Letter to my younger sister in Islam, By S N Smith, Ottawa
You must know, as I am sure you already do, that Allah allows things to happen in our lives which are for our own good, even when we don’t like it. But we cannot always see this for our vision is clouded and our understanding is only partial. By way of some consolation and encouragement, I invite you to read the following eight articles I have penned in the past:
Also, I invite you to listen to the inspiring lecture Confronting Your Problems – a Khutbah by Sheikh Waleed Basyouni.
For we believers, hope in Allah is all that we have for beyond that there is nothing but utter despair. And when we fall into despair we simply give up. And when we give up we are basically saying that we are beyond redemption and that Allah will never forgive or save us. Such a mentality does not belong in the vocabulary of the believer. In fact, despair of Allah’s mercy is a sin that we must avoid at all costs and it is the one trap our avowed enemy — shaytaan — seeks to lure us into, for despair will make us stop calling on Allah for mercy, and we are all in need of Allah’s mercy.
I cannot guarantee that things will work out the way you want them to, even as things did not work out for me the way I wanted. But perhaps Allah is allowing you to go through these things to teach you an important lesson. And perhaps someday you will be in a position to console others who are passing through their own trials even as I am seeking to console you now.