When the Going gets Toughest, Allah’s Help is Near.
أَمْ حَسِبْتُمْ أَنْ تَدْخُلُوا الْجَنَّةَ وَلَمَّا يَأْتِكُمْ مَثَلُ الَّذِينَ خَلَوْا مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ ۖ مَسَّتْهُمُ الْبَأْسَاءُ وَالضَّرَّاءُ وَزُلْزِلُوا حَتَّىٰ يَقُولَ الرَّسُولُ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مَعَهُ مَتَىٰ نَصْرُ اللَّهِ ۗ أَلَا إِنَّ نَصْرَ اللَّهِ قَرِيبٌ
Or do you think that you will enter Paradise while such [trial] has not yet come to you as came to those who passed on before you? They were touched by poverty and hardship and were shaken until [even their] messenger and those who believed with him said,”When is the help of Allah?” Unquestionably, the help of Allah is near. (Surah 2 Al Baqarah:214)
Life on earth is a test. It is a like program where we are its players. We had signed up for this “game” for an opportunity to gain entry to Paradise. We had signed up to prove our devotion to our Almighty Creator.
Our Creator is the Most Present and Compassionate. Allah knows the difficulties that we have chosen to participate in, and extends His Aid when we ask for it, while allowing us to gain the experience we need, so that we become more aware of the need for harmony – ours and others.
Waki’ bin Hudus narrated that his paternal uncle Abu Razin natrated that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, ‘Allah delights at the despair of His slaves which (is exactly when) He soon changes it (their despair to relief).’
I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, does the Lord laugh?’
He said: ‘Yes.’
I said: ‘We shall never be deprived of good (when we have) a Lord Who laughs.”
[Sunan ibn Majah, Vol. 1, Book 1, Hadith 181]
The truth is, we are as a collective, frequently getting ourselves into a fix, with our bright ideas, faulty beliefs and pursuits for instant gratification. Collectively, we find ourselves pushing the laws of nature to its limit, sometimes out of curiosity, sometimes out of desperation, and sometimes out of ignorance.
Yet, through all our tumbling, Our Lord Most High is Ever-Present, Ever-Watchful and Ever-Compassionate. While our loved ones mourn over our failures, Allah honours our experiences, and respectfully allows us to learn from our mistakes – because Allah knows that His calculations for perfect balance is precise.
We perceive happiness and joy as positive, and get obsessed with the pursuit of comfort & gratification. We perceive sadness, fear, disappointments as negative and uncomfortable, and avoid it at all costs. We dis-count the importance and necessity of emotions, that contributes to our motivation to progress and enrich the meaning of life.
We do this even while we verbalise: الإيمان بالقدر خيره وشره
that we believe in Qadr its positive and negative – which is the Absolute Law of Balanced Equation which maintains and restores Harmony, that Allah has installed into this worldly universe.
The hadith above illustrates the Loving Compassion of Allah, as He delights in His Creation and their experiences. The Prophet instills hope in us that all difficulties are temporary, and Allah in His Compassion will replace this present hardship with ease.
The verse above prompts us to remember that life on this earth is meant to be a challenge for us who will be reckoned with in the Hereafter.
Should you be going through difficulties right now, know that Allah’s help is ever so near.
Remember too that the entire purpose of life on earth is to be tested for our commitment to our covenant with Allah.
How deep is our Love for Him? How much hardship will we bear to prove our filial devotion to HIM?
The outcome of the test is less relevant than the proof of your submission and devotion to Him. You are graded by your intention to serve Him, and your devotion to your duties to uphold harmony.
May Allah pour patience on us and make firm our feets, and protect us from giving up and turning away from the mercy of Allah.
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