Purpose in life


As-salamu alaykum wa rahmatuLlah shaykh Gibril,

I pray you are well, in sha Allah.

I was hoping you could offer some advice – how does one know what their ‘wijah’ or particular purpose in life is? Is it normal to study sacred sciences, and get a feeling that this isn’t for them – often I feel very out of place, and feel it doesn’t come as naturally to me as it does to the other students. Should I take this as a ‘sign’ to look for another purpose within the Deen?

How does one know whether these feelings are guidance, or rather misguidance from Shaytan?

I am sorry for my wishy-washy question, but am struggling to focus.

Jazakum Allahu khayran fi darayn for all your efforts, that are so appreciated.In need of your du’as,



Alaykum Salam,

You do very well to follow your heart and search for your niche. Ask Allah Most High to enlighten you in your choice, choose what you do best and consult for a better decision. Imam Nawawi for example studies anatomy for a while or medicine, then left it as he knew if was not for him. Similarly Imam Suyuti said he never quite took to logic or maths but shone in language, tafsir, hadith and law.

Hajj Gibril Haddad

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