When you come to the end of the light of all that you know and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things will happen. There will be something firm to stand on or you will be taught how to fly.

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When you come to the end of the light of all that you know and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things will happen. There will be something firm to stand on or you will be taught how to fly.

The above quote is from “Barbara Winters”. Notice the use of words – she doesn’t say, ‘Faith is believing.’ She says, ‘Faith is knowing,’ and in that is a world of difference. To believe with complete certainty without the possibility of doubt is to know. That is what enables one to take risk. To step off the edge knowing that you will not be allowed to crash; but that instead you will step on to another level of awareness and connection with Allah(SWT) that you never thought possible.

Faith is essential because without it, the monumental task of changing people’s hearts is impossible. It is a small word with big meaning. It means different things to different people. So let me define what I mean by ‘Faith’.

To me, faith is a dynamic process that is based on the interaction of three factors: Patience in the face of hardship and thankfulness for Allah(SWT)’s bounties; repentance for our transgressions and mistakes and seeking Allah(SWT)’s pleasure and closeness to Him by His worship because we love Him.

Faith as Barbara Winters puts it, ‘is to know’ when there is no sign that one is right. Faith is not blind as the materialistic world likes to believe. Faith is to be able to see beyond material to that which can’t be described or seen with the eyes of the head but which is clearly perceptible to the eyes of the heart.

References: Excerpt from Sheikh Mirza Yawar Baig Publications

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