Friday, June 6, 2014

The Wisdom behind Trials and Calamities

There will probably, once, come a time in life, where we will feel like there’s no way out, or we will begin to pity ourselves when hit wit... thumbnail 1 summary
There will probably, once, come a time in life, where we will feel like there’s no way out, or we will begin to pity ourselves when hit with trials, and ask questions such as, ‘why me’ | ‘does Allah hate me this much that He allowed this to happen to me?’.

This is when we need to wake-up brothers and sisters, and actually realize what a big blessing Allah is bestowing upon us. When afflicted with hardships, rather than reacting, immediately, in a defeated manner, we must teach ourselves to adopt the manner of taking a deep breath; and contemplating about the wisdom behind this.

Firstly, ask yourselves – do you truly believe that Allah the Almighty, the Most Merciful, the One who has given the creation only 1% of mercy (amongst themselves), and kept the remaining 99% for Himself, would ever allow you, a believer, to be hurt? Never.
And secondly, before jumping to conclusions, are you aware of the actual wisdom behind hardships and difficulties? No. Well, carry on reading.

Sometimes, it’s the wrong decisions that we make that is the reason behind our hurt, behind our pain, but that is when we need to understand and reflect that it is Allah calling us back to Him again. As human beings, we have been created weak, and we are easily misled by the shaytan. Not a single one of us is not guilty of that, but that is where the beauty lies. Allah knows that we are going to sin, and He knows exactly what sin we will commit, where and when, but what He is concerned about is whether we will feel guilty and turn back to Him in repentance. He is waiting to forgive us.

These sins, whether it be major or minor, that are, at times, the very cause for our pain and our heartbreak, but putting all that aside, the regret and remorse that we feel is actually a blessing. This overwhelming feeling of disgust and regret that we are finding hard to deal with, shows that we have acknowledged who we have sinned against, which is the most important thing here. And that becomes the first step that takes us back to Him. Also, it is useful to note that if you are sincerely feeling remorse over past sins, then you truly are fortunate, as Allah has chosen to guide you, and make you realize your wrong-doings. There are people these days, who are so accustomed to sinning that they don’t even care or realize the extent and consequence of it anymore. May Allah save us all.

Moving on, The Almighty allows different forms of hardships to occur in our lives, for a reason, and it is up to us to reflect and recognize that, in fact, there are blessings behind these trials and tribulations. They are a means of our sins being forgiven by The Almighty, which brings to mind a Hadith reported by Abu Hurayra: the Prophet ﷺ said, “A Muslim does not encounter fatigue, tiredness, concern, sorrow, injury or grief, or even a thorn which pricks him without Allah expiating his errors for him by that.” (Bukhari)

This is a valuable blessing from Allah! It is just a matter of the perspective that we take on it, when afflicted. Remember, our beloved Prophet ﷺ said: “How wonderful is the situation of the believer, for all his affairs are good. If something good happens to him, he gives thanks for it and that is good for him; if something bad happens to him, he bears it with patience, and that is good for him. This does not apply to anyone but the believer.” (Narrated by Muslim, no. 2999)

A true believer always remains hopeful and positive. He knows these hard times will pass. That is why it is so significant, as a believer, that we comprehend and truly believe that through these difficulties – whether it is an illness, disease, depression or any form of suffering, Allah wants to forgive our wrong-doings. He wants us, His servants, to have a unique connection with Him, which will take us closer to Him; closer to His Deen. So rather than complain, make the most of such times (which is actually a blessing), and turn to Allah constantly, whenever and wherever, as much as you can; because that is all He wants. All He wants is for His creation to turn to Him – to their one and only Creator, so that we can be successful and so that He can grant us the ultimate prize in the Aakhirah: ‘that which no eye has seen, no ear has heard and it has never crossed the mind of man.’ – Jannah. You see, Allah does not want to see His believers among, or anywhere near the losers, on the Day of Judgment. He wants us to be triumphant and abide in Jannah forever.

Therefore, for the brothers and sisters going through hard times, please do not make the mistake of falling into despair as Allah says in the Quran, “Indeed, no one despairs of relief from Allah except the disbelieving people”(Quran 12:87). As Muslims, we should be certain that Allah loves us, and only wants the best for us. He is with us through everything – the good and the bad; and will always provide us with a way out, so long as we call unto Him, and be patient. It is only the disbelievers that are impatient and lose hope in the mercy of Allah – not us, the believers!

Know and have faith that these times will most definitely come to an end. They are just a test from the Almighty to see how you will cope – whether you will turn to Him or away from Him – “Allah does not burden a soul beyond its capacity”(Quran 2:86). He has specifically chosen for you, out of everyone, to go through these hard times, as a means of expiating your sins, and bringing you closer to Him. It is a blessing in disguise, and only the true believers and the wise will be able to recognize that.

Additionally, we must remember that this world is only temporary, as are the hardships and pains within it. If there were no tests or tribulations that we were put through, then anybody would be able to enter Jannah, and Jannah would then lose its value. Allah has only reserved Jannah for the special and most beloved people to Him, and He will know who these people are when He tests us, and sees who is true in their faith – “Do the people think that they will be left to say, “We believe” and they will not be tried?” (Quran 29:2). So the next time you find yourself in a predicament, don’t complain nor fall into misery. Be patient, and understand that this is a test from The Almighty – to see if you will put your faith in Him, or if you will lose hope and give up. Also, don’t forget that this hardship could in fact be the very thing that leads you to Jannah. So stay patient and have faith my brother/sister!

To conclude, I want you to know and engrave this in your hearts and minds: Allah never wants any bad for His believers! He only wants the best and good for us; thus, allows difficulty, pain and sorrow to occur in our lives so it can open up our blinded eyes to the reality of this world, and to the reality of the Aakhirah. He does not want us to become attached to this world, nor give into the temptations of the shaytan, as it will only divert us away from our real purpose here. So know that there is a reason behind your struggles, and know that there is always light at the end of a dark tunnel. And if Allah wills that light will be Jannah.By Uzman Muhajir.

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