Eboo has been a supporter of the 30 days 30 deeds blog from the first year it started, in 2011; that year he tweeted that it was his ‘personal favorite Ramadan website’, and people began to follow. This year’s blog wouldn’t be complete without a wisdom that’s meaningful to him, so this morning he shared the following; as he’s traveling he wasn’t able to access a photo with his Nanima (to come, iA).
“I was a very earnest and serious student – my identity was caught up in my grades and performance at school. My Nanima came to live with us when I was in Middle School. She didn’t care a hoot about my grades. But she would light up when I was around. She would laugh and laugh and laugh at my stories and jokes. She would tell me stories of the Prophet’s kindness and mercy. I didn’t realize it at the time but she was illuminating for me a kingdom outside of material success – it was the kingdom of spiritual fulfillment, expressed by the kind of happiness that bursts from your pores!”
Day 21 Wisdom 21: Simply, joy and kindness.
PS: Eboo’s own wisdom around religious diversity, interfaith service, and the importance of sharing our personal stories has been a personal inspiration, and one of his talks that a friend and I attended many years ago was the impetus for our founding an interfaith youth service organization, CAIF, for Middle and High school students, inspired by his Interfaith Youth Core. Thanks, Eboo.
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