative emotions about ourselves or about others, this vibration is 'sensed' by the whole universe and beyond. When we choose to speak in a negative way or behave with poor moral conduct- this has a huge impact on our Reality around us and negative impact on our relationships. Even when we are alone and we cannot 'perceive' or sense the presence of the Creator/and the universe within us while we choose to think, feel, speak and act in these negative ways- He knows of every atom's weight of detail of it ( even the subconscious and deeper still)- and the whole world/s perceives and sense it. So our sorrows impacts everyone and everything around us; both in our perceived and concealed Reality- impacting the Light that which is within us and that which surrounds us- even if we are not yet aware of its impact. When we feel low in mood, depressed and anxious- even if we are good at masking our emotions in an attempt to protect others from the impact of its negative vibes- it still has an impact on all beings that are part of the Universal Oneness of Reality. So just like our hidden sorrows/wounds within that we choose to mask from our own selves (through means of escape and refusal to take responsibility) has a deep impact on our own sense of wellbeing- on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level-  so too do our wounds (that result from our rebellion against our Creator) impact the Universal 'body' 'mind' and 'spirit' on a global level (through our direct and non-direct relationships and interactions with everything and everyone) and this is why its so important that we call and help one another to take more responsibility over our lives with the Help of our Creator, surrender to a Higher Will, transform darkness into light,  and Unite in Ways of Peace. 

However, those who believe in and Trust in their Creator while remaining obedient in worship to Him- the One Who is beyond time and space, and beyond the limitations of this physical reality are able to step into a 'shield of protection' from harm in a parallel and co-exist 'kingdom of Peace' already in this world- so that they are not negatively affected ( spiritually, physically, emotionally or mentally) by the destructive forces at play in this worldly life- if He Wills. They remain One with the physical world while remaining 'separated' from it at the same time. The more we 'surrender to His Will' ( our Creator) while striving in His Ways of Peace with our lives, wealth, gifts and blessings seeking Righteousness and seeking to sanctify/glorify His Name- the more we experience the Peace and protection of this Kingdom within us and see His Face in all that is around us.

How can I rise above my Sorrow or use it to transform Darkness into Light?

Surrendering to The Will of Our Creator- The Giver of Peace..

Let us accept that we are not in control, and however much our egos strive to be glorified, exalted, praised and worshipped as deities beside our Creator- in Truth we bear witness that there is no Reality except God- He is One and none is comparable unto Him. Do We (all humans) know deep down in the core of our Essence (within our hard outer temporary shells) that None has the Right to be Worshipped and Glorified/Praised/Exalted except our Creator- Lord of the Worlds? - that the Source of all Creation is One?- . He guides whom He wills, and is the Source of all our Provision and Sustenance. His Ways are Higher than our Ways. His Understanding is Higher than our understanding. His Will is Higher than our own will. Everything worships Him either willingly or unwillingly. We cannot escape Him. 

...so why do we persist in disobedience to our Higher Purpose if we already know?? How can we truly prove our willingness to surrender to His Will (and therefore enter the Kingdom of Peace together) unless we obey His commandments in Fear/Awe and Love- Love for our God and love for our people? Is it enough to simply say 'I Believe?' Do we chase after 'freedom' by refusing to accept the Yoke of Heaven upon us? Is not true freedom granted to us once we accept to be One with our Creator Who does what He Wills? How can surrendering to our Higher Will of our Creator help us to become truly Free?

Remembrance of God within: 

 

Let's remember our Creator with a humble sincere grateful heart mind and soul as much as possible with each and every breath, in everything we think, feel, speak and do- while seeking His Pleasure, Forgiveness, and Mercy: seeking to fulfil His Will according to the best of our potentials. 

 

Prayer:

 

-Let's practice seeking guidance from our Creator in regular prayer (seeking help from Him Alone without intermediaries) and meditation while being mindful and in full concentration of what we speak- speaking out words from the heart in sincerity ( not too loud, and not silent), with discipline to make this part of our normal day to day routines.  

-Let's practice praying for others before praying for ourselves.  

-Let's practice praying for spiritual wealth/wisdom ( Truth, knowledge, wisdom, understanding, kindness, love, compassion, mercy, ability to show more gratitude, ability to forgive, patience, strength to persevere during hardship etc) instead of or before praying for our specific physical needs or wants ( which are only good according to our own limited awareness). 

-Let's regularly Meditate on The Beautiful Attributes of our Lord and praying that He help us to incorporate these Attributes into our own ways of life. 

-Let us sing songs of Praise to our Creator- Lord of the Worlds! Let's Glorify Him and make Beautiful Music for the Heavens and earth to Hear!

Charity:

Let's Give more to others, and take less for ourselves ( while seeking the Pleasure of our Creator).  Let's redefine our 'needs' so that we do not 'need' or 'Rely on' anything or anyone other than our Creator- Our Source of Existence and Sustenance/Provision. Let's expect less from others, while doing more acts of charity in loving kindness while we strive for Justice and Peace seeking to show more gratitude to our Lord.

 

When we perform regular Charity ( to help those in need, to free the captives, help the oppressed, the poor, the homeless, the orphans and widows etc) it in fact helps to purify our own hearts minds and souls and frees us from our own chains of oppression, our own injustice, our own perception and understanding of sorrow/pain/suffering, breaking us free from slavery to our selfish desires and deadly sins, helping us to gain mastery over our thoughts emotions speech and behaviour so that we are no longer afraid, no longer under the control of our false fears and sinful ways which only invite us to more suffering and sorrow (homelessness, oppression, captivity-we become orphans and widows ).

Fasting:

Fasting (abstinence from food, drink and from engaging in sexual pleasures) for certain periods of time in the day has been prescribed for all the prophets and messengers according to the Abrahamic Scriptures.

 

Regular performance of Willing Abstinence of a substance (or an activity that we normally engage in) for a period of time of anything that we feel we are becoming 'addicted to' other than our Creator- eg gossiping, anger, alcohol, smoking, etc:  if done with the intent of 'sacrifice' seeking the pleasure of our Creator- can help to set us 'free' from all the negative influences over our lives so that we can more willingly fulfil the responsibility that our creator has given to us as humanity. 

Fasting from food and drink- if done in the correct way according to Scripture (and medical advice when necessary) - can have many spiritual and physical benefits (including prolonging life and curing illness) and studies have shown it also helps to heal from sorrow- depression and anxiety including other chronic mental health problems. If done mindfully- Fasting - (while seeking the Pleasure of God and for self-purification)- helps us to draw closer to our Creator become more self-disciplined, more humble, more empathic towards the suffering and hardship of others, more grateful, more forgiving, more charitable ( and more in all the ways of Peace) while helping to expiate for our past sins and (transform evil to good) as it 'purifies' ours hearts, and removes the toxicity/negativity from our thoughts and emotions. 

Reading Scripture:

Our emotions can confuse us and sometimes lead us astray. When we have lost the ability to judge what is right from wrong due to our previous ways or due to lack of knowledge, our confusion can bring on anxiety and depression as our thoughts and emotions/desires are battling within us to rule over our lives. When we direct our intention to seeking only the Pleasure of serving our Creator Who is Higher than us, then we naturally want to seek knowledge and Truth. God has sent us his prophets and messengers and scriptures as words and examples to help guide humanity out from darkness into light and to help us to transform the negative into positive, our sorrows into joy with His Guidance and Help. Through studying, reciting and learning scripture and seeking to reveal the hidden layers of verses and words, we help to uncover the hidden layers of ourselves and draw closer to knowing The Creator. This process brings upon us Peace, and eases our sense of suffering and despair as we Hold on to the Rope of God. 

Keep Breathing:

Let's take each day as it comes, instead of despairing over the past which we cannot change, or the future which we cannot control- but instead let's learn from yesterday's sorrows and then let them go with each breath of now....Let's use the wisdom of our past negative behaviour and experience to help us transform darkness into light for today, and for tomorrow which will itself bring new opportunities to help us grow, unite, purify ourselves and draw closer to our Creator. Let's not trap ourselves within the confines of labels, or images that remain static, and instead 'Be' who we are with each new breath we take in, and let go of who we were with each breath we breathe out- while seeking righteousness- so that we can become Who we are to Become, Glorify our Maker, and sanctify His Name. 

Patience:

Let's remember that just as good times pass, bad times will also pass. After Hardship comes Ease. Verily after Hardship comes Ease. Let's try to see every negative experience as an opportunity to 'learn' or 'grow' or to prove our commitment to our Creator by not losing Faith or Hope in Him- to help us become more steadfast, Faithful, patient, and to help us gain more empathy and compassion for others who experience similar pain and sorrow. Sorrow and Pain can be a purifying process. Mourning for lost loved ones, grieving together with others through their pain is a healthy and important emotion that itself helps to soften and cleanse our hearts in order to make the journey of Return to our creator more desirable.

Perseverance:

Let us never forget- that our God does not challenge us beyond our capacities- so let's not give up. Always have Hope in His Help. He hears our calls, He knows us better than we know ourselves. Each time we fall, we must try to get back on our feet. Let's Keep trying, with each new breath, each new moment, each new day- Who knows what tomorrow will bring?  Small steps in the right direction will eventually get us to the place we need to be ( if our intentions are directed to Please Him and toward Higher Truth and Success) by His Help and if it be His Will. When we realise that the Peace is in the Journey itself and in The Awareness of The Reality of His Presence within and around us, knowing and firmly believing that our Creator is with us with each step to help Us- our task will be eased, our burdens lightened, and our strength renewed each day of hardship and toil within this physical world of limitations of time and space. He will help us to break free from our limitations which our minds impose on us once we discover that Love has no limitations in time or space. When will the Help of God come?- we all ask ourselves this question sometimes- but let's not despair! The Help of God is Near...

Forgiveness/Repentance:

Let's let go of any resentment we have unto others that have caused us pain and suffering by making excuses for them, and through mercy and compassion- would we not want that our Lord have Mercy on us? Let's learn from our experience, and let it go...practice the art of pardoning our brethren- we are all children of Adam -none of us are perfect if we are human- perhaps their mistakes have helped them in their paths to Higher Truth and Awareness of their Creator? The more we can let go of the resentment and bitterness in our hearts, the more easily we will heal form the sorrows this draws down upon us, and the more worthy we will feel for receiving forgiveness and Mercy from our Creator who too will 'let go' of the pain and suffering that has been caused due to our own mistakes and enable us to use this wisdom to be able to become more 'aware' of our 'Oneness' with True Reality. 

Invest in Doing good:

Let's use every moment of our Lives to the best of our potentials to invest our time and strength and resources in doing good deeds. Let's invest in the Hereafter instead of in this physical temporary world. Time is precious. The choice is ours. The more we sow and plant good in this world ( according to our abilities, gifts, talents, blessings- while seeking to fulfil the Will of our Creator and His Pleasure) the more we will reap in the next. Are we willing to sacrifice our temporary joy in this world for an eternal Joy and Peace in the Hereafter? if so- then perhaps we can breakthrough the limits of time and space and enter the Kingdom of Peace even in this world so that we feel nothing other than Joy and Peace during our hardships and struggles and sacrifices we make ( as we know it is the will of God and HIs Pleasure brings us Pleasure and we are One with Him). 

Balance:

Let's not go to extremes. Moderation and balance in our lives and ways is crucial if we want to be able to be consistent and persevere without giving up or failing on our mission to spread Justice, Peace, Truth and Love. Extremity distracts us from the Straight Path, The Middle Way ( which Unites) and deviates us from our path of Higher Truth. Let's remain open to learning about and respecting all perspectives and ways, cultures and paths while we incline to Truth and  seek Guidance Alone from our God to help us remain on the Straight Path without being tempted to go to all extremes. There is Truth in everything- otherwise it would cease to exist. Everything is in Perfect Balance and Harmony- and God maintains His Creation in Justice- its just our perspectives that remain detached from this Reality due to our own free will and so that our faith can be tested and bring us closer to our Creator. God's Word is the Word "Be!"- He says "Be!" and it is. So every thing that we perceive as 'Reality' has a purpose in God's Intention- otherwise He would stop creating it. This knowledge can help us to gain respect for all creatures of God's Creation, even if we do not yet understand the purpose for their existence. Showing Respect to the infinite paths to Truth, while remaining True, Just, Upright and Faithful to God's  Judgement according our knowledge from Scripture/commandments will help us to live in Peace and Unity within diversity. 

Seeking Good/Peace/Light/Truth/Purpose in All:

Let's seek the good in others and encourage them to discover and reveal their inner Truth and potentials by inviting them to use that good within them to worship their Creator. The more good we do to purify our hearts- the more able we become to see the good in others- for it is the heart that sees, not the eyes. Love enables us to see with our hearts that which the eyes do not see. The more we can see the 'good' in others with love and compassion, the more we ourselves will be able to sanctify the Name of our Creator and discover the hidden Light within ourselves that can help to guide ourselves and others from darkness unto Light, from sorrow to joy, from depression and anxiety to the Kingdom of Inner Peace. The more at Peace we are with our Creator, the more able and willing we become to seek to make with everything and everyone around us. Our Light shines unto others bringing them peace, our words of peace are heard and have effect on the whole world and even beyond. The more we seek to make peace between our brethren, the more we peace with ourselves. Let's seek to make peace rather than to cause division. 

Small Kindnesses:

Let's remember that even just one smile, or feeding a stray dog, or picking up a piece of litter from the street, or letting someone go in front of you in a queue, or standing up on a bus to let a pregnant or elderly person to take your place.. or any other small act of kindness can help to transform another's sorrow into happiness- as it reminds and encourages others to do the same, and brings them Hope in their daily struggles and hardships. Kindness is free. It costs nothing, just a little effort. Small kindnesses help to purify us and others from their sorrows and enable us to perform Higher and more challenging Kindnesses by strengthening our hearts with love and compassion for others.

Blessings in disguise:

What we might think is good for us might be bad for us and what we think is bad for us might be good for us. God knows best. When we let go of our need to 'understand' the reasons why things happen the way they do, this can bring on ourselves false happiness, or unnecessary sorrow. Surrendering to a Plan that is beyond our understanding while we try our best according to the knowledge wisdom and blessings that we have been granted can help us to feel more 'at peace' with experiences that we would otherwise perceive to be 'negative' or to view our prayers as being 'unanswered.' Just because our prayers are not answered in the way that we want, does not mean that they are not heard or answered. When we start to see sorrow as a 'blessing in disguise' it brings us to feel more at peace with our pain and suffering and we are less likely to label it in our minds in a negative way. Instead we become more likely that we we look for the good, even in what we perceive to be 'bad.'  

Mercy:

Let's choose Mercy over revenge. The more we have mercy on others, the more mercy will be shown to us by our Creator when we have brought sorrow upon our souls due to our ways. When we help to relive the suffering of others by showing mercy and compassion, then in Reality we are sweetening the judgement upon ourselves. Only with Love can we be granted the gift of Mercy unto the Worlds. And Who better to ask for the gift of mercy than from The Most-Merciful?

Justice:

Let's pursue Justice. When we seek to free others from oppression, corruption, injustice, poverty etc, we are in fact striving to free ourselves from slavery to our oppressed and suffering self. If we do this while seeking the Pleasure of our Creator and in order to Glorify Him and sanctify His Name, He helps us, strengthens our hearts in Faith, shields us with Peace and works through us to bring Justice, Peace, Love and Truth to all the worlds.

Gratitude

The more we are grateful- the less room we have for sorrow or despair- and the easier it becomes to transform sorrow into Joy. But what is gratitude? Is it enough to just feel grateful in our hearts? How are we choosing to and making effort to use our blessings gifts and abilities as human beings to 'express' our gratitude to Our Creator through our garments of thought speech and action? How can we elevate our work in this physical life so that we use it to show more gratitude? 

Here are some self-reflection questions that might help us:

Avoid:

Let's AVOID sin, and all paths that we know will lead to sin ( according to the wisdom and knowledge we have gained through Scripture and Experience) 

Let's AVOID Mocking others- Let's ponder in awe and seek to learn from others instead of mocking them

Let's AVOID Backbiting, gossiping, slandering

Let's AVOID Alcohol/Intoxicants which cloud our consciousness and distract us from the remembrance of God

Let's AVOID Running away from responsibility- Can we really run away from our sorrows? or will they just chase after us and surround us even more? Can we escape our destiny? Can we run away from God by turning our face away, covering our ears and closing our eyes?

Let's REFUSE to chase after the delusional temporary pleasures of this worldly life: for knowledge wisdom and understanding are better and more lasting ( more precious than gold or silver). The physical pleasures we chase due to our selfish desires ( ego, lust, envy, gluttony, greed, sloth etc)  prevent us from 'breaking through' the difficult paths which bring us closer to Higher Truth. Let's not take the easy path but the difficult path- let's not run away from the responsibilities we have to pursue Truth, Justice Love and Peace.

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Some Scripture Verses on 'Sorrow'

In the beginning of God's creation of the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was astonishingly empty, and darkness was on the face of the deep, and the spirit of God was hovering over the face of the water. And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. And God saw the light that it was good, and God separated between the light and between the darkness. And God called the light day, and the darkness He called night, and it was evening and it was morning, one day. And God said, "Let there be an expanse in the midst of the water, and let it be a separation between water and water." And God made the expanse and it separated between the water that was below the expanse and the water that was above the expanse, and it was so. And God called the expanse Heaven, and it was evening, and it was morning, a second day. And God said, "Let the water that is beneath the heavens gather into one place, and let the dry land appear," and it was so. And God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas, and God saw that it was good. And God said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation, seed yielding herbs and fruit trees producing fruit according to its kind in which its seed is found, on the earth," and it was so. And the earth gave forth vegetation, seed yielding herbs according to its kind, and trees producing fruit, in which its seed is found, according to its kind, and God saw that it was good. And it was evening, and it was morning, a third day. And God said, "Let there be luminaries in the expanse of the heavens, to separate between the day and between the night, and they shall be for signs and for appointed seasons and for days and years. And they shall be for luminaries in the expanse of the heavens to shed light upon the earth." And it was so. And God made the two great luminaries: the great luminary to rule the day and the lesser luminary to rule the night, and the stars. And God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to shed light upon the earth. And to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate between the light and between the darkness, and God saw that it was good. And it was evening, and it was morning, a fourth day. And God said, "Let the waters swarm a swarming of living creatures, and let fowl fly over the earth, across the expanse of the heavens." And God created the great sea monsters, and every living creature that crawls, with which the waters swarmed, according to their kind, and every winged fowl, according to its kind, and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters of the seas, and let the fowl multiply upon the earth." And it was evening, and it was morning, a fifth day. And God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kind, cattle and creeping things and the beasts of the earth according to their kind," and it was so. And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kind and the cattle according to their kind, and all the creeping things of the ground according to their kind, and God saw that it was good. And God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and they shall rule over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the heaven and over the animals and over all the earth and over all the creeping things that creep upon the earth." And God created man in His image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. And God created man in His image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. And God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and rule over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the sky and over all the beasts that tread upon the earth. " And God said, "Behold, I have given you every seed bearing herb, which is upon the surface of the entire earth, and every tree that has seed bearing fruit; it will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and to all the fowl of the heavens, and to everything that moves upon the earth, in which there is a living spirit, every green herb to eat," and it was so. And God saw all that He had made, and behold it was very good, and it was evening and it was morning, the sixth day. Genesis chapter 1

 

Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22

 

For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5

 

How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Psalm 13:2

 

Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. Psalm 90:10

 

Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more. I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods or take up their names on my lips. Psalm 16:4

 

How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, Having sorrow in my heart all the day? How long will my enemy be exalted over me? Consider and answer me, O LORD my God; Enlighten my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death, and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” And my adversaries will rejoice when I am shaken. But I have trusted in Your lovingkindness; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, Because He has dealt bountifully with me. Psalm 13:1-6

 

Be merciful to me, LORD, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and body with grief. Psalm 31:9

 

O LORD, do not rebuke me in Your anger, Nor chasten me in Your wrath. Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am pining away; Heal me, O LORD, for my bones are dismayed. And my soul is greatly dismayed; But You, O LORD—how long? Return, O LORD, rescue my soul; Save me because of Your lovingkindness. For there is no mention of You in death; In Sheol who will give You thanks? I am weary with my sighing; Every night I make my bed swim, I dissolve my couch with my tears. My eye has wasted away with grief; It has become old because of all my adversaries. Depart from me, all you who do iniquity, For the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping. LORD has heard my supplication, The LORD receives my prayer. All my enemies will be ashamed and greatly dismayed; They shall turn back, they will suddenly be ashamed. Psalm 6:1-7

 

By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down and wept, When we remembered Zion. Upon the willows in the midst of it We hung our harps. For there our captors demanded of us songs, And our tormentors mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion.” How can we sing the LORD’S song In a foreign land? If I forget you, O Jerusalem, May my right hand forget her skill. May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth, If I do not remember you, If I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy. Remember , O LORD, against the sons of Edom The day of Jerusalem, who said, “Raze it, raze it to its very foundation.” O daughter of Babylon, you devastated one, How blessed will be the one who repays you with the recompense with which you have repaid us. How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little ones against the rock. Psalm 137 

 

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

 

But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless. Psalm 10:14

 

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds. Psalm 73:26

 

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for the sake of His name. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORd forever. Psalm 23

 

In those days Hezekiah became mortally ill. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him and said to him, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.’” Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, and said, “Remember now, O LORD, I beseech You, how I have walked before You in truth and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah, saying, “Go and say to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of your father David, “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will add fifteen years to your life. “I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city.”’ Isaiah 38:1-7

 

Therefore I said, “Turn away from me; let me weep bitterly. Do not try to console me over the destruction of my people.” Isaiah 22:4

 

The Lord, the LORD Almighty, called you on that day to weep and to wail, to tear out your hair and put on sackcloth. Isaiah 22:12

 

Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53

 

 

and those the LORD has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. Isaiah 35:10

 

Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord: "In all the squares there shall be wailing; and in all the streets they shall say, 'Alas! alas!' They shall call the farmers to mourning and to wailing those who are skilled in lamentation, and in all vineyards there shall be wailing, for I will pass through the midst of you," says the LORD. Amos 5:16-17

 

I will turn your religious festivals into mourning and all your singing into weeping. I will make all of you wear sackcloth and shave your heads. I will make that time like mourning for an only son and the end of it like a bitter day. Amos 8:10

 

She died at Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her. Genesis 23:2

 

Jacob mourned for Joseph a long time, and to show his sorrow he tore his clothes and wore sackcloth. All of Jacob's children came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. “No,” he said, “I will go to my grave, mourning for my son.” So Jacob kept on grieving. Genesis 37:34-36

 

 

Joseph threw himself on his father and wept over him and kissed him. Joseph directed the physicians in his service to embalm his father Israel. So the physicians embalmed him, taking a full forty days, for that was the time required for embalming. And the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days. Genesis 50:1-3

 

 

Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone. The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the time of weeping and mourning was over. Deuteronomy 34:7-9

 

For no one is cast off by the Lord forever. Though He brings grief, He will show compassion. So Great is His unfailing Love . For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone. Lamentations 3:31-33

 

Her foes have become her masters; her enemies are at ease. The Lord has brought her grief because of her many sins. Her children have gone into exile, captive before the foe. Lamentations 1:5

 

Why did I ever come out of the womb to see trouble and sorrow and to end my days in shame? Jeremiah 20:18

 

Since my people are crushed, I am crushed; I mourn, and horror grips.. Jeremiah 8:21

 

Woe to me because of my injury! My wound is incurable! Yet I said to myself, “This is my sickness, and I must endure it.” Jeremiah 10:19

 

Weep not for the dead, neither bemoan him: weep for him who goes away, for he will return no more, nor see his native land. Jeremiah 22:10

 

And if you do not hearken to it, in secret my soul will weep because of your pride and my eye shall weep sore and run down with tears, for the Lord's flock has been captured. Jeremiah 13:17

 

Judah mourns, and her cities are cut off; they have become blackened to the ground, and the cry of Jerusalem has risen. Jeremiah 14:2

 

With weeping will they come, and with supplications will I lead them, along brooks of water will I make them go, on a straight road upon which they will not stumble, for I have become a Father to Israel, and Ephraim is My firstborn. Hear the word of the Lord, O nations, and declare it on the islands from afar, and say, "He Who scattered Israel will gather them together and watch them as a shepherd his flock. For the Lord has redeemed Jacob and has saved him out of the hand of him who is stronger than he. And they shall come and jubilate on the height of Zion, and they will stream to the goodness of the Lord, over corn, wine, and oil, and over sheep and cattle, and their soul shall be like a well-watered garden, and they shall have no further worry at all. Then shall the virgin rejoice in the round dance with music, and the young men and the old men together, and I will turn their mourning into joy and will comfort them and make them rejoice from their sorrow. And I will refresh the soul of the priests with fat, and My people-they will be satisfied with My goodness, is the word of the Lord. So says the Lord: A voice is heard on high, lamentation, bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children, she refuses to be comforted for her children for they are not. So says the Lord: Refrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for there is reward for your work, says the Lord, and they shall come back from the land of the enemy. And there is hope for your future, says the Lord, and the children shall return to their own border. I have indeed heard Ephraim complaining, [saying,] "You have chastised me, and I was chastised as an ungoaded calf, O lead me back, and I will return, for You are the Lord, my God. For after my return I have completely changed my mind, and after I had been brought to know myself, I smote upon my thigh; I was ashamed, yea I stood confounded, for I bore the reproach of my youth." "Is Ephraim a son who is dear to Me? Is he a child who is dandled? For whenever I speak of him, I still remember him: therefore, My very innards are agitated for him; I will surely have compassion on him," says the Lord. Set up markers for yourself, place small palms for yourself, put your heart to the highway, the road upon which you went. Return, O virgin of Israel, return to these your cities. Set up markers for yourself, place small palms for yourself, put your heart to the highway, the road upon which you went. Return, O virgin of Israel, return to these your cities. How long will you hide, O backsliding daughter? For the Lord has created something new on the earth, a woman shall go after a man. So said the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel; They shall yet say this thing in the land of Judah and in its cities when I return their captivity; May the Lord bless You, dwelling of righteousness, holy mount. And Judah shall dwell therein and [in] all its cities together, farmers and those who travel with flocks. For I have sated the faint soul, and every worried soul have I replenished…. Jeremiah 31:8-24

 

Had you hearkened to My commandments, your peace would be as a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea. Isaiah 48:18

 

"There is no peace," said the Lord. "for the wicked." Isaiah 48:22

 

Mourn for her, all who live around her, all who know her fame; say, ‘How broken is the mighty scepter, how broken the glorious staff!’ Jeremiah 48:17

 

The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the time of weeping and mourning was over. Deuteronomy 34:8

 

Cry and wail, O son of man, for it will be upon My people, it is upon all the princes of Israel; those gathered to the sword, they were with My people; therefore, clap upon your thigh. Ezekiel 21:17

 

And they will cause their voice to be heard over you and cry out bitterly; they will cast up dust upon their heads; they will wallow in ashes. And they will tear out their hair because of you, and they will gird themselves with sackcloth and weep over you with a bitter soul, with a bitter lamentation. And they will lift up over you with their wailing a lamentation, and they will lament over you, "Who is like Tyre, as Dummah in the midst of the sea?" When your merchandise came out of the sea, you sated many peoples; with the abundance of your riches and your possessions you made rich the kings of the earth. At the time you are broken by the seas in the depth of the water, your possessions and all your company will have fallen into your midst… Ezekiel 27:30-34

 

 

And the Lord said to him, "Pass through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and you shall mark a sign upon the foreheads of the men who are sighing and moaning over all the abominations that were done in its midst." Ezekiel 9:4

 

I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of the Lord’s wrath. He has driven me away and made me walk in darkness rather than light; indeed, he has turned his hand against me again and again, all day long.

He has made my skin and my flesh grow old and has broken my bones. He has besieged me and surrounded me with bitterness and hardship. He has made me dwell in darkness like those long dead. He has walled me in so I cannot escape; he has weighed me down with chains. Even when I call out or cry for help, he shuts out my prayer. He has barred my way with blocks of stone; he has made my paths crooked. Like a bear lying in wait, like a lion in hiding, he dragged me from the path and mangled me and left me without help. He drew his bow and made me the target for his arrows. He pierced my heart with arrows from his quiver. I became the laughingstock of all my people; they mock me in song all day long.

He has filled me with bitter herbs and given me gall to drink. He has broken my teeth with gravel; He has trampled me in the dust.

I have been deprived of peace; I have forgotten what prosperity is. So I say, “My splendor is gone and all that I had hoped from the Lord.” I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young. Let him sit alone in silence, for the Lord has laid it on him. Let him bury his face in the dust—
there may yet be hope. Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him, and let him be filled with disgrace. For no one is cast off by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone.

To crush underfoot all prisoners in the land,

to deny people their rights before the Most High, to deprive them of justice— would not the Lord see such things? Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come? Why should the living complain when punished for their sins?

Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven, and say: “We have sinned and rebelled and you have not forgiven. “You have covered yourself with anger and pursued us; you have slain without pity. You have covered yourself with a cloud so that no prayer can get through. You have made us scum and refuse among the nations. “All our enemies have opened their mouths wide against us. We have suffered terror and pitfalls, ruin and destruction.” Streams of tears flow from my eyes because my people are destroyed. My eyes will flow unceasingly, without relief, until the Lord looks down from heaven and sees. What I see brings grief to my soul because of all the women of my city. Those who were my enemies without cause hunted me like a bird. They tried to end my life in a pit and threw stones at me; the waters closed over my head, and I thought I was about to perish. I called on your name, Lord,
from the depths of the pit. You heard my plea: “Do not close your ears to my cry for relief.” You came near when I called you, and you said, “Do not fear.” You, Lord, took up my case; you redeemed my life. Lord, you have seen the wrong done to me. Uphold my cause! You have seen the depth of their vengeance, all their plots against me. Lord, you have heard their insults, all their plots against me—what my enemies whisper and mutter against me all day long. Look at them! Sitting or standing, they mock me in their songs. Pay them back what they deserve, Lord, for what their hands have done. Put a veil over their hearts, and may your curse be on them! Pursue them in anger and destroy them from under the heavens of the Lord. Lamentations 3

 

When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. Nehemiah 1:4

 

No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:5-9

 

Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk and said to her, “How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine.” “Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the LORD. Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.” Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.” She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast. Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the LORD and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the LORD remembered her. So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the LORD for him.”

1 Samuel 1:13-20

 

Then Hannah prayed and said: “My heart rejoices in the LORD; in the LORD my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance. “There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. “Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the LORD is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed. “The bows of the warriors are broken, but those who stumbled are armed with strength. Those who were full hire themselves out for food, but those who were hungry are hungry no more. She who was barren has borne seven children, but she who has had many sons pines away. “The LORD brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up. The LORD sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. “For the foundations of the earth are the LORD’s; on them he has set the world. He will guard the feet of his faithful servants, but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness. “It is not by strength that one prevails; those who oppose the LORD will be broken. The Most High will thunder from heaven; the LORD will judge the ends of the earth. “He will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.” 1 Samuel 2:1-10

 

Joab was told, “The king is weeping and mourning for Absalom.” And for the whole army the victory that day was turned into mourning, because on that day the troops heard it said, “The king is grieving for his son.” The men stole into the city that day as men steal in who are ashamed when they flee from battle. The king covered his face and cried aloud, “O my son Absalom! O Absalom, my son, my son!” Then Joab went into the house to the king and said, “Today you have humiliated all your men, who have just saved your life and the lives of your sons and daughters and the lives of your wives and concubines. You love those who hate you and hate those who love you. You have made it clear today that the commanders and their men mean nothing to you. I see that you would be pleased if Absalom were alive today and all of us were dead. Now go out and encourage your men. I swear by the LORD that if you don’t go out, not a man will be left with you by nightfall. This will be worse for you than all the calamities that have come on you from your youth till now.” So the king got up and took his seat in the gateway. When the men were told, “The king is sitting in the gateway,” they all came before him. Meanwhile, the Israelites had fled to their homes. Throughout the tribes of Israel, all the people were arguing among themselves, saying, “The king delivered us from the hand of our enemies; he is the one who rescued us from the hand of the Philistines. But now he has fled the country to escape from Absalom; and Absalom, whom we anointed to rule over us, has died in battle. So why do you say nothing about bringing the king back?” King David sent this message to Zadok and Abiathar, the priests: “Ask the elders of Judah, ‘Why should you be the last to bring the king back to his palace, since what is being said throughout Israel has reached the king at his quarters? You are my relatives, my own flesh and blood. So why should you be the last to bring back the king?’ And say to Amasa, ‘Are you not my own flesh and blood? May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if you are not the commander of my army for life in place of Joab.’” He won over the hearts of the men of Judah so that they were all of one mind. They sent word to the king, “Return, you and all your men.” 2 Samuel 19:1-14

 

What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. 

Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 

There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor? James 4:1-12

 

Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days.  Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you. Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned. Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins. James 5:1-20

 

Because of this I will weep and wail; I will go about barefoot and naked. I will howl like a jackal and moan like an owl. Micah 1:8

 

 

A prophecy: The word of the LORD concerning Israel. The LORD, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the human spirit within a person, declares: “I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. On that day I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness,” declares the LORD. “I will keep a watchful eye over Judah, but I will blind all the horses of the nations. Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the LORD Almighty is their God.’ “On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a firepot in a woodpile, like a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consume all the surrounding peoples right and left, but Jerusalem will remain intact in her place. “The LORD will save the dwellings of Judah first, so that the honor of the house of David and of Jerusalem’s inhabitants may not be greater than that of Judah. On that day the LORD will shield those who live in Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of the LORD going before them. On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem. Zechariah 12:1-9

 

“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. On that day the weeping in Jerusalem will be as great as the weeping of Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. The land will mourn, each clan by itself, with their wives by themselves: the clan of the house of David and their wives, the clan of the house of Nathan and their wives, the clan of the house of Levi and their wives, the clan of Shimei and their wives, and all the rest of the clans and their wives “On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity…. Zechariah 12:10-13:1

 

For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief. Ecclesiastes 1:18

 

I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless. “Laughter,” I said, “is madness. And what does pleasure accomplish?” I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly—my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was good for people to do under the heavens during the few days of their lives. I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me. I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired male and female singers, and a harem as well—the delights of a man’s heart. I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me. I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my labor, and this was the reward for all my toil. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun. Then I turned my thoughts to consider wisdom, and also madness and folly. What more can the king’s successor do than what has already been done? I saw that wisdom is better than folly, just as light is better than darkness. The wise have eyes in their heads, while the fool walks in the darkness; but I came to realize that the same fate overtakes them both. Then I said to myself, “The fate of the fool will overtake me also. What then do I gain by being wise?” I said to myself, “This too is meaningless.” For the wise, like the fool, will not be long remembered; the days have already come when both have been forgotten. Like the fool, the wise too must die! So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. And who knows whether that person will be wise or foolish? Yet they will have control over all the fruit of my toil into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless. So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. 

For a person may labor with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then they must leave all they own to another who has not toiled for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune. What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun? All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless. A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?  To the person who pleases Him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner He gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 2:1-26

 

   There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven— A time to give birth and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance. A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing. A time to search and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; A time to be silent and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate; A time for war and a time for peace. What profit is there to the worker from that in which he toils? I have seen the task which God has given the sons of men with which to occupy themselves. Ecclesiastes 3:1-10

 

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. Ecclesiastes 3:11-13

 

 Then Ezra withdrew from before the house of God and went to the room of Jehohanan son of Eliashib. While he was there, he ate no food and drank no water, because he continued to mourn over the unfaithfulness of the exiles. Ezra 10:6

 

 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4

 

Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things. But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.” John 16:6-15

 

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.  I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe.

I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me. “Come now; let us leave. John 14:27-31

 

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the keeper of the vineyard. He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, and every branch that does bear fruit, He prunes to make it even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit by itself unless it remains in the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me. I am the vine and you are the branches. The one who remains in Me, and I in him, will bear much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers. Such branches are gathered up, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, proving yourselves to be My disciples. John 15:1-8

 

Aware that they wanted to question Him, Jesus said to them, “Are you asking one another why I said, ‘In a little while you will not see Me, and then after a little while you will see Me’? Truly, truly, I tell you, you will weep and wail while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. A woman has pain in childbirth because her time has come; but when she brings forth her child, she forgets her anguish because of her joy that a child has been born into the world. So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. John 16:19-22

 

When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. Jesus wept. John 11:33-35

 

Jesus, once again deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” Jesus said. “Lord, by now he stinks,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man. “It has already been four days.” Jesus replied, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”So  they took away the stone. Then Jesus lifted His eyes upward and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. I knew that You always hear Me, but I say this for the benefit of the people standing here, so they may believe that You sent Me.” After  Jesus had said this, He called out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The man who had been dead came out with his hands and feet bound in strips of linen, and his face wrapped in a cloth. “Unwrap him and let him go,” Jesus told them. John 11:38-44

 

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.” Mathew 5:3-20

 

But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Mathew 8:12

 

Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly. Mathew 26:75

 

Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. Mathew 24:30

 

Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Mathew 26:36-39

 

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Mathew 11:28-30

 

When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. Luke 22:45

 

Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Luke 6:21

 

Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.” Luke 8:52

 

When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes. “For the days will come upon you when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you, and surround you and hem you in on every side, and they will level you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.” Luke 19:41-45

 

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 1 Peter 1:6

 

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” Job 1:8-12

 

My eyes have grown dim with grief; my whole frame is but a shadow. The upright are appalled at this; the innocent are aroused against the ungodly. Nevertheless, the righteous will hold to their ways, and those with clean hands will grow stronger. “But come on, all of you, try again! I will not find a wise man among you. My days have passed, my plans are shattered. Yet the desires of my heart turn night into day; in the face of the darkness light is near. Job17:7-12

 

But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction. “He is wooing you from the jaws of distress to a spacious place free from restriction, to the comfort of your table laden with choice food. But now you are laden with the judgment due the wicked; judgment and justice have taken hold of you. Be careful that no one entices you by riches; do not let a large bribe turn you aside. Would your wealth or even all your mighty efforts sustain you so you would not be in distress? Do not long for the night, to drag people away from their homes. Beware of turning to evil, which you seem to prefer to affliction.” God is exalted in his power. Who is a teacher like him? Who has prescribed his ways for him, or said to him, ‘You have done wrong’? Job 36:15-23

 

Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value, but righteousness delivers from death. Proverbs 10:2

 

The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked. Proverbs 10:3

 

Whoever winks maliciously causes grief, and a chattering fool comes to ruin. Proverbs 10:10

 

Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs. Proverbs 10:12

 

The wages of the righteous is life, but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death. Proverbs 10:16

 

The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value. Proverbs 10:20

 

The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, without painful toil for it. Proverbs 10:22

 

A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes, but a person of understanding delights in wisdom. Proverbs 10:23

 

The fear of the LORD adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short. Proverbs 10:27

 

The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing. Proverbs 10:28

 

The way of the LORD is a refuge for the blameless, but it is the ruin of those who do evil. Proverbs 10:29

 

The LORD detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him. Proverbs 11:1

 

The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity. Proverbs 11:3

 

Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. Proverbs 11:4

 

The righteousness of the blameless makes their paths straight, but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness. Proverbs 11:5

 

The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires. Proverbs 11:6

 

Hopes placed in mortals die with them; all the promise of their power comes to nothing. Proverbs 11:7

 

The righteous person is rescued from trouble, and it falls on the wicked instead. Proverbs 11:8

 

With their mouths the godless destroy their neighbors, but through knowledge the righteous escape.Proverbs 11:9

 

When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy. Proverbs 11:10

 

Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.Proverbs 11:11

 

Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.Proverbs 11:12

 

Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves. Proverbs 11:17

 

The LORD detests those whose hearts are perverse, but he delights in those whose ways are blameless. Proverbs 11:20

 

Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will go free. Proverbs 11:21

 

In the name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful. 

Praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds.

The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Master of the Day of Judgment. It is You we worship, and upon You we call for help. Guide us to the straight path. The path of those You have blessed, not of those against whom there is anger, nor of those who are misguided. Quran chapter 1

 

When his Lord said to him, “Submit!” He said, “I have submitted to the Lord of the Worlds.” And Abraham exhorted his sons, and Jacob, “O my sons, God has chosen this religion for you, so do not die unless you have submitted.” Or were you witnesses when death approached Jacob, and he said to his sons, “What will you worship after Me?” They said, “We will worship your God, and the God of your fathers, Abraham, Ishmael, and Isaac; One God; and to Him we submit.” Quran 2:131-133

 

So remember Me, and I will remember you. And thank Me, and do not be ungrateful. O you who believe! Seek help through patience and prayers. God is with the steadfast. And do not say of those who are killed in the cause of God, “Dead.” Rather, they are alive, but you do not perceive. We will certainly test you with some fear and hunger, and some loss of possessions and lives and crops. But give good news to the steadfast. Those who, when a calamity afflicts them, say, “To God we belong, and to Him we will return.” Upon these are blessings and mercy from their Lord. These are the guided ones. Quran 2:152-157

 

O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become righteous. Quran 2:183

 

Or do you expect to enter Paradise before the example of those who came before you had reached you? Adversity and hardship had afflicted them, and they were so shaken up, that the Messenger and those who believed with him said, “When is God’s victory?” Indeed, God’s victory is near. Quran 2:214

 

And when Abraham said, “My Lord, show me how You give life to the dead.” He said, “Have you not believed?” He said, “Yes, but to put my heart at ease.” He said, “Take four birds, and incline them to yourself, then place a part on each hill, then call to them; and they will come rushing to you. And know that God is Powerful and Wise.” The parable of those who spend their wealth in God’s way is that of a grain that produces seven spikes; in each spike is a hundred grains. God multiplies for whom He wills. God is Bounteous and Knowing. Those who spend their wealth in the way of God, and then do not follow up what they spent with reminders of their generosity or with insults, will have their reward with their Lord—they have nothing to fear, nor shall they grieve. Kind words and forgiveness are better than charity followed by insults. God is Rich and Clement. O you who believe! Do not nullify your charitable deeds with reminders and hurtful words, like him who spends his wealth to be seen by the people, and does not believe in God and the Last Day. His likeness is that of a smooth rock covered with soil: a downpour strikes it, and leaves it bare—they gain nothing from their efforts. God does not guide the disbelieving people. And the parable of those who spend their wealth seeking God’s approval, and to strengthen their souls, is that of a garden on a hillside. If heavy rain falls on it, its produce is doubled; and if no heavy rain falls, then dew is enough. God is seeing of everything you do. Would anyone of you like to have a garden of palms and vines, under which rivers flow—with all kinds of fruit in it for him, and old age has stricken him, and he has weak children—then a tornado with fire batters it, and it burns down? Thus God makes clear the signs for you, so that you may reflect. O you who believe! Give of the good things you have earned, and from what We have produced for you from the earth. And do not pick the inferior things to give away, when you yourselves would not accept it except with eyes closed. And know that God is Sufficient and Praiseworthy. Satan promises you poverty, and urges you to immorality; but God promises you forgiveness from Himself, and grace. God is Embracing and Knowing. He gives wisdom to whomever He wills. Whoever is given wisdom has been given much good. But none pays heed except those with insight. Whatever charity you give, or a pledge you fulfill, God knows it. The wrongdoers have no helpers. If you give charity openly, that is good. But if you keep it secret, and give it to the needy in private, that is better for you. It will atone for some of your misdeeds. God is cognizant of what you do. Their guidance is not your responsibility, but God guides whom He wills. Any charity you give is for your own good. Any charity you give shall be for the sake of God. Any charity you give will be repaid to you in full, and you will not be wronged. It is for the poor; those who are restrained in the way of God, and unable to travel in the land. The unaware would think them rich, due to their dignity. You will recognize them by their features. They do not ask from people insistently. Whatever charity you give, God is aware of it. Those who spend their wealth by night and day, privately and publicly, will receive their reward from their Lord. They have nothing to fear, nor shall they grieve. Quran 2:260-274

 

Those who believe, and do good deeds, and pray regularly, and give charity—they will have their reward with their Lord; they will have no fear, nor shall they grieve. Quran 2:277

 

God does not burden any soul beyond its capacity. To its credit is what it earns, and against it is what it commits. “Our Lord, do not condemn us if we forget or make a mistake. Our Lord, do not burden us as You have burdened those before us. Our Lord, do not burden us with more than we have strength to bear; and pardon us, and forgive us, and have mercy on us. You are our Lord and Master, so help us against the disbelieving people.” Quran 2:286

 

“Our Lord, do not cause our hearts to swerve after You have guided us, and bestow on us mercy from Your presence; You are the Giver.” Quran 3:8

 

It is; but if you persevere and remain cautious, and they attack you suddenly, your Lord will reinforce you with five thousand angels, well trained. God made it but a message of hope for you, and to reassure your hearts thereby. Victory comes only from God the Almighty, the Wise. Quran 3:125-126

 

Every soul will have a taste of death, and you will receive your recompense on the Day of Resurrection. Whoever is swayed from the Fire, and admitted to Paradise, has won. The life of this world is merely enjoyment of delusion. You will be tested through your possessions and your persons; and you will hear from those who received the Scripture before you, and from the idol worshipers, much abuse. But if you persevere and lead a righteous life—that indeed is a mark of great determination. God received a pledge from those who were given the Scripture: “You shall proclaim it to the people, and not conceal it.” But they disregarded it behind their backs, and exchanged it for a small price. What a miserable exchange they made. Do not think that those who rejoice in what they have done, and love to be praised for what they have not done—do not think they can evade the punishment. They will have a painful punishment. To God belongs the sovereignty of the heavens and the earth. God has power over all things. In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, are signs for people of understanding. Those who remember God while standing, and sitting, and on their sides; and they reflect upon the creation of the heavens and the earth: “Our Lord, You did not create this in vain, glory to You, so protect us from the punishment of the Fire.”“Our Lord, whomever You commit to the Fire, You have disgraced. The wrongdoers will have no helpers.” “Our Lord, we have heard a caller calling to the faith: `Believe in your Lord,' and we have believed. Our Lord! Forgive us our sins, and remit our misdeeds, and make us die in the company of the virtuous.” “Our Lord, and give us what You have promised us through Your messengers, and do not disgrace us on the Day of Resurrection. Surely You never break a promise.” And so their Lord answered them: “I will not waste the work of any worker among you, whether male or female. You are one of another. For those who emigrated, and were expelled from their homes, and were persecuted because of Me, and fought and were killed—I will remit for them their sins, and will admit them into gardens beneath which rivers flow—a reward from God. With God is the ultimate reward.” Quran 3:185-195

 

O you who believe! Intoxicants, gambling, idolatry, and divination are abominations of Satan’s doing. Avoid them, so that you may prosper. Satan wants to provoke strife and hatred among you through intoxicants and gambling, and to prevent you from the remembrance of God, and from prayer. Will you not desist? Quran 5:90-91

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