Tips for Facing Difficult Times

Here is a speech I have delivered this past Friday. I think it is useful for us to listen to especially at this time

Facing Difficult Times Speech

I wrote an article about it here are well

Third Law of Victory – One day = a 1000 years

Ridiculing the Prophet (pbuh), people from Mecca came to him asking him to expedite Allah’s punishment. They even said, addressing Allah, “If that [which Muhammad is telling us] is the truth from you, send on us stones from the sky or bring us a sever atonement.” They said so while mocking the prophet (pbuh), harming him, and torturing and killing those who believed on him.

It wasn’t an easy situation. The oppressors were strong. They were so evil. The people of the truth were weak and oppressed. Khabbab Ibn Al-Aratt, one of the great companions of the prophet, suffering tremendous torture,* met the prophet in the city at night. Out of pain, he complained to the prophet about the huge suffering they are going through. “O Messenger of Allah, shouldn’t you ask Allah  for support? Shouldn’t you supplicate for us?

The truth was apparent: the prophet and his companions on one side and his enemies and oppressors on the other; that is a clear truth and a clear falsehood. However, both sides are calling for the same thing, expediting Allah’s intervention. The believers are asking the prophet, “Shouldn’t you call for Allah’s support? Shouldn’t you supplicate that Allah removes this suffering?” The oppressors are asking the same thing, out of mockery and ridiculing. It is the same question again: “When is the victory of Allah?!

The Messenger (phuh) answers Khabbab stating a very important law by which Allah’s victory comes.

O Khabbab, many of the people before you were tortured. They would be split by a saw into two halves and will be combed by combs of iron to split between the bones and the flesh. This never turned them away from their faith. I swear by Allah that He will finish this matter [by granting victory to His message] to the extent that people will travel from San’aa to Hadramawt [across the whole Arab peninsula that is] fearing nothing but Allah, and the wolf for their sheep. Yet, you are hasty.

Allah answers those mocking enemies by telling his Messenger and all of us about this very important law, that which I called the Third Law of Victory:

They ask you to hasten the punishment. Allah shall most certainly not fail His promise; but a day with your Lord is as a thousand years of your reckoning

The truth is going to prevail. The support will come. The falsehood will be defeated. The oppressors will be brought to justice. However, these things do not happen over night. Allah has a wisdom of giving things its due time. Noah had to spend 950 calling his people and suffering the mockery and the disbelief before Allah granted him victory. The people of the cave had slept for over 300 years before they woke up to find the city once ruled by their oppressors a city of believers.

According to this Law, victory will come, perhaps not in our life time; but it will come. It will come at the time Allah planned, for, one day with Allah is as a thousand year of our reckoning.

Read more about this series: The Law of VictoryThe First Law of Victory, and The Second Law of Victory

* Years later, when Omar Ibn Al-Khattab asked Khabbab to mention some of the suffering, he showed them his back and none of the people present were able to look at it and asked him to cover it. May Allah be please with them all.

Bilal Ibn Rabah – a symbol of … well, many things

This is a short talk I gave during the party of baby Bilal, the newly born baby of my friends. They named him after Bilal Ibn Rabah, the Abyssinian companion of the Prophet (pbuh). Bilal, although not as famous as other companions, was an icon of many values that all of us need to learn about and learn FROM!

When you have time, listen and learn, not from me but from Bilal (may Allah be pleased with him)






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Illusional Fear

“إِنَّمَا ذَلِكُمْ الشَّيْطَان يُخَوِّف أَوْلِيَاءَهُ”

This part of a verse [3:175] came down as a conclusion to an incident that happened at the time of Muhammad (pbuh) right after the battle of Uhud ( you can read more about the incident here). But in summary the Meccan invaders wanted to come back and finish their job by killing Muhammad and all the Muslims and hence get rid of Islam once and forever. The Prophet (pbuh) went out with his companions to stop them, although tired and injured from the battle of Uhud. The Meccan leader sent a few people to them to threaten them saying that the Meccans came to you with a huge army and weapons. Their response was “Allah will suffice us and he is the best to rely on.” They insisted to defend themselves, their city, their prophet, and their religion. The result was interesting. NOTHING happened to them. The invaders were afraid to attack them and they went back to Mecca.

Among the verses that came to describe and comment on the incident was this very important conclusion: fear is just what the Devil tries to instill in truthful people’s heart so they won’t be able to stand for the truth. The evil and its people are just the followers of the Devil who deliberately want to convince everyone that his followers are strong and impossible to overcome.

Growing up in Egypt under the oppressive regime of Mubarak where a lot of fear was put in our hearts. The regime used every possible way to convince us that it is impossible to overcome. We used to hear about the number of police soldiers (1.5 million soldiers), the torture that takes place in prisons, the misery that you will be subject to if you dare to oppose, and the intelligence that knows every ant that walks on the soil of Egypt. When a few dozens go down to demonstrate, hundreds of armed soldiers go down to “show off,” and it won’t hurt to injure one or two, kill one of two, or arrest a few.  Fear was there. Many claimed courage but many more were afraid. Media played a big role to convince us of this fear. Terms such as “go behind the sun,” make parents feel that if their kids become active, they will disappear. “Behind the sun” is where activists are taken to their unknown fate. Movies played a big role. Even schools and families taught us that people should “walk next to the wall” as opposed to the middle of the streets. I was wondering why people of the past such as Pharaoh and other tyrant kings used sorcery with people. It was for the very same reason, instill fear in the hearts.

After what I saw happening the Middle East, I realized that this was all illusion. This huge army of police soldiers was very fragile. These weapons failed to stop the people. Those police monsters turned into rats in front of the revolts. It was a completely fake image those oppressors wanted us to believe. It is us who believed it under the pressure and the whispering of the Devil, who wanted us to fear his followers. It happened in the past and it is happening to us and will happen in the future. The Devil will always try to instill fear in our hearts so we won’t be able to stand for the truth and struggle to bring justice.

It looks like fear is an illusion and it is something within us not external. Courage is also a quality of our hearts not anyone else’s. The most important point I would like to make writing this post is how we can drive this fear away and replace it with courage that will enable us to overcome the toughest oppression (or what we believe toughest). Here are a few points that I learned from the few verses I am referring to, a couple of other verses, and of course the real demonstration by the revolutions happening the Middle East.

  • Fill your heart with one kind of fear; that is the fear of Allah. Allah said, “It is the devil that makes you fear his followers; do not fear them and fear Me if you are believers.” Those who fear Allah will fear no one else.
  • “Isn’t Allah sufficient?” is a rhetorical question that Allah is asking His Messenger; “Isn’t Allah sufficient for his servant? And they make you afraid from those other than Him …” Those who rely on Allah will have no fear. Recalling the story above; when Muhammad and his companions were approached by this wave of scaring, they said, (hasbuna Allah wa ne’ma alwakeel,) “For us Allah suffices and He is the best to rely on.” This very sentence is what was said by Abraham when he was thrown in fire and Allah saved him.
  • Stay away from sins. When you sin you make yourself susceptible to these illusions of the Devil. In the battle of Uhud when many of the prophet’s companions run away from the battle field, Allah makes a comment about them saying “Those who run away when the two crowds met are deceived by the Devil using some of what they possessed …” The Devil probably told them (making it up myself) “You? You defend the Prophet? You defend Islam? You are not worth it. Remember the many mistakes you have made? What if you die now? Are you ready to meet Allah? Run! Run before it is too late!” And you run …
  • What are you afraid of? What is the worst thing that can happen to you? Death! We are all afraid of death. But think about your life. Are you living an honorable life, a life that pleases Allah. Those revolts who went down to the streets of Egypt thought that it is important for them to change this oppression even if the price is to lose their lives. Those heroes in Libya valued freedom over a humiliating life. An honorable life is what one should be looking for. As Muslims, we know that this life is just a very short period anyway and the real life is what comes after. One will die anyway after a few years; isn’t it worth dying for a cause like this? When the sorcerers that Pharaoh had brought to defeat Moses believed in Moses, he threatened them with torture and death. They responded “Finish what you want to finish; you only finish this life …
  • Be next to people of courage. I have attended lectures about courage. I have read a lot about it. I have been always wanting to be courageous. I never felt courageous more than I am when I saw videos of these revolts standing firm in front of an army of police soldiers with sticks, guns, tanks, and tear gas rifles. I did not feel more courageous than I am when I saw the Egyptian man challenging a tank with his bear body. I did not feel courageous more than I am when I saw those heroes carrying one another when they get injured, go for a little treatment, and come back to defend their demonstration from the barbaric attacks of the regime. We need to live next to people who show courage. I recall a word by Ali Ibn Abi Taleb when he said, when the battle becomes tough, we take shield by the Prophet (pbuh). I recall the description when the whole army is running away and the Prophet and a few of his companions are running towards the countless enemy saying “I am the Messenger of Allah; come join me o servants of Allah!”
  • Always remember! It is the devil who makes you fear his followers, do not fear them and fear Allah if you are a believer … These are not worthy to fear them. They are weak. You are strong. It is just an illusion.

I am sure there are many tips to defeat this illusional fear, these are some, share yours and do not be afraid! It is just the devil that makes you fear his followers, do not fear them and fear Allah ….


A brilliant sentence – “Leave it, it is ordered!”

Every time I read stories about the Prophet especially those stories in important moments of his history, peace be upon him, I get impressed. I get impressed from the brilliance of his moves, the guided steps of his action, and the continuous support that Allah, ta’ala, give him.

Here is one of those brilliant moments.

The short story

The prophet arrives at Medina. Everyone is excited. Every one is happy. Muslims and non-Muslims are out. Continue reading