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Monday 31st October 2011

4 Dhul - Hijjah 1432

Volume 4 Issue 1

You Are Never Alone

By Aamir Shamsi When you feel all alone in this world And there's nobody to count your tears Just remember, no matter where you are Allah knows, Allah knows
- Nasheed by Zain Bhikha

Times will come in the life of a believer where we will be tested in this world whether it is through a loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toils) [2:155] but we must always remember that we are never alone and that we should and need to turn to Allah in these times. Trials and tribulations can not only change the course of your life but also make you feel very down and lost. Nothing remains the same and although an oxymoron, those who have been in such a situation like I have will understand when I say life can be consumed by emptiness. Although it is important to understand the many reasons why calamities befall us and how to cope with them, we must never forget that we will always have the one that loves us more than a mother loves her child (Muslim) close by to bring some solace to our hearts. In order to bring about this comfort we must make dua, build a connection with Allah and believe that everything that happens is for the best. Dua Dua is the weapon of the believer for it can change the fate of our lives. And it is for this reason, as well as the fact that it shows our need for Allah, that it is highly

encouraged in Islam. So we should ask our Lord to alleviate our pain, to make things easier and to grant us peace and happiness with His decree, even though in some situations it is extremely difficult to accept what has happened and to want to move on from it, for it is only He that has the power to make things better. Connect with Allah As the creation of Allah, we are all connected with our Lord through our souls. He is our provider, our sustainer and our support. But it is our responsibility to nourish this connection for Verily in the remembrance of Allah, do hearts find rest [13:29]. We can do so by reciting Quran, reading our salat with concentration and regular dhikr. The stronger our connection with Allah the greater the comfort our hearts will receive for it is then when we truly feel Allahs protection over us and this will make the difficult times that much easier for us. Everything that happens is for the best Allah loves us so much that everything that happens that is not a direct result of our own actions is for the best for us - but it may be that you hate a thing

which is good for you, and it may be that you love a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows and you know not [2:216]. Having this belief at all times and being thankful for all that comes your way is a real test of our faith but also an undeniable fact. If adopted in our mindset it will ease our pain for we will understand it is for our best and so the true believer would not want it any other way than what Allah sees best. All the above can be summarised with my favourite dua that one should regularly recite: Hasbunallahu WaNimal Wakeel Allah is enough for me and there is no better to look after me.

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