Between longing and Dreams

He who gets to know the Prophet (ﷺ) lives with a longing deep, and painful. The character and story of the Prophet (ﷺ) carves a beautiful example in the hearts of the believers. I lived as many Muslims do, I knew him (ﷺ), without truly knowing him. But after many encounters with scripts that inspired me, I started to research and learn more about the Prophet (ﷺ). And I  came to know of him, in those days, as I don’t even today.

The longing grew with each passing day so much that in every waking minute, I only wished to see him. I asked and begged of my Lord. And when I heard his name (ﷺ), it was either that my eyes teared or my heart wept. Every night I would sleep thinking of him and how fulfilling it would be if I only saw him once. So I prayed for a dream. I knew that was the only possible way. I poured my heart and soul into those prayers. My Lord answered, He answered my prayer as he promised to answer the call of any one of His slaves.

I saw his figure, his back was to me, and he wore white clothing. He sat resting on one foot while the other was propped up. The setting was a green scenery which I can recall in detail, but cannot describe in words. There was light. Everywhere. It didn’t overwhelm you, nor did it leave space for shadows. Aisha (rA) sat to my left. She spoke to me, and I understood, but I can not recall the full dialogue now.

It was the most spectacular dream I ever dreamt. It was a dream fueled by hope and love for the one Allah (swt) loves; Muhammed  (ﷺ).

“Indeed, Allah confers blessing upon the Prophet, and His angels [ask Him to do so]. O you who have believed, ask [Allah to confer] blessing upon him and ask [Allah to grant him] peace.” | 33:56

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Family: The Ultimate Test

Most of us can claim that in this chaotic life, one of the only things that stay stable is family — most of us. Because after all the twists and turns in life, we find that it’s family that have the patience to wait at the end of the tunnel. Allah (swt) by his Mercy and Grace has made family an aid, a light, and a source of love and hope. We are bound first by blood, and thereafter, it’s the love that runs in the blood that keeps us close. It can, therefore, be safely said that to be tested by family is one of the ultimate tests. One that I, personally, seek refuge in Allah from.

It’s no wonder that the Prophets were (mostly) tested with family. This points not only to the struggles that the Prophets faced, but also to the level of their faith. God tests those He loves. Some of the stories I’ve recently reflected on include:

Ibrahim (as) — his father disbelieved, yet still, with hope, he asked his Lord to pardon him.

“the saying of Abraham to his father, “I will surely ask forgiveness for you,” [Chapter 60, Verse 4]

Again, Ibrahim was tested with family. He was ordered to take his wife Hajar, and his son, to a land he knew nothing of, and then to depart. After some time, he was tested again in that same son he was told to leave; this time, he was to slaughter him. Ibrahim stayed strong and firm, not wavering for a second. He had submitted wholeheartedly to his Lord, and trusted Him.

Nuh (as) — Yet again, we witness the heartbreaking story of a son and a father. The father, Nuh (as) believed, and asked his son to believe as well. The son resisted claiming that he would escape God’s punishment by climbing a mountain. And when the wrath of his Lord overtook him, his Father grieved saying:

“My Lord, indeed my son is of my family; and indeed, Your promise is true; and You are the most just of judges!” [Chapter 11, Verse 45]
Allah (swt) replied: “O Noah, indeed he is not of your family; indeed, he is [one whose] work was other than righteous, so ask Me not for that about which you have no knowledge. Indeed, I advise you, lest you be among the ignorant.”
And so Noah learned, through loss and a gaining of faith, that, although we think that blood binds us, it’s through God and believing in Him that we become and remain family.
Zakariya (as) — He remained childless most of his life, but never did he lose hope in His Lord. Still, as a human he was shocked when His Lord revealed to him that:
“O Zechariah, indeed We give you good tidings of a boy whose name will be John. We have not assigned to any before [this] name.” [Chapter 19, Verse 7]
He was tested, but he and his wife remained patient. And Allah (swt) rewarded him. Indeed, Allah (swt) never wastes an act of goodness. And for patience, Allah (swt) promises a great reward.
Sarah (rA) — She was Ibrahim’s first wife, and his first companion. When the dwellers of the entire earth had disbelieved in Allah (swt), she, alongside her husband, remained steadfast. And she, too, was tested. When she, after many years, had still not given birth, she suggested that Ibrahim (as) marry Hajar; her maid. Shortly afterwards, Hajar (rA) gave birth to a son – Ismail. As you can imagine Sarah got jealous, but deeper down, there was another layer of emotion hidden under that jealousy – she was sad.
“And his Wife was standing, and she smiled. Then We gave her good tidings of Isaac and after Isaac, Jacob.” [Chapter 11, Verse 71]
Again, Allah (swt) comforted his slave with glad tidings, a gracious reward.
I can speak on and on (and I’m tempted to) about the many believers, Prophets and Messengers that proceeded before us and how they were tested with family. There are countless stories. Still, the ending of each story I assure you is:
 “For them who have done good is the best [reward] and extra.” [Chapter 10. Verse 26]
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you counted it a little thing, while with Allah it was great.

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“When you were propagating it with your tongues, and uttering with your mouths that whereof you had no knowledge, you counted it a little thing, while with Allah it was very great.” [24:15]

How many times do we speak and act thinking a matter insignificant when, in truth, it is of great importance – in the eyes of Allah (swt). This verse was specifically sent down in relation to the slander of the Mother of the Believers; Ai’sha (rA). Lies were uttered against her by the hypocrites and the disbelievers. Sadly, the believers only added fuel to the fire and ended up spreading the rumors that Ai’sha (rA) had inappropriate relations with another man. Allah (swt) scolded them saying:

“Why, when you heard it, did not the believing men and believing women think good of one another and say, “This is an obvious falsehood”? [24:12]
 
 
Gossip and backbiting has become widespread today, and social networks have made it even more easier. It is normal to find people in the community being accused of ill conduct, and the rest nod their heads assuming it to be true. Why then do the believers not think good of their brothers and sisters when they hear rumors concerning them. Those who say against others what they know not think it small, while, indeed, the backbiting of a believer is in the eyes of our Lord a great thing.
 
 
When the news visit you, of a matter you know not of, be weary of the bringer of this news and think good of your brother unless you yourself find solid evidence against the person. Be conscious of your Lord whether it be in the privacy of your room, or in the presence of others in  a conversation; He is ever-watchful and aware of what you do.
 
 
 
 
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I welcome you all to this blog. I find that in my life, when a verse of the Qu’ran visits me, it fuels my faith and I view it with new eyes due to the situation I’m in. I hope that this will come to be for you as well. I will also be posting poems, words of inspirations and articles I write.

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