Saturday, October 01, 2005


Life on this earth is a period of trials and challenges. Physical life is only temporary; the spiritual life continues beyond the physical realm.

Hope =
having anticipation, belief, desire, expectancy, light at the end of the tunnel; aspiring toward something; looking forward to something; being optimistic, assured, reassuring, confident.

Hope is usually described with metaphors of light, such as a ray of hope, a glimmer of hope, light at the end of a long dark tunnel, a beam of sunshine through the stormy clouds, a silver lining in a cloud.
Allah's Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said,
"Verily Allah created mercy. The day He created it, He made it into 100 parts. He withheld with Him 99 parts, and sent its 1 part to all His creatures. Had the non-believer known of all the mercy which is in the hands of Allah, he would not lose hope of entering Paradise, and had the believer known of all the punishment which is present with Allah, he would not consider himself safe from the Hell-Fire."
(Al-Bukhari, hadith 8.476; narrated by Abu Hurayrah [may Allah be pleased with him])
When all hope is lost, then all energy also dissipates. All problems seem bigger than they are when we wear the spectacles of despair (making mountains out of molehills). All problems seem much smaller than they are when we wear the spectacles of hope. Our life in this world is temporary. We need to sow the seeds that will reap the rewards in the Hereafter. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is a champion of hope. He never faltered or wavered in his mission to establish the Law of Allah Most High on earth. Despite difficulties, hardships, perseverance, and loss of loved ones, he never fell into despair and gloom. He always maintained his hope and he always placed his trust in Allah Most High. He continually strove against all odds when lesser men would have easily given up, and it was through his fortitude, patience, perseverance, and unshakeable belief that victory came to him. May Allah Most High guide us to the straight path and fill our lives with peace, contentment, bliss and hope.

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sara said...