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…. Lighten up…. ‫ﺑﺴﻢ ﷲ اﻟﺮﺣﻤﻦ اﻟﺮﺣﯿﻢ‬

In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate Each and everyone of us have problems--all kinds, lots, little, minor, severe, unimaginable ones--people slandering you, backbiting you, envying you, people don't care about you, your wife/husband is upset with you, in-laws putting their hands in your marriage, you lost your job, divorce, ex fighting with you, custody battles, sickness, death of loved ones, and the list goes on. They come like waves--one leaves, the other one comes and sometimes they overlap. Sometimes you felt like you were going to break--it was the end of the world--and you almost break but thank Allah you are still here reading this page. So it wasn't so bad after all. The difference between us is how we see our problems? and how we react to them?. If you see Allah behind these problems, just as you can see Allah's hands in the creation, then these are not really problems. They are creation of Allah and He is giving them to you so you know Him. He is inviting you to go to Him to raise you higher. This is a huge honor! Why wouldn't you want to accept the invitation and go to the King of the Kings and know Him? So when problems come to you, recognize this is a gift for you, quickly lift yourself up and go to Him. Say thank Allah and ask for forgiveness-"And of His signs is the creation of the heavens and earth and the crawling things He has scattered abroad in them; and He is able to gather them whenever He will. Whatever affliction may visit you is for what you own hands have earned; and He pardons much. You are not able to frustrate Him in the earth; and, apart from God, you have neither protector nor helper." (42:29-31) Remember, Allah burdens no soul any more than it can stand. So lighten up! "Allah does not impose on any self any more than it can stand. For it is what it has earned; against it, what it has merited. Our Lord, do not take us to task if we forget or make a mistake! Our Lord, do not place on us a load like the one You placed on those before us! Our Lord, do not place on us a load we have not the strength to bear! And pardon us; and forgive us; and have mercy on us. You are our Protector, so help us against those who stand against faith." (2:286)

May Allah draw us nearer to Him and make us among the patient.

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