Alhamdulilah, as a revert Muslim myself I have been given unique experience as a Muslim that has allowed me to see parts of the religion that many others may not easily be able to see. In this blessed month of Ramadan we know that many revert Muslims and new Muslims claim that they feel lonely or that they suffer year-round a general sense of loneliness for a number of different reasons. However, I want to talk to you about how I have faced loneliness as a new Muslim and how all the solutions are actually found within our beautiful religion of Islam.
For the most part, Muslims love to be together and we want to spend our time with those whom we love. We love having iftaars (post-Maghreb meal) together, going to the mosques together, and helping the community together – but when we are not able to do these things and are alone for a little while it can be hard for us to stay happy and be positive. Here’s the solution. So many people will buy expensive tickets to be with their favourite celebrity or they will travel to hear a talk from a popular speaker or Islamic scholar, but what about the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)? And what about Allah (subhana hu wa t’alaa)? Don’t we want to be close to them? In fact, they have actually made it very easy to be close to them.
To be close to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in the akhira (afterlife) we just need to take care of the orphans. The amazing part about this is that orphans are often the most lonely, most forgotten, and least popular people in the world because they are not rich, they are often unheard of, and they are usually cut off from the greater community. Subhan’Allah! So to get close to our beloved Prophet, we need to take care of those Muslims who are probably the most lonely and the most needy.
Even more beloved to us is Allah (subhana hu wa t’alaa) because Allah loves us so much that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was sent out of His Mercy to all of mankind and so, if we love the Prophet then by default we have to love Allah since in a way the Prophet is a gift of Mercy from Allah to humanity. The Salat prayer is our way of drawing closer to Allah by achieving His pleasure and engaging in the good deeds which Allah loves so much that the Salat was made mandatory for us Muslims. Subhan’Allah.
For the Muslim longing for a sense of belonging, you need to look no further than the Quran. The Quran is a Message from Allah to all of humanity. Every time you see the light notification on your phone that you got a text message, don’t you rush to your phone to read it? This is the attitude we should have with the Quran since Allah didn’t just send us a text message, He sent us a whole book.