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“…Call upon your Lord to bring forth for us from the earth its green herbs and its cucumbers and its garlic and its lentils and its onions.” [Moses] said, “Would you exchange what is better for what is less?” [2: 61]

How many times has the world dazzled us so we sought it out fervently, not realising that what we already have is tons better. How often have we exchanged what was better for what was worse, blinded by emotion or greed. Bani Israel did this with regards to food, but we do it every day with regards to a plethora of things; our possessions, our homes, our relationships, etc.

There’s a saying in Arabic that says: “الخير فيما اختاره الله” – which means “Goodness lies in what Allah has chosen for you.” So wait out on the calls of this world and don’t rush to answer it so quickly. If you have a great blessing from God, hold it tight, hold it tight. Perhaps it is the goodness that Allah has chosen for you above all else.

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  • Farhia Yahya from London, UK is a teacher of Qur’anic and Arabic Sciences, and has taught English-speaking audiences in the UK for the past few years. In addition to completing a BSc Biomedical Science degree in London, she has also completed her Arabic, Islamic studies, and Hifdh of Qur’an in Cairo, Egypt. Born in Somalia and raised in the UK, she has lived in various cities around the world and travelling continues to be one of her passions (hey, it’s in the nomadic genes!). Farhia is a published author, upcoming novelist, and a translator of classical Arabic texts. She teaches tailored Islamic courses for sisters online and also runs a blog (as well as its social networks) with a focus on writing around the gems of the Qur’an and the beauty of literature.