Everyone talks about having faith, belief, hope,but nobody teaches how to. You see thats the problem.Most of us are average Jane/John Doe’s, we don’t do wise words or preachings. We are not great and we don’t do greats. We just need something easy, like a pill which we can simply gobble down and get back to life.
And what I am talking about, is anything but that.
Human beings need a lot of things to FEEL alive- love, joy, laughter. But to BE alive, we only need one thing- a live, beating heart. And by any chance if you have allowed anyone to walk with yours inside of them (children, parents, siblings,spouse, even career), then may The Lord have mercy on you! Very few people can do that, and still FEEL alive.
Say,” Allah is The One
Allah is The One To Go to (with all your problems and intentions)
He begets not, nor is He begotten
And there is no One like Him”.
We read the above Surah all the time. We all understand what it means. But what strikes me is the third verse- Allah does not give birth nor He is born of anyone. Basically it reflects that Allah has no mortal quality. That means, Allah is the One to go to with all the duas- wishes, needs and wants, because unlike human beings, He does not judge us, He does not talk about what is possible and what not, His “mood” to give doesnt flactuate based on our atittudes. He wont tell you what you are asking for is silly, He wont make you uncomfortable (because people most definitely will), He wont make fun of you or most importantly, He wont belite your concerns just because something else is more important.Your silly dua will still be in priority line, because Allah’s generosity is not “either/or”. It is “and”.
Next time you recite these verses, remember this. Allah is NOT going to treat you like human beings. So you can tell Him your deepest secrets, especially when your head is on the ground (thats when you soul rises to Allah and you are closest to Him). Your whispers will be securedly absorbed on the prayer mat before they rip through the sky and reach your Lord. Not only will He fulfil them by His generosity, He will also never reveal your secrets to anyone.
Because He begets not, nor is He begotten.
And there is No One like Him.
Its not always about being particularly good or worthy. To live extraordinary experiences, encounter moments which are literally “out of the world”, you dont always need to be particularly saintly. To have that dream of the prophet (peace be upon him), to have the angels come to your aid when you need, to have a Divine revelation be dropped in your heart like Prophet Musa’ s mother, or the little Prophet Yusuf (long before he became a prophet), to have a miraculous overnight cure of an ailment you have been battling- you do NOT need to be the righteous of the righteous. With or without hijab or beard, with or without the best of faith, with or without the best of past records, with or without the maximum number of voluntary prayers or fasts, with or without the best of associations, with or without the best of gratitudes, basically with or without anything good whatsoever, you still qualify for blessings that perhaps are not from this world.You still qualify for the Divine mercy of Allah which if translated in English basically means “Unimaginable Love, Mercy and Compassion”- yes, beyond imagination.
I have seen it happen around me. To everyday people like you and me. Trust me a lot of the ones who “look not too religious” are sometimes the ones with the most treasurous experiences, if that word even exists.
You and I could be part of it all too.
If you could pick ONE deed you will do regularly this Ramadan (instead of overwhelming yourself with a plate full and then giving up midway), what would that be?
Mine is DUA. Because the prophet (peace be upon him) said dua is the essence of worship. So no matter what you do, if the underlying intention is not tied to acceptance of dua, its basically losing the prime factor. So if faced with a choice, pick dua. After all your duas especially the last ten nights will determine the chain of events in the next one year. So if possible, make a list so you dont forget.
Dont forget, the most honorable thing to Allah is dua. He loves that you ask and gets upset if you dont. So dua away like nobody’s business.
And believe that He will give like nobody’s business. Because it really isnt. He promises to give whoever He wills without limits.
When you walk into a brightly lit room from darkness you squint your eyes.
When you wake up after a refreshing nap you still feel little groggy the first couple seconds.
In the same manner, when joy peeks in after what seemed like an eternity of grief, when relief comes in after an eternity of oppression- it is natural to be scared initially. Its okay if your initial reaction is that fear and not gratitude. It really is- because the years of tears and pain made your entire existance learn to anticipate only worse. It will be sometime before it reverses itself. So its okay, because birds raised in cages are afraid to fly.
You miss it. You miss those times. The people, the lanes, the streets- it is as life you lived an eternity among them. It is as if it was a whole different life, a whole different you.
Reminisce it. Soak yourself in the scent of those nostalgic fragrances as you breathe into your pillow, stiffling another sob under those staggering breathes. Allow your heart to swell and burst as it walks down the memory lane of those bittersweet cinnamon memories of the winter mornings.
And what better time to do it than the depths of the night? When the only One who lived through those experiences with you come down in the last third of the night- only for you. To reminisce your journey with you, laugh at your joy, weep for your sorrows, grieve the loss and hope for the future. He wants to walk those ailes with you, know about the taste of those salty cashwes you had, the sweetness of the fruits you got drunk in, the spices of the various colors that gave you ulcers.
He watches you twisting and turning in agony as you silently soak your pillow with another sleepless night. Thats why He comes down everynight and waits for you behind the clouds. To talk to you, to hear from you.
Perhaps thats why the delay. You are being asked to look deeper in yourself to truly unleash what it is that is holding you back. Whatever it is you are askiny for, if you were to receive it right now, are you fully equipped to embrace it?
I am not referring to the physical or materialistic preparation. If you are looking for a job, I am not asking if you have the proper skills, if you are looking to get married, I am not asking if you know the secrets to be a perfect spouse, if you are looking to be a parent, I am not asking if you know how to be the best one. You know all of that and what to do. You can find that knowledge anywhere or from anyone.
What I am asking is are you ready and prepared within yourself? Have you cleared away all the shackles that scarred you? Are you completely aware of the myriads of ways your subconcious might have been harboring inhibitions, and if you do, what are you doing to erase them completely?
Receiving the much awaited break, the much awaited joy requires a different form of strength. One that you need to teach yourself. A strength of heart, a strength of faith, a strength of gratitude.
As they say, there is always more to it than meets the eye.