Knowledge and Patience. These are the themes of the posts that some Usul-ud-Deen students put up this week on the blog. It made me think...Isn't it interesting how often these two words are linked to each other? How much importance has been given to them in Islam? AND how much we are in need of both these qualities especially now?
We are living in difficult times. The current political environment is making people question our faith. In fact, it is making a lot of us question our own faith. And that is okay...as long as we actively seek out answers to these questions. Knowledge.
And last, but in no way the least, Patience. As one student recently reminded me...Allah knows what he is doing.
Life is full of lessons. Knowledge is unlimited. As long as you're living you are forever a student.
Sometimes, when I feel I am slipping through the cracks . . . when I feel as though I am teetering on the edge . . . I let go . . . and as I am falling backward . . . downward . . . arms outstretched . . . I feel a jolt . . . a strong tug on my hand . . . on my heart . . . and I am acutely aware that I let go of the rope . . . but The Rope didn't let go of me. SubhanAllah.
“And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided. And remember the favor of Allah upon you - when you were enemies and He brought your hearts together and you became, by His favor, brothers. And you were on the edge of a pit of the Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus does Allah make clear to you His verses that you may be guided.” The Holy Qur’an, Surah (Enclosure) al-Imran, Ayah (Sign) 103
“Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things.” The Holy Qur’an, Surah 2 (Enclosure) al-Baqara, Ayah (Sign) 256