Believing in Dreams

Did you once have big dreams?

Did you once have dreams…. dreams of becoming a doctor, an author, or perhaps owning your own business?

Prior to practising Islam, many of us had dreams; yet as we began to practice we let go of our dreams. Some of us were told that it was “dunya-fied”– that to be a good Muslim woman meant to be a good mother and wife, only.  For many, it felt difficult trying to reconcile between being a good Muslim woman and being a big achiever; and so, like sand slipping through fingers, many dreams slowly seeped away.

We all know of at least one sister who dropped out of school-  a sister in her final year of University studying Medicine dropped out because she was told it was the righteous thing to do; another sister, on route to become a dentist gave up her dreams because it was the ‘Islamic’ thing to do.

Says who?

While there is absolutely nothing wrong with focusing solely on being a wife and a mother- undoubtedly, this holds a praiseworthy status in our religion- you should know that there is nothing wrong with having other aspirations.

We only need to look at the examples of the Mothers of the Believers ( the wives of our beloved Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him) to realise this fact- Khadijah ,  was a successful businesswoman and Aisha( may Allaah be pleased with them both)  taught many great scholars.

Thankfully, it is never too late to begin working on your dreams.

If it has been a while since you dared to dream, you may feel uncertain and doubt your capabilities. Do I still have what it takes to succeed? Can I really do it? Am I not too old? Isn’t it too late for me? How will I find the time? How will I juggle it all? How will I afford it?

My dear sister, I want you to know this – nothing is impossible if you have belief.

Believe first and foremost in Allah and in His divine ability to make the seemingly impossible, possible. Believe in His ability to give you everything that you need to succeed. Believe that nothing is too great for Him. He is Al-Qaadir – the All Powerful, the Most Able.  He is not limited nor bound by what you or I think is achievable. He is the Originator of the Heavens and the Earth;  He says only to a thing “Be,” and it is. He is the One Who brought you here, and He is the One Who will take you where you need to be.

 Secondly, you need to believe in yourself.  Allah has made you, you– unique, gifted and special. And He has given you those dreams for a reason. I know, things may feel impossible, but when you believe in yourself, something almost magical happens- somehow things slowly slip into place.  When you believe in yourself and become more open to possibilities your mind begins to find ways to overcome things that felt like obstacles. If you are a mother who dreams of starting a business for example, you will begin to find ways to manage your time.  Similarly, if you have little money, suddenly you may realise that you do not necessarily have to have a lot of money to start a business.

So, if this is you– scared, doubtful or worried that you no longer have what it takes, know this- you are stronger and more resourceful than you realise. You have everything within you to succeed.  And more importantly, you have Allah in your corner, on your side. As long as you believe, there is absolutely nothing impossible for you to achieve.

Sister, did you once have big dreams? Believe. Go after them. It is never too late to start working on your dreams.

 

About the author:

Barakah Hassan is a Business consultant, writer, entrepreneur, and mother of four. She is passionate about empowering Muslim women to chase their dreams and start their dream businesses. You can learn more on her site,  www.barakahhassan.com, as well as on Instagram and Facebook.

9 responses to “Believing in Dreams”

  1. Thanks for the reminder I literally needed this today!

    Many of us are stuck simply because we under estimate ourselves and what we are capable, I agree, it is NEVER too late as we so often convince ourselves. Many successful people didn’t fully realise their dreams /passion until later in life.

    Sometimes you just need a reminder that “you can do this”

  2. Dr Ayesha Imran says:

    Absolutely true, if Allah says that He is to His slaves as she/he expects of Him, and that we are and we become what we FOCUS ON, then why not focus on EXcellence(ihsaan) in everything and DREAM beyond the sky.

  3. Jamila Jones says:

    Jazzkallah Khair, sat down with a cup of coffee this morning and read your article, I am feeling uplifted. Very inspiring. You know, when I first came to Isam one of my first thoughts was, I will have to give up so much, but this is so not true, In fact, I have done more and achieved more since becoming a Muslim. Alhamdulillah

    • solace says:

      Jazaakillaahu khair for your comment. I think many sisters suffer from that misconception- alhamdulillaah, we are really happy that you have continued to go after your goals and achieve more since becoming Muslim; and we at Solace really believe that is part of the essence of a true believer, who strives for “ihsaan” and excellence in every aspect of their lives. May Allaah bless you with even more, ameen!

  4. Sumaira says:

    This is fantastic advice, indeed, it is never too late to follow your dreams <3 Thank you for speaking up on this topic, it is sad to see many women abandon their dreams 🙁

  5. Ayeina says:

    Beautiful! Indeed it’s never too late! Dream, Believe, Work and Pray for it & Make it happen! :’) In shaa Allah.

  6. Fozia S says:

    This: nothing wrong with having other aspirations.

    Completely agree with that. I think sometimes women just can’t win whatever they do as there is always someone out there to comment and criticise

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