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A Stranger!

Bismillah.

When they make fun of you, laugh at your face
When following Allah’s commands is taken as a disgrace

When you feel like a stranger amidst a friendly crowd
When your heart aches to be away from what’s about

When for once, you want to put down the pretense
And tell them what you think, even if they take offence

When you know you have to be quiet only for Allah’s sake
Though you feel you just can’t bear it, you’re just ready to break

Then know you’re on the path that the Prophets tread on
The best people of this earth, they were Allah’s beloved ones

Think of Ibrahim, threatened by his own kin
Thrown into the fire, with no guilt or sin

Think of Nuh, carrying God’s Word for 950 years
Steadily carving his ship of refuge amid all the jeers

Think of Hud, scorned and rejected, openly by his own nation
Yet he placed his trust in He, Who has in His Hands forelocks of all creation

Think of Saalih, patiently showing proofs to clear every doubt
But they slaughtered the she-camel without shame of any amount

Think of Lut, stopping his people from committing the most heinous sin ever
He felt in need of support, it was more than he could endeavor

Think of Shu`aib, trying his best to teach people to be just
Telling them to place in only Allah their trust

Think of Musa, inviting the Pharaoh to Oneness of God
Pharaoh who himself claimed to be the greatest lord

Think of Yusuf, a lone child down the well
Later sent to jail, though no blame on him befell

Think of Muhammad, who endured more hardships than any other being
Abused, mocked, hurt, accused, still never thought of fleeing

So if among the people, you feel shivers and go cold
Loneliness overcomes you, you can’t take anymore

Remember you’re a stranger on this perishable land
Meant to go back to Him, Who is always close at hand

Stranger

May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon all His Prophets. Ameen.

Wassalam,
Hajrah.

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Why Are You So Different? (Hadith no. 167)

Salam,
Bismillah.

People do so and so, but you do it differently. Why?

I found the answer to this question in this Hadith..

Volume 1, Book 4, Number 167:

Narrated ‘Ubaid Ibn Juraij:

I asked ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar, “O Abu ‘Abdur-Rahman! I saw you doing four things which I never saw being done by anyone of you companions?” ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar said, “What are those, O Ibn Juraij?” I said, “I never saw you touching any corner of the Ka’ba except these (two) facing south (Yemen) and I saw you wearing shoes made of tanned leather and dyeing your hair with Hinna; (a kind of dye). I also noticed that whenever you were in Mecca, the people assume lhram on seeing the new moon crescent (1st of Dhul-Hijja) while you did not assume the Ihlal (Ihram)–(Ihram is also called Ihlal which means ‘Loud calling’ because a Muhrim has to recite Talbiya aloud when assuming the state of Ihram)–till the 8th of Dhul-Hijja (Day of Tarwiya). ‘Abdullah replied, “Regarding the corners of Ka’ba, I never saw Allah’s Apostle touching except those facing south (Yemen) and regarding the tanned leather shoes, no doubt I saw Allah’s Apostle wearing non-hairy shoes and he used to perform ablution while wearing the shoes (i.e. wash his feet and then put on the shoes). So I love to wear similar shoes. And about the dyeing of hair with Hinna; no doubt I saw Allah’s Apostle dyeing his hair with it and that is why I like to dye (my hair with it). Regarding Ihlal, I did not see Allah’s Apostle assuming Ihlal till he set out for Hajj (on the 8th of Dhul-Hijja).”

We do it differently because we follow the Prophet (SAW). The reason we stand out from the crowd is that the crowd does not follow the Prophet (SAW).

Wassalam.

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