Being close to nature can have a very soothing effect on you. What could be better than going out in the beautiful fields to ponder over the mysteries of our life! As I stood there surrounded by the beauty of His Creation, I could only wonder how Beautiful He, Himself, would be. I grabbed the opportunity to tune in to to the echoes of my heart. His words reverberated in my soul. I stood there pondering over the events of my life.
Perhaps, you can never really appreciate the All Knowing, the All Wise without facing the trials and hardships in your life. And when the dawn finally embraces you, you let the tears trickle down your cheeks in awe, gratitude and complete submission, begging for His forgiveness, realizing how ungrateful and impatient you had been before.
Sometimes, our lives seem to be unjust towards us. Our destinies appear to be unfairly penned. Every creature that once seemed loving becomes loathsome. The unresolved questions leave us lost within a labyrinth, entwined within the intricate web of our lives. In this tough battle of life, most of us begin to distance ourselves from the Creator. It is then that we lose hope. The human brain is an amazingly sophisticated creation of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala. Sometimes, all this brain needs to do is to stop! Yes, there are times when we desperately need to give a halt to the whirlwind of miserable thoughts. We need to take the time to instead analyze and question ourselves.
Is it really that our lives are being unjust towards us or is it that our perspective of looking at this beautiful life is skewed? Are we acting wisely as “masters”, or are we acting as mere “victims” of the current circumstances in our lives?
Let us unleash our memories and get a bit nostalgic. Remember all those moments when you called out to Him, and He responded? Honestly, I have multitude of such incidents: asking Him to unbolt a jammed door, seeking His aid just to open a jar, asking Him for the translated copy of the Noble Qur’an, begging Him to postpone a silly test for which I hadn’t prepared. These everyday incidents that we tend to dismiss and forget are too many to list. But, SubhanAllah! He did respond every single time. The door swung up – unbolted, the jammed cap of the jar loosened, the translated word of Allah, that I couldn’t purchase myself was received as a gift, and that test was not only postponed but cancelled! The miracles happened! Yes, the miracles happen!
Allah says in the Qur’an,
“And whosoever is conscious of Allah, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allah will accomplish His purpose. Indeed Allah has set a measure for all things.”
[Surat At-Talaq: 2-3]
Allah also says in the Qur’an,
“Say, O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful. And return [in repentance] to your Lord and submit to Him before the punishment comes upon you; then you will not be helped.”
[Surah Az-Zumar: 53-54]
Being conscious of Him, placing our trust in Him, and sincerely repenting to him- this is the sure-shot way out of our hardships. These are the areas we need to ruthlessly work on. We need to redirect our thought process to focus more on solving our problems rather than just fizzling out by blaming and complaining about everything to everyone. Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala is the one who created the silver lining to every cloud. With firm faith in this, our eyes must seek the positivity in every ‘negative’ situation. Rather than being bogged down by your worries, zoom out of your problems and focus on Him, who is closer to you than your jugular vein.
Your life is beautiful. Your destiny has been wonderfully penned at the command of your Rabb, and there’s an amazing journey ahead of you, insha Allah. All you need to do is to change your perception of your life and put complete trust in your Creator with full conviction and patience- which really does create miracles. What seems impossible for you is as simple for the Almighty as saying “Kun” (“Be”). Maintain closeness to the Almighty at times of ease too, and you will find His Promised Help close-by during times of hardship. And, then, behold how your life becomes sweeter and beautiful than ever before!