It’s okay to be a glowstick; sometimes we need to break in order to shine.

When you buy a glowstick, it’s just a tube of inert plastic with some liquid inside. It doesn’t look like anything special. It certainly does not glow.

When you put it under pressure, however ~ when you bend it ~ a transformation occurs. A capsule inside the glowstick is crushed, and the stick begins to shine.

This is a good example for the mu’min ~ the believer. Life puts us under pressure, but if we rise to the challenge then we become more than we were. We become stronger, wiser, and more compassionate to others (because we know what pain feels like). We begin to shine with a new inner light.

Maybe, just like the glowstick, there’s something inside us that needs to be crushed in order for us to reach our full potential. Ego? Arrogance? Selfishness? Greed? Attachment to material goods?

And maybe the pressures of life are Allahﷻ’s way of crushing that obstacle inside us, so that our true light can start to shine and we become the best we can be.

“Do the people think that they will be left to say, “We believe” and they will not be tried? But we have certainly tried those before them, & Allahﷻ will surely make evident those who are truthful, He will surely make evident the liars.” [Quran, Al-Ankaboot (The Spider) 29:2-3]

The key is that Allahﷻ does not try us in order to hurt us. Allahﷻ himself is not in need of our character development, or our striving, or the results of our trials. It’s for us. How He tests us, (the process He puts us through) it is for our own benefit.

Perhaps Allahﷻ want’s such a rank for a person in Jannah, that one cannot attain with their own good deeds. So Allahﷻ puts that person through trials after trials so they walk off this earth sinless.

So next time you feel yourself being pressured and bent, remember: it’s just a bend, not the end. Good things are coming, and with sabr (patience) you will come out better than before, In’sha’Allah.

Love, light, peace,

Kiran.

Twitter: @beautifiedsabr

Appreciating Allahﷻ’s Blessings

Appreciating the blessings Allahﷻ has bestowed upon us, is something we all lack upon. No matter how much we say we’re thankful to Allah for the blessings – it’s just not enough.

Just think about it: the roof over your head, the food on your table, the clothes on your back, your health, your parents, your family, your best friends etc. Just the fact that your little heart is ticking and you’re alive right now, these are all major blessings in your life ~ things that many of us just take for granted.

We are so blessed and we don’t even know it. It’s just when these things are taken away from us, is when we realise how important these things were and how much of an impact they made on our lives. I promise you; things can change within seconds, minutes, so you just have to keep reminding yourself repeatedly no matter how much you’re suffering and hurting right now, that someone else out there has it worse than you. Alhumdhulillah for everything no matter what. Just put faith between you and your problem and let your faith deal with your problem. When faith deals with it, no problem is a ‘problem’ any longer.

I’ll tell you a true story about something that happened a few years ago. It’s a reminder that things can change within minutes and your whole life can turn upside down so you need to be grateful for what you have right now.

My brother and his friends were all going to a funeral in another city, they were all supposed to be going in one car. But for some reason or the other, my brother insisted that he’ll take his car too. On the way back, the other two boys had a major accident, leaving one of the brothers fully paralysed and the other paralysed waist downwards.

Subhaan’Allah… Did these healthy, young boys know what was coming to them that very same day? No, right? We can’t predict what’s going to happen to us in the future. Things can change at the blink of an eye, which is why we should always humble ourselves. No matter what the situation is ~ stay humble, never ever look down at another person and think you’re better than them.

It’s not just health and sickness, but other things as well. For example, wealth – You might have a bigger house than others, fancy cars sitting outside your driveway, nice designer clothes that you wear etc etc, but don’t let these blessings make you an arrogant person. We should recognise that everything we have is given to us from the bounty of Allahﷻ, we are not deserving of it, rather it is a blessing that has been given to us. To keep in mind that these things are from Allahﷻ is something highly recommended as it will increase thankfulness and remove pride and arrogance from oneself. Also, for each thing we possess, we have to account for on the day of judgement. If you look at things through this perspective – are we really the blessed ones or are those who are poor or don’t have much, the truly blessed ones? When we give to the poor, it is actually helping us more than it is helping them. So always give to others, even if you can only afford to give little.

We will be asked on the Day of judgement about five things in addition to Salah etc.

The prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: “The son of Adam will not pass away from Allah until he is asked about five things: how he lived his life, and how he utilized his youth, with what means did he earn his wealth, how did he spend his wealth, and what did he do with his knowledge.” (Good hadith reported by Imam At-Tirmithi)

The Hadith I’m going to mention below is one my parents taught me and my siblings from a very young age and it has stayed with me all these years;

From Abu Huraira, the messenger of Allahﷻ – may peace and blessings of Allahﷻ be upon him, said:

انظروا إلى من هو أسفل منكم ولا تنظروا إلى من هو فوقكم ، فهو أجدر أن لا تزدروا نعمة الله عليكم

“Look at the people beneath you (in wealth and worldly affairs) and do not gaze the ones above you (in this matter). By this, you will not underestimate the bounty of Allah bestowed upon you.” (Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim)

When you’re feeling down, no matter what the situation is, always remember this Hadith. It will help make you appreciate all the good things that you have, because the truth is; someone out there has it much much worse than you.

Also for reminders to oneself you can always:

Visit the sick – to learn the value of good health.
Visit the prisons – to value your freedom.
Visit the graveyard – to value your life.

I hope you all enjoyed my very first blog! Share if you liked it or found it beneficial etc. Plus remember, Alhumdhulillah Always! ♥︎

O’Allahﷻ, please increase us all in imaan (faith), sabr (patience), and shukr (thankfulness). There is no God but you. Aameen.

Also, please keep those brothers in your pious dua’s? And pray that Allahﷻ eases the conditions of all those suffering around the world and enter them into jannah al firdous. Aameen.

Love, light, peace.

Kiran.

Twitter: @beautifiedsabr