وسخر لكم الليل والنهار والشمس والقمر والنجوم مسخرات بأمره إن في ذلك لآيات لقوم يعقلون
“And He has subjected for you the night and day and the sun and moon, and the stars are subjected by His command. Indeed in that are signs for a people who reason.”
I love this aayah from soorat an-Nahl, there’s so many lessons one can derive from it! Allaah’s words always leave you in amazement if you truly ponder and reflect over them. Umm Dharr radiyAllaahu `anha was once asked about the nature of Abu Dharr al-Ghifari’s radiyAllaahu `anh nature of `ibaadah. So she said: “He spent his entire days mostly silent, pondering and meditating on Allaah’s work.”
Everything, every single creation in this universe has a purpose and a time set for it. Look at the creation of day and night for instance, you see a perfect pattern. No matter how long and dark the night might be, its always followed by a bright morning. You’ll always, in some corner of the earth see the sun rising in all its glory, pushing away all darkness. And just like the sun and moon, our lives take on different phases.. we drift between agony and joy, love and hate, safety and calamity.. and with each phase, we either learn and grow if we take heed, or we’re left behind amidst the caravan of the misguided, those who are hopeless, who have no faith.
Its almost as if its Allaah’s way of reminding us to patiently wait for the arrival of day because the night is surely to pass no matter how lengthy. How can then our hearts not be filled with awe and love for Allaah subhanahu wa ta`ala?
And likewise, no matter how much we wish for the night to pass, it will only do so by the permission of Allaah. Some nights are lengthy, whereas some are short. Similarly, some trials are harder to bear than others. If you think about the length – be it in terms of nature [night/day] or trials, whether its ease or calamity – each has its own benefit. A long night means more `ibaadah and rest. We have more time to prepare for our final destination, to seek forgiveness and earn Allaah’s Pleasure. The tougher the trial, the stronger we become.