All right, so someone crapped on me pretty hard last night about my fic “Then,” which I won’t even link to because apparently it’s a rotten mess (no but seriously in reality I got two hours of sleep in one hour increments and am too tired to link). ANYWAY, since someone shat on my fic, which breaks what I think is an unspoken rule about fan fiction – that being DON’T SHIT ON IT. JUST STOP READING IT.* – and you lovely folks came immediately to my defense to support me and prop up my wounded heart, I would like to know who out there is writing original work. I want to cheer you on. Feel free to send me a message or an ask (let me know if you want my response to be private), or just reply to this post.
You guys are fantastic. 💟
*Also, maybe if you don’t know the fandom all that well, don’t criticize and talk like you know what canon is…?
I was raised as an atheist and I reverted to Islam on my own years ago when I was a child but now for the past few years of my life I've been experiencing such deep doubts about everything; Allah's existence, life having a purpose, prophethood etc and it's bringing me into a deep deep depression. If I'm being honest with myself, I do pray 5 or 6 times a day, keep fast, read Qur'an and listen to lectures but inside me I don't believe at all. I'm faking it and hoping I make it.
What is Iman? Iman is the
unshakable and firm belief that Allah (عزَّوجَلَّ) is the one and only God there is. Please know that I am no
scholar but, from the little knowledge I have, I feel like you are suffering
from a weakness of Iman.
What you have mentioned are
symptoms: doubts about Allah’s existence, the purpose of life, prophethood, etc
– the disease is a weakness in Iman.
First of all, Alhamdulillah that
you realize that there is something wrong that needs to be fixed. Allah (عزَّوجَلَّ) has guided you to
look for answers rather than just going with the flow and letting your iman
become weaker and weaker. So thank Allah for giving you the guidance to look
for answers. And thank Allah for giving you the strength to continue fasting,
establishing Salah and reading the Qur’an even while you are looking for
answers.. because honestly, many people slowly lose their deen (completely, at
times) due to weakness of Iman not being addressed. Also know that an increase and decrease in the level of Iman is something all of us face and Iman is something that we need to work to maintain.
‘Abdur-Rahman ibn ‘Amr al-Awza'i, may Allah have mercy upon him, was asked about iman: “Does it increase?” He replied, “Yes, until it becomes like mountains.” He was then asked, “Does it decrease?” He answered, “Yes, up until there is nothing left of it.”
The Imam of the Ahlus-Sunnah Ahmad ibn Hanbal, may Allah have mercy upon him, was asked as to whether iman increases and decreases. He replied: “It increases until it reaches the highest part of the seventh heaven, and it decreases until it reaches the lowest part of the seventh plane.” He also used to say: “Iman is speech and action. It increases and decreases. If you perform good deeds, it increases, and if you do wrong, it decreases.”
To you, and to all the Muslims who
are reading this and suffering from doubts about their faith, my answer is:
Know the Qur’an. It’s that simple.
When we read the Seerah of the
Prophet ﷺ, we find that the
Qur’an had such a strong affect on the Arabs that they would fall into sujood
just listening to the verses of the Qur’an. The Qur’an had such a strong impact
on even the enemies of the Prophet
ﷺ that the likes of Abu Jahl and Abu Sufyan would hide and listen to the
Prophet reciting the Qur’an. Our Prophet had to only read the words of Allah to
people and they would immediately believe and accept Islam. Then why is it that
this Qur’an doesn’t affect the hearts of Muslims today? Have our hearts really become that hardened? Or have we just stopped putting an effort into understanding this book?
Firstly, there is a big language
barrier. We expect to just miraculously understand what is being said in the
book of Allah without making any effort what-so-ever to understand its
language. We are the ones in need so we are the ones who need to change
ourselves to find the truth. We need to starting learning the language of the
book of Allah. And I know that this isn’t easy – it wont happen overnight.. so
what next? What do we do in the mean time to strengthen our Iman while were
still working on learning the Arabic language? Understand the Quran. Not just
read it, not just read the translation but understand it! Listen to the Tafseer (explanation) of the Qur’an. This Qur’an is enough to revive our Iman and help us understand
that something that has soo much meaning and depth cannot be from a human being
– it has be from a higher power.
I say this to you and to all those who are
working towards trying to strengthen their Iman – please please select a time
of the day that you are willing to dedicate (everyday) to understanding the book of Allah.
You can start with the following resources one at a time. Commit at least a
small amount of time during the day in which you listen to Tafseer. It will
make you realize in no time why you started to believe in the first place
inShaAllah. You need to make this a part of your daily routine - you need to keep doing it in the long-run, not just in the Ramadan.
So understanding the Quran is the
most important step you need to take.
Secondly, know that Islam doesn’t
come easy – it’s not cheap. You have to work hard to keep it – you have to show
Allah that you are ready to make an effort and give this religion the time
Please try to apply the advice in
the above answer and try to spend sometime with the Quran everyday. Ask Allah
(عزَّوجَلَّ) for help with this regard.. He will surely help you if He finds you trying..
The Prophet ﷺ said, “Allah the
Most High said, ‘I am as My servant thinks (expects) I am. I am with him when
he mentions Me. If he mentions Me to himself, I mention him to Myself; and if
he mentions Me in an assembly, I mention him in an assembly greater than it. If
he draws near to Me a hand’s length, I draw near to him an arm’s length. And if
he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed.’” (Bukhari)
Hope I was of some help to you - feel free to message me if you ever need help/advice about anything else :) Ramadan Kareem!
i'm a girl, and i like girls. but i think i also like boys. but i wish i only liked girls or only liked boys because when i tell people i like both, they don't believe me, they think i'm faking. why is it so hard? why can't people just let me be me?
You’ll always deal with people like that sadly. That’s why there’s a beautiful community of bisexuals and pansexual as here on Tumblr. Try to connect with some of the bi positive blogs here, it should help(:
This isn't so much an autism thing as it is a general question, but is it possible to have learned social cues so well that people don't believe you're autistic when you tell them at first??? I'm scared I'm faking it even though I show so many signs
Yep definitely! That’s often referred to as ‘passing’ and can be very tiring. Having learnt to pass as neurotypical doesn’t make you any less autistic.
Just putting this out there because I don't want to see it.
I am unfollowing people who are trashing 5sos because of an article Rolling Stones wrote. It’s basically a bad fan fiction and if you believe that you are not the brightest human. Let’s get real here the Rolling Stones has sold out at this point. They are doing whatever they can to keep themselves relevant. Even if that means trashing a band. So if you don’t like 5sos anymore because of something an article says then congrats but I don’t want to see it on my dash. So I will be unfollowing anyone who talks shit about them or it. Let’s be real since when is media telling the truth anyways.