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Islam and Emotions by Nayzak Islam and Emotions by Nayzak
Assalaamu alaikum [peace be to you],


Someone sent me a note asking me "What does Islam teach of emotions (worry, sadness, fear, joy, etc)?”
I thought it's a good question, and for the benefit of all visitors of my page, I should make an article to answer it.

To be able to understand the value of emotions, we have to see them in context. First, let's ask What are Humans Made of?
As Muslims, we believe that the Almighty God –Allah- created the universe, and gave it laws so it would run with such amazing precision. Among His beautiful creations, He also created people and gave them many traits: emotional, spiritual, intellectual and physical, because He entrusted them with sustaining and protecting life on this planet, so in order to help them with their mission, The Creator sent them messengers and prophets to teach them how to live their lives within the laws of His universe.

Islam is not just a worship program, but a comprehensive, intelligent and practical complete life system; because it respects all the different components of the human being equally, and regulates them to their full potential, rather than suppressing them (which hurts the individual), or setting them completely uncontrolled (which causes damage to the community and environment).
Emotions are given their place of importance in all Islamic teachings as a fundamental element of the human soul, so let's explore how a Muslim is expected to handle emotions, both his own and those of others:


:bulletred: Islam and Emotional Management:
Emotional interaction is inevitable. We experience emotions constantly in our daily lives in relation to events and people. But, to what extent should we allow ourselves to affect and get affected?
Islam teaches moderation in everything, aiming to create equilibrium so that one is always at peace with self, the universe, and the God. It's advised to avoid extremes in negative or positive emotions, as any extremes are destructive if left uncontrolled: for example extreme happiness leads to indulgence in excesses to give a false sense of ‘celebration' (as in getting drunk or drugged), while extreme sadness leads to being destructive to self and others (as in committing suicide or causing pain to others). Here are some examples of emotional-related teachings in Islam:

:bulletred: Positive emotions :
Emotions such as love, hope, enthusiasm, determination…etc are strongly encouraged in Islam, as they result in a positive attitude for the Muslim at home, in public, and in relation to the rest of the world including all other creations. The Prophet teaches that no one's faith is complete until they love for others what they love for themselves, which is a very positive state of mind. Love is recognized and respected as the noblest emotion; however, in a man-woman relationship, it's regulated to assure building long-term bonds, rather than just satisfying momentary urges.

:bulletred: Negative emotions :
Anger, depression, hate, envy…etc are strongly discouraged. A Muslim is advised to practice strict control over those destructive emotions, and to repent if they influenced deeds or attitudes towards others. To do so, one is expected to maintain strong ties with the God, and to draw strength and support from Him at all times. If one believes there is an all-wise, all-knowing God running the universe and that everything happens for a good reason within a wise and just master plan, then there would be no reason for despair, envy or depression.


:bulletred: Emotional Interaction:
No one could isolate themselves emotionally; consequently, Islam offers practical prescriptions for emotional interaction:

a) Among people:
We're instructed to control tongues and physical power when sad or angry. When we react emotionally it should be in a dignified and respectable way. We're not supposed to let emotions take control of our actions; instead, we should take control of our emotions. There is no excuse for causing hurt or destruction because one got “carried” away by emotions, for example killing while angry or raping while tempted. There are no softer penalties for these irresponsible actions in Islam, since destructive actions resulting from negative emotions can only create a vicious circle of more negativity and destruction, which disturbs the balance of God's peaceful universe.

b) Between people and other creatures:
We interact emotionally with other creatures in the universe as well, so we are expected to handle them with the same care and respect due to fellow humans.
Psychological cruelty is a concern in Islam, even to animals!


So actually, the whole range of human emotions are recognized and respected under Islam. People are not denied being “human” and having their weak moments, they're allowed to experience all sorts of feelings, both good and bad, as long as they make a serious effort to regain their balance and composure and get back in control quickly.
In short, Islam provides an applicable system for being wise and strong humans, who are in control of their feelings, and not the other way around.

from [link]

I hope this was beneficial.

If I am right, it's from The God. if I am wrong, it's from myself.
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soulessone12 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
I can say the same for every other culture as well you know....
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KLBowserGannondorf Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
Deen also means judgement.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
sir, you either ask a question and I answer, or make a statement and I reply. I really dislike those who ask questions and answer by themselves. if you want to make a monolog, why don't you do it in your own page.

now let me reply to your "question and its false answer provided by you":

"does God has emotions??????"
the Qur'an states that "there is nothing whatsoever like Him [God]" so we can't imagine the God to be like us humans. the God almighty is not characterized by emotions as emotions involve physiological changes and alterations in one’s state of consciousness. if we are affected by what happens around us, then the God is not affected by anything.

"if yes then he is a human....if he is a human does he behave like us...?"
here you provide a false answer that leads to a false conclusion.

"if no then why we say God is pleasant with his believers & angry with unbelievers"
we do affirm that the scripture attributed the God with love, mercy, anger, joy, and so forth...  but in order to understand the meaning of these things for the God we do so in a way that befits Him and is in accordance with the transcendence He affirms for Himself in the Qur'an.
the God informs us that he is As-Samad (the one who is besought by all) and that he is in need of nothing. that nothing affects him.
when we do something good, its' for our own good. we do not benefit the God. so he doesn't get pleased because he benefited from it like we humans get pleased when we benefit from something.
when we do something bad, it's our own loss. we do not harm the God. so he doesn't get displeased because he was harmed from it like we humans get displeased when we are harmed. ignorantly assuming that the God feels emotions like us is attributing creature's shortcomings to the creator and this is a big blasphemy. when you do not know, you better learn before you play the philosopher.
now indeed the God does get pleased when someone does something good and he gets displeased when someone does something bad. but this should not be confused with human emotions and shouldn't be interpreted in the narrow human interpretation. the God said that he is different from his creation, therefore his pleasure and displeasure are not to be compared with our human pleasure and displeasure. it's as simple as that.

"In Quran,bible....on many places it's said God is enemy,gets angry on unbelievers that means GOD has emotions like us..."
No, it doesn't mean that. you misunderstood scripture. scripture says the God is different from us. when scripture says the God is angry at somebody, it implies that that somebody did something that leads him closer to hell. the God neither benefits nor loses anything if the whole of mankind does good or does evil. so assuming that the God has emotions "LIKE US" contradicts the facts that the God is "UNLIKE US"

"now if GOD has emotions,HIS CREATURES can change his moods...by doing good things to please & bad things to angry"
you built your whole conclusions on "IF this" and "IF that". if you are serious, start with firm and facts and reach conclusions.
"If cows could fly, they would have gone to the moon before us. therefore man is not the first one to reach the moon. cows reached the moon earlier" does this make any sense to you? this is the kind of logic you are following.

"that means God is not a perfect...."
No. that means your logic is not perfect. you started with false clauses, you reached false conclusions.


now seeing that your account is empty and this comment here is the only one you made and seeing that you are trying to mock your God almighty with your ignorant rubbish, I consider you a troll and therefore I block you and flag your comment as spam. if you have the guts, use your real account instead of making new accounts in order to flame.

may the God guide you and correct your thinking.
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JDLuvaSQEE Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very informative! Thank you! Peace be you you!
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Dorothy-T-Rose Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
"If one believes there is an all-wise, all-knowing God running the universe and that everything happens for a good reason within a wise and just master plan, then there would be no reason for despair, envy or depression."

I couldn't agree more. However, sometimes negative emotions are very hard to control. Depression, for instance, can be caused by happenings, such as a loss in the family. If one remembers that Allah is running the universe and that everything happens for a good reason within a wise and just master plan, it will be much easier to recover and accept the loss as part of the master plan.

However, sometimes depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. It can take a long time to find a cure for it and usually the cure is medication that must be taken for the rest of the individual's life. If the medication runs out for some reason, the person will become depressed again. In view of Islam, are such people somewhat excused?

~D~
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DragonCount Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If God seriously ran everything in the Universe and made everything happen, that means he basically has been the cause of the deaths for every human being in existence. Whether by illness, accident, natural disaster, murder, etc. How can anyone follow something so hollow with such fervor? 
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Dorothy-T-Rose Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That is a very good question.  However, I don't believe that God makes everything happen.  If I did, I would, indeed, have much difficulty with the Christian faith.  Rather, I believe that running the Universe is different from making everything happen.

Consider a roll playing game.  The Game Master runs the game.  He has a plan, a plot, and sometimes will tweak the rules to make things move towards his ultimate goal.  However, he does not make the players do everything that they do.  If he did, there would be no point in having players.  He might as well be playing by himself.  Instead, he allows the players to make many decisions, some which even go against his ultimate plan.  A Game Master that wants a happy ending will direct things towards that end, even when the players are working against him.

Obviously, the example is not perfect.  No human could equal God, but my point is, I believe that God runs the Universe while still allowing people to make their own decisions.  Some of the disasters in the world are the cause of human action which God has chosen not to prevent, such as murder and some illnesses.  (One might argue that all illnesses are the cause of the original Fall of Man and the introduction of sin into the world.)

Other disasters, I believe he does allow and may even have a direct hand in causing to happen, such as natural disasters or honest accidents.

I do believe that God could prevent all of these disasters, both those of human and non-human origin.  However, I also believe that he works all things towards an ultimate good.  We can't always see what that good is, from our limited perspective, but many times, we can see it in retrospect.  Sometimes, we never get to see how his plan is unfolding, but that is the purpose of faith.  We know that God is ultimately in control and is working everything towards a good and wondrous plan (even though he allows humans to work against him), and so we must trust and have faith that he will work even the bad things into something beautiful and good.

~D~
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DragonCount Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If this purported "ultimate good" entails untold deaths via natural disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes and volcanic eruptions (which have been proven time and time again to be caused by perfectly explainable scientifically discovered phenomena, hence the term "NATURAL disaster"), this alleged "good" in this plan sounds ever more dreary. If there's meant to be an ultimate good, shouldn't it be achieved with absolutely no loss of innocent lives instead of literally sacrificing so many individuals who, if being able to continue living, could possess much more potential in their lives? 

Or should someone just accept if, for example, God was to kill him or her via a lightning strike and rejoice as being part of this grand plan? Rejoice over this individual's potential in life being lost and leaving his or her loved ones grieving?

That kind of mindset demeans the intrinsic value of life and human potential. It's views like this that made me forsake the Christian god.
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Chibigaming13 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
if you want less of an optimistic answer. If we didn't die, so many bad people would be alive. Population would overflow causing people to be killed unnaturally. We would starve, cause wars, and kill off babies ect. if people didn't die naturally and peacefully, we would die harmfully and painfully. It all works out. when someone dies, someone is born. population is controlled! less optimistic, but true.  
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Dorothy-T-Rose Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Since this topic of conversation is moving away from the artwork and the topic of "Islam and Emotions", I will answer your questions in a note, so as not to be rude to Nayzak.

~D~
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
In Islam, we are not required to be perfect. we are only required to do our best. and we are not accounted for the things over which we have no control or power. the God stated in the Qur'an that he does not put a burden on any soul more than what it can bear. I believe one who can't really can't. the God with his mercy and love for us is not gonna ask from us what we can't do.

Islam only offers an optimistic way to look at things in order to help the human to increase his happiness and minimize his sadness -as much as possible- through an positive world view.

Peace
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Dorothy-T-Rose Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Good to know. I was just curious, especially since many people put a bad stigma on needing to take medication. Some of my own family is like that, saying that God should be enough. I'm more like you in that I believe that one who can't, really can't, though God/Allah does make it much easier! Besides, where do doctors and their wisdom and knowledge come from, if not from God? =D

~D~
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Well, Islam is all for moderation. it stands against extremism. because extremism just makes things worse. the prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him- once said "Religion is very easy and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near to perfection and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded..."
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Dorothy-T-Rose Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed! The world needs more people with that mindset.

~D~
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Leonman-42 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student General Artist
That is a cute dress.
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Guyverman Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
All I want you to understand is that not all ex-Muslims are liars, hypocrites and propagandists and I do realize that a ton of things fom them sounds to extreme. Many, but of course not all actually are honest and I know it isn't truth, but rather opinion.

Everyone, including these Ex-Muslims do have legitimate reasons for feeling certain ways and want to express what they think about a subject, such as what they went through.

I am not forcing you to agree with me or the messages of apostates, I just think that you as a Muslim simply needs to understand what angles that criticism comes from.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
you can believe what you want. you are entitled to your opinion.

as I said earlier, I checked some cases, and I found them all to be anti-Islamic propaganda.
I give you three examples:
1- one of them, for example, made contradictions in 2 of his interviews while telling about his own life. obviously he did not remember his script very well.
2- Most of these people claim to come from strict religious family, but they fail to present what religious Muslims really believe. they distort the truth. for example, one of them claimed that Muslims are taught not to be happy. because, according to him, Allah will punish anyone who is happy. this is totally not from Islam. in fact, this is the opposite of what Islam teaches.
3- the Most stupid lie I found was made by people who claim they were imams and religious leaders. the lies of these people are much easier to spot by a learned Muslim. for example, when someone who is supposed to be an Arabic speaker imam but makes pronunciation mistakes in reading a simple qur'anic verse.
I, as a Muslim, know that someone CAN NOT be an imam if he can not even read the Qur'an -by heart- correctly. someone does not even have to be an imam in order to read a Qur'anic verse correctly. Heck, the guy was supposed to prepare for the interview. he could at least try to remember the verse by heart before the show in order to make a convincing appearance.
but the gravest mistake this liar made was in his book when he described how Muslims pray. I can say without any shred of doubt that he never prayed and never was an imam.
these are just a few. of course, a non-Muslim can not find out these lies, so for them, these people must be telling the truth. but any Muslim, or a non-Muslim who learned enough knowledge about Islam, can easily recognize these lies. I repeat: 'EASILY'.

therefore, I came to the conclusion that these guys are liars. and I am entitled to my opinion.

but one thing is certain, someone who wants to learn the truth about Islam, he should learn it from credible Islamic sources, not from liars.

I prefer to close this topic because I don't think it is really that fruitful. you can read what these people say if you want. but remember that Nayzak says "they are not telling the truth".

peace
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Guyverman Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Dear Nayzak,

You have been thoughtful and kind, and I appreciate your patience with me in this conversation. I hope I have not offended you, I did not mean to. I won't discuss this with you any more. Good luck.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
thanks for understanding.
but you are welcome to discuss anything else anytime you like.

peace be to you.
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miharu92 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i really like your art :) (i know you've heard it so many times ) but you motivate me in doing the same thing as you do! i want to do something for our religion too .....the fitrah flourishes when u can identify ur inner talent and passion and use it for the sake of Allah....i respect what you hve been doing and i'll always pray people like you will continue to do this despite many struggles that we'll encounter....i want to say this for a long time and i want to say it now ^_____^ thank you very much for your beautiful drawing and explanations! i'll be doing the same and i hope i can do my best! jazakAllah khair! o>w<o
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Guyverman Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
May I ask you if you have ever been to Faithfreedom.org?
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
I saw it once and found it not worth spending my time on it.
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Guyverman Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
But what do you think of the fact that it is written by ex-Muslims themselves?

Are they hatemongers among their own kin?
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
first, "ex-Muslim" does not equal "truth".
also 'ex-Muslim' does not mean he 'was a good practicing Muslim with good knowledge about Islam'.
for me, ex-Muslim means a claim that begs to be analyzed, accepted only if proven to be true, or rejected as lies.

I read some books written by these so called Ex-Muslims. I watched some of their interviews before. at start, I also thought they were true ex-Muslims. you may not believe me, but I discovered they are liars and either never were Muslims or they were Muslims by name and never really practiced it. it is just anti-Islamic propaganda supported by certain parties that I do not want to mention here.

you, as a non-Muslim, should not believe what these ex-Muslims say. you should not believe what I say either. what you should do is hear everyone, make your own researches, and believe what you feel is the truth.

peace
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Guyverman Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Peace be to you too.

In the end, do you think everyone deserves to believe in any faith?
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
it is more than just 'deserve', it is a 'must'. but not in 'any' faith.

Everyone has to have an opinion about things he hears and see around him. and if faith is something that will determine someone's destiny for eternity, then it is a must to take this subject seriously and learn about it and believe in what brings salvation. this is my opinion.
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Guyverman Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Do you still think it is a right?
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
what do you mean?
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bayanova5713 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
i love ur drawingsand i am realy proud to be a muslim really
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YusufIsAzis Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
and I'm proud to be Moslem
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LudvigKrauc Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Allah ebin X--DDD
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metalangel123 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012   Traditional Artist
Due to my family life, I tend to be a bit aggressive (emotionally and sometimes physically) although definitely not towards other people. I try to control my anger by drawing, reading, and listening to music (some muslims argue that any type of music is haram because it leads to bad thoughts etc. but I disagree because for me, it calms me down and makes me smile :) )
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A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Cute lass.
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MUSLIMANIMELOVER Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes it is!! :D
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Freakanddell Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
which needs to destroyed.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
nothing needs to be destroyed.
as it is mentioned above, the emotions need to be controlled. not destroyed. :D
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NinSega Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's right! The Islam is a COMPLETE way of life. The perfect life code.
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drawingEMO Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
>islam is a way of life

So is being gay or being a necrophiliac, who are we to judge?
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
"to you be your way, to me be mine"
translation of qur'anic verse 109:6
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drawingEMO Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Yes thats right, having sex with dead people is a lifestyle that should be tolerated.
One day we will all not judge anyone on their sexuality.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Well, having sex with the dead is a sick fetish that I appreciate you share not in my page.

me, stating that to everyone their way doesn't mean I allow their ways to be propagated in my page.

peace.
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drawingEMO Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
>having sex with the dead is a sick fetish

This is what im talking about, i respect your lifestyle, you should respect other peoples life choices.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
if you really respect my lifestyle then you should understand that propagating your lifestyle goes in your own page, not in mine.
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drawingEMO Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Good bye
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
peace be to you.
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Moonstone27 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012   General Artist
Beautiful work:aww::), and very beneficial information:aww:
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Fifianna Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really beautiful picture!!!! :iconawwehplz: :heart: I didn't think of wearing those headbands on the head scarf, you know I'd only saw them on the hair in anime pictures before. it's a nice and original new idea!! :D
and I love the article too! it really was something good to talk about! :aww:
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mohamedfreezer Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
al slamo alykom wa rathom ALLAHE wa braktoh

MASHALLAH MSHALLAH MASHALLAH

very very very benefit and valuable information my big bro scholar

may ALLAH protect you and increase you r goods

thank you very ..........much for the hardest work

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