“She had a vision, she had a goal – and she wasn’t distracted by another love story.…She was Umm Kulthum!” You can’t help but love her.
I remember I read this and I was like wow! And I’m not referring to the love story, rather her goals and vision in her life. Umm Kulthum rahimahullah knew where she was headed in life, but that being said – she did stall! One too many times, however each time she did, her destination reminded her to take the correct course of action to attain success.
It was the people around her that kept her firm, they reminded her that she was doing it for the sake of Allah, and regardless of what happened – they were always there for her, rather than working against her.
I want to remind us of some essential factors that we need to keep in mind whilst involved in the da’wah:
[dropcap2]1[/dropcap2]Who are you really working for? Are you working for the sake of Allah ‘azza wa jal, or are you working to feed your own nafs? Umm Kulthum joined the da’wah scene purely for the sake of Allah and she continued in her sincere resolve, regardless of what happened. …It’s because her goal of Jannah overrided everything else!
Al-Ghazali rahimahullah said: “All people are destroyed except the ‘Aalimeen (those who know); all those who know are destroyed except the ‘Aamileen (those who act) and all those who act are destroyed except the Mukhliseen (those who are sincere).” Ta’teerul Anfas, 18
[dropcap2]2[/dropcap2]How do we deal with tests and trials? In haste or emotion, or do we step back and analyse the situation and do what is right? You can do ‘Affu, or Sabh… Or even better ihsaan! Depending on what you want Allah ‘azza wa jal to do to you. Remember this is not about what they have done to you, this is about what is better…
“Be patient at all times and in all places, for patience leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to Paradise. Do not become angry and furious, for those two emotions lead to wickedness, and wickedness leads to the Hellfire.” ~ Imam Sufyaan at Thawri
[dropcap2]3[/dropcap2]Surround yourself with awesome friends… Those who will assist you, help you, protect you and hold you to high standards.
I just want to say, we in Fawz are there for you if you need help improving, but we can only assist you – if you acknowledge that you need to improve. Not only that…
You need a vision, a goal – that will assist you in attaining Jannah!
Brothers and sisters, we have to be like Umm Kulthum! And I assure you from reading her story, she had a lot of fun. Hence, obeying Allah is what brings us real contentment.
It is the last 10 days, I am need to improvement and I’m sure you are all too… Let’s use these last 10 days to increase in our ‘ibaadah, du’a, and asking for forgiveness… And a pleasurable end!
Say bismillah to another day and show Allah how much you love Him! (…Because you do!)
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.