Restless Sleeper

Bismi Allah

As we sleep soundly in our beds at night, we cannot forget that for others night means enhanced vigilence and no peace. The bombs continue to go off, buildings continue to crumble, and there are no signs of upcoming relief.

My whole being hurts at the thought of what so many innocent 'you's and 'me's go through all day. If one part of our ummah is in pain, then naturally the rest must be affected by it until it is made aright. But I question myself as to what I am doing to help them. To grieve the trials that are sent before them, to sympathize, and to hope is not enough. Our strongest weapon is in the form of our supplications to our Lord (du'a). But shouldn't this be coupled with whatever else is in within our means?

Take, for example, the infamous Mr. George Galloway who did a superb job in telling Sky News the reality of the war (watch the interview online). He did not shy away from speaking the truth despite what it may mean against him. He spoke the truth, advocated for justice, and earned my admiration. Where are the Muslim voices like this? They are easily silenced, I imagine, and thus they are rare to come by. For many of us, we are guilty of our implicit support of injustices (as indicated through our lack of responses toward these injustices). Sadly, our guilt goes against the very nature of our faith, one that is founded on truth as illustrated by our beloved Prophet Muhammed (peace and blessings be upon him).

For the innocent people who are suffering throughout the world, I pray for their relief and their patience in the situation. Allah's plan will prevail. It would not be fitting for the believers to lose hope in our Creator. As one teacher reminded us, a trial only becomes a tribulation when one is ungrateful towards Allah.

All praises and thanks belong to Allah.


Travelling Spirit said...

Hi Farzeen,

I stumbled across your blog and wanted to say I think your template and writing is very beautiful.

Though I am not a Muslim, I found I resonated with your words today. You seem to have such passion.

I wish you peace!

Farzeen said...

Hi Travelling Spirit

Welcome. Thank you for your comment and kind words. :)

I hope that some of our world leaders find the compassion to use their power to benefit others. Let's hope that no person's passion for peace or justice is fruitless.

"Do you think that you will enter the Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They encountered suffering and adversity and were so shaken in spirit that even the Apostle and those of faith who were with him cried: 'When (will come) the help of God?' Ah! Verily the help of God is (always) near!" [2:214]



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"Be mindful of God, and God will protect you. Be mindful of God, and you will find Him in front of you. If you ask, ask of God. If you seek help, seek help of God. Know that if the whole world were to gather together to benefit you with anything, it would benefit you only with something that God had already prescribed for you. And if the whole world were to gather together to harm you, it would harm you only with something that God has already prescribed for you. The pens have been lifted and the ink has dried."
--Prophet Muhammad [peace be upon him]