I burnt my final straw

It’s natural to want to embark upon adventure. It’s exciting to know that you’ve found the one. To go to university. To travel to a place where you’re unknown to the world. Start anew. 

But what happens when you stall halfway there? When you shatter your own dreams by the decisions which lead to your own defeat? What happens when you find yourself caught in a web of sorrows, unable to return. You wonder, how did I lead to such a station of deeds?

Where did it go so wrong?

I know many people, young and old, great personalities inside, but they’re leading their lives to a painful plight. We have the intellectuals who fail to pass an exam, indeed for them it’s a trial. But the world is more than those who climb the ladder of education. Our world is full of those who stall even before they’ve begun.

In college they write their supposed fate, in college they become caught up in the lifestyle of one who’ll be lead astray. Whether it’s drugs, a bad attitude, or letting themselves go with everyone and anyone in an aim to feel secure and become known. For them, what is the solution, where does it end?

This is when I remember that throughout my life I’ve found I can run, I can hide, but I’ll never forget my Creator. In times of hardship and ease, His remembrance I cannot overturn.

Whatever happened, whatever we’re going through, there is a solution, there is always a way out.

Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) said, recounting the words of Prophet Shu’ayb,

“…And my success is through none but Allah. Upon him I have relied, and to Him I return.” Surah Hud:88

We can run after everything, but without a great purpose, we’ll just be chasing sticks and stones, only to find them turn to sand, falling through our bare hands. There is beauty in yearning for more. There is greatness in a fine return to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He).

So when the going gets rough, when you’ve just burnt your final straw, know that there is a way out. There is always a way out. You just have to fight the forces holding you down, causing you to feel remorse.

I end with:

“And return [in repentance] to your Lord and submit to Him before the punishment comes upon you; then you will not be helped.” Surah Az-Zumar :54

The Author

Alima Ashfaq is the founder of I am Alima and hopes to transform it into the forefront of assisting women come closer to Allah (swt). She is the author of a number of publications, most notably Du’as of the Superstars.

3 Responses

  1. Khadeejah June 7, 2013 / 2:45 pm

    A great article MashaAllah! :)

  2. Kaoutar June 8, 2013 / 12:26 am

    This might have just changed my life. Thank you so much sister.

  3. Alima June 8, 2013 / 10:22 pm

    Assalaamu ‘alaykum,

    Kaoutar, subhan Allah that is beautiful. May Allah (subhanahu wa ta ‘ala) make you of His righteous servants, aameen. :-)

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