Giving kids clothes and food is one thing, but it’s much more important to teach them that other people besides themselves are important, and that the best thing they can do with their lives is to use them in the service of other people.
She spent much of her life in emptiness. On the outside, she looked full. But inside, she was empty. Very empty.
Yes, she searched for completion. She ran after it all the time. She ran after things she thought would make her whole. Her hands became claws, always digging, always outstretched. But she dug in concrete and begged from the poor. - Yasmin Mogahed
“Ya Ummi (oh mother), I cannot live my life with a woman who has no key to my mind and does not share my concerns. She cannot - will not - read anything. She shrugs off the grave problems of the day and asks if I think her new tablecloth is pretty. We are living in difficult times and it is not enough for a person to be interested in his home and his job - in his own personal life. I need my partner to be someone to whom I can turn, confident of her sympathy, believing her when she tells me I’m in the wrong, strengthened when she tells me I’m in the right. I want to love, and be loved back - but what I see is not love or companionship but a sort of transaction of convenience santioned by religion and society and I do not want it.”
― Ahdaf Soueif, The Map of Love