Instant Rewards Stunt Growth

Peace be upon you, beautiful human being!

Has the sun ever risen over the horizon in a sudden flash?

Has night instantly blanketed the sky at dusk?

Has a seed ever sprouted into a tree overnight?

Has a caterpillar ever become a butterfly without a long, intense struggle?

Doesn’t it take nine whole months for a baby to come into this world?

It takes time to release the extra weight.

It takes time to build excellent habits.

It takes time to spread your brilliant ideas.

It takes time to build trust, to un-learn all that you were programmed with.

It takes a whole lifetime to finally come home, back to Allah!

Be patient. The day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit.

Fast food is instant and it has zero nutritional value. Staying in bed and snoozing the alarm is instant and it keeps you stuck in your comfort zone. Binging on Netflix is instant, and it hurts way more than it helps. The morning after such an all-nighter, you really wish you hadn’t.

You ignore the root of the problem, and keep treating it at the surface level. Then, you get surprised (whaaaat?!) when you end up with the same results.

Humans value what they get with their efforts more. It’s way better for their growth, too. When you wait for something you want while working for it, it heightens the excitement factor. What’s instant is actually great in-stunting growth.

There are no overnight successes. Just humans, like you & I, who spent years and years chipping away at their art without anyone noticing…humans who were the only ones to cheer themselves on for what seemed to be forever…and suddenly, they became the biggest things on the planet.

It’s crazy, I don’t even know how this happened,” they will say about their wild successes…in total shock and humility.

All praise & thanks to our One God, Who Is The Most Generous. The One Who Recognizes and Rewards our efforts. Alhamdulillah.

Some Nobel Prize winners work on their ideas for decades before they get recognized.

Keep watering your plant with gratitude.

Remember that if what goes up must come down, the opposite is also true. Because everything created is in pairs. What goes down must come up. Like a wave…brain, heart or ocean…the patterns are just about the same. Like a seed, if you really want to succeed.

Keep basking it in the life-giving light of the sun, everyday. Even if you don’t see growth right away.

All great things take time. Be patient. Your time is coming. Remember the caterpillar struggling out of its cocoon, and be patient. Do not give up. Keep up the positive thinking. Keep practicing your excellent habits. Your time is coming.

The proof of your brilliant future is all around you…look up from your screen every once in a while to return nature’s (and Allah’s) loving embrace.

Open your eyes and go look outside. The sun has never left your side.

With immense love x gratitude,

Just Mishi ❤

It Ain’t Over Till You Win!

Peace be upon you, beautiful human being!

Today, I learned something profound about bad days. Turns out, “I didn’t have a bad day. I had a character developing day.” (Les Brown)

The sun always rises again for a new day.

No matter how dark it gets, you know, without the shadow of a conceivable doubt, that day is coming.

That day is your dreams coming true. That’s how hard I want you to believe in YOU.

You’re destined for greatness, don’t you ever forget it!

You are made of the same womb that gave birth to the galaxies, the universe, to all that exists!

Let’s go even deeper.

Night only happens when the earth moves! The sun was there the whole time. Read that again. (You’re made from the earth)

“So indeed with every hardship, there is ease, indeed with every hardship, there is ease.” (Quran 94:5-6)

Now, since you have unwavering Divine support no matter how impossible it looks like on the outside, what’s next?

“And so when you have finished your duties, continue to strive in devotion. And direct your longing to Your Lord.” (94:7-8)

Continue to work for your dreams…even if you can’t see ahead of you. Even if it looks like it’ll never work out. I promise you, it WILL.

The caterpillar was always meant to be a butterfly! But when it’s struggling out of the cocoon, it thinks it’s going to die! Little does it know what’s waiting on the “other side”…

Honor your struggles. There will always be struggles on the way to achieving your dreams. They are there to help you bloom and learn lessons you never could if life was comfortable. You won’t get what you want.

You will get what you NEED to grow into the person you were destined to be. To have the impact on the world that only you were meant to see.

You just do your job. You make the intention and you take initiative. Then, you surrender and trust in the Self-Sustaining Source taking care of all the worlds.

Don’t you dare throw in the towel. Don’t you dare let what anyone thinks of you become your reality. Don’t you dare say it’s impossible. (The word itself is contradictory: I’m possible!)

Repeat after me (and shout it from the rooftops): “No matter how bad it looks, or how bad it gets, I am going to make it. The show MUST go on. It ain’t over till I win!!!”

What’s waiting for you, then?

P.S. This blog post was inspired by the Quran. Humans like Brendon Burchard and Les Brown are vibing on a similar wavelength, so their words have inspired me too. I am so very grateful. Thank You so much for your service.

With immense love x gratitude,

Just Mishi

How to Overcome Gravity

Peace be upon you, beautiful human being!

Resistance is a very strong force.

Resistance is what stops you from waking up early in the morning.

Resistance is what sticks you to your chair when you know you should be working out.

Resistance is what holds you back from speaking up for what’s right.

Resistance is gravity. It holds you down…stuck to the ground.

How do you overcome gravity?

Simple.

Choose the path of least resistance.

The force pushing you up has to be stronger than the force holding you down.

That force is activated when you fully trust in The Supreme Source of all that is – Allah.

If logic tells you that you can’t float, that you’ll never fly…throw logic out the window! They say if you have enough faith, you can walk on water.

Empty yourself, like a cup. Become lighter than the air, as light as a feather.

But, if you’re just not ready for that yet, here’s another option:

One of my students came up with the idea of a buoyancy balloon. If they want to float but don’t know how, they can use a balloon filled with air to help them.

They can piggyback off of the “lightweight” balloon and it will help push them up. It will help them defy the resistance, defy gravity.

Friends are similar. If you have a friend that’s like an anchor, heavy with hatred, grudges, negativity etc., you holding on to them will pull you down…farther away from your destiny.

However, if your friend is one who is positive, and at peace through submission to The Divine, they will be your life jacket in the uncertain sea of life. They will push you up, where you belong!

Be careful who your friends are…life jackets or anchors?

With immense love x gratitude,

Just Mishi

How To Get Everything You Want

When you try to stay on the surface of the water, you sink. But when you try to sink, you float.

Alan Watts

Peace be upon you, beautiful human being!

Thought experiment: Is a bottle of water in the ocean at one with it? Is it separate from the ocean?

Yes, it is separated from the ocean – even though this bottle has water inside of it…the same thing the ocean’s made up of.

What’s separating it?

A barrier…a wall of sorts. And what is that wall?

The bottle itself.

You have to get rid of the bottle for the water inside to connect with the vast ocean water.

Erase yourself, your lower physical self so that you can draw power from the Infinite Source of all there is – the Limitless Ocean of God.

Make your will and His Will One. Embrace Complete Unity with The One.

“Die before you die,” our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him has said.

There are so many lessons to be learned from the world around us.

When a non-swimmer like me gets in the water, we thrash around like crazy. Why? We think we’re going to drown if we don’t.

The more experienced, pro-swimmers have learned that it is only by letting go that one can float. To live, you must stop resisting.

When you resist, it hurts twice. You can’t change the outcome. That’s for sure. But you also make yourself suffer needlessly in the process.

When you surrender, hands up n’out like a starfish, you float. You achieve your desire, and you’re at total peace with all of existence.

You trust in a Higher Being, despite everything your logical mind tries to anchor your ankles to.

Has this backwards law ever let you down?

Think of breathing. When you try really hard to breathe, it becomes hard to breathe. When you let go, you breathe on your own.

When your path seems cloudy, think deeply about what you are holding on to. Is it wealth, children or fame? Is it fear, shame or insecurity? Is it a long-held grudge?

Whatever your anchor, the truth is it’s weighing you down from being you. And eventually, it will drown you. The honorable (and life-supporting) measure is to kick it down to the ocean floor, where it belongs.

So, my dear friends, the key to mastering life, to achieving everything you have always wanted, to peace that never leaves…is letting go.

Stop resisting. Remember: The outcome will not change, no matter what you do.

But, when you trust in & surrender to the flow of the water, you experience the reality of who you really are.

With immense love x gratitude,

Just Mishi

Remember When It Was Only Him

A Bedouin was asked how he came to know his Lord.

He said: Droppings point to the existence of livestock,

And footprints point to that of passers by,

So constellations that fill the sky, and an earth filled with valleys,

And oceans filled with waves,

Does that not point to Al-Latīf, Al-Khabīr?

Peace be upon you, beautiful human being!

Driving in the rain, tears blurred my vision as I remembered.

There were times that I wanted to run away from the world…times I didn’t think it could be fixes.

When tears rained down like water from clouds like thunder, when not a drop of it remained on the rough terra-cotta sand of Arabia.

I remembered.

How He Would Wipe my tears away ever so lovingly…How He Would Gently Rock me to sleep. How He Held my hands and Led me to my destiny. He Showed me how it was meant to be, for me to create the life of my dreams!

Whoever refuses Love is a fool.

This little girl who was once afraid of everything closed her eyes real tight and jumped backwards into the sparkling blue sea.

Then, you see, it was this Love that enlightened me. In fact, the caterpillar had been a butterfly all along!

Shall I not be a grateful servant? – Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

“When they slept, He was awake. When they broke, He held you up. When every means failed, He saved you. When the creation left you, He remained. He always remains. Never forget when the storms pushed you to your knees and there was no one else who could help you, He carried you. When you were broken and you swore this time it couldn’t be fixed…never ever forget who fixed it. Never forget what He saved you from. Never forget how He put you back together. Never, ever forget. That moment when you felt helpless and alone, never forget who never left. To forget this is the greatest heedlessness. No matter what you may have now, never forget those moments when it was only Him. Only Him. That is loyalty.

Yasmin Mogahed

With immense love x gratitude,

Just Mishi

(forever in Love with The One)

Are You an Enlightened Caretaker?

Peace be upon you, beautiful human being!

Today, my dear mom asked me to help her water our plants. She filled up the bright orange Home Depot bucket to the brim with our green garden hose. (Acting like I had muscles) I steered it towards our lovely peach tree.

“Just throw the whole bucket in the soil,” Mama advised.

Mulling it over, I decided it would overwhelm the wee plant if all of the riches rained down at once!

Remembering that love makes things grow and bloom (while hatred kills), we gently sprinkled bowls of spring water around the tree. We spoke to our plants, reassuring them that we would take care of them. Before we left for the day, Mama added, “If you need anything, just let us know.” LOL!

Just imagine, if we had thrown the entire bucket of water onto the plant at once, it may have drowned under the weight.

Our intention was to give it everything all along. However, because we had the best interest of our beautiful peach tree in our hearts, we emptied out the water gradually.

The wisdom behind Divine Decree is best understood through the lens of love.

It reminded me of Allah. The Ultimate Caretaker of all the worlds.

We all start out as helpless, tiny little seeds. Seemingly insignificant, if it weren’t for the honor Gifted to us by our Lord. Agreed?

Then, with His Infinite, Unconditional Love, we sprout up from the ground, against all odds (aka gravity!).

Soon enough, we become entire trees on our own, with yummy ripe fruits bursting from our leaves.

We are both farmers and seeds, creators and creation…

We feel humility at our origins…and empowered when we choose to take care of each other, and of the earth.

All praise and thanks to The Someone who is taking care of us all along. Someone who makes us independent of all others but Him.

I bet you just fell in Love. There’s no turning back now 🙂 I’ll put up the Rumi & Iqbal starter pack ASAP…Lord-Willing (in sha Allah).

On a related note, parents may not know the pattern of each flower or exactly how tall the tree will be. That is not their job.

Their job is simply to cultivate the plant(s) they are given, to give it the tools it needs to thrive…to honor it and enable it to be on its own one day…generously giving shade to the world.

P.S. Remember the primary functions of plants – to give shade and juicy fruits for all who pass it by and to sow seeds…of Love, of course!

With immense love x serious gratitude,

Just Mishi

How My Eczema Went Away Forever

Peace be upon you, beautiful human being!

One day, I woke up. Stumbling over to the bathroom sink in my sleepy stupor, I stretched my arms and greeted myself in the mirror. “G’mornin’!”

As real me met mirror me, our eyes widened with horror. Did a bee sting me? Did I have an allergic reaction? How did this even happen?

Resting beneath my brows were two bold red stripes…and as I looked on in horror, they were getting bigger.

For the next few days, I wore sunglasses to work…in the dark.

Rushing into the optho doc’s office, I was quickly diagnosed with dry eye. Since I also had an infection, I was put on tobradex – an antibiotic.

Finally, the next day, I awoke to a clear face. I was thrilled that medicine had worked a miracle for me.

Two days later, my eczema returned…with a vengeance.

Poring over webMD articles, I ordered Manuka honey creams in a frenzy. I meticulously went through blog articles just like this one, in hopes that I would find my cure.

The doctor said she’d have to put me on Restasis – an immunosuppressant drug. That’s when I decided I was going to change my diet.

Tightening the belt, I cut out all processed foods and sugar. No more burgers n’ fries, girl! I started eating more green vegetables and sunnah superfoods, like black seeds and honey. Everything organic and whole called my name. Eventually, I co-founded a pure foods snack company with my best friend.

Coincidentally, my eczema/dry eye/infection snuck away and has never come back. Alhamdulillah. All praise and thanks is to The Lord of All the Worlds.

Please let me know what you think in the comments below! Have you used food to heal your body? We would love to hear from you!

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With immense love x gratitude,

Just Mishi

Who You Really Are

Peace be upon you, beautiful human being!

There is only one truth underlying the breathtaking diversity of all the worlds.

That’s why it’s called the truth.

You see, when the windows are thick with dust, the sun may appear blurry, barely visible.

As the days pass on, you may even come to think it doesn’t exist.

What’s it going to take to make the sun real again?

That’s right. Pick up that cloth by the window and start cleaning. The one true sun will be waiting on the other side.

“It was not the sun who moved…it was me and you.”

Iqbal said that the purpose of education is to show you the splendors of your Self.

That’s who you really are, my love. Everything else is just temporary, barring you access to that Divine Light until you realize…

All you have to do is pick up the cloth and start to clean.

Your choice. Your responsibility.

Yet, infinite fountains of hope spring after winter seemed like it would never end.

Hope. Free will.

Free will. Hope.

What will you choose?

Love x gratitude,

Just Mishi

(Spoken in parables)

Please do comment below sharing your thoughts! What did you make of this lesson?!

How to Lose Weight So You Can Fly II

Peace be upon you, beautiful human being!

Disclaimer: This is my story, and my research. However, this statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Remember that our physical existence is intimately connected to the mental and spiritual parts of us.

The comfort of the body is in eating less, the comfort of the soul is in sinning less and the comfort of the tongue is in speaking less.

Ibn Al Qayyim (RA)

Lack of proper nutrition is such a prevalent problem in our communities, even with the most credentialed amongst us!

We have doctors that are at risk of so many preventable diseases due to their fast-paced, nutrient-poor lifestyle.

This topic is personal for me. Over the past two years, I have successfully lost over 30 pounds…it was definitely that freshmen “15” x 2 from under-grad. Bright city nights, restaurant hopping with the girls, I was completely ignorant of what I was putting into my body.

Of the mental and spiritual consequences of this junk food.

I used to think that a 100-calorie packaged snack was the healthiest thing. That low-fat would make you thin in an instant. That juicing and tea-toxing was a quick weight loss game.

My days and nights were spent poring over weight loss stories, watching endless YouTube videos, searching for that miracle product that would change it all.

I tried every diet under the sun. Keto, low-fat, low-carb, high-fiber, GG crackers (never again), and even the water-only diet (never again in sha Allah). That last one left me dizzy and helpless, upside down on the couch the entire weekend.

Also, the tea-tox pretty much nearly poisoned me.

So you get the idea of how badly I wanted this. It was a direct reflection of my discipline, and I craved change.

I knew I could do better.

Remember, when you start walking on the way, the way appears. (Rumi)

Fast forward, I kind of stumbled into a weight loss program that would turn my life around.

That program was…

A lifestyle.

Little habits, like not eating until 3pm, having two meals a day maximum, investing in a HydroFlask 64oz led me to discovering my own organic, whole food recipes and launching an organic, sustainably-sourced food business (Pure5Bar)!

In its first month this past Ramadan, it was able to build a water well in Nigeria. Alhamdulillah. Real food to heal for a real cause.

I’m going to share my everyday routine (for weight loss/overall health) here, to you, for free. So pay attention:

Wake up – 3pm: Sip-sipping on 64oz Hydroflask full of purified water with gratitude (watch The Secret of Water on prime)

3pm: Miracle yogurt with our Pure5 Super Seed Blend, full of fiber & protein, healthy fats & low in carbs

Keep sipping on water. What are you grateful for? Reflect on it. Write it down.

5pm: Chai time! If you’re ok with dairy, use grass-fed organic milk along with chai confection, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon + black tea. Add in a pinch of saffron for a natural mood-booster.

6pm: Dinner time! Yesss. Air-fry some organic broccoli and baby carrots at 360F at 7-min or a lil’ extra to make it crispy. That’s my bopcorn & copcorn, dude!

Give that wild salmon from Costco a rub-down with Costco spice blend, salt and lemon juice.

Pop it in the oven at 375F for 17 minutes. There’s your protein source! Change it up with the veggies if you’d like and the “meat” – this is my go-to easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy meal prep! No excuses.

End off with some green tea (de-caf if it gets to you) + gratitude. Pray throughout your day, and end off with deep breathing in a calm atmosphere: both inside and out. Candles, clean room, white noise – set yourself up for success, relax, zero stress!

Great sleep does wonders for your skin & weight loss too, in my opinion!

Over time, my stomach shrank. It no longer craved fake foods even at parties. My self-esteem rose. It was like the butterfly shaking off it’s wings and getting ready to fly!

After reading Mark Hyman’s Food Fix, once more, I realized that it’s all connected.

What’s good for the earth is good for us. What’s good for us is great for the earth.

Organic food, regardless of everything, is ideal for us and our planet…to help it heal.

This is what launched our Pure5Bar revolution! If you say it fast enough, it’s “fibarrr!”

‘Cuz yes, natural fiber does actually help relieve your body of waste…one of the most common problems in the U.S.

More on this tomorrow! Excited to share some personal stories with you of how real food literally helped me write a real book in s…i…x days!?! Stay tuned 🙂 Lord Willing.

With immense love x gratitude,

Just Mishi

What are “vibes” anyway?

Peace be with you always, you beautiful human being!

Be aware of your own worth, do not beg for light from the moon, obtain it from the spark within you.

Iqbal

This is one of my absolute favorite topics.

Physics, Self-Development & Islam. Those are my core passions in a nutshell.

Did you ever pause to reflect on where the word vibes comes from?

That’s right. Vibrations.

Good vibes only. Only people with energy levels that match my own are welcome in this space. That’s what it’s referring to, isn’t it?

I got bad vibes from that strange man. There was a mismatch in our vibrations, our energies and that led me to feeling uncomfortable. I did not belong there.

Is it all connecting for you?

Have you ever come home and felt like you ran a thousand miles, or got crumpled beneath an oncoming train?

Yet, all you did was hang out with your “friends”…after this signal, you know these people are energy vampires.

You know exactly what you feel, and you know it needs to change for you to bloom.

What about when you only sleep a couple of hours, yet you attend a gathering of remembrance and all the fatigue just vanishes?

Sometimes you haven’t even eaten or drank a sip of water, running on literal fumes & you’re pumped with energy.

Just like we eat energy-boosting food and drink (hey, red bull), we must surround ourselves with people that boost our energy too! It’s the most important part of all. Research backs this up.

Who we choose to surround ourselves with can radically transform the course of our lives forever. It’s that serious.

Choose to be in the company of high energy individuals, those you seek to be like, and you’ll absorb it into your own being.

But don’t be an energy vampire. Make sure to continuously work on cultivating your own energy levels, too. Here are 5 ways to do just this:

  1. Prayer + remembrance of Allah (God), the Source Energy, the Light of the heavens & the earth
  2. Reading and bonding with the word of our One God (Quran, authentic Bible + Torah)
  3. Reading motivational books from people you admire (the seerah of Prophet Muhammad (saw))
  4. Serving those in need with a smile + no expectations
  5. Watching motivational talks & podcasts

Following these recipes for success while diligently making the effort to better yourself, everyday will have you bouncing with joy!

Every day will be a beautiful day. A new dawn, full of renewed hopes.

A brilliant chance to make your wildest dreams come true.

The dreams God Himself Has for you.

It’s all possible but remember, good vibes only. When I applied this rule to my own life and starting working on the inside…miraculously, my network expanded to include such incredible role models.

Opportunities to make my dreams a reality came knocking on my door. I was shown that I had the power to co-create my own future.

Only when I changed my vibes, though.

“What you seek is seeking you.” “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” “As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.”

All of these celebrated quotes are talking about energy, dude. You attract what you become.

So, when you decide to look in the mirror and be the change…guess what? The world will actually change.

You will get chances that you never imagined before, connected to people who will open crazy big doors for you, and be guided to positions of power and influence to truly change the world for the better.

These are the laws of the universe.

Take ’em for a test drive. What do you have to lose, except negative energy?

And it starts with changing who you hang out with.

Life’s way too short to keep the same ol’ circle who’s keeping you from blooming.

You were born to fly, so let it go. Surrender to all that you were destined to become. Seek your superpower.

And I promise you, in this journey to find yourself, you will fall in love with The Ultimate Truth of the universe: Allah.

The one who parted seas for Moses (peace be upon him), Granted Jesus (pbuh) to a virgin mother, saved Abraham (pbuh) from the fire, carried Joseph (pbuh) from slavery to kingdom, and made an orphan child who lost everything material the prince of this world & the everlasting.

He Will Make the impossible a breeze for you. Life will be a paradise right here, on earth.

There’s nothing He Can’t do. Connect with that Divine Energy. The Source of all that exists.

I can’t wait – can you?

With immense love x gratitude,

Just Mishi