Someone once asked me, “When you were in prison, how did you know that God was with you?”

“Because He spoke to me,” I replied.

“What do you mean He ‘spoke’ to you?” he asked.

“I mean He spoke to me. He spoke to me through my dreams and through His Book,” I said.

Throughout my years in prison I saw vivid dreams about the future, about what was going to happen in the world, what was going to happen to those that I knew and what was going to happen to me.

From time to time I would see verses of the Quran in my dreams. I was either reciting them, or I was reading them, or they were being recited to me.

And every night before I lay down to sleep, I would pick up a copy of the Quran, close my eyes, open it at random and point with my finger to somewhere on the page.

The verse that would come up would be the words that Allah wanted to say to me at that point in my life.

One verse that frequently came up was:

“That is from the news of the unseen which We reveal to you, [O Muhammad]. You knew it not, neither you nor your people, before this. So be patient; indeed, the best outcome will be for the righteous.” [Quran 11:49]

So just remember that whatever you are going through, you are never alone. Allah is always with you, whether you believe in Him or not, whether you are “pious” or not.

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