Assalamu’alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,
InshaAllah this reaches you all in a good state of health and Emaan.
There comes a time when everything seems to be going the wrong way. There is pain in every step, tears in every breath, and confusion in every word. The road that you traveled on so smoothly is now blocked, causing you to stop with no where else to go. Your plan becomes so shattered and you start to question if all that you did was worth it. Some of us question Allah and ask “why me.” We do the whole, “I have been so good, I prayed every step of the way, I asked for guidance and so on.” We plead not with du’as but with questions! We plead and we wish our plan stayed as is–that nothing changed. However, for many of us, we have led a pretty easy life—tested for the first time; yet we have the guts to question Allah.
We need to take a moment and think about the last time we asked Allah if we really deserve all the blessings He has bestowed upon us. Did we ask Him if we deserve to have good sight, good hearing, close family, good friends, good education, food on the table, clothes, a roof above our head, and most importantly ISLAM? Do we deserve all these blessings? None of us do, but He [Allah] gives, gives and gives us more than we can EVER be thankful for. But the moment one thing goes wrong…We start to blame Him, to question Him, to question His trials. But who are we to do that? Think about your worst situation and compare to all the blessings you have! You will then see that you need not to question but to be thankful for everything.
Maybe that’s too hard to do, after all we’re all humans and we do not always think about blessings when we’re going through a lot of pain. Let’s take another approach. Everything that happens to us is a test, right? Some are harder than the others and others seem un-bearable. Concerning trials, The Prophet (Peace be upon him) once said,
If we realize that all the pain, the hardships and the tests we go through are test from Allah, we will surely not question Him. But imagine, the harder the trial is, the more beloved you are to Allah, the Most High. Instead of us asking “why us?”, why don’t we ask if we are worthy of His love? Seriously, are we really worthy of His love? Aren’t we all sinners, wrong doers after all? Why is it that we think we deserve His love and mercy so much, but we question His tests and trials? Close your eyes and think about this for a second, let it sink in….and really question yourself…
Now open your eyes and know that in the road that is blocked, we have a way out. Through Sabr, (patience) we can overcome our trials and we shall be rewarded in this world and the Hereafter. So, the next time your road becomes blocked, remember Allah’s love.
May Allah (SWT) give us the strength and the patience in this world so that we may be prosperous in the Hereafter. Ameen.
Please keep this lowly servant in your du’as,