Ever feel like not a single soul on the face of this earth can understand the turmoils of your heart and mind? Every nation was tested with trials that were unique to them, for instance, the Thamud were tested with extravagance, wealth and hence became arrogant. Likewise the people of Lut practised sodomy, and that was the cause of their destruction.
So just like every nation, we are also tested as individuals with our own personal trials which are unique to our characters. Those particular trials are ordained by Allaah specifically for us based on our strengths and weaknesses. Because, really who can know us better than our Creator? And since He alone knows us inside out, it only makes sense for us to turn to Him. Turning to Allaah is to surrender to His Will because ultimately He knows what’s best for us. So whenever loneliness or helplessness overcomes you, don’t be sad. Revive and polish your strengths and let go of your weaknesses.
I like to remind myself of the hadeeth below whenever I find dark clouds hung above my head (needless to say, I love dark clouds, and rain, and thunderstorms. Hmm.. makes me wonder, could I possibly be under the influence of the Law of Attraction? Ah.)
“Allaah marvels about the despair of His creatures (‘ibad), while the changing of their situation from bad to good is very near, He looks at you, and you are very desperate, so He keeps laughing, because He knows that your relief is very close.”(reported by Ahmad Ibn Hanbal and others)
Allaah mentions eight types of honour shown to the steadfast:
* The first is love. Allah says, “And Allah loves the steadfast.”
* The second is help. He says, “Truly, Allah is with the steadfast.”
* The third is mansions in the Garden. He says, exalted is He, “They will be recompensed with mansions because of how they were steadfast.”
* The fourth is a full and ample reward. Allah says, “Only the steadfast are paid their reward without reckoning.”
* The other four are all mentioned in one ayah (in al-Baqarah) in which they (the steadfast) are given the good news. Allah says, “Give good news to the steadfast.” And there is mention in the same ayah of mercy, compassion, and guidance as rewards for the steadfast ones. Allah says, “Those, there is on them mercy and compassion from their Lord and those they are the guided ones.”
There are four aspects of steadfastness:
* Steadfastness in affliction, which is the act of preventing the self from becoming discontented and impatient;
* Steadfastness in good fortune, which is to bind it fast to gratitude, without overstepping the limits or becoming proud and self-important because of the good fortune;
* Steadfastness in obedience by safeguarding it and becoming constant in it;
* Steadfastness (in refraining) from acts of disobedience by withholding oneself from them.
Above steadfastness there is surrender, which is abandoning opposition and discontentment outwardly and abandoning dislike inwardly.
Above surrender there is contentment with the decree, which is the self’s happpiness with the act of Allah; it issues from love, for everything the Beloved does is beloved.
– Ibn Juzayy al-Kalbi