Almost half of the Ramadan is past us! Time flies! Subhan Allah. May Allah swt help us make the most of what is remaining of this blessed month. Duaa Khair everybody 🙂
O you who believe! Seek help in patience and As-Salat (the prayer). Truly! Allah is with As-Sabirin (the patient ones).
(Al Baqarah 2:153)
We live in a world surrounded by trials, difficulties, oppression, pain and sadness. This is the Duniya. It is meant to be so. It is not and cannot be perfect. The imperfections here are just a sign that there exists a world that is perfect. Where there will be no pain, no hurt and no sadness. No trials, but only ease, no hatred, but only love. No oppression, but only justice. That is the Jannah, the Paradise. May Allah swt make us among the dwellers of Jannah, which is the abode of eternal peace and happiness. Ameen.
As of now we are living in this Duniya, and we all have our share of time in here. So, as it is with everything here, we all are striving to fit and survive. To live life, a happy and successful life, is our main goal when it comes to things in this world. And it is not easy. Not for anyone. Every one has their share of struggles, pain, sadness and difficulties. Believers more so ever than others, because for them, this duniya is a testing ground for their faith. The events in our lives, be them happy or sad, of triumphs or failures, are only means, through which Allah swt is testing us. It is how we take these tests, how we react to them, how we deal with them, that determines our eternal fate. Whether or not we will be among the people of Jannah.
In the end, it all comes down to the mercy of Allah, the fact that our deeds will never be enough to earn us our place in Jannah, that we can never be living a perfectly sinless life; our fate as in the eternal world, will only be decided by the Mercy of Allah. It will be His swt’s mercy that we will enter Jannah and not by our accounts. May His mercy prevail over His justice with us, the Day we are held to account. Ameen.
Coming back to the Ayah mentioned, Allah swt has given us two weapons to fight this Duniya. Salat (prayer) and Sabr (patience). These two weapons have been mentioned many a times in the Quran, as means of true success and happiness.
Allah swt loves the sabireen, the ones who are patient over the decree of their life. Over the years I have come to witness two kinds of patience in people. When something untowardly happens, you cry about it, go insane by questioning everything in your life, and why it happened to you. Then you calm down after a while and realize there is nothing you can do about it, but being patient over the matter. You realize it is a decree of Allah, and it is meant to be for you. So you come to your senses. This is the first kind of patience that I have witnessed, in and around me. The more common of the two.
The second one is more subtle and more difficult to achieve. But it is what is known as Sabrun Jameel, the beautiful patience. It is when with the first strike of calamity, you are able to see it as the decree of Allah, and without questioning your fate, Him, or going crazy about everything else. You are able to accept it in its first occurrence. Without cursing your life, or your fate, you believe the fact, To Allah we belong and to Him shall we return, and it manifests itself in your actions and reactions. This is the beautiful patience, the second kind, rare, but it exists! Subhan Allah this is the kind of sabr, the kind of patience we should strive for.May Allah make it easy for us. Ameen.
Of course being sad, hurt and in pain are normal reactions to calamities and mishaps, but remembering Allah in the first instance should be our first reactions too. Knowing that He swt has meant it for us, as a trial maybe, or as a hardship and knowing that they shall pass too. With harship comes ease, with trials come lessons! Knowing that Allah swt does not burden a soul more than it can bear. Knowing that every pain, every sadness that troubles your heart, become a means of erasing your sins. It is the love and mercy of Allah swt that even in the face of hardships, sickness and pain, He purifies us of our sins and makes them a means of our reward. Subhan Allah!
The Prophet (pbuh) said, ….. “Whosoever would be chaste and modest; Allah will keep him chaste and modest and whosoever would seek self-sufficiency, Allah will make him self-sufficient; and whosoever would be patient, Allah will give him patience, and no one is granted a gift better and more comprehensive than patience”. (Bukhari and Muslim)
The importance of salah is understood by the fact that it first, is a direct conversatrion we have with Allah swt every day and second it will be the first thing we will be held accountable for on the Day of Judgement. So, as long as we hold fast to our Salaah, guard our prayers, do not miss them, pray them in their earlier fixed times, we will in sha allah be keeping ourselves safe from many a sins and immoralities. Also, prayer is a means of seeking nearness to Allah, opening your burdened heart to Him and believing that respite and help comes only from Him.
A day that revolves around prayer is far more peceful and better than a day where you miss them, even though it might be stressful for you to move around your tasks and To do’s. But an easy tip is, to adjust the daily tasks, your work, studies, around your prayer times. This way in sha Allah, your day will become more easy and organized, and it will have barakah, in sha Allah. When you make out time for Allah swt, His obeyance, He swt will make time out for you. Trust Him. 🙂
This life is not easy, and it is not meant to be easy. There will be difficult times, hardships, moments of happiness and sadness, but Allah swt promises us to be with us, if only we hold onto the two weapons mentioned in this Ayah, Sabr and Salah. May Allah swt make it easy for all of us. Ameen. I will conclude with a Hadeeth Nawawi, which beautifuly explains the life as it should be.
Be mindful of Allah, and you will find Him in front of you. Recognize and acknowledge Allah in times of ease and prosperity, and He will remember you in times of adversity. And know that what has passed you by [and you have failed to attain] was not going to befall you, and what has befallen you was not going to pass you by. And know that victory comes with patience, relief with affliction, and hardship with ease. (40 Hadeeth Nawawi: 19)
May Allah swt make us among those who start and end their day with prayers, who pray perfectly with khushoo and in their proper times, who make prayers their priority. May Allah swt make us among those who are among the sabireen, and make us the ones who exibit sabrun jameel in the face of hardships, only and only to gain His swt’s love, mercy and pleasure.