If No One Understands You, Chances Are You Are Right

Stories in the Quran are not mere stories. They are real life incidents that have happened. The people are not just characters. They are human beings,with emotions and weaknesses like you and me.

Imagine being in the shoes of Musa’s mother,right after she went through the trauma of throwing her newborn in the deadly Nile, amidst crocs and gators passing by.Did she have any support? Could she have gone to anyone and talk about what she did? Would anyone believe her if she said that Allah inspired her to throw her baby?Afterall she was not a prophet. She was just an everyday believer like you and me.She had no one to counsel her,to tell her she was right.She even doubted her decision and was about to run after her baby.But then the soldiers would find him and kill him.

So Allah intervened and gave her every support that she needed.From giving her the firmness of heart to the ability to plan logically as to what to do next-everything was orchestrated by Him. Against every self-doubt and logic,she blindly held onto Allah-knowing that even if her logic and rationality fails, as long as she would cling on to Allah,He would look after everything for her.Allah became every support, every help, every means she would have needed to survive that challenging moment of her life.

So We restored him to his mother that she might be content and not grieve and that she would know that the promise of Allah is true. But most of the people do not know. (Quran 28:13)

When you feel there is no one who understands you, chances are you are right, because Allah already says that most people would not know about His promise. When others think that your decision to hold onto your faith is absurd, when you yourself do not know how to explain your faith, then understand that it is a legacy of this great woman Allah has bestowed you with. Allah does not describe her as anything other than a “Mumin”-a true believer. So follow her footsteps and let Allah be your support.Allow Him guide you through the gators of life, and be of the few to witness the truth of His promise.

Sometimes its okay if you are the lone soldier in your fight.


Rising Above The Traps Of Ordinary

When it comes to aiming big, wanting to achieve those seemingly impossible goals, most of us resort to the opposite. We are so scared of the “what ifs” that we can’t even look beyond that. We resort to thinking low, and aiming for only what seems achievable. What everyone around has achieved. We understand our limited capabilities, and unfortunately, proportionate our goals accordingly.

There is no judgement here. I have time and again been there. Even when I pushed myself to aim higher, the roadblocks of life always made me want to leave everything and give up. I realized it is safe to  lead the ordinary, customary life. Aim low, so even if you fail, it won’t hurt.

Such was the evening when I stumbled upon this verse.

If Allah is your helper none can overcome you, and if He withdraw His help from you, who is there who can help you after Him? In Allah let believers put their trust.-Quran(3:160)

I did’t even have to read it twice. For at the first read, it just hit me like a bolt, right there right then. To this day I believe it was not my own realization, rather Allah putting it directly on my heart. There are moments in life you encounter, a lot of them when reading the Quran (after all Quran is nothing but Allah talking to you), when you just know it is Allah. So this was one of those moments. Allah taught me that day giving up is not an option, as easy as it is, there is really no way around without getting the help of Allah.

What I learnt is that even for mundane things like breathing, Allah is carefully managing every coordination in our body to make sure that the rhythm is just right. Therefore, even to lead that life of ordinary,you and I will need Allah anyway.  So why not instead take His help for an extraordinary life? Because as far as Allah is concerned, His ability to help you is indifferent to your situation. He can help you lead either lives. Whichever life you want for yourself, as far as Allah is concerned, all He has to do is say “Be”, and it will happen. All you have to do it just put the effort and trust Him.


Faith Corner: Hope Can Be Paralysing

One of the most profound stories of hope and belief in the Quran is Surah Yusuf. Allah narrates the journey of a father’s unwavering hope and trust in His Divine Ability, which changed the course of history.

For years Yaqoob AS held onto the belief of his missing son returning back to him. It is his unshakable belief in Allah that sustained him through this insurmountable loss. He lost his eye sight due to shedding incessant tears for his lost child.However,despite his full faith,instead of getting his son back,he lost two more of his sons. So as if one was not enough, now three of his sons were missing.

But his reaction was remarkable. Let alone sink in an abyss of doubt and despair, he actually hoped that even though they went missing years apart, Allah would perhaps bring them back together. As things kept getting worse,his expectations kept going up.He never thought Allah’s help was far.Even though things went downhill one by one, he didn’t expect them to get better likewise. On the contrary, he actually believed that Allah would give him everything back at once. Consequently, Allah did not disappoint him. All three of his sons came back together, his eyesight was restored and entire Egypt was saved.

Hope or depair-both can be paralysing. Choose wisely.Choose hope. Choose faith.  And allow it to cripple you, leave you incapable of feeling anything else.And then watch miracles unfold,right in front of your eyes.


First Day For A New Convert:Quick Tools

While you are still trying to figure out a way to get started, I wanted to give you these three words. They are of tremendous benefits (I have listed them) and will get the ball rolling. You can download the images and save as  wallpapers. Every time you use your phone you will automatically look at them- so within a day or two you will end up memorizing them, inshaAllah.

The most beloved deeds to Allah are those which are done consistently, even if they are smallProphet Muhammad (peace be upon him)




After You Convert To Islam-Learning Quran and Prayer

Because Islam is such an ocean of knowledge and so is the Quran, it can be pretty intimidating to think of where to begin. So the first bit of advice I would like to give you is, as far as learning and understanding the Quran is concerned, TAKE IT VERY LITTLE AT A TIME.Do not rush or stress yourself out there that you do know everything yet, or you do not how to recite properly yet. It’s okay. Our relation with the Quran is all about QUALITY AND NOT QUANTITY. The second thing is immediately as you become Muslim you feel that pressure of praying all prayers, correctly, like all the other Muslims pray in Arabic. It is quite a long journey. Take your time to memorize the surahs. Start with the small ones. EVEN IF IT TAKES YOU MONTHS, ITS FINE.

The question might arise why do we have to pray in Arabic? Why not in any other language?- I myself am not Arab. Majority of the people in the world are not Arab. We believe the Quran is the literal words of God, His exact words. So we consider the language of Quran sacred, because it is directly From God. So the language is part of its purity.

Finally what I want to share with you is reading a little bit about the meanings of the Quran, listening to the explanations of the Quran in translation, just keeping that going a little at a time is important, not only for new muslims but actually for every muslim. Just a little at a time, it will give you the spiritual boost and open your mind to thinking.

-Transcript From Nouman Ali Khan’s Lecture


Support Corner:You Are Not Noone, You Are Someone

But you are not no one. You are someone.

To the world you might be another voice, another of the eight billion lives. To the street you might be another passerby. To the tree you might be another lonely traveller taking in its shade. To the sky you might be another lonely soul staring at. To the vicinity you might be another…another noone.

But you are someone.To the mat on which you pray, you are someone. To the ground which quietly absorbs your tears when you are in sujood, you are someone. To the pillow which gently muffles your incessant hiccups and stiffles your sobs every night, you are  someone. Above the skies, up in the heavens, in the gathering of the angels, you are someone.To the angels you are someone.

And to your Lord, you are someone.

Everytime you call upon Him when feel like you cant take it anymore, when the pain becomes too much and you beg Him for relief, you are not noone, you are someone. Every morning when He gently helps you get through one more day, to push through one more time, you are not noone. Everytime you call Allah you are not noone. You are someone. To the One who owns everything in the heavens and the earth, Who controls every matter, and yet loves you more than anyone ever can,you are not noone. You are someone.

You are someone. Above the heavens you are someone. And in the earth too.




New Muslim Reflections: One Day

Moving on from a tragedy does not necessarily have to involve shrugging off your emotions and desensitize yourself. Emotions are what makes us human. If something traumatising has happened to you and you can’t forget it, its okay. People will tell you to stop. May be because they love you and do not want to be in a state where they can not do anything to ease your pain. But don’t worry about it. They will be alright. Focus on yourself.Take a retreat if you need. Embrace the loss,live in the memories,feel the pain. Grief in its greyish hues is beautiful too.Take all the time you need to understand yourself. Your potential. You will be surprised to see how much pain you can take. How unbelievably strong Allah made you.

Then slowly you will get accustomed to the pain. The ache will  eventually eat away lesser and lesser portion of you. Over time it will hurt less and less. Then one day you will feel joy again. You will stand in front of the mirror and gaze at the person you have grown to be. Stand in front of Allah in prayer in the middle of the night-but this time is out of overflowing gratitude and awe; as you present yourself in front of Him. As you recollect how He changed the course of events for you, took you to the world of relief and joy that you never knew existed. Gave you everything of which you had written yourself off.

Allah will teach you to love again,to experience joy again,to laugh again. One Day.