Feb 14, 2012

3 Steps To Rise Up To A Challenge

by Nasmira Firdous


It is no secret that women play the most dynamic roles in today’s world. From being a super cook to getting the kids ready and making sure everything is completed on time, it’s a task many would envy but women accomplish with clear precision. If you are a working mother, work pressure can force you to bite off more than what you can chew. Personal lives, on the other hand, come with surprising demands. At crossroads like these, we find it difficult to rise up to meet a deadline or a challenge.

Sometimes these challenges repeat themselves on the same day, making us go from a smile to a frown in a matter of minutes. So how do we rise up to these challenges that are thrown at us everyday?

Stop! Realize three things:

i) This challenge is not going to last forever.

For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease” [1]

ii) This was a test from Allah subhaana wa ta'aala and He wants to see how patient you are.

And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient,” [2]

iii) Its time to refill your eeman battery and rise up to the challenge

Once you have acknowledged and accepted the aforementioned points, you are one-step closer to overcoming the challenge inshaAllah. Next, follow the three steps listed below:

1. Make the right intention:

The key here is to begin solving your challenge by making the right intention. Your intention should be to solve that particular work for the sake of Allah subhaana wa ta'aala, in order to please Him alone. By doing so, you are indirectly pleasing the person who entrusted you with the work.

2. Speak to Allah (subhaana wa ta'aala):

Secondly, try speaking to Allah subhaana wa ta'aala. Sound’s weird? If you are wondering how you could speak to Allah subhaana wa ta'aala and get a solution, when you cant even see Him, isn’t it time you stopped over to think about your eeman levels. Doesn’t Allah subhaana wa ta'aala say He is the All Hearing and All Seeing. Yes, He listens to you and He wants His slaves to spend time asking from Him.

So remember Me, I will remember you...” [3]

The next time you feel low, speak to Allah subhaana wa ta'aala and your strong intuition will automatically tell you what needs to be done to get out of the mess, because it is Allah subhaana wa ta'aala talking back to you. The amount of tranquility that would fill your hearts in times of distress when you speak to Allah subhaana wa ta'aala needs to be experienced in order to be understood.

You would be surprised to see how easily things fall in place, helping you cope with the situation in a much better way. However, the trick here is to speak to Allah subhaana wa ta'aala constantly. This way you would never feel low or lonely because you have Al Wadud (The Loving) who is lending an ear to your woes. Additionally, your mind and heart will be doing dhikr unconsciously.

3. Get started!

Get up, do wudhu, pray two quick rakats and get started with bismillah!

There is a reason why our Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said “Oh Bilal, give us rest with it (adhaan)”. [4]

Prayer was an immediate tonic for our Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam at any time of distress. So, utilize this tonic wisely and excessively.

However, just because you prayed doesn’t mean Allah subhaana wa ta'aala will feed you with a silver spoon. You must work hard to pull things off. Draw up a quick plan, and work towards achieving it, one step at a time. This should be coupled with strong reliance on Allah subhaana wa ta'aala and you will experience the fruits of true success inshaAllah!

1. Glorious Quran, 94:5
2. Glorious Quran, 2:155
3. Glorious Quran, 2:152
4. Abu Dawud (Book number 41, hadeeth #4968)


Subhanallah! The need of the hour for me! Jazakallahu Khair for the wonderful tips!! :)

alhamdulilah, I am already in this path, and really it is amazing, how much Allah subhanallah hears,us. 

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