Fly, bumble bee, fly!

Bumble bee and flower

By Wael Abdelgawad for

“Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.” – Mary Kay Ash

Just because someone thinks or says that you are not capable of something, it doesn’t make them right, no matter who they are.

Rather than attend to the insidious whispers of others, believe in Allah the Almighty, who created you as a powerful creature. Do you think Allah would create a weak being to act as His khalifah (agent) on earth?

“Behold, your Lord said to the angels: “I will create a khalifah (vicegerent) on earth.” They said: “Will You place therein one who will make mischief and shed blood? – while we do celebrate Your praises and glorify Your holy (name)?” He said: “I know what ye know not.” (Quran: 2:30)

What do you think that thing was that Allah knew that the angels did not know? Think about it.

Believe in the Messengers and Prophets (peace be upon them), and the Sahabah, all of whom did things that to our modern, “pragmatic” minds, seem impossible.

Believe in yourself, the voice of your conscience, and the urgings of your heart. When you dream of great things, don’t dismiss them as daydreams. They are the promptings of your soul, which knows better than your conscious mind what you can truly achieve.

Fly, bumble bee! Spread your wings and fly.

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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. María says:

    Assalamualaikom Wael,

    More I read, more I like it, I will read all your post little by little, it is like reading my own thoughts, but in english.
    I believe that many of us should be like the bumble-bee, we are capable to do anything until the doubt comes to us.
    That´s why I like the phrase: “the world is yours” because I believe if we focus on something it will happen, if you believe it will happen, maybe not in the way you thought, but at the end you will get it.
    I draw, and I didn´t know I was able to do it until I began, then the world is ours, inshallah.

    God bless you

  2. María says:


    Reading this web has been a before and after in my life, I´m grateful for your Presence in this World, for your Work, for your Faith, for your Passion, for your Endurance, for your Unconditional Love, … for being who you are. Thank God for You.

    Thank you for helping me so much.

    God Bless You and all the People You Love.


  3. wael says:

    Jazak Allah khayr sister, but don’t praise me too much or I’ll get a big head. The most challenging aspect of any sort of public work is to maintain sincerity.


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