True faith isn’t about walking through life completely happy and undisturbed in every circumstance. It’s about staying sincerely connected to your Lord despite the inevitable ups and downs in life. But giving your problems to Allah and having tawakkul (complete trust in Him) is not always a smooth, tranquil process. When you’re really stressed out, hurt, or confused, you don’t always feel good or a sense of peace right away, even if you’re constantly praying and asking for guidance.
Many times, the process continues to be an internal battle for a very long time. But this isn’t a sign of weak faith. It’s a sign of the natural fragility of the human heart—and a sign of the believing soul seeking purity. For having true faith and tawakkul isn’t about perfection. It’s about remaining in sincere remembrance of your Lord and in humble obedience to Him, whether you’re enjoying times of ease and happiness or enduring times of tremendous pain and difficulty.
—excerpt of Broken yet Faithful. From the Journal of Umm Zakiyyah