Things are difficult and you face challenges, but don’t think you’re alone.
Ibrahim’s (Abraham) father was cruel to him.
Asiya’s husband (Pharaoh) was terrible.
Musa (Moses) had a stutter/speech impediment.
Yusuf’s (Joseph) brothers tried to get rid of him violently.
Maryam’s (Mary) honor was questioned by those around her.
Ayyub (Job) had difficult health problems.
Muhammad was an orphan.
You’re in good company.
"So often we teach fear, because we think that immorality stems from a lack thereof. This can be true. But I believe there is a more hidden and counter-intuitive cause of immorality: despair and hopelessness.
Often what holds us down isn’t the idea that I can do whatever I want—but the opposite. Often, it’s the idea that I *can’t* do any better, that I don’t deserve any better. Often, it’s the idea that I could *never* be better. This is the silent killer that we ironically plant in the hearts of our children every time we teach them that unless they’re perfect, they’re worthless. This is the self-sabotaging monster that we feed every time we absorb the illusion of the super human icon of piety.
Righteousness is not for the superhero. It’s for the beggar. For the humble. For the slave. It’s for the one who knows his desperate need for God. The one who sees his own imperfection—so clearly—and yet never stops getting up. And trying again. The one who never stops hoping. Never despairs. The one who knows that no amount of human weakness is ever greater than His mercy.”
قَالَ إِنَّمَا أَشْكُو بَثِّي وَحُزْنِي إِلَى اللَّهِ وَأَعْلَمُ مِنَ اللَّهِ مَا لَا تَعْلَمُونَ
Qala innama ashkoo baththee wahuzneeila Allahi waaAAlamu mina Allahi ma lataAAlamoon
He said, "I only complain of my suffering and my grief to Allah, and I know from Allah that which you do not know.
- Qur’an 12:86, Surat Yūsuf (Joseph) - سورة يوسف
Allah’s Apostle said,
'The example of a believer is that of a fresh tender plant; from whatever direction the wind comes, it bends it, but when the wind becomes quiet, it becomes straight again. Similarly, a believer is afflicted with calamities (but he remains patient till Allah removes his difficulties).’
- Ibn Taymiyyah (via thepathofabeliever)