But if, through all the life-long day,
My God, how lovely was the rain this morning...how lovely last night as one lies in bed listening to its eternal melodious music...music that produces such a sublime experience of calm. So deeply meditative....it's at such divinely given times that one reflects on where their life's at and makes decisions on what it means to live for more than this world. To give in this world and to receive in the world to come!!! O God! As you shower us with the blessings of rain on this earth; also shower us with your blessings of mercy & compassion.
As I splashed myself back home my soul filled with delight as I recited what is simply the best poem that I have read on Rain. And I also remembered Singin' in the Rain, a 1952 musical comedy & the famous dance routine in which Gene Kelly sings the title song while twirling an umbrella, splashing through puddles and getting soaked to the skin. The difference was that I did not have an umbrella.
Let’s dance through Gibran’s poem, Song of the Rain, drenching ourselves with sweet inspiration.
I am dotted silver threads dropped from heaven
Nature then takes me,
to adorn Her fields & valleys.
I am beautiful pearls,
plucked by the daughter of Dawn
To embellish the gardens.
When I cry the hills laugh;
When I humble myself the flowers rejoice;
When I bow, all things are elated.
The field & the cloud are lovers
And between them I am a messenger of mercy.
I quench the thirst of one;
I cure the ailment of the other.
The voice of thunder declares my arrival;
The rainbow announces my departure.
I emerge from the sea,
Soar with the breeze. When I see a field in Need
I descend & embrace the flowers and
The trees in a million little ways.
I touch gently at the windows with my
Soft fingers, and my announcement is a
All can hear, but only
The sensitive can understand.
The heat in the air gives birth to me,
But in turn I kill it,
I am the sigh of the sea;
The laughter of the field;
The tears of heaven.
Filling your souls with my beauty.
The rain sweeps before us with all the drama of a Shakespearean play. Pounding thunderstorms, magnificent, glittering raindrops, perfumed breezes, that magically transforms fields & trees into an extraordinary green, designed as if by the hand of some Great Artist. And it is. The rain, the sun should ingrain in us a deep & sensory awareness of nature’s shifting moods. Weather’s brooding omnipresence should fuse in our imagination with God – as if it were God’s Great Face we glimpse behind the wind, rain & clouds. And it is.
I spoke to my sister in Canada...she said with dread, it was -3 degrees...I laughed because my soul was filled with beauty...as I told her I was just dancing in the rain...how jealous she was.hahaha
Sometimes, when you do things that don’t compute in this life…when all the odds are stacked up against you and you dance in the rain anyways…it gets kind of lonely. But you know what?
As followers of God, I think that’s what makes it so right and freeing too. And the more we learn about this strange, short little life we live… the more we will see that dancing in the rain is not just a cutesy metaphor for being a free spirited person who throws off inhibitions and carelessly twirls around in the midst of life’s hardships.
Weigh the options of what truly matters in this life, and what doesn’t…and then powerfully and boldly and passionately live out what you believe with every fiber of your being…that’s the most worshipful rainy day dance party if I ever heard of one.
Shamal...Rain is the mercy of God: "With this water God revives a dead land.
Such will be the Resurrection." Quran (50:11)
Keep that in mind!!!
- By Shabnam Ali and Ray Chickrie
- Published 10/22/2013
Needless to say, in response to some of the comments, we would like to share a few extracts from papers we did a few years go on African Muslims in British Guiana, many of whom were at the forefront of numerous slave uprisings. It is an established fact that enslaved West Africans first brought Islam to the shores of British Guiana. Among them were peoples from the Ashanti, Mandinga, Hausa, and Fulani nations. The Mandinka and Fulani languages were written using the Arabic script and we learnt from several documented sources that there were many slaves who were able to read and write the Arabic script (as recounted herein). And from the Fulani people, Guyanese Muslim became know as “fullahman,” and which is still being used to describe Muslims in Guyana today, though for the most part not in a very pleasant context.
The institution of slavery coupled with the brutal conditions on the plantations, made it impossible for Muslim slaves to break for the required five times a day prayers or to observe the month long fasting, the Eid-ul Fitr, Eid-ul-Adah and other auspicious celebrations. This brutality led to several rebellions the first in 1763, led by Kofi, an Akan. While Kofi (meaning born on the Jummah) may or may not have been a Muslim he could read and write the Arabic script which was evident from some of the letters he wrote to Governor Van Hogenheim. Most of his ‘lieutenants” going by their names were supposedly Muslims – Accara; Atta and Quabi, the latter two were from the Akan tribe and were brought to Berbice a year prior to the revolt, they were “ship brothers” chained together on the Dutch slave-ship, de Eenigheyt (A.J. McR Cameron – “The Berbice Uprising, 1763”).
Some of the slaves involved in the 1823 Demerara Slave Rebellion were also Muslims. According to Emilia Viotti da Costa in her book “Crowns of Glory, Tears of Blood,” a driver from one of the plantation (Brothers), a slave by the name of “Bob”, was a Muslim, and was known as the "Mahometan." During the trial of the ‘ringleaders’ one of the slave who testified against them was a Muslim who demanded to take his oath the Islamic way. Also, according to Norman Cameron in his book “150 Years of Education In Guyana (1808 - 1957)” about “two Mohammedans” Romeo and Jason were ordained by the Christian missionary on Plantation Le Resouvenir as deacons; Romeo was ordained in 1808 and Jason in 1814.
Over time, the slaves were literally stripped of all semblances of their native life, their respective languages, traditions and religious observances of the land of their birth. Thus, by the time slavery was abolished in 1834, there was very little presence of Islamic practices left among the Africans. Nonetheless, up until the early 1830s, a number of Africans still bore their Islamic names such as – Bacchus, Mohamed, Mammadoe, Mammadou, Sallat, Mousa, Hannah, Sabah, Feekea, Russanah, etc. This evidence can be found in the Berbice Gazette, in which the names of a number of runaway slaves were listed during the years 1808 to 1810.
Despite the loss of most of their Islamic practices, evidence of the Islam was referenced in the early 1800s in several books ascribing to materials written by the slaves in the Arabic script that were found on the plantations. Thomas Staunton St. Clair, a British soldier stationed in Demerara, in his autobiography titled, “A Soldier’s Sojourn in British Guiana, 1806-1808”, made reference to a rebellion planned in 1807. The overseer came to know of the plot from a young slave girl he lived with whose father was one of the ringleaders. Ringleaders were found in possession of a piece of paper written in Arabic with details of the alleged rebellion.
In 1836, Reverend John Wray in several of his diary entries made mentioned of slaves singing and reciting verses from the Quran which they had committed to memory. He also wrote about one in particular – Toby, a Hausa Muslim who was found to be literate in Arabic and could also read verses from the Quran. Wray was very impressed with Toby’s thirst for learning and following encouragements from Wray, Toby converted to Christianity and was given the Christian name Thomas Lewis. Toby became one of Wray’s most diligent scholars. After Toby was given his freedom, he received a scholarship to study in England, and upon his return to Guyana, he started a school in Union Chapel in New Amsterdam.
In another incident Wray recounted the last funeral rites given to a slave woman on her passing: “… just as the slaves were carrying the remains of an old Negress, with deep lamentations and superstitious rites, to burial…; they departed just after being entertained with a song in Arabic, sung before the house by an aged negro Mohammedan who, in his own country, had been a parson (otherwise known as an Imam) he furnished each visitor with a copy in Arabic of what he said - the first words of their sacred book.”
Such men as Toby, Romeo and Jason became revered Christian preachers in British Guiana after they converted to Christianity. Interestingly enough, while the first Moravians missionaries arrived in Berbice in 1738, the plantation owners refused to let them ‘Christianize or preach’ to the slaves for obvious reasons. Even in 1805 when a Wesleyan missionary arrived in Demerara with the intention of ‘teaching’ the slaves the Governor insisted upon his departure on the next boat. It was not until 70 years later in 1808 when Reverend John Wray arrived in British Guiana upon request by Hilbertus Hermanus Post, a Dutchman and the owner of Le Resouvenier plantation on the East Coast of Demerara that the slaves were slowly being ‘schooled’ in the Christian faith.
We trust that these short snippets of documented evidence will give the readers a glimpse of some of our forgotten heroes who fought and made the ultimate sacrifices to preserve their human dignity, while others it seemed had forgotten their humanity (the slave masters). Reminding the readers that recounting one’s history, either from a standpoint of ethnicity or religious persuasion, does not automatically deemed an individual a racist.
It's my first anniversary...and as anniversaries go, my God, tonight I am gonna party. hahaha
So the best way to celebrate is to let you read this letter by a doctor. But before that many of you know that I went wheat-free last October. And what a reversal in feeling aches and pains...in feeling "old". My God I feel so "young" again. Wheat (in the form of breads, pastas, cakes, rotis) is poison. Let me repeat WHEAT is POISON!!!
My son, mother, brothers, sister and quite a few friends have QUIT and all have a wonderful story to tell. What is stopping those of you who have heard and shrug your shoulders...are you that addicted???
Look, read the letter of a doctor and there are many more who are recommending that people stop eating this poison.
Here are two points to keep in mind as you read:
1. All my patients who adopted the wheat-free diet have showed significant improvements in their health
2. NOTHING comes close to the power of wheat elimination to restore health and weight in so many people. I virtually stopped prescribing drugs for people because so many conditions previously “requiring” drugs got so much better or went away.
I had written an email that the school canteen stop selling wheaten products to the children. I make that call again. Let the Board of the school study Dr. Davis' blog and book, and as they are all smart people let them implement a more quality diet to the children. SIMPLE: Fruits; fruit drinks (stop the Pepsi, Coke, soda crap). The children's health is as important as their education. Sell healthy food and make money...and better than the money, have the joy of knowing that you are contributing to a healthy nation. Let's not wreck 'em early on.
Shamal...lalalala...told you am gonna party wheat free...hey Za, give me a piece of that Cadbury,,,hey hey another bite pleaseee.
Texas doctor discovers the power of Wheat Belly!
Posted on October 21, 2013 by Dr. Davis
Dr. Mahdavi Ampajwala, a family practice physician in Plano, Texas, wrote Dr. Davis a wonderful letter detailing her wheat-free experience and what she is witnessing as she incorporates wheat elimination into her medical practice:
I have found an answer.
Finally, there’s a resource I can recommend with confidence. Dr. William Davis’ book, “Wheat Belly,” has given me the ability to help those patients who come to me looking for a way to improve their health and lifestyle.
Many of my patients ask for advice on effective nutritional strategies for weight loss. Oftentimes, they are looking for an answer besides ‘exercise and a healthy diet.’ Many of them tell me that they work out four or five times a week and eat healthy, but do not see any change in their weight.
This book is for everyone who is looking to transform their health and wellness and, in particular, for folks who are struggling to shake of that excess weight. The book focuses on the effects of modern wheat and carbohydrate intake on one’s health. Dr. Davis highlights the discovery that obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, etc. have all been on the rise since the low-fat diet came to light two decades ago. He also explains that since the use of genetic modification through hybridization, the grain is not the same as it was in the 1970’s.
As a native of India, I grew up with a diet consisting of rice, vegetables, and the occasional chicken, fish, or egg. After coming to the States, I acquired a taste for bread in the form of wraps and sandwiches etc., and thus wheat entered my diet. A few months into my new lifestyle and food intake, I began to experience severe allergies, regular sinus headaches, and eczema. My baby was being breastfed at the time and developed eczema by the time she was 6 weeks old. I began to suspect my new wheat intake. I made sure I ate only whole grains, but I continued to experience fatigue and weight gain. I gained an unwanted 18 pounds (went from a size 2 to 6).
I hired a personal trainer with the goal of losing 12 pounds. I lost 6 in about 6 months times. This was all with what I thought was a healthy diet and exercise routine 6 -7 times a week. After all that effort, it was disappointing to see no improvement in my energy level or loss in weight. This is when I came across “Wheat Belly.” A colleague recommended it to me in March of 2012, and I decided to take on the wheat-free challenge in April. I have continued since then, and have seen an incredible transformation.
I lost ten pounds in the first six weeks and dropped 3 sizes. My energy level was higher than ever before. I saw improvement in my previously troubled sleep habits. I used to wake up with aches and pains; now that was all gone. My appetite was reduced; I no longer craved food. To date, the weight I lost has stayed off. I didn’t even have to go to the gym every day. I felt like an entirely new person, and my experience empowered me to help my patients in their weight loss journeys.
Not a single weight-loss conversation with my patients goes by without my recommendation for “Wheat Belly” or the Wheat Belly Blog. I make sure that my patients receive a copy of “Wheat Belly Quick & Dirty” article from the blog. All my patients who adopted the wheat-free diet have showed significant improvements in their health, as well. I intend to continue referring my patients to this book in hopes of improving their health, as much I was able to improve my own.
Dr. Davis: Ah, priceless! Thank you Dr. Ampajwala. Your open-mindedness will make you a better practitioner who will deliver empowering messages of health to your patients.
As Dr. Ampajwala is discovering, NOTHING comes close to the power of wheat elimination to restore health and weight in so many people. I virtually stopped prescribing drugs for people because so many conditions previously “requiring” drugs got so much better or went away.
This is revolutionary: If there is a healthcare crisis going on that threatens to bankrupt the country, I believe what we have here is an answer that, because the benefits are so astounding and apply to so many people, has the potential to slash healthcare costs–and suffering–by a huge margin.
Is there anything which topples people on their faces into Hell other than the harvests of their tongues.
If we were to bridle our tongues 3/4 of the world's problems would immediately disappear.
Today, Eid ul Adha, is a day for INTROSPECTION. Let's examine what leaves our mouths...we are careful that we put in halal...but we are careless what comes out which is mostly haram.
If when we SPEAK we are aggressive, assertive, domineering, overbearing, spiteful, hostile, blunt, obnoxious, vicious, dogmatic, pushy, loud-mouthed, stubborn, demanding, manipulative, egoistic, driven, overwhelming, threatening, scary, tough, brassy, boisterous and turbulent. Stalking thru persons with such tongues is cold & biting rage. This leads to a life littered with broken dreams, broken promises, broken relationships, broken wings.
The MAJORITY of a person's sins emanate from their tongues.
May God help us to brighten our character thru the purification of our tongues. It's a sacrifice worth mountains of gold...or shall we say, it's worth HEAVEN.
Shamal...it's also a day for retrospection (no matter how busy we are)
- By Raymond Chickrie
- Published 10/16/2013
US President Barack Obama and the president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, recently had a telephone conversation. Last week, US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif, for the first time since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, held bilateral discussions on the sidelines of the 68th United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Presidents Obama and Rouhani have been exchanging letters for some time now. The tone between Tehran and Washington has definitely been cordial and mutually respectful; especially in that Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei approved these overtures. And just a few days ago, the Iranian Majlis (Parliament) voted overwhelmingly to approve Rouhani’s diplomatic initiative with the United States.
It is the most serious indication that US-Iranian ties may improve now that President Rouhani is serous in solving the nuclear issue. However, this could all be derailed by powers such as Saudi Arabia and Israel, who prefer to drag the US into a war with Iran, according to media reports.
These developments could very much affect Guyana and Suriname’s ties with Iran because a more moderate leader in Tehran makes it easier for stronger Caribbean Community (CARICOM)/Iran relations, which can translate into tangible economic aid to the region. Both Suriname and Guyana are members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) like Iran. Guyana and Suriname are also members of the Non Aligned Movement (NAM), which Iran currently chairs.
However, small states such as Guyana and Suriname should be shrewd in dealing with the turbulent Middle East, especially as it relates to the Sunni and Shia rivalry. Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon make up the so called “Shia crescent.” While, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt, and the Gulf Arab Kingdoms are predominately Sunni Muslims. However, there are considerable numbers of Shias in Bahrain, the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. These people, the Arabs, Persians and Turks, have very different narratives of history and on regional conflicts today.
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Last evening we visited the Convention Centre where the Caribbean Food Expo is currently in progress (Wed-Fri). And what a contrast to Guyexpo (otherwise known as the Loud Music & Vulgarity & Nastiness Expo...where people were robbed by bandits and exhibitors were robbed by the organizers...it is ROBBERY if you have paid for a booth and then you are paralyzed by the NOISE).
The Food Expo was simply amazing because without the NOISE there was a free interchange of thoughts. Schoolchildren should flock there. The amount of info available was mind-boggling.
I met a woman from the FAO based in Barbados. They were exhibiting breadfruit flour...and yes we got sample BF cake. And she told us how to make the flour...cause it's not for sale.
The Guyana School of Agriculture had some exciting products on show. Pumpkin jam, plantain drink, passion fruit cheese, veggiefruits and a host of other mouth-watering items. And lovely packaging.
NARI: I met a Cuban guy, Roberto, and he was so interesting, that we ended up chatting for about 1 1/2 hours. Discussing different mulches, GMO food, schooling in Cuba (where he was taught for FREE from kindergarten to his PHd...hey, Cuba is where we need to go...we're being gouged here in Guyana with all these exorbitant school & lesson fees) & Guyana where our system is so backward. We cannot feel strongly toward the totally unlike because it is unimaginable, unrealizable; nor yet toward the wholly like because ... it is stale--identity must always be dull company. The power of other natures over us lies in a stimulating difference which causes excitement and opens communication, in ideas similar to our own but not identical, in states of mind attainable but not actual.
Hydromet: Zahir & I got an explanation of the Doppler system and Sutron Weather Info Network (real time weather data). It was done by 2 very pleasant individuals. Thank you so much.
Now without loud music the atmosphere was simply breathtaking. You saw people smiling, chatting and carrying on communication in a civilized manner. Unlike the barbaric scenes at Guyexpo.
Shamal...go and get a quality experience.
What a Performer...What a Performance!!! Unforgettable
It was sheer excellence. Sometimes one sees a video production...and then the live performance pales in comparison. Not so with a man who does not have one mediocre cell in his body.
The night was ohhh sooo perfecttt. Stars took up their place in the firmament in a clear tropical sky to accompany a star as he took his place on stage. The skies over the National Stadium were in for a treat...as a cornucopia of Praises to God & to His Prophet (p) burst into the air from hearts & lips throbbing with excitement.
We were treated to nearly two hours of a high-octane performance. Every song delivered with PASSION & LOVE. Love for God; love for the Prophet (p); love for humanity; songs urging us on to social justice.
The English, the Arabic he sung...the instruments he played...the lovely byplay with the audience ...he is a reminder that musical excellence can coexist alongside prodigious
Met a Jewish woman in NY in the 90s who taught me excellence in the written word. She knew 20 languages written & spoken. And also an extraordinarily decent woman. The fire that she lit in my soul burned brighter as I watched this transcendent performance by a master.
O Sami, thank you so much...for we do need these periodic infusions & injections of spiritual joy into our individual & societal veins which have become clogged with the plaque of rigidity & stupidity.
Music is a Medicinal Narcotic. I have read of music therapy for pain management...but never thought seriously of it. There just aren't words to aptly describe what happens to a person when they encounter the likes of Sami & his gift of spiritual music which brings rays of hope, comfort and sunshine into the lives of those who are sick. His moving versions of all his songs has the capability to lift sagging spirits and dispel fear & depression. I saw that in my 74-year-old mom. She was broadly smiling, laughing, even though for the past several weeks she has been in pain. When I looked at my rejuvenated mother with tearful but joyful eyes my voice cracked when I gently asked: "Did you enjoy the show, Mom?" And she was as excited as my 12-year-old son. Her perception of pain had decreased at his heartfelt songs. Sami's music acted as the well of eternal youth....bridging the gap between the aged and the very young. It takes you to a place of peace, offering for just a brief moment, a glimpse of Paradise.
Music allows us to laugh, cry, remember, walk, sing, clap and dance and can bring wisdom and humanity to this fragmented world. In Sami's spiritual songs, which are a form of music therapy, art and science intertwine in a natural way. When integrated, music and prayer, music & medicine, music & chores make a perfect combination. Life gets back its colour, life gets back its vibrancy.
I met a group from London & a group from New York that were amazed at the brochures. They took copies of all with promises to be in contact.
The top 6 students were each given awards for their excellent performance at CSec & Common Entrance. Hopefully their teachers were there holding their heads high...
It was truly a night of "excellences"...being there has guaranteed memories that will never dim with the passage of time...when one gets sick one draws upon memories of beauty & positive vibrations. This event charged with "Allahu" will be the number one therapeutic "remembrance"...
Thank you Sami, thank you...a million thank yous. May God be with you as you travel this earth taking the much-needed "waters" of Peace, Love & Unity to a thirsty humanity.
We were well & truly satiated last evening...there's a glow on my soul & a full feeling in my heart..am sure this could be said for everyone who attended
Shamal...it was a taste of utopia...hugs to you all
They are quoting verses from the Quran and sayings attributed to Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, out of context in order to declare Yusuf’s music as “forbidden” (haram) or disliked (makruh) according to the Islamic legal tradition.
These dour individuals wish to convince Muslims that the music of Sami Yusuf, Yusuf Islam (the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens), Zain Bhikha, Maher Zain, Native Deen, Aashiq Al-Rasul and a lengthy list of popular Muslim singers and composers are deviants hellbent on corrupting Muslim youth.
Listening to their arguments one assumes that Sami Yusuf might be performing an Arab version of Miley Cyrus’ twerking to a rowdy crowd of badly behaved men and women who egg him on as they chug back a few bottles Banks beer.
The lyrics of Sami Yusuf songs praise God for his countless bounties, the foremost of which is His sending the noble Prophet, peace be upon him, as a mercy to all of mankind.
A similar genre of music in the form of Urdu naats and qasidas has sustained Muslim religious life in Guyana for nearly 200 years and no one has ever suggested, except an ignoramus, that this practice prevents believers from listening to or memorizing the verses of the Quran.
To argue that modern music, even religious songs like those of Sami Yusuf, is prohibited, is to go where no other scholar of law has ever ventured. Citing verses of the Quran as proof that music is prohibited (haram) according sacred law is contrary to the opinion of vast majority of classical and contemporary scholars such as Imam Al-Ghazali, Ibn Hazm, Qadi Abu Bakr Ibn Al-Arabi, Ibn Taymiyyah, the famous Hanafi jurist, Shaykh Abdul Ghani al-Nabulusi and Shaykh Mahmud Shaltut, the late rector of al-Azhar university who passed a formal ruling (fatwa) declaring music which does not involve reprehensible acts censored by the Quran and the Prophetic tradition, as permissible, not prohibited.
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The pinnacle of belief is what Allah says about His Holy Prophet Muhammad (pboh); that is he never said anything out of his own desire. Everything was on the basis of Divine revelations. Because of this we can conclude that Prophet (pboh) had complete faith and trust in Allah.
In the Holy Qur’an, Allah categorizes man into three groups. Those who believe in the Oneness of Allah, those who reject His Oneness and those who openly say they believe but in reality they don’t; i.e. the munafiq or hypocrites.
Amongst the first category, i.e. the believers, they are further categorized. Prophet Muhammad (pboh) is reported to have said “Imaan (faith) increases or decreases”. Now we are going to look at a practical example of this hadith as it pertains to us.
Allah says in Surah Hajj;
There are among men some who serve Allah, as it were, on the verge: if good befalls them, they are, therewith, well content; but if a trial comes to them, they turn on their faces: they lose both this world and the Hereafter: that is loss for all to see! They call on such deities, besides Allah, as can neither hurt nor profit them: that is straying far indeed (from the Way)! (Perhaps) they call on one whose hurt is nearer than his profit: evil, indeed, is the patron, and evil the companion (or help)! (22:11-13)
Some believers have faith in Allah but it fluctuates. They are like sitting on a fence when it comes to belief in the greatness of Allah. Allah is saying in the ayat above that if good comes to them they are most contented and happy. But if a trial comes to them they become agitated, disappointed and nervous. And out of this emotional unrest they become so desperate to alleviate the trial that they go to other sources for help instead of the Lord of the worlds. Allah says about such that they are losers in both worlds.
Allah is The One who cures, helps and protects us. We call on His Beautiful Names and Divine Attributes, yet the last thing people do when they are undergoing some sort of difficulty is to turn to Him. It demonstrates the level of faith they have.
For example, whenever a person gets sick they would visit a doctor because he understands something of the working of the human body. That is all well and good; but keep one thing clear, cure comes from Allah and not the doctor. The same medicine that can cure you of some ailment may not work on another, who shares the same ailment. It is Allah Who allows and grants cure, etc.
The sincere and true believers turn to Allah firstly, and then seek some way of dealing with the stressful matter knowing full well that it is only Allah Who can grant a positive conclusion. Those with little faith will run by all the creatures for help and not The Creator. And sometimes after they’ve realised that all their efforts are proven futile then they will leave the matter to Allah. This is not the way of expressing true faith in our Creator. Turn to Him firstly and not lastly!
This is also one reason why He sent His Beloved (pboh); to show how to have true faith in the Allah. And his entire personality demonstrated this, from his childhood to adulthood. For example Allah says;
Did He not find thee an orphan and give thee shelter (and care)? And He found thee wandering, and He gave thee guidance. And He found thee in need, and made thee independent. (93:3-8)
The real advice and message I wish to put forth is to have true, unwavering faith in the Creator. It is not easy especially when you are faced with trying moments. Put your faith and trust in Him and after you can seek help from His creatures knowing full well that all help, cure etc. comes through Allah and He can choose to bestow His mercies through whatever medium He chooses.
Insha Allah, He will appoint a way for you to get pass the difficulty and tests. He is so Great that He listens to all of His servants at one and the same time. This is part of His Greatness. He doesn’t put you on-hold when you supplicate to Him.
He says in His Holy Words; ‘Call on Me and I will respond’. Talk to your Lord especially in the trying times. A lot of people don’t know how to communicate with Allah. Talk to Him and seek His Help and Guidance; and rest assured He listens to us all. He is most Compassionate and He truly loves you.
This is part of the perfection of our faith, i.e. to have unwavering trust in our Merciful Lord. Yes, He will test you and there will be times of difficulty and anxiety, but always remember that if you put your faith and trust in Him, He will never let you down.
May Allah enable us to be from amongst those who will have strong and steadfast faith, trust and reliance in Him, and may He take care of all our affairs in this world and the next.