10 things to do when the situation seems hopeless

10 things to do when the situation seems hopeless and you are stuck in a trial beyond your control:

1) Accept your Qadar and accept that Allah knows what is best for you

2) Trust Allah’s Plan. What Allah has planned for you may be different from what you want for yourself, but it is always what is best for you

3) Make dua. Only Allah can change Qadar, move mountains, work miracles, and make a way out from where we do not expect, so pour your heart out to Allah in dua for everything we need and want.

4) Make good use of your time. You cannot control some things but you can control others. Utilize your time to worship Allah, do beneficial work, and find things to appreciate in life.

5) Take whatever steps you can find towards your goal, even if they are small. Never stop making an effort, you do not know from which small effort Allah will help you produce big results.

6) Focus on your Afterlife. You may not aways get what you want in this world, but your Afterlife is more important, so do not let your worldly worries distract you from prioritizing your Afterlife.

7) Increase your charity. You never know which act of kindness or charity could be a means of unlocking Divine assistance.

8) Ask others to make dua for you. You do not know which pious person’s duas will be answered, leading to a miracle that gets you out of your situation.

9) Recite Quran often. The beautiful message of the Quran will give you hope, no matter how difficult and dark the situation feels.

10) Study and reflect on the Seerah. Take lessons from the trials that the Prophet (pbuh) and Sahabah faced and how Allah helped them through these trials in miraculous ways. Let these stories be your inspiration, motivation, and source of optimism.

Posted by Ismail Kamdar

Ismail Kamdar is the Founder of Islamic Self Help and Izzah Academy, author of over a dozen books, and the operations manager of Yaqeen Institute.