In this counseling answer:
“We all have the potential for good and the potential for bad within us. Some days, it is easier to be good than others. Sometimes, we learn what we are here to learn, and sometimes we forget. You wanted to be with the non-Muslims, but you judged them and distanced yourself. You look at “bad” Muslims and judge them too and also separated yourself. You have judged yourself and have separated your inner-self from your outer-self. Did you think that you would not be tested?”
It seems to me that you are metaphorically speaking like Humpty Dumpty, sitting on the wall and watching life go by. Sitting on that wall with you was Islam that you grew up with, but instead of relating your Islam to everyday life, instead of having a discourse with your Islam and using it as your guide, you became focused on something else that seemed more interesting. You wanted to belong to this something else, but you could not quite make it, and in doing so you lost yourself and felt separate from everything, including Islam. In other words, you were busy trying to get somewhere and stopped being someone, hence, the cause of your depression. To make matters worse, now you also feel outside of Islam, or that Islam is far from you.
In sheikh Muhammad Tabataba`i’s tafsir (explanation) of Surat ul Maryam, he said the following:
“At the beginning, it starts with pointing to the adventures of Ibraham, Ishaq, Yakoob (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) and the incident of Haroon and Musa (Aaron and Moses) and the story of Isma’il (Ishmael) and Idris (Elijah) and their share of blessed al-wilayat (ordained leadership) that has been given to them, that is, either by being a Nabi (prophet) or having al-ikhlas ( sincerity, loyalty) and as-sadiq (truthfulness, veracity). Then it states the reasons for these favors that these honorable ones had in outstanding quality, such as being humble to their provider, but their followers were turning their faces away from their provider and they were completely ignorant of being attentive to their provider. Instead, they chose to follow the shahwat (desires). For this reason, soon they face the state of ghay ( delusion) and deviate from rushd (progress, maturity), unless they ask for forgiveness and return to their God, and finally join the blessed ones”.
All of these blessed people had one thing in common other than the obvious, they interacted with the people around them. If they did not, Allah’s message would have remained with Him alone, then where would the mercy of Islam to mankind be? Even today, if you take a look at converts to Islam, you will find that their conversion was facilitated by observing the examples of Muslims who came into their lives albeit for a short time. In other words, Islam is not separate from the world in which we live. Islam is not a stern religion; it is our interpretation of it that makes Islam seem stern. Islam is full of compassion, love, joy, and blessings.
We all have the potential for good and the potential for bad within us. Some days, it is easier to be good than others. Sometimes, we learn what we are here to learn, and sometimes we forget. You wanted to be with the non-Muslims, but you judged them and distanced yourself. You look at “bad” Muslims and judge them too and also separated yourself. You have judged yourself and have separated your inner-self from your outer-self. Did you think that you would not be tested?
“We will soon show them Our signs in the Universe and in their souls, until it will become quite clear to them that it is the truth. Is it not suffiicent as regards your Lord that He is witness over all things.” (61: 53)
Now, it is time for you to stop spending so much time on your own and turning over in your mind the same negative thoughts. In this way, you make yourself a slave to those negative thoughts.
- Instead of praying at home, when you can, pray at your local mosque.
- Join an Islamic group for young men from whom you can learn and benefit.
- Volunteer your spare time at a voluntary organization/charity/center.
- Get closer to your father and see in which way you can help him in his interests/work.
- If you have a particular field of study that really interests you, find a suitable course.
- Find a suitable sport that is quite physical so that you can learn to release all the inner tensions that you have accumulated.
- Take pleasure in the little things because it is in the little things that much can be learned and gained.
- Fast occasionally so that you can learn to appreciate what you have and strengthen your relationship with Allah.
- Focus on what you can do and not what you can not do.
- Spend time with those from whom you can learn from.
- “Life is too short for you to learn all the knowledge that you find attractive, so learn what inspires you, only what inspires you.” – `Ali ibn Abu Talib.
- It is what inspires you that you self-understanding increases and the purpose of your life in relation to your Creator.
Each person has their own burden to carry, and each person has a purpose. Someone who seems to have everything in this life only gets what they have asked for. If you were in their position, you might feel as empty inside as they do for they only fool themselves by chasing after the elusive cloth of happiness when happiness is but a state of mind, not an acquisition. Give thanks to Allah for what you have, pray to Him, cry to Him, seek forgiveness from Him, make du`aa’ to Him, and know that He is closer to you than you are to yourself.
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