After that prayer, my turning point of the day came. With time on my side, I stayed after prayer to make dua. And it was during that dua that something in me finally clicked. The floodgates opened, and my connection to Allah suddenly emerged as strong as ever...
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I made a Du’a to know the truth – but it was three years before I picked up the Quran to read it. If I had read it three years earlier, I would not have been able to understand it. Allah gave me time.
God knows all of our secrets, dreams, and wishes, nothing is hidden from Him. God is with His creation by His knowledge and power. Why then do some du'as (supplications) remain unanswered? A mighty question indeed and even the first Muslims were concerned with the answer.
Cultivate an earnest and sincere desire for peace, harmony, and conflict resolution. It may be hard at first, but the tranquility that follows is well worth sacrificing a bit of pride. Where Allah sees a desire for reconciliation, Allah will come to the rescue.
Until we can love and appreciate ourselves and know ourselves deeply, we cannot move past our past pain and trouble. Rather than trying to run from our mistakes in the past or from the emotions we feel when we think of those who victimized us...
Keep in mind that you are training yourself for happiness and success. You have what it takes. Pray to Allah with hope, keeping in mind that you are strengthening your abilities, building confidence in your future, reinforcing your will, and expecting the best from your Lord.
The key to happiness is knowing and worshipping God. When one worships and remembers the Creator as He should be worshipped and remembered, happiness can be observed all around us, at any given moment and even on the darkest night...
“Don’t ruin your happiness with worry, and don’t ruin your mind with pessimism; don’t ruin your success with deception; and don’t ruin the optimism of others by destroying it; don’t ruin your day by looking back at yesterday...
We had to leave the Ka'bah. And it hurt. So much. But we never have to leave Allah. Unless we choose to. Unless WE choose to turn our backs on Him. But He is always there. It’s we who chose to turn away. And what happens when we do?
We read about the trials of those before us, how they remained steadfast and God was with them – how then can we give up? We read that whoever trusts in Him, then He will be sufficient for him, that He answers all dua’ (supplication) – how then can we despair?
Why does Allah ask us to pray, to fast, to avoid backbiting, to avoid alcohol, to wear hijab? What does Allah gain by these things which He has imposed on us? Some of you might be scandalized by such questions...