A Letter to My Friend: Seeking the Counsel of Trust

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Dear Friend,

When we fall, we fall hard.

One primary aspect of our life is trusting Him in EVERY situation. The notion may sound casual, as we go on saying, “have faith” or Trust Him” or “Don’t worry”. How can one not worry when the descended case is so-worrisome? How can one depict hard bound faith in the feeble states of our imaan?

I know these are simple questions demanding our centuries struggle to overcome faith.

One true example is Prophet Jacob (May Allah be pleased with him), when he showed patience, taqwa and trust in Allah Subhana wa ta’ala even though he was going through the most crucial tunnel of his life. When Prophet Yusuf (May Allah be pleased with Him) was taken away and he spent a considerable amount of time (read: years) patiently waiting till Allah’s decree descend.

He could have complaint Allah SWT yet he preferred patience.

He (Yaqoub) said: Nay, your souls have made a matter light for you, so patience is good; maybe Allah will bring them all together to me; surely He is the Knowing, the Wise.

 (Surah Yusuf:83)

This life asks for your sacrifice.

They say Allah SWT is as per your thinking. Good things come to those who Trust Him.(because ultimately they will enact good and so on and so forth)

I know the nafs yearns to go against what He says. A lot of times we do not understand the hikmah in the situation but believe in Him the rest will follow insha Allah.

Or think you that you will enter Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty and ailments and were so shaken that even the Messenger and those who believed along with him said, “When (will come) the Help of Allah?” Yes! Certainly, the Help of Allah is near!

(Suratul Baqarah:214)

My dear, if in situations where your trust in Him dwindles, know that it’s He who is the powerful and the All-Mighty. No harm can touch you if He does not will and no goodness can reach you unless He wills. This is trust.

Trust asks us to go by His words even if it means leaving the dunia knowing that He will bring the whole world in your feet.

Trust asks us to flunk your fortune 500 company interview knowing that it asks for bribe and believing that He will grant the best rizq for you. (after all He provides food to the beings living underneath the stones, yes yes!)

Trust asks us to carry veil even when you know you won’t befit your peer company and knowing that He is the only Wali.

Trust asks us to leave that one multinational job that does not grant you leave for your ‘Itekaaf (retreat in mosque) in Ramadan and knowing that He will provide the most sufficient mean instead.

Trust asks us to meet our relatives earnestly and kindly with whom the ties have been severed in past and knowing that Allah will surely accept from you

Maulana Rumi said,

Don’t turn your head.
Keep looking at the bandaged place.
That’s where
the Light enters you.

It’s not easy, crunching your nafs and abiding by His commands. However, that’s where in between the thawab lies, right?  That’s when the light of His mercy descend on to you because know that unless you are not tested to the threshold of the pain you are not granted.

And [yet], among the people are those who take other than Allah as equals [to Him]. They love them as they [should] love Allah . But those who believe are stronger in love for Allah.

(Suratul Baqarah:165)

 

A Letter to My Friend: Learning to Love Him through Trials

Dear Friend,

It has already happened. Look around.

Fairytales do exist. On this earth.

But for those of them to realise we have to work really hard. The darkness breeds and the light will shine only onto those whom He wills. And He wills for those He has tested and those who are the successful believers. Who have never put Him aside.

Who have never sold Him for an inferior amount.

Who have never sold their Yousuf for an inferior amount.

I know things are not easy for you. The tests are not easy. It requires hard core faith.

When I say hard core faith the ayah of Qur’an resonates in my mind…وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَشَدُّ حُبًّا لِّلَّهِ

But those who believe are stronger in love for Allah.

(Suratul Baqarah: 165)

It interprets for the believers are extreme in His love. You know what happens when we extremely love someone? We do as the beloved pleases. We do ALL the things and follow all his commands and orders only to get his affectionate sight, his smiling face or his love. Why our love is so deficient? Why it has holes in it? Why we are munafiq in loving Allah SWT. The taqaza of His love is that we take what he gives and abandons what he asks us to. But we are so unfortunate that even our salah is pointless…for if it was correct we were true mo’mins…isn’t it? I often think.

And this is why I ask you today even though it’s your personal aqeedah trait that if you think that shoving off your face veil will hinder the demons of all possible rishtas and you will get the most best one. Then know that our prime step is wrong in its entirety. Our society does not allow us to carry it but even if I carry it I carry for Him.

I might never have met Muhammad had not veil been a mercy for me. Look at me. I am one case too. My Niqab did not lower me down. He did not turn me down instead his condition was veil. Alhamdulillah. It ushered me up and Allah has blessed me. Alhamdulillah. Then my dear why cannot it happen in your case as well?

“Trials?”

Yes, I did go berserk in the process. But why indeed should we say that. If there was anything that consoled me it was the verses of Qur’an.

Therefore I ask you, It has already happened. Look around.

It has happened. It has already happened.

The wheels will churn for you too. It will happen for you too.

On one condition.

وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يَتَّخِذُ مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ أَندَادًا يُحِبُّونَهُمْ كَحُبِّ اللَّهِ ۖ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَشَدُّ حُبًّا لِّلَّهِ ۗ

And [yet], among the people are those who take other than Allah as equals [to Him]. They love them as they [should] love Allah . But those who believe are stronger in love for Allah .

A Letter to my Friend – Trusting Allah SWT

This article has been published in “The Intellect” magazine’s December January 2016 volume.

Read the original here.

Dear Friend,

And He found you lost and guided [you].

(Suratu Dhuhaa: 7)

I watched you as you wiped out your flowing tears. I don’t know what have caused these, I hope that I can be of some help to you. I know how you are carrying the weight of the baggage of life. It hurts me and I pray for you. We all are linked someway in the most common essence like a pendulum motion swaying to and fro. Being gay when we move towards one side and getting woo-ed as we move to the other.

I know showing patience like you do is remarkable, but my dear in these dark nights the morning rays promise to shine each day. We just have to keep our faith intact. Hard bound faith as Prophet Yaqub AS showed when Prophet Jonah A.S was away from him. Do we have those kinds of grieves ? I don’t know. I just hope that you stay strong in the face of the world. That you be the representation of the character of our Prophet Muhammad PBUH when he endured the hardships occurred in the valley of Taif. I know this life irritates you too much.

But I can state what Allah states in His divine book;

Your Lord has not taken leave of you, [O Muhammad], nor has He detested [you].

(Suratu Dhuhaa: 3)

It consoles me a great deal and it should to you, as well. I listen to you silently as you take heaves of sighs but believe me when darkness is shed, only light peeps in. It’s going to be better if it cannot be excellent.

As Asma Hussein writes;

“Better because God doesn’t leave the believers to themselves even for the blink of an eye. Better because He is the Wali, close friend and protector, of the believers. Better because everything He plans for us is to strengthen us and push us to stand up and walk forward with faith confidence.”

 Because He says;

And the Hereafter is better for you than the first [life].

(Suratu Dhuhaa: 4)

And Because;

And your Lord is going to give you, and you will be satisfied.

(Suratu Dhuhaa: 5)

O our Wali and omnipotent, shed away the darkness of our sins from us and subject us to true serenity of your love and mercy. Allahumma ameen.