When the going gets tough, what are you gonna do?

You are always at war within yourself…
Many people may not realize how much there is in them that fights off what prevents one from actually living, and living to the very fullest.

The fight within could be anxiety, or loneliness, fear, tension or grief- for everyone- there is a fear that keeps us alive and there is a fear that keeps us from living. The fear that keeps us alive, and that gives us the drive and the push or shove to do something or to do what it takes is: taqwa or fear in Allah. The fear of Allah keeps us alive because no human can live without a fear else such a being is careless, undaunted or unconcerned of anyone or anything- which may lead to arrogance or pride; a destructive emotion that overwhelms and overpowers the entire being from sanity and humility. Why we as Muslims prostrate ourselves before the King of kings, Allah? Why is it that we prostrate with our forehead and our nose? It is due to those parts of our face, that is the resemblance and symbol of pride and self-importance, or aloofness and superiority and why would Allah create us with our a nose on our face or a forehead high? If He so Willed, He could’ve fashioned us with a nose elsewhere…But this is impossible because Allah has created us in the best of moulds and designs and we as human-beings- WE are the preferred and the best of mankind, of creations. So, to humbly prostrate our dignity: the top-most of us are the nose and the forehead as it is held high up and not way down, for example near our feet, no. So, to humbly prostrate ourselves before Allah and press the ground with our nose and forehead in clear submission- we are humbling and degrading ourselves before Allah so we can be reminded at the same time of the importance it is to distinguish our position before Allah. We are not our own man as they would put it, we are not our own god but Allah is our Lord and King and we are His Servants. This is the exact reason why Iblis forgot himself completely as pride and arrogance consumed him, that when he were commanded to bow and prostrate before Allah the Creator- he clearly refused and even became distastefully envious of Adam, he did not want to humble himself before his Creator and the same Creator Who created Adam (AS). Why? Due to pride and arrogance, his self-importance destroyed him.

There is a war in every man and woman, a fight within to overcome the Iblis or the evil in ourselves. Loneliness is not evil, or grief or anxiety- it is part of human nature…But we need to feel ourselves close to nature and how do we come close to nature? How can we bond and ‘befriend’ nature? Nature is not our remedy here but Allah because Allah is revealed and is found through nature too. The answer is simple as to “how” He is so: when we prostrate to Allah in our five prayers or in duaa, we as close to the ground or earth as possible. There is no way you can get any “down-to-earth” as the prostration to Allah. This is also why we prostrate to NO-ONE other than Allah because we all know that Allah is greater than mankind and He is greater than humans or any other creature. Greater than the “king of the jungle: the lion”, and because of His Power and Majesty and His Greatness, we feel humbled during our prostration and we lower ourselves touching the ground: our knees, hands, nose and forehead and our toes. There is a wisdom why we prostrate with such specific joints of our body, there is a wisdom behind that and in many ways I cannot begin by explaining how so it is.

So, what do we do when the going gets tough or when there is a fight we’re having to put up with within? Prostrate yourself before Allah and just see what happens, as it is better than one-hundred times of practicing the yoga or “meditating”- as we are reminded that WE are servants to serve only Allah the Greatest, the Majestic who is more merciful to His servants than a mother is to her own child.

Part II will explain Inshaa’Allah what the fear is that keeps us from living, a fear most people possess and do not think to eliminate.