One of the biggest issues facing Muslim Americans today is Islamophobia. All around us, Muslims are targeted simply for being Muslim, making it incredibly hard for the youth of our generation to practice their faith comfortably. Allah ﷻ tells us in the Quran, “وَلاَ تَهِنُوا وَلاَ تَحْزَنُوا وَأَنتُمُ الأَعْلَوْنَ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ” “And do not grieve and do not be sad, for you are the higher ones if you were believers.” How can we get Muslim youth to have strength in who they are, without needing to run away or hide?
A question often asked when times are tough. A question that occupies our time and our minds. A question that often confuses us, despite the simple answer. How can we understand the wisdom behind the actions of Allah ﷻ, His qadar, and His rules? How can we understand the wisdom behind facing hardships? How should we balance between submitting to Allah’s ﷻ decrees and exhausting our resources in pursuit of changing our tough reality?
The present storms in which Muslims currently go through, the types of temptation to which they are painfully exposed, and the unfavorable social trends closely growing around them have caused religion to become something strange so that those who adhere to it are likened to something weird. The Messenger ﷺ described our current time saying: “The one who holds onto his religion is like one who holds on to burning coal.” There is no doubt that Muslims today need the means of steadfastness standing for their Islamic principles and beliefs more than their predecessors among the salaf did, and that the effort required is greater because of the corruption of our time and the scarcity of help. How can we successfully weather the storm and stand firm for our principles and beliefs till the last moments of our life?