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.
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 small– Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
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
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.
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.
If you dress modestly but you hate it; if you smother your frustration in response to your parents even when you want to scream; if you continue to pray your prayers even though you wonder why you do them; if you would drink but you don’t; if you say no when you so badly want to say yes: it doesn’t make you a hypocrite. It doesn’t mean your belief is weak.
Your doing things even if you don’t want to, your not doing things even when you wish you could, for the sole reason of trying to live your life within the guidelines you believe have been set by God: that’s a testimony of the STRENGTH of your faith, not your lack of it.
Keep doing the right thing even when you’re frustrated with it. And ask God to give you strength to love it, understand it, and have a support system to help get you through it.
You’re not a weak believer. You’re not a hypocrite. You’re a spiritual warrior.
المجاهد هو من يجاهد نفسه على طاعة الله
“The warrior is the one who strives against his/her self in obedience to God, the Mighty and Majestic.” -Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) [At-Tirmidhi]
To the secretly struggling one,
The secret tears you shed
The secret prayers you pray
The secret duas you make
In those secret depths of the night
In those secret moments before breaking your secret fasts
In those secret good deeds you do
The secret sacrifices you make
The secret battles you fight
The secret temptations you resist
The secret desires you control
The secret scars you hide
The secret pains that rip you apart
The secret emptiness you feel
The secret melancholy in your void heart
The secret scream of your torn soul
The secret thirst to reach your destination
You are not alone. I am with you.
Lets raise our hands up together, because He is too Generous and too Shy to return them back to us empty (Narrated by Prophet Muhammad, may peace be upon him.)For verily, He is the best to respond to the distressed one when he calls on to Him.
(“Is He (not best) Who responds to the distressed one when he calls upon Him and removes the evil and makes you inheritors of the earth, generations after generations? Is there any deity with Allah?” [Surat un-Naml 27:62])
A Struggling, Everyday Believer