Apr 23, 2012

Eliminating Doubts From Our Lives - Part 2

By M


Eliminate Doubt from the Future, Past and Present.

Not everything we perceive as bad is bad. It mostly is a blessing in disguise. 

Have you ever experienced something that seems negative?

Once, I planned to participate in a Saturday market day. You know, the type where you get assigned a table and you can sell any product you like? I really wanted to acquire stock from a family friend; she has the most beautiful jewellery. Bam! The month I want it, there is no extra stock available.

I was disheartened. I went to the fair as a visitor instead, only to find out that the man in charge of hiring and avoiding conflicting sellers of similar goods, was not so good at fitting the job description.

I was happy to avoid the stress, after a seething dispute followed for a good hour.

Loss of wealth...
Ever heard of a man called Mufti Menk? He’s Zimbabwean and his lectures are available to view on YouTube. He profoundly said that loss of wealth is sometimes a blessing in disguise. If Allah loves you, He might allow this to occur so that you can draw closer to Him, and put you in a better state of being within yourself.

Sometimes we of the human race tend to love and draw closer to Goodness once we are faced with a situation that is not always what we want. And out of that comes a sense of happiness we were unaware we were ignoring.

That which is perceived as good and bad is fated. Tests, challenges, and most importantly blessings like loss, poverty, lost opportunity, losing a loved one, a job, a friendship...are sometimes given to us as a necessity to put us back on track to our enlightenment, to our success, to our future.

Indeed, We sent it down during a blessed night. Indeed, We were to warn [mankind]. (Surah Ad-Dukhan 44:3)

[Every] matter [proceeding] from Us. Indeed, We were to send [a messenger]. (Surah Ad-Dukhan 44:5)

(in the noble Quran in the English language, in this verse, the word matters refers to the matters of deaths, births, provisions, calamities, etc. For the whole (coming) year as decreed by Allah)

No disaster strikes except by permission of Allah . And whoever believes in Allah - He will guide his heart. And Allah is Knowing of all things. (Surah At-Taghabun 64:11)

(the noble Quran translation is :No calamity befalls but by the the Leave [Decision and Qadar (Divine Preordainments)] of Allah, and whoever believes in Allah, He guides his heart [to the true Faith with certainty, i.e. What has befallen him was already written for him by Allah from the Qadar (Divine Preordainments). And Allah is All-Knower of everything)

And We have already sent messengers before you and assigned to them wives and descendants. And it was not for a messenger to come with a sign except by permission of Allah. For every term (the word ‘matter’ is used in the noble Quran)) is a decree. (Surah Ar-Ra’d 13:38)

The following hadith is a very famous one, and feel free to study it and read through it. For the purpose of the point of our conversation, please look closely at the underlined section. I would like to show you that to satisfy your heart, know it is part of our faith to believe that everything we understand as good and bad is fate.

It doesn’t mean we are destined to suffer.

On the contrary, it makes it easy for us to accept and be patient, and try to see that Allah Loves us, and He is very aware of what we face, and He is there every step of the way. Guess we have to try and hold on to Him, for in this act, we might truly find the light of peace, and allow the goodness waiting for us to pour in.

On the authority of 'Umar, radiyallahu 'anhu, who said: "While we were one day sitting with the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam, there appeared before us a man dressed in extremely white clothes and with very black hair. No traces of journeying were visible on him, and none of us knew him. He sat down close by the Prophet, sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam, rested his knee against his thighs, and said, O Muhammad! Inform me about Islam." Said the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam, "Islam is that you should testify that there is no deity save Allah and that Muhammad is His Messenger, that you should perform salah (ritual prayer), pay the zakah, fast during Ramadan, and perform Hajj (pilgrimage) to the House (the Ka'bah at Makkah), if you can find a way to it (or find the means for making the journey to it)." Said he (the man), "You have spoken truly." We were astonished at his thus questioning him and telling him that he was right, but he went on to say, "Inform me about IMAN (IFAITH)." He (the Messenger of Allah) answered, "It IS THAT YOU BELIEVE in Allah and His angels and His Books and His Messengers and in the Last Day, and IN FATE (QADAR), BOTH IN ITS GOOD AND IN ITS EVIL ASPECTS." He said, "You have spoken truly." Then he (the man) said, "Inform me about Ihsan." He (the Messenger of Allah) answered, " It is that you should serve Allah as though you could see Him, for though you cannot see Him yet He sees you." He said, "Inform me about the Hour." He (the Messenger of Allah) said, "About that the one questioned knows no more than the questioner." So he said, "Well, inform me about the signs thereof (i.e. of its coming)." Said he, "They are that the slave-girl will give birth to her mistress, that you will see the barefooted ones, the naked, the destitute, the herdsmen of the sheep (competing with each other) in raising lofty buildings." Thereupon the man went off. I waited a while, and then he (the Messenger of Allah) said, "O 'Umar, do you know who that questioner was?" I replied, "Allah and His Messenger know better." He said, "That was Jibril. He came to teach you your religion." [Muslim]

And above all, be positive. For the loss of opportunity is replaced by a better one if we try bear with patience, and allow ourselves the opportunity to rectify our mistakes and love each other and be happy.

Lets all try to live our best happiest, most positive lives. A challenge, maybe. But one worth its weight in light.

I'd love to hear your views on this topic. Please post in the comments section below! :)


Excellent Reminder sister, JazakAllah khayr. 

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