Alhamdulillah…masha’Allah…some posts or emails are enough to rekindle that lost spark in you..and give life to your heart that’s whimpering with emotions.
When I saw an opportunity to work on a project with Zohra Sarwari..I thought, “Why not just give it a try”…and alhamdulillah..that could have been one of the best decisions ever. I ended up getting more than what I asked for.. she’s been such an awesome person to work with and to look up to at all times..and she is sooo inspirational, subhanAllah.
Allah (swt) only tests those that He (swt) loves, and He (swt) sure wants to see who is going to stay firm on this deen, who can take in all of those trials and still not despair of His Mercy..and so when I was discussing about how life can be a little too challenging for comfort and was requesting her to make some extra dua the other day…this is what she sent: A super awesome email with awesome words of inspiration and motivation.. I just couldn’t help but share! :’)
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but do not quit.
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow—
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out—
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
“God does not burden any human being with more than he is well able to bear: in his favor shall be whatever good he does, and against him whatever evil he does…” [2:286]
My dearest sisters and brothers, often times we give up when we are so close to success. Please don’t give up especially when it is about learning your deen. Keep learning and applying it to your lives, even though others make fun of you, or put you down, don’t give up. Sometimes it seems so difficult to put that hijab on, or to not shave that beard, or to listen to Qur’aan instead of music, but you must remember that true success is from Allaah subhana wa Tala, and not people. If you please Allaah subhana wa Tala by having the best character then you’re on the right path insha’Allaah! For true success is when our Lord is pleased with us…Alhamdullilah.
Day 1 – Gone in 60 seconds
I attended a course recently and the Shaykh asked everyone to stand up and close their eyes and remember their whole life. He asked everyone to open their eyes once they had done this. At the end he informed everyone that some people had opened their eyes after 10 seconds, some after 20, and the most it took someone was 72 seconds. He compared this experience with what we will be asked on the Day of Judgement:
‘He (Allaah) will say: “What number of years did you stay on earth?”
They will say: “We stayed a day or part of a day. Ask of those who keep account.”
He (Allaah) will say: “You stayed not but a little, if you had only known.”‘
(Qur’aan 23: 112-114)
So 50/60 years amounts to as little as 60 seconds or less than that when we think about our life. And the life span of the Ummah of Muhammad (PBUH) is 60 years, so subhaanAllaah this is how it will be on the Day of Judgement.
SubhaanAllaah when we go through certain tests and trials in life, we are deluded to think that it is a never-ending suffering, and at the time we see no end; we think we have gone through so much and for so many years, but subhaanAllaah upon reflecting back on them so-many years of trouble it took me less than 10 seconds, and it was done! 10 seconds for years of pain and suffering subhaanAllaah! This is what we need to remember; that’s all those years are worth, and so when we are going through trials we need to minimise their impact on us by giving them their true value. The Prophet (PBUH) told us that when a person is dipped in Jannah s/he will forget all the suffering s/he endured in this life…and this is the reality of this world!
So remember, don’t lose out on the Day of Judgement for a mere 60 seconds!” — Zohra Sarwari
How profound, mashaAllah!! :)