By Imam Abdullah El-Amin, TMO
â€œâ€¦By the soul, and the proportion and order given to it; and its inspiration as to its wrong and its right. Truly he succeeds that purifies it. And he fails that corrupts itâ€¦â€
Holy Qurâ€™an 91:7-10
You must be either going forward or backwardâ€¦but donâ€™t just stand there. You are going forward when you choose to purify your own heart. Purifying your heart canâ€™t be a neutral action. You must actually DO something to purify it. And you must do something to corrupt it. You will succeed if you purify itâ€¦you will fail if you corrupt it. But the thought process must be either positive or negative. Simple!
Whatever you want out of life, your faith in ALLAH gets it for you. The only criterion is you must expect the best to materialize. You must expect, look for, and accept a miracle when it comes to you. ALLAH can bless you and you can be afraid to accept. We sometimes have a fear of success because it will put more responsibility on us.
There are other people are in a dire situation and actually donâ€™t expect a positive change to happen. They feel they will only get worse. They say, â€œAfter all, isnâ€™t that the way itâ€™s always been?â€
But if you expect the same no-good existence, thatâ€™s exactly what you will get. If you are planning to be a recipient of sadaqa funds next Eid ul Fitr, you will probably be the first in line to receive it. But suppose you saw yourself having enough money to make a large donation for the poor. It would be an entirely different situation. Your lifestyle would change. Your finances would also have to improve because your donation would only be a small part of the total finances you have. Simple, isnâ€™t it? And donâ€™t forget to factor in the law of return ALLAH has made. One grain of corn can produce seven ears, and each ear producing a hundred more grains. And it goes on and on.
Our brains work by repetition. Whatever it allows to enter its confines will affect and insure its future course. Thatâ€™s why you should expect the best. Thatâ€™s why you should always think positive. Look to the high point of the mountain and you are assured of reaching it. ALLAHâ€™S favor is forever. Expect His goodness to first be on you and then permeate throughout the society.
I know a fellow who has a mind brilliant enough to see lotâ€™s of potential problems way ahead of the problems materializing He always says â€œthis might happen if we do this, or â€œthereâ€™s a possibility that someone may want to stop it.â€ Itâ€™s good to have that kind of foresight. The problem is he lets that knowledge prevent him from making a move. He sits there because something might happen. So a potential enemy wins without any effort â€“ just a persona has succeeded in impeding his progress.
People often ask me â€œwhat keeps me going? The answer? I expect the good. I expect people to like me. Not because Iâ€™m such a dynamic individual and irresistible person. Also, itâ€™s not because Iâ€™m without a whole lot of faults. I expect people to like me because I donâ€™t go out of my way to harm anyone. To the contrary, those who know me know Iâ€™ll go out of my way to help if I can. So if someone just arbitrarily hates me, I feel something is wrong with them.
There is hope from ALLAH for all of us. Blessings are imminent for those who serve Him with gratitude. But first you must get your life in order. Think positive. Think the best â€“ and it will happen.
As Salaam alaikum
(Al Hajj) Imam Abdullah El-Amin