Dear people of the world, who have felt so alone and endured pain in such ways, you believe many people cannot understand. Yet we do understand, we are here for you in every way, shape or form. Allah is here for you, waiting for you to seek guidance from Him.

As a Muslim and a part of Islam, Allah created us to be kind, sympathetic, and gracious towards each human being. In this Dunya, the generation creates this social norm where we forget that. How come the girl who does not dress the same way as others is defined as weird? How come the boy whose shoes are worn out and dirty is seen as “not good enough?” How come the way someone appears is our main concern?

Dear brothers and sisters of Islam, Allah created us to be equal as one, and to protect each other. Instead, we let this Dunya take control over us. Open your eyes and ears to see and listen when I say this, every single person is struggling with an obstacle. Every single person has endured pain in ways we may not be able to understand, but we can try to. Yet during those struggles and pain, all we simply need is a friend. A simple “hello” and a “how are you”, can go a long way for someone. Some people believe that no one will ever begin to understand them, who they are, and what they have faced. I am here to tell everyone that we are here for you, we stand with you, Allah is with you.

There should never be a reason for anyone to feel so alone and believe the only way out is to take the beautiful life Allah created for them. Going back two years ago, I lost a classmate, he took his own life. This news created a tear in my heart because even though I barely had any type of connection to him, it saddened me to know that he believed the only way out was to end his life.

I believe we may have spoken one word, not more not less. A simple “hello” or hand gesture. I didn’t know him personally, but by the smile on his face, it truly showed he was on cloud nine. People may have defined him as “different”, but he simply was unique. I didn’t know him personally, but he existed. So quiet, but his presence was there and acknowledged by many. We as people may not acknowledge one another directly, but we are seen. You’d be surprised the people he thought didn’t know him were the ones tweeting and posting all over. I didn’t know him and he didn’t know me but doesn’t mean he was less important than anyone. His existence will remain and it will not be in silence. Maybe if he had known all these people genuinely cared for him then he would still be here today.

I ask everyone to please be there for people in need, to provide care, to show the people who suffer from pain that they are not alone and never will be. To show them Allah will never give up on them, to show them that they have a friend, to show them they have a protector. Make dua for them that, InshAllah, Allah takes away their burden and can provide them with peace.

For the ones who suffer, please know that there are people who know you exist, for the ones who fear to speak up please seek the guidance of Allah. The social standard needs to change, and that change begins with us.

To all my Muslim brothers and sisters, remember this Ayah: “The believers, men and women, are protectors of one another; they enjoin what is just and forbid what is evil; they observe regular prayers, practice regular charity, and obey Allah and His Messenger. On them will Allah pour His mercy: for Allah is Exalted in power, Wise.” 9:71.

Remember what it is to be a Muslim brother and sister, not just towards Muslims, but towards every human being in this world. Remember the duties Allah expects of us. Most of all remember you could be a reason to save a life.

By Ayah Isa