Quranic Reflection Series: The Struggle Is Real
Written by: Abeeda
Surah al-Ma’idah, verse 104
وَإِذَا قِيلَ لَهُمْ تَعَالَوْا إِلَىٰ مَا أَنزَلَ اللَّهُ وَإِلَى الرَّسُولِ قَالُوا حَسْبُنَا مَا وَجَدْنَا عَلَيْهِ آبَاءَنَا ۚ أَوَلَوْ كَانَ آبَاؤُهُمْ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ شَيْئًا وَلَا يَهْتَدُونَ
“And when it is said to them, “Come to what Allah has revealed and to the Messenger,” they say, “Sufficient for us is that upon which we found our fathers.” Even though their fathers knew nothing, nor were they guided?”
There many difficulties to endure when you enter upon the path of seeking knowledge, and nearness to Allah.
The hardest of those difficulties is the impact that it can have on the relationships with the ones closest to us.
Some of us will abandon the faith of our parents in order to embrace Islam, and in doing so, risk losing the love, comfort, and support of our most beloved of companions in this life.
Some of us will find ourselves on different paths to that of our families; both upon Islam, but both in very different camps. The anxiety and sadness it can cause, becomes unbearable.
Some of us will find that our closest and oldest companions’ will distance themselves from us, because they don’t understand this “change” that we have “adopted.”
No matter the nature of your personal struggle on the path to Allah – do not let it stop you from persevering, each and every minute of your life. The strife that you endure to be true in your love for Allah will bear the sweetest fruits for you to reap in your hereafter In’shaa’Allah.
Never give up. Pray that your heart always remains firm on the truth.