I was going through some of the old Daughter of Adam magazines and found some really inspirational articles. I thought it would be nice to post them here. This article is by Haleh Banani, mashaAllah, not only she has a Masters in Clinical Psychology but she even knows how to inspire her readers!
The experience of having a genuine friend is one of the most precious gifts in the world. However, sometimes that special friend may move thousands of miles away. At times a friend may be disappointing and there are even times that a compatible friend is no where to be found. That is when one realizes that a friendship with Allah azzawjal is the most complete and fulfilling friendship there is.
“Behold! Verily on the ‘Awiliyas’ of Allah there is no fear, nor shall they grieve; those who believe and constantly guard against evil.” (10:62-63)
Having Allah azzawjal as a companions is empowering – imagine the Creator of the heavens and earth, the Most Compassionate, the Most Benevolent, and the most Powerful, is the source of one’s strength.
“To Allah belongs the forces of the heavens and the earth; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Full of Wisdom.” (48:7)
Having Allah azzawjal as a friend means never feeling lonely even when on is alone.
“He is with you whosesoever you may be.” (57:4)
It means feeling safe, secure and serene.
“It is He who sent down Tranquility into the hearts of the believers, that they may add faith to their faith.” (48:4)
The ever-lasting stability of Allah azzawjal establishes a firm sense of security and comfort in a world filled with instability and inconsistency.
“For Allah is Lord of Power-steadfast forever.” (51:58)
A friendship with Allah azzawjal has no limitations, no hidden dangers and no risks. It is pure and unadulterated. The more we call upon Allah azzawjal the more eager He is to help us. He is the only one truly capable of forgiving.
“He is the One that accepts repentance from His servants and forgives sins: And He knows that you do.” (42:25)
“Despair not of the Mercy of Allah: For Allah forgives all sins: for He is oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (39:53)
He azzawjal not only gives us a second chance, He gives us hundreds and thousands of chances. He is the Ever living, the all Seeing, the all Hearing.
“It is He who hears all things, and is ever near.” (34:50)
Friendship with Allah azzwajal means never being misunderstood for He hears the inner thoughts. In a world where people judge so harshly Allah azzawjal is the only One that looks deep within our hearts to see our intentions.
“He knows what you conceal and what you reveal: Allah knows well the secrets of all hearts.” (64:4)
Allah azzawjal is the “trustworthiest” Companion. He listens earnestly to our complaints and provides answers and eases our hearts.
“He listens to those who believe and do deeds of righteousness, and gives them increase of His Bounty.” (42:26)
When one turns to Allah azzawjal in sadness, anger or at times of disappointment one can avoid the sins of gossiping, yelling and wailing. Turing to Allah azzawjal when the heart is filled with joy is a manifestation of gratitude and appreciation. As dependence on Allah azzawjal increases one gains independence from His creation.
“And He found you in need, and made you independent.” (93:8)
This newfound independence liberates us from the shackles of society and from being a slave to a multitude of masters.
There is full confidentiality when sharing secrets and aspirations with Allah azzawjal. By putting all trust in Allah there is a feeling of protection.
“There is no god but He: and on Allah, therefore, let the believers put their trust.” (64:13)
Unlike the masses, Allah azzawjal will always keep His promises.
“Allah’s promise is true and whose word can be truer than Allah’s.” (4:122)
The unique friendship with Allah azzawjal is free of all the obstacles that usually exist in a relationship and is filled with endless benefits. May we all discover the hidden treasures of choosing Allah azzawjal first and foremost as our closest friend, amen.