Asalamu alaikum warahmatula wabarakatuhu.
Taqaballahu Minna Waminkum ( May Allah سبحانه وتعالى accept it from you and us) Ameen. Eid Mubarak and insha allah I pray we all had a good Eid and using these days of Tashreeq to eat and praise Allah سبحانه وتعالى much.
I am really loving inspirational stories these days and read one after Fajr this morning and I could not stop saying, Allahu Akbar!
Having trust in Allah سبحانه وتعالى and knowing that He is our Creator, His help is near and that He will not forsake His obedient servants even while in the most difficult situations or so far away from people is really important. Personally, that Tawakkul gets me by each day someone finds some of my beliefs strange be it by friends, family, work colleagues or random strangers but alhamdullilah.
It is always important to know that perfection is the station of our prophets. There is no cherry picking in our deen but we all have our shortcomings and enjoin in doing good and other acts that will draw us closer to Allah سبحانه وتعالى hoping for His mercy as our deeds alone will not grant us entry into Jannah.
If you find yourself holding onto an act of sunnah which people around you find different, say alhamdullilah and revel in being different. Make dua that you be counted among the guraabas (strangers). Those whom the Nabi ﷺ gave glad tidings to. Say Alhamdullilah because Allah سبحانه وتعالى guided you for He is the only one that can guide. Make dua for them also to be increased in the understanding of the deen for indeed, shaitan does whisper in the ears of men. If there are any differences of opinion, refer back to the Qur’an and Sunnah and do not sit where the verses of Allah سبحانه وتعالى are being mocked at which Allah سبحانه وتعالى has mentioned to us in the Qur’an.
And it has already come down to you in the Book that when you hear the verses of Allah [recited], they are denied [by them] and ridiculed; so do not sit with them until they enter into another conversation. Indeed, you would then be like them. Indeed Allah will gather the hypocrites and disbelievers in Hell all together – Surah An Nisa ayah 140
Always be pleased and not listen to people’s opinion when it comes to matters of the deen except it is backed by proofs but hold onto your religion.
“If religion were based on opinion (what people think is common sense), then we should wipe the bottom of the khuff (leather slippers) rather than the top, but I saw the Messenger of Allah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) wiping the top of them.”
‘Ali Ibn Abi Taalib (radi Allahu anhu)
[Ibn Abi Shaybah in Al-Musannaf]
If you are:
- the only one that does not listen to music, say Alhamdulillah.
- the only one that dresses differently sticking to the conditions of Hijab which is obligatory for all Muslims, say Alhamdullilah.
- Different in the way you raise your kids as you want to give them good tarbiyyah raising them upon Sunnah, say Alhamdullilah.
- Being reminded constantly that life is too short and you should try to live a little, say Alhamdullilah.
- The one that despite whatever circumstance or situation, will not have any physical interaction with a non-mahramn eg. by shaking hands, say Alhamdullilah.
- The one that tries to follow the sunnah when it comes to meeting a non mahram for marriage, say alhamdullilah.
- The one that will not enter into a haram relationship, say Alhamdullilah.
- The one that will try their level best to seek halal earnings and only eat that which is halal, say Alhamdullilah.
- The one no matter what will not engage in Riba (usury), say Alhamdullilah.
Stand Tall and Stand Out. Dream of a lofty place in Jannah and remain grateful to Allah and always ask for firmness in the religion because you know what? We do not guide ourselves for it is only Allah سبحانه وتعالى that can guide.
Who are the true Ghurabā (the Strangers) in these times?
Abdullah ibn Mas’ood (I), stated that the Prophet (ﷺ) said:
“Indeed, Islaam began as something strange, and it will return to being strange just as it began, so glad tidings of paradise be for the strangers.”
It was said to the Prophet (ﷺ): “Who are they?” He (ﷺ) responded, “They are those who rectify when the people become corrupted.”
The story below is not so much related to the topic of guraabas but the last words from the man that was given dawah gave me goosebumps. No matter how people might find your actions strange or that it won’t take you far in this Dunya, as long as you are doing it to please Allah سبحانه وتعالى , know that He will never forsake you. I mean, He provides to all including His disobedient servants so why not you that believes in Him?
Ibn Qudamah al-Maqdisī mentioned from Abdul-Wāhid ibn Zayd who said,
“We were upon a ship and we were overtaken by a strong wind towards an island. So we disembarked and found a man there worshipping an idol. We came to him, and said, ‘O person! What are you worshipping?’ So he pointed towards the idol.
They said, ‘There is with us upon the ship who does the same. But this is not a god to be worshipped.’ So he said, ‘Who do you worship?’
We said, ‘We worship Allah.’ He said, ‘And who is Allah?’ We said, ‘The One whose Throne is above the heavens, and upon the earth is His dominion, and over the living and the dead is His decree.’
He said,‘And how did you come to know Him?‘ We said, ‘The Mighty King and Exalted Creator sent to us an honourable Messenger, and he informed us.’
He asked, ‘And what did the Messenger do?‘ We replied, ‘He fulfilled the message and then Allah took him to Himself with death.’
He said, ‘So he did not leave you with a sign?’ We said, ‘Yes, of course.‘ He asked, ‘What did he leave you?‘ We answered, ‘He left us with a Book from the King.’ He said, ‘Show me this Book of the King because surely the Books of the kings are most excellent.‘ So we gave him the Mushaf (Qur’an), so he said, ‘I do not not know this [Mushaf].‘ So we read to him a Surah of the Qur’an. So as we recited, he started crying, and as we read more, he cried more, until we completed the Surah.
He said, ‘It is binding that the One who spoke these words is not to be disobeyed.’ Then he embraced Islam, and we taught him the laws of Islam and chapters from the Qur’an. And we took him along with us on the ship. As we travelled night fell upon us, and each person took to his bed.
He said, ‘O people! This God that you have guided me to, when night comes, does he sleep?’ We said, ‘No! O servant of Allah. He is Ever-Living, Self-sufficient that the creation relies upon, the Mighty, who does not sleep.’
So he said, ‘What bad worshippers you are! You sleep whilst your Guardian Protector does not sleep.’ So he started to worship and left us alone. When we reached our land, I said to my companion, ‘This person is new to Islam and a stranger in this land.‘ So we gathered some dirhams (money) and we gave it to him.
He said, ‘What is this?‘ We said, ‘Spend it to fulfil your needs.‘ He said, ‘There is no deity worthy of worship besides Allah! I was on islands in the ocean worshipping an idol besides Allah, and He did not abandon me. So will He abandon me whilst I now know Him.‘ Then he left to earn his own keep. And then after that he was from the greatest of the pious ones until he died.”
Hope you found the story as inspirational as I did.
BarakAllahu Fekum Mina
At-Tawābeen of Ibn Qudāmah, p. 179.