Allah Does Not Make “Throw-Away” People

Sunrise over the Great Smoky Mountains, USA

Sunrise over the Great Smoky Mountains, USA

By Wael Abdelgawad |

Have you ever felt “thrown away”? Cast aside like trash that is no longer valued or wanted?

It’s not a good feeling, is it?

Sometimes we feel this way when we’ve been rejected by someone we love; or when we are relentlessly criticised by a spouse, parents, family or friends. We can also feel this way when it seems like we’re not living up to society’s expectations.

Feeling this way makes you doubt yourself, makes you wonder if you are a worthwhile human being, if you have anything meaningful to offer, if you are someone worthy of love and praise.

When you feel this way, you might begin to act this way. You stop valuing yourself, and you start behaving as if you are worthless, ugly, invisible, unredeemable. You do things that you know are bad for you, either because you no longer care, or you think no one else cares. Or maybe just to fulfill the negative labels that others have put on you.

I want to tell you something very important: Allah does not make “throw away” people. He does not create waste.

We humans do that. Increasingly in this modern society, we manufacture cheap items that are meant to be used once then thrown away. Disposable razors, diapers, soda bottles, packaging… hospital visitors are given disposable gowns and gloves… Our oceans are filling up with garbage. There is a floating plastic garbage patch in the Pacific that is the size of Texas. It is known as the Pacific Gyre and contains 3.5 million tons of trash.

We human beings do that. We create such waste.

Allah does not do that.

Look around at what Allah has created: the oceans, mountains, clouds and majestic trees; birds and animals from the eagle to the elephant; the stars, sun and moon; the four seasons, each with a special beauty; and a treasure-trove of amazing, healthy foods like olives, mangoes, almonds, oranges…

Allah says in the Quran, Surat Aal-Imran, 3:190-191:

“Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day are signs for those of understanding. Who remember Allah while standing or sitting or on their sides and give thought to the creation of the heavens and the earth, [saying], “Our Lord, You did not create this in vain; exalted are You [above such a thing]…”

Allah created nothing in vain. Nothing that He made is disposable or worthless. Every one of His creations is precious and has a profound purpose, from the smallest bacterium to the greatest nebula. Everything is beautiful. Including you.

Allah did not create you to be thrown away. You are not disposable. Whether or not you are ready to admit it, you have a profound purpose in this life. You are priceless, beautiful, unique, redeemable, and worthy of love. Because Allah made you that way.

We must begin valuing ourselves according to how Allah has valued us. Those people who would devalue us, they are not walking in our shoes, living our reality. They’re not responsible for our souls, and we are not responsible for theirs:

“No bearer of a burden can bear the burden of another.” (Quran 6:164; 17:15)

If others are not responsible for us, and cannot bear our burdens, then they have no right to value or devalue us. Allah has given us honor, therefore our honor is with Allah, not with the people. Allah has given us purpose, therefore our purpose is with Allah, not with the people.

Every person has a dignity and value that has been granted by Allah. It is inherent in our makeup and cannot be taken away by anyone. Every person is a gift. Every person is a miracle. Including you.

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Wael Abdelgawad is an Egyptian-American living in Fresno, California. He is the founder of several Islamic websites, including and, and also of various technology and travel websites. He is a writer and poet, and has been a web developer since 1997. This project,, is very dear to his heart, as it has allowed him to express ideas that have growing inside him for many years. Wael is divorced and has one lovely young daughter. He practices and teaches martial arts (somewhat obsessively), and loves Islamic books, science fiction, and vanilla fudge ice cream. Wael is an advocate for human rights and blogs about these issues at He is also a volunteer with the MyDeen Muslim youth organization in Fresno. Wael tagged this post with: , , , , , , Read 266 articles by
6 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Nurjeehan says:

    Brother Wael,

    May Allah bless you for your inspirational writings and it has helped me through difficult times. I’d like to seek your kind permission to share this article and I’ve included complete reference.

    Again, jazakallah khayran.

  2. Muhammad1982 says:

    Masha Allah, another good article bro. I guess these feelings of being worthless or useless are result of number of things and at different stages in life we feel for different reasons.
    For instance, a child upon receiving his/her result may have such a feeling when he couldn’t achieve the grades he/she or their parents expected. Here his or his parents expectations drove him to feel this way. He may have wanted to pursue medical but may be Allah (swt) knew that he may not achieve that or he is not suited for that field. So, their is a lesson in all that; may be further down the line that same child will become a lawyer, engineer or just an ordinary human being who have no degree but he still is helping so many people in so many ways which he never had imagined himself; he will feel the pride and if he looks back and implore on all that he will realise that it was for good.
    As being on the both sides several times in my life; I can tell you that only strong connection with Allah (swt) can save you from self- destruction and feelings of sinking driven from these feelings of worthless, useless etc etc.

    It brings home the point “I submit to Allah” or “Allah is enough for me”.

    Keep up the good work bro; keep shining in other people’s lives like guiding star and Allah will make your path easy, peaceful and full of blessings Insha Allah.


  3. friend says:


    Dear Wael,
    i am going through a bad patch just now. just needed to hear some encouragement and reassurance that Allah is with me . your article came at exactly the right time when i needed it the most.

    when ever you feel low think about all the goodness you are spreading, i felt as if someone knows exactly what iam going through.

    thank you very much. may Allah bless you. i have made special prayer for you.

    thank you.

  4. Leila Galoul, says:

    Thank you I needed this my husband wants to divorce over me being a bad Muslim. My heart is broken & he won’t even support me or talk to me. My tears are like a faucet I have tried everything. Now I am alone things like this help me wake up in the morning if only he would talk to me. I really want to be a good Muslim


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