Glad tidings to the strangers, to those that never felt like they fit in, that always felt like they were different or weird, to those that felt like they were always too much this or too much that or not enough this or not enough that.
Growing up I didn’t have very many close Muslim friends.
I always felt the push and pull between the outside world (school, friends, work etc.) and home (parents, community) between Dunya* and Akhira*.
Never felt like I quite fit in… I was confused and conflicted…
My Fitrah was beckoning, encouraging, arms wide open promising me the sincerity, love, the sakinah* I desperately sought… but I wasn’t ready, I was afraid.
I didn’t think I could live up to all that it promised, was afraid of what others may think, was afraid to be different and then have to deal with all that that encompasses, whilst knowing deep in my heart that it would be the only “home” where I truly felt like I belonged.
So when I came across this hadith all those years ago, I cried out in joy!
I felt that this was what I was waiting for, what I needed to accept my “strangeness” and become the “stranger”.
Abu Hurairah (may Allah swt* be pleased with him) narrated the following Hadith.
The Prophet (may be peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) stated ” Islam began as something strange and it shall return to being something strange, so give glad tidings to those that are strange”. Muslim (145)
So now as a parent I make dua that our children are instilled with the confidence, the boldness, the wisdom to embrace their own “strangeness” for the sake of Allah* swt.
To never feel ashamed, embarrassed or like they need to compromise in order to please the people.
To know there is honour and pride in fulfilling the legacy of Islam and in doing so they will find true Success and Victory.
To take pride in being the (halal) hotdog 😉 in a room full of princesses.
Author: Sister Nabila Azougga (https://www.facebook.com/nabila.azougga)
Sakinah (Arabic: سكينة) is a word derived from sukun meaning “peace”, “serenity” or “tranquility”. It appears in the Qur’an.
In Islamic terminology, Dunya means the temporal world—and its earthly concerns and possessions—as opposed to the eternal spiritual realm, or the hereafter (ākhira). Dunyā literally means ‘closer’ or ‘lower’.
Fitra, or fitrah –
Natural instinct, innate. (Arabic: فطرة ), It is an Arabic word that has no exact English equivalent although it has been translated as ‘primordial human nature’, and as “instinct” or common sense (‘urf).
When writing the name of God (Allah), Muslims often follow it with the abbreviation “SWT.” These letters stand for the Arabic words “Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala,” or “Glory to Him, the Exalted.” Muslims use these or similar words to glorify God when mentioning His name.
God, the one and only God.
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