I have only removed my name and specific details but generally nothing has been deleted from the email. When things were tough, a person I looked up to wrote to me this comforting email 10 years ago:
I feel for you. May Allah help you, and He is the best Helper and
Redeemer. Seek His mercy and protection, for He is the best Protector.
Our lives in this world are very short. One day we all have to move on
from this world to a different world. No matter how bad conditions get,
one day they will end. If we keep obeying Allah and exercise patience in
face of hardships and afflictions, then Allah’s promise is that He will
reward us in the Aakhirah (here-after). For a muslim, it is a win-win situation.
Wether he is happy or sad, he gains. In happiness, through Shukr (grateful),
thankfullness to Allah, and in miseries, through Sabr, patience for the
sake of Allah.
In face of hardships, Prophets and Saints advice people to do Istighfaar (asking forgiveness),
tauba (returning to Allah), keep doing it. Like Younus AS kept making dua to Allah, while
inside the fish:
LA ILAHA ILLA ANTA SUBHANAKA, INNI KUNTU MINAZ ZAALIMEEN.
There is no lord beside you, o’ Allah, you are glorified. Verily, I am from
This dua turned Allah’s punishment into mercy. He was saved inside the
stomach of the fish, then he was delivered without difficulty. Not only
this, but the nation he left hopelessly that they will not bring Imaan (faith),
Allah guided them.
Do not blame others for your hardships. Imaan teaches us that everything
is from Allah. All creation put together cannot hard or benefit us in
anyway. Whatever is happenning, is from Allah. So always turn towards
Allah and humble yourself in front of Him. Seek His help. Turn your
attention away from makhlooq, creation.
Let the events take their shape, in whatever direction they take. Just
quit resistence and relax. Take a deep breath! Let the forces take you in
their flow. But do not leave Salat,
for nobody could dare stop you from performing it. Do zikr (remembrance) of Allah, for
remembering Allah is an act of heart. No power on the earth could have
control over your heart.
You got the drift, what I am trying to tell you. Now I have full
confidence in you, that you will deal with stuff in a mature manner. You
have gained this attitude through tough experiences. Like they put gold in
the oven to purify, you are purified through these agonies. Like they put
iron in the fire to solidify and harden it, you are hardened by these
afflictions. Make use of this purity and hardness. Do not harm anybody.
Allah will reward you immensely. You will see in your life ahead, the
effects of your patience, InshaAllah (God willing). There are those who take revenge,
and satisfy their animal instincts, yet there are those who forgive and
turn their attention to the real source, Allah, and He elevate their status
to great heights. This is the akhlaaq (character) of our Nabi (Prophet)SAS, and his Mubarak (blessed)
saying: Join those that run away from you, forgive those who oppress you,
give to those that deprive you, do good to those who do bad to you.
You like to fly like birds or soar like eagles. We should try to reach
higher goals and our goal is Allah, who is the Highest. Our flight should
surpass everybody else’s. Right??
Allah teaches us in the Qur’an that good and bad cannot be equal. If you
return good with bad, then your arch enemy will become your best friend.
This is a proven case. This is the rule of Allah. However, Allah says
that not everybody could do this, except those that are gifted by Allah
with perseverance and patience. Let us go for it, and prove to the world,
how Imaan (faith) revolutionize a person, and strip all the base desires and animal
instincts from him. Let us follow the footsteps of our noble prophet SAS,
who is indeed best model for us and the rest of humanity, until the day of
Remember me in your duas. For dua in time of distress is acceptable. I
will make dua for you too. For dua for a muslim brother is also
(If you have benefited from this, raise your hands and pray for me and send it to others)