With Hardship comes EaseĀ 

Verily with hardship there is ease
Quran (94:5)

You know we’re always taught this ayah, with hardship comes ease. But the way we’re taught how to understand is always that if you have a difficulty in your life then after it will come a time of ease. But recently I’ve come to understand this in a very different way. 


It says with hardship comes ease not after hardship comes ease, so surely that means even in times of difficulty there is still blessings in your life? This is how the dunya was created right? Not all bad but not all good. We have a bit of both together. Not as people normally interpret it as you will have something bad in your life then something good then something bad and so on.
So even when you are going through something difficult and painful we will still have good things in our life. That’s the nature of the dunya. It is only in the aakhirah where we will have either all good (Jannah) or all bad (hellfire). 
But we are always quick to focus on what is bad in my life, even I am guilty of this, rather than seeing the good. When something bad happens to us we feel as if there is nothing good left in our life. But this is completely wrong, Allah always send blessings, from us being able to breathe, see, hear to our family and friends to our ability to work and study to achieve so many things. If even one of these things are taken away from us, even temporarily, we feel as though every single one of these things have been taken away. 
But what if we remembered that Allah has infinite wisdom and He knows exactly what is best for us, better than we could ever know? It’s difficult for us to do that, I know, I struggle with it too. When we work hard for something and suddenly it’s taken away from us. But over the years I’ve learnt that this “bad” thing always turns out for the best. I can look back through my life and see the wisdom in it now but I couldn’t then. Even at that time when you’re struggling that is the most important time to remember all the blessings in your life. We have to show gratitude in the most difficult times and trust me it really does make things easier to handle. Saying alhamdulillah for everything in your life from being able to wake up, to your food, to your health, everything. Even if you have to spend 5 minutes a day writing down things you are grateful for, it really helps. 
And most importantly, remember that this life is temporary and if we are patient during the difficulty then Allah will reward us with the ultimate ease, Jannah. And who doesn’t want that?


Al Mustafa – The Chosen One part2

Attending a course while easy for the majority of us can be so difficult for others. One group of people who are barely given any opportunity to attend such courses are people with hearing difficulties. So Al Kauthar teamed up with an organisation called Al Isharah to provide an opportunity for those with hearing difficulties to attend. There was an interpreter there for them so that they could also learn and study like we can. 

And while I was sitting in the class and watching the interpreter I have never been more thankful for the blessings I have. To be able to hear clearly so I can attend whatever class I want. Not only that but I can attend jumuah wherever I live, watch Islamic classes online without difficulty, listen to the adhaan, things we often take for granted. For them it is completely different, there were students from all over the country who attended because they had the interpreter facilities. I hope these facilities are able to spread and increase as I could see just how much they want and need it.
One of the things that was just amazing was that we also were taught how to sign Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him. This was such a unique experience and it’s just so amazing to know as its one way to connect with my brothers and sisters who have difficulty hearing. We are connected through sending blessings upon our prophet, while attending a course about the Prophet (saw) no less! Just how amazing is that! SubhanAllah.