Last March, I was blessed to visit our Prophet ﷺ and His blessed city. The journey was planned as a time of prayer and supplication for the success of the Quran Club ahead of our major launch in Ramadan, a project I had given everything for. During my visit, I went to see a 91…
As He stood upon the newly built house in the vastness of the desert, he began calling the emptiness to the House of God.
To an observer, his actions seem worthless; what good will his calls do amidst the immensity of the desert? How will it reach the millions of people around the world to bring them to the House of God? Shouldn’t he have built it somewhere people were already, rather than expecting them to come to God? Who would traverse the difficult terrain of Arabia to come to this house?
Imagine a society where success was defined by morality, where a person’s wealth, colour and lineage were irrelevant compared to their piety.
Allah states in the Quran: “Your wealth and your children are but a trial, and Allah has with Him a great reward.” (64:15). The trial of blessings is to measure the gratitude we show Allah ﷻ, calling upon us to remember and thank Him for what we have been given. On hearing this, it’s easy to assume such a trial would be easy, yet interestingly Allah ﷻ states “few of My servants are grateful.” (34:13) – something not said about patience in difficulties. The indication from this is that many of us indeed fail in this trial, lacking gratitude for the gifts Allah has shown us; a worrying thought indeed! But how so?
“God does not burden any soul with more than it can bear” (2:286)
Tribulations drain us, overwhelm us, soak up every ounce of energy within us. In the eye of the storm, it is difficult to see anything other than the chaos and misery that fills our lives. In this time, we find words of comfort within the Quran to help us through.
In the year of sorrow, the year which our beloved Prophet ﷺ lost his uncle and wife within 3 days of each other, and was humiliated and stoned out of the city of Ta’if, Allah ordained the 5 daily prayers. Coincidence?
Here we learn a number of lessons
It is a Prophetic sunnah to read surah Al-Kahf (the cave) every Friday, but do we know what this surah covers and why? The surah covers 4 stories within it: 1) The first is that of youths fleeing their town to safeguard their faith 2) Next is the story of two men each owning a…