78 applicants. 8 candidates. 1 job.
I’ve always had bad luck surrounding me when it comes to job hunting. During the interview I was informed that I was competing against 8 other candidates, from that point I was glad to have got this far regardless of whether I got the job or not. Walking out from the interview I knew I had so much to be thankful for, immediately I rejoiced, looked up and recited…
‘All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the Worlds’ (1:2)
I remember exactly where it was, corner of the road opposite the cafe my heart felt like weeping towards my Lord for coming this far alone because I knew only God helped me, I had no power of my own. I felt like prostrating to him right that moment. It was the best feeling ever. The job itself was great, the people, the work, the salary, the location. What more could I have asked for Alhumdullilah. However, 3 months later due to unforeseen circumstances I lost my job. My Lord had a better plan for me.
Today I recalled these moments that I shared between my Lord; at the time I was praising Him for the good – What is stopping me from praising Him for my unfortunate fate? Whether it’s the loss of your job, loss of money, loss of a loved one always keep in mind that – God knows what is good for you, He is the Best of All Planners.
‘All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the Worlds’ – Chapter 1, The Opener. Contemplate and mediate over this verse alone, it holds a miracle and unveils a deeper meaning behind it for the believers to reflect upon. The Opener to our hearts, Opener to Allahs Mercy, witness that even in our difficulty there is a hidden mercy behind it. I instantly felt a rush of contentment running through me. The feeling is inexpressible. It’s a fact; our hearts will find its peace when we are in the remembrance of our Lord – The Most Magnificent.
It certainly explains why our beloved Prophet Muhammad (May Allahs mercy and blessings be upon him) smiled when he was faced with hardship. Such a beautiful act we can all imitate, that alone can hold immense rewards we don’t even know it.