“..Man needs tests. Tests provide the slave with an opportunity to prove himself to Allah. Allah constantly reminds us of this reality. “We will test you, so We may know the ones who strive amongst you and the patient ones, and relay your accounts.” Tests tell the slave what level he’s at, they grant him the ability to distinguish between true friend and false friend, you would know that in a time of ease, everyone is together, its only in hardship that you know what people are made of. Tests also allow the slave to have a chance, to be a slave. You see, if everything was going ahead as we, humans, desired it, we would grow arrogant and our souls would become disobedient and conceited. But Allah wishes to give His slave a stark reminder that no, the matter is in My hands. In the collection of Abu Dawud, the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam used to invoke Allah with the following: “O Allah, make the sustenance of the family of Muhammad (bearly) sufficient.” Ibn al-Qayyim commented on this du’a saying, “This is so when he, sallallahu ‘alayh finds food he worships (iyaka na’bud), and when he doesnt he seeks Allah’s help (iyaka nasta’een), so his life pendulums between the two posts of ‘iyaka na’bud wa iyaka nasta’een.'”
To the one who commented: yes.
Wow subhaNAllah, ukhtee, I love your blog. BEAUTIFUL. Please keep it up ! I needed some of the reminders you put up. I really needed them.
May Allah ease the burdens of all the believers in the world.
Jazaakillaah khayr ukhtee.
As-Salamu Aleykum sister
next time you write to him ask him if he had any nice dreams, they usually get that in prison.and ask him if he have any advice he wanna share with other prisoners.
wa`alaykum assalaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh,
Not sure if you’ve read this, but check it out inshaa’Allaah: http://ummkhawlah.muslimpad.com/2006/10/09/the-very-first-one/
mashallah that was an excellent excellent reminder. may allah bless you for it. inshallah i want to link back to you ok.
Pingback: Another Gem by Umm Khawla « travelling through this world blindfolded