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    How one teen remembered Allah and turned her life around

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    By: Maryam

    As most people do, I turned to Allah and Islam during the hard
    times of my life. It's a sad fact of life. When times are happy and
    life is good, no one feels obliged to turn towards his or her Deen
    (religion). It's all about living the moment.

    After I had turned towards Allah, I approached a friend in a very
    casual manner, trying to encourage her to also turn towards Islam.
    Her reply chilled my blood. "Right now, my life is good, I'm happy
    and I don't need any change."

    I thought to myself, better bite your tongue. I wanted to shake her
    and say, "Would you really want some tragic event to happen before
    waking up to Islam?" Obviously no one in his or her right mind
    would want to do so, but subconsciously, I feel everyone does.

    I was no exception to that. I was on the brink of depression, as a
    result of a series of events that happened. Now looking back at it,
    it wasn't much, but being a teenager who had lost her sense of
    identity and purpose in life, it was the monster of all crises.

    I had been separated from my best friends, snatched up away from my
    life and replaced in a place I had once
    called home. It was hard, and I was suffering. I used to find
    comfort, lying awake at night and staring at the stars, amazed at
    the fact that these were the same stars I stared at when I lived on
    the other side of the world.

    My family, Alhamdu lillah (All Praise be to Allah), had all changed
    towards Islam in the past years. No one forced me to wear Hijab,
    and I didn't simply because I thought I wasn't ready. They did,
    however, expect me to dress modestly and most importantly offer my
    daily prayers.

    My aunt used to take me to these classes held nearby, and I went
    when I could. I was in pain and I didn't quite understand why. And
    it happened so that the particular topic at that class I had attended was on why pain and suffering happens. The teacher said
    that we are put through hard times as a test, to see how we cope
    with it. To see if we will turn towards Siratul Mustaqeem
    (the Straight Path), or away from it.

    It was that day that I learned that every bit of pain we endure,
    both emotional and physical, alleviates us from our punishments in
    the hereafter. It was then that I started truly understanding the
    ways of Allah, how everything that happens has a purpose and that I
    was supposed to learn from that.

    It's been almost two and a half years since that period of my life.
    It took me a year and a half to actually start changing. I knew
    Islam, but I did not practice it the way a Muslim is supposed to. I
    thought I was happy, but deep down inside I knew that I was not.

    I was a hypocrite, and as much as I tried denying it, I could not.
    It sank in and I accepted it and prayed that I find the right way.
    My conscience was not dead, but I had muted it. Before, I used to
    get the urge to start Hijab, yet I used to fight it. I performed
    Umra and I prayed continuously that the next time my conscience
    spoke to me, I would not only listen to it, but I would amplify it
    so that I could not ignore it.

    Last Ramadan, late one night, Hijab got on my conscience and would
    not go away. I told myself that I was not ready, that there were
    many strings attached that I may not be able
    to fulfill, but with the right words from supportive friends I told
    myself that if I didn't start now, I would never start. And I
    believed that 200%. So I no longer had any excuse for not doing
    Hijab. So Alhamdu lillah, I finally put on my Hijab on December
    31st, 1999 at the age of 18, and have been wearing it ever since.

    After a month or so, I realized that Hijab was not as big a deal as
    I had thought. It was not difficult in the least. To this day there
    has never been a moment that I regretted Hijab, and for that I am
    so grateful, Alhamdu lillah. I immediately found many friends who
    also wear Hijab. These friends and my family were the greatest
    strength for my new found Iman (faith).

    I occupied myself with more Masjid-oriented activities and attended
    more classes to increase my knowledge of our religion. I am
    grateful that I put my foot down and decided to start Hijab
    then, because had I not, who knows how long it would have taken for
    me to start.
    How do I remember Allah and His magnificent ways?

    When I step outside and marvel at the beauty of nature. When I stop
    to play with a baby and see how perplexing, yet perfect, the
    precious cycle of life is. When I go out and people stop to say
    As-Salaam-Wa-Alaikum to me. When I study the Quran and the Hadith
    of our beautiful Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)
    and how perfectly and completely it incorporates our lives and
    faith. When I pass by my fellow sisters in Islam adorned proudly
    and confidently in their Hijabs. Everything reminds me of Allah,
    and I can feel my love for Him, our Prophet, and our religion grow
    by the day.

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    Re: How one teen remembered Allah and turned her life around

    salaam
    mashaallah nice story
    j/khayr
    How one teen remembered Allah and turned her life around

    رَبِّ ٱجۡعَلۡنِى مُقِيمَ ٱلصَّلَوٰةِ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتِى*ۚ رَبَّنَا وَتَقَبَّلۡ دُعَآءِ (٤٠) رَبَّنَا ٱغۡفِرۡ لِى وَلِوَٲلِدَىَّ وَلِلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ يَوۡمَ يَقُومُ ٱلۡحِسَابُ

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    Re: How one teen remembered Allah and turned her life around

    wow subhanallah ! jazakallah for sharing ! sounds like the life of maaaaaany ppl......

    may this inspire us all inshhallah ! ameeen !
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    Re: How one teen remembered Allah and turned her life around


    Jazak'Allah sis for such a beautiful story Mash'Allah.May Allah except our du'a and raise us amongst the 'iliyiin Insh'Allah Ameen.

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    Re: How one teen remembered Allah and turned her life around

    Inspiring story


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