You Matter

Man surrounded by sun rays

You matter, as much as the sun and the sea. I know that may seem hard to believe sometimes. It may feel like you are walking through this world without leaving a mark; like no one sees who you truly are; like your existence has no greater significance, no purpose except survival, work, and getting by.

That’s not the case. The truth is that you are important and special, even if it’s not apparent to you. I remember one time years ago when I was in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended the mosque in Santa Clara for Jum’ah. After salat, a man approached me. He was a handsome young Indian or Pakistani man in his twenties, professional looking, perhaps a software engineer or doctor. He asked if my name was Wael, and I said yes. He told me that I had been his counselor at the Muslim Youth Camp almost twenty years before, when he was a kid and I was a teenager. He said that I had changed his life, and that he still remembered the things I had taught him. All the years since then – when I sometimes felt sorry for myself and wondered if I had accomplished anything in life – I had no idea that I had changed the life of one young man. I wonder, if I had that effect on him, did I affect others as well?

Is it possible that you and I are living our lives, doing the things we do, and not realizing what wide ripples we are sending out into the world?

In September 2012 I attended a martial arts seminar in Newport Beach, California. During the first day of training I injured my shoulder. I went to an empty room next door and lay on the floor, in terrible pain. A woman who was attending the seminar saw me. She brought me an ice pack, then checked on me repeatedly over the course of the day. I did not even know her name. But when I think of that seminar, what I remember is that woman’s kindness. Her compassion – which was perhaps a small thing to her – made my injury bearable.

I have no doubt that you too have changed someone’s life, or helped someone through a time of pain. I know that there is someone out there who looks up to you. Someone you have inspired. Someone who needs your friendship. Someone you have saved without realizing it. And someone you will save in the future, Insha’Allah.

You Matter to Allah

You are important to Allah Ta’aala (God). Consider that:

  1. Allah created you to be His khalifa (representative) on the earth.
  2. Allah created you with the best of forms.
  3. Allah created an ideal environment for you to grow. The earth is just the right distance from the sun. It has an ideal mixture of oxygen and nitrogen in the air. It is beautifully laid out with forests, oceans full of fish, mountains, grass and sky.
  4. Allah provides your daily needs. Every bite of food you put in your mouth, and every breath you take, comes from Him.
  5. Allah sent you Prophets and a Book so you would not be spiritually lost.
  6. Allah is closer to you than your jugular vein. That is not a warning from Allah, it is an expression of love and care. Who do you want to be close to? You want to be close to those you love.
  7. We might think that we are far down the list on those of whom Allah loves. But Allah is all-powerful, and needs nothing from human beings. He doesn’t need the favor of the mighty, or the wealth of the rich. He only desires our gratitude and ‘ibadah. The kings of the world, and the young, strong, famous, and educated – they have no advantage over you when it comes to Allah’s favor. To Allah, you are as important as any other person.

Would Allah have done all of this if you were not important to Him? If you did not matter?

Your journey in this life lies before you like a path through a beautiful valley. You have places to go, and things to do. Allah caused you to be born at this moment in the history of the world, as the person you are, for a reason. Your purpose is unfolding before you day by day. Your life has important meaning. Your victories, your injuries and illnesses, the losses and heartbreaks you suffer, have meaning.

Have faith in Allah’s plan for you. If you’re going through something difficult, then know that Allah will not abandon you. Things will get better, Insha’Allah. You will not be stuck in this moment forever. Take a breath, say a dua’, and be peaceful within yourself.

Have Faith

I know you have talents and gifts Alhamdulillah. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else, because everyone is unique. Use your own special talents in Allah’s cause, to make a better life for yourself and your family, and to make the world a better place.

Let go of self-recrimination. The past is not a curse, it’s a gift. It teaches you and makes you wise. If you’ve been through hardship and survived, that’s a blessing! It means you are strong and capable, and Allah is preparing you for something important.

Have faith in your own heart. Believe in Allah, in our noble Messenger Muhammad (sws), in the Ummah, and in the future. Whatever pain we suffer in this life is not in vain. We may cry and groan, but Allah sees our suffering and will compensate us more than we can imagine, as long as we are patient and keep faith. Allah the Most High has a plan for us, and He is the best of planners.

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Article by Wael

Wael Abdelgawad is an Egyptian-American living in Fresno, California. He is the founder of several Islamic websites, including Zawaj.com and IslamicAnswers.com, and also of various technology and travel websites. He is a writer and poet, and has been a web developer since 1997. This project, IslamicSunrays.com, 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 AbolishTorture.com. He is also a volunteer with the MyDeen Muslim youth organization in Fresno. Wael tagged this post with: , , , , Read 259 articles by
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  1. cheerful says:

    Asalam Alaikum ,

    As u said things will get better,you will not struck in a moment forever.but people says that what is written in your destiny you will get that only.I am divorced so even if i prey if marriage is not written in my destiny i will not get married.please enlighten me.

    • Wael says:

      As-salamu alaykum cheerful. I cannot say whether you will get married or not. But Allah says in the Quran, “Inna ma-al ‘usri yusraa.” With every difficulty comes ease. And the scholars of tafseer have pointed out that ‘usri (difficulty) is singular, while yusraa (ease) is the dual form. That means that for every difficulty, you get double ease. So it is the promise of Allah that things will get better. What form that will take, only Allah knows.

  2. Minza says:

    Asalamu Alaikum
    amazing article no doubt. Ur articles r always inspiring and unique. The best part, u share ur own expericance which makes ur article better n different from other..
    GOD BLESS YOU AND EVERYONE. I hope ur daughter salma is doing great.. MashaAllah beautiful child 🙂

  3. kaleem says:

    I so agree with you on everything. Unfortunately, accomplishment in the world we are living in equates to having a car, house, degree, successful career, lots of money and list goes on and that is what we and others judge us on but not Allah. HE doesn’t need our money, whether we are poor/rich, short/tall, educated/illiterate, have a car or not etc etc but all HE cares is we follow his path and try to help others around us.

    It’s a strange state of affairs but we are the ones who Allah (swt) loves the most, even though we may be seen or treated as odd ones but still we should say Alhamdullilah because our Creator is happy and we are working toward something way too bigger than this worldly life:).

    Muhammad Kaleem

  4. Shafat Mostofa Rahim says:

    Thank you, brother Wael, for this inspirational post. I suffer from depression and this article gave me some hope in my life. May Allah reward you greatly!

  5. Khala says:

    Asalaamalaikum Brother Wael,

    I’m writing to thank you WHOLE HEARTEDLY for this lovely post. You mentioned earlier in the post that a former student of yours thanked you for changing his life when you were his counselor. I feel that you helped me, a stranger, so much, and perhaps even changed my life, by writing this post. I was feeling very low and hopeless this morning and decided to look up “islam and hopefulness” online – your page was one of the first to come up. May Allah (swt) bless you and your family and keep you all safe in his refuge, ameen. I will look at your words again when I feel sad next time. Jazak’allah khair from the bottom of my heart

  6. Dian Adriani says:

    Thank you for your lovely post. It is indeed an ultimate bliss when we can feel loved and guided by Allah. We would not say horrible things to other so bluntly yet we say bad things to ourselves, forgetting that we, too, are Allah’s creation. And we have to respect Allah creations. Thank you again for your beautiful post.

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