When I was young, I was fiery –
I wanted to awaken everyone. I prayed to Allah to give me strength
to change the world.
In midlife I awoke one day and realized my life was half over, and I had changed no one.
So I prayed to Allah to give me the strength to change those around me, who so much needed it.
Alas, now I am old, and my prayer is simply, “Allah, please give me the strength to at least change myself.”
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