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  1. JazakAllah khayr for this highly beneficial post.
    I am very much eager to read all your series in sha Allah and would be happy if you finish the series before January. The 1435 AH/ 2014 wIll be a wonderful year for me in sha Allah.

  2. s.a.
    thank you for this article. when i read this, it was like everything you wrote was about me.
    im going to try and force myself not to procrastinate anymore, inshallah.
    jazakallahu khair.

    • w.s. bilo. Thank you for your feedback. It was about me and my journey as well :) I kind of suspect that most people can relate on many levels.
      Stay strong, be courageous and keep taking action. Awareness is very powerful and with awareness, any change is possible, bi’ithnillah. Wa iyakum.

  3. Aslm,

    Shukran for that, it was just what I needed, given my current situation. . Looking forward to your next post in-sha-Allah. May Allah reward you abundantly, ameen.


  4. JazaaKALLAHU bi khairaat,Thurein.It is an encouraging article which reminds us of what good qualities we Muslims are made of -faith, courage,perseverance etc . All the best qualities possible for a human being were in and manifested by our Beloved,The Prophet, Peace and blessings of ALLAH be upon Him. Let us resolve to learn more Him,emulate Him and ultimately succeed in both worlds. May ALLAH SubhanaHU wa Ta’ala enable to do that andprotect from the sneaking whisperers of humans and jinn . May HE also enable us to take full control of our emotions. I ask all these from HIM with all HIS Beautiful Names.

  5. The true medicine to all negative thoughts and emotions is in Suratul Mu’minoon verses 97 and 98.Pls refer. Read and Study The Holy Qur’aan,in it are answers.

  6. Mashaa Allah, such a motivating article. Really like the clear explanation, examples and tips. Plus learned something that I was not aware of about fears. JazakAllahu khair.
    what I am trying to do now is to change slowly as to not overwhelmed myself while I am just starting so for now, I am focusing on taking action and trying to stay positive and hopeful to beat procrastination and now that you have explained, fears underlying it. Look forward to the rest of the articles.

    • Thank you, Nori, for your feedback. Now that you’re aware, change is very possible.
      Stephen Covey says that awareness builds its own momentum. Keep taking small consistent actions. Baby steps! Remember, that’s how babies learn how to walk :)
      Take it easy and take one step at a time :) Focus on what you can control, and aim for small wins everyday – set small but stretch goals everyday and aim to achieve them.
      Build your ‘success reference points’.
      Jazakallahu khairan.

  7. subhanallah. i just finished your article and I feel a new me already (although i still have to implement it). I have a tendency to put things off which I really need to do. Your article has really motivated me to face my fear and do it and RISE inshallah. jazakallahu khairan

  8. It took me two days to complete the article since it had so much to absorb. This article has affected me the most and made me determined to take steps forward to expand my comfort zone.

  9. Unbelievable . Makes me feel like you were speaking to me directly. Subhanallah I once heard that everything you hear or read. Allah intended for you to see or hear it. Jazakallah khairan . This is a lovely piece !!

    • Wa iyakum, adbulrasheed. Thanks for your feedback. You can relate because it’s been my own journey and growth as well. And I you’re right, everything that we hear or see is by His permission and grace :)

  10. Subhanallah…very relevant article….I have many things in my mind to write down….but i am scared of people thinking that…how will they react….will my article will become a public topic ? and many more…As u have described may be writers block…

  11. :) Jazakallahu khair for your comment. Please go ahead and put it out there… like my mentor says.. what people think of you is none of your business… it’s theirs.
    Here’s a quote that I love from Rumi, “I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think”.

  12. That was something i really needed … Thankx to Allah for making me read this … N thankx to u for overcoming ur fears n sharing such usefull guidelines with us…
    I feel Allah wants me to be strong n overcome my fears …
    Ive got many answers today …n i m positive of not getting upset with those things anymore … Working on what im supposed to do with the main aim of “seeking Allahs pleasure in everything ” … MashaaAllah , this has clarified my priorities n decision making … Helping me to be detatched from distractions…. I know patience would be required n it will take courage n time … But when i finally know tht i’m right … Its worth to wait n watch what Allah has planned for me …doing wht i’m suposed to do n leaving the rest to Almighty Allah … Who is indeed the best planner
    May Allah help me throught these most challenging days of my life… :'(

  13. Assalamu Alaikum!

    I came across this article randomly…and subhanallah this is EXACTLY what I needed! It’s so uplifting and it’s obvious that anyone can relate to it. I’m going to save it on my phone…so I can access it in times of need. May Allah (swt) reward you for your efforts!

    P.S. I don’t just like your article..I love it!

    • Walaikum salam warahmatullah.
      If it’s exactly what you needed for this moment and what you’re experiencing, then it’s not ‘random’ at all :) There is no accident and everything happens for a reason… Allah SWT guided you to what you needed and I’m very grateful to be a part of that. Ameen to your dua’, sister.
      And I love that you love my article :D Please share it with your friends and family. Jazakallahu khairan.

  14. Alhamdulillah, jazakallahu khoiron katsiron brother :’)
    this article surely what I need right now
    there are so many fears I have that force me to stay in my comfort zone, until they makes me down and so unhappy
    May Allah gives us Rahmat in dunya and akhirat

  15. MashaAllah this article was amazing and so benefical, I took my time in reading it over a course of several days, pondered and took notes! JazakaAllahukhayrun brother Thurein, May Allah preserve you, increase you in sincerity and and enable you to do more good for the ummah, ameen!

    • Thank you and Ameen, ummibrahim. Thank you for your comment. I love that you took notes – I’m sure you’ll ‘get’ it at a whole different level that people who didn’t. Kudos to the note takers ;) Thank you for your dua’ and may He reward you with the same and more. Amen.

  16. Jazakallah khairan! This article could not have have come to me at a better time. I’ve been struggling for some weeks now with uni work and postgrad applications, and i’ve just been putting it aside and doing everything but my work. I have all these things i want to achieve, i think its the fear of failure and dissapointing others that is slowing me down. Like you said, Allah does not give us more than we can handle. So i’m just going to take your advice, get out of my comfort zone and get on with it.
    Thank you so much again, and i pray Almighty Allah continues to guide you.

    • Salam, Salmat. Wa iyakum and may He make easy and reward your actions. The only failure is the failure to take action and the failure to learn from your “failures”. Everything else is progress.
      One of my mentors says that if you want to be successful in the shortest amount of time, make as many mistakes* as you can in the shortest amount of time possible! Meaning, the more action you take, the more you’ll learn from what works and what doesn’t, the faster you’ll be where you want to be :)
      *different mistakes each time, of course! Otherwise, we’re not learning.

  17. Salam…this article is soooooo good MashALLAH tabarak ALLAH.
    Every tym I read one part I was hoping there would be more.
    Jazak ALLAH kheir

  18. SubhanAllah this article is the answer to my dua!!! I was supposed to continue my application process for graduate school a long time ago, and I couldn’t understand why I was drowned into procrastination. It made me sad because I knew I had to apply but I was just too lazy and afraid to continue my application.

    Now I understand the reason behind my behavior, and I thank ALLAH for guiding me to the light. Procrastination is evil indeed: It makes you believe that you are not good enough, it makes you doubt and it makes you depressed.

    Alhamdulillah, now I know that I can achieve a higher level in this dunya and insha Allah in the akhira by continuing my studies and growing as a person.

    Educated Muslim woman = good for herself = good for her entourage (husband, kids, family and friends) = good for the ummah = good for mankind :)


    • MashaAllah, sister. Allah is the most merciful and generous. I thank you for sharing what you’ve been through. I know there are many people here who have been through the same and will resonate a lot with your experience. :) Jazakalluh khair.
      Awareness is very powerful and the first step to change and growth. I really love the way you describe about yourself at the end there :) Amazing and inspirational!
      We really need more sisters like you who aim high, rise above mediocrity and status quo and strive to become bigger and better versions of themselves so that they can serve the ummah and mankind. May Allah, the Most Generous, make all your dreams come true. Ameen.

  19. Asalamu aleykum brother, JazzakAllahu khairan for this article. Word can not express how much I needed to hear this. I suffer from anxiety, which is fear of the unknown for nearly year. My thoughts have suppressed me from a fear of going outside by self to staying home alone.

    I really didn’t know how to deal with my thoughts , which affects my daily life. My mind would causes my body to react with my negative thoughts. But I have to realise this and almost forcing myself to do my challenges, even though its difficult, however when I acommplish something I feel great. Even If I went outside by self. Alhamdulilah

    in a space of a year, my fear made me loose track myself and every aspect of my life. All I saw was my fears and all I became was my fears. I could bear everything except my salah, because I grew up worshipping Allah swt I couldn’t sacrifice that because it is the most important part of my life. So I would pray in fear and negative thoughts racing through my mind or I would even cry while praying of making du’a. Alhamdulilah I keep struggling my salah until this day. I can never loose it to a fear lower than fear of Allah swt. Salah became my light in the empty dark tunnel of my life.

    May Allah swt reward greatly with good brother. Ameen your article has also made me realise I will have to face all my fears without delaying everything in my life. I missed alot of opportunities because of doubting my abilities because of my anxiety. Inshaa Allah brother keep writing your wonderful articles you truly don’t know who article may help and assist. InshaaAllah.

    • Walaikum salam wa iyakum, sue. Thank you so much for your comment and sharing your experience. I’m, and I’m sure we all are, deeply honoured by the fact that despite all the fears you had, you are courageous enough to be vulnerable and shared your personal challenges.
      May Allah reward you and help you overcome your fears to be the person that you know you could be. Ameen.
      Keep facing your fear. And let me know if there’s anyway I can support you. :)
      You inspire me, sue!

  20. Assalamu’alaykum
    this amazing post has made me so… speechless..
    BarakAllahu fik…jazaakumullah for every message and knowledge :)
    bismillah, i will always try to face my fear and keep this precious message in my heart :)

    • Walaikum salam salma, thank you for your comment and kind words.
      Wa iyakum. All praise is due to our Creator, the most high.
      Please share this message and awareness that you’ve gained with those that you love and want to inspire.
      Just do that… keep facing your fears :)

  21. Thank you so much for this artical. It made so much things clear for me and mede me understand mine behavior becouse of the fear. You are an amazing writher Ma shaa Allah. Again, thank you so much for sharing your wisdome with us.

  22. I know I am coming it late. Thanks Brother Thurein for the inspiring article. I can easily relate with many life situations relating to how fear impairs our ability to think and act. I agree about the baby steps and it is journey. With prayers and resolve we will InshaAllah overcome

  23. JazakAllah khair for this articles, it clarifies many things.

    What if one fear Allah swt, and that he abandons you ?
    Sometimes i think of any uncomfortable experience as a punishment from Allah.

    one more question how to easily come with self-forgiveness and trust in Allah mercy,
    especially in situations of Ibtilaa.

  24. I am a Christian but this article is helpful to all of any faith. I had searched for articles on how to turn fear into victory. This was the only one that helped or did not try to sell me a book. Thank you and God’s blessings upon you.

  25. Allahmudillah for helping your self and shedding a light for us that are in the dark of this knowledge and sharing it .. This helped me out with a lot of questions I had and of course full of doubts!! I thank you so much for being kind enough to sharing this wonderful article you help me great ways that I can not repay you but this will always stayed with me and I will continue to share to help others .. Shakuran