ALHAMDULILLAH FOR EVERYTHING
When you scroll through Instagram, Facebook and you look at the picture perfect
life of your family, friends and random people remember they are fighting
battles and facing challenges you may know not of. They also have dark days,
worries, stress, pain and tears masked behind a beautiful smile. Yes you are
looking at a glimpse of their life, just a piece of the puzzle not the complete
and real picture.
When you are tired and frustrated with your financial status as your budget for
the month just depleted remember those who live on the street, searching in
rubbish bins for food and with a shattered heart, feeding their children stale
slices of bread someone handed to them.
When you feel sad, perhaps bored in your marriage as ten years and three kids
later the romance has fizzled out and the routine of everyday responsibilities
has made your life miserable remember the sister who just lost her husband after
two years of being married. She is now a single mother to a one year old little
girl. You have your family, you have a chance to reset your life and add some
excitement to every precious second you share together.
When you look at your furniture and wish you could do an extreme home makeover
remember your brothers and sisters living in refugee camps all over the world as
their homes, loved ones and everything they ever owned crumbled to the ground.
When you curse your car as you stop at a traffic signal and see your high school
friend driving the latest sports car remember the man you just passed by walking
for miles with a heavy load of sugarcane attached to his back.
When you feel fat, ugly, miserable and begin to hate the reflection staring back
at you in the mirror remember all those people in hospital who are fighting
between life and death and wish for just one more day of life, love and
When you feel like a failure as the world encloses on you. When you feel as if
your mountain of problems seems to be getting heavier every day remember the
ones that are buried six feet in the earth. They too faced challenges, had
worries, pain, problems, dreams, hopes, aspirations and worldly suffering, yet
those people have returned to Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) with nothing but
their deeds. Nothing and nobody matters in this world but the good that you do
for others as well as yourself.
When you feel your days are dark, your Du’aas remain unanswered, your heart
shattered, your peace extracted, your pain invisible, your hurt unmatchable and
you feel like giving up on yourself remember your success is a Sajdah
(Prostration), in front of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa), away. Your Du’aas are
being answered always, your peace and happiness lies within yourself. When you
feel you are sinking into the depths of despair reach out to the creator of
happiness, peace, light and love, the creator of you and the creator of me --
the creator who created you in the best of form and the creator who is closer to
you than your jugular vein. Reach out to Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa), cry to
Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa), thank Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa), talk to
Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) and beg of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) for all
that you have and for all that you may not have for everything you have and
everything you do not have is a blessing.
When you feel like you have no purpose just place your hand on your heart and
feel that purpose beat.
Alhamdullilah for everything we have and Alhamdullilah for everything we do not
have. Live a life of gratitude.
Muslims should recognize that all of their blessings come from Allah (Subhaanahu
Wa Ta'aalaa). They should always remind themselves to give thanks to Allah (Subhaanahu
Wa Ta'aalaa) throughout the day and night, all of their lives.
To demonstrate this gratitude, Islam tells us to keep our lives upright and
steadfast on the commandments of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) by sticking to
the Sunnah of Prophet Hadhrat Mohammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) in every
walk of our daily life. This should reflect in our ‘Aqaaid (Beliefs) ‘Ibaadaat
(Worships), Mu’aamlaat (Dealings), Mu’aashrat (Social behaviors) and Akhlaaq
(the explicit and implicit character).
Following Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa)'s guidance through the course of the
day is the best way to offer thanks to Him.