COMPARING AND FEELING UNWORTHY?
OVERWHELMED BY WHAT OTHERS ARE DOING AND WHAT YOU ARE NOT?
► Your Aunt's daughter is a hafidha of Qur'an and you are still unsure about your tajweed and take 5 mins to barely read 10 verses of Qur'an.
► Your best friend stands in Tahajjud every single night and you are struggling with offering even one single fard prayer on time.
► People are doing Dhikr of Allah and crying while you cry to sleep and wake up from sleep crying for reasons known only to you and Allah.
► You see your Ustadha thanking Allah for her trials where as you find yourself struggling to utter even a single alhumdulillah because of the deep mess you are in.
► Your younger sister is active in community and is fundraising money for orphans and refugees every month whereas you can hardly muster up the strength to even serve yourself.
ALWAYS REMEMBER THESE 5 AHADITH :)
❁ We belong to a religion where a prostitute was granted Jannah for feeding a dog.
📚 Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "A prostitute was forgiven by Allah, because, passing by a panting dog near a well and seeing that the dog was about to die of thirst, she took off her shoe, and tying it with her head-cover she drew out some water for it. So, Allah forgave her because of that."
[Sahih Bukhari | ]
❁ We belong to a religion where if Firawn had asked Allah for forgiveness while drowning Allah would have forgiven him. Are you worse than Firawn? If Allah's mercy can reach Firawn you think it would not reach you?
📚 Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: "When Allah drowned Fir'awn he said: 'I believe that there is no god except the One that the children of Isra'il believe in.' So Jibrail said: 'O Muhammad! If you could only have seen me, while I was taking (the mud) from the sea, and filling his mouth out of fear that the mercy would reach him.'"
[At Tirmidhi | ]
❁ We belong to a religion where after committing 100 Murders, a man was forgiven because he was on a journey towards the land of righteous people to gain Allah's forgiveness.
📚 (Watch the video)
❁ Allah forgave this man who thought there was noway Allah would forgive him.
📚 Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying that a person committed sin beyond measure and when he was going to die, he left this will: (When I die), dump my dead body and then cast them (the ashes) to the wind and in the ocean. By Allah, if my Lord takes hold of me, He would torment me as He has not tormented anyone else. They did as he had asked them to do. He (the Lord) said to the Earth: Return what you have taken. And he was thus restored to his (original form). He (Allah) said to him: What prompted you to do this? He said: My Lord, it was Thine fear or Thine awe, and Allah pardoned him because of this. Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying that a woman was thrown into Hell-Fire because of a cat whom she had tied and did not provide it with food. nor did she set it free to catch insects of the Earth until it died inch by inch. Zuhri said: (These two ahadith) show that a person should neither feel confident (of getting into Paradise) because of his deeds, nor should he lose (all hopes) of getting into Paradise.
[Sahih Muslim | ]
❁ Allah forgave this man for removing a thorny branch off the street.
📚 Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: While a man walks along a path, finds a thorny twig lying on the way and puts it aside, Allah would appreciate it and forgive him
[Sahih Muslim | ]
Islam is easy and Islam is the middle way.
The most beloved deeds in the sight of Allah are small consistent deeds.
We need to balance between fear and hope.
With the struggle you are going through, may be just listening to Qur'an is equally rewarding as reading Qur'an for Allah.
While people are keeping sunnah fasts may be controlling your emotional eating to fulfil the rights of your body upon you may be equally rewarding.
While others are occupied in unending dhikr perhaps a simple Allah that escapes your quivering lips is equally rewarding.
Your struggle is different and your journey back to Jannah and Allah is different.
Don't underestimate the Rehma of Allah, nor belittle His generosity. What is a small deed for you and for others can be the deed that takes you to Jannatul firdous al alaa in the eyes of Allah Al Ghafoor - The Forgiving.
The deed you deem unworthy and filled with shortcomings may be the deed that earns the pride and smile of Rasool Allah ﷺ when he spots you as a Ummati on the day of judgment.
The deed you are unsure about may be the light that emanates from your breast and right hand and may be this deed is the deed that will help you cross sirat and raise you as sabiqoon when the trumpet is blown.
I pray whoever is suffering reads this and finds a ray of rekindled hope in the mercy of Allah and in the path they are journeying on.
May Allah heal you and may Allah be Al Hafiz / The Guardian and Al Wali - The Protecting Friend over your affairs. And we all know there is no better friend than ALLAH <3
Love and Duas,
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اللهمَّ اجْعَلني صَبُورًا واجْعَلني شَكُورًا واجْعَلني في عَيْني صَغيرًا و في أعْيُنِ النَّاسِ كَبيرًا
Oh Allah, make me extremely patient, and make me extremely grateful, and make me inherently and permanently small in my own eyes and make me inherently and permanently great in the eyes of others.
Purpose of Life: This lecture was given by Shaykh Kamal el Mekki to a group of non-muslims in the university of Calgary during Islamic Awareness Week.
Shaykh Kamal spent the whole week with the broth..