Glad Tidings to the Ghuraba


Guest writer Bint Mohsin reminds us of our situation as Muslims and how it is a glad tidings for us inshaAllah.


Strange how we always stick out like a sore thumb in a crowd; strange how we are always the attention grabbers on media; strange how everyone thinks we are oppressed and don’t have rights; calling us “ninjas,”  illiterate, telling us to go back to where we came from. Strange how we always have to defend our identity and fight for our freedom. But isn’t it indeed strange how we sometimes get caught up in the midst of all this confusion, sometimes giving in, sometimes striving out?

Flashback into time, precisely 1433 years ago: in the companionship of the Sahabas and their successors, when the best of people walked this earth. These were people who believed, who supported, who followed, who heard, who obeyed, who loved and who sacrificed for the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). These were the successful ones –they were the strangers.

As the Prophet (sal Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said in an authentic hadith, reported by Abu Hurairah (ra)

“Islam was strange when it began and will one day be strange again; Tooba for the Ghuraba ” [Muslim]

Islam came as a stranger and it will return as a stranger! So glad tidings to the strangers; and guess what?  It is we who are the strangers.

Oh my dear sisters in Islam, it is high time we realized and rejoiced over this! That when you are the only one dressed modestly in your class, you are from the ghuraba . When you get the stares on the street, you are from the ghuraba.  When you have every reason under the sun to give up your hijab but you strive to maintain it, you are from the ghuraba. When people call you strange for being a Muslimah, say alhumdulilah because you are from the ghuraba, that you are from those who were given the glad tidings.

We should all want to be from the strangers. No doubt it will impact our lives: some will misunderstand but some will also support; some will turn away while some will also embrace. Some will discourage but some will also encourage.  Just remember that Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) will perfect His light (of Islam) and He will perfect it through the strangers. May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) make you and I from among the strangers, from those who will be given the glad tidings and may He keep us steadfast when days of hardship arise.