Our struggles define us

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A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a minor opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any advancement. It seemed as if it had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no further so the man decided to aid the butterfly. He grabbed a pair of scissors and clipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon.

The butterfly then emerged effortlessly. However it had an enlarged body and small, shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch the butterfly expecting, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand which would then be able to support the body. However neither materialized! In fact, the butterfly would spend the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It would never be able to fly.

What the man, in his kindness and haste,  did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were Allah‘s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly in to its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

At times struggles are precisely what we need in our lives. If Allah allowed us to go through our lives without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been.

I asked for Wisdom……..Allah gave me problems to solve.

I asked for Prosperity……Allah gave me brain to think.

I asked for Courage………Allah gave me danger to overcome.

I asked for Love……….Allah gave me distressed people to help.

I asked for Favours………Allah gave me opportunities.

I received nothing I wanted……..I received everything I needed!

“So blessed be Allah, the best of creators!”
Sura The Believer (23) verse 14

Will you Become Who You Were Born to be?

In my view, Muslims all over the world have lost their identity just when they need to be stronger than ever. People can say anything about the Muslim community, and it causes insignificant reaction in any part of the world. However, if you compare it, whenever something disrespectful is said regarding a particular Muslim sect, be it Shia, Sunni or any other. It invokes aggressive and violent reaction wherever that particular community or sect would be dominant. This is heartbreaking to say the least, a perilous epidemic has taken hold of the Muslim community; one which needs to be eradicated as soon as possible. Each and every one of us needs to comprehend that by isolating ourselves in sects, we are only causing damage to ourselves and our future generations. Do we care more about our particular sects than being Muslim in general?

Our Holy Prophet (PBUH) told us only to be straightforward Muslims, so why do we take no notice of it?. Is it because we value our worldly so called social status more than our religion? Are we not fearful of Allah anymore?  These are questions which each and every one of us needs to answer ourselves. It’s the time to scrutinize the effects this sectarian division is causing us.

Quaid-E-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah founder of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, worked tirelessly for an independent Muslim state. During the Lahore Resolution when the Quaid had finished his speech, the first question he was asked was what type of a Muslim. Was he a Sunni, Shia-who?  Quaid replied what type of a Muslim was Hazrat Muhammad PBUH. He was a simple Muslim, asked us to be  uncomplicated Muslims and therefore, I am a simple Muslim. It was the answer which no one had anticipated, yet no one questioned it.

Keeping these in mind, it is time to end our self created sectarian division once and for all. We should embrace and take pride of the fact that God blessed us to be Muslims. To bring the social revolution which will define our time and the time to come? Do you follow your fathers and grandfathers or rise and choose your own path; that will surely lead you to heaven. The choice is yours. So the question is “Will you become who were you born to be or let the world decide your path?