Entry XI

As Salamu Alaykum,

it has been 2 weeks since Eid (can I still wish all of you Eid Mubarak? Bit late ain’t it? I hope and pray that you had an enriching Ramadan inshaAllah) and I am currently revising for my last resit on Friday. Much has happened in my life recently, so much in fact, that at times it can be a little overwhelming, but that is needed. Times like these are needed for reflection and self improvement. Aspects of yourself which you need to desperately work on become a lot more apparent in times of stress and distress as opposed to times of happiness.

I am reminded of the fact that Allah (swt.) does not change a person just like that, a person does not become more patient just by asking Allah to make him or her patient. No, Allah (swt.), through our asking Him, puts us in a position where our patience is severely tested, and the outcome will be the increased patience that we asked Allah for. We do not all of a sudden become closer to Allah (swt.) but need to take the first step towards Him and it is a blessing of Allah that this happens quite often when you are going through a difficult time. As Allah (swt.) says in this Ayah, we have to respond first, to act first before we are guided.

And when My servants ask you, concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me and believe in Me that they may be guided. Qur’an 2:186 ]

Just a short update from me for now, I would like to get back to regularly blogging soon, inshaAllah after my resit. I just need as my fellow blogger Ayşe wrote in her most recent blogpost a lot of motivation. Motivation is hard to get sometimes, especially when you’re going through some tough times. It definitely helps that there are so many fabulous bloggers and writers out there almost lending me their strength through their words and inspiring me to post again.

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman

Mu610

About Mu610

22 year old German Muslim currently studying at Bradford University in the UK. Born in Marburg, raised in Berlin and spent 5 years in Nottingham then moving to Bradford in September '12. Is fluent in German and English and has some knowledge of French and Arabic, has an interest in learning Japanese, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and maybe Urdu for now.

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