Life at times puts you in the most humbling of situations. It’s all in the grand scheme of things because whatever was meant to happen to you will. It is inevitable and you have a choice to either sulk and complain or embrace your destiny and rise above the situation.
When New Muslims come in for guidance and counselling at our centre, i like encouraging them with the words “You are better than the situation”. Whatever happens does so because Allah (SWT) has willed it to happen, and everything really does happen for a reason which at times is unfathomable in our limited human reasoning.
Every time a New Muslim walks into the doors of our centre, i feel encouraged. Priviledged. Blessed. Challenged even. I feel blessed because i see it a way Allah (SWT) shows me that these are people that He has chosen for Islam out of the billions of others out there. This person could have been walking through other doors without the Neema of Islam but Allah (SWT) brings them to our doors as a sign that Islam is the religion of truth.
It challenges me because when someone walks in and tells me about their story and how they came to Islam i ask myself what i have done to invite others to these wonderful way of life. It makes me feel indebted to Islam that i know it as the true path yet i haven’t invited anyone to it! It becomes a keen reminder that even if we do not, perhaps by own human weakness, do not propagate Islam, it will still grow without us!
Brother Islam whom i have mentioned here before is a wonderful bro. He embraced Islam through his mother and he has really been very steadfast since last year. He is a student at our centre under the guidance and capable hands of bro Shamsudin who serves as his teacher and mentor.
Islam is perhaps the most humble brother i have ever met. He has a very soft heart and it pains him to see his mother struggle the way she does. He weeps for his mother and prays that Allah (SWT) will grant her a Halal job.
He is faced with a predicament right now because of his albinism condition; his specs broke and as is, he cannot even walk outside. His condition does not permit him to because as we all know, a person with albinism is super sensitive to UV rays. It is terribly hard for him taking into consideration that he doesn’t have a source of income and it’s also equally hard for the mother because she earns very little.
His specs cost Ksh. 5,000 at Mombasa Eye Clinic, Mkomani. He struggled to pay Ksh. 2,000 and the remaining balance is an uphill task for him. He cannot manage to pay it and i wish anyone could have seen the pain in his younger sister’s eyes as she explained to us that it will take a LOOOONG time for them to raise that amount.
This is a family that Allah (SWT) has granted trials upon and i have witnessed first hand just how much stronger their resilience is growing. It’s only Allah (SWT) who knows about the faith in their hearts but Wallahi i would comfortably stand and point to them and say that they are a family who have ambraced the blessings of Islam and their faith grows tenfold with every trial they encounter.
My question today is; who is willing to lend Allah (SWT) a goodly loan by assisting Bro Islam raise Ksh. 3,000 for his specs? After this, does it not hurt us to know that we have a striving Muslimah out there who is working a Haram job just to support her kids? Does it not pain us to know that among the trials she faces while at work is the possibility of being asked to remove her hijab because there are areas where her superiors feel are not hijab appropriate?
“The most beloved people to Allah (swt) are those who help and benefit others the most, and the most beloved actions to Allah (swt), is pleasure and happiness that you cause to enter the heart of a Muslim, or to solve one of his problems, or to pay off his debt, or to prevent him from being hungry, and working to help my Muslim brother is more beloved to me than making I’tikaf in this masjid for a month, and whoever controls his anger, Allah will conceal his faults, and whoever controls his ill feelings, Allah (swt) will fill his heart with contentment on the day of Judgment, and whoever strives to help fulfill a need for his Muslim brother, Allah will make his feet steadfast on the day of Judgment, and bad manners ruin good deeds just like vinegar ruins honey.” (Sheikh Al-Albani said it is a sound hadith)
Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) said:He also said:
It was related on the authority of Abu Hurairah, radiyallahu ‘anhu, that the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, said:
“Whosoever relieves from a believer some grief pertaining to this world, Allah will relieve from him some grief pertaining to the Hereafter. Whosoever alleviates the difficulties of a needy person who cannot pay his debt, Allah will alleviate his difficulties in both this world and the Hereafter. Whosoever conceals the faults of a Muslim, Allah will conceal his faults in this world and the Hereafter. Allah will aid a servant (of His) so long as the servant aids his brother. Whosoever follows a path to seek knowledge therein, Allah will make easy for him a path to Paradise. No people gather together in one of the houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah and studying it among themselves, except that tranquility descends upon them, mercy covers them, the angels surround them, and Allah makes mention of them amongst those who are in His presence. Whosoever is slowed down by his deeds will not be hastened forward by his lineage.”