As-salamu `alaykum wa rahmatullah
I just returned from a short trip abroad and whilst there, my sister and I were casually conversing with a Bulgarian hotel waitress. She asked about our visit and we somehow went on to the topic of my mother’s poor health. At that point, she put her hand on my sister’s shoulder and began giving such comforting words to us. Then she took out something from her uniform pocket. It was a picture of a young girl with pigtails. She said, “This is my daughter, she is only 2 years old, and she’s been taken away from me.” She then gave us a comforting smile and a look of understanding and simply said, “We all have hardships.”
Reality. Subhan’Allah, there are some things that can easily bring together Humanity simply because they are a true reality faced by all.
Blessings are literally poured over you during testing times. But your heart and mind are so fixated on the whirlwind that you don’t see the goodness around you. And even if your eyes see it, your preoccupied mind might not acknowledge it. So take a deep breath, watch the sun rise over a new day, listen to the birds chirp, watch your beloved ones walk and talk around you, go to work or school and struggle through the day – because even in your struggle, there is peculiar and wondrous beauty.
It was never about the actual test that you went through, because tests approach every living thing; though they come wearing different masks. But it was about the turbulence during your plight and it was about the aftermath that you had to deal with; your reaction or composure, your words or your silence. See, it’s rarely ever about the test alone, but almost always just all about you.
Sometimes, a door might close upon you and you really feel its impact because it was a door that you were looking at. But as Ibn al-Qayyim said, no door closes except that Allah opens up at least 2 other doors out of Mercy. We just have to hearken to the Signs of Allah around us, and look for which doors have been opened and are now ajar. You may be in for a pleasant surprise.
Life will teach you if you allow it to teach you, and it will bring you its benefits if you allow it to bring you benefit, and it will coach you if you allow it to coach you. The key is to become its student, and remain as its student through the thick and thin.
Gates usually open upon the last fatigued knock.
“Perhaps the delay in you attaining your wish lies in a benefit which Allah wants for you. So be patient. Do not hasten. And be optimistic. For indeed, what awaits you of blessing is far greater than what you wished for, and there is no-one more generous than Allah.” – Unknown
“When a person we love falls ill, we say it is a test, but when a person we dislike falls ill, we say it is a punishment. When a person we love is afflicted with hardship, we say it is because he is a good person, but when a person we dislike is afflicted with hardship, we say it is because he has wronged others. Be very careful of handing out the wisdom of Allah behind His Decree based on your desire.” - Unknown
“If you are tested, then be patient. It will soon go.
And if you are broken, don’t worry. Allah mends all hearts.
Whoever puts Allah in his heart, then none will ever harm him.”
- Unknown poet