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December 14, 2010

“Why don’t you try chamomile tea?”

by Umm Muawiyah

Assalamu Alaikum.

[A note of apology to all those who might be waiting for the Part 2/3/4/etc of all the ongoing series. I’m just tied up at the moment. I’ll try to finish them off, insha-Allah.]

I know, I know. I might actually have managed to surprise you with that title….

So, who said that?

Well, I did, when I was talking to this sister today.

She pointed out that she hadn’t slept properly. So I suggested that she try some chamomile tea (because I heard that it is good for insomnia).

Her reply?

“I do dhikr because Allah says: Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” [Surah Rad (13) : 28]

And that was enough for her. She didn’t need the chamomile tea.

And you know what? We don’t need it either.

It’s strange. So many of us turn to other than Allah in order to solve our problems when all our problems can only be solved by turning back to Allah.

This is especially true for when we go through trials. We turn to panadols, caffeine, friends, family, the television, etc, but why don’t we turn to Allah?

Why don’t we remember Him by praying or reciting the Quran or doing dua or doing some dhikr?

After all, that’s the only thing that will calm our hearts.

Who needs that chamomile tea anyway? Not us.


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