The Cocoon and the Butterfly

20 08 2011

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared, he sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through the little hole.

Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and could go no farther. Then the man decided to help the butterfly.

He took a pair of scissors and snipped the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily.

Something was strange. The butterfly had a swollen body and shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time.

Neither happened. In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and deformed wings. It was never able to fly.

What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the small opening of the cocoon are God’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If God allowed us to go through all our life without any obstacles, that would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. We could never fly.

Is not our life in this dunya like the cocoon?

(Reblogged from:


Islamic Ways

29 11 2008

By: Zainab Habib

What has happened to us Muslims these days?
Why have we forgotten our Islamic ways?

The courtesies and etiquette our Prophet (saw) had taught
All those years of his training, have they been lost?

Take for example, the command to greet
Each other cheerfully whenever we meet.

To return the greeting or one better than it
Of the rights Muslims have on each other, one is this

Far from answering, we just turn away
Wondering what the person wants from us today.

Another way of bonding is a handshake
While the hands are touching, sins are erased

As for the smile, our Prophet (saw) has said
It’s a form of charity that Allah rewards well

But as for us, we’re so reluctant to smile
It’s as if our treasure will be depleted each time

And when someone does something for us, how few
Say “Jazaak Allah” – “May Allah reward you”

For only from Allah is there true recompense
So the best thanks there is, is to supplicate for them.

And when we sneeze, do we say “Alhamdulillah”?
Our Prophet (saw) has said when you sneeze, praise Allah

When we hear others say this whenever they sneeze
Do we say “Yarhamukallah”- “On you Allah’s Mercy”

And when we hear of a death, or someone is sick?
Do we supplicate for them? Are we sympathetic?

Are we affectionate to young, respectful to old?
Serve widows and orphans without being told?

Do our neighbours have little while we have so much?
Are we kind to them, even if they don’t thank us?

Do we feed the poor? Are we generous to our guest?
When someone invites us, do we happily accept?

In our wedding feasts, do we differentiate?
Or do both our rich and poor participate?

Do we give away things, but with a heavy heart?
When it’s something with which we don’t wish to part

Do we put in a good word when someone needs help?
Or do we just leave it to be done by someone else?

Although we’ve been told by our Prophet (saw) that do
Intercede for each other and Allah will reward you.

These deeds may seem trivial but they’re important you know
They’re effective in making our Deeds Account grow.

To be loved by Allah – if that is our goal
Then follow the ways of His Prophet (saw), we’re told

The Greatest Reality – which we tend to forget

3 01 2008

 We have so much to do at school; the homeworks, revisions, preparing for tests or exams, reading extra books, solving papers etc that sometimes we feel as: “Is this what our life is all about?”. To tell you the truth studying and doing research is fun coz one feels that we are actually understanding a tiny tiny part of this whole systemetic and extremely advanced system which Allah  has made in this ever vast universe and it brings alot of peace to the heart. But then the thought comes to my mind that life is not all about studying or on the other extreme just enjoying or wasting time . Time is really precious. The truth is that very soon we will meet our Creator, our Lord.

    In this colourful and beautiful life we may forget it many times but life, as we all know, is an exam. We will have to account for each and everything we do in this world to our Creator who is One and has no partners. Everyone has to die. It will only be our good deeds which would be with us and help us to get a place in the Paradise. Every other thing will go wasted.

    So we have to do alot of things in this limited life. We have to please Allah so that he would be pleased with us. We have to prepare for the journey ahead of us.

    The first duty we have as a Muslim is to get a knowledge about our deen, Islam. Only when we have enough knowlege about our code of life would we be able to follow our life in accordance with it. And only then will we be able to do what Allah expects from us in this life and only then will we be able to satisfy Allah and only then will he grant us the honour of entering  Paradise with His other believers in the Hereafter which is sure to come.

    The Quran says: “Then shall anyone who has done an atom’s weight of good, see it,And anyone who has done an atom’s weight of evil, shall see it.” (99: 7-8) The Holy Prophet has also said that “This world is a cultivitating ground for the Hereafter.”

   So the only obective we should have in this life is the Hereafter and what Allah wants from us. We have The Holy Quran and Sunnah to guide us. The only thing is to understand it. When we do that we have to apply it to our lives. Never miss our prayers, always fast in the month of Ramadhan, give Sadaqah and make a habbit of doing Zikr of Allah all the time and other such teachings. Our life should be and example of the life of Holy Prophet. Only and only then would we be able to be successful in this life as well as the hereafter.

   May Allah guide us at all the times and forgive us for our past deeds and save us from the evils of this world and the punishment of the Hereafter. (Ameen)