When I actually started practicing deen, I gained some friends but lost many. Maybe it triggered some insecurities in them or perhaps they just felt threatened. And the worst of it all is the people who rather undersrand you and support you on the journey, make you a source of their contempt or butt of their jokes.
In such instances I take comfort from the Prophet’s saying that Islam began as something strange and will go back to being something strange towards the end of times. So Glad tidings to the strangers.
I also derive my comfort from the stories of the Prophets( peace and blessings be upon them all) who were made fun of, ridiculed and what not. Yet they persisted on their path only for the sake of Allah.
Family, friends and everyone else makes fun of us based on THEIR understanding of what it means to be a Muslim. They find it hard to comprehend.
The fact of the matter is most of us weren’t taught how to BE a Muslim. Most of us have had to find our way back to Allah sometimes in pleasant and sometimes in very arduous journeys.
Your “version” of Islam might not sit well with theirs or they would feel you have become too extremist and you would be given all these different labels.
Nevertheless persist! Keep striving, keep trying even if it’s a hard struggle most of the days.
People will not regard or acknowledge that struggle but then we shouldn’t be looking for any acknowledgement from them anyways. Allah is taking account of each pain you take for His sake.
And that’s exactly what He wants to see – how much can we strive for His sake.
So the gist of the matter is, when you are on this path, don’t be intimidated by what anyone thinks of you. You will be accused of going back to stone ages. You will be called mullani, backward, extremist boring and what not but keep seeking.
You can’t expect people to know the tranquility that comes with being drunk in divine love.
So just keep revising and reviewing your intentions so people’s assumptions and comments don’t get to you.
Keep asking Him for help, guidance and clarity. You will be amazed with he ways He will send help your way in the form of path He paves for you and the people He sends your way.
Trust in His plan and don’t worry about what anyone says ♡
Keep making dua and hold on to Quran and your daily dhikr.