Clearly Hidden

Alhamdulillah, I’m shocked by the consistency of my posts. I said I wanted to be consistent with it, yet I always made it a point to tell myself that if I couldn’t think of anything to share or if it didn’t feel right, I wouldn’t force it. Sure, if there aren’t any pieces left for the next date, I’ll do what I can not to miss it, but I won’t post for the sake of it.

It’s nice writing. It helps collect my thoughts together. I read the Quran and reflect on it often and have been for a long while, so that helps explain why I’m never short of verses from it or of things to share. I thought it’d be nice to expand more on how I find myself writing what I do, but seriously, I didn’t elaborately plan this style out.

I’ve referenced bloggers a number of times, and if you hadn’t noticed, the things I’ve referenced from them hadn’t been recent. Much of what I write are collections of observations over a period of time, sometimes starting back from childhood. I prefer to follow a line of thought, act on the good of it if I find there is, see where it goes myself before writing about it, observe the consequences of others that do. Afterwards, I’ll assess what information I’ve acquired and sift them into where they need to be, strengths and shortcomings in any line of thought I follow or connections that should and shouldn’t be made. After writing something, it’s normal for me to review it as though I was an outsider, asking myself what made me say what I did, as well as how it could be wrong or misunderstood, applying any changes I feel are necessary. I also tend to ask my wife to read it too, interested in what comes to her mind when reading it.

I’d imagine by now that anyone can tell how significant Islam is in what I say and the style I choose to write in. My style was inspired by this woman in history that only ever talked using verses from the Quran. If you were to speak with her, her responses would only ever be through its words and no more. I wanted to be able to do the same, spending the longest time attempting to. It came to a point whereby, even if I hadn’t memorised the verses themselves, I’d become familiar enough with the Quran to have a reference in mind in anything I do and pass, being able to search for it online to confirm it if need be. There was one shortcoming that had me convey them in a different manner from the woman that had inspired me though. I found myself coming to the same conclusion she’d come to, something she’d hinted at in her story: it’s difficult to understand.

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Facilitate things to people and do not make it hard for them, and give them good tidings, and do not make them run away.

Hadith: Bukhari 69

I’m not criticising her whatsoever, if anything I put it down to different intentions. If you say nothing but Quran, then you return to Allah with saying nothing except with the Quran. For me, I always hated seeing people suffer—return to Allah having done all I could with the support of the Quran. If I want to do good to others, a communication barrier heavily restricts that. Still, if I’d said something, especially if it was written, there was often something behind it that could be traced back to the Quran. Doesn’t mean my reasoning is in line with it, it means that I don’t like going anywhere without it.

Connect everything together. I read Quran and reflect on it whenever I can. When I write, I’m able to collect those thoughts together in different ways, expressing them in a way that people can draw from. When I review what I’ve written, I again consider the sources that could confirm what I’ve said, as well as anything that could refute it. If both could be seen, a verse that could bridge the two. I grounded myself in lessons from the Quran, adding to it the examples of the Prophet (ﷺ), alongside support with sources from science, people, reflections, observations, experiences, and stuff. I keep it short so that anyone could benefit from it and read at any point with little prior knowledge or ability, writing only as long as I need to put a matter across and spark reflection within an individual. I don’t like writing about something I’ve learnt straight away because I want time to review the context of the verses, its applications and boundaries.

I really wonder if all this comes across as convoluted and meticulously planned. It isn’t. More like I was inspired to learn to convey through Quran, found I could’ve, did so in my own way. One day I wanted to write, and the aspect of myself that inclines to talk through Quran, alongside others, instinctively followed. Stuff happens, I adapt, wrote more. I guess you can say that it goes back to that whole concept of being the best of yourself, supporting one another towards good.

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