I haven’t posed in the Gem Board category for a long time because I’ve been posting them to my Facebook and Twitter accounts, time to begin once again because wordpress is much easier to search. Reflecting on some conversations, once you’ve decided on a course of action, don’t let others bully you into changing your mind by their name-dropping or reference to non-binding fatawa.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) advised us to consult our hearts and said:
“The heart of a believer lies between two fingers of the Merciful.” [Muslim, Ahmad, Tirmidhi]
“Do what in your heart you believe to be right. You’ll be criticized anyway.”
”Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”