Building a home…with Allah

Everyone has a home, everyone builds a home wherever they go, in a house, at a institution or with people that we meet. A home is where we find the most comfort, the most peace, the most acceptance, the most love, the most familiarity, and the most security. A home is built upon our routines, our traditions, our lifestyles, our joys, our comforts and our securities. But when our homes get taken away from us, when the people that we love leave this world, when the houses or flats were so used to going back to at the end of each day is taken away or when our time at a place you or I cherished so much ends, ours hearts shatter, that security and comfort is broken and you and I go back to searching for a place, our hearts feel the most peace at.

A home shattering experience taught me a lesson which I will never forget, which is to build a home with Allah’s commandments, his rules, his religion, with the morals and virtues he wants us to have as believers and to build a home in his obedience. I guess wherever we go, whoever we are with throughout our lives, we will always be in comfort and uncomforted. We may never always feel a sense of belonging with the people that we are with or with places that we go to. Things may not always go your way, but if you and I build a home with Allah, and with the morals he wants us to have, then any home that we create with many people, many places and ourselves may help you move forward with gratitude, as to Allah we belong and to him we will return.

To close this post, I leave you with a profound statement the Prophet Muhammad sallalahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said to Abdullah ibn Umar (May Allah be pleased with them both),

“Live in this world as (if you are) a wayfarer or a stranger.”

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