What We Thought Was a Punishment Brought Us Closer to Allah

In December, 2015, a disastrous fire left my family and I without any worldly belongings. All that remained was my Qur’an and my prayer mat. I was not at home with my family when this tragedy occurred.

When I received the news, I immediately thought of the following words of Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He),

“Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return.” [Qur’an 2:156]

Even though I reminded myself of these words, I began to question Allah’s (Glorified and Exalted be He) Will. I began losing weight and constantly wondered why this tragedy happened. One day, I came across the following words of the Qur’an:

“O you who have believed, persevere and endure and remain stationed and fear Allah that you may be successful…” [Qur’an 3:200]

These words of Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) shook me to my very core. They gave me strength and hope. My attitude regarding the fire changed and this change motivated a positive change in my family as well. What we had assumed was a punishment from Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) was actually a test. One morning, the Qur’an again spoke to us:

“For indeed, with every hardship comes an ease. Indeed, with hardship comes ease.”[Qur’an 94:5-6]

SubhanAllah, from that moment, our lives began to change. We had never been an overly spiritual family with regards to fasting and ibadah (worship). Alhumdulillah, this Ramadan, our entire family began to fast with a serious commitment to do it purely for the pleasure of Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He).

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Mansur, formerly José Carlos Sánchez, explains that Sufis live in the world without necessarily being of this world. “Every day I ask Allah to help me convert my ego into my prayer mat,” says the 41-year-old university graduate. 

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Reflections ❤️

{إِنَّنِي أَنَا اللَّهُ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا أَنَا فَاعْبُدْنِي وَأَقِمِ الصَّلَاةَ لِذِكْرِي}
Indeed, I am Allah. There is no deity except Me, so worship Me and establish prayer for My remembrance.
This time 2 weeks ago I was really stressing and worrying about how’d I be able to pray during college because my timetable wasn’t flexible and there are all non Muslims in class. I was a just thinking about how everyone would probably stare , laugh , make fun of it, probably stop me from praying on college grounds. I made Dua that hopefully everything will go grand and I wouldn’t have any problems.The next day after I made Dua I brought my prayer mat with me and I found a new side of the building without meaning to ,where there place was completely silent with no one around, subhanallah.
All day today I was just thinking about how I had been extremely stupid for questioning myself about how I should pray, I wasn’t doing something that was shameful , there’s non Muslims who use foul language, drink , smoke etc and they aren’t ashamed of their action yet I was double questioning myself. We shouldn’t never leave prayer or any other deed for people yet at the same time we shouldn’t never be doing a deed for them. We should do good to please Allah only.