Get Up and Do Your Thing

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By Wael Abdelgawad |

Life has been challenging lately. In July I’ve faced some financial setbacks, and also some personal setbacks that have hit me hard, and drained me emotionally to the point where sometimes I just sit in my padded computer chair and don’t feel like getting up. I feel like I hardly have the energy to get up and prepare some food to eat, let alone pray, work, go to class, care for my daughter…

And yet I do get up. I go out and teach a 2.5 hour martial arts class and I do it with vigor, because my students are looking to me for guidance and inspiration. I get up and do my volunteer job at the Muslim community center. I get up and take my daughter to the lake or the masjid, and have a tea party with her, and read her the latest chapter of “Fish Face”. I laugh with her and love her with everything I’ve got, because she needs me. I don’t have time for self-pity.

I get up and do my thing, because that’s what it is to be a man (or woman), to be a father (or mother), to be a Muslim, to be a friend, to be alive! You get up and do what you have to do. You pick your foot up and take a step, then lift the other one and take another step, and before you know it you are moving ahead, and time has passed and your problems have diminished and don’t hurt quite so much, or maybe you have overcome them entirely, because you are experiencing the joy of life. Your love for Allah, and your gratitude, and your attentiveness to the beauty and blessings around you, all wash the pain away like a river.

That’s what it is to be alive. SubhanAllah.

So, to all those reading this now, I send you light and love, and I know that no matter what physical or emotional aches you are experiencing, you will rise each morning with gratitude, you will take a step and move ahead, you will love and laugh, you will push self-pity to the side and live your lives with commitment, in the short time that we all have on this beautiful ball of brown and blue.

One last note:  Eat healthy foods, drink water and – very important – get enough sleep. These are all critical to maintaining an emotional balance and moving forward in life with a positive attitude.

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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
3 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Amy says:

    I’m almost embarrassed to share this, but it seemed appropriate in light of your post. I had a dream about you way back when you first asked me to become an editor for IA. I guess I had in mind questions about whether I was up to the task, because in the dream I told you that I had a hard time getting up in the morning or doing certain things, and I was thinking those unfortunate habits would sabotage any way I would be helping you further the site. Your answer to me was, “when you want or have to do something, just sit up and wait in bed and resolve yourself to do it…just start by getting up, waking up! And then go about whatever you need to do one step at a time.” All while you were saying this, you were having me sit up in bed (which I didn’t really want to do… I wanted to go back to sleep!). Ah, so now I’m ashamed I blurted this out..but I thought it was a funny little anecdote that would jive with what you wrote!

    • wael says:

      No need to be embarrassed sister, I am glad that I gave good advice. In fact I will use this for my status message!


  2. Sharmin says:

    This is just wonderful.Amy sis got courage so say n admit it.Though it was not necessary i think.Alhamdulillah that she spoke up.Only some have this courage.Plz do keep it up.Thanks for the inspiration.Inshallah i will use this courage on every step of my life.Thanks sis n also too the owner who kept this comment.Good job.Tc.

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