By The Fig and The Olive

Assalamu-Alaikum

Bismillahi Ar Rahmani Ar Rahim

I’m a big fan of Yasmin Mogahed’s Facebook statuses (stati?). They always seem to give me a new understanding of something in my life, subhanAllah. May Allah reward her, Ameen. Here’s one of her status updates:

Don’t think of the trials in your life (‘balaa’) as just a ‘test’ in the human form. Allah is not like a professor who hands you a test, moves away and just watches from afar to see how you’ll do. Allah is our murabee–the One who raises us with more mercy than a mother raises a child. The Prophet (pbuh) tells us that when Allah wills good for someone, He sends them ‘balaa’ (trials or tests). When Allah wills good for us, He purifies us. That is why each person is tested in what they love most. In other words our greatest possible ‘competitor’ in our love…

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