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Monday, July 03, 2006

Silver Lining

Mrs. A just visited us yesterday, one of God's blessings in our life ISA. She is closer to 50 I think, but we all (Roora, mama and I) enjoy her company a lot. We were talking yesterday about how things are going down in Iraq and Palestine, and how things are in general in the Muslim community. Things indeed have been going from bad to worse lately, and at a very alarming rate too! I watch the news and feel so frustrated and sad…. So beaten down. Frustrated that there is nothing I can do (or is there?), and sad for all that is happening to fellow Muslims everywhere. Especially in Palestine…

Mrs. A and mom had the joint vision that this is all because of our own deeds… that the Muslim community now is not at all as it used to be as it should be… we did indeed stray from the correct path in many ways…governments and people alike. I agree… this may be in fact true… but I just share a different future view maybe…. That is where we differed.

Mom and Mrs. A were all like "mafeesh faydah feena…" , look how we act…. Of course this has to happen to us. Etc etc.. that kind of talk.

I was desperately trying to find the silver lining in the cloud. Trying to see that this may seem so bad… but is just what we need to actually wake up… maybe from the depths of this crisis would emerge good muslims. Maybe without it we would never change… as with everything that happens to us in life… what does not kill us makes us stronger.

Rebuttal from my mom and Mrs. A: Nothing changes… we are still the same… look around you… people are hung up on the latest video clips for foolana or 3ellana, and worried about their stomachs too much to try to want to change anything.

I kept on pushing the point that change takes time… this is sunnat Allah fee alard.. things take time. God created the world in six days, while He could have done it in an instant. To teach us I think, that things take time… we have to be patient and maintain the faith even when things are bleakest and the night is darkest.

Mrs. A told me maybe they are talking like they are, because they are older and have already been through a lot in life, and have seen that nothing changes. We still have the hope because we are younger and think in a more hopeful manner.

The thing is… I do not want to ever give up hope… in anything for that matter. I am always there looking for the silver lining as if it is right around the corner. (maybe it is!). The optimist I always am… or more accurately the optimist I always try to be. In all aspects of my personal life as well as in the bigger picture.

Just FYI, it does not come easy. It takes a lot of conscious effort (and the help of God makes it so much more doable) to not let despair over come you when things are bleak. Keeping up the faith and hope that things will be better one day ISA, and soon ISA and hopefully and praying to God… please pray with me.

If I do not keep on reviving my hope that things will get better and soon, despair will soon eat me up… and will definitely toss me into depression… and I really do not like being depressed. (who would anyway?). So my faith in God keeps me ISA, May God preserve it… my faith that God would always help and aid those who have faith and hope in His mercy. Provided of course that we all try to do what we can. "In Tansoro Allah Yansorkom we yothabbet Akdamakom". (Sooret Mohammed).

Of course seeing the full half of the cup has indeed put me in trouble before… always expecting the best. Yes I can see reality in the present (besara7a not always) but I kind of always hope that it can change to the better. Thus I do not always see the bad in a lot of people, or don't expect to be stung by them… and it is a dangerous thing today… I try to be more cautious… but what can I do? this is what I am. And I really do not think I want to change it. It makes life better having hope… we bakool rabbena yostor dayman ISA. :)


  • At 7/03/2006 4:01 PM, Blogger aroundtheclock24_7 said…

    Always keep hope. Things do take time to happen but eventually they do when you beleive that they will. As always Mouttakileen 3ala Allah ;)

  • At 7/03/2006 5:23 PM, Blogger Alina said…

    Nothing can be solved in dispair and depression. Optimism, hope, an open mind, these are the most in hand tools of change.

  • At 7/08/2006 1:59 PM, Blogger Me said…

    Very touched by this post ya Dodo... I'm like you... trying to see the silver lining... and I have hope el7amdulilah... and trying to keep despair as far away from me as possible...
    ya Rab onsor ElIslam welmuslimeen

  • At 7/10/2006 5:26 PM, Blogger Safiya said…

    We have to have hope. Look at the Prophet (saws), however bad things got he never gave up hope. After he died, when things looked so bleak for the Ummah, Abu Bakr and Omar and the other companions (RA didn't give up hope, they kept on working to make things better and follow Allah's laws.


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