Advice from a Cloud (If a Cloud Could Speak)

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Advice from a cloud

By Wael Abdelgawad, with contributions by Arif Kabir |

Everyone deserves water to drink, so shower your kindness on sinners and saints alike.

People will see different things in you:  relief, comfort, or a fearsome sign of a storm. Pay no mind, and go about your life peacefully.

It’s a beautiful thing to provide shade on a hot day (to comfort those in distress).

You sometimes drift aimlessly, but by the will of God, and following your heart, you eventually find the clear current and resume your journey.

Oppose evil with thunder and lightning, but with others be soft as cotton.

Not everything is as it seems:  the darker the cloud, and the heavier the storm, the more water it brings to cleanse the earth and support new life.

Never forget, you are mainly made of water. Make sure to always replenish yourself with pure sustenance.

There’s a rainbow right behind the storm.

Can you think of any other advice a cloud might give? Please share.

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Article by Wael

Wael Abdelgawad is an Egyptian-American living in Fresno, California. He is the founder of several Islamic websites, including and, and also of various technology and travel websites. He is a writer and poet, and has been a web developer since 1997. This project,, is very dear to his heart, as it has allowed him to express ideas that have growing inside him for many years. Wael is divorced and has one lovely young daughter. He practices and teaches martial arts (somewhat obsessively), and loves Islamic books, science fiction, and vanilla fudge ice cream. Wael is an advocate for human rights and blogs about these issues at He is also a volunteer with the MyDeen Muslim youth organization in Fresno. Wael tagged this post with: , , , Read 266 articles by
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  1. Arif Kabir says:

    People will judge and may even see instances of themselves in you (figuring out cloud shapes). Don’t worry about that; just do your job peacefully.

    At times, you will feel down and may collapse under your burden. Don’t worry; on a sunny and optimistic day, your spirits will rise and you will be one again.

  2. Arif Kabir says:

    You have amazing strengths; you can circumvent the world and provide refuge to even brightly shining people (moon and stars).

    People’s hearts are put to rest when they see you. Even if you are not directly showering them with your blessings, they enjoy seeing you even from a distance.

    You sometimes drift aimlessly, but by the will of Allah, you get in the right drift and current again.

    You try your best not to clash with people; after all, it may lead to thunderous arguments.

    People may try to predict your moves (weatherman), but only you can choose your decisions, and only Allah will know what you can do.

    You may get swayed from time to time, but try staying in one [water] state of mind; otherwise, be prepared for a lot of turbulence.

    You look at the small ones under you and smile at their insignificant troubles. Never forget though, your problems are considered likewise for those in the heavens above.

    Make sure to brainstorm before pursuing a course of action. Otherwise, you may be headed down a path of destruction filled with unnecessary conundrums and spinoff actions that you did not attend.

    Never forget, you are mainly made from water. Make sure to always replenish yourself with pure sustenance.

    [These advices are for my fellow clouds and fellow humans.]


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