A Letter to My Friend: Seeking the Counsel of Trust

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Dear Friend,

When we fall, we fall hard.

One primary aspect of our life is trusting Him in EVERY situation. The notion may sound casual, as we go on saying, “have faith” or Trust Him” or “Don’t worry”. How can one not worry when the descended case is so-worrisome? How can one depict hard bound faith in the feeble states of our imaan?

I know these are simple questions demanding our centuries struggle to overcome faith.

One true example is Prophet Jacob (May Allah be pleased with him), when he showed patience, taqwa and trust in Allah Subhana wa ta’ala even though he was going through the most crucial tunnel of his life. When Prophet Yusuf (May Allah be pleased with Him) was taken away and he spent a considerable amount of time (read: years) patiently waiting till Allah’s decree descend.

He could have complaint Allah SWT yet he preferred patience.

He (Yaqoub) said: Nay, your souls have made a matter light for you, so patience is good; maybe Allah will bring them all together to me; surely He is the Knowing, the Wise.

 (Surah Yusuf:83)

This life asks for your sacrifice.

They say Allah SWT is as per your thinking. Good things come to those who Trust Him.(because ultimately they will enact good and so on and so forth)

I know the nafs yearns to go against what He says. A lot of times we do not understand the hikmah in the situation but believe in Him the rest will follow insha Allah.

Or think you that you will enter Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty and ailments and were so shaken that even the Messenger and those who believed along with him said, “When (will come) the Help of Allah?” Yes! Certainly, the Help of Allah is near!

(Suratul Baqarah:214)

My dear, if in situations where your trust in Him dwindles, know that it’s He who is the powerful and the All-Mighty. No harm can touch you if He does not will and no goodness can reach you unless He wills. This is trust.

Trust asks us to go by His words even if it means leaving the dunia knowing that He will bring the whole world in your feet.

Trust asks us to flunk your fortune 500 company interview knowing that it asks for bribe and believing that He will grant the best rizq for you. (after all He provides food to the beings living underneath the stones, yes yes!)

Trust asks us to carry veil even when you know you won’t befit your peer company and knowing that He is the only Wali.

Trust asks us to leave that one multinational job that does not grant you leave for your ‘Itekaaf (retreat in mosque) in Ramadan and knowing that He will provide the most sufficient mean instead.

Trust asks us to meet our relatives earnestly and kindly with whom the ties have been severed in past and knowing that Allah will surely accept from you

Maulana Rumi said,

Don’t turn your head.
Keep looking at the bandaged place.
That’s where
the Light enters you.

It’s not easy, crunching your nafs and abiding by His commands. However, that’s where in between the thawab lies, right?  That’s when the light of His mercy descend on to you because know that unless you are not tested to the threshold of the pain you are not granted.

And [yet], among the people are those who take other than Allah as equals [to Him]. They love them as they [should] love Allah . But those who believe are stronger in love for Allah.

(Suratul Baqarah:165)

 

Makkah Diaries: Footsteps on the Holy-Land- Part 1

“Papa is it time already to leave?”

Tip-toeing her feet on the marbled floor of Haram sharif the girl asked anxiously.

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Blue was the sky, cold was the air and merciful was the environment we were witnessing. The post fajr time in Haram sharif looked divine. It was September 2001 (know the significance? You better :p). We were in Makkah sharif to perform ‘umrah. It was my first ever ‘Umrah.

It was a marked moment.

It was the same time when the towers fell.

It was the same time when a plane got hijacked.

And it was the first time my birthday spent in KSA. (Nah, I don’t celebrate anymore. Relax please)

I used to hold Papa’s hands and my granny’s wheel chair as we go to offer our prayers. We were there for two weeks. Such a short period of time.

I still remember my last short visit to masjid Al-Haram with Papa and dadi. It was Fajr and there were, if I am not wrong, three janazas that morning. Lucky souls to die on the sacred land ! The weather was so pretty that morning.

“Papa is it time already to leave?”

I asked again looking at him keenly.

Papa kept looking at Ka’bah praising the magnanimity and divinity of the place. Once over he would drift his attention to the birds circumambulating the Ka’bah.

I kept asking Papa, “Papa is it time already to leave?” and he never wanted to leave the place.

The serenity was overwhelming.

We finally had our breakfast and left for the bus to our abode in Madinah.

13 years later , when I became a young conscious adult, I found the little girl who wanted anxiously to hold Papa’s hand and one kept asking “Papa is it time already to leave?” now had another emotion brewing inside her: To visit Him in His house, Makkah al-Mukarramah.

I would come close to tears for I so wanted to go to Hajj or ‘Umrah with Papa and Ammi. I would make plans with Papa and would look at his face so that someday he might say, “Nim, we are going to Makkah sharif this time beta!” and that time at least did not arrive in the next 1.5 years.

 

Protecting Our Yousuf

This post has been taken from my best friend’s blog. Jazakillahul khair dear H.

“Our soul is very beautiful, pious and pure but we want to make it ugly, tainted and impure, that’s why we treat it in a manner step brothers of Yousuf(A.S) treated him.”

“By considering it as an enemy of ours we throw it in the well, or sell at a very cheap price in a market of Egypt and neglect the full reality that what is the importance of this soul in our life. It has to face difficulties just because of us; sometimes in a detention of an undone sin it has to suffer for many years.”

“It’s just our Heart that curses us for losing our Yousuf. We suppress its voice but it’s not always easy. In life, sometimes a moment comes while walking we are stricken and get down, can not restore ourselves, just then the feeling of missing something inside-out holds its roots very deeply. And so, our heart reminds us by screaming loudly that unconsciously, we have disguised our own selves”.

“Telling lies, cheating people, being dishonest, being resentful and jealous, being captured in the cage of lust and hunger and so by selling our soul at the hands of greed, no one is harmed, no one except us. Our self and our heart start to be rusted. Impurities like selfishness and senselessness make our character hollow and we……in the struggle to move ahead of all in the race of life leave behind our reality, our self. When being stricken get down then are supposed to look back, supposed to return towards our truth, supposed to take out our Yousuf from the well, supposed to free him from the prison and give him the crown. Then we understand that how much we have travelled but the whole journey was a deception, a ruse.”

“To search and find our Yousuf, is very important in life if anyone understands. The process of transformation from a man to a human is not easy. There will be wolves standing on each single step and ready to tear apart your Yousuf. At every place, filths wrapped with lust and greed will be interested to buy your Yousuf. Protect your Yousuf, never lose him no matter what will happen”.

Thought of the Day: Dealing with Trials

Allah loves you.

He loves you more than 70 times ammi loves you.

He wants that you be free of sin and strong in imaan. And When Allah wants you to learn He will create a ground for that. Sometimes it’s a dear friend who has ditched you, sometimes it’s an angry spouse, sometimes He gives you hard parents, sometimes He gives you a stubborn child, sometimes He makes ways to reject your visa application for no genuine reason, sometimes He will fail you in your astrophysics exams only to have your repentence in His court, only to have your cries and servility of being Muslim. Only to make you learn.

Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said,

“If Allah wants to do good to somebody, He afflicts him with trials.

(Sahih Bukhari)

Only so that in times of trials, tests and tribulations you learn to only turn to Him. No matter what.

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:
(Jam’a Tirmidhi)

Walk to Him, turn to Him, crawl to Him, cry in front of Him.

Don’t be silent to Him.

For even if you do, He still listens to your hushed tones since He is nearer to you than your jugular vein.

Ya Muqallibul qulubi thabbit qalbi ‘alaa deenik, ameen.

Thought of The Day: Understanding Mujahida

She walks gingerly to the glass table and tries to lift it up.

No A No! Don’t do that!” I yelled abruptly fearing the absolute occurrence of a dangerous attempt.

That’s my usual statement to my 3 year old niece.

Even with my periodic interruptions, she does not seem to care and be surprised. Does not seem to be touched at all. She would steadily walk and enact the same thing after few seconds of pause without fear and resistance no matter how hard it is; as if dodging me, again and again.

This is remarkable, is not it?

How does she do that?

I often think how special this quality is. That’s the thing Allah SWT wants from us. To move in His path for the ‘amar bil maroof to make the nahi ‘anil munkar possible. It’s hard as we grow old, for we are tired of the verbal jabs, judgmental stares, non verbal expressions, hostile treatment and insurmountable peer pressure. It’s easy to go with the flow of the provided tantrums, it’s difficult to go against the tides. But I always think Allah SWT wanted Moses to cross the sea and thus He bestowed Him with the courage to walk in the sea, and the utmost trust won him and his nation’s refuge. By Allah! Is He in whose name we live. It’s He who puts in us His own trust that we have nothing to hold on except Him.

His trust. Our imaan.

Allah wants me to be like A.

She’s small in every possible dimension, however she is so strong in her moral. Strethened. Determined. Passionate. (So what if that’s in the most naughtiest tasks she do? :p)

It’s like I have found another mentor to confide in.

I Grieve.

Written By: Yasmin Mogahed

I lifted my head

Once more

Only to see

The sun had set,

The trees had slept,

And they’d all gone home

I grieve.

The sky that was clear

is now covered with fog.

My path, I no longer see.

Why try…when it’s all so gray?

I grieve.

Today I grieve

For what’s been lost.

My forgotten people,

still on their knees

before a snow god in spring

I grieve.

They’ve forgotten that prayer

And to whom they should call.

The Essence replaced

by mundane ritual,

empty symbols.

Their hearts… so tired,

jaded and worn

I grieve.

We are a people

defeated…but not conquered.

And somehow

I feel my blood return.

I will stand.

I will try.

And from beyond my grief,

I will see…

There are a people you can’t enslave.

A loyalty…you can’t buy.

For a land may be occupied…

but never a soul.

From beyond my tears

I’ll understand…

Today my people weep.

But tomorrow…Death will die,

as their tears give birth to a land

where…“on them shall be no fear

nor shall they grieve” (2:262).

Thought of the Day: Understanding the trio of Hilm, Kindness & Mercy

Tears welled up her eyes. Red. Hot. Flowing. She looked down as if trying to find a way to brush the tears aside or at least hide them.

All in vain.

He watched her walking out. It all happened in the blink of an eye.

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Kindness is a trait not many posses. We are guided by Allah SWT in all the cases of trials and tribulations, even in the most enraged ones. It is a state where what has been uttered may strengthen or weaken the relation with His beings. I am not understating the fact. However, we are His creation and it is therefore that the more I ponder the more I find that we manifest His qualities in some ways. No not with similar summits. We cannot ever. But in some tiny ways where we can at least give them the taste of what it means to show hilm, kindness and mercy.

It takes much courage to go beyond your comfort zone and talk with utmost sincerity and morals. Is that difficult? Nah! Requires only some sense of ikhlaq, doesn’t it? By Allah! We don’t think these matters. The most intricate ones. Forgive them often, do some sabr, go some extra mile to make them happy, gift them, tell them how you thought to buy that particular musk for them, how hard you pray for them, give them a occasional hug, pat them, place your hand around their shoulders, be the first to say salaam, pay them a visit, buy some flowers? Some chocolates? Ferrero is expensive, perks are not. 😀 Go ahead.

What goes around comes around. You will see how His help will manifest in your matters given that we cling to show these traits of hilm, kindness and mercy.

Allahumman-sur. Allahumma Ameen.