Yasmin Mogahed, an author and speaker from USA attracted almost 900 people overwhelmingly young women at her Sydney speaking event held on Sunday 29 September 2019 at The Bellevue Venue, Bankstown.
The title of her presentation was Shattered Glass: Learning Emotional First Aid where she talked about personal development, spirituality, hardships, relationships, resilience giving references from Quran and Hadith.
Yasmin is the author of two best selling books, Reclaim Your Heart and Love and Happiness.
She has a bachelors degree in Psychology and Masters degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Currently she is an instructor for AlMaghrib Institute, a writer for the Huffington Post, an international speaker, and author, where she focuses most of her work on spiritual and personal development.
The event was MC’ed Rahaf Ahmad and started with Quran recitation by 13 year old Adam El Rouz.
During the entire duration of her presentation Yasmin engaged her large audience with self reflections, pondering and supplications (dua) and interactive dialogue.
Her first request was for every individual in this hall to set a goal with Allah.
Why are you here?. What you are going to take from here tonight? Within yourself set a goal. Verily are action by intention (Hadith).
I want you to have a goal. Why did you come here?
Her second request was to make dua. To Allah put blessing on all people who are here. Take a moment and do the dua.
She asked a few people want to share their goals. One person shared his goal saying that he wanted to be strong in facing all his difficulties.
This is the class about resilience. What is resilience? He wants to be strong against resilience. I will break the myths. The myth is to be soft is to be weak.
I will give another concept. Many people believe that to be strong we have to be hard.
Prophet Mohammad (s) said that believer is a soft plant and the disbelievers are like a pine tree. When the strong wind comes it will bend but not break and that is the resilience. Whatever the life gives you it doesn’t break you.
My life suppose is to be perfect. My children must be perfect. We define how the perfect looks like. If the life is not perfect then we feel that we are wronged
Duniya is a place which is not perfect. When Allah said he is going to create Adam. Angel said that you have created Adam who will make mischief in duniya. They knew that duniya wasn’t to be perfect. Allah said that I know that you don’t know.
We will go through this thing. How can we become resilience in this hard life not only physically, spiritually and mentally.
I am from tornado land and we get the tornado siren to warn us that a tornado is approaching. They play the siren for the test. If you don’t know that it is a test then you would panic. The tornado siren for testing is played on Wednesday every month. I was prepared knowing that it was a test.
Allah is preparing us that we will be tested. So we don’t panic. We are warned by Allah. This is the reaction of the believer.
When the believer gets hardship there Iman gets stronger. Allah’s messenger told us that we will be tested. Allah is saying in Sura Al Baqarah. “We will verily test you of something of fear.”
Why this is happening to me? That thinking is completely wrong. Everyone is tested in different ways. You might not see them in social media. People are putting our fake perfection. We focus on false perfection.
The roots of jealousy comes in that we are seeing the blessing and don’t see the test.
Sometime we see our own test but not our blessings. We look at others we focus on their blessings but we just look into our test.
Some people are tested by having wealth or not having wealth. Both is a test. Some people are tested in health some people are tested in relationship etc and at the same time we have been given blessing. We focus on our test and for other people we look at their blessing and get jealous.
The truth is everyone is tested.