Bismillahir rahmanir raheem
It’s become normal to think why me, first world problems, why can’t I just get a break. But on reflection, Allah swt has given us so many ayat (signs) that He swt tests those that he loves. Shouldn’t we be grateful for those tests?
“Whoever Allah wants good for him, he puts them to test. He puts them through difficulties. Like a diamond or some metal that has to be burnt and then that which is bad from it is removed so that you have that which is the pure diamond or the pure gold or whatever. Put them to tests, trials and difficulties.” – Bukhari & Muslim
Just think, if your test doesn’t happen in this world, where is it going to happen? You’ve got it, in the akhirah. And that to me is the most terrifying thing. We live our lives between the adhan and the iqamah (short), so doesn’t that just prove how temporary this time is?
Narrated ‘Aisha: (the wife of the Prophet) Allah’s Apostle said, “No calamity befalls a Muslim but that Allah expiates some of his sins because of it, even though it were the prick he receives from a thorn.”
That thorn is a signs of mercy from Allah swt that He is expiating our sins now, rather than judging us for them on the Day of Qiyyamah (Day of Judgment).
This feeling of why me, from my understanding, can only be a sign of our lack of taqwa* for Allah swt and what is life without taqwa*?
It’s hard to have taqwa all the time, the Prophet (saw) said “The heart of the son of Adam is up to be more unstable than the boiling water in a pot” because more than anyone else He (saw) understood the heart of man and it’s motivations. But how do we keep our imaan ‘high’? How do we try to achieve taqwa with the level of ihsan (excellence) it deserves?
These are questions I hope to answer in the next blog post so we can share and do tadabbur together inshaAllah!
How do you increase yourself in taqwa? Leave your comments below to be featured in the next blog post.
*Taqwa: The term Taqwa is often translated as ‘piety’ or ‘God-fearing’, but a better equivalent would be ‘God-consciousness’. It is considered to be the essential quality of a believer. Taqwa of a believer should illuminate through all facets of his/her life, just like a bright light would shine through all openings of an empty house in an empty field in a dark night. Taqwa, when coupled with Imaan (faith), makes a well-rounded believer. Taqwa goes hand in hand with Imaan; one cannot be complete without the other, and vice versa. [Taken from: http://www.islamicinsights.com/religion/religion/what-is-taqwa.html]
Originally posted on March 5th 2015, content has been updated