Ramaḍān - Day 28

No one likes to fall. A few people would ever choose to drown. But in struggling through the ocean of this life, sometimes it’s so hard not to let the world in. Sometimes the ocean does enter. The dunya does seep into our hearts.

If you allow the dunya to own your heart, like the ocean that owns the boat, it will take over. You will sink down to the depths of the sea. And you’ll feel at your lowest, entrapped by your sins and the love of this life. You will feel broken, surrounded by darkness.

However, this dark place is not the end. Remember that the darkness of night precedes the dawn. And as long as your heart still beats, this is not the death of it. It is when you are at the lowest that you are faced with a choice – you can either stay at the bottom until you drown, or you can gather pearls and rise back up.

Allāh ﷻ can raise you up and replace the darkest of the ocean with the light of His sun.

Allāh ﷻ can change your greatest weakness into your greatest strength.

Sometimes transformation comes with a fall. So never curse the fall. Take it. Learn from it. And come back stronger and more aware of your need for Allāh ﷻ.

Come back up having seen your own nothingness and Allāh’s greatness. Deprived is the one who has never witnessed his own desperate need for God.

Seek Allāh ﷻ to bring you back up, for when Allāh ﷻ does, Allāh ﷻ will rebuild your ship. The heart that you thought was forever damaged will be mended. What was shattered will be whole again. And know that only Allāh ﷻ can do this.

So seek Allāh ﷻ.

[Reclaim your heart, Yasmin Mogahed, Page 41-42]

Moulana Huzaifa Saleh