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)
As a child, whenever I was afraid of doing something, my father would always say the same thing: “Say Allah’s name and go forward.” Even today, when father passed away a few years ago, every time I am in fear of anything, I can hear him saying those words. I believe the confidence comes not only from the fact that my father gave me good advice, but more so the foundation the phrase rests on: 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 benediction of Allah that makes the impossible possible. It marks all the events that logic, commonsense, realism say could not have happened. Yet these everyday miracles occur as if they were the most easy, natural things to happen. One such event was when I received news I was accepted into the only college I had applied to. That might not have been anything special, but this news came in the very week I was laid off from my job. Though I was shocked and happy to be accepted because it was a long held dream, I was still so scared. I had just lost my job and I did not have the money to finance my studies. 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 right as I lost a job I hated; His Grace shone in so many ways even for this one event to be possible for 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 when I was at a low point in my life. And Grace was with me in every obstacle I encountered in getting through the program. As, I believe, it is with everyone of us as we move through life and its challenges. 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?