A Warm Welcome

‎السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
AsSalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu❤️

May peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you!

Welcome to The Hopeful Muslimah!

Now, before we start, I have a very important question for you:
What does it mean to be hopeful?

Well, according to Oxford Dictionary, it means to have a ‘feeling or inspiring optimism about a future event’.

The key words here are ‘inspiring’ and ‘optimism’. These ingredients are essential for every Muslim who wants to make a difference, first in themselves, and then in the world around them.

We need inspiration to have great ideas to start doing amazing things. It’s the jump start to our idle minds. It’s the fuel to the fire of passion. Or as I like to put it: it’s the sweet sugar to my hot cup of tea- I do love a nice cuppa tea to warm my brain up early in the morning.

I mean, think about why you went to school. Isn’t it because you had a goal you wanted to achieve? Maybe you wanted to see your friends or you were ready to pass that really hard Maths exam. Whatever it may have been, there was a reason you crawled out of bed every morning, splashed your face with freezing cold water and made your way to school, whether or not you actually felt excited about the day ahead. But you see, there was a reason, an inspiration behind it all, from the moment you woke up to the second you stepped out of the door.

Without inspiration, we wouldn’t feel bothered to do anything more than eat, sleep, and then repeat. In fact, even that would be practically impossible too, since everything we do requires a little bit of ‘brain-power’. And if you don’t see the point in using that energy, it’s most likely because you have lost hope.

Most of us have role models and people we look up to. They often do things that are out of the ordinary and they have a strong influence on those who aspire to be like them. We don’t idolize them because no being has the right to be worshipped except Allah, but we can call them our ‘inspirations’. They’re like the icing on a cake; without these strong-willed people, the world would be quite a boring, bland place.

For Muslims, our biggest inspiration is our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Everything he did was perfect and we try our best to be like him by following his sunnah, which is the way he lived. His manners were so impeccable, that even those who hated him admitted that he was the most trustworthy amongst them. He struggled, for many years, to spread the message of Islam as he faced ridicule and torture from the people around him. It pained him to see his people turn against him. Yes, he was hurt. But he never, ever lost hope.

Therefore, we also require a healthy dose of optimism, the positive mindset which keeps us going, despite all of the hardships we will have to endure. The downs of life are unavoidable but with hope, we can endure any calamity that comes our way.

‘How is that so?’ You may ask.

Because Allah says:

“Verily, with hardship is ease.”

{Surah Ash-Sharh verse 6}

Life is a constant cycle between hardship and ease. When we acknowledge the fact that the difficulties we face are temporary, we can easily find hope. And hoping is not like wishing. Hope is followed by action because you are confident in your ability to achieve. And with that certainty, you fully put your trust in Allah because you know that He can help you attain what you hope for.

We really can’t afford to waste our lives when we have such little time, yet so much to give to this world, and much more to gain in the hereafter if we use our blessings wisely.

I hope that we all find the inner strength we need to smile in the face of hardship, to hold onto our deen and to never lose hope.

 
 

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