“Guide me through this darkness, Lord. Hover over me especially when I cannot seem to hold on for another moment. Flood me with the graces of hope and fortitude. Send your angels to watch over me as I sleep through the night. Remind me during the day that from this small dark cocoon, I will emerge a butterfly.” – Caroline Myss
I spent the last 3 days in Brighton with two of my close friends and Alhamdulilah it was a beautiful trip. Late night cooking, walks by the sea side and deep conversations about life and God, the trip and the company was all I could ask for and more. One of my favourite conversations during our time together is about dua and the title of this post was something that my friend Samiha mentioned,
Make dua not because of who you are but because of who He is.
That really struck me because I think often, we refrain from asking Allah and making prayers about things that we really want because of our intense focus on our sinful state and imperfection. In light of this, we forget the attributes of the One that we are asking. Allah is Al-Wahhab, The Bestower of Gifts, He is Al-Mujeeb, The Answerer of Prayers and Al-Wakeel, The Guardian and Disposer of Affairs. Imagine if we all stopped making dua because we think our sins supersede Allah’s mercy and majesty? How then do we change our condition? And what does that say about our perception of our Lord?
Over the years I’ve taken it for granted that I have been blessed with great people in my life Alhamdulilah. It was an inspiring experience to be in the company of people who understand their dependence on Allah and use their moments of need to turn to Allah and deepen their relationship with Him. A part of improving our spiritual connection is also making dua for the well being of our friends. For us to emulate the spirit of our Prophet Peace Be Upon Him in praying for others in the way that we pray for ourselves. This trip reminded me to start making dua again for good company and righteous friends and ask for Allah’s help in sustaining the ones that I already have. It is essential that we make dua to Allah for his aid in strengthening our relationship with our loved ones. If there is one thing I’ve learnt over the years, it is that love is fickle. And if you’re not careful and you don’t nourish it the way it deserves to be, it dies out.
Lastly, God is intentional. Everyone that comes into our lives is not there by accident and sometimes you’re having a conversation with your friend and what they say resonates so much and it’s exactly what you needed to hear! In those moments I remember Allah as Al-Lateef (The Subtle), that through the people in our lives Allah gives us the message that we need. That might be the message that inspires us to reconnect with Him and open up the Qur’an or engage in more dhikr.
To wrap up, Friday is an opportune time for us as Muslims. I urge you to take the time out today and open your heart. Be vulnerable with Allah and ask for something that you’ve stopped yourself from asking in the past because you believed you were not worthy of it.
Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations: Discovering Your Life’s Purpose by Caroline Myss
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown
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This October, Sima will be going on a deployment with Human Relief Foundation to Bangladesh. The aim of the trip is to provide aid to street children in Dhaka and established orphanages in Bangladesh. The group will also be providing aid to the Rohingya people in the world’s biggest camp in Cox’s Bazaar which has over 600,000 displaced people living within it. Please donate as much as you can and for Muslim readers, take advantage of the blessing of today (Friday) and donate whatever amount you can afford. May Allah bless you for your intentions Ameen!
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Having a chilled writing week In sha Allah!