Challenges in the Life of a Muslim [Quote – 869]
Life of a Muslim is often filled with challenges of all kinds.
Sunnatullah — Allah’s way of doing things — is most amazing.
The better a Muslim is, and the closer he or she is to Allah, the more full of challenges his or her life becomes.
Life becomes a never-ending test.
Iman is tested.
Vigilance and Resourcefulness are tested.
Leadership skills and abilities are tested.
Sabr and Tawakkul are tested.
Ridaa — Are you happy and pleased with what Allah is doing in your life, or do you have a problem with that? — is tested.
And then, just when you think, you are finished and you have nowhere to turn, Allah’s Aayat rings true. And help is at the door.
“Our help came to them.”
I look at the life of Anbiyaa Allah — Prophets and Messengers of God — Alaihim Assalam, and I wonder:
When did they ever have a moment free from challenges?
When was life all rosy and comfortable for them?
When was life all smooth sailing for them, as they say?
So, loving Allah and his Deen comes with its own perils — and challenges.
Fa-Toobaa Lil Ghurabaa!
Good wishes to those who stick with it.
Who Will Speak For Allah?
And For His Deen? [Quote – 868]
It fills me with great sadness that millions of people speak for Shaitan.
On behalf of the Devil.
And for Baatil.
For all things that are wrong and false and detrimental to real and genuine human interests in this as well as in the next world.
Expounding and advocating all the lies that come from the Devil — and from legions of his minions.
But not even a handful of truly qualified and competent and credible voices are around to speak for Allah.
And to speak for Allah’s Deen.
I dare not mention Allah’s Rasul, sallallahu alaihi wa sallam, in the same breath.
For, that door is a highly guarded one!
And then I think the way we say we do Allah’s work — whatever it is and however we interpret it — what value, what glory, what importance and prominence do we attach to it?
If Allah’s work will not be done with full glory, and fanfare, whose work will be?
Just look at Muslim weddings — and at all the Muslim functions — in many parts of the world.
Look at all the show and the pomp!
And look at all the money that is spent!
And look at all the food that is wasted.
Do I need to say more?
I always had trouble understanding this simple thing about Muslims:
Either Allah exists or he does not.
We either believe in him or we do not.
But if Allah exists — as he does al hayyul qayyoom and al hayyulladhee laa yamootu — and we say we believe in him, then why do we act the way we do?
Why do we carry on the way we do?
Where is the impact of our belief on our lives?
Have we no shame, as someone said?
Me and Allah’s Work? Really? [Quote – 867]
Someone recently said to me:
You are doing so much to spread Allah’s Deen!”
My initial response? A quick shudder down my spine.
And then the words:
Me and Allah’s Deen?
How does that compute?”
A more delayed reaction:
Even though the person means well, and may Allah reward that person immensely for that kindness and generosity of spirit, I am afraid these words will be held against me in Allah’s court.
I fear it will be said to me,
Good, nice people in the world thought you were spreading Allah’s Deen on Allah’s earth.
Just how were you doing it?
What was in your heart at that time, when you were doing it?
What were your motivations and intentions?
And how did your actions match what was in your heart?
And what means and methods did you employ?
And what resources of what kind did you utilize and invest in doing Allah’s work?
And what precisely were the things you did to advance Allah’s Deen on Allah’s earth?
And, over and on top of all that, here you were, your whole life a shame to Allah’s Deen —
From A to Z.
So, just how did you fit in? How did you even belong?
So, what do you have to say for yourself?”
And I will have nowhere to hide!
No, the truth is, whatever I did — or do — if I did or do anything at all, it never entered my mind that any of it was for Allah.
I did — and I do — what I did and do for one simple reason: it is a job that must be done.
That is all there is to it.
Life of a Muslim — A Story of Never-Ending Tests and Trials!
And Then of Companionship of Allah! [Quote – 866]
Some would say the life of a Muslim is filled with challenges.
All you need to do is to look at the life of Sayyidina Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam. When did he ever get to rest? His life was Go, Go, Go, all the time.
From Makkah to Taif. And then to Habashah — Abyssinia — for his people.
Not once but twice.
And then to Madinah for himself and for his people together.
Alone in the Cave — he with his companion Abu Bakr. They were two together in that Cave.
Thaaniyathnayini Idh Humaa Fil Ghaar!
Just the two of them together in the Cave. With Enemy surrounding them from all sides. If the Enemy had only looked down at their feet, they would have spotted the Divine Fugitives.
And what Blessed Fugitives they were! With everything everywhere on God’s earth vying and straining and eager to offer them refuge! And give them a helping hand!
Abu Bakr is perturbed, not unnaturally. Not for himself, but for the man, Allah’s Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, for whom he had put his all on the line. And now his life too.
One more time.
“What if the Kaafirs just looked down, what would happen then?” said Abu Bakr.
“Not to worry,” says Allah said Rasulullah, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, to Abu Bakr.
We are not alone, said Rasulullah, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam. For, there is someone else with us.
“Allah is with us,” he said.
The Qur’an uses the following words:
That is how it is with a Muslim. He, she is never alone. There is always Allah with them.
And they know it and they feel it, depending where their heart is and depending on the purity or pollution of their soul.
And having Allah with you, who or what else would you want to have with you?
“A Laisallahu Bi-Kaafin Abdah?”
“Isn’t Allah enough for you?” says the Qur’an.
Of course! There is always Allah! And Allah is enough!
Kafaa Billahi Waliyyaa!
Wa Kafaa Billahi Naseeraa!
And Allah is there! Before everything. And after everything.
And with everything, no matter how hidden or open.
Huwal Awwalu Wal Aakhir,
Wazzaahiru Wal Baatin!
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