Dear God, Help Us Remember…

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Heavenly Father, Help us
remember that the jerk who cut us off in traffic last night is a single mother who worked nine hours that day and is rushing home to cook dinner, help with homework, do the laundry and spend a few precious moments with her children.

Help us to remember that the
pierced, tattooed, disinterested young man who can’t make change correctly is a worried 19-year-old college student, balancing his apprehension over final exams with his fear of not getting his student loans for next semester.

Remind us, Lord, that the scary
looking bum, begging for money in the same spot every day (who really ought to get a job!) is a slave to addictions that we can only imagine in our worst nightmares.

Help us to remember that the old
couple walking annoyingly slow through the store aisles and blocking our shopping progress are savoring this moment, knowing that, based on the biopsy report she got back last week, this will be the last year that they go shopping together.

Heavenly Father, remind us each
day that, of all the gifts you give us, the greatest gift is love. It is not enough to share that love with those we hold dear. Open our hearts not just to those who are close to us, but to all humanity. Let us be slow to judge and quick to forgive, show patience, empathy and love.

– Author Unknown

– Reposted with permission from the Divine Remembrance blog.

Ya Haqq!

19 Responses to Dear God, Help Us Remember…

  1. pbsweeney says:

    Wow, I wish you could leave this up as a sidebar all year.

  2. Safa says:


    Amin to this heartfelt prayer, and thanks God for your beautiful spiritual taste dear Darvish to pick so many heart-ravishing roses from the spiritual rose-gardens of the Cosmic Mysticism!

    And please accept my belated tabriks for the Eid Al-Adha, the Eid of self-sacrifice to threshold of the Beloved , and of course particularly for the coming Eid of Love and Brotherhood, Eid al-Ghadir!

    May love and joy of the heart be ever on the mount for you dear Irving and for all Lovers of One True Beloved!


  3. Achelois says:


    Greatest gift is indeed love and that is what makes us human.

    I love you brother!

  4. darvish says:

    Salaam Dear Sisters:

    Indeed, this is a prayer and a lesson to remember every day and in every trying circumstance. Patience and kindness are acts of love, and that is the heart of love of God.

    Suroor, I love you too, Sister :))

    Ya Haqq!

  5. Baraka says:

    Ameen dear brother!

  6. Dipti says:

    Brother Irving ..Thanks for sharing such a heart touching insight and a reminder of patience.. I had tears in my eyes ..Deen teaches us that patience is one of the best and most valuable virtues of life. Through patience, a true follower believes that an individual can grow closer to God and thus attain true peace…..God bless us so that we can practice it in our lives ..

  7. Shahrzad says:

    In the name of Allah, the most Gracious, the Most Merciful

    Say: He is Allah, the One and Only;
    Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;
    He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;
    And there is none like unto Him. (112:1 to 4)

  8. h says:

    an excellent reminder,thank you

  9. darwisiy says:

    eid mubarak dear bro….subhanallah

  10. Sumera says:

    Sometimes we dont have time to think about all this :p but thanks for the reminder. We should work at ourselves before getting annoyed with others.

  11. ummlolcats says:

    Amen to that!

  12. ikramuddin says:

    Dear brother!! Jazakallah khair for posting such a beautiful reminder!

  13. aiman says:

    Beautiful but more than that an absolutely necessary reminder. Je zakka Allahu khairan, dear Irving.

  14. sf says:

    Salaams Brother Irving,

    What an excellent reminder!
    Jazaak Allah and thank you for sharing.


  15. darvish says:

    Salaam Dear Brothers and Sisters:

    Thank you for the comments :) Indeed it is a good reminder every day of the year to show patience and understanding as we walk in this life Allah has granted us together.

    Ya Haqq!

  16. rhapsodysinger says:

    I was pisses off at some folks today, including my parents. They love me and i them but I hurt them but this post has touched me. I feel ashamed.

  17. Ella says:

    So does your circle include the inward and outward, like the moon. Lovely thoughts and writing.



  18. Gabby says:


    “let everyone be happy, except my wife” s.n. goenka | }

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