Monday, May 27, 2013

When Allah Almighty opens the way for you

Let me first begin by saying SubhanAllah, Allah Almighty is really generous and merciful and really knows what’s in everyone’s hearts and it is Allah who helps those who seek His help, and we just have to ask, and sometimes we don’t even have to ask or utter any words, but Allah gives us what is in our hearts, Glory be to Allah, Exalted is Allah and there can definitely not be any other Lord except the Creator and Knower of All Things, Allahu Akbar! (Allah is the Greatest)

A seemingly little thing happened today to remind me of Allah Almighty’s power and mercy. My mum and I were at the hospital waiting for my father who had to undergo an eye operation. While we were waiting the time for the Zuhr Prayer (mid-afternoon) set in. Since the time set out for the prayer is usually a couple of hours we decided that it would be best to wait because my father was in surgery and we needed to be there to see when they bring him out. We waited and waited, and of course as is the norm with such things we had no idea how much longer it would take and when we’d be able to leave to perform our prayers.

After a while of waiting we decided that we really needed to make a plan now and we began to feel edgy. My mother thought of going to the Doctor’s consulting rooms to ask them if they had a small place for us to pray, but as we were on our way there something made us stop to ask someone if there wasn’t a prayer room at the hospital. To our surprise she told us that there was a prayer room available and guess what it was right next door to the surgery my father was in! Alhamdullillah (Praise be to Allah) we had the chance to perform our prayers peacefully and comfortably with no hassles at all. Literally less than five minutes after we were done they wheeled my father out of surgery to the recovery room and we were right there to see that!

I know this may seem like a small thing, but we were so grateful to Allah for showering His mercy on us and making things easy. Things could have happened differently- we could have waited and waited and not got a chance to perform the zuhr prayer, or we could have been half way looking for a place to pray when my dad came out…anything could have happened differently, but it didn’t because Allah Almighty wished to give us ease and open the way for us, Indeed all I can say is SubhanAllah (Glory be to Allah)!


It reminds me that everyday all we have to do before we leave our homes is ask Allah Almighty to give us ease and help us with all our affairs, and then even little things get sorted out, or big things become little things, and everything runs smoothly. All this is not our doing, we have no power and if we forget that we need Allah Almighty every second of every single day then everything can become very, very difficult.

There was something else I was thankful for today, and that was that I live in a country where there is freedom to practice religion, where a general hospital can set aside a special room for Muslims to pray. There are many places where this will not happen, so I guess that despite all the problems this country has, there are still good things about it and we have to be thankful for that!

So yeah, truly Allah Almighty can open the way for us in both big and small things, but we have to turn to Allah, Exalted is He and we have to ask and moreover we have to have faith and conviction that we will be listened to and we will be helped, and then Inshaa-Allah the way will be clear and things will be easy and even when it’s not easy, the difficulties will become easier to bear, because Allah Almighty does not forsake the ones who turn to him and in fact Allah Almighty says in the Glorious Quraan that if you come to me walking, I will come running, and something to the effect that if you take one step towards me, I will take ten steps towards you.

What more could we ask for? What more do we need? Indeed Allah Almighty is sufficient for us and sufficient for all of our needs! May Allah guide us and make us of those who are always grateful, Inshaa-Allah!
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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Sometimes you wonder…

Sometimes you wonder what the purpose of doing things is. Take blogging for instance, I started doing this because I wanted to be able to share my “voice” and experiences as a Muslim woman. I was tired of people speaking on behalf of me and thought that maybe, just maybe I could manage to positively influence someone and make them understand the truth about things. But sometimes, I wonder if my writing even makes a difference or if I’m just wasting my time. I guess these thoughts are normal, human beings are prone to self-doubt at times, aren’t we?
And then of course at times like those we need reminders. Reminders that it’s the small things that count and that you don’t have to do big things to make a difference. Reminders that it’s not who listens to you that matters, but the fact that you’ve taken the effort to ‘speak’. Reminders that all of your actions are being recorded and that the One Creator sees and knows all you do.
Recently I got my reminder about blogging through a post written by a new blogger, an intelligent and talented young women (Masha’Allah- you can read her post here). In her very first blog post she speaks not only about our purpose on this earth but also about making use of our abilities to do good and basically to be better than what we think we can be. So although I’ve read many things similar to this before, this post somehow stayed with me, renewing my vigour and purpose for blogging, reminding me that an intention to do things to earn the pleasure of Allah is something that is important and it needs to be carried through with until Allah wills differently. It also reminded me that while we all start out full of enthusiasm and energy, we somehow tend to lose that along the way, but we should constantly renew our enthusiasm and energy, just like we constantly need to renew our enthusiasm for many things in life. It’s not difficult to renew your energy when you believe that what you are doing is for a good cause, but all this needs to be reminded to us, because being the weak human beings that we are, we tend to forget or overlook our purpose many times along the path.  I guess this reminder came at the right time and in the right manner, and you never know whose words will inspire you.
There are many other amazing women whose words have influenced me in different ways. Now that I think of it actually on a weekly, if not daily basis when I click on the various blogs I follow I’m almost certain to find some uplifting words, words that motivate me, and words that teach me something new about different people, different places and the way the world works in general.
I guess that positive words written will always linger on and even if it impacts on someone for a short while, the point is that if these words were not written then there would be no impact at all, and no impact or no influence is worse than even the smallest positive impact or influence.
Sometimes you wonder; I guess that’s a given in this life, but I am thankful that I manage to get my reminders and my answers whenever I do wonder, and I guess Allah Almighty has different ways of getting messages through to us, and Allah Almighty uses different people for this purpose.
May Allah guide us all and inspire us to always write words that will be a means of positivity!