Do you ever get extremely frustrated with the fact that there is so much racism towards Islam and Muslims? I’m not going to lie, I get annoyed a lot of the time. But I don’t know if any of us stop to think why it’s happening… I mean, obviously because the media is bias and has got into the heads of a lot of people. But other than that, we know Allah controls everything right, so why would He allow this to happen? Have you given it any thought?
I come across an article earlier today on Facebook about Pauline Hanson and how she was stirring up things again the other day saying that Australia is in danger of being swamped by Muslims. There was a comment from a random person on there; “If it wasn’t for people like Pauline Hanson, I wouldn’t become close to God. I love my religion, my values more than ever before. I am proud to be an Australian muslim, this is something very special to me!” SubhanAllah, I smiled and thought ‘WOW’. How many more Muslims do you think are feeling the same? We don’t even realise why these things are happening, we don’t realise why people like Hanson and Trump are allowed to talk nonsense all the time. Have you ever stopped to think that perhaps Allah is testing our faith? That Allah is using this as a means for us to get closer to Him?
How strong is our faith? Is it as strong as Bilal ibn Rabah (ra)? If you don’t know the story, Bilal (ra) was one of the first people to covert to Islam, he was a slave and was tormented by the leaders of the Quraysh for not turning back to idol worshipping. He was whipped in the hot dessert, commanded to say the names of the idols, instead he would repeat “Ahad, Ahad (He is one, He is one)” referring to Allah SWT. Eventually Bilal (ra) became one of the close companions of our Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and also became the first person to sound the adhan.
Alhamdulillah, our trials aren’t as difficult as what the companions faced. However, sometimes it can feel as though the world is on our shoulders and there can be moments where we feel like giving up. That’s when we should remember the following hadith.
Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said: If Allah intends good for someone, then He afflicts him with trials.
Sabr is key.
Don’t forget that Allah also tests us with ease, so at every opportunity we have, we should be trying to get closer to Him. Never underestimate the power of dua, if you are struggling, call upon the Lord of the heavens and the earth.