The Power of Faith

“Bear in your mind illusion deep-engraved-

If you would weigh your worth at its true rate,

Never will ill-faring or ill-doing be your fate!”

– Allama Iqbal

In the past few weeks, I have grown to realize that belief in God and belief in yourself, can indeed work wonders. The mere thought, that yes, you can do it, can be an invincible barrier against failure. As soon as you let this strong dyke crack under doubt, failure comes washing over, making you just a spectator; you are no longer a participant in constructing your own destiny.

The belief that God will help you, that He is there to lend a hand when in need, makes one more steadfast, more headstrong in achieving a goal that once seemed impossible. With faith, you can overcome hurdles as if they were simply mirages and nothing else. Belief in yourself is a key element in beginning your journey towards success. Belief in God is something that should always be there throughout, because He is Eternal and All-Powerful, and His power is unquestionable.

There are a million stories that speak of how belief, hope, faith are all ingredients of a strong and stable foundation upon which success is built. Abdul Sattar Edhi is one example. He believed he could do it, he ignored all the doubts voiced out by his friends and colleagues, he carried on with faith in God and in his abilities. His success in developing a world-famous, accessible and true welfare organization is now evident. When I watched the movie Kung Fu Panda, I was struck by the message it relayed. Through the humour and action, it showed how faith conquers all. It can turn illusions and castles in the air into reality.

I still remember a story a read many years ago. A girl believed that a pair of shoes were special because her brother told her so. She believed running in them would make her win a race. With the belief in mind that she was destined to beat her opponents, she ran with all her might and came out victorious. A parallel can be easily drawn up. Just as life is a race, belief in oneself can make us conquer so much, can make us exceed boundaries and achieve heights we could never even have imagined before.

Doubt and hopelessness, dejection and despondency are obstacles that will be and should be broken down by strong, firm belief. It is this belief that will prevent dreams from blowing away like clouds. It is this belief that can make the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow turn into reality from a mere illusion.

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”
– J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


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