How to Cut Through the Noise and Stay on the Straight Path

10 Tips on How to Cut Through the Noise and Stay on the Straight Path


“The bus driver said over the loudspeaker, “Please be quiet, we will listen to Quran now.” I was on my way to go roller-skating with my daughter’s fourth grade class. Hearing the Quran on the way there would certainly be a bonus. My body relaxed and I happily leaned back in my seat, ready to let the heartrending words of my Maker sweep over me. It wasn’t long though, before the children began talking, their voices gradually accumulating. After a while, even the teachers resumed their conversations. As the din swelled, it became increasingly challenging to heed the melodic verses of the Quran. I realized that the scenario inside the school bus was an accurate analogy for life. You know the feeling: You believe; you love God and yearn for His acceptance, but it feels like there is always something trying to pull you away. Obstacles appear one after another. Why can’t we just be left alone to bask in the beauty of faith? Instead, we are bombarded with noise and confusion. We are told our religion is a monstrous abomination, the ultimate misguidance – no more than a manifesto for terrorism. How do we deal with this?”