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"Allah! None has the right to be worshipped, but He." Surat Al-Baqarah: 255

Make Dua

November 19, 2005

Don't overlook the power of dua.

This period of change and transition might not necessarily be an easy one. If you're like me, you feel the weight of the world has been just taken off your shoulders and you feel at peace with your decision to become a Muslim. However, many people around you - friends, family, colleagues - will have trouble adjusting - they will think this is a fad. Many people have trouble being able to support you and respect your decision. Depending on your situation - whether you are living at home with your family or living alone - whether you work or not will also possibly make this transition difficult.

Just wanted to give you some advice . . .

Make dua (doesn't matter when - but ask Allah) to help you through this transition. Ask Him to make your family and friends understanding and ask Him to help you say the right things to them to ease their worries and concerns.

I will tell you this short story. One day I was going to go the the masjid during Rammadan (the Muslims in our area at that time broke fast together and ate dinner there). I went to the masjid before and no one spoke to me and I sat in my little corner all alone (that can happen - that's why it is better to meet with someone from the masjid so you can know some people before you actually go to the masjid - it will help ease your transition into the community, insha'Allah). This was before I was going to any meetings and before I knew any Mulims in the area.

Anyway - I was very lonely the first time at the masjid and so the next day when my husband asked me to get ready I started to cry (after he left the room) because I didn't want to go back. Right then and there I prayed to Allah to help me - I actually asked him to help me meet a nice woman who would help me feel comfortable in the masjid. Anyway - that night we went to the masjid rather early and when I walked in, a woman was there with her children.

Needless to say - she was very kind. She answered my questions and also supported me and dare I say - loving me for who I was and you could visibly see her excitement for me that I had become a Muslim. She even cried when I told her how I decided to become a Muslim. Her children were delightful and truly sweet - they took me into their family as one of their own.

Since that day we spent a lot of time together - talking about Islam, learning together, sharing meals and laughter - it was wonderful! Since then, I have never forgotten them - although it has been at least 10 years. We have since been separated - she lives in Turkey and I in the United States. However, we still call to see how the other is doing, etc. and there is truly a strong bond between us that I have never felt before.

Anyway - the reason I tell you this story is that I want you to know how important it is to pray to Allah when you are in need and to believe that He will answer your prayers. Even if it isn't absolutely clear - or if an answer is not right before you immediately - you must remember that Allah will answer your prayer in one way or another.

So, please pray that Allah helps you in this matter and ask him to help make this transition easy for you, insha'Allah.

9:44 AM :: ::
  • I like it!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:57 PM  
  • Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu ,

    Dear sister,indeed Duaa is important,and your story helps to see the dayly dimension of duaa .
    Duaa is called "mukh ibada" "the heart of ibada " , and as such we need not to forget that Allah/swt said "Certainly i am close ,respond to those who seeketh me in prayer/supplication"Quran
    Thus it should be our habit to make duaa for the little things , as well as the big issues in our life.I would say that you and this sister are insha allah , sisters in faith _akhawat fillahi , subhnallahi! May Allah/swt make you of those (7) who will be in His shade in the Day of Judgement.

    By Blogger Said Ahmad Jama, at 1:39 PM  
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