Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.
— Dr. Dale Turner
We decided that today was going to be a day of inspiration and courage.
Being the first week of Ramadan, we felt that we all had an opportunity to revive our dreams in life and use Ramadan prayers as a way to gain support and guidance in order to focus on our dreams in the year ahead before the next Ramadan.
The one question we have seen a lot of people ask, no matter what age they were at, is ‘what happened to my dreams?’ We believe that there is some link, not sure how strong, between our dreams and destinies. Does god prepare us for achieving our dreams this way? We always hear people say, I always imagined I would do this or be here eventually.
A key success factor in following our dreams is courage. The courage to plan and believe that our dreams, in one way or another, will come true as long as they have a positive and clear intention towards doing and being good in life, for ourselves and for others, seeking god’s pleasure. We heard a scholar on tv last night who defined courage as being strong when in a state of fear or being firm, i.e. non-hesitant, in making decisions. He reminded us that a simple way to get courage is through the guidance prayer, i.e. the istikhara. This short and simple voluntary prayer asks god to show us and make it easy for us, through his knowledge, if our dream(s) are in our best interests in life or life hereafter, and both in the short and the long-term.
Let us then remove negativity from our thoughts and our minds and decide that today, in this holy month, we will revive our dreams and ask god for guidance in the year ahead. Dreams can come true.