I just thought I should share this. It made my imân stronger - alhamdulillah.
When I usually go to the mosque, I abstain from telling my father - whom I live with - because he isn't to keen on letting me off. So I simply say I'm going out or to a friend (which I am).
So one day right before 'Asr, I put my keys in the corner so they wouldn't bother me. And I forgot to take them with me. When I rememberd, I went back and was expecting to find them. What happened? They were gone. I asked someone to help me look but they were nowhere in sight. I paniced. The key for a bicycle I had borrowed was there along with my homekey. My dad would be furious if he found out that I've lost em. Maybe he'd not even let med go to the mosque anymore. So I did what every rational person would do. I made du'aa. I had heard - from a lecture by Yasir Qadhi (Du'aa the weapon of the believer that's available on www.islamaudio.com
) - that a du'aa from a desperate person, sincere in his asking for help from Allah, most likely will be answered even if it is a kaafir whose sustenance is haram. You should also - when desperate - raise your hands far away from each other. I was really desperate, but knew that my du'aa would be answered because of what I heard from the lecture.
What happened? I went to two brothers and asked them if they'd seen my keys and one of them had accidentaly taken em. Alhamdulillah rabbil 'alamin.
The thing is that the brother that helped me look had already asked them and they said no. And they were the only one that stayed in the mosque (except for the brother that helped me look, he lives in the mosque). Everyone else had gone home.
Another thing that happened is that I was getting ready to ride my bike to the mosque. When I was about to go, I saw that my father had taken the bike. I thought to myself; "well, I still might make it. I'll just go."
And you all probably know about the fact that if someone tries to please Allah, Allah will make things easy for him. So what happened? I started walking and my father was just coming home. So I took the bike and went to the mosque. Alhamdulillah.
I had also, prior to that, asked Allah to make things easy for me.
THese things maybe don't seem big. But they are signs reminding us of the existence of our Creator - may He be exalted.