It is Allah Who sends the Winds and they raise the Clouds: then does He spread them in the sky as He wills and break them into fragments until thou seest rain-drops issue from the midst thereof: then when He has made them reach such of his servants as He wills behold they do rejoice! (Surah 30, Verse 48)
Whenever I was afraid of doing anything, my father would always say the same thing “Say Allah’s name and go forward.” So even today when I am in abject fear of anything, even though my father passed away, I can hear him saying that. And it gives me courage. It is not only that it was good advice my father gave me, what gives me courage is the faith that phrase rests on. The faith in Allah’s Grace.
If I am honest, and really pay attention, I can see Grace woven through my entire life
By Grace I mean that special blessing, that extraordinary blessing of Allah that makes the impossible possible. I was thinking of all the things that logic, commonsense, realistically could not have happened, and they still do, as if they were the most easy, natural things to happen. I received news that I was admission into that only graduate program I had applied to, in the very week that I was laid off from a job I was sick of but too afraid to leave. I did not have the finances, I did not believe I was smart enough, but my father said: “Say Allah’s name and go forward.” So, I did. And a few years later, I did graduate and began a career that I love to this day.
SAY ALLAH’S NAME AND GO FORWARD
I believe Allah’s Grace was not just in getting the admission, His Grace shone in so many ways even for this one event an ordinary person like me. I believe that it was Grace that I had a father who had faith and shared it, Grace that led me to apply to that one program, Grace that brought me the good news. And Grace was with me in every obstacle I encountered in getting through the program. And that was just process in my life. If I am honest, and really pay attention, I can see Grace woven through my entire life. So, where do you see Grace in your life? And what is it that you would do, if you were sure that Allah is with you all the way?