Forgetting is easy. Time takes fresh memories, turning them stale until they no longer have the same impact on us as they once did. Happiness slips away, fear fades with time, and events that brought about changes in our lives slowly loose their effect. Think back to a time when something catastrophic happened, a time when you were in perill and Allah saved you. The best simile is one of a car accident. Imagine driving home on the highway. Greyish-silver clouds above raging down rain. All of a sudden your tires hit a pocket of water, you loose control, and your car spins across the highway. In that moment, that moment that lasts seconds but in your mind last minutes, when the world slows down and you dont know if you are going to live or not your heart goes to Allah. Asking Him to save you, to protect you…and He does. Your car slows down, and rests on the shoulder, wipers on, cars on the highway zooming past you as if nothing even happened, but something did happen, something that will change your outlook, the way you act for a long time.
It is these moments, these little bumps in life when something could have gone wrong but doesnt that we realize how great Allah really is. We feel as if He is watching over us, and we are thankful to Him for protecting us. As time goes we go back into old habits, forgetting to thank Him everyday. It is important to remind ourselves of all the extraordinary things Allah has done for us. All the moments in our lives we have to be thankful to Him for. Think back to a time when you needed Him most and He was there. When your heart called out for Him and He answered. Think about these moments daily, weekly, monthly if you have to but think about them because doing so will bring back those memories, freshen them in your mind, and strengthen your heart so Shaitan can never lead us to forget.
I will end with this hadith that illustrates how amazing it is if we remember Allah.
Narrated Abu Hurairah [radhi-yAllâhu ‘anhu]: The Prophet [sal-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam] said,
“Allâh [Subhânahu wa Ta’âla] says, ‘I am just as My slave thinks I am, (i.e. I am Able to do for him what he thinks I can do for him) and I am with him if he remembers Me. If he remembers Me in himself, I too, remember him in Myself; and if he remembers Me in a group of people, I remember him in a group that is better than them; and if he comes one span nearer to Me, I go one cubit nearer to him; and if he comes one cubit nearer to Me, I go a distance of two outstretched arms nearer to him; and if he comes to Me walking, I go to him running.’
– Omar Malik