The Sacred Journey of Hajj: Does it end there?

During Hajj, Muslims try their best to seek forgiveness from Allah. Feeling  so close to Allah, the Muslims will be crying and begging for His acceptance. They will never cease to chant the talbiyah (Here I am, O Allaah, here I am. Here I am, You have no partner, here I am. Verily all praises and blessings are Yours, and all sovereignty, You have no partner). 

Make Du’a. Allah understands our prayers, even when we can’t find the words to say them.

Never underestimate the power of a du’a. It is indeed the strongest weapon of the believers. Continue calling.out to Him.  Repeat your du’a again and again. 

Allah is All-Knowing, He is aware of everything and He wants us to know that. when Prophet Musa and Prophet Harun were told to speak to Pharoah, they were understandably afraid. They said to Allah:

Our Lord, indeed we are afraid that he will hasten [punishment] against us or that he will transgress.”

And look how Allah responded  to reassure them:

Fear not. Indeed, I am with you both; I hear and I see

(Qur’an, 20:45-46).

So when you are feeling lonely or in difficulty, make prayers to the One who hears everything and sees everything. He is so close to you that He listens to your words when they are spoken or when you just keep them in your heart. Rest assured that the difficulty  you are going through has not gone unnoticed.

He understands our prayers, even when we can’t find the right words to express them. So make your Du’a.

“Why does it seem like Allah doesn’t accept my du’a?” He reached to me, I almost couldn’t hold my tears.

“Why does it seem like Allah doesn’t accept my du’a?” He reached to me, I almost couldn’t hold my tears.

Or are we asking too much from Him?

I have just finished my Zuhr prayer when a friend of mine came by. One look at his haggard face and I knew  he was not the usual, happy guy I used to spend time together with.

I could see worry, despair and disappointment written all over his face. He sat by my side, looked down and struck my heart with some heavy questionings.

“I’m so tired of asking from Allah. Why the deafening silence? Am I asking too much? Is my constant asking displeasing Him ? Why  should my turning to Him displease Him? Why am I being rebuked after I gave all of my heart and soul submitting to Him?”

My heart trembled, my eyes welled with tears   from listening to his cracking voice. He was just being honest about his feelings. Certainly, this was not the cheerful, happy-go-lucky guy  as people used to know him. This is his inner self crying from the depth of his being, breaking, despairing and gasping for some air of hope from anywhere he could get .

As I tried to bring myself together, I wrapped my arm around his shoulders and said:

“You know, brother. Allah is so close to our being that He knows us better than anyone else. Allah is fond of our repeated appeals to Him because He made us so inclined. It is our fitrah to unwaveringly seek for His constant support. So how could He be displeased with our persistent dua – our cry for His rescue?”

As a lifelong friend, I had come to know him rather intimately — the ups and downs he had gone through, the heavy  trials and tribulations he had faced, and how all this had made him  a rugged survivor.

But now he is beset with nagging doubts as to whether Allah is really listening to him and granting what he had persistently asked for.

“Brother,” I patted his back. “There are three ways in which  Allah responds to our supplications”:

1. Allah decides to grant us precisely what we asked for.

Sometimes, Allah does accept our request as it is. For instance, when we fell sick and prayed for Him to cure us. At the appointed time, praise be to Allah, we found ourselves in the pink of health again.

We might be in a financial crisis, and we knew that money  never rain from the sky. And we have nowhere to avail ourselves of a quick fortune. So, We asked from Him. Suddenly someone appeared on the scene and voluntarily paid our dues.

We asked for the ease of heart after offering shahada and embracing this religion of Islam as our heart fluttered upon making that life-changing decision. Gradually, Allah granted us that ease.

2. Allah decides not to grant our requests so as to save us from a worse outcome.

We have been asking for a raise in our salary for some time already, but still, we returned home with a gloomy face on our payday. We began to wonder that since a pay raise is not a sinful thing to desire for, why isn’t Allah granting it to us then?

The truth is Allah knows us better than we do about ourselves. For all we know, had we been granted that ‘privilege’ of a pay raise we have been asking,  we could be under severe pressure later — due to the heavier workload or responsibility that came with that salary raise — such that we would not be able to bear it.

Perhaps, we might also become conceited and forget altogether that Allah is the sole reason for all the blessings. For our own ultimate benefit Allah desires that our faith in Him to be preserved intact by not being traded with the fleeting worldly trappings. For indeed Allah is the All-Knowing beyond the boundary of time?

So, our supplication is virtually answered by His relieving us of what is a worse outcome and for which we ought, indeed, to be grateful.

3. Allah decides to defer our  earthly reward for the ultimate recompense of Jannah in the Hereafter.

It feels like we have been asking forever. In the end, all we get is but the eternal  prison of  hope. The hardship remains until the end of our earthly time.

In such a predicament the right and wise thing for us to do is to stick with Him  no matter how dark the tunnel of our life is.

Let our conscience be illuminated that by this tribulation Allah is answering our supplication with even a better gift – the ultimate, the eternal reward of jannah in the Hereafter. What could be a better victory for us than  Divine forgiveness and Jannah as our homes? To think that after all the suffering that we had to endure going through this earthly life, it is unbelievable that we are finally  reaching the best finishing line of our journey.

So instead of despairing, what we ought to say  is “O Allah, forgive us for having bad thoughts of You. O Allah, grant us our Duas with what You know is the best for us. Amin.

May Allah grant us the strength and the wisdom to keep being steadfast. May Allah strengthen the heart and spirit of my friend, and the heart and spirit of ours too.

Trust Allah

 Life is a series of tests. Literally. As soon as we get through one test, another one is   coming for us. Time and time again these tribulations slam right at our faces without respite. At the end of the day, we are left in a daze, asking the only question that seems fit to be asked: ‘When will all this be over?’ And then we sit, waiting for the answer, hoping that relief will come soon.

Don’t worry.

Allah promises us that  with every difficulty there is relief. We must never lose hope that our situation will improve.

Say: “My servants, you who have transgressed against yourselves, do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Truly Allah forgives all wrong actions. He is the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Merciful.”

Quran 39:53

The help of Allah is near to those who believe.

Allah is the Most Merciful

Life is a series of tests. Literally. As soon as we get through one test, another one is   coming for us. Time and time again these tribulations slam right at our faces without respite. At the end of the day, we are left in a daze, asking the only question that seems fit to be asked: ‘When will all this be over?’ And then we sit, waiting for the answer, hoping that relief will come soon.

Don’t worry.

Allah promises us that  with every difficulty there is relief. We must never lose hope that our situation will improve.

Say: “My servants, you who have transgressed against yourselves, do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Truly Allah forgives all wrong actions. He is the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Merciful.”
Quran 39:53

The help of Allah is near to those who believe.
Life is a series of tests. Literally. As soon as we get through one test, another one is   coming for us. Time and time again these tribulations slam right at our faces without respite. At the end of the day, we are left in a daze, asking the only question that seems fit to be asked: ‘When will all this be over?’ And then we sit, waiting for the answer, hoping that relief will come soon.
Don’t worry.

Allah promises us that  with every difficulty there is relief. We must never lose hope that our situation will improve.

Say: “My servants, you who have transgressed against yourselves, do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Truly Allah forgives all wrong actions. He is the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Merciful.”
Quran 39:53

The help of Allah is near to those who believe.
Changing to be a better person? A better Muslim?
Take it slowly. Good things take time.
Whatever the tests given, whatever your condition is, regardless how painful the hurt  is right now, put your trust in Allah, as He knows best.
After we feel we have been blessed with patience in affliction, we should aspire to reach a higher level; which is that of gratitude. Gratitude that Allah wants us to be purified from our sins, gratitude that Allah gives us the promise of something better than that we were afflicted with. Only then will we reach a state of contentment and serenity.

Trust Him.
The hand that reaches out to you in darkness is a reflection of Allah’s Mercy;  so too are the kind words from a stranger, the rain that falls on the parched earth, and the laughter in the eyes of a child.  His Mercy is the source of all that is Good and Gentle.
Know your God: Allah is the Most Merciful.

Allah knows what is best for you

Be patient, for only He knows when is the right time for everything. Everything happens by the will of Allah. Whatever He wills happens, and whatever he does not will does not happen. Allah’s plan for you is important to the world because Allah created nothing in vain. Look at His creation. Everything has a purpose: from the sun that heats our world to the bacteria that consume waste. Fulfilling Allah’s plan for us requires that we silence the voice of our own desire, open ourselves to Allah, and look within with total sincerity. This takes courage, patience and determination. But it is the path to Jannah, InsyaAllah.

Have you said Alhamdulilah today? Alhamdulilah, we’re given the air to breath for free. Alhamdulilah, we’re given the opportunity to know Islam. Alhamdulilah, we’re still alive, and are given the chance to repent for whatever sins we committed. Though some of you are currently in a difficult time of your life, remember, there’s always someone else who is fighting harder battles. Be grateful. “Therefore remember Me, I will remember you, And be thankful to Me, and do not be ungrateful to Me.” (Qur’an 2:152) Alhamdulilah, thank you Allah.

When Allah is your strength, nothing can break you. Say “Allah is sufficient for me; those who have to put their trust, let them put their trust in Him” (Surah Az Zumar: 38)

It’s easy to get so wrapped up in fixing your own life that you forget about helping others. And while it’s important to put yourself first sometimes, it’s even more important to help others whenever you can. Be happy if you are given the opportunity to help others, because it just means that Allah is answering that person’s dua through you.

Oh Allah! Make me strong in your way

Oh Allah! Make me strong in your way
[Oh Allah! Make me strong in following Your way]

When you’ve been strong long enough,
And when everything seems tough,
Know that,
These days are just rough.

When people pretend to be kind,
And you for one aren’t blind,
When all you have on mind,
Is no more to be kind,
Just know,
That this is life in grind.
It takes you forever to be you!
So you did lose yourself,
In a moments few.
Didn’t you feel the wind that blew?

I have words to convey,
Night is yours and so is day!
You are enough to reach your goal
Just follow your beautiful soul

Life is not always the way you want,
The memories and those failures haunt,
Also, the people and their taunts.

Just wait for light,
To take you out of this plight,
Only then things shall be bright,
Things won’t change if you procrastinate,
To your Lord, just prostrate.
In that grief,
You may just find relief.

Believe in His mercy,
All the time,
He forgives even those,
Who do heinous crimes,
All it takes is a sincere heart,
For a good and pleasant re-start.

From Him we come,
To Him we return!
It’s just that simple,
You reap what you sow.

Credit to: @ab_tanzeem, and @orphanage_helper for this beautiful poem.

The beauty of Sabr

The beauty of Sabr
When everything didn’t go according to your plan, when the person you trusted the most stabbed you in the back, when you lose the apple of your eye, and many other bad things that hit you right in your face.

Sabr. Be Patience, as sabr is beautiful.

But, how can sabr be beautiful when the very essence of sabr entails enduring rough times? It’s so easy to say sabr, yet it is the hardest thing to do when it is needed the most.

Sabr is tough.

Even the prophets got tired of their afflictions and cried out “When will the help of Allah arrive?”, to which Allah replied “Help is near”. The truth is, sabr is never easy as it sound.

But, Allah has already said that “He does not burden a soul with more than it can endure”. So why do we worry too much, when the Lord Himself said the test given will never be over the limit. When everything seems lost to you, the faith in Him, and sabr, will create a bonding that doesn’t exist during the time of ease.

Believe me, you never cry so hard when no test comes to you. But during the time of hardship, when in your sujood, you ask and beg Him to help you out of the misery , that is the time when your tears will drop.

Sabr is to keep going, to keep enduring knowing that being strong is the only option. Sabr is to drag yourself to your prayers even when you truly can’t be bothered to pray. Sabr is to think well of Allah during hardships. Sabr is to try to ignore those negative suggestions from the devil that nothing will ever help your situation, that your life will always suck. That your sick child won’t get better, that your mother will remain unwell forever, that you’ll never find a job you love, that you’ll never find true happiness, that you’ll never get over a trauma in your life. These are some examples of trials and tribulations that people have to deal with at one point in their life that bring them to their knees and cry.

And no one is perfect. It’s okay to break down and cry.

But know this. Once you fall, there is no other choice but to pick yourself up again. And trust me, you will fall, many times. You will fall in dealing with your job, your family, and your health. It never ends. But keep going, not because it doesn’t hurt but because you put your trust in Allah, and He’ll never abandon you as long as you don’t give up.

In the end, at some stage in your life, you may be looking back at all of those tests which, with the blessings of your sabr , have kept you on the right track all along. By Allah, sabr is beautiful because sabr is worth all the good that comes with it.