Before the breaking of dawn, my mind gathers thoughts of what is to come, what is to be and what is to be seen.
When the overwhelming feeling of 'knowing Allah (Swt)' - wiith our limited knowledge - overtakes our disposition, we feel the need to embark upon all that renders our heart true remembrance and love of our Lord (Swt). But how ironic and quite obscure that the observance of such a state, learning to know and love one's Lord, could grant a servant of Allah (Swt) the disapproval of other servants - though they too are merely in search of the same.
If the focus was never about their pleausre, never about their acceptance and never about their appreciation. . . Then why should it ever come to that? For the authentic hadith of the beloved Rasool (saw) has forewarned us:
He who seeks the pleasure of the people, through gaining the displeasure of Allah (Swt), then Allah (Swt) will be displeased with him and will make the people displeased with him.
But he who seeks ths pleasure of Allah (Swt), through gaining the displeasure of the people, Allah (Swt) will be pleased with him and will make the people pleased with him.
So let us remind ourselves that our prayers, our sacrifices our lives and our death are only for Allah (Swt). Strive for His (Swt) pleasure in all that you do and perform your actions in such a way that you do not merely claim love of Allah (Swt), but rather, that you fall deeply in-love with Him (Swt).
For despite what others may think or say . . . it was never about them anyway.