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Recently, I’ve been in a position which has really scared me. I’m sure most of us have been in this situation where we face a loss of some kind, whether it’s wealth, a loved one, something we hold dear. The fear is borne out of not knowing any reality outside of having that wealth, person, thing in our lives. This is truly where the “test” comes in. Our faith being put up front and centre and having us face it dead on. Making a definite choice of what we believe because it will affect our next actions and contribute to the type of person we become.
It’s hard and it’s a choice. Knowing that Allah(SWT) is the all-sustaining, the One in whose hand all things are dependent. We can own nothing, we can do nothing without His knowledge and without His will. Our perspectives are dependent on a finite reality which deceives us at every turn. Making us believe that this is all there is, that it is really important, that it deserves all of our being dedicated to it. A slow burn to Shirk. The reality is that we do not need anything in this world, our only purpose is to worship Allah(SWT) through everything we do and that means doing our best in our relationships and our work in this world to achieve that end.
The circumstances in which our work and relationships build and decline are not dependent on us but are part of the test in which Allah(SWT) wants to see where our loyalty truly lies. Do we really depend on ourselves, our wealth, our family ties, our friends and our material possessions… or do we truly depend on HIM.
Regarding this, I’ve found how Allah(SWT) has made it so easy for us to remind ourselves and turn to him every single day. The five daily Salaah put us constantly having the opportunity to turn to Him. Where we have to remind ourselves that He is our only help, the Only One we worship. There can be no help without Him. All of the things we depend on in this world ultimately depend on Him as well. We are who we are because of Him.
“The coolness of my soul is in the Prayer.” (An Nasa’i, 3940)
It is in this realisation that we can find peace in our situations. But it does take that leap of faith because we do not know what the future holds, what is going to happen next. We can only ask of Him and believe that the best will come to pass. Allah (SWT) does not burden a Muslim with anything more than he can bear and he rewards those who believe in him through any trials they go through depending only on Him. This is a fact. This is His sunnah.
“Do not lose heart against the heaviest trials and never be in a state of grief, for you are bound to succeed if you are true in faith. [Quran, Surah: Al-Imran, Verse: 139]”
It makes us realise that we do not need to be afraid anymore, of anything or anyone in this world. We are in the service of Allah (SWT) and He is our Protector, our Sustainer. The little dance we go through in this world are just that… a shifting of resources and relationships all leading to our ultimate destination – where we have to face Him and account for ourselves and our actions. If there is anything that should worry us it is that. Are our actions truly in line with pleasing Allah(SWT)?
So, with this in mind, I hope you realise that the only first action you need to take is to turn to Allah and trust in Him. I can guarantee that this trust is never misplaced. Allah (SWT) is always there for those who turn to Him.
“O you who believe! Seek help in patience and the Prayer.” (Quran, Al-Bakarah:153)
May Allah(SWT) make your journey in this world easy for you, help you turn to Him and Him alone… and grant you success in this world and the next.