Sometimes the Greatest Miracle is within you

A letter to my daughter.

It was physically impossible for Maryam (as) to be pregnant. It was ‘impossible’ for the sea to split in half for Prophet Musa and his people to escape the army behind them. It was ‘impossible’ for Prophet Ibrahim to emerge unscathed from the fire that his people threw him into. It was ‘impossible’ for the Prophet Muhammad to travel to Al-Aqsa and ascend to the heavens all in one single night.

May peace be upon them all.

Sometimes we read about these miracles but we fail to connect them to our own existence. 

‘These miracles only happened in the past,’ we might thinks. ‘It’s not realistic for us to hope for miracles in our own lives,’ we might say.

Then, perhaps one day you’ll think that you’ll never experience happiness again after losing someone you loved deeply. But you will feel joy again – and then you’ll understand how miraculous that feels. It’s as though Allah (swt) split your heart in two like the Red Sea, and allowed hope to emerge against all odds.

He will prevent the fire of your pain from consuming you.

He will fill your mind with ideas and your heart with love and appreciation when you thought you had nothing left to give. He will fill your mind, body, and heart with the kind of life that can only be explained as miraculous.

He will take you to places in your dreams and in your realities that you never imagined possible.

And yet we sometimes believe that miracles are all in the past.

We aren’t meant to read about the miracles of Allah and then just move on as though they’re stories of the past. We are meant to understand that the miracles of Allah are happening all the time, all around us and within us as well.

When you cry out in the middle of the chaos of life – My Lord, show me a sign! – look within yourself. Remember every difficulty He saved you from. Remember when He healed you. Remember when He gave you a light to carry in the middle of the darkness.

Remember how you’ve survived so much – only because of Him. You are a miracle.

“We will show them Our signs in the horizons and within themselves until it becomes clear to them that it is the truth. But is it not sufficient concerning your Lord that He is, over all things, a Witness?” (41:53).

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