Keep Your Head Up and Smile

Beautiful road, forest road, road to the future

By Wael Abdelgawad | IslamicSunrays.com

Keep your head up, smile, and look to the future. You have much yet to do in this life. Ask Allah for guidance, then do what your heart tells you, speak the words that you’ve always held back, and be yourself.

Don’t let the past freeze you in place, and don’t punish yourself for things you cannot change. Everything you’ve experienced:  the happy times, loneliness, laughter and tears, all have meaning, and have all gone into making you who you are. If you have any wisdom or insight, it is probably a result of hardship you’ve experienced in the past.

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” — Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Everything that you do today has meaning. The caress you give a child, the help you give a stranger, the quiet charity, all matter and make a difference, even when you don’t see it. It’s all worth it. Your love maters, your work matters, your life matters.

Keep your head up, and forge forward fee-sabeel-illah. Accept yourself and be at peace. Look ahead and smile. Stand up straight, and don’t bow your head except in prayer. Keep praying, learning, thinking, following your dreams, and loving the people in your life. You are my brothers, my sisters, my heroes.

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Wael Abdelgawad is an Egyptian-American living in Fresno, California. He is the founder of several Islamic websites, including Zawaj.com and IslamicAnswers.com, and also of various technology and travel websites. He is a writer and poet, and has been a web developer since 1997. This project, IslamicSunrays.com, 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 AbolishTorture.com. He is also a volunteer with the MyDeen Muslim youth organization in Fresno. Wael tagged this post with: , , , , , Read 265 articles by
3 Comments Post a Comment
  1. SisterZ says:

    Beautiful words. ‘Helping’ is one thing I can say gives me internal peace.

    SisterZ

  2. Zuber says:

    Truly, you are my Bro, my HERO!

  3. MuratM1262 says:

    DUNNO wt reminded me of Ur sight,Again!
    Al hamdu lil Allaah___
    Finished ‘Fagr prayer’ & Ended up readin ur Blog…!!
    I rlly…nedded smthin 2 cheer me up…
    To make me feel…tht i’ve got a LoT to do in ths Life…bfore Leavin it!!

    Baraka Allaahu feek,

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