October 16, 2009

Happy Birthday, Happy Each Day.

As'salamu Alaikum

Today is my "birthday" and for the first time I really didn't connect with the concept. lol, I don't mean I experienced a lasp of memory...simply that it wasn't important.

For me it was a day of pure gratitude and humble reflections.

"The creation of each one of you is brought in the womb of his mother for forty days as a germ cell. Then for a similar period, he is an embryonic lump (hanging like a leech, known as `alaqah in Arabic). For another forty days, he is a mudghah (like a chewed-up substance: shape of a four-week-old embryo); then an angel is sent and he (the angel) blows in him the ruh (soul). After this, the angel is ordered to write down four words. He is told to write down the child's [future] livelihood, his life duration, and whether he is to be miserable or happy". (Al-Bukhari )

So there was no cake and balloons or loud announcements etc., in fact it came and went without a peep. And I as sit here...this was the best birthday ever! Insha Allah I am trying to be less hung up on material extravagance. Have to be truthful, I still enjoys some pretty things. However, in no way is it a requirement for my happiness. Nor, is it a reflection of how much I am loved.

The true gifts are always given and received from the heart! Happy Birthday kid.r