Dreams do come true. I found this blog entry of mine from 7 years ago, in 2009 where I had a dream I got accepted into The Islamic University of Madeenah.
While I was visiting London this summer, I was checking email accounts I hadn’t checked in over a year and stumbled across this private blog of mine which I forgot had existed. Walking down memory lane I was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon this gem. The ajeeb thing is in 2009 I hadn’t even applied to Madeenah University, the first time I applied was in mid 2010, how amazing is the Qadr of Allaah.
7 years later, as I start my first day in the faculty of Shari’ah today at the Islamic University of Madeenah, I was reminded of the great bounty and favour Allaah has granted me, Alhamdulilah.
It took 5 years, a lot of sabr and dua’s for the dream to come true but Allaah is the One who is able to make the impossible possible. Knowing how difficult it is to be accepted and how many thousands apply per year for only twenty odd scholarships, I knew how unlikely it was but Allaah is the one who answers the dua of His slave when he calls upon Him.
Sometimes we may make dua for a thing and find no answer and lose patience but know that your dua will answered not when you think is the best time, but your dua will be answered when Allaah knows is the best time. As the Prophet ﷺ said in a hadeeth mentioned in the Saheeh of Imam Muslim: “(The du’aa’) of any one of you will be answered so long as he is not hasty in seeking a response and does not say, ‘I prayed but I have not had a response.’”
The Prophet ﷺ said: “There is no Muslim who calls upon Allaah with words in which there is no sin or severing of family ties but Allaah will give him one of three things: either He will answer his prayer soon, or He will store it up for him in the Hereafter, or He will remove something bad from him that is equivalent to what he is asking for.” They said, “Then we should make a great amount of du’aa’.” He said, “Allaah is greater.”
So remember that even if your dua does not get answered straight away, or even 2 years or 5 years later, as long as the dua is sincere and you persevere with it, then Allaah will either store it for you in the hereafter or He will remove something harmful which could in reality be better than the dua itself.
Imam Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (rh) said: “And of the diseases that afflict du’a and prevent its response is that a person is hasty in expecting a response, and the response is delayed, so he gives up hope, and leaves du’a. His example is like that of a person who planted a seed, or a seedling, then guarded it, and took care of it, and watered it, but when it delayed in (giving its fruit) and reaching perfection, he left it and did not take care for it anymore.”
Never give up hope in Allaah. Have tawakul, keep asking Him by His beautiful Names and Attributes and know that Allaah can make dreams come true.