Imagine being in a room with no windows, no clock, no means to escape. Now imagine on the outside of that door is a world full of people, those who you love, ones that would do anything for you, but in this moment, in this tribulation, in this dark room they cant reach you. It’s a moment of despair, a moment of utter confusion, and a moment when our hearts turn to the only One who it knows can help…Allah. Its an interesting human state, we chose to ignore Allah when things are good, but when we are put in a calamity the first thing we cry out is God help me. Why is that? It is because our hearts have been in the presence of Allah; they have been created by Him, started by Him and it is ingrained deep in our hearts that He is the only One who has the power to help us.
Allah’s help comes from his Mercy, His love for His creation. Take a minute and try writing down everything Allah has given you, from your health, to your family, a job, your kids, a loving spouse, even the ability to call yourself Muslim…these are all blessings we all take for granted. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) tells us a story of a man who lived on an island where he worshiped Allah for 500 years. When the Day of Judgment came Allah told him that by His Mercy He will grant this man paradise. The man replied back to Allah and said, I have done nothing but worship you for 500 years; I want to be entered into Paradise for my five hundred years of worship. Allah then asked an Angle to recount how many years of worship just for the gift of vision. The angle replied, 500 years. Allah asked the man if He should continue. The man understanding the depth of Allah’s gifts said no, by your Mercy my Rabb I would like to enter paradise. SubhanAllah.
How many years have we worshipped Allah? How many times do we miss our prayers? Do we choose some tv show before Isha, or wake up early for work but not for Fajr? There are questions we must constantly remind ourselves of. If we are to be truly humbled by Him, by all He gives us we must remind ourselves of the utter depth of His love. No matter who you are, or what you are going through there is no one on the face of the earth that can look up at Allah and be angry at Him for not giving them enough. There is a balance in this life and the hereafter, for Allah is the best of Judges. Hard times are tests we must pass, and times of ease are blessings we must be thankful of.
Let’s make it a habit to thank Allah for everything He has given us, keep His name on the tip of our tongues and travel freely through life with love for Him in our hearts. For if you are loved by Allah He tells Angel Gabriel I love so and so, so you love him as well. Then Angel Gabriel makes an announcement in Jannah, Allah (swt) loves so and so, so you love him as well and everyone in Jannah loves that person and then that love descends on this Earth.
I hope we can all strive to be the pillars of light this Ummah needs, to guide with our actions and forgive with our hearts. I will end with this hadith:
Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said, “Allah Almighty says, ‘I have declared war against anyone who shows enmity towards a friend of Mine. My slave does not draw near to Me with anything I love more than what I made obligatory for him. Then My slave continues to draw near to Me with superogatory actions until I love him. When I love him, I become his hearing with which he hears, his sight by which he sees, his hand with which he strikes and his foot with which he walks. If he asks of Me, I give to him. If he seeks refuge with Me, I give him refuge.'” [al-Bukhari]
– Omar Malik